GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) Summer in West Michigan is filled with fun activities for families! Check out Maranda’s complete Guide to Summer Fun for June 15 – 21 below. To have a complete list of family events emailed to you each week, click here to subscribe to Maranda’s Five Star Family Fun Update.
MARANDA’S PICK: Spring Lake Heritage Festival
June 15 – 20
Family fun night, ice cream social, flea market, car show, 5K run/walk, live music, fireworks, and more!
Summer Programming Begins, Holland Community Aquatic Center
Bouws Pool opens. Free swimming lessons after open swim (for children eligible for free/reduced lunch). Organized activities and games during 1-4:30 p.m. open swim.
Tuesday, June 16
MARANDA’S PICK: Minion Night, West Michigan Whitecaps, Fifth Third Ballpark
June 16, 7 p.m.
First 1,000 kids 12 and under get a Minion youth hat.
W.K. Kellogg Manor House Tea, Hickory Corners
June 16, 3 – 5 p.m.
High tea, guided tour, team-themed program in the historic house. Adults $30, children $16.
Mini Music Day Camps, East Grand Rapids Parks and Rec Dept. Lower Level
June 16, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Parents and children can sing, dance, make crafts, have a snack, and play instruments. Each class will have a specific theme. Adult/child class for children ages 15 months through 3 years old. Themes: 6/16: Fun with Nursery Rhymes; 7/14: Going to the Zoo; 7/28: Playing at the Water’s Edge; 8/18: All Aboard the Train; 8/25: Frogs!; $11 for Residents, $16 for Non-Residents.
Wednesday, June 17
MARANDA’S PICK: Caledonia Western Week, Main Street
June 16 – 19
Kids night on Wednesday! Inflatables, old fashioned games, archery, a pet parade, frog and turtle races, and an outdoor movie! -drawn tours, face painting, old fashioned photos, and more!
Thursday, June 18
MARANDA’S PICK: World’s Largest Swimming Lesson, Holland Community Aquatic Center
June 18, 10 a.m.
Help set a new Guinness World Record for the largest swimming lesson in 24 hours. Check-in begins at 8:45 a.m. Participants must check in by 9:30 a.m. The event is free. Participants may also stay for Splash Zone/Open Swim until 3 p.m.
Kentwood Movies in the Park, Pinewood Park
June 18, 7 p.m.
Bring lawn chairs, blankets, and snacks and settle in for a movie. Selection will be decided the Friday before the showing, and will be G or PG. Food available for sale. No alcohol allowed in the park.
Muskegon Heights Festival, Rowan Park
June 18 – 20
Carnival, food vendors, gospel service, sports tournaments, live music, parade, 5K run, and more!
Harborfest, downtown South Haven
June 18 – 21
Celebration of southwestern Michigan’s unique maritime history! Live music, dragon boat racing, craft and food fair, pancake breakfast, and kids activities. Free!
Friday, June 19
MARANDA’S PICK: West Michigan Chalk Art Festival, Byron Center
June 19 – 20
Artists demonstrate chalk art. Children and families are invited to join in! Face painting and other activities for kids.
Movies in the Park, downtown Grand Rapids
June 19, 7 p.m.
Free movies shown on 50-foot screen at Ah-Nab-Awen Park starting at dusk. Pre-movie entertainment starts at 7 p.m. Bring chairs, blankets, beverages, and snacks. Food vendors on site. Children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult. June 19 is “Dazed and Confused.” Other showings on July 10, 24, August 7, 21.
Movies in the Park, John Collins Park, East Grand Rapids
June 19, 7 p.m.
Free family-friendly entertainment. Bring lawn chair or blanket. Snacks available for purchase. Movie starts at dusk. No alcohol or grilling. Dogs must be on leash. Other showings on July 17, August 21, and September 18.
Taste of Muskegon, Hackley Park
June 19 – 20
Sample offerings from Muskegon restaurants and bakeries. Family activities! Friday 5 – 11 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Steam Dream Expo, The Olde World Village, Augusta
June 19 – 21
Live entertainment, vendors, informational panels, food. Admission: $10. Children 12 and under are free.
