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 18 – 24 in Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Spring Lake, Muskegon and more!
Monday, August 18
MARANDA’S PICK: One Dollar Kids Day at the Mud Room (Ada Michigan)
$1 Kids Day at the Mud Room in Ada. Kids get studio fees for just $1/person on Mondays all summer long! Good for pottery painting or glass fusing during Open Studio hours. For ages 15 & under painting independently. Pottery and glass projects priced individually and must be purchased & finished in the same visit to receive any studio specials.
Hudsonville Community Fair (Hudsonville)
August 17 – 22 Harkup Big Band Christian Concert on Sunday 4-H fair, carnival, grandstand events. Events subject to change. Check website for more info: http://hudsonville-fair.com/entertainment.html (all day)
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. Please wear closed-toe shoes to protect feet while on the observation deck. No registration required. (Today’s activity is a movie; The Lorax)
Meijer Gardens: Weaving Tales @ Meijer Gardens (Mondays at 10am until Aug. 30) (Grand Rapids Charter Township)
Join a professional weaver and our own story time volunteers for this unique opportunity to help create a children’s garden tapestry
Tuesday, August 19
MARANDA’S PICK: Meijer Free Tuesday at the Grand Rapids Art Museum (Grand Rapids)
Experience great art for free at the Grand Rapids Art Museum from 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM!
Two for Tuesday – John Ball Zoo (Grand Rapids).
The zoo is open until 8pm and from 5:30pm-8pm there is two-for-one admission.
Tuesdays in the Park (Grand Haven)
Local musicians playing a variety of music in a beautiful outdoor setting of Downtown Grand Haven. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, and a picnic basket. Music runs from 7-8:30pm. Performances held in Central Park on Washington Street. THIS IS A FREE EVENT, NO RAIN VENUE.
Tuesday Tales (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 11:00 AM and lunch will be served at 12:00 PM. Different theme each month (August 19: Carnival theme) FREE
Garden Adventures: Plant Snacking – Kalamazoo Nature Center (Kalamazoo)
Plants are the perfect snack and the garden is full of them. Discover all of the different parts of plants we eat. Fee: $2/child (in addition to regular admission) No registration is required, just drop in! For children 2- 8 years, accompanied by an adult. 10:00am – 11:30am DeLano Farms Market Barn, 357 West E Avenue.
Wednesday, August 20
MARANDA’s PICK: Farmer’s Markets in West Michigan! (West Michigan)
Bring the kids to a farmers market! There’s markets open today in Coopersville, South Haven, Grand Rapids, Grand Haven, Holland, Sparta and more!
Wristband Wednesday at Craig’s Cruisers (Grand Rapids)
$22 per Wristband. 4pm-9pm. Plus 3 hour buffet with each wristband. Includes unlimited activities on: Indoor & Outdoor Go-Karts, Laser Tag, Bumper Cars, Mini-Golf, Ropes Course, Bumper Boats and Frog Hopper. Weather permitting on outdoor activities. Every wristband gets a free 3 hour access to the Pizza Buffet!
Farmyard Wednesdays: Hardworking Horses – Kalamazoo Nature Center (Kalamazoo)
Enjoy farmyard programs on Wednesday mornings this summer! Hardworking Horses Horses used to be a farmer’s best friends. Get up close and discover the world of horses on the farm. Fee: $2/participating child (in addition to regular admission). No registration is required, just drop in! For children 2- 8 years, accompanied by an adult. Meet at DeLano Farms Market Barn, 357 West E Avenue 10:00am – 11:30am.
Thursday, August 21
MARANDA’S PICK: Go Wild on a Wildlife Safari Tour at Deer Tracks Junction (Rockford)
Deer Tracks Junction in Cedar Springs kids can fed a snack to a yak, get a kiss from a reindeer, fed a giant bull elk and more! Thursday August 21, 2014, 02:00 PM – 08:00 PM , Cost $10 per person, $2 and under free!
Concerts at the Felt Mansion (Holland)
ADMISSION TO ALL CONCERTS IS FREE. All concerts begin at 7:00 p.m. (end around 9:00). All concerts will be held rain or shine. In case of rain: concert will be held in the ballroom of the mansion. Today’s concert: Aug. 21 – Zion Lion (reggae). Food and Drink Available During Concerts. Fabulous food by Salt of the Earth and beer, wine, and other beverages – all available for purchase. Please no pets or coolers. Self-guided Mansion tours during concerts: $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students, Children 12 & under free. Because we are promoting this as a family-friendly event, we are going to have a special pricing for families (regardless of age or number of children): $20.00.
Thursdays at The Point (Spring Lake)
Local musicians playing a variety of music. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, and a picnic basket. Music runs from 7-8:30pm. Performances held at Mill Point Park in Downtown Spring Lake.
John Ball Zoo Budgie Aviary (Grand Rapids)
($1 public, $0.75 member) Located by the waterfall of the children’s zoo, the aviary allows you to walk through an exhibit full of colorful budgies native to Australia. You can even purchase a feed stick and have birds feeding right out of your hand!
Friday, August 22
MARANDA’S PICK: Free for All Friday at Byron Fun Spot! (BRYON CENTER)
Free admission, $4 Rental Skates-Blades or Quads! 4-10 p.m.
Toddler Time at Sky Zone Grand Rapids (Grand Rapids)
For ages 1-5. Imagine a seemingly endless sea of trampolines, all connected to form one massive trampoline surface. 10am-12pm. $7/jumper or $16/family of 4 jumpers for 1 hour
Kids Night Out at Holland MVP (Holland)
$15 member/ $20 non-member. Ages 3 to 11: Kid’s Stuff will stay open late on selected Friday evenings for Kid’s Night Out. Take advantage of a real night out. You can leave the building to see a show, or just enjoy a meal without the kids! Children three years and older can participate In these special events which include swimming, structured games, and pizza. Kid’s Night Out is 5:30-9:00pm. Registration is required at least 24 hours in advance. Children should come wearing a bathing suit, and bring a change of clothes. Towels are provided. Additional Sibling discounts available. Discounts can only be applied at the MVP Athletic Club service desk. Please call us at (616)594-7000 for more details.
28th Street Metro Cruise (Grandville)
This year marks the 10th Annual Cruise which is held each year in August. The event, organized by the Wyoming-Kentwood Area Chamber of Commerce, spanned 15 miles along the busy commercial corridor from Cascade Township and Grandville. Runs Friday and Saturday