What To Do This Winter

In addition to some fun special events (see the Calendar for more details), there are some ongoing activites around town that work very well for filling in some days that are short on sunshine but long on energy.

If you need to get out of the house,  here are a few suggestions:

John Ball Park Zoo is free from December to May.  If you pick a nice enough day, it is actually quite fun in the winter.

Kentwood Rec has it’s Bouncin’ Babies and Tumblin’ Toddlers every Friday for $1 per kid between 10:00AM and noon. I have mentioned this before because I think it’s a screamin’ good deal.

Bounce Party has open time Wednesday and Thursday from 9:30-11:30.  It is $6 per child.

Gymco Open Gym  is $8 for nonmembers and the times are Tuesday and Wednesday from 12:00-1:00pm and Saturday
from 12:00-1:00pm.

Kentwood Aquatics Center has open swim during the week in the evenings.  See the website for times and prices.

Forrest Hills Aquatic Center  has open swim and parent/child swim times, see the website for hours and pricing.

Bright Beginnings Playgroups are nearly every day all around town. You already know how I feel about this program!

Barnes and Noble has story times on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 10:30AM at Rivertown.  Spend a buck on the carousel, let them play in the play area (and then dunk them in Lysol) and you have yourself a morning.  There are also storytimes on Tuesday and Friday mornings at 10:00 at Woodland.  Cleaner play area, but no horsies.

Blandford Nature Center has a story hour every Thursday at 10:00AM. Call first though; they are going through some changes right now.

Schuler has a story time at 11:00AM every Saturday at the 28th Street location.

Go to Krispy Kreeme and watch donuts being made.

There is always Chuck E Cheese and Craig’s Cruisers

The Public Museum is still free on Monday for Grand Rapids residents.

The Grand Rapids Children’s Museum continues with it’s $1 admission starting at 5:00PM each Thursday.  This is the way to go, because if you buy a Pals membership hoping to use reciprocal priviledges at another Children’s Museum, forget it.  You have to buy a $100 membership, which the GRCM won’t tell you when you sign up.  Trust me on this.

Kent District Library and Grand Rapids Public Library both have several story times each week in addition to the special events I have listed on the calendar. 

Have a Tasty Tuesday of your own and ake your kids out to lunch somewhere outside of your comfort zone.  It is fun, I swear! 

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2 responses to “What To Do This Winter

  1. adventuremom

    Thanks for this. I have been looking for Kentwood’s Pool hours and the free Mondays at the Public Musuem are good to know.

  2. thediaperdiaries

    or you could just stay inside, put the kids in front of the tv and read trashy magazines. it’s a toss up.

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