Looking for some ideas to plan your Spring Break? Go on on outdoor adventure, learn about Michigan maritime history, explore the arts, and find fun for all ages throughout West Michigan.
Take advantage of these Spring Lodging Specials to plan your getaway and check out more family travel ideas in the 2020 Carefree Travel Guide.
**Before heading out for your Spring Bread fun, please call ahead to confirm venues are open and holding events as planned.**
South West Michigan Spring Break Fun
This Spring Break, the Michigan Maritime Museum in South Haven will offer a variety of different activities and presentations for children of all ages. These range from hands-on activities about maritime science, history, and art to interactive displays on underwater technologies. If you’re looking for something fun and educational for your student to do during the break, the Michigan Maritime Museum is the place! Additionally, the museum is partnering with the children’s museum in Fennville to offer a reciprocal membership opportunity throughout the month of April. That’s two museums for the price of one membership!
A sure sign of spring, and a fun way to celebrate Spring Break, is the opening of Coldwater Country’s own Capri Drive-In Theater. The 1,000 car twin-screen drive-in kicks off the season (weather dependent) with the latest in new releases, the first weekend in April. Check the Capri Drive-In’s website for updates on opening day and movie schedule.
Schedule a special “Frozen 2” family movie night and overnight stay The Inn at Harbor Shores in St. Joseph on March 21st. Enjoy a kid friendly dinner buffet, movie showing at 7:00 pm, and an Inn souvenir. Standard room is $129, Harbor View room $139.
Join the Harbor Country Chamber of Commerce for its annual Spring Break-Out Party, Thursday, March 26th at 6:00 pm. Usher in the new season and celebrate Harbor Country’s local businesses at Journeyman Distillery’s gorgeous Warren Hall in Three Oaks. Enjoy Journeyman’s divine cocktail creations, wine, and craft beer selections from P&E Bottle Shop, tasty bites, and live music from the Andrew Fisher Quartet. There will also be a raffle and the opportunity to get a first look at the new 2020 Harbor Country Visitors Guide. The event is open to the public. Tickets are $35, and can be purchased on the Harbor Country Chamber’s website.
Rainy weather putting a damper on spring break? Then spend the day at Lakeview Square Mall in Battle Creek. There’s a movie theater, escape rooms, laser tag, skate park, mini arcade, and bookstore. Or take the train for a leisurely day trip into downtown Albion. It takes about four minutes to walk from the train station to main street. There, you’ll find restaurants, a bookstore, a hands-on museum for kids, parks, and a bakery.
Once you walk through the door at Allegan Event and experience the WOW factor, you’ll understand why this destination is at the top of the West Michigan bucket list items! Allegan Event is Michigan’s largest indoor ropes course and offers endless adventurous activities for guests of all ages to explore, get active, and make lasting memories. Take fun to new heights when you explore the heart-pumping bi-level Sky Trail® ropes course with Sky Rail™ with zip rails sitting at heights up to 35 feet. Pair the course with other activities such as the QUICKjump free-fall simulation, Vertical Drop Slide, Clip ‘n Climb® walls, and seasonal outdoor zip line spanning the Kalamazoo River. Don’t forget, little kids are included too! With a chaperone’s assistance, small children under 48” are able to build coordination and confidence on the Sky Tykes® course, which is positioned close to the ground and designed specifically for them. In addition to the adrenaline-filled attractions, Allegan Event has added a new arcade with prize redemption, as well as a food and beverage area to relax and refuel. Conveniently located 30-minutes from Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, and Holland, Allegan Event offers plenty of room for birthdays, celebrations and large groups. Allegan Event is offering special spring break hours and will be open all week April 5th – April 11th.
Kick off your break at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts with the 2020 Real to Reel Film Festival March 27th-28th. This 2-day festival will feature 65 films in three area venues, live music, pop up shops, artist talks, art exhibitions, and more.
Looking for something free and exciting to do while on spring break? The MSU Science Festival runs April 1-30 across the state. They have over 250+ activities and events for life-long learners of all ages, from hands-on experiments and activities, to talks with global experts, tours, and special guest speakers. Find location and schedule information at sciencefestival.msu.edu.
Central West Michigan Spring Break Fun
Looking for a place to get away with the kids over Spring Break? Holland has something for everyone. Enjoy activities at the aquatic center, Critter Barn, and Smithsonian’s Spark!Lab at the Holland Museum. Take a hike at one of the many breathtaking dune and trail parks, such as Mt. Pisgah where you can see great views of Lake Michigan and the Big Red Lighthouse. And for a little adult time, Holland offers a variety of performing arts events, trivia nights, shopping, and the new virtual golf facility. Those that are 21 and over can also pick up a Handcrafted Passport featuring Holland’s local breweries, wineries, distilleries, and cideries.
Head to the Critter Barn in Zeeland for the 2020 Spring Fling, April 4th-11th, as the farm welcomes spring. See the baby animals, including ducklings, bunnies, lambs, and calves, watch bottle feedings, and more. The farm is open 10:00 am-7:00 pm daily, closed on Sundays.
