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10 Things To Do this Weekend: March 30th-April 1st

It is Easter Weekend, so there are a lot of activities like Easter Egg Hunts, Church Services and Easter Brunch. It’s Bunnies to Butterflies, Bikes, Basketball and Hockey, Trains, Taxes, and Home Renovations.

Some activities include the kids, while others are more for the adults.

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Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, 1000 East Beltline Ave., NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525

Runs through Monday, April 30th, 2018 – During Regular Hours

Cost: Included with regular admission

The annual Fred & Dorothy Fichter Butterflies Are Blooming exhibition at Meijer Gardens is the largest temporary tropical butterfly exhibition in the nation. Tropical butterflies from around the world fly freely in the Tropical Conservatory in March and April. Throughout the exhibition, there is special educational programming and the Lena Meijer Children’s Garden offers butterfly-themed activities.



Van Andel Arena, 130 Fulton St. W, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Friday, March 30th, 2018 – 7:00 pm

Cost: Tickets start at $19

On Friday, It will be ’90s Night presented by Spectrum Health Stroke Awareness. There will also be $2 beers and $2 hot dogs!



Ionia County, 39 Irv Taylor Ave, Saranac, MI

Saturday, March 31st, 2018 – Race starts at 9:00 am

Cost: $65 for the 30 mile race, $50 for the 15 mile race

The Dirty Thirty gravel bike race course consists of almost 90% gravel roads, the largest percentage of gravel compared to other gravel grinder bike races in West Michigan. The first half of the course heads east into the open farm country, offering a combination of gently rolling hills and pancake flat gravel roads.  The second half of the course brings you west into a hillier and more forested section of the course.



Easter Weekend



Saturday, March 31st, 2018 & Sunday, April 1st, 2018

Various Activities and Locations

Cost: Varies by Activity

There are several Easter Egg Hunts scheduled for both Saturday and Sunday. Many churches will have special services on Sunday. And you can follow that with brunch at one of the area restaurants that are serving up an Easter Brunch. Here is a list of Easter Egg Hunts and also a list for the restaurants featuring an Easter Brunch on Sunday.



Grand Rapids Public Museum, 272 Pearl St., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Saturday, March 31st, 2018 through Sunday, April 8th, 2018 – Saturday and Sunday 10:00 am-5:00 pm, Monday through Friday 9:00 am-5:00 pm

Cost: Kent County Residents Adults $5, Seniors & Students $3, Children Free.

Non-members Adults $8, Seniors $7, Students & Children $3. Some exhibits require additional cost

Spend Spring Break at the Grand Rapids Public Museum for a special visit to Dragons, Unicorns & Mermaids and additional hands-on activities! Enjoy free hands-on activities in the Museum’s main floor Galleria. Activities will take place Friday, March 30 – Sunday, April 8. (The Museum is closed Sunday, April 1.) Activities include make and take your own mythical creature puppet or Chinese dragon, play BIG games and Keva Planks! Visitors can explore the Earth’s most amazing creatures at current traveling exhibits, Dragons, Unicorns & Mermaids! Experience the Chaffee Planetarium with additional show times daily.



Home Repair Services of Kent County, 1100 Division Ave. S, Grand Rapids, MI 49507

Saturday, March 31st, 2018 – 10:00 am-12:00 Noon

Cost: Free

Window & Door Installation can seem intimidating, but it can be a breeze! It’s a FREE Window & Door Installation Class. You’ll learn hands-on skills to help you tackle your next window or door project. This class is open to the public. No registration is needed.



Seidman College of Business, 50 Front Ave., SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Saturday, March 31st, 2018 – 10:00 am-4:00 pm

Cost: Free

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program assists low-income community members to complete their income tax returns, as a free service open to the public. Last year, volunteers assisted over 140 individuals in filing their tax returns!



4 Mile Showplace, 1025 4 Mile Rd., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49544

Saturday, March 31st, 2018 – 10:00 am-3:00 pm

Cost: $5.00

The Grand Rapids Model Railroad Historical Society has found a new home for their train show. This is the railroad club that used host the early October train show at the old Holland Civic Center. This train show will be located at the 4 Mile Showplace (old Duthler Family Foods building) on 4 Mile Rd. They have their layout setup, so check out their running trains while checking out the new show!



Various Locations

Saturday, March 31st, 2018 – 6:00 pm

Public · Hosted by U of M Club of Grand Rapids

Cost: Varies by location

We are down to the Final Four! In the first game, that starts at 6:09 pm, it will be #3 University of Michigan against #11 Loyola. The game that starts at 8:49 pm will be #1 Kansas vs. #1 Villanova. Many bars and restaurants will be having parties to watch the games. There will be several private parties as well. Check with your favorite establishment or friends to see what they have planned.



Sunday, April 1st, 2018

It’s April Fools Day on Sunday. Start planning those practical jokes now to pull on your family and friends this weekend.


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