First in a series of spring break getaways
To feel like you are on the movie set of “Honey I Shrank the Kid’s go to the “Big, Big Bugs” exhibit at the Grand Rapids Public Museum.
You have entered a world where you are tiny compared to the giant critters and you are the intruder in the bugs “home.” Indeed, the giant aerosol can in this world is a people repellant.
The praying mantis would be scary as it looms over you if you didn’t know hydraulics made it move and its skin was a Latex composite.
You can find out what “jobs” it and its friends nearby have by going into the Bug Lab where you can get a closer look at real bugs.
“Insects are such an integral part of everyday life we don’t often think about them but most of them are very beneficial. They all have some use,” said curator Veronica Kandl.
While at the museum, go back in time by strolling the “Streets of Old Grand Rapids,” ride the 1928 Spillman Carousal and see a show in the Planetarium.
“Big Big Bugs” is at the Public Museum now through May 31, 2010. Extended hours during the Bug exhibit are 5 to 9 p.m. March 1-5, April 1-9 and May 10-14. Regular hours are Monday, Wednesday and Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. (except closes 5 p.m. March 9) and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Bug exhibit is $2, planetarium show $3. Museum admission is adults $8, seniors $7, children and students with ID $3, children under 3, free.
Grand Rapids’ museums, gardens and river make it a a good spring and summer vacation destintation.
What to know If you go
Getting there: Grand Rapids is at I-196 and U.S. Highway 131 in Western Michigan
Where to stay: The Amway Grand Plaza 616-774-2000 187 Monroe Ave NW and the JW Marriott 616 242-1500, 235 Louis St. NW, overlook the Grand River and are near the Public Museum and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum.
Where to eat: Judson’s Steakhouse at The BOB (Big Old Building, San Chez, a tapas bistro, Cherie Inn (breakfast and lunch) and The Winchester a British-style pub with way better than average pub food.
Where else to go: Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park 1000 East Beltline NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525, 616-957-1580 and 888-957-1580, the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum, 303 Pearl Street NW, Grand Rapids, MI 495-4, 616-254-0400 and the Grand Rapids Art Musuem, 101 Monroe Center, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, 616-831-1000.
More city and region information: Grand Rapids Convention and Visitors Bureau and Visit Michigan
For more info: Grand Rapids Public Museum 272 Pearl Street NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
More spring break ideas:
Great Smoky Mountains and Mammoth Cave National Parks
For driving directions check Google Maps
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