Join the Grand Rapids Downtown Market for a day celebrating science, technology, engineering, and math! On Wednesday, April 8th, from 10:00 am-2:00 pm, put on your thinking cap and explore science-related topics, displays, demos, and activities. Kids of all ages are welcome to learn more about rocket launching, motion & gravity, view robotic creations, get hands-on at building stations, and more. The Grand Rapids Downtown Market is home to 20+ indoor market vendors, two full service restaurants, monthly outdoor market events, hands-on cooking classes, private event venues, a state-of-the-art incubator kitchen, rooftop greenhouses, and more. Welcome to your next fun food experience.
Come to the Muskegon Museum of Art for a Spring Break Pajama Party and “20 for 20” Book Fair to celebrate spring and Michigan illustrators, April 9th from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm. This free event will include:
- Meet and greet with your favorite artists from the “20 for 20 Celebrating Michigan Illustrators” exhibition
- Books for purchase
- Bookmark making in the classroom
- Story time in the auditorium
- Pajamas and stuffed friends are welcome
Mt. Pleasant is where Michigan families meet for fun! Start planning your trip with their guide to free & frugal fun in Mt. Pleasant. Looking for spring break deals? Check out these suggestions for Spring Break fun.
If you’re planning a trip, Mecosta County is a beautiful stop on your map for Spring Break. Beat Cabin Fever by getting out on one of the numerous trails in Mecosta County. Enjoy biking and hiking for a weekend on the Frederick Meijer White Pine Trail to take in the beautiful sights and sounds that Mother Nature has to offer. Connected to the White Pine Trail is the Big Rapids Riverwalk which takes you on a 3.5 mile journey along the Muskegon River. This award-winning trail features fishing platforms, benches, bike racks, and picnic areas on either side of the 250 foot wooden bridge that spans the river. More information on what each trail has to offer as well as trail condition status in the face of this wintry weather can be found at BigRapids.org under the “Trails in Mecosta County” listed below “Things to Do.” Looking for shorter trails? Make sure to check out the “Let’s Walk Big Rapids” brochure guide that can be found on the Mecosta County website. Kids can also enjoy the Card Wildlife Center on the Ferris State University campus! The Card Wildlife Education Center is a 5,000-square foot facility located on the ground floor of the Arts and Sciences Commons building (Room 011) on the Ferris State University Campus in Big Rapids. There are nearly 200 wildlife specimens from around the world, it is open to everyone and there is no admission charge.
North West Michigan Spring Break Fun
Make memories that’ll last a lifetime with the perfect stay-cation. At the Courtyard by Marriott Petoskey your family will love the views of Little Traverse Bay, indoor salt-water pool, hot tub, Bistro, bar, and Starbucks. They are conveniently located just a short drive to your favorite Northern Michigan destinations, including Boyne Mountain, Boyne Highlands, the Odawa Casino, downtown Petoskey, and Lake Michigan. Book your Spring Break today at a great price!
Stay, play, and relax this Spring Break with free skiing* and activities for the whole family at Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville! Stay between March 22 – April 4 in hotel style accommodations, with room rates starting at $129 per night. Specialty Spring Break activities are included with your lodging package plus free skiing and riding* for the entire family! Activities include ice skating, snowshoeing, fat tire biking, outdoor laser tag and much more!
*A two night minimum stay is required for FREE SKIING AND RIDING. Free skiing and riding does not include rental equipment. Skiing and snowboarding, ice skating, snowshoeing and fat tire snow biking are weather dependent.
Splash into spring break with Great Wolf Lodge in Traverse City! The tropical temperatures of the indoor waterpark will draw you in and the thrilling activities will make it impossible to leave. Race down the twisting and twirling slides off Fort Mackenzie or take a relaxing float around Crooked Creek. You can also enjoy a delicious slice of pizza from Hungry as a Wolf, make a furry friend in Build-a-Bear, and explore your imagination in the new Camp H.O.W.L. Kick off your spring break with the Sunshine Celebration, a Spring Breakout event that runs until May 3rd. You’ll find crazy competitions, dynamite dances, and fun-filled crafts for the whole family. Help summon the sun for Spring and transform rainy skies into beautiful bubbles. Spring on over to Great Wolf Lodge to start your Breakout adventure!
Spring skiing is simply the best at Northern Michigan’s Shanty Creek Resort in Bellaire. The snow-pack is deep, temperatures are warmer, and there is sunshine! The slopes are 100% open with 53 runs, and are nothing short of amazing. Grab your skis, shades, and sunscreen and head for the slopes of Shanty Creek Resort.
Nearby Spring Break Fun
Plan your Spring Break in LaPorte County. Take a drive, a ride, or a paddle trip. Whether you have a few hours to kill or want to make a weekend of it, take a car, motorcycle, bike, or kayak across the LaPorte County highways, back roads, green ways, or blue ways and see early spring at its finest. Visit Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Park, which is the newest National Park, and is located at the southern tip of Lake Michigan. Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Park and the four LaPorte County Parks are the perfect spots for hiking, biking, paddling, and early bird-watching during the spring migration season. Stop by Washington Park in Michigan City to explore the only working lighthouse in Indiana. Shopping and socializing are at their best in LaPorte in the spring. There is no reason to hide indoors just because it is cold! LaPorte County’s outlet shopping is so much fun, plus there are so many other unique businesses and galleries to visit as well. Restaurants, breweries, and wineries are all open for business during the spring. Looking for some alone time or a family get-away? Then look no further than the beauty and tranquility of LaPorte County.