One of our most favorite signs of spring has arrived: the butterflies at the Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids. Head to the warm, lush observatory -- wear layers; it gets warm -- and watch as butterflies in the loveliest jewel tones flitter over your heads and all around you. It's a pretty spectacular sight to behold. Once the warmth gets to you, head outdoors to explore the children's garden.
If butterflies aren't for you (is that a thing?), then make plans to hang with the Star Wars crew, princesses galore or head to the farm for sheep shearing or maple sugar making.
Enjoy this beautiful March weekend, friends!
See the butterflies flitter and fly at the Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids, the country's indoorlargest display of tropical butterflies (through April)
Head to Sherman's Dairy Bar in South
Head over the rainbow for a magical tea party with Dorothy and her friends from Grand Rapids Ballet School Junior Company ahead of the matinee performance of The Wizard of Oz
Wander through the mega creations at the LEGO Big Build at Shadowland Ballroom in St Joe (through Sunday)
Eat an 1800s maple sugar treat at the Blandford Nature Center's historic-themed sugarbush, and visit the sugar house to see how the treats are made
Holland's Shady Side Farm hosts its annual shearing day and fiber arts demonstrations
Meet Star Wars characters and enjoy a post-game open skate during an entertaining evening with the Grand Rapids Griffins
Dress up and stop by the Aberdeen's clothing store in Grand Haven to meet Cinderella, Rapunzel and the Mermaid Princess
Learn more about all the weekend happenings and more on the Southwest Michigan Kids calendar.