THINGS TO DO IN GRAND RAPIDS THIS WEEKEND

Courtesy Friends of GR Parks

April 16-18

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It’s My Park Day

Friday-Saturday

In an effort to get parks ready for summer, Friends of Grand Rapids Parks is rallying volunteers for this citywide park volunteer event. Projects include picking up trash, beautifying flowerbeds and painting picnic tables. The event will be from 10 a.m.–1 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and volunteer registration is open now.

 

Threadbender’s Local Yarn Store Day

Saturday

Local Yarn Store Day is Saturday, and Threadbender Yarn Shop is inviting guests to celebrate with them. The shop has collaborated with several shops across North America to offer special colorways, spinning fibers, yarn and crochet kits. The store will be open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

10th Annual Berlin Icebreaker

Saturday

The start of the Berlin Raceway’s 71st season and its 10th annual Berlin Icebreaker is taking place this weekend. The gates will open for practice at 2 p.m. and racing will begin at 4 p.m., followed by a post-race party. Tickets are available online; masks are required for entry.

Abstract Workshop

Saturday

Brush Studio is inviting couples to create their own masterpiece at this date night workshop. Couples of all ages and artistic abilities are welcome to paint while enjoying an awesome bar and relaxing location. The class will begin at 6:30 p.m., seats are available for $35 each and masks are required.

Children’s Garden

Saturday 

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is throwing an Earth Day celebration in the Lena Meijer Children’s Garden with a range of activities including a naturalist walk, a worm talk and hunt, and a life-sized Great Lakes game. The event will be from 1-4 p.m. and is included with a membership or admission ticket.

Party for the Planet

Saturday

Celebrate Earth Day with John Ball Zoo’s diverse wildlife. Information booths, ambassador animals and opportunities to learn about conservation and sustainability will be accessible throughout the zoo. John Ball Zoo is partnering with many of Grand Rapids’ top conservation-minded organizations to host this event, taking place from 9 a.m.-6 p.m and included in the regular price of zoo admission. Timed entry tickets are available online, and masks and social distancing are required.

Learn to Skate! Beginner Skating Lessons

Saturday

Starting this weekend, Tarry Hall Roller Skating Rink will host weekly roller skating and Rollerblading lessons for kids of all ages. The parent participation class will teach the basics of skating, including starting and stopping and forward and backward maneuvering. The class will be held from 10-10:45 a.m. and registration is available online.

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