Fun Guide to Maranda’s Big 4 Weekend April 8-10


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — For many families in West Michigan, spring break is coming to an end, but this weekend is your last chance to enjoy some big spring family fun. Even though it has been rainy and cold, Maranda has some great family fun destinations that will have you enjoying every day of this weekend. Check out his full list of family fun below.


Family fun at the museum

The Museums of Western Michigan is thrilled to welcome families for spring break fun. Check out the Air Zoo, Grand Rapids Public Museum, Grand Rapids Children’s Museum, Gilmore Automotive Museum, Lakeshore Museum, Holland Museum and more. All of these great museums offer something special to celebrate spring!

Frederik Meijer Gardens Butterflies are blooming

The butterflies are officially in the gardens until April 30. Families can explore 60 different butterfly species as they navigate the gardens. Butterflies from Asia, Africa and Central and South America will again take flight in the warm and lush environment of the Lena Meijer Tropical Conservatory. This experience is included in general admission, see Times and prices here.

Easter egg hunts

Easter weekend is right around the corner, and some family fun starts early in West Michigan. Communities around Grand Rapids, the lakefront and beyond host fun egg hunts for families all weekend long. Check your local community listings to find one near you. Some of Maranda’s top picks are here:

Annual Walker Easter Egg Hunt

Hackley Easter Egg Hunt

Spring Festival and Egg Hunt

Little Leapers Stravaganza Easter Eggs at Sky Zone

Family movies

Head to any Celebration Cinema this weekend to enjoy their family movie series Flicks. This weekend, families can enjoy the movie, Sing 2. Kids under twelve can enjoy the movie completely free, and all others are only five dollars. This fun movie will have the whole family laughing. Check out this affordable fun anytime this weekend. For specific times, visit the Celebration Cinema website.

Twilight Tours at John Ball Zoo

The John Ball Zoo offers a fun-filled experience that will allow you and your family to see all of the zoo’s wild creatures in a whole new light. This 1.5-hour experience will include a guided tour of the zoo after sunset. Bring your flashlights and the whole family will embark on a fun adventure. Register your family online for this unique experience.

Grand Rapids Comic-Con

This weekend, families can experience all of their favorite comic book characters, superheroes, and more at Grand Rapids Comic Con 2022. Families have the opportunity to meet characters, attend presentations, and learn more. to buy some really cool souvenirs. Bring the whole family for this awesome fun this weekend!

Holland’s last indoor farmers market

If you’re looking for a warmer weekend activity, this is the last covered winter market in the Marketside room at Civic Center Place. Families can enjoy all the fresh foods and produce featured at the summer farmer’s market. Get some fresh vegetables for your hot winter soup or even a hot chocolate or pastry. Find him this weekend at the covered market of the Famers in Holland.

Spring Fling at Boulder Ridge

Head to Boulder Ridge for their spring opening event. Spend time with all the animals, including the impressive giraffes who are delighted to welcome you and your family to the zoo. A $12 per person and families can enjoy animal feeds, delicious concessions and more.

John Ball Zoo and GRAM Member Exchange

The John Ball Zoo and Grand Rapids Museum of Art come together for a month-long membership exchange, this means John Ball Zoo members can present their membership card for free admission to GRAM, and vice poured. If you’re not a member of one of these fun family destinations, now is the time to sign up and take advantage of these amazing benefits.

Kids, crafts and critters at the Coopersville Farm Museum

A day of family fun is happening this Saturday at the Coopersville Farm Museum. Bring all the kids to enjoy Kids, Crafts and Critters. This one day event will be full of fun for all ages. Have fun building your own birdhouse and tons of adorable farm animals. Don’t miss this great family event!

GRAM Drop-In Studio: portraits and painting

If you’re in the mood to DIY this weekend, the Grand Rapids Museum of Art is hosting Drop-In Studio Classes where you can practice the art of portrait painting. In this experience, you can take your own photo with an instant camera and then add your own touches with paint. This artistic and multimedia pleasure can be enjoyed throughout the month of April.

Critter Barn Spring Fling

Critter Barn’s annual Spring Fling kicks off this Friday and will run through the end of next week. Families can head to Critter Barn to enjoy fun family activities, hang out, and welcome the new baby farm animals. Apart from Sunday, the barn will be open every day from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.! Visit their website to register for tickets now!

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