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 14 – 18 in Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Spring Lake, Muskegon and more!
Monday, July 14
MARANDA’S PICK: Barry County Fair (Hastings)
Check out the Gold Medal Shows with their rides and attractions. It’s a mobile family fun fair and theme park for all ages, proudly featuring a glittering galaxy of spectacular state fair amusement rides and attractions. The fair will be taking place July 14 – 18 with a variety of events.
The Doll People Musical at Hope College (Holland)
Quick! The humans aren’t looking! Fun-filled musical comedy brings to life Annabelle, a Victorian china doll, and her new all-plastic, all-modern neighbor, Tiffany Funcraft. The two make a pact to search for Auntie Sarah Doll, who has disappeared! But first they find the courage to leave the doll house, hide from humans, escape the cat and be kind to spiders. This showing takes place at 10:30 a.m. but check out the link for the full schedule!
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. 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 to 3:30 p.m. Movies will start around 1:15 p.m. This weeks activity is craft cereal box bookmarks.
Tuesday, July 15
MARANDA’S PICK: Two for Tuesday at John Ball Zoo (Grand Rapids)
On Tuesdays, John Ball Zoo will be staying open until 8 p.m. and all guests can get two tickets for the price of one starting at 5 p.m. Come explore the wild with our friends at the zoo at a great price!
Touch-a-Truck at Kent District Library (Grandville)
Are you wild about trucks? Get up close! Some of our municipal vehicles including fire trucks, police cars, front loaders and more will be stopping at the library, along with the pros who operate them. Decorate your own hard hat and other crafts. The activities begin at 10:30 a.m.
Tuesday Tales at Ivanrest Church (Grandville)
Tuesdays, once a month for the months of June, July and August Moms/Dads, come to Ivanrest Church with your kids ages 6 and under and enjoy an hour of songs, stories, activities, and crafts followed by lunch. The fun begins promptly at 11 a.m. and lunch will be served at noon. This month’s theme is Hawaiian Luau.
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. Each one-day camp will take place at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum. Limit 25 students, ages 9 to 11. Camp takes place 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. For more information visit the link above.
Wednesday, July 16
MARANDA’S PICK: Summer Hands-On Happenings – Superheroes! (Kalamazoo)
Superheroes come in all shapes and sizes, from make-believe to real life, everyday protectors. Color a firefighter mask and hat, decorate a police officer hat, and design a dog tag necklace in recognition of our men and women in the armed services. Decorate a paper dad tie and make a super hero puppet of your mom. Use your imagination to assemble a foam superhero mask and decorate a cape, create your own superhero, and color a wooden knight shield key chain. This event takes place from 1 – 4 p.m. at Kalamazoo Valley Museum.
Come Grow With Us at Holland Farmer’s Market (Holland)
From 9:30 a.m. – noon, children will have the opportunity to create their own beautiful flowers to take home through a variety of hands on activities with the staff from Holland Christian Preschool. Best of all, this event is completely free!
Kalamazoo Nature Center Farmyard Wednesdays: Fiber Fun (Kalamazoo)
Some animal hair can be used to make clothes. Explore how we go from animals in the field to the clothes that you wear from 10 – 11:30 a.m. Fee is only $2 per participating child (in addition to regular admission). No registration is required, just drop in! Children 2- 8 years must be accompanied by an adult.
Thursday, July 17
MARANDA’S PICK: Maranda Park Party at Ionia Free Fair (Ionia)
The third Park Party of the Summer takes place today at the Ionia Free Fair! Free lunches for anyone 18 and under will be served at 11:30 a.m. and FREE Park Party fun runs from noon – 2 p.m.
Concerts at the Felt Mansion (Holland)
Come enjoy the Third Thursday Concert Series at the Felt Mansion! This Thursday we are featuring a salsa band named Grupo Aye. Admission to all concerts is free and there will be food and drink available during concerts. Concert is at 7 – 9 p.m. and is held rain or shine.
Friday, July 18
MARANDA’S PICK: Grand Haven Musical Fountain Exhibit “Dancing Waters” at the Tri-Cities Museum (Grand Haven)
The museum’s newest exhibit focuses on the creation of the Musical Fountain, both real and replica, and the recent restoration project. See archival photos, interviews with the major visionaries, memorabilia including parts of the original fountain, and of course a working replica of the Musical Fountain created by Dennis Page. Admission to the museum is always free. Friday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Mad Scientist Workshop at Grand Rapids Public Library (Grand Rapids)
Feathers, Fur, or Scales: Blandford Nature Center will teach about animals with backbones and the different groups of vertebrates, with this program geared towards younger students. Natural artifacts from different animals and real live specimens allow students a multi-sensory experience. Will have live examples of a reptile (snake or turtle), bird (falcon or owl), and mammal (rabbit). For kids ages 3-6. Workshop begins at 3 p.m.
Mommy and Me in the Greenhouse at Downtown Market (Grand Rapids)
Mom’s with children age 5 and under, come spend the morning enjoying our greenhouse for this weeks event, Fruits and Veggies in the Greenhouse. From 10 – 11 a.m., compare and contrast the growth and flavors of the foods that are picked from our gardens.