10 Things To Do this Weekend: March 30th-April 1st
It is Easter Weekend, so there are a lot of activities like Easter Egg Hunts, Church Services and Easter Brunch. It’s Bunnies to Butterflies, Bikes, Basketball and Hockey, Trains, Taxes, and Home Renovations.
Some activities include the kids, while others are more for the adults.
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Butterflies Are Blooming
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, 1000 East Beltline Ave., NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
Runs through Monday, April 30th, 2018 - During Regular Hours
Cost: Included with regular admission
The annual Fred & Dorothy Fichter Butterflies Are Blooming exhibition at Meijer Gardens is the largest temporary tropical butterfly exhibition in the nation. Tropical butterflies from around the world fly freely in the Tropical Conservatory in March and April. Throughout the exhibition, there is special educational programming and the Lena Meijer Children’s Garden offers butterfly-themed activities.
Hockey: The Grand Rapids Griffins vs. The San Jose Barracuda
Van Andel Arena, 130 Fulton St. W, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Friday, March 30th, 2018 - 7:00 pm
Cost: Tickets start at $19
On Friday, It will be '90s Night presented by Spectrum Health Stroke Awareness. There will also be $2 beers and $2 hot dogs!
Dirty 30 Gravel Bicycle Race
Ionia County, 39 Irv Taylor Ave, Saranac, MI
Saturday, March 31st, 2018 - Race starts at 9:00 am
Cost: $65 for the 30 mile race, $50 for the 15 mile race
The Dirty Thirty gravel bike race course consists of almost 90% gravel roads, the largest percentage of gravel compared to other gravel grinder bike races in West Michigan. The first half of the course heads east into the open farm country, offering a combination of gently rolling hills and pancake flat gravel roads. The second half of the course brings you west into a hillier and more forested section of the course.
Saturday, March 31st, 2018 & Sunday, April 1st, 2018
Various Activities and Locations
Cost: Varies by Activity
There are several Easter Egg Hunts scheduled for both Saturday and Sunday. Many churches will have special services on Sunday. And you can follow that with brunch at one of the area restaurants that are serving up an Easter Brunch. Here is a list of Easter Egg Hunts and also a list for the restaurants featuring an Easter Brunch on Sunday.
Spring Break at the Grand Rapids Public Museum!
Grand Rapids Public Museum, 272 Pearl St., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Saturday, March 31st, 2018 through Sunday, April 8th, 2018 - Saturday and Sunday 10:00 am-5:00 pm, Monday through Friday 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Cost: Kent County Residents Adults $5, Seniors & Students $3, Children Free.
Non-members Adults $8, Seniors $7, Students & Children $3. Some exhibits require additional cost
Spend Spring Break at the Grand Rapids Public Museum for a special visit to Dragons, Unicorns & Mermaids and additional hands-on activities! Enjoy free hands-on activities in the Museum’s main floor Galleria. Activities will take place Friday, March 30 – Sunday, April 8. (The Museum is closed Sunday, April 1.) Activities include make and take your own mythical creature puppet or Chinese dragon, play BIG games and Keva Planks! Visitors can explore the Earth’s most amazing creatures at current traveling exhibits, Dragons, Unicorns & Mermaids! Experience the Chaffee Planetarium with additional show times daily.
Rookie Renovators: Window & Door Installation Class
Home Repair Services of Kent County, 1100 Division Ave. S, Grand Rapids, MI 49507
Saturday, March 31st, 2018 - 10:00 am-12:00 Noon
Window & Door Installation can seem intimidating, but it can be a breeze! It’s a FREE Window & Door Installation Class. You'll learn hands-on skills to help you tackle your next window or door project. This class is open to the public. No registration is needed.
Grand Valley State University Volunteer Income Tax Assistance
Seidman College of Business, 50 Front Ave., SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Saturday, March 31st, 2018 - 10:00 am-4:00 pm
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program assists low-income community members to complete their income tax returns, as a free service open to the public. Last year, volunteers assisted over 140 individuals in filing their tax returns!
Train Show Hosted by Grand Rapids MRHS
4 Mile Showplace, 1025 4 Mile Rd., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49544
Saturday, March 31st, 2018 - 10:00 am-3:00 pm
The Grand Rapids Model Railroad Historical Society has found a new home for their train show. This is the railroad club that used host the early October train show at the old Holland Civic Center. This train show will be located at the 4 Mile Showplace (old Duthler Family Foods building) on 4 Mile Rd. They have their layout setup, so check out their running trains while checking out the new show!
Final Four Watch Parties
Saturday, March 31st, 2018 - 6:00 pm
Public · Hosted by U of M Club of Grand Rapids
Cost: Varies by location
We are down to the Final Four! In the first game, that starts at 6:09 pm, it will be #3 University of Michigan against #11 Loyola. The game that starts at 8:49 pm will be #1 Kansas vs. #1 Villanova. Many bars and restaurants will be having parties to watch the games. There will be several private parties as well. Check with your favorite establishment or friends to see what they have planned.
April Fools Day
Sunday, April 1st, 2018
It’s April Fools Day on Sunday. Start planning those practical jokes now to pull on your family and friends this weekend.