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 August 4 – 8 in Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Spring Lake, Muskegon and more!
Monday, August 4
MARANDA’S PICK: Michigan Pirate Festival (Grand Haven)
Loutit District Library and Harbor Island will be the port for swashbuckling, pirate fun during the 8th annual festival. Kids are invited to pick up a treasure map from the treasure chest located at the library starting Monday, August 4th.
Jazz at the Zoo (Grand Rapids)
Monday nights means Music and More! Free Jazz music in the park from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Bring a chair or a blanket or come early to get a picnic table. Several vendors will be on hand to sell a variety of food items. You are welcome to bring your own as well. Listen, dance, eat and drink. But most of all come and enjoy some of the great music West Michigan performers have to offer.
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.
Tuesday, August 5
MARANDA’S PICK: National Night Out!
Join us in an effort to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, neighborhood camaraderie and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back by participating in the 31st Annual National Night Out!
Learn to Ride Your Bike at Gymco (Grand Rapids)
Ready to ride on two wheels? Gymco can help! Our Bike Clinics provide kids (age 4+) with the skills and confidence they need to be successful riders. Pre-registration is required. Save your spot early by registering online at http://gymco.com/activities-for-kids/kids-events-calendar/ today! Please bring a helmet, tennis shoes and a bike WITHOUT training wheels.
Family Movie Night at Ivanrest Church (Grandville)
Join us for Free Family Movie Night at Ivanrest Church at 7 p.m. 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. The movie that will be shown is The Lego Movie and it will be held outdoors with a rain date of August 6 if necessary.
Weaving Tales at Meijer Gardens (Grand Rapids)
Experience the wonders of weaving every Monday through interactive stories and “fingers-on” activities. Join a professinal weaver and our own story time volunteers for this unique opportunity to help create a Children’s Garden tapestry. Event begins at 10 a.m.
Wednesday, August 6
MARANDA’S PICK: Community Day at Kent County Youth Fair (Lowell)
Go Hog Wild! Today is community day with special activities like goat milking, horses, rabbits, clowns, hula hoops and more!
Story Time at Sweet Melissa’s (Grand Rapids)
Sponsored by Grand Valley State University College of Education, every child age birth to 12 receives a free book and ice cream cone. On the sidewalk in front of Sweet Melissa’s Cafe in the Alger Heights business district, stories are read to children from 7:15 – 7:45 p.m. A family fun free event that lasts all summer.
Summer Hands-On Happenings at Kalamazoo Valley Museum (Kalamazoo)
Nature provides a variety of unique designs and patterns as well as materials to create with. Explore designs while decorating butterfly wings, a windsock, picture frames, and a fish print. Decorate a leather wristband, a bug box, and a cork-board. Investigate up close a collection of objects found in nature, and then use them to create textured rubbings. Join us at Kalamazoo Valley Museum from 1 – 4 p.m. for this nature inspired event.
Unity Christian Music Festival (Muskegon)
Don’t miss one of the largest Christian music festivals in the United States with free extreme games, free kids activities, speaker tent, very affordable food prices and spectacular views of sunsets over the lake as you see your favorite Christian music artists. The festival takes place on the shores of Muskegon Lake at the beautiful Heritage Landing Park. Events for all ages from toddler through adult. The 2014 event features: Thousand Foot Krutch, Third Day, Big Daddy Weave, Matthew West, Mandisa, Steven Curtis Chapman and dozens of others on multiple stages. Kids 5 and under are free. Buy tickets in advance and save!
Farmyard Wednesdays at Kalamazoo Nature Center (Kalalamzoo)
Farms aren’t just for animals. Most farms grow lots of different plants too. Taste some yummy farm grown veggies and learn how we grow plants on the farm. Event is $2 per participating child (in addition to regular admission) and runs from 10 – 11:30 a.m. No registration is required, just drop in! Children 2- 8 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.
Thursday, August 7
MARANDA’S PICK: Meijer LPGA Classic at Blythefield Country Club (Grand Rapids)
Today is opening day of tournament play for the Meijer LPGA Classic at Blythefield Country Club in Grand Rapids. Kids 17 and under get in FREE!
Museums Celebrate Raggedy Ann’s Muskegon Roots (Muskegon)
The first Raggedy Ann dolls were made in Muskegon from 1918 to 1926. Three Muskegon museums have joined forces to celebrate the beloved Raggedy and her friends with special exhibits and activities from Thursday, August 7 through Saturday, August 9 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Participating museums include the Muskegon Museum of Art, the Muskegon Heritage Museum, and the Lakeshore Museum Center.
Friday, August 8
MARANDA’S PICK: 51st Annual National Blueberry Festival (South Haven)
This four- day festival will be held in various locations in and out of doors in the Lake Michigan Beachtown community of South Haven, Michigan. Many events take place overlooking South Haven’s picturesque harbor, our 110 year old Lighthouse and Lake Michigan.
The Doll People 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. Show begins at 1:30 p.m. Visit the link for more showtimes.