GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – The weekend is here and that means time for family fun!

1. Opening weekend for the West Michigan Whitecaps

It is opening weekend for the West Michigan Whitecaps. The team is playing against the Fort Wayne TinCaps on April 7 and April 8.  April 7 is Flashback Friday, a promotion where ticket prices are rolled back to $12.50.  On April 8, you’ll pay $1 for kids’ tickets. Kids 12 and under can get a reserved or lawn seat ticket at this price.  You can find more information about both games here.

2. Easter with the Equest Bunny

Head out to the Equest Center for Therapeutic Riding for all kinds of Easter fun. From 9:30 am until 1 pm, you can enjoy Easter with the Equest Bunny, participate in an egg hunt, meet some of the horses, take a horse-drawn wagon ride and more. You can learn more about the event here.

3. Easter fun at Coopersville farm

The Kids, Crafts and Critters Easter Egg Hunt is taking place at the Coopersville Farm Museum this Saturday, April 8. Admission is free and there will be plenty of family Easter fun to enjoy. You can visit with the Easter bunny, participate in an Easter craft and enjoy candy, prizes and more. You can find more information here.

4. West Michigan Easter Egg Hunts

Easter is this Sunday and that means that there are all sorts of Easter egg fun to be had in West Michigan.  You can check out the full list of egg hunts and events here at

The Critter Barn Spring Fling and Fun

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If your family is looking for some fun this weekend, head to the Critter Barn at its new location in Zeeland. Become immersed in what it is like to be on a farm while you browse around. You can enjoy a full tour from one of Critter Barn’s enthusiastic youth volunteers. You will get lost in the fun as you will get to see rabbits, chickens, ducks, cows, sheep, goats and so many other farm animals. Go inside the chicken coop and meet all sorts of chicken friends. You are encouraged to take lots of pictures and bring a picnic lunch. You can find out more about the Critter Barn and admissions here. Don’t miss Spring Fling from April 3-8 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. All week long you can meet spring babies, including ducklings, chicks, bunnies, lambs, goats and calves. You can purchase tickets ahead of time here.

Flick’s Films Celebration Cinema ‘Mummies’

The Flick’s Family Film Series continues at Celebration Cinema. This month’s selection is the movie “Mummies”, rated PG. The fun animated film follows the adventures of three ancient Egyptian mummies in a hidden society. Tickets are $5, and kids 12 and under are free. You can learn more information about the movie as well as showtimes at different Celebration Cinema locations here

John Ball Zoo

Kick spring break off at John Ball Zoo. The zoo is welcoming new members this year, including a Coatis, a two-toed sloth and a snow leopard. Also, throughout the zoo, you will see beautiful lanterns in preparation for this year’s Lantern Festival taking place this month. You can find more information here

Butterflies Are Blooming at Meijer Gardens

Butterflies Are Blooming at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in metro Grand Rapids on Feb. 27, 2023. (Michael Buck/WOOD TV8)

It would not be springtime in West Michigan without a visit to the Fred and Dorothy Fichter Butterflies Are Blooming exhibition. While visiting you may forget you’re in Michigan as the Lena Meijer Tropical Conservatory is a balmy 85 degrees. Enjoy tropical butterflies from around the world as they fly freely beside you. Learn more about the Butterflies Are Blooming exhibition at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park here

Craig’s Cruisers

It is always a good time to go to Craig’s Cruisers, especially on the weekends. With so many different attractions to choose from, you can easily have hours of family fun. Craig’s Cruisers also has you covered when it comes to lunch and dinner. The fun center offers a delicious buffet that features gourmet in-house meals. There are several specials now, so you and your family can have lots of fun and save a bit. You can find more information about Craig’s Cruiser promotions here.

Grand Rapids Public Museum

There is a lot of fun to be had and exciting things to learn about at the Grand Rapids Public Museum. Currently, the museum is featuring over 10 exhibits. You can learn about the featured exhibits, general admission and other information here.

Allegan Event Spring Special

If you are looking for some affordable and active fun this Saturday, check out the Allegan Event. Enjoy and get lost in the biggest indoor ropes course in Michigan, play some games in the arcade and more. You can find more information about the event here.

