Maranda’s Guide to Summer Fun: June 22-28

Holland Community Aquatic Center
Photo: Holland Community Aquatic Center

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 22 – 28 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.

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Monday, June 22Maranda's Guide to Summer Fun

MARANDA’S PICK: Montcalm County 4-H Fair, Montcalm County Fairgrounds
June 21 – 25
Livestock and animal displays, carnival, rodeo, demolition derby, and more!

Tuesday, June 23

MARANDA’S PICK: 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.

Lids at the Library, Grand Rapids Public Library – Seymour Branch
June 23, 2 p.m.
Grand Rapids Griffins and Safe Kids Greater Grand Rapids will distribute a limited number of free bike helmets to kids ages 1-12. A parent or guardian must be present to receive a helmet. For information, call (616) 391-7233.

Wednesday, June 24

MARANDA’S PICK: Fun in the Water, Holland Community Aquatic Center
June 24
Play in the Splash Zone, slide the two-story water slide, and climb awesome inflatables! Choose from 12:30 to 3 p.m. or 6 to 8:30 p.m. $4.25 for Holland residents, $5.50 for non-residents.

GVSU Farmers Market Kids Day, Allendale
June 24, 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Explore the farmers market on campus at Grand Valley State University. Face painting, music, balloon animals. Lunch available for purchase from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Thursday, June 25

MARANDA’S PICK: Maranda Park Party, Lamar Park, Wyoming
June 25, noon – 2 p.m.
Free event with inflatables, rides, games, activities, crafts, music, and prizes! Free lunch to anyone under 18 while supplies last.

Let’s Go To Bat For Kids, Fifth Third Ballpark
June 25, 5:30 p.m.
Annual baseball game between clergy and religious leaders and local media celebrities. Benefits Catholic Charities West Michigan. Children’s games and activities along the concourse. Admission is free. Parking is $6 per car.

Friday, June 26

MARANDA’S PICK: “The Jungle Book,” Circle Theatre, Grand Rapids
June 24 – 28
See the classic tale of “The Jungle Book” live on stage! Tickets: $12. See website for show times.

Irish Fest of Kalamazoo, Arcadia Creek Festival Place
June 26 – 27, 4:30 p.m. – midnight
Celebrate all things Celtic with music, culture, children’s activities, and food. Adults: $8. Children under 13 are free.

Saturday, June 27

MARANDA’S PICK: Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Night, Berlin Raceway, Marne
June 27
Join Maranda for a special Kids Night supporting, presented by Craig’s Cruisers! First 500 kids receive a free Coke product, hot dog, and activity at Craig’s Cruisers courtesy of Coca Cola. Adults: $12. Kids 11 and under are free!

Gran Fondo Family Ride, Grand Rapids
June 27, 8 a.m.
Family-friendly 12 mile ride as part of the MSU Gran Fondo cycling event. Start at the B.O.B. downtown and finish to enjoy a day of festivities surrounding the Herman Miller Brickyard Criterium. Registration fee: $60; Fundraising commitment: $50. Kids age 12 and under ride free when accompanied by a registered adult rider.

Cheetah Chase, Binder Park Zoo, Battle Creek
June 27, 8 – 11 a.m.
This exciting chip timed running/walking event will take participants through portions of the Zoo including Wild Africa. The unique setting provides a scenic, challenging and diverse course for both seasoned and casual runner and walkers. $30 pre-register; $40 day of event.

Family Yoga at the Dam, Rockford
June 27, 9 a.m.
Yoga for parents and kids! Free, but a $5 donation is suggested for Kids’ Food Basket. Bring own mat or towel.

Kids at the Market, Downtown Market Grand Rapids
June 27, 10 a.m. – noon
Free family activities every Saturday through September 19. Each week has a different theme!

Creature Feature, Kalamazoo Nature Center
June 27, noon – 1 p.m.
Learn about animals up close and personal. Free with admission.

Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Kids Bike Race, Grand Rapids
June 27, 3 p.m.
The kids bike race takes place in the heart of downtown on the Herman Miller Brickyard Criterium course. Registration is free, open to all children 9 and under.

Veen Observatory Public Night, Lowell
June 27, 9:30 p.m. – midnight
See the moon, Jupiter, Saturn, an deep sky objects through telescopes. $3 for adults, $2 for children. Call (616) 897-7065 or visit website for sky conditions.

St. Patrick Summerfest, Portland
June 27 – 28
Kids’ games, inflatables, 3-on-3 basketball, 5K/Kids’ 1 mile race, volleyball tournament, youth baseball tournament, food, and entertainment including Shelby Ann Marie Miller from American Idol. 25% of all proceeds will be donated to PAMA, which will benefit the four Portland churches damaged in the tornado.

Enchanted Summer Celebration, Fat Blossom Farm, Allegan
June 27 – 28, 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.