Whether you are looking for outdoor adventures, a fun family outing, or something special for the kids to try, you’ll find fun for all ages to enjoy during Spring Break throughout West Michigan.
Check out the events calendar to find more ideas to add to your Spring Break.
You are encouraged to confirm current hours and operating procedures with locations before visiting, and make sure to adhere to local safety guidelines to help you travel safely in West Michigan.
Coldwater Country (South)
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 with the latest in new releases the first weekend in April (weather dependent). Check the website for updates on opening day and movie schedule.
Soon the days will be getting longer and the sun will finally begin warming up the maple trees in the sugarbush, while the nights still dip below freezing. The snow will turn to mud and that means it’s maple syrup time! Tapping the trees is in full swing and it won’t be long before the annual Maple Row Sugarhouse Maple Syrup Festival in Jones! It is “Michigan’s Premiere Maple Syrup Festival” to celebrate everything maple. This year’s festival dates will be March 20-21 and March 27-28. It’s an annual festival, free for the whole family, with lots of activities that entertain. “Sweeten up” by enjoying a delicious pancake and sausage breakfast or a treat from their unique maple food trailer. Watch how maple syrup is produced in a modern facility from the sap of maple trees. Plenty of maple products will be for sale at the maple store. Wander the property and watch how the French Colonials made their own maple syrup and maple sugar. Petting farm, coloring contest, cooking demonstrations, free maple syrup samples….there is something for everyone! Visit the festival website for more information.
St. Joseph (South)
Krasl Art Center in St. Joseph will be offering in-person Spring Break camps April 5th – 9th. These camps are designed for children ages 5 – 12 and taught by local artists. Registration and more information will be posted mid-March on KAC’s website.
Take fun to new heights at Allegan Event, Michigan’s largest indoor ropes course! Allegan Event offers endless adventurous activities for guests of all ages to explore, get active, and make lasting memories. Make your way through the ropes course, climb as high as you can on the Clip-N-Climb wall, and enjoy a variety of arcade and video games. Check the website for hours of operation, capacity updates, and make reservations.
This year, Air Zoo in Portage will be offering both in person and virtual Spring Break camps, March 30th-April 1st, for kindergarten to fifth grade students. Camp session options include coding, the science of aerodynamics, engineering, and more STEAM-focused topics and experiences. Space is limited, reserve your young scientist’s camp spot online.
Add some artistic fun to your Spring Break with the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo’s Art Hop on April 2nd. A variety of businesses, art organizations, and artists will have booths set up indoors and outdoors in downtown Kalamazoo to view and purchase a wide variety of artistic creations. The event is free to attend; artists interested in exhibiting at Art Hop can register online.
Spend spring break online and at home with the Kalamazoo Valley Museum March 29th-April 2nd. Explore children’s books and create art with the Museum’s “No Missing Pieces” workshops, using children’s picture books and related art to explore what a beautiful world it could be. Daily crafts and activities will support one of five books, including The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig, Beautiful Hands by Kathryn Otoshi, The Proudest Blue by Ibtihaj Muhammad, I Am Enough by Grace Byers, and The Big Umbrella by June and Juniper Bates. Check out the stories and activities online for free, or register for craft bags, available for curbside pickup for $10.
With many families staying local for Spring Break, rather than traveling somewhere warm, High Caliber Karting & Entertainment in Okemos will be featuring family combo go-kart and gaming deals, as well as creating a tropical beach vibe among the team, guests, and around the facility.
Enjoy STEM fun over break with the Virtual 2021 MSU Science Festival. The Science Festival will have a lineup of over 190 virtual presentations throughout the month of April. Check out amazing talks with the experts, virtual tours, community partner presentations, live virtual demonstrations, and experiment-along demonstrations.
Grand Rapids (Central)
Warm up with a walk through a tropical conservatory at the annual Fred & Dorothy Fichter Butterflies are Blooming exhibit at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids. This temporary, annual exhibition features thousands of tropical butterflies from Central and South America, Africa, and Asia freely flying in the Tropical Conservatory. From March 1st through April 30th, experience butterflies close up and watch them emerge from their chrysalises right before your eyes.
Join John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids for Spring Break Camp! Enjoy games, animal encounters, interactive trips into the zoo and park, and more. Camp will be held April 5th-8th for students in Kindergarten through 5th Grade. Registration information and more camp details can be found on the John Ball Zoo website.
Add some fun competition, laughs, connection, and some exercise during Spring Break Camp, April 5th-9th, at BattleGR Tactical Games in Comstock Park! Enjoy a week of laser tag, archery, dodgeball, basketball, volleyball, soccer, board games, arts & crafts, and a Super Smash Bros tournament. Sign up for the full week or a single day through the BattleGR website.
Mt. Pleasant (Central)
Photo: Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort
Mt. Pleasant offers the perfect balance of convenient location and affordable unique amenities to let you focus on what’s most important: making memories. Find outdoor adventures and budget-friendly family fun, and see why Mt. Pleasant needs to be your next Spring Break vacation.
Traverse City (North)
Heading up north this Spring Break? Whether it’s a family weekend, romantic getaway, or just a weekend escape, Traverse City is the place for you! Find things to do, coupons, discounts, and escape packages on the Traverse City Tourism website.
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 and nothing short of amazing. Grab your skis, shades, and sunscreen, and head for the slopes of Shanty Creek Resort.
Drummond Island (Upper Peninsula)
Load up the family and head “U.P.” to Drummond Island Resort for a wholesome, fun, action-packed Spring Break Family Getaway. Accommodations include spacious log cabins and comfy rustic lodge loft rooms. Choose from many of the on-site activities during your stay including skeet/clay shooting, ORV trails, bicycling, or a variety of outdoor sports. Still have snow on the ground? Stop by the Activity Center where you can pick from cross country skis, snowshoes, sled tubes, and ice skates. Bring the gang to Pins Bar and Grill for a meal the whole family will enjoy. There is something on the menu for everyone from mouth-watering short ribs to house made chicken fingers and chips. Complete your day with a lighted trail walk or s’mores bonfire. Spring Break Family Getaway Package includes discounted lodging and $40 food and beverage credit per each night’s stay. Call 906.493.1000 to reserve and mention the FAM special.
Marquette (Upper Peninsula)
As Marquette sees the remainder of its snowfall throughout March, plan a getaway to enjoy the last snow of the season. Find slopes for beginners to experts, along with views of Lake Superior as you make your way down, as well as snowshoe trails, fat-tire biking, and ice climbing. Grab a bite or drink in downtown Marquette to celebrate a busy day in the snow.