I have so much to say this week. I wanted to tell you all about how my Dad totally called me out about my healthy eating post when I showed up at his house two days later with a bag of McDonald’s goodness. And how we went to the Cottage Living show, all excited to knock down a sand castle, and it was so lame it was painful. Barnaby was there.
I’ve been too busy though, primarily with annoying the crap out of expressing my concerns to the Michigan Senate Education Committee (and anyone who is unfortunate enough to be friends with me). There is some proposed legislation being reviewed right now that would mandate all day kindergarten for kids beginning the year they are to turn 5. Yeah I said mandate. Yeah I said all day. Yeah, I said the year they turn 5 – as in, they could very well still be 4 when they start.
I will take a break from that though. A Spring Break, actually. And so will the rest of Grand Rapids. SOOOOOO many people are staying in town this year, I think the only place that won’t be busy is the airport. No worries though. This is a big town with lots to do. So let’s get to it.
On Wednesday, the Ford Museum has free admission and free cake for the first 750 visitors. It seems that Betty was kind enough to have a birthday right in the middle of spring break!
John Ball Park Zoo has Zoobilee again, with keeper talks, crafts, & special games.
The Grand Rapids Children’s Museum isn’t usually open to the public on Monday, but they are during Spring Break. They still have the $1 admission on Thursday evening from 5-8. If you are brave enough to go during the day, there is a buy one get one free admission coupon in the Entertainment Book.
We actually just went yesterday, and the Blue Man Group exhibit is sweet. If you have the kind of husband who is sort of like Jason Bateman in Juno (before he split, of course) you’ll need to take him too so he can pretend he’s a musician.
This picture has nothing to do with spring break. I just think Jason Bateman is kind of hot.
Meijer Gardens continues with it’s Butterflies are Blooming Exhibit. Nasty, nasty beasts. Oh, did I say that out loud?
Flick’s Family Film Festival will be showing Tales of Despereaux for most of the week, then switches to Paul Blart, Mall Cop. I do love Kevin James, but I 1) hate it when comedians do kids’ movies and 2) hate taking my kids to adult movies. Since it must be one or the other – I’m going to pass on that one.
If you go Monday through Thursday from 12-2 to Celebration Cinema South, National Heritage Academies is having “Spring Fling“. This is usually fun, with little games and stuff in the lobby.
The Grand Rapids Art Museum has Spring Break activities on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Look at their website for specific times and events.
GR Now has put together a fine list of Easter Egg Hunts around town for those who are so inclined.
One place I would stay away from is the mall. Any of them. I have seen signs at a few Rite Aid and Walgreens stores advertising Easter Bunny pictures, so if you must photograph your child with someone you don’t know wearing a rabbit costume, at least do it on the cheap.
Eating out is an important part of any vacation. Art & Bev’s, the very inexpensive and very very delicious lunch joint on GRCC’s campus will be open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Whitecaps opening day is April 9. Play ball!
Griffins season finale is April 10.
Craig’s Cruisers has several different spring break specials.
Bounce Party has added more ‘open bounce’ times during spring break; their website lists them all.
Tarry Hall has a spring break schedule on the website if you want to do some roller skating.
Gymco has spring break day camps.
The Forest Hills Aquatics Center has special Spring Break swim times.
Barnes and Noble has several story times; click ‘events’ on the website and type in your ZIP code for the time and place convenient to you.
Check with your local library for story times and other events; they aren’t all listed on the GRPL website and there are too many to list here on the KDL website.
Some notable programs though – at GRPL Kevin Kammeraad and his puppet Jacob will be at different locations throughout the week. Also, to celebrate the opening day of baseball, some branches are offering programs on April 6. At KDL, I like the looks of Family Movie Night at the Wyoming Branch on Monday, the Fancy Nancy Mother-Daughter Parties at several branches, and the “Are You Curious” programs also at several branches.
This Saturday, April 4 Literary Life Bookstore has a program with children’s author Shutta Crum. The website has info - but there is a typo. It says March. It’s actually April.
Creative Learning has a bunch of stuff planned too. Some of it is out of my spring break budget, but I can live with these:
Open Art Studio
What: Explore creativity through a variety of art media and techniques
When: Thursday, April 9 10AM-12:30PM (come anytime between those times)
Who: All ages -even adults
Cost: $4 half hour or $6 per hour
What: Bruce Miller will host a game party every afternoon. Kids can come with friends or by themselves and will be matched up with other kids. Different games will be played each day. See schedule below for details. Please call ahead to let us know you’re coming.
When: All sessions are from 1:00 PM-3:30 PM Players may come at anytime and leave at anytime.
Monday, April 6-Rat a Tat Cat and other fun Gamewright Games for ages 5-11
Tuesday, April 7-Blokus and other favorites for ages 6 and up
Wednesday, April 8-Settlers of Catan (many versions) for ages 10 and up.
Thursday, April 9-Cooperative Games (Pandemic, Orchard, Max, Lord of the Rings, etc.) Lots to choose for ages 5+ and 10+
Friday, April 10-Ticket to Ride for ages 8 and up.
Cost: No charge for game playing. Our café will be open and we’ll also have healthy snacks for $1 each.
On Saturday, kids can make a birdhouse at Home Depot. For free, minus the cost of the tools your husband has to buy for… something.
PHEW!! That’s a lotta bloggin’. If you know of something else going on around town – please let me know and I’ll update the post.