5 Things To Do During Your Spring Break Staycation: West Michigan Edition

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) --Spring Break is almost here and if your family isn't planning to head out of town, coming up with ideas to make the week off of school fun for your kids can be challenging.

The good news is there are all kinds of activities geared towards West Michigan families taking "staycations" this spring.

5 Things To Do During Your Spring Break Staycation:

1. Butterflies are Blooming at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
The annual Fred & Dorothy Fichter Butterflies Are Blooming exhibition at Meijer Gardens is the largest temporary tropical butterfly exhibition in the nation. Tropical butterflies from around the world fly freely in the Tropical Conservatory.
Throughout the exhibition, there are special educational programs and the Lena Meijer Children's Garden offers butterfly-themed activities.

Spring Break Sensation is for ages 6-9 and runs April 6-7. It costs $50 for members, $57 for non members.
Spring Break Spectacular for ages 10-12, April 6-7. It costs $50 for members, $57 for non members.
Surprising Seeds for ages 4-5 with adult, April 8. It costs $35 for members, $40 for non members.

2. The Downtown Market has two kid-friendly classes going on during spring break.

-Snack Attack! Parents and child work together to create a fun and healthy snack. The class is on April 4 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. The cost is $45 for a parent and child. $10 for each additional child.
-Kid Snacks is a kids-only class for kids ages 6-11. That's happening on April 14 from 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. It's $35 for each child. For more information on both of these classes, visit www.downtownmarketgr.com

3. Let's not forget about the Grand Rapids Griffins. They have home games at Van Andel Arena April 1, 4, 8 and 17. All the games start at 7 p.m. For ticket information and special promotions, visit www.griffinshockey.com

4. The Grand Rapids Art Museum

-Celebrate the bright and vibrant colors of the season with a spring break workshop specifically designed for parents and children. This event is on Saturday, April 11 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. The cost is $20 per child, $5 per parent for members and $25 per child, $8 per parent for non-members.

5. John Ball Zoo is hosting a Starlight Safari Slumber event.
This overnight adventure will tour the zoo under the stars, slumber near the chimpanzee exhibit and have breakfast while watching the animals. It happens April 11-12 for students in 3rd to 6th grade. It costs $50 for members, $55 for non members 

Bonus.  Go house hunting!  Now is the time to see homes without schlepping through 2 feet of snow and trying to figure out what the yard really looks like.  Usually now is the time when more new listings come on the market, as sellers are finally ready to let people through their homes. 

Kersh Ruhl

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