Local Recreation

Local Recreation

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From catching a play at one of our many theaters, to visiting the Grand Rapids Children's Museum, there is plenty to see and do in the Kent County and West Michigan area. The following guide includes links to some of the most popular attractions and recreation resources in the area. If you're having trouble locating the information you need, please contact one of our eighteen KDL branch locations.

Books and Publications:

Select a title to view it in the catalog:

Popular Venues:

Van Andel Arena
Home of the Grand Rapids Rampage, Griffins, and exciting local and national music acts.

DeVos Performance Hall
Home to The Grand Rapids Symphony, The Grand Rapids Ballet Company, Broadway Grand Rapids and Opera Grand Rapids.

The DeltaPlex Arena
Home of the Grand Rapids Flight and a number of annual expos, concerts, and events.

For the Family:

Grand Rapids Children's Museum
Celebrating childhood and the joy of learning by providing an interactive, hands-on environment that inspires learning and encourages self-directed exploration.

The John Ball Zoo
The John Ball Zoo has over 1100 animals representing the wilds of Africa, Asia, South America, Australia and the United States.

The Public Museum of Grand Rapids
A number of great modern and historical collections, exhibits, and oddities.

The Gerald R. Ford Museum
Featuring a year-round collection of items highlighting the lives of President Ford, as well as temporary exhibits that draw upon the rich holdings of the entire Presidential libraries system, the Smithsonian Institution, the National Archives, and others.

The Arts:

The Grand Rapids Art Museum
Featuring works of art covering a range of styles and periods as well as a variety of special exhibits.

The Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts
Michigan’s largest contemporary arts center and a dynamic, multidisciplinary laboratory for the advancement of contemporary art.

Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park
A spectacular botanic garden and world–class sculpture park


Grand Rapids Civic Theatre
The largest community theatre in Grand Rapids and one of the largest in the entire United States.

Grand Rapids Actors' Theatre
Grand Rapids "Off-Broadway" theatre.

Wealthy Theatre
An historic community arts center offering a variety of performances.

Circle Theatre
Community theatre located on the Aquinas College Campus.

Local Event Calendars:

Experience Grand Rapids
Search local events by date, category, and location.

MLive Local Calendar
Popular Michigan news source MLive's searchable calendar.

Browse local events by list or calendar view.

Grand Rapids Learning Exchange
Monthly calendar of community events in the Grand Rapids metro region, especially resources for homeschoolers.

Grand Rapids MomsLikeMe.com
Local events for moms, kids and families, browsable by date, location, and event type.

Grand Rapids Kids
Find things to do with your family in the Greater Grand Rapids area.

What's Your Art?
Find local arts and cultural events. Sponsored by the Arts Council of Greater Grand Rapids.

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