How to spend your Spring in West Michigan
Updated: Feb 17
Welcome in the first day of spring (March 20th) with a few of these fun activities!
1. The Butterflies are Blooming! At Frederick Meijer Gardens, the annual Fred and Dorothy Fichter butterfly garden is up and running again now through April 30th. Over 60 species of butterflies will take flight around the the warm, lush environment of the Lena Meijer Tropical Conservatory. See how light and shadow affect butterfly behavior, color and the natural environment where they flourish. Watch how the butterflies emerge from their cocoons at the observation station, and partake in other children's activities. There are Butterfly Ballets scattered throughout the month. Check out meijergardens.org for details and pricing information.
2. Head over to John Ball Zoo for reduced admission rates now through April 26th. With over 2,000 animals, indoor and outdoor viewing, and more touching exhibits than any other zoo in Michigan, you'll never run out of things to do. Take a break at the concessions and gift shops, or take the tram up to the Bissell Treehouse that hosts fun events and rentals. More information and pricing details located on jbzoo.org.
3. Play ball! The West Michigan Whitecaps home opener is April 6th. The Class A Affiliate of the Detroit Tigers play April through September. Head over to Fifth Third Ballpark for baseball, food, and a fun, family-friendly day! For ticket information, call (616) 784-4131.
4. Join us for our seventh year at the Gazelle Girl Half Marathon on April 14th! Whether you want to complete your first 5k, 10k or half marathon, or are looking to set a PR, this event is for you! Grab your girlfriends, mothers, sisters, cousins, grandmas, aunts, or co-workers and get registered for this event! The event raises funds for four local charities -- Gazelle Sports Foundation, Girls on the Run Kent & Muskegon Counties, Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women and the YWCA. $45-$105 per person based on distance and time before event date.
5. Cider Week GR: Michigan is one of America’s largest producer of apples – and the majority are grown on family farms stretching north from Grand Rapids. So it’s no coincidence that we have so many skilled cider makers in the area, plying their trade at an increasing number of excellent craft cideries. You’ll find their lip-smacking libations in local stores, bars, restaurants, tasting rooms – and straight from the source at cider mills. On May 12-18th, GR will be packed full of events and cider-related activities, ending with a cider festival on downtown's Gillett Bridge.
For more information on these events, go to www.experiencegr.com, www.meijergardens.org, www.jbzoo.com, and www.milb.com.