Round 1 of Day Trip Ideas: Grand Rapids - Greater Lansing Area Moms

Need a change of pace and to go explore? Day trips are becoming more and more part of weekend plans!  A day trip serves as a perfect change of scenery and does not require much planning. We are rounding up some fun day trip ideas and this week we are focusing on attractions in the Grand Rapids area that are family friendly!  Pack some snacks and travel about an hour west!

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Frederik Meijer Gardens  Butterflies Are Blooming Exhibit (March 1- April 30th) open daily, Tuesdays until 9p in April (suggest bringing flashlight on Tuesdays)

Robert B. Chaffee Planetarium multiple shows weekly, shows run about 40 minutes, purchase tickets online

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Grand Rapids Art Museum open daily, 4 exhibits currently and much more, timed tickets available online

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Grand Rapids Public Museum  open daily, Wild Connections made with Lego Bricks now open, online tickets available

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The Grand Rapids Children’s Museum, open daily, two floors of hands-on interactive exhibits and daily drop-in programs that encourage discovery and learning through play. 

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 Gerald Ford Presidential Museum open daily, visitors to experience highlights from President and Mrs. Ford’s lives. The exhibit teaches democratic citizenship and allows for quiet reflection. In addition to the permanent exhibits, changing temporary exhibits draw artifacts from Museums all over the country.

Do you have a favorite Grand Rapids destination we did not list, please email GLAMoms and we will add for others to enjoy!  [email protected]

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