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The Chamber Cheat Sheet for a Spring Break Staycation in West Michigan

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Spring break is quickly approaching! If you haven’t made plans to go away this year, you’re in luck. West Michigan has lots to offer during the spring, and the GR Chamber will help you get up-to-date and in the know. There are plenty of activities for families, friends, and couples that work well for those nice sunny days, as well as those unpredictable colder days. Read on to learn all the different ways you can enjoy your 2018 spring break staycation!

Art, Culture & Education

“Butterflies are Blooming” at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

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Photo by Rachel Kramer on Flickr

Every year, the Meijer Gardens features its “Butterflies are Blooming” exhibit. This year, it runs from March 1 – April 30. Visitors get to see thousands of exotic butterflies from tropical regions around the world, flying freely in a warm 5-story conservatory. They also offer plenty of ongoing classes for kids and adults. Some upcoming classes include kombucha 101, digital photography for adults, and intro to art journaling. Click here to see their events calendar.

Grand Rapids has no shortage of wonderful museums – each of which makes for a great day trip. Be sure to check out the Grand Rapids Art Museum, the Grand Rapids Public Museum, and the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum for their spring offerings and exhibits!

Make New Friends at Kent District Library’s FREE Group Activities

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KDL offers plenty of activities that cater to children, teens, and adults all year round FOR FREE! Spring 2018 events include movie screenings with snacks, group quilting/knitting/crocheting sessions, and preschool storytime for the little ones. Click here to learn more.

“The Lion King” Musical Comes to Kalamazoo!

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One of Broadway’s best-loved musicals is making its way to West Michigan from April 4 to 15 at Western Michigan University’s Miller Auditorium! Experience Simba’s journey to ruling Pride Rock along with a live audience, enjoy Disney’s most recognizable music and soak in the colorful visuals and costumes. You’ll be talking about this one for years to come. Tickets are on sale now at millerauditorium.com!

The Great Outdoors

Hike the Blandford Nature Center Trail

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Photo by Jon Flobrant on Unsplash

With the snow finally thawed, why not hike a trail at Blandford Nature Center? For just $3 per person (free for members), your whole family can enjoy a hike through the wilderness. You can even bring your dog along – as long as he’s on a leash, of course! Alternatively, you can visit their barn and play with chickens and goats. Kids from K-5th can also participate in their Spring Break Camps that run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Other trails worth exploring are the Kent County Trails, White Pine Trail, and the Paul Henry-Thornapple Trail.

Meet Some Critters or Attend Spring Break Camp at the John Ball Zoo

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We love animals here at the Chamber! At the John Ball Zoo, you and your family can meet all sorts of animals, big and small, and learn all about them through live demonstrations. Beyond that, the John Ball Zoo also offers Spring Break Day Camps and an Overnight Camp for kids! The day camps are two-day events on April 2 & 3 and April 4 & 5. At the Overnight Camp,“Starlight Safari,” participants can slumber near chimpanzees, enjoy the zoo under the stars, and even deliver special treats to some of the animals. Registration began on February 1st.

Fun & Games for the Whole Family

Escape the Room!

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Escape the room activities are thrilling, challenging, and team-building at the same time. In Downtown Grand Rapids, you can choose between The Great Escape Room and The Ruse. The Great Escape Room is an exciting Sherlock-themed escape adventure that is part scavenger hunt and part puzzle-solving. The Ruse currently has two different escape room offerings (with more soon to come!). The first is the Inventor’s Guild, where you are hired by the guild to stop a rogue inventor who has created something too powerful and dangerous. The second is the Trophy Room, where a world-renowned huntsman goes missing in pursuit of his greatest trophy – and it’s up to you to find out what happened to him before it’s too late!

Unleash Your Inner Adrenaline Junkie at Craig’s Cruisers

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Go-karting, mini-golf, bumper cars, bumper boats, laser tag, zip lines, an arcade, and a pizza and pasta buffet. Need we say more? With everything under one roof, Craig’s Cruisers is a great place for the kids (and adult “kids”) to blow off some spring break steam!


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