Monster Trucks, Sugar Bush & more with Maranda this weekend

Family Fun

Monster Jam at Van Andel Arena 

Featuring eight of the most intense athletes of Monster Jam, Grand Rapids fans will witness a fierce battle for the championship with each competitor contending in customized high-powered vehicles: Monster Jam Speedsters, Monster Jam ATVs and of course, the iconic Monster Jam trucks in six events sure to leave fans on the edge of their seats.
March 22-24, 2019

  • Friday – 7 p.m.
  • Saturday – 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.
    • Pit Party from 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.*
  • Sunday – 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
    • Pit Party from 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.*

Tickets start at $15

General Pit Party Passes start at $15 each

Tickets & Pit Passes will be available for purchase online at, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or in-person at the Van Andel Arena box office.       

*ticket prices subject to change – venue/ticketing fees may apply.            

Sugar Bush at Blandford Nature Center 

Join Blandford Nature Center for their 49th year of celebrating the sweet arrival of Spring! Learn the maple sugaring process through Sugarbush demonstrations & techniques including a taste test in our Sugarhouse. Activities include wildlife encounters, draft horses, maple cotton candy, games/crafts, and more.

El Caribe Food Truck and Doughrunts will be on-site selling concessions. The Printmobile will be doing screen printing of BNC designs and Books & Mortar will have plenty of books to sell. Tribal members from the The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of the Chippewa Indians and Saginaw Chippewa Tribe will be present with hand drumming, songs, storytelling, and Anishinabek language lessons.

  • Blandford Nature Center
  • Saturday, March 23rd, 2019
    $5/members, $8/non-members (children 2 & under are free)
  • 10:00am – 4:00pm


Sensory Saturday at the Lakeshore Museum

Saturday, March 23 from 10:00am – 12:00pm
Families whose children have ASD, or sensory disorders, are invited to attend a special Sensory Saturday event at the Lakeshore Museum Center!  This is a free event featuring a variety of accommodations that have been put in place to create an inclusive, welcoming, and safe place for the children and families.  Families can visit the museum’s exhibits, work on a craft, and have the option to visit the quiet area to relax and unwind.  Sensory bags with items like noise-canceling headphones, visors, and fidget toys will also be available for families to check out.  Families can also download a “Sensory Story” to read with their child before their visit.  To register, call Jackie at 231-724-5526 or visit the website.     

Kids Day at The Air Zoo

Sunday, March 24, 2019 @ 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Enjoy indoor amusement style rides, flight simulators, airplanes, spacecraft and so much more! Enjoy interactive learning activities as well as family friendly entertainment with BenJammin’, Joe Reilly and Daniel Tiger, sponsored by Naturipe. 

Tickets are only $5/each at the door! Discount may not be combined with any other discount or coupon.


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