You’re itching to escape to the great Minnesota Northwoods, and your lazer focused on Grand Rapids. You know it’s a great place – maybe you’ve been before, or maybe you know about all the winter fun to be had in this great part of the state. But what about your kids? Will they be bored out of their minds? Of course not! There’s plenty for kids of all ages when you make a winter family trip to Grand Rapids!
Kid Friendly Events
Depending on what the kids are interested in, many events in Grand Rapids are kid-inclusive and kid-friendly.
- Macrostie Arts Center has an ongoing program called Sculpture for Kids, that lets participants experiment with different types of sculpture and sculpture materials.
- Lights! Camera! Math! plays at the Reif Center for the Arts this winter – a fun filled interactive performance that mixes up math, magic, theater, and digital effects.
- Or perhaps your spawn have always dreamed of making their own film? Macrostie Arts will be offering “Animation Achievement Get!” – a class for kids where each participant will leave with an animated movie that they’ve created themselves.
Check out the events calendar at Visit Grand Rapids for lots of happenings each month – many which are kid friendly or specifically for children or young adults.
Opportunities for Learning
Grand Rapids’ Children’s Museum is right in town, and will entertain (and teach) your 3-7 year old about our fascinating world. And the Judy Garland Museum is a must for the entire family, especially if any of your kids (and you) loved The Wizard of Oz. Judy Garland was born in Grand Rapids – just one of our claims to fame!
And keep state parks (such as Scenic State Park and Schoolcraft State Park) in mind if you visit Grand Rapids in the summer season. These parks often have interpretive programs for kids that give us all a better appreciation of the awesomeness of Minnesota nature and our complex ecosystem.
Playtime For Everyone
So many of Minnesota’s winter sports are family friendly for all ages; Grand Rapids is an exceptional place to hit the outdoors. Rent fat bikes and introduce your kids to trail biking on the snow. Take a long snowmobile trek through pristine northwoods trails. Snowshoeing is a terrific way to enjoy time with the family. So is ice fishing – and there are plenty of opportunities for family members of all ages to enjoy fishing on our big lakes.
There’s plenty for your kids to do on a winter getaway to Grand Rapids. And as kids often do, perhaps they’ll help you see your vacation through fresh new eyes.