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 21 – 25 in Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Spring Lake, Muskegon and more!
Monday, July 21
MARANDA’S PICK: Buck Night Bowling at Hudsonville Lanes (Hudsonville)
Just $1 each for games, shoe rental, pop, hot dogs, fries, and nachos (no cover charge!). Hudsonville Lanes offers a fun, friendly, alcohol free environment for your family’s enjoyment. Event from 8:30 – 10:30 p.m.
Ottawa County Fair (Holland)
Big Rock Amusement will be bringing their top rides to the fair this year July 21-26, and with the hundreds of FREE exhibits, flower show, 4-H animal exhibits, it promises to be to one of the best years yet! Gate admission for children ages 10 and up is $3 and children 9 and under are free.
Muskegon County Youth Fair (Fruitport)
The 2014 Muskegon County Youth Fair will take place from July 20-26 (with shooting sports taking place on July 12). The Fair includes youth animal showing, fair games, a kids fun run and other great events. All Fair Games are free and open to the public.
Ionia Free Fair (Ionia)
Since 1857, the Ionia Free Fair has been an important part of the state’s history and ranked as one of the top fifty fairs in the nation. Today it continues to be one of the premier events of the summer season in Michigan. Through the years the historic grandstand has been visited by Gabby Hayes, Les Paul, Buster Keaton, Sonny and Cher, Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw, Willie Nelson, and other legendary entertainers. The Ionia Free Fair is also known for its wide variety of free entertainment placed throughout the midway including daily circus performances, high trapeze acts, and the E! Park Stage with musical talent, dance troupes, a pageant and more.
Recycling Crafts and Movies (Grand Rapids)
On Mondays during the summer, 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.
Tuesday, July 22
MARANDA’S PICK: Kids Day at the Ionia Free Fair (Ionia)
Kids day at the Ionia free fair runs from 12:30 – 5:30 p.m. There will be free activities, clowns, games, concert brought to you by Meijer. There’s also a giant bike giveaway!
Music on the Lawn (Ada)
Let the music play! Ada’s summer concert series is in its 14th sweet-sounding season. Most concerts are at 7pm, Tuesday nights on the museum lawn. Bring a lawn chair and a friend and enjoy the sounds of summer at Music On the Lawn.
Watch Airplanes at Gerald R. Ford Airport Viewing Area (Grand Rapids)
The viewing area, situated on Kraft Avenue north of 52nd Street, is the ideal place to watch aircraft take off and land at Gerald R. Ford International. It is especially popular during the summer months when dozens of “bird-watchers” flock there daily to watch the planes come and go. The airport viewing area provides unmatched entertainment for aviation buffs and families, and the park-like space is furnished with picnic tables and litter barrels for picnickers.
Take the family to sample a variety of delicious handmade truffles! All of the chocolates are handmade in the shop from organic, fair-trade chocolate. Availability changes by day, but there will always be a delicious and unique selection of truffles to choose from; anything from Hazelnut milk chocolate to Michigan Cherry tart white chocolate, there’s a match for everyone’s taste buds!
Wednesday, July 23
MARANDA’S PICK: Storytime at Sweet Melissa’s (Grand Rapids)
Every child under 12 gets a free book and ice cream cone for storytime from 7-8pm on the sidewalk in front of Sweet Melissa’s Café. Stories are read to children from 7:15 to 7:45pm.
Water Festival at Holland Farmers Market (Holland)
The staff from Macatawa Area Coordinating Council and the Outdoor Discovery Center Macatawa Greenway will teach children the importance of water quality through exciting activities and crafts. There will also be live animals on hand that depend on wetland, pond and river ecosystems to survive. The event is held from 9:30 a.m. – noon.
Teen Night Wednesday at Bam! (Holland)
Come enjoy unlimited laser tag, bowling, and atomic rush all for only $15 from 8:30 – 11:30 p.m. Bonus: Get a $10 game card for only $5 at the door. Plus, $1 pizza slices and $1 pop.
Farmyard Wednesdays: Birds of a Feather at Kalamazoo Nature Center (Kalamazoo)
Enjoy farmyard programs on Wednesday mornings this summer! Birds of a Feather chickens, hawks and swallows, oh my! The farm is home to many birds. What are the differences and similarities between them? Come to the farm yard and get a close up view of some of the birds. Fee is $2 per participating child (in addition to regular admission). No registration is required, just drop in!
Thursday, July 24
MARANDA’S PICK: Maranda Park Party at Smith Ryerson Park (Muskegon)
Come have some free fun at Smith Ryerson Park in Muskegon with Maranda! The party runs from noon – 2 p.m. Free lunches will be served at 11:30 a.m. for any child 18 and under. Everyone’s invited!
Family Night at the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum (Grand Rapids)
Thursday nights are family night at Grand Rapids Children’s Museum! Event is from 5 – 8 p.m. and is just $1.50 for admission for all participants over the age of 1.
Friday, July 25
MARANDA’S PICK: Christmas in July at the Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore Office (Grand Rapids)
Join us for a FREE community event where you’ll make holiday crafts, eat Girl Scout cookies, visit with Santa, and walk along the Candy Cane Trail! Every child will receive a free gift (while supplies last). Event is outside and all ages are invited! Bring a new personal care item (lotion, body wash, mouthwash, etc.) to donate to the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans and be entered to win a restaurant gift card! (In case of rain, event will be moved to August 1st.)
Kick-Off of Byron Days Festival (Byron Center)
The Byron Township annual community celebration on the last weekend of July. A weekend of family fun, food, entertainment, huge parade, softball tournament, the Chemical Bank 5K race/walk and Sunday morning community service. Please visit www.byrondaysfestival.comfor details on all the events and location.
Maple Hill Golf Course Junior Driving Range Bucket (Grandville)
Stay active this summer, Monday-Friday from noon – 3 p.m. junior golfers 12 and under get $1.50 junior buckets (25 balls). Maple Hill Golf Course located on the border of Grandville/ Wyoming cordially invite you to enjoy the summer with us. Don’t have clubs? We have tons of clubs to use at absolutely no cost to you. Just ask an associate and we can get your junior clubs to hit.