Free and affordable family fun in West Michigan this weekend


Looking for some family fun this weekend? Check out Maranda’s guide to free and affordable West Michigan family fun!

Grand Rapids Griffin’s Great Skate

Rosa Parks Circle

January 19, 12 p.m. through Jan 20, 10 p.m.

Skate around the clock for 34 consecutive hours

Event includes skating, sled dogs, a family activity tent, winter sports demonstrations , horse-drawn carriage, and more!

Rexie the T-Rex

Grand Rapids Public Museum

January 19 and 20

11:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Be prepared to step back in time when you meet Rexie, an anatomically perfect, realistic puppet standing over 8’ tall and 12’ long! Everyone loves to make friends and take their picture with the gentle and life-size baby T-Rex. Join Rexie the T-Rex at the GRPM for an unforgettable family experience of legendary proportions!

GR Symphony presents Hansel and Gretel

DeVos performance Hall

Saturday, January 19

10:30 AM

Featuring the Grand Rapids Ballet

Five dollars a ticket

A magical world comes to life with this version of the classic children’s tale where modern-day Hansel and Gretel go into the neighborhood looking for adventure. There is a cell phone, a babysitter who just watches TV and a pair of fun-loving main characters.

Frosty Fun Day

DeGraaf Nature Center

Saturday, January 19

11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

This fun filled fundraiser will begin with snowball throwing contests (at targets), guided explorations on snowshoes and live Irish Music from Tiki O’Riley. We will also have a winter themed craft. There will be a selection of homemade soups and stews, breads and beverages available by donation. This is sure to be a great time for family and friends.

Entrance fee: $3 per person (does not include food)

Winter Jam

Van Andel Arena

January 18

7 p.m.

$15 donation at the door

Featuring Newsboys United, Danny Gokey, Mandisa, Rend Collective, Ledger, Newsong, Hollyn, Dan Bremnes, Ty Brasel, Manic Drive, Greg Stier, Zane Black, Adam Agee

Swashbuckle & Sparkle Party

A day for adventures and royalty!

Thursday, January 17

5pm – 8pm

Discounted Amission: $1.75

Ahoy Matey! Come sail the high seas as the museum is transformed into a giant pirate ship. Dress in costume as your favorite adventurer—from palace or pirate ship. It will be an exciting, swashbuckling adventure, including: 

  • themed crafts and games
  • treasure hunts
  • walk the plank 
  • princess appearances from Royal Arrivals

How Would You Change the World: MLK Jr Day Celebration

Holland Museum

Monday, January 21

11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Free Admission

The Holland Museum will be open free of charge to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Learn about inventors from diverse backgrounds and explore how you can change the world! Please join us for family activities all day long.

  • Learn about Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life by exploring a display in the Museum lobby
  • Be inspired by Martin Luther King, Jr.’s own words while watching a selection of his full-length speeches in the Museum lobby
  • Participate in a scavenger hunt in the Museum galleries to learn about the Civil Rights Movement
  • In Spark!Lab, learn about inventors from diverse backgrounds who helped their communities
  • Create a make-and-take handprint craft to share how you might change the world

MLK Free Community Day at the MMA

Monday, January 21

10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

The Muskegon Museum of Art invites the public to annual Martin Luther King Jr. Free Community Day. Activities will include: Screenings of the newly created Black Man documentary film by Jon Covington, art and craft activity, gallery tours presented by Muskegon High School A.P. art students and MMA docents, an evening panel discussion, and exhibitions that include SONS: Seeing the Modern African American Male. MLK Community Day admission and activities are free. 

MLK Community Day Schedule

•           10:00 am – 8:00 pm Galleries open

•           10:00 am – 1:00 pm Gallery tours led by MMA Docents 

•           10:00 am, 11:30 am, 1:00 pm, 2:30 pm Black Man film screenings

•           10:00 am – 3:00 pm Arts and crafts in the classroom 

•           1:00 – 3:00 pm Tours led by Muskegon High School AP Art students

•           6:30 – 8:00 pm Panel discussion about community and regional issues

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