Museums + Attractions: February 2020

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GRAM hosts a contemporary glass exhibit until April 26. Courtesy Etsuko Ichikawa

Blandford Nature Center: Special events: Feb. 1, Blacksmith Open Forge. Feb. 4, 11, 18 and 25, Nature Buds: Winter Edition. Feb. 8, Guided Snowshoe Hike. Feb. 13-15, Snowshoe with Your Sweetie. Feb. 22, Backyard Sugaring. Permanent attractions: 143 acres of trails, heritage buildings, farm. Mary Jane Dockeray Visitor Center open Mon.-Sat. Trails open daily dawn to dusk. $3. 1715 Hillburn Ave. NW, 735-6240, blandfordnaturecenter.org

Coopersville & Marne Railway: Closed for the season. 311 Danforth St., Coopersville, 997-7000, coopersvilleandmarne.org

Coopersville Farm Museum: Museum honoring farming and rural life. Special events: Feb. 4 and 18, Jam Night. Feb. 29, Kids, Crafts & Critters. Also see Coopersville Chili Cook-Off in Special Events. Permanent attractions: Tractors and other farming equipment; also Eclipse windmill. Open Tue., Thu. and Sat. $4 adults, $2 kids 4-12, kids 3 and under free. 375 Main St., Coopersville, 997-8555, coopersvillefarmmuseum.org

DeGraaf Nature Center: Eighteen-acre preserve with Interpretive Center, indoor pond, animals, SkyWatch. Special events: Feb. 1, The Wonderful World of Spiders. Feb. 8, Build a Birdhouse. Feb. 15, Nature’s Paintbrush: Winter Snowbirds and Owl Prowl. Every Fri., Knee-High Naturalist classes for kids 4-6. Center open Tue.-Sat. Trails open daily dawn to dusk. Free. 600 Graafschap Road, Holland, 355-1057, degraaf.org

Deer Tracks Junction: Closed for the season. 7850 14 Mile Road, Cedar Springs, 863-3337, deertracksjunction.com

Downtown Market: Open daily with culinary-related products at more than 20 local businesses and restaurants, plus cooking classes (see Lectures and Workshops) and private rentals. 435 Ionia Ave. SW, 805-5308, downtownmarketgr.com

Felt Mansion & Gardens: Summer home of millionaire inventor Dorr E. Felt features 1920s architecture. See website for tour schedule. 6597 138th St., Holland, 335-3050, feltmansion.org

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park: Special exhibitions: Through March 1, “Rebecca Louise Law: The Womb.” Special events: See Meijer Gardens Winter Family Day in Special Events and “Who Am I? A Butterfly Ballet” in Stage & Film. Permanent attractions: Modern and contemporary 30-acre sculpture collection, Japanese garden, tropical conservatory, children’s garden, nature trails and boardwalk, café, gift shop. Open daily. $14.50 adults, $11 seniors and students, $7 kids 5-13, $4 kids 3-4. 1000 East Beltline Ave. NE, 957-1580, meijergardens.org

Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library & Museum: Special exhibit: Feb. 19-May 10, “The Continual Struggle” by Brian Washington. Permanent exhibitions: Highlights from Mr. and Mrs. Ford’s lives, plus featured online exhibits. Also, DeVos Learning Center. Open daily. $8 adults, $7 seniors, $6 college students, $4 ages 6-18, kids 5 and under free. 303 Pearl St. NW, 254-0400, fordlibrarymuseum.gov

Grand Rapids Art Museum: Special exhibitions: The exhibit “A New State of Matter: Contemporary Glass” includes glasswork from 19 artists in a variety of mediums such as blowing, kiln-forming, casting and frame-working. The innovative works connect to broader cultural, environmental, political and spiritual themes. This exhibit, and “Looking (at/into/through) Glass,” a selection of art design objects from GRAM’s permanent collection, are displayed until April 26. Also, through Feb. 2, “Billy Mayer: The Shape of Things.” Special events: Feb. 8, Art, Love and Chocolate Tour. Also, Sunday Classical Concert Series, 2-3 p.m. every Sun. See GRAM Adult Workshop and GRAM Saturday Studio Session in Lectures & Workshops. Drop-in Studio: 1-4 p.m. every Sat.; this month: Illuminated Sun Catchers. Closed Mon. $10 adults, $8 seniors and students, $6 kids 6-17, kids 5 and under free; free admission 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue. and 5-9 p.m. Thu. 101 Monroe Center NW, 831-1000, artmuseumgr.org

