Spring Break!  The time of the year when families and individuals, take time off from the cold winter weather and....take a break!

Many leave.  Yeah, leave and go south seeking warmth, beaches and water.

But not everybody runs out of town.  Some can't get away, either because of finances, or just can't take the time.

For the kids, it can be a seriously boring week with not much to do.  But, ah, ah, ah, not so fast.  There is plenty to do, right here.

The Grand Rapids Cultural Marketing Group has a variety of programs for all ages that are being offered, and many include specials for Culture Pass members. It's easy to become a member, if you're not.  Just log on to CulturePassGR.com.  All the information is there.

I've compiled some suggestions from our different arts groups with fun things to do.

-Enjoy artful fun with the whole family at GRAM during Spring Break. Check out a two-day special class for kids called Zines on the Scene, or just drop in for the afternoon for art-making activities and gallery scavenger hunts. Bring your Culture Pass and receive a dollar off each admission. For more information, visit artmuseumgr.org.

-The Grand Rapids Ballet Junior Company presents Spring Break for Kids! featuring Carnival of the Animals, a fun, 30-minute ballet for kids! Enjoy the performance along with pre-show activities and the chance to win great prizes! All for just $5 per person. Six shows: April 2 - 4 at 11:30 am and 1:30 pm. Show your Culture Pass and receive a voucher for a free trial ballet class! More information at grballet.com or 616-454-4771.

-Current Special at the Grand Rapids Public Museum: Through May 31, 2013 - 10% off in curiosity shop with Culture Pass (offer not valid for Titanic exhibition store).

-ALL ABOARD for Broadway Grand Rapids’ presentation of Cole Porter’s classic musical comedy Anything Goes! During Spring Break only, bring your Culture Pass to Broadway Grand Rapids and you can purchase $30 tickets to any performance of Anything Goes. Offer can be redeemed at the Broadway Grand Rapids box office or by calling 616-235-6285. Offer is valid in Zones 2 and 3. Expires April 5.

-Rock and roll at the Grand Rapids Public Library this Spring Break. Sing and dance with Laz Slomovits of Gemini or crack open a rock and take home your very own geode with geologist Steve Tchozeski of Great Lakes GeoScience. All events are free and open to the public. Get a complete schedule at grpl.org.

-In celebration of Spring Break, the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre and School of Theatre Arts is offering $2.00 off a ticket to Anne of Green Gables (running April 19-28). To purchase tickets, visit grct.org and enter ‘Culture Pass’ as the code, or show your Culture Pass when purchasing at the Box Office (M-F, 9AM-5PM). Offer not valid in combination with other discounts, non-transferable, no cash value, and available for Anne of Green Gables only.

-Let the kids get wild during Spring Break at ZOOBILEE at the John Ball Zoo! Every day is different during ZOOBILEE, but every day there will be extra animal and fun activities! Touch a sea urchin! Do a craft! Pet a baby alligator! Learn from a Zookeeper! Buy an adult and a child admission and get a SECOND CHILD’s admission FREE with your Culture Pass!

-Make the Grand Rapids Children's Museum your Spring Break destination! Join us all week for special programs and presentations during the week of April 1-6, including Kevin Kammeraad, Wazobia, Stormy the Magician and The Porters! Visit grcm.org for the full Spring Break schedule!

-Staying in town for spring break? At Kent District Library, we can help keep your kids happy, busy and entertained… and we may even sneak in a little education (but they will never know)! Between Family Building Brick Parties, Garden Fun Storytimes, Minecrafting, Chess, Bayblade Battles, Science in the Stacks and much more, there won’t be any time for boredom. Click HERE for a complete list of our programs taking place March 29 – April 7.

-UICA’s Studio Create Spring Break is a fun camp environment that encourages creative exploration through art-making activities for youth, ages 7-13. Campers can try the potter’s wheel, explore our galleries, contribute to a collaborative mural, create clay sculptures and LOTS MORE! For more information, visit uica.org/event/studio-create.

The Cultural Marketing Group Spring Break specials are being offered in conjunction with the Downtown Alliance’s “30 days in Spring Downtown” program, which celebrates the season and welcomes you to take part in various experiences throughout one square mile. From cultural programming, spring fashion, fresh dining, healthy living and hotel packages you’ll find a reason to come downtown and explore. For more information, visit downtowngr.org/30daysofspring.

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