GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) Now that summer is in full swing, here is a list of fun things to do that are free or low-cost! Check out these activities for the week of June 30 – July 4 in Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Spring Lake, Muskegon and more!
Monday, June 30
MARANDA’S PICK: Whitecaps Game vs. Bowling Green (Grand Rapids)
Join us at noon for bonus fun with the kids! Jugglers will be entertaining before the game and there will be areas with face painting and balloon animals for extra fun! Get half off your Box or Reserved seat ticket when you bring a church or community bulletin to the box office. Valid only at the box office day of the game, limit eight per bulletin.
Recycling Crafts and Movies (Grand Rapids)
Join us during our open hours from 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. each week to make crafts out of recycled goods or to watch a family-friendly movie. Drop in for the crafts at any time between 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Movies will start around 1:15 p.m. Please wear closed-toe shoes to protect feet while on the observation deck. No registration required. (Today’s activity is a craft; water bottle lava lamps)
Tuesday, July 1
MARANDA’S PICK: Fireworks at Lamar Park (Wyoming)
Kick off your Fourth of July holiday with fireworks at Lamar Park in Wyoming!
Stroller Stroll at the Kalamazoo Nature Center (Kalamazoo)
Bring your little one to explore the wonders of nature while we enjoy a leisurely walk along stroller-friendly paths from 10 – 11 a.m. Meet at the sundial in the Interpretive Center parking lot.
Concerts in the Park at Lamar Park (Wyoming)
Megan Rae and Kris Hitchcock and Small Town Son will be performing at Lamar Park on Tuesday, July 1 at 7 p.m. Megan Rae will perform at 7 p.m. and Small Town Son will perform at 8:30 p.m. Fireworks will follow at 10 p.m.
Free Summer Family Movie Night at Ivanrest Church (Grandville)
FREE Family Movie Night at Ivanrest Church. Bring your own pillows and blankets. Pop and Popcorn will be served! Invite your friends! Once a month for the months of June, July & August. Movies will be shown indoors in the West Wing for June and July. Event is 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Hands-on Gardening: Pots Full of Produce at Kalamazoo Nature Center (Kalamazoo)
Limited on space? Poor soil? Container gardening might be for you. Learn the ins and outs of container gardening while putting together and maintaining pots in the Family Market Garden. Meet at DeLano Farms for the event from 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, July 2
MARANDA’S PICK: Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Changes Show and Balloon Festival (Battle Creek)
Join us for the kick off of the Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Changes Show and Balloon Festival at the WK Kellogg Airport! This event runs through July 6th.
The Little Star That Could – Chaffee Planetarium (Grand Rapids)
Learn about our solar system through the Little Star as he searches for planets of his own to protect and warm at the Grand Rapids Public Museum from 11 a.m. – noon.
Healthy Habits at the Holland Farmers Market (Holland)
The Holland Hospital Center for Good Health will teach kids from 9:30 a.m. – noon the importance of a healthy diet by helping them see, touch and smell different types of produce from the Farmers Market. The fruits and vegetables will be turned into stamps that children can use to create their own work of art!
Summer Hands-on Happenings: The Mystery of Magic (Kalamazoo)
Magic, mystery, and intrigue follows optical illusions and sleight of hand tricks at Kalamazoo Valley Museum from 1 – 4 p.m. Learn a variety of magic tricks using a rope, cards, and more! Oh, and did we mention that it’s FREE?
Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival (Battle Creek) at WK Kellogg Airport
Thursday, July 3
MARANDA’S PICK: Friends of the Farm – Kalamazoo Nature Center (Kalamazoo)
Are you interested in learning about gardening and small scale farming? Join us at the Kalamazoo Nature Center from 9:30 a.m. – noon to learn while you help the gardens and fields of DeLano Farm thrive. You may even get the chance to work with farm camp participants. Come on out and join the fun! Meet in the Learning Garden.
Kayak/Canoe the Grand! (Grand Rapids)
This tour includes transportation to the drop-off point, safety and paddle instruction, pick up from the docking point, rental of watercraft for two people (2 kayaks/1 canoe), paddles and safety equipment. Normal rental rate of two kayaks including transportation is $20 per person. Hours of operation are 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday, July 4
MARANDA’S PICK: Fireworks and Parades – 4th of July Celebrations (West Michigan)
City of Kentwood 4th of July Celebration (Kentwood)
The City of Kentwood’s 4th of July Celebration has something for everyone! Start your Holiday with our all-you-can-eat Pancake Breakfast for just $5 Have a blast participating in our 5K Run/Walk or get the perfect spot to watch our parade. Head over to our evening events at 6 p.m. to watch fireworks, listen to live music, carnival, food vendors and more!
4th of July Fireworks on the USS LST 393 (Muskegon)
Watch Muskegon’s fireworks from the best seat on the shoreline, just $5. After all, what better way to celebrate freedom than to watch the fireworks from a historic warship? Fireworks begin at 10 p.m.
Cosmic Zoo at Kalamazoo Valley Museum (Kalamazoo)
Orion the Hunter is now Orion the zoo keeper in this thirty-minute interactive family show that tours the constellations. Orion’s zoo includes a Petting Zoo, Aquarium, Desert, Aviary, and the Wild Kingdom, which are roughly aligned with the seasons. The audience selects their tour destinations using keypads provided at their seats. Event begins at 2 p.m. and admission costs $3 per person.