What's On This Weekend: March 29-31

Spring break has arrived for most of us and if you're sticking local, you'll want to find some fantastic ways to while away your days. In addition to our usual weekend roundup below, we also compiled all the best spring break family fun across Southwest Michigan and a handy guide for breaking up your days without being totally overwhelmed or going broke. Have a fabulous adventure, whatever your plans are! FRIDAY Slip down the slides and splash around the pools at Holland Aquatic Center's Spring Break Splash Time (through April 5) Explore the dinosaurs and toys, make crafts, play jumbo games and catch a planetarium show at the Grand Rapids Public Museum (through April 6) Learn about baby anim

Your 7-Day Guide To Spring Break Sanity

Unless they're jetting off to a fabulous locale, parents tend to have a love-hate thing with spring break. Sleeping in? Love. Hearing "I'm bored" a hundred times before the first cup of coffee goes cold? Hate hate hate hate. The solution for the staying-put crowd is, quite possibly, taking it 24 hours at a time and breaking up the days into different mini-adventures. We've come up with a template that requires just the right amount of effort, but feel free to tweak as you see fit. Monday - Something New Pick an activity that you've never done before, whether it's rock climbing, ceramics painting, a cool cuisine to check out for the first time (Ethiopian is forever and always a solid recommen

What's On This Weekend: March 22-24

This weekend's Southwest Michigan lineup offers a little bit of everything, from outdoor hikes and dirt bike races to butterflies and ballets. Take a beat to plan out your weekend with the help of our handy guide to what's happening in our neck of the woods. FRIDAY Take a hike and learn about reptiles and amphibians at the Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery in Mattawan Dress up as your favorite hero, prince, or princess to attend the Super Royal Ball at the Niles YMCA Catch the super powerful monster trucks battling for the championship title at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids (through Sunday) Enjoy hundreds of tropical butterflies fluttering around the lush observatory at the Meijer Gardens in G

Spring Break Fun For The Whole Family

Sticking around for spring break? Luckily, fun activities to explore just beyond your doorstep are plentiful. We've rounded up some of the most awesome special events on the calendar for your convenience. What are your spring break plans? SPLASH TIME @ AQUATIC CENTER | HOLLAND Families can splash around the Splash Zone, featuring a triple spiral water slide, giant play structure, water cannons, fountains and other fun features. BUTTERFLIES IN BLOOM @ MEIJER GARDENS | GRAND RAPIDS Visit the largest temporary tropical butterfly exhibition in the country, with more than 7,000 gorgeous butterflies fluttering around the Lena Meijer Tropical Conservatory in Grand Rapids. Special activities take pl

What's On This Weekend: March 15-17

It may be less than springlike outside, but don't let that stop you from getting out and enjoying the parades, performances and plethora of other family-friendly activities -- both indoors and out -- this weekend. Scroll down for all the details. FRIDAY Watch as the GR Ballet School Junior Company brings the timeless tale of Belle and the castle’s enchanted staff to life (through Sunday) Don't miss the opening costume party of the Children's Coastline Film Festival, with music, movies, cupcakes and more, at Krasl Art Center in St Joe (through March 17) Enjoy hundreds of tropical butterflies fluttering around the lush observatory at the Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids (through April 30) Catch

Walking Among The Butterflies

Inside the observatory at the Frederik Meijer Gardens is about as close to a tropical paradise as West Michigan is ever going to get. It's also one of the best antidotes to the long winter, especially if the butterflies are "in bloom." From early March through the end of April, the lush Grand Rapids venue lets loose hundreds of colorful butterflies. They flit about in every direction, prompting even the adults to chase them around in wide-eyed wonder with cameras poised for the perfect, elusive encounter. You can watch them feed on nectar and fruit and even observe some emerging from their chrysalis and unfolding their wings. It's pretty freaking cool. My kids walked along the paths with fin

What's On This Weekend: March 8-10

So many fun things are happening this weekend! Maple sugar festivals, film festivals, a Wonderland tea party, evening tike hike, LEGO bingo and two kids' nights out are just some of the events on the calendar for the next three days. Read on for all the fantastic details and enjoy your weekend, friends! FRIDAY Don't miss the opening costume party of the Children's Coastline Film Festival, with music, movies, cupcakes and more, at Krasl Art Center in St Joe (through March 17) Enjoy hundreds of tropical butterflies fluttering around the lush observatory at the Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids (through April 30) Catch a free movie -- and a special activity beforehand -- at Woodland Celebration th

10 Ways To Beat The Winter Blues

Originally published 2/10/18 Let's face it: Groundhog's Day is a sham. I mean, is there any possible way that spring would come before the end of March in Michigan? So not happening. But if your will to make it through until the first gorgeous green buds break is fading, we've come up with a mini survival guide to make it a little bit easier. Stroll through a tropical garden. The observatory at the Frederik Meijer Gardens is as lush as it gets. It does the soul good to see a living flower in February. Get a rejuvenating dose of greenness there, or in a pinch you can head to the plant section of your nearest big box store :) Have a staycation. For a mini-getaway, check into a hotel for the ni

What's On This Weekend: March 1-3

It may look like winter outside, but evidence of spring is popping up all over Southwest Michigan this weekend. The biggest of them may be the Butterflies Are Blooming exhibit kicking off at the Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids, the annual opportunity to breathe in warm, lush greenness and soak up the technicolor beauty of the observatory. If that's not your speed, there are nature walks, puppet shows, free community concerts, stories, movies, winter fun and so much more. Read on for the full slate of weekend happenings! FRIDAY Enjoy hundreds of tropical butterflies fluttering around the lush observatory at the Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids (through April 30) Kick off the giant celebration of

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