Spring Break is right around the corner, and it’s the perfect time to get out and play in West Michigan! Whether you’re looking to get away for a few days, or plan to enjoy a staycation in your own town, we have enough fun ideas to fill up your whole week!
Check back as we get closer to Spring Break, as we’ll be adding more ideas and ways for you to explore the area.
Be sure to also view our events calendar to find more ideas to add to your Spring Break.
West Michigan Spring Break Ideas: South Region
Join the Air Zoo in Kalamazoo for their science-based day camps that will engage and inspire children to learn about the exciting world of science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM). Utilizing fun, exciting, and highly interactive programming, the Air Zoo guides young minds through creative and inquiry-based experiences that instill a lifelong passion for learning.
For a family friendly spring break option, head to Kalamazoo. Check out Cerny’s Journeys list of the cool things you need to do in Kalamazoo- perfect for planning a spring break trip. Also, their Cool Spots to Take Kids Guide features plenty of fun options!
Krasl Art Center in St. Joseph offers Spring Break Art Camps for students ages 5-12 for the week of March 20th-24th. Explore new exhibitions that examine your relationship with technology in different ways. This is an essential stop during your trip to Saint Joseph and Benton Harbor. All camps are in-person in KAC’s studios, and cover a wide range of interests! Learn more about their classes here.
Head to Allegan Event for the ultimate staycation activity! Conveniently located 30-minutes from Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, and Holland, Allegan Event is Michigan’s largest indoor ropes course and offers endless adventurous activities for guests of all ages to explore. Attractions include the heart-pumping bi-level Sky Trail® ropes course with Sky Rail® zip rails, Sky Tykes® course for small children, Clip ‘n Climb® walls, arcade, and food and beverage area. Check out their spring hours here.
Explore the trails at Pierce Cedar Creek Institute in Hastings, where you’ll find an entire children’s book waiting for you along the path! The institute debuts a new Storybook Walk each month, and it’s a fun way to get out and enjoy the first signs of spring.
A warm-weather tradition, catch a flick (or two!) at Coldwater Country’s own Capri Drive-In Theater. The 1,000 car, twin screen drive-in offers a unique way to enjoy movies for the kids, and a blast of nostalgia for the adults!
This spring break, you’ll want to check out local Okemos favorite, High Caliber Karting & Entertainment, located at the Meridian Mall! They have high speed go-kart racing, axe throwing, rage rooms, and a battlefield. Most activities are for ages 8 and up, but there are two fully stocked bars for the 21+ crowd to have even more fun while hanging out. Take advantage of their All Access Pass, which includes go-kart races, axe throwing, throwbowling, and pocket soccer. Learn more here.
West Michigan Spring Break Ideas: Central Region
Enjoy Livegolf in Grand Rapids, Holland, and Muskegon! LiveGolf’s state-of-the-art indoor golf simulator facility features AboutGolf technology. Enjoy access to over 100 golf courses, various challenge games, and multiple practice ranges on our simulators. Whether you’re looking for a fun night out with friends or entertainment for the whole family, LiveGolf has you covered! Complete the LiveGolf experience by enjoying delicious food and drinks while you play.
Looking for a place to get away with the kids over Spring Break? Holland has something for everyone. From the indoor waterpark at the Holland Aquatic Center to professionally designed skate parks. Holland offers dozens of fun, diverse activities. The whole family can enjoy hikes in one of their many breathtaking dune and trail parks.. Check out their events page for special activities happening during your Spring Break!
Spring is the time of year when the Critter Barn in Zeeland is full of new life, and visiting during their Spring Fling week means you might get to witness a live birth, or see young animals stand for the first time and take their first steps. One ticket will get your whole family admission, and check out the Critter Barn’s upcoming class schedule for even more animal fun.
Grand Rapids pulls out all the stops to keep kids entertained during Spring Break. They’ve got great spring activities to check out, including arts & culture, live music, animal adventures, and more.
Battle GR Tactical Games in Grand Rapids offers laser tag, archery tab, dodgeball, yard games, and more for kids 9 years and older during Day Camps held Monday-Thursday. Check out their website for open hours when the whole family can visit as well.
Spring Break Day Camps at John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids include games, animal encounters, interactive trips into the zoo and park, and much more. Camps like Zoo Detective (April 3 & 4) and Wild World (April 5 & 6) are open to youngsters in kindergarten through fifth grade. Pre-Register here.
Escape to a tropical greenhouse to feel like you’re in the Caribbean this spring break! Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids offers butterfly activities for kids in conjunction with the Fred & Dorothy Fichter Butterflies are Blooming exhibit during Spring Break week and all throughout April.
Mt. Pleasant makes for a great spring break vacation destination, allowing you to save on gas and time, and instead invest in memories! Visit the indoor waterpark, explore the beautiful park system, and stay comfortably at one of the area’s many lodging properties.
West Michigan Spring Break Ideas: Northern Region & Upper Peninsula
If your Spring Break vacation brings you Up North, stop by the Inland Seas Education Association in Suttons Bay to visit their free Education Center. Raise a sail, watch plankton videos, view bugs under the microscope, crawl through the benthos tunnel, learn about invasive species, view the Zebra Mussel Bike, and much more.
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! Grab your skis, shades, and sunscreen and head for the slopes of Shanty Creek Resort.
If you want to visit Drummond Island, you’ll have to drive north across the Mackinac Bridge, and then take a ferry from the eastern tip of the UP, but we guarantee that the trip will be worth it! With tons of trails and nature to explore, plus Drummond Island Resort as your home-base, it makes for a spring break trip that you’ll talk about for years.
Imagine escaping to wine country without leaving the state! The winter specials at the Inn at Black Star Farms in Suttons Bay add another reason to visit in winter if the wine, fireplaces, equestrian facility, breakfasts, and hospitality hour were not enough. Book your stay now!
The Earl in Charlevoix is a trendy boutique hotel located two blocks from downtown shops and restaurants. Outdoor adventure is plentiful around the hotel. Snowshoe the sand dunes, fat tire bike along Lake Michigan trails, or cross-country ski through the state park. They are centrally located to 5 different ski resorts if you are looking for more of a thrill. Their inviting lobby bar is open for small plates and your favorite beverage, and their outdoor hot tub is always warm and cozy. See available dates here.
Spend Spring Break on the slopes at Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville with their March at the Mountain event! There are special themes and events happening on the mountain every weekend in March. Learn more here.
Planning to visit the Petoskey Area over Spring Break? There are many different things to do! Weather permitting, there will be spring skiing and riding at the ski resorts. Looking for something a bit warmer for the kids to do? Check out Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark at Boyne Mountain Resort. Looking for an excuse to see the Mackinac Bridge? Well now’s your chance! Just a quick day trip from the Petoskey area, explore Colonial Mackinac and snap some shots by the bridge.
As Marquette sees the remainder of its snowfall in March, Marquette Mountain is the ideal spot for family fun. Marquette Mountain offers 170 acres of pristine skiing with slopes for beginners to experts. Guests can enjoy breathtaking views of Lake Superior as they make their way down, and the mountain is only a five-minute drive from downtown Marquette, making it convenient to grab a bite or drink after a busy day on the slopes. The mountain typically closes the third week of March, so head over early to soak up the last of the slopes.
Enjoy a relaxing spring break staycation at Hotel Walloon. They will be hosting Teacher’s April Getaway where you let them pamper you as you enter the homestretch of the school year. Learn more here.