Saturday, June 20
MARANDA’S PICK: Sand Sculpture Contest, Grand Haven City Beach
June 20, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
See teams build art in the sand. Register by June 11 to participate.
Reeds Lake Art Festival, East Grand Rapids
June 20, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
130+ booths of juried arts and crafts. Festival extends from John Collins Park to Wealthy Street.
Kids FUNfari, Binder Park Zoo, Battle Creek
June 20, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Event focuses on getting kids active in fun ways. All children receive a reusable goodie bag and participate in fun activities and demonstrations throughout the zoo. Lemur Lap Fun Run starts at 8 a.m. for additional fee. FUNfari included with zoo admission.
Kids at the Market, Downtown Market Grand Rapids
June 20, 10 a.m. – noon
Free family activities every Saturday through September 19. Each week has a different theme!
Singing with Sculptures: A Kids’ Tram Tour at Meijer Gardens
June 20, 10:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Riders can participate in rhythms, rounds, rhymes and raps as they roll along. Learn about sculptures through fun and familiar songs. $3 for adults, $1 for kids.
Creature Feature, Kalamazoo Nature Center
June 20, noon – 1 p.m.
Learn about animals up close and personal. Free with admission.
Old-Fashioned Farm Days, Frederik Meijer Gardens, Grand Rapids
June 20, 1 – 4 p.m.
Explore what life was like on a 1930s-era farm. Pretend to buy and sell produce, make and sample fresh butter. Watch a cooking demonstration and sample the results. Free with admission!
Saturday Slip-n-Slide, Rosewood Park, Jenison
Saturday, June 20, noon – 5 p.m.
Fifth annual Saturday Slip-n-Slide for kids of all ages! Includes bounce houses, dunk tanks, tie-dying, a children’s work project by Home Depot, food booths, entertainment, and more! Proceeds go to Kids Hope USA.
Enchanted Summer Celebration, Fat Blossom Farm, Allegan
June 20 – 21, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Walk trails while touring custom-built fairy and hobbit habitats, then create your own dwelling. Picnic area and children’s garden. $5 per person, maximum $20 per family.
Potawatomi Annual Pow Wow, Fulton
June 20 – 21
Free cultural event open to the public. Ceremonies, performances, raffles, and more!
Sunday, June 21
MARANDA’S PICK: Free Mini Golf, Craig’s Cruisers
Dad plays free golf with a paid child. Good at Grand Rapids, Holland, and Muskegon locations. See website for hours.
Free Tours for Fathers, Hackley & Hume Historic Site, Muskegon
June 21, noon – 4 p.m.
Free tours for fathers of Hackley & Hume Historic Site. Tours of Scolnik Depression Era Home and Muskegon Fire Barn Museum are always free!
Free Admission for Dads, Grand Rapids Children’s Museum
June 21, noon – 5 p.m.
Free admission for dads for Father’s Day!
Montcalm County 4-H Fair, Montcalm County Fairgrounds
June 21 – 25
Livestock and animal displays, carnival, rodeo, demolition derby, and more!
Free Tuesdays, Grand Rapids Art Museum
Tuesdays, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Free admission every Tuesday thanks to Meijer Free Tuesdays. Reduced admission to special exhibitions! General admission is also free on Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., underwritten by Meijer.
Farmyard Wednesdays, DeLano Farms, Kalamazoo Nature Center
Wednesdays through August 26, 10 a.m. – noon
Fun farmyard programs with a different theme each week. Aimed for children ages 2 to 8. $2 program fee per participating child in addition to regular admission.
Kids Activities at the Holland Farmers Market
Wednesdays through August 26, 9:30 a.m. – noon
Each Wednesday, the farmers market hosts creative, educational, hands-on activities for children ages 3-10. Free!
Wristband Wednesdays, Craig’s Cruisers, Wyoming
Wednesdays, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. or 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.
$22 gets you a wristband that’s good for unlimited indoor and outdoor go-karts, laser tag, bumper cars, mini golf, ropes course, bumper boats, and frog hopper. Also get three hour access to pizza buffet!
Family Night, Grand Rapids Children’s Museum
Thursdays, 5 – 8 p.m.
Every Thursday evening is Family Night, with $1.50 admission per person. Ages 1 and under are free.
Outdoor Fitness Series, Grand Rapids Kroc Center
Saturdays in June, 9–10 a.m.
Grab a friend and drop in to the Kroc Center amphitheater each Saturday in June from 9–10 AM for outdoor fitness classes. This series is FREE for members and non-members of all fitness levels (ages 12+, ages 12–15 must be accompanied by an adult). You’ll even have the chance to win door prizes!
Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Family Day, Fifth Third Ballpark
Sundays, 1 p.m.
Every West Michigan Whitecaps Sunday home game. First 1,000 kids eat free! Get autographs and play catch on the field before the game. Run the bases after the game. Enjoy face painters and balloon twisters.
Da Vinci: The Exhibition, Air Zoo, Portage
Through June 30
Experience the breadth and scope of da Vinci’s incredibly advanced understanding of science, mathematics, nature, and the relationship between the three. Multimedia experiences and documentary presentations throughout the space will provide supplementary information on da Vinci’s discoveries and creative process. Free with admission.
Free Kid Flicks, Celebration! Cinema locations
Through July 16
Free movies for kids 12 and under. Adults are just $5! Titles include “Song of the Sea” (opens 6/5), “Paddington” (opens 6/12), “SpongeBob: Sponge Out of Water” (opens 6/19), “Cinderella” (opens 6/26), “Home” (opens 7/3), and “Monkey Kingdom” (opens 7/10). Check website for showtimes.
Summer Wednesdays, Kalamazoo Valley Museum
June 24 – August 5, 1 – 4 p.m.
Each Wednesday, the museum will offer ten different free crafts for visitors. Special planetarium shows and Challenger Learning Center missions offered each afternoon during Summer Wednesdays.
LowellArts! Exploring Africa with Art! Free Youth Art Classes
Through August 11, 1 – 3 p.m. or 3 – 5 p.m.
Students ages 7 to 12 are invited to a series of free workshops exploring Africa with art. Guest artists will work with students to create visual and performance art based on the culture and traditions of Africa.
Splash Zone, Holland Community Aquatic Center
Through August 23
Open swim for kids of all ages. Single visit: $5.50; Splash Packs (groups of 4 or more): $4.50 per person. $1.25 for Holland residents with ID.
Street Performer Series, downtown Holland
Through August 27, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Head downtown every Thursday to experience every kind of performance art imaginable! Jugglers, musicians, mimes, clowns, acrobats and more!
Camp Kroc, Grand Rapids Kroc Center
Through September 4, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Campers aged 5– 12 attend Monday–Friday and enjoy activities like arts & crafts, sports, music, games, swimming, rock climbing, drama & talent shows, archery, giant slip & slide rides and weekly field trips. Cost per week: $125 per member child/$150 per non-member child. Before and after care are also available for an additional charge.
Muskegon South Pierhead Light Tours, Pere Marquette Beach
Through Labor Day
Tours given of South Pierhead Light Monday and Tuesday from noon to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $4 for adults and $2 for kids.
Kidstruction Zone, Grand Rapids Children’s Museum
Children can explore construction-related trades by scooping and pouring gravel, building a brick tower, move wheelbarrows, and use a conveyer belt. Included with admission.
The Discovery of King Tut, Grand Rapids Public Museum
Through January 2016
Exhibition explores the legendary tomb and its treasures as they were at the moment of their discovery. Tickets: $18 for adults, $17 for seniors, $13 for children 3-17, children 2 and under are free. Discounted admission for members. Tickets include general admission and free carousel ride.
Browse fresh fruits, vegetables, products, and goods from local farmers. Many markets have activities and events for children. Click the link to find a farmers market near you.