Things To Do In Grand Rapids

Two General or VIP Tickets for Grand Rapids Beer Fest from Ultimate Fun Productions on September 13 (31% Off)

Grand Rapids Summer Beer Fest

Heartside Park

$92.40 $64

Enjoy food and live music and sample beers from 60 breweries, including Munich's centuries-old Hofbräu München and the city's own Founders

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

Six-Week Outdoor Bootcamp or Sunday Beginner Bootcamp from Renewal Body Bootcamp (Up to 78% Off)

Renewal Body Bootcamp

Multiple Locations

$120 $39

Fitness outdoor boot-camp classes build strength and flexibility over the course of six weeks in a tight-knit community of participants

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

5, 10, or 20 Boot Camp Classes at Fitness and Sports Performance LLC (Up to 54% Off)

Fitness and Sports Performance

Grand Rapids

$75 $39

Boot camp exercises utilize body weight exercises, dumbbells, medicine balls, suspension training, resistance bands, and kettlebells

$11 for an Ice-Skating Package for Four at Patterson Ice Center (Up to $28 Value)

Patterson Ice Center

Cascade

$28 $11

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NHL- and Olympic-size rinks, onsite pro shop, and 5,000-square-foot lobby where visitors can watch all the action

10 or 20 Crossfit Classes at Friction Crossfit (Up to 88% Off)

Friction Crossfit

Cascade

$159 $29

Trainers motivate students of all fitness levels—from novices to athletes—during workouts like weightlifting, speed training & plyometrics

$100 for $200 Worth of Services at Tamara's Fitness

Tamara's Fitness

On Location

$200 $100

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$149 for Four-Week Film Class from Fusion Film Academy ($299 Value)

Fusion Film Academy

Forest Hills

$299 $149

Twice-weekly two-hour classes teach students basics of acting, producing, directing, and cinematography with hands-on experience

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

Hard-Cider Tasting for Two or Four with Howler at Jaden James Brewery (Up to 51% Off)

Jaden James Brewery

Kentwood

$23 $11.50

Tasters sip hard ciders with such flavors as raspberry, peach, and sweet cherry, and take home a howler of their favorite

Roller Skating Package and Skate Rental and Snacks for Two, Four, or Six at The Fun Spot (Up to 71% Off)

The Fun Spot

Multiple Locations

$29 $13

Roller skating with skate rental for two, four, or six at the oldest Kentwood establishment; includes soda and choice of pizza or hot dog

Two Weeks or 30 Days of Unlimited Barre and Mat Pilates Classes at Pilates in East (Up to 54% Off)

Pilates in East

East Grand Rapids

$75 $35

Certified instructor strengthens cores and tightens up physiques with resistance exercises

120-Minute BYOB Painting Class from Naked Plates Studios (46% Off)

Naked Plates Studio

Grand Rapids

$50 $27

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$45 for Entry for One Adult to Eat Dirt Mud Run One-Lap 5K on Saturday, August 23 (Up to $75 Value)

Eat Dirt Mud Run

Kentwood

$75 $45

Annual 5K run sends waves of 500 runners through a one-lap, mud-covered obstacle course marked by hills, climbing walls & 60-foot mudslide

3 Fitness Classes or One Month of Unlimited Classes at FLEXcity Fitness (Up to 67% Off)

FLEXcity Fitness - Grand Rapids

Midtown

$45 $15

Combination strength and cardio group fitness classes use TRX, barre, indoor cycling, and more to burn at least 500 calories

10 or 20 Fitness Classes at Elite Fitness and Health (Up to 67% Off)

Elite Fitness and Health

Grand Rapids

$75 $29

This gym boasts ample amenities including childcare, and on-site smoothie bar, tanning beds, and group classes including LesMills Body Pump

10, 20, or One Month of Unlimited Fitness Classes at Body By Armr (Up to 76% Off)

Body By ARMR

West Grand

$100 $29

Instructors lead fitness classes designed to strengthen and condition muscles in short, intense bursts for quicker results

10 or 20 Groupons, Each Good for One Drop-In Visit or Class at Centennial Fitness (Up to 76% Off)

Centennial Fitness

Cascade

$10 $2.90

18,000 sq. ft. gym with sauna and Hammer Strength weights; calorie-burning fitness classes like Zumba

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Arthur Murray Dance Studio has been a leading name in franchise dance since 1912, when the entrepreneur began selling mail-order dance lessons. Expanding his reach, he enlisted teachers to spread his signature dance lessons on first-class steamships and skyrocketed to fame in the '30s after introducing the public to such dances as the Lambeth Walk and the Big Apple. By the 1950s, Arthur and his wife, Kathryn, were hosting their own highly popular TV show on ABC, the Arthur Murray Dance Party, which ran for 12 years. Today, Arthur Murray's team prepares students for rug cutting at special events and weekend nightclub jaunts. Clients who arrive to lessons partnerless will be paired up with other classmates as the instructors assess their current skill level and make recommendations on the most appropriate program. Throughout lessons, instructors teach the foundations of two to four dances from a long list of styles that range from Latin to country-western, helping students to learn basic step patterns, timing, and the ability to lead or follow.

4485 Plainfield Ave. NE
Grand Rapids,
MI
US

The Kalamazoo Wedding Affair sets brides-to-be and their fiancés 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 Street Northwest
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

Of the many 5K events held in the midwest, only one requires runners to sully themselves slipping down a mudslide. The annual Eat Dirt Mud Run sends thousands of runners through a grueling and characteristically muddy 5K landscape. The hosts have devised a one-lap course replete with slippery hill climbs, cargo nets, multiple mud pits, and fields of tires to challenge runners' endurance and grit. As adult participants?some donning costumes?sprint and stumble through the course, child runners can test their mettle in the Kids Mini Mud Run, in which competitors 6?12 traipse through a smaller, one-mile course. After concluding the race, runners rinse off at the course's wash station and can describe their thrilling journeys to fellow racers and earthworms they befriended during their muddy plunge.

1200 60th Street Southeast
Grand Rapids,
MI
US

In common parlance, an all-nighter means you've greeted the sunrise after a long night of work. Not so at Skynet Gaming, whose Friday all-nighters are dedicated to play. From 8 p.m. to 8 a.m., guests can nom on pizza and pop while playing the latest PC, Xbox 360, or Nintendo Wii titles against fellow Skynet attendees and gamers out in Internetland. Individual gaming stations accommodate players with high-definition displays, as well as comfy sofas and chairs.

Skynet hosts open gaming sessions until 2 a.m. the rest of the week, as well as tournaments, league games, and rounds of board and card games such as Magic: The Gathering. And, its in-house tech wizards can repair any malfunctioning computers or consoles, so gaming can pick right up when you get home.

4336 Plainfield Ave Ne, Ste K
Grand Rapids,
MI
US

Adhering to the USA Gymnastics slogan, "Start here, go anywhere," the instructors at R-Athletics prepare youths for physically fit futures, whether they continue on to be competitive gymnasts or competitive gymnasts' favorite hairdressers. Lofty windows fill the expansive facility with sunlight, spotlighting the professional gymnastics equipment that speckles the floors of colorful mats. Amid the tumble pits and trampolines, a staff of qualified professionals leads youngsters 18 months old to 18 years old in gymnastics and cheerleading visits throughout the week. As their children master vaults, bars, and beams, parents can watch proudly from the facility's ground-level and elevated viewing centers.

2845 Thornhills Ave SE
Grand Rapids,
MI
US