Family fun ideas for this weekend

ZooLights at Binder Park Zoo

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) It’s the last weekend before Christmas, and if you’re done with your holiday shopping, there’s still plenty to do in West Michigan! Here are Maranda’s top picks in this week’s Five Star Family Fun Update. To have the complete list emailed to you each week, click here.

ZooLights, Binder Park Zoo, Battle Creek
Thursday, December 18 – Tuesday, December 23
binderparkzoo.org
Winter festival and fundraising event runs each night from 5 to 8 p.m. Santa makes special appearances each evening and during “Dinner with Santa” event December 19-23. ZooLights is $4 for members and $5 for non-members. Children under 2 are free. Pre-register online for Dinner with Santa.

Mary Poppins, Grand Rapids Civic Theatre, Grand Rapids
Friday, December 19 – Sunday, December 21
grct.org
Last weekend for this smash hit! See the story of the famous Disney nanny come to life in this timeless favorite. See website for show times and ticket availability. 

Sneaky Elves Workshop, Holland Area Arts Council
Saturday, December 20, Noon – 4 p.m.
hollandarts.org
Kids can create handmade one-of-a-kind gifts and wrap them up! Open house style. Drop the kids off or stay and play! Recommended for ages 5-12. $10 per child.

The Whoville 5K, Riverside Park, Grand Rapids
Sunday, December 21, 10 a.m.
whoville5k.com
5K run/walk, kid’s fun run, and a sweet finish featuring hot chocolate and chocolate goodies for runners. $35 for 5K and $10 for fun run. 

Winter Wonders Walk, Kalamazoo Nature Center
Sunday, December 21, 2 p.m.
naturecenter.org
Soak in the beauty of the winter woods. Learn about snow, look for signs of animal activity, and discuss how animals survive winter in Michigan. See website for prices.

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