Kids Activities in Grand Rapids

$8 for Two Dozen Apple-Cinnamon Donuts at Ed Dunneback & Girls Farm Market ($15 Value)

Ed Dunneback & Girls Farm Market

Grand Rapids

$15 $8

Stop by the U-Pick farm, corn maze, and market to pick up two dozen of the seasonal apple-cinnamon donuts

Seven-Week Learn-to-Skate Program at Patterson Ice Center(50% Off). Two Options Available.

Patterson Ice Center

Grand Rapids

$77 $38.50

Pupils 4 and up, including adults, glide over the ice as they learn the basics of skating during lessons with 12 to 1 student-teacher ratio

$25 for Five Drop-In Classes or Open-Play Session at Gymboree Play & Music ($100 Value)

Gymboree Play & Music

Northview

$20 $5

Play-centered development classes and indoor gym designed by renowned playground designer enable kids to romp freely

John Ball Zoo Visit for Two or Four (Up to 29% Off)

John Ball Zoo

Grand Rapids

$17 $12

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See tigers, lions, penguins, grizzly bears, chimpanzees, and a petting-zoo farm, along with a tropical-animal house and a sting-ray lagoon

Summer Science Day Camp at West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science (50% Off). Five Options Available.

West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science

Walker

$75 $37.50

Science and nature day camps introduce youth of all ages to concepts such as bacteria's affect on ecosystems or rocket-building fundamentals

Two Hours of Bowling and Shoe Rental for Two, Four, or Six at AMF Bowling Co. (Up to 56% Off)

AMF Bowling Centers

Multiple Locations

$32 $17

Bowling at over 250 locations across the country hosts groups of two, four, or six for two hours of bowling

Two or Four Private Piano or Guitar Lessons at Guitar Grand Rapids (Up to 52% Off)

Guitar Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids

$60 $29

Instrumentalists train pupils of all ages during low-key one-on-one lessons tailored to skill level; students can pick a song to learn

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The Kalamazoo Wedding Affair sets brides-to-be and their fianc?s loose to explore, meet, and bounce ideas off some of west Michigan's most sought-after wedding experts. Dozens of exhibitors converge to create a buffet of possibilities that range from bridal fashions, cakes, and catering to gift registries and photographers. Couples can also scope out postceremony services, including reception halls and honeymoon destinations.

272 Pearl St NW
Grand Rapids,
MI
US

More than 2,000 animals populate John Ball Zoo, crawling, swimming, and flying from five different continents and more than 250 different species. The zoo has some other impressive stats: in 2013 alone, for instance, more than 500,000 visitors flocked to John Ball Zoo to marvel at its collection of creatures. Animal-lovers can spot critters big and small, from lions and bears to lizards and lemurs. In the North America section, they come nose-to-nose with grizzlies, and on the Far Side of the World Trail, they get close enough to smell the wallabies' cologne.

At some exhibits, the view is even closer. Visitors can pet stingrays and sharks, ride atop the humps of a camel, and stop by the petting zoo at Red's Hobby Farm. For an adrenaline fix, zoo adventures include the zip line, offering bird's-eye views of the farm from a four-story, 300-foot line.

1300 W Fulton St.
Grand Rapids,
MI
US

Patterson Ice Center sends skaters gliding gracefully across NHL- and Olympic-size rinks. Recreational-, speed-, and figure-skating sessions slice through the facility seven days per week, and a spacious, 5,000-square-foot lobby overlooking both glacial sheets lets parents, friends, and easily chilled zambonis survey icy action while staying warm. During lessons—which are open to beginners through advanced skaters—double gold medalist and skating director April Treado draws from 25 years of experience to help students improve. Additionally, Patterson Ice Center also hosts parties, catered events, and USA Hockey–sanctioned adult leagues, as well as an onsite pro shop stocked with the latest gear and equipment.

2550 Patterson Ave SE
Grand Rapids,
MI
US

At Griff's IceHouse, two blank slates invite visitors to trace their favorite shapes on an icy canvass, from giant ovals to compact figure eights. Guests may draw inspiration from Olympic figure skaters and others from the Grand Rapids Griffins, whose blades tattoo this ice while the team dishes out slap-shot sandwiches and body checks to rival teams. Snack-filled concession stands fuel glides, spins, and jumps during open-skate sessions, which welcome skaters of all levels with skate rentals and freshly smoothed ice. In addition to leading skating classes, the facility hosts lessons, camps, and league play for hockey enthusiasts and adventurous actors getting ready to audition for King Lear on Ice.

30 Coldbrook St NE
Grand Rapids,
MI
US

Though the staff claims that The Fun Spot is the oldest business in town, it continues to beckon both kids and adults to glide across its glossy hardwood floor. When wheels grow weary from rolling across the planks, skaters can refuel at the snack bar or work out their upper extremities in the game room. Also, the bounce house provides the perfect arena for kids to discuss the laws of gravity and whether they believe in Isaac Newton.

14 52nd St SE
Grand Rapids,
MI
US

Bowlers of all ages and experience levels roll bowling balls down 16 synthetic runways at Northfield Lanes, doing their best to knock down all 10 pins. Automatic scoring machines make it easy to keep track of the results, and bumpers provide an added advantage, if desired. In between games, adults can head to The Tap, a full-service bar with a variety of draft beers.

2222 Plainfield Ave NE
Grand Rapids,
MI
US