GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOOD) – Looking for free and affordable fun activities and events for your family to do while the kids are out of school? Check out my guide to Winter Break Family Fun! There are so many fun things to do throughout the West Michigan community the next few weeks. We have a complete list of events and activities taking place each day from December 20th through January 5th, as well as ongoing fun happening all Winter Break such as special museum exhibits, fun parks, and sporting events.
Weekend Fun: January 3rd – 5th
Based on the award-winning children’s book The Snowman, this concert will be a magical night for all who attend on Saturday, January 4th at 3pm at DeVos Performance Hall. There will be a FREE pre-concert activities, crafts, and instrument petting zoo at 2pm.
Kids 17 and under can skate for free at The Rink in Battle Creek every Friday from 4:30pm – 6:30pm thanks to Battle Creek Community Foundation and on Saturday’s from 10am to noon at Rosa Parks Circle in Grand Rapids thanks to Fifth Third Bank! Plus, Milk Means More and Biggby will provide free hot cocoa!
Get out of the cold and head to Air Zoo for their DeNooyer Winter Break Family Fun Days! Thursdays and Fridays during Winter Break will include special activities the whole family will love! These fun activities are free with general admission. Friday, January 3rd is Rockin’ Rockets day where kids will be able to dsicover how rockets launch, design and fly their own take home paper rockets, and more!
Starting this weekend, families will have the opportunity to learn to luge on one of only four luge tracks in the United States at Muskegon Winter Sports Complex! Find out more information and buy tickets here!
The Kingman Museum in Battle Creek is free to the public every Saturday and Sunday from 10am – 4pm! They also have special events happening in their planetarium on Sundays for just $2 a person!
Bring the family out to the Gerald R. Ford Museum to enjoy the Brenton Village train display. There will be train themed story time, crafts, and activities held from 10am until noon. There will be free admission to the museum for families with children attending the program!
Families will be able to get active and explore the Kalamazoo Nature Center on snowshoes every Saturday of January from 2-3pm. Bring your own or rent from KNC for just $5.
Head to the Kalamazoo Nature Center on Saturday from 4-7pm for nature themed board games! This is included with admission.
Ongoing Family Fun:
Craig’s Cruisers is offering special wristband deals for Winter Break from December 20th through January 5th! Families can pick from 2 awesome deals: 3 hours of unlimited attractions and jump time ($29.99) OR 3 hours of unlimited attractions, jump time, and buffet ($34.99). If you purchase one of these wristbands, you’ll get a $5 arcade card for free!
Head to the Holland Aquatic Center for special Winter Break deals! Kids can enjoy the awesome water slides, zip line, and splash zone all Winter Break from now until January 3rd!
The Kroc Center is hosting Holiday Open Swim during Winter Break for families to come have fun. Open swim includes water slides, basketball area, lazy river, and toddler play area! It’s just $6.50 for kids 11 and under and $8.50 for adults from now until January 3rd.
Bodies Revealed is a great exhibit to check out over Winter Break to give your kids a fun yet educational experience. Families will have the opportunity to learn all about the human body and view the organs and internal systems like never before.
Families can visit the Design Zone at the Grand Rapids Public Museum throughout the entire winter break! There’s tons of activities that highlight the importance of math and science in areas critical to building creativity and innovation. This exhibit is free with general admission!
The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum is so excited to offer free admission during Winter Break, December 23rd – January 3rd! Families can go check out all their exciting exhibits as well as the former Breton Village train, which is on display for the holiday season.
The Grand Rapids Art Museum is offering free admission for all kids 17 years and under from December 21st – January 5th!
The GRPM wants to help families get into the holiday spirit with their Let It Snow Show! This features a variety of festive classic holiday sons, laser imagery, special effects, and more to make it an awesome experience. Let It Snow runs through January 5th and is just $4 with regular admission.
Visit the GRPM this holiday season to take part in some fun holiday activities and crafts. Guests will be able to make their own snowflakes, play games, and more!
Experience the joy of giving this holiday season at GiftWorks at the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum! Kids will be able to create, wrap, and share handmade gifts with their friends and family. This is offered daily until December 30th and is free with admission!
The museum is hosting their Winter Break program – Beneath the Sea! Kids will be able to learn all about the deep blue ocean. They’ll take a close up look at coral reefs, what lives in the ocean, and make fun crafts! This is free with admission and is happening all winter break from 12pm – 4pm.
Home Sporting Events:
- Saturday, January 4th at 7pm