Grand Rapids Children’s Museum: Hands-on permanent and traveling exhibits for kids 2-10. Special events: See Grown Up Play Date in Special Events Permanent activities: Think Tank, Kidstruction Zone, Little GR, Bubbles!, Wee Discover, musical instruments and more. Toddler Time 10 a.m.-noon Tue. Family Night 5-8 p.m. Thu. ($1.75). Closed Mon. $9, $8 seniors, kids under 1 free. 11 Sheldon Ave. NE, 235-4726, grcm.org

Grand Rapids Public Museum: Special exhibitions: Through May 10, “Design Zone.” Through May 17, “Bodies Revealed.” Through August 16, “TOYS!” Permanent exhibitions: Streets of Old Grand Rapids; Newcomers: The People of This Place; West Michigan Habitats; Grand Fish, Grand River; and Be Curious. Also, restored 1928 Spillman carousel. Special events: Saturday Curiosity Labs. Open daily. $8 adults, $7 seniors, $3 kids 3-17. 272 Pearl St. NW, 929-1700, grpm.org

Holland Museum: Local history and Dutch galleries with artwork from the Netherlands from the 1600s-1900s. Through Feb. 22, “Images of Separation.” Special events: Feb. 6, “Equity and Disparities in Healthcare.” Feb. 13, “A Child’s First Impressions.” Feb. 29, “Magic at the Museum.” Open Wed.-Sun. $7 adults, $6 seniors, $4 students, kids 5 and under free. 31 W. 10th St., 796-3329, hollandmuseum.org. Cappon House: 228 W. Ninth St. Settlers House: 190 W. Ninth St. The Armory: 16 W. Ninth St.

John Ball Zoo: Closed for the season. 1300 W. Fulton St., 336-4300, jbzoo.org

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts: Special exhibitions: Through Feb. 2, “Resilience: African American Artists as Agents of Change.” Through March 8, Kirk Newman Art School Faculty Review. Through March 15, “David Park: A Retrospective.” Through March 22, “Natural Forms: Contemporary Works by Japanese Women.” Closed Mon. $5 adults, $2 students with ID; members and kids 12 and under free. 314 S. Park St., Kalamazoo, (269) 349-7775, kiarts.org

Meyer May House: Restored Frank Lloyd Wright 1909 prairie-style house includes original furnishings. Open for guided tours 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tue. and Thu.; 1-4 p.m. Sun. (last tour one hour before close). Free. 450 Madison Ave. SE, 246-4821, meyermayhouse.steelcase.com

Muskegon Museum of Art: Special exhibitions: Through March 15, “Excellence in Fibers V.” Through March 22, “The Art of Making: Sculpture and Fiber from the Permanent Collection.” $10 adults, $8 seniors, $6 college students, kids 16 and under free. 296 W. Webster Ave., Muskegon, (231) 720-2570, muskegonartmuseum.org

Nelis’ Dutch Village: Dutch theme park closed for the season with shops open Mon.-Sat. 12350 James St., Holland, 396-1475, dutchvillage.com

Outdoor Discovery Center: 155-acre nature preserve with gravel and boardwalk trails, Visitors Center, community programs and play park. Special events: Feb. 12, Nature for Tykes. Feb. 22, Crafting a Bird Mask. Also see “Birding Field Day” in Lectures & Workshops. Center open Mon.-Sat. Trails open daily dawn to dusk. Free. 4214 56th St., Holland, 393-9453, outdoordiscovery.org

Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium: Shows use Digistar production and surround sound. See website for schedule of shows. $5, $4 with admission to the museum, members free. Grand Rapids Public Museum, 272 Pearl St. NW, 456-3977, grpm.org/planetarium

Veen Observatory: Grand Rapids Amateur Astronomical Association observatory hosts various events (see website for details). 3308 Kissing Rock Ave. SE, Lowell. graaa.org

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