Spring Break ‘Staycation’ Ideas:

Not heading to the sunny south over spring break? You’re not alone. We’ve compiled our favorite ideas to help you have some extra fun with the kids over spring break – all available to fill an afternoon or for an easy day or weekend trip! The key? Thoughtful planning ahead of time will ensure you have a game plan.

  1. Find a great hotel nearby, perhaps with a pool for the kids. You don’t have to travel a thousand miles to enjoy a night or two in a hotel with a great pool, a kid-friendly restaurant and maybe some nice shopping. Use your favorite app or website (Priceline, Expedia, etc.) to book a last-minute deal.
  2. Plan a day trip. There’s so much to do in West Michigan, even within an hour’s drive. Click here to see our favorite local destinations. If you don’t mind driving a few hours, there is even more to choose from!
  3. Have a family movie day/night. With the popularity of Netflix, Hulu and more, finding a show everyone can agree upon is easier than ever. Maybe have a binge day or night with your favorite series or family films. Pop some popcorn and spread out the blankets and pillows. Then enjoy a super family treat.
  4. Visit a museum. There are many excellent choices in Grand Rapids, greater West Michigan, and if you don’t mind a few hours’ drive-time, Chicago or Detroit. There are museums that cater to almost any subject and taste. There’s always something new to behold, no matter your age.
  5. Check out the local library. There are often extra activities during spring break. Usually free or for a nominal charge.
  6. Explore and see new sights, right in town! Check out a new restaurant or shopping location. Head to a new theater or something else.

As reported in GR Magazine last year, check out these top-rated local destinations.

  • Lil Green Thumbs – Downtown Market Grand Rapids
  • Spring Break Youth Camp – Humane Society Of West Michigan
  • Free Admission And Activities – Grand Rapids Art Museum
  • Spring Break Camp – John Ball Zoo
  • Butterflies Are Blooming – Frederik Meijer Gardens And Sculpture Park
  • Camp Mud – The Mud Room
  • Events And Performers – Grand Rapids Children’s Museum
  • Pool And Play Activities – Salvation Army Kroc Center
  • Free Admission And Activities – Muskegon Museum Of Art
  • Spring Break Camps – Air Zoo

Please call ahead for details and to ensure all activities are a go in 2019.