Air Zoo

The space exhibit at the Air Zoo Aerospace and Science Museum in Portage. (Sept. 2, 2022)

Great ready to explore the wonders of space and America’s rich aviation history at the Air Zoo. Think like a scientist as you explore many different wonders of space and aerodynamics. You can learn more about all the rides, exhibits and aircraft that the Air Zoo has to offer here.

All-Ages Open Studio I’m an artist community studio

Bring the family and get your creativity flowing at the open studio offered by I’m an Artist Community Studio. Taking place Friday, April 7 from 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be tables with ideas and prompts to get you started and several different art supplies. Open Studio welcomes all ages and skills. You can find more information about this free event here

Family Storytime Grand Rapids Public Library Ottawa Hills Branch

The family storytime at Ottawa Hills Branch Library is taking place Friday, April 7 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Parents and caregivers are invited to bring their children ages 0 to 5 for storytime. There will be songs, fingerplays and an art activity to engage your child and help their brain grow. You can find more information about the event here.   

Ready, Set, Play! Madison Square Branch 4/8

Get ready! Get Set! Play! The Grand Rapids Public Library Madison Square Branch is hosting Ready, Set, Play this Saturday, April 8 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Using free play helps children build their social skills, communication and their confidence. This playtime is directed at children ages 0 to 5. You can find more information about the event here.    

Meet me at the library. Yankee Clipper Branch 4/8

Inside a Forest Hills Public Schools library.

Are you looking for a playdate? The Yankee Clipper Branch Library is hosting a family-friendly playtime from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 8. There will be refreshments, toys, games and music. You can find more information about the event here.

Storytime Kits Grand Rapids Public Library Main Branch

The Grand Rapids Public Library is handing out free storytime kits. These kits are designed for children from 0 to 5 years old. These kits include a book and age-appropriate activities for toddlers and kids. These kits come in both English and Spanish. The kit’s focus is to promote early literacy skills in children. You can find more information about these free kits here

Molly of Denali the Traveling Exhibit Series Grand Rapids Children’s Museum

The Grand Rapids Children’s Museum is happy to present “The Traveling Exhibit Series: Molly of Denali.” The popular PBS show is visiting the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum. You can explore the wonders of Alaska through hands-on activities! Check out all the fun and learn more information here.               

Wimee’s Dream Grand Rapids Children’s Museum  

“Wimee’s Dream” has an exhibit at the Grand Rapid’s Children’s Museum. Based off of the hit PBS show, this exhibit allows kids to explore and imagine. Going on now through September, there is plenty of time to see this exhibit. You can find more information about the exhibit here.

Launch Grand Rapids

Launch Grand Rapids is open rain or shine and offers a lot of fun attractions. From trampoline courts to attractions, you can have hours of fun. It features fun events on the weekends for young adults as well. You can learn about general admission and other attractions here.

Dinosaurs at Dynomite Cocoon Art Space

Do you enjoy looking at interesting, fascinating and beautiful artwork?  Artist Robert Jack is featuring a fun twist on modern artwork by putting dinosaurs into modern art. The Cocoon Art Space is hosting this free art display and you can learn more information here.

Westside Pickup Ultimate Frisbee

If you like playing ultimate frisbee then check out the Westside Pickup Ultimate Frisbee event taking place at Joh Ball Park and Playground on April 7 at 6 p.m.  This event is free and all skill levels are welcome.  Bring a friend and have some fun.  You can learn more about the event here on the Westside Ultimate Frisbee Facebook page. 

Ballpark Series Fans of Valley Field City of Grand Rapids 4/8

The Fans of Valley Field are continuing its ballpark series this Saturday, from noon to 2 pm.  Come out and help raise funds while enjoying live music, yard games, food vendors and more. You can find more information about the event here.

Blandford Nature Center Free Admission During April

Blandford Nature Center is celebrating Earth Day the entire month of April by offering free admission for the entire month.  All the trails and facilities will be open. You can find more information about the event here

Muskegon Museum of Art Super Saturday

The Muskegon Museum of Art is hosting Super Saturday on Saturday, April 8 from 11 am to 2 pm.  Admission to the museum is free and there will be a free kids STEAM workshop.  You can find more information about the event here