Staycations Can be Just as Fun and Memorable

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owlGRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (April 07, 2014) — Many of us have Facebook envy right now; pictures flooding our walls from family and friends with their toys in the sand while we still bundle up in our winter coats. Well, the Smart Shopper is here to lift your spirits with some great ideas for you and the family right here in Michigan. Another great place to start your adventure is by going to to find places around the state, such as Avalanche Bay Water Park at Boyne and Double J Resort in Rothbury, offering Spring Break discounts. If you are interested in a day trip is Bronner’s Chistmas Wonderland in Fankenmuth.

Montcalm County

Anderson & Girls Orchards and Zoo, Stanton: FREE- Zebras, camels, lemurs, peacocks, arctic foxes, reindeer, a petting zoo and so much more! Grab a fresh-made doughnut, too

Farm Country Cheese House, Lakeview: FREE – From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily, watch Amish make delicious cheeses and try some samples, too.


Kent County

Kent District Library; FREE: KDL branches have all types of free events and activities for families all week-long, even beyond Spring Break!

Blandford Nature Center, Grand Rapids: $3 adults, 2 and under free– Come hoot with the owls or wander through the sprawling trails. Not to mention, Blandford has camps starting Tues. April 8 ranging from $30 for members and $36 for non-members.

Craig’s Cruisers, Wyoming: $25 per/person unlimited wristband specials through Friday, April 11. Ride indoor golf carts, play laser tag and much more. This also includes a 3 hour buffet. Click the link to see the times included for this special.

Calvin College, Grand Rapids: This is a great place for little ones who are curious about nature! Week long, mostly free activities at the Bunker Interpretive Center or take part in educational scavenger hunts, games and much more. Some require pre-registration so click on the link to learn more.


Ottawa County:

Holland Aquatic Center: $5.50/single visit but groups of 4 or more are just $4.50 each (Note: Holland Public School District residents get $1.25 off these rates with a resident I.D.) Zip down slides, splash around in the play area, zip line or even try getting through a slippery obstacle course without biting it!


Muskegon County

U.S.S. Silversides Submarine Museum, Muskegon: (Click the link to see costs) Go inside a WWII submarine that was responsible for destroying23 Japanese ships.  There is also a museum that has thousands of square feet of naval and military history, much of it interactive.


Kalamazoo County

Kalamazoo Public LibraryFREE- Click the link to see a week-long of fun for all ages! Even tweens and teens!


Calhoun County

Willard Library: FREE : Hear some great storytellers; watch Disney’s Frozen on Tuesday, make crafts and much more!




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