The following are one-time activities:
- Skate with the Griffins players! The Great Skate Winterfest is a 34 hour long event where you can skate with Griffins players, check out ice sculpting, zoo animals and many other family friendly activities. It all starts Saturday, Feb. 7 at noon and goes around the clock till Sunday, Feb. 8 at 10 p.m. at Rosa Parks Circle. Admission is FREE, and for more information: griffinshockey.com.
- Grand Haven Winter Fest. This looks like a lot of fun: Cardboard Sled Race, Long Johns Run, Bonfire Bash, Hamster/Gerbil Race, along with many more activities. It's all happening starting Thursday, Jan 22 going through Sunday, Jan 25. For more information, go to winterfestmi.org.
- Visit the Library. The KDL Library has many winter-themed events happening all season long. Many of their branches are having Winter Snow Parties this week. Check out their event calendar by visiting KDL.org.
- Little Red Riding Hood & Green Eggs and Ham. The Grand Rapids Symphony presents these two literary classics this year at Sunshine Community Church. Little Red is on Jan. 31, and Green Eggs is on March 14. Tickets are only $5 plus a $2.75 fee and are available at ticketmaster. Go to grsymphony.org for more information.
- Kids and Family Expo. The 2nd annual Kids and Family Expo is Saturday, January 24th. There are a lot of actives going on and admission is $7 for adults and kids are $3 (2 & under FREE). For more info go to kidsandfamilyexpo.com.
- Build Something. Check out Lowes' Kids Clinics for a fun weekend activity to do with your up and coming wood worker. The events are FREE but registration is required. Check out there schedule and register at lowesbuildandgrow.com.
The following are reoccurring:
- Sledding. There are many places around the area to go sledding for free. Check out the map that I found on grkids.com for more information. The information is from 2012 but I don't think sledding hills change that often, though I make no guarantees.
- Visit the Grand Rapids Art Museum. Every Tuesday and every Thursday Evening general admission to the GRAM is free. For more information, check them out at artmuseumgr.org.
- Do a little "Bird Watching". Watching airplanes land and take off is a great FREE activity to do all year long. The Gerald R. Ford has two different ways to enjoy the sights and sounds of the airport. There is a viewing area on Kraft Avenue where you can get a great view of the planes taking off and landing. You can also tune into 1650 AM to listen to air traffic controllers and pilots and they coordinate all of the operations. They also have an interior observation deck that provides a great view of the planes being prepped for takeoff. For more information, go to grr.org.
- Cross Country Skiing. L.E. Kaufman golf course is located in Wyoming, and when it's too cold to golf, they open their fairways for cross country skiing. The have some fantastic trails and they only charge $2 per person. Visit them at www.accesskent.com for more info.
- Visit the Children's Museum. Every Thursday evening, from 5 - 8, admission is only $1.50 per person. I've been here a couple of times with my nephews and it's a lot of fun for them... and me. Go to grcm.org for more info.
- Visit the Frank Lloyd Wright Meyer May House. Discover the beauty of Wright's Prairie style of architecture by visiting his fully restored Meyer May house in Grand Rapids. Admission is FREE and their hours are Tuesday & Thursday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. and Sunday from 1-5 p.m. For directions and more info, click here.
- Build a Snowman. This is an event that can happen multiple times per season in practically any neighborhood in West Michigan. As you can see by the picture in this post, I had a slight advantage when I made mine with my brothers being 500 miles north in the UP.
Take some time this winter to make some memories with the ones you love. There is more to do than just going out to the movies. Get out and enjoy some of creation, even if it requires you to put on more layers than are in my wife's famous been dip.