List: Free events for National Night Out

Photo courtesy National Night Out

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) Pack up the family and get out of the house on Tuesday, August 5, for the 31st annual National Night Out. The goal of National Night Out is to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for and participation in local anti-crime efforts, encourage police and community cooperation, and demonstrate neighborhood unity in fighting crime and deterioration.

On Tuesday night, August 5, residents are asked to lock their doors, turn on outside lights, and spend the evening outdoors on the porches, lawns, streets, or in parks with their neighbors. Many neighborhoods throughout West Michigan will be hosting a variety of special events. Here is a list of locations that will be offering events in honor of National Night Out:


Adams Park Apartments
1440 Fuller SE
Noon – 2 p.m.
Cookout with hot dogs, hamburgers, ice cream, and beverages available.

Alger Heights Neighborhood Association
Alger Middle School
921 Alger SE
6:30 – 9 p.m.
Free: bike helmets, pony rides, petting zoo, bounce house, crime prevention literature, raffle, popcorn, lemonade, and water. Children’s games, adult games, and free giveaways sponsored by Chase Bank, Fifth Third Bank, Walgreen’s, and Alger Heights Businesses. DJ with music and movie, which starts at 9 p.m. JB’s Pizza and Sweet Melissa’s Ice Cream will be available for purchase.

Baxter Neighborhood Association
Joe Taylor Park
6 – 8 p.m.
Live entertainment from Main Street, face painting, the smoke house from the Grand Rapids Fire Department, information booths, and games. Hot dogs, side dishes, water, pop will be available.

Creston Neighborhood Association
Briggs Park
4 – 7 p.m.
Monarch butterfly release, rock and face painting, butterfly antennae station, and education table. Hot dogs, popcorn, sno-cones, and drinks will be available.

Cross Creek Condos
Edington Drive SE
6 – 8 p.m.
Raffle and pizza, dessert, and snacks will be available.

Eastown Community Association
Sigsbee Park
1250 Sigsbee Street SE
6 – 8 p.m.
Face painting, kids’ activities, free bulbs for porch lights, and book sale. Snacks will be available.

Fuller Area Neighbors
Fuller Avenue Church
1239 Fuller Avenue SE
6 – 8 p.m.
Basketball and crafts. hot dogs, baked beans, fruit, dessert, and beverages will be available.

Garfield Park Neighborhood Association
Salvation Army Kroc Center
2500 S. Division
5 – 7 p.m.
Meet local police, firemen and their canine pals. Try the giant slip & slide, then stay for a showing of “The LEGO Movie” in our outdoor amphitheater at dusk.

Heritage Hill Association
Innovation Central High School
400 Block of Lyon Street NE
5:30 – 8 p.m.
Bounce house, arts and crafts. Potluck picnic – Bring a dish to pass. Beverage and dinnerware will be provided. Bring your lawn chair or blanket to sit on.

Neighbors of Belknap Lookout
Coit Park
5 – 6:30 p.m.
Hot dog picnic, face painting, information booth, kickball game, and sack races.

Northeast Citizen Action Association
Save-A-Lot Parking Lot
1625 Leonard Street NE
6 – 8 p.m.
Games and other giveaways. Treats (popcorn and/or ice cream) will be available.

Ottawa HIlls 
Pontiac Field at Grand Rapids Christian Elementary School
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Ice cream social, coffee, lemonade, bounce house, balloon animals, face painting, neighborhood trivia and more.

Roosevelt Park Neighborhood 
Cesar Chavez Elementary Parking Lot
1205 Grandville Avenue SW
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Face painting, games and raffles. hot dogs, chips, ice cream, and water will be available.

Southwest Area Neighbors 
Lincoln Park
1120 Bridge Street NW
7 – 8:30 p.m. for activities
8:30 – 10 p.m. for movie
Assorted children’s games and tattoos. A movie will be shown in the park at 8:30 p.m. Popcorn, sno-cones, and bottled water will be available. Tim Horton coupons Available. A variety of booths: Healthy Homes, WAN Safety Booth, Challenge Scholarship, West Side Library, and “HEAT” Litter Bags.

West Grand Neighborhood 
City View Church
960 Alpine Avenue NW
6 – 8 p.m.
Kids’ games, dunk tank, bounce house, raffle, and face painting. DJ music, police, fire, and crime prevention demonstrations. Refreshments will be available.

South Kent National Night Out
1515 Eastport Drive SE and 1414 Eastport Drive SE
Gaines Township
4 – 8 p.m.
Kent County Sheriff’s Office, several local fire departments with ladder trucks, emergency vehicles, Michigan State Police helicopter landing and take off, multiple static displays from the Department of Natural Resources, the Michigan Child ID program hosted by The Michigan Masons, motorcycle stunt show by GR’s Finest, Tug-o-War, games, bounce houses, freebies, food and fun!


Living Hope Community Church
2341 Hillside Dr. NW
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Bounce house, obstacle course, fun stations, “Griff” the Grand Rapids Griffins mascot, fire trucks, police vehicles, military vehicles, hot dogs, sno-cones, and cotton candy for free.


Downtown Rockford
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Children’s activities, representatives from the Rockford Police Department, Michigan State Police, and Kent County Sheriff’s Department.


Rockwell Park
1106 Trimble
5 – 7 p.m.

816 Washington
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

612 N. Park
6 – 8 p.m.

511 Vine St.
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Arcadia School
932 Boswell
6 – 8 p.m.

Greenwood Reformed Church
1815 Winton
6 – 8:30 p.m.

West Main Park (corner of Elm & W Main St.)
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

West Main Hill
Henderson Park
1601 Henderson Ct.
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Parkview Hills
Parkview Hills Club House
3707 Greenleaf Circle
7 – 9 p.m.


Kollen Park
240 Kollen Park Dr.
5 p.m.
Music and entertainment, kids games and pie eating contest, dunk tank, hot dogs and ice cream, and more!


Sturgis High School east lawn
5 – 8 p.m.
Silent parade, free food, climbing wall, DNR hunting shooting gallery, kids fingerprinting, free eye checks.

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