Here are some of the best things to do with your kiddos in the Greater Grand Rapids Region!
1. John Ball Zoo
1300 Fulton St W, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
What’s better than a day at the zoo with your whole fam? John Ball Zoo is a fantastic place to spend your day. Not only do they have amazing animal exhibits, but they also have a variety of other activities that will make for an unforgettable day for your kiddos!
PS you’re not going to want to miss out on some of their seasonal activities like The Zoo Goes Boo in the fall, summer camps, and Illumizoo in the winter!
2. The Grand Rapids Children’s Museum
11 Sheldon Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Welcome to a kids biggest dream. Spend hours in this building full of toys, puzzles, playing, science experiments, art projects, and so much more. Warning: Your kids probably won’t want to leave!
3. Stage GR
Maybe you’re thinking to yourself, Whats Stage GR? Stage GR is a theatre company that exists to provide kids in the GR area with opportunities and experience in performance! It is a nonprofit company that is truly an amazing experience to be apart of.
4. Huff Park
2399 Ball Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505
Huff Park is simply beautiful. Depending on the time of year a variety of flowers bloom and are such a sight to see! This nature filled place also has a playground for your kiddos, trails, a baseball diamond, and a picnic area. An afternoon at Huff Park is a good one!
5. The Kroc Center
2500 Division Ave S, Grand Rapids, MI 49507
The Kroc Center has a spacious fitness center with a Child Watch program available, a playground, baseball and soccer fiends, basketball courts, sand volleyball, aquatic center, climbing wall, walking trails, and even more! Yup you heard that right, this place is filled with fun for your whole family!
6. The Fish Ladder
606 Front Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
If you’re looking for something fun to do with your kiddos that’s completely free and will keep them occupied for hours this is the place to go! All you need is a bag of the bread crumbs and your kids and the fish will love you!
7. Ice Skating at Rosa Parks Circle
135 Monroe Center St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
This traditional Grand Rapids activity makes for such a festive and fun time in the heart of the city. Rosa Parks is open from December to February for ice skating and they also offer trainers for your kids to push if they aren’t comfortable ice skating by themselves as well! Reservations can be linked on their website.
8. Frederik Meijer Gardens Children’s Garden
1000 E Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
Frederik Meijer Gardens is such a unique place with so many parts and sections filled with an array of exhibits. One of the many exhibits they offer is a children’s garden where your kiddos can run free with their imagination and play with others while you sit back and bask in the beauty of the park!
9. Millenium Park
1415 Maynard Ave SW, Walker, MI 49534
Millenium Park offers so many activities for your kids to enjoy! They have a big splash pad, kayaks, boats, and canoes for rent, a beach, a playground, and trails. Enjoy a sunny afternoon watching your kiddos at Millenium Park!
10. Go see a show at Van Andel Arena or Civic Theatre
Civic: 30 Division Ave N, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Van Andel Arena: 130 Fulton St W, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Grand Rapids has so much talent filtering through it! You’ve heard about Studio GR where your kids could be apart of a show, but if you just want to go watch a show, Civic Theatre has so many that they put on and will blow you away! Apart from that, Van Andel arena holds concerts and events that make for the perfect night out with the family. Some of those events include Disney on Ice, Monster Jam, and going to see a Griffins game.
11. Airplane watching at Gerald R Ford Airport
4910 Kraft Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512
On a clear day this is such a fun place to spend an afternoon, or go watch a sunset! If you have kids who love all thing airplanes, this is definitely something your going to want to add to your list! Pack a picnic and enjoy a family filled time watching the planes go by above your head!
12. Take a trip to a GR Kent District Library!
Here are some of our favorites:
- Wyoming Library
3350 Michael Ave SW, Wyoming, MI 49509
- East Grand Rapids Library
746 Lakeside Dr SE, East Grand Rapids, MI 49506
13. Jersey Junction
In Gaslight Village you’ll find the cutest little ice cream shop. Jersey Junction is the perfect place to kick off a Saturday night with the family. They have so many flavors to choose from so you’re definitely going to want to check them out!
14. TreeRunner Adventure Park
2121 Celebration Dr NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49525
This outdoor adventure park consists of two parks in one place! If you love zip lining and ropes courses, this will make the best day!
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