Your guide to a socially distanced spring

Spring fever strikes hard – a quarantine time did not help. So, we have compiled a fun list of socially challenging activities that your kids can enjoy this month.

Swimming lessons

Goldfish Swim School is a swimming pool for children aged 4 months to 12 years. It offers a chill-free pool heated to 90 degrees to keep your little swimmer comfortable. The swimming school has implemented security measures such as Plexiglass dams and teachers are covered. For parents, the observation deck has remote seating. Goldfish Swim School offers a safe place for kids to learn how to swim and have fun while doing so. You can register and book classes on the company website.


Spring Fling Week, which starts on Saturday and ends on April 10, at Critter Barn in Zeeland is an incredible time to visit and see the changing seasons on the farm. The new life of various animals affects the visitors, as some witnesses of a live birth or see young animals trying to stand for the first time. Bring your family to meet the spring babies, which include ducklings, chicks, bunnies, lambs, children and calves. There is also the opportunity to bottle feed the younger members of the farm. Amenities include heated rooms in cold weather. The Critter Barn is open daily from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m.

Visit Lookout Park

The newly renovated Lookout Park is a great place to fly a kite, have a picnic and enjoy the stunning views of Grand Rapids. Lookout Park is located at 801 Fairview Ave. NE.

Highpointe farms Courtesy of Highpoint Farms

Horse riding lessons

Highpointe Farm is a hidden gem that offers stunning views of wildlife and trails. Owner Jill Herweyer’s love and passion for animals is reflected in the care he receives in the stables. As a mother, Herweyer began offering mom and lessons knowing the importance of connecting with your children through animals. Highpointe Farm has one-way options as well as period lessons. In any case, your child will be introduced to the countryside and will learn how to care for horses.


The recently refurbished Spectrum Lanes offers hours of fun for the whole family. This is a great choice for families who want social distance. Bowling is a fun way for families to meet for a friendly, competitive game and connect to a large, space facility. Call to close your lane or visit the Spectrum Lanes website.

Golf lessons

Egypt Valley Country Club offers golf lessons for children. No subscription required. While the weather is warming up, bring your family to practice in their crib. Golf is a great way to engage the whole family in and out. Spring is also a beautiful time of year to hit the course as flowers and trees begin to bloom.

This story is in the April 2021 issue of Grand Rapids Magazine. To receive more news like this delivered to your inbox every month, sign up here.

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