February Events in Grand Rapids for Families

February Events in Grand Rapids for Families

February brings a chill, but that doesn’t stop Grand Rapids from having an abundance of family fun. Searching for February events in Grand Rapids this weekend, the following week and all throughout the month just got easier. From outdoor festivals for kids to indoor exhibits, Metro Parent has compiled a list of upcoming events in Grand Rapids, Michigan parents will want to add to their calendars. Browse the list! There’s plenty for moms, dads and their little ones to do throughout this west Michigan city.

Egypt: Be Curious Exhibit at the Grand Rapids Public Museum


  • Address: Grand Rapids Public Museum, 272 Pearl St. NW, Grand Rapids
  • Phone: 616-929-1700
  • Time: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday and Wednesday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: Free with general admission: $8/adults, $3/students with school ID, $3/kids 3-17, free/kids 2 and under

Come see the museum’s collection of Egyptian artifacts, which it has been collecting for nearly 160 years. While you’re visiting, check out Whales: Giants of the Deep through April.

Family Swim at Goldfish Swim School


  • Address: Goldfish Swim School Grand Rapids, 2845 Thornhills Ave., Suite S, Grand Rapids
  • Phone: 616-259-0725
  • Time: 2-3 p.m. Mondays, noon-1 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays, 6:30-8 p.m. Saturdays and 4-6 p.m. Sundays (no swim on Fridays).
  • Cost: $5/person, $15/family

Enjoy some family swim time at Goldfish Swim School! Parents are required to be in the water with their children, so don’t forget to bring your swimsuit, too.

Ice Skating on Rosa Parks Circle

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Daily until March 5, 2017

  • Address: Rosa Parks Circle, at Monroe Center and Monroe Avenue, Grand Rapids
  • Phone: 616-456-3699
  • Time: Hours are weather dependent. Check daily for hours.
  • Cost: $2/adults, $1/kids 17 and under

Enjoy the cold weather by bundling up for some open skating at the outdoor rink. Bring your ice skates or rent skates for free with admission. Note: This rink is cash only.

Special Needs Art Therapy at Hearts for the Arts

Feb. 1, 8, 15 and 22, 2017

  • Address: Hearts for the Arts, 1147 Quarry Ave. NW, Grand Rapids
  • Phone: 616-450-1922
  • Time: 1-3 p.m. Wednesdays
  • Cost: $25/person

Anyone of any age with special needs is welcome to create art in any medium of their choice with the help of trained staff.

Family Night at the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum

Feb. 2, 2017

  • Address: Grand Rapids Children’s Museum, 11 Sheldon Ave. NE, Grand Rapids
  • Phone: 616-235-4726
  • Time: 5-8 p.m. Tuesday
  • Cost: $1.75/person

After 5 p.m., families get into the museum at a discounted rate. Enjoy the family-friendly exhibits like Little Grand Rapids, Just Fort Fun, Just Playing Around and many more.

Michigan International Auto Show at DeVos Place

Feb. 2-5, 2017

  • Address: DeVos Place, 303 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids
  • Time: 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: $10/adults, $4/ages 6-14, free/5 and under (download this $2 off coupon valid Thursday and Friday)

Fans of automobiles of all kinds can come to this car show to see sedans, vans, SUVs, sports cars and much more.

Parents Morning Out at Visser Family YMCA

Feb. 3, 10, 17 and 24, 2017

  • Address: Visser Family YMCA, 3540 Fairlanes Ave. SW, Grand Rapids
  • Phone: 616-530-9199
  • Time: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Fridays
  • Cost: $30/nonmembers, $20/members ($5 additional for day-of registration)

In need of a morning out to run errands or spend some time together? Bring your little ones to the YMCA for some fun activities! Kids ages 2 months to 12 years old are welcome. Note: Advanced registration suggested.

Byron Rec Comic Con

Feb. 4, 2017

  • Address: Byron Township Community Center, 2120 76th St. SW, Byron Center
  • Phone: 616-878-1998
  • Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday
  • Cost: Free

This event will feature shopping, with vendors selling artwork, books, toys and collectibles – plus cosplay, raffles and prizes and tons of family friendly activities including Legos, coloring, video games and more.

Animal Adventures: Surviving in the Wild at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

Feb. 4 and 18, 2017

  • Address: Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, 1000 E. Beltline Ave. NE, Grand Rapids
  • Phone: 616-975-3144 or 616-336-4301
  • Time: 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday
  • Cost: $7/nonmembers, $5/members

Kids 3 and up are welcome to learn more about how animals survive in the wild, thanks to this spot’s collaboration with the John Ball Zoo. Watch live presentations, listen to stories, do hands-on art projects and more. Note: Preregistration is required.

Night at Your Museum at Engine House 5 Fire Museum

Feb. 10-11, 2017

  • Address: Engine House 5 Fire Museum, 6610 Lake Michigan Drive, Allendale
  • Phone: 616-895-8121
  • Time: 6-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday
  • Cost: $5/in advance, $7/at the door

Learn about several different famous fires throughout history, including the Triangle Shirt Waist Factory and the fire in the Barnum and Bailey tent.

Valent-ICE Sculpture Walking Tour at Rosa Parks Circle

Feb. 10-14, 2017

  • Address: Rosa Parks Circle, at Monroe Center and Monroe Avenue, Grand Rapids
  • Time: Vary by day; check website for details
  • Cost: Free

See 50 ice sculptures throughout the area on a walking or running tour. Note: Must preregister at least 12 hours before event begins.

Winter Family Day at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

Feb. 11, 2017

  • Address: Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, 1000 E. Beltline Ave. NE, Grand Rapids
  • Phone: 616-957-1580
  • Time: 1-4 p.m. Saturday
  • Cost: Free with general admission: $14.50/ages 14-plus, $11/students with ID, $7/ages 5-13, $4/ages 3-4, free/ages 2 and under

Head over to the Children’s Garden to watch an ice sculpture being made, learn about animals and enjoy other hands-on winter fun.

WinterWest 2017 at Richmond Park

Feb. 12, 2017

  • Address: Richmond Park, 1101 Richmond NW, Grand Rapids
  • Phone: 810-358-9324
  • Time: noon-5 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: Free

This family friendly fest will feature the Crazy Cardboard Sled Races, crafts and even an educational walk.

The Sound of Music at DeVos Performance Hall

Feb. 21-26, 2017

  • Address: DeVos Performance Hall, 303 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids
  • Phone: 616-235-6285
  • Time: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: $37-$72/person

The award-winning musical The Sound of Music hits the stage. Watch Maria and the von Trapp family sing the songs your family loves from the classic film.

Ragtime at the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre

Feb. 24-March 19, 2017

  • Address: Grand Rapids Civic Theatre, 30 N. Division Ave., Grand Rapids
  • Phone: 616-222-6650
  • Time: 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays
  • Cost: $18-$37/person

See this show about life during America’s ragtime era during the 20th century. Note: Recommended for teens and adults.

Winter Wonderland at Blandford Nature Center

Feb. 18, 2017

  • Address: Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave. NW, Grand Rapids
  • Phone: 616-735-6240
  • Time: 2-3:30 p.m. Saturday
  • Cost: $8/nonmembers, $3/members (extra $3 to rent snowshoes)

Take a snowshoe hike through the woods to look for signs of wildlife. Note: Preregistration is required.

Kids Pasta Workshop at Sur La Table

Feb. 20, 2017

  • Address: Sur La Table, Breton South Village, 2500 Burton St. SE, Suite 2488, Grand Rapids
  • Phone: 800-243-0852
  • Time: 10 a.m.-noon Monday
  • Cost: $49/person

Kids ages 8-12 are invited to learn how to make their very own pasta dish from scratch with the help of an instructor. Note: Register in advance. Limited space available.