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 July 7 – 11 in Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Spring Lake, Muskegon and more!
Monday, July 7
MARANDA’S PICK: Children’s Garden at Leila Arboretum (Battle Creek)
Bring the kids to the Children’s Garden at Leila Arboretum in Battle Creek! Today and everyday they provide a beautiful place for your kids to play, learn and explore! Best of all, it’s totally FREE! Hours are weekdays from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Kendall College Youth Summer Art Camps (Grand Rapids)
Kids, tweens, teens – art can help young people develop artistically, emotionally, socially, and intellectually. More than that, Kendall Youth Classes are fun! We also offer day camps and Portfolio Camp. Adult and Professional development courses also available.
Recycling Crafts and Movies (Grand Rapids)
Come to the Kent County Recycling and Education Center for a free family activity! Join us during our open hours from 1 to 3:30 p.m. to make crafts out of recycled goods or to watch a family-friendly movie. Drop in for the crafts at any time between 1 to 3:30 p.m. Movies will start around 1:15 p.m.
Tuesday, July 8
MARANDA’S PICK: Meijer Day at Grand Rapids Public Museum (Grand Rapids)
The Grand Rapids Public Museum in collaboration with Meijer will be hosting Meijer Day, an evening dedicated to highlighting the winners of the “Meijer Dream it, Build it” Building Contest. Meijer Day will take place from 4 – 8 p.m., with free general admission during this time plus, we’ll be LIVE from the event with our show, “Where You Live!”
United Bank’s Concerts in the Park (East Grand Rapids)
Grab your lawn chair and picnic basket and join us for free family-friendly concerts on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. in beautiful John Collins Park, 650 Lakeside Drive. All are welcome. In case of severe or inclement weather, the concert may be canceled and will not be rescheduled.
Camp 911 at Kalamazoo Valley Museum (Kalamazoo)
This is an interactive camp designed to educate children on the importance of emergency preparedness. Participants will learn how to access the 911 system, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), basic first aid, fire safety, bike safety, abduction awareness, severe weather action, and gun safety. Registration opens May 1, 2014 For more information, or to learn of other dates and locations, contact Kimberly Middleton at 269.373.3116 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, July 9
MARANDA’S PICK: Market Maze at the Holland Farmers Market (Holland)
Market Maze fun at the Holland Farmers Market! Kids will search for specific fruits and veggies as the staff from Camp Geneva will lead kids on a scavenger hunt through the market! Activities will take place from 9:30 a.m. – noon and are completely free!
Summer Hands-On Happenings at Kalamazoo Valley Museum (Kalamazoo)
Stories can be told using words and illustrations; these can be really powerful when used together. Prepare to tell your story! Come draw your story from 1 – 4 p.m for free!
Moving to the Music at Meijer Gardens (Grand Rapids)
Enjoy family friendly, interactive musical performances every Wednesday at 11 a.m! Grab an instrument and tap your toes, clap your hands, get up and dance! Let the playful music move you from head to toe!
Thursday, July 10
MARANDA’S PICK: Maranda Park Party at Kollen Park (Holland)
The second Park Party of the summer takes place at Kollen Park in Holland! Free lunches are served at 11:30 and Park Party fun happens from noon – 2 p.m.
Third Annual Carter’s Kids Festival Fun Run (Traverse City)
Traverse City’s own celebrity TV handyman, Carter Oosterhouse, will start off the one mile race for kids of all ages along the National Cherry Festival’s Touchstone Energy Junior Royale Parade route and meet them at the finish line with fanfare! Each participant will receive an official race bib, a medal, and refreshment. Families are encouraged to pre-register children online, however onsite registration will also be available at F&M Park the day of the event beginning at 5:00pm. The Cherry Festival starts July 5 and goes through July 14.
Alice in the Children’s Garden Wonderland at Meijer Gardens (Grand Rapids)
Enjoy a unique version of Alice in Wonderland, with actress Marisa Purcey. From the white rabbit and the talking flower to the un-birthday party, have fun with Alice and predict the ending to the story! Activity begins at 11 a.m.
Friday, July 11
MARANDA’S PICK: Grand Haven Beach Vault (Grand Haven)
Grand Haven Beach Vault is taking place July 11 and 12. It’s the worlds largest beach pole vaulting with over 300 participants! Admission is FREE!
Grand Rapids Symphony Picnic Pops: Classical Fireworks at Cannonsburg Ski Area (Belmont)
There’s no better way to kick off the 20th season of the D&W Fresh Market Picnic Pops than with this audience favorite. Hear the classics you know and love topped off with Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture finale and the most spectacular fireworks show of the summer. Activities take place from 8 – 10:45 p.m.
Squirmy Worms at Meijer Gardens (Grand Rapids)
Learn more about the world of red-wiggler composting worms every Friday at Meijer Gardens at 10 a.m! Watch throughout the summer as the worms produce nutrient-rich soil for our flower beds.