Fun Ideas for Spring Break in Michigan
by Lori Lambert
Spring break in Michigan is one of the best times of the year to plan a vacation and visit. Even though the weather is still a bit cool outside, if you bundle up you can enjoy many of the beautiful scenic spots around Lake Michigan with hiking, biking and if you are brave enough, camping. There is plenty to do otherwise that will keep you warm and toasty over the cool days of the beginning of spring. Many day trips can take you each day to something fun and new for the family, especially if you live around Grand Rapids or Detroit.
Enjoy entertainment, watch a ballet, stroll through the beautiful gardens, and see what is blooming now. Spring is all about new growth; better bring your camera because the gardens are a burst in color. There are more museums than you can visit in one week, do plan for a few of these. Sports enthusiasts have a great choice too; see a hockey game, or baseball or even the tail end of basketball. Do you enjoy animals? There are several options with zoos, and more than just “looking” you can even pet the animals. This is just a partial list of all that beautiful Michigan offers and covers just a small area, but you can see the wealth of activities. There is no reason to yell “I am bored” if you are a Michigan resident, or if you are hoping to travel to the area for a visit. If you decide to travel to see these wonderful places, there are plenty of places for lodging. You will not be bored on your visit. So come with a great sense of adventure and leave the boredom at home. Come with your video camera too because there is a lot to capture, guaranteed! You can find things to do whether you will need lodging or are just planning a fun day trip. Try these fun ideas:
Day Trips And Night Trips Too!
- The Grand Rapids Ballet’s Junior Company presents the Carnival of the Animals on April 2-4th.
- The Kid Rock Rebel Soul Tour 2013 is April 3 at the Van Andel Arena.
- Enjoy Come On Over and Tell a Story at the Herrick District Library on Tuesdays from 2 to 3 pm.
- Visit the beautiful gardens of Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park and enjoy their beautiful and extraordinary tropical butterfly exhibit. It is only around during spring break 2013.
- Visit the Calvin College EcoSystem Preserve and learn about science the first week of April.
Go Karts, Mini Golf and Laser Tag
- Craig’s Cruisers in Wyoming, Michigan is a day worth spending with family fun from dawn to dusk. Enjoy mini-golf, go-karts, laser tag, and a fun ropes course complete with a delicious pizza buffet to feed the hungry brood.
Spring Break Fun At Area Museums
- The Grand Rapids Public Museum is featuring the Great Lakes Shipwrecks and Titanic – The Artifact Exhibition, both over spring break 2013.
- The Grand Rapids Children’s Museum is always open for fun for kids of all ages. For spring break they are having a “Hands-on learner” program, which works with young children with hands on projects. One in particular is the Bob the Builder Project: Build It!
- Bring the kids to the Indian Mounds Rock & Mineral Show on April 4-6 in Grand Rapids to see all sorts of mineral specimens, fossils, meteorites and more.
- In Detroit, the Detroit Science Center and Detroit Children’s Museum are fun to visit.
- The Henry Ford is located in Detroit and filled with the vehicles of our past.
- The Greenfield Village opens after April 15 in Detroit, come visit the live village and see how people dressed and acted years ago.
- Go on a Ford Rouge Factory tour in Detroit.
Other museums in Detroit include:
- The Cranbrook Art Museum in Detroit
- The Detroit Institute of Arts
- The Motown Historical museum
- Arab American National Museum
- Michigan Sports Hall of Fame
- In Portage, see the Air Zoo, which is a museum featuring historical aircraft. They also have an amusement park and plenty of fun for the whole family.
- In Grand Rapids starting on April 12 at the Public Museum, a National Geographic MAPS: Tools for Adventure event featuring the Adventure Club and exhibit. The exhibition includes training about geo-caching too. Runs through May 11.
- Enjoy the Rapid Exposure: Warhol in Series at the Grand Rapids Art Museum at the 101 Monroe Center on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday through Sunday.
- Spring break at the museums at the Holland Museum, children can play games and enjoy hands-on attractions and crafts on April 11.
- Visit the Blanford Nature Center in Grand Rapids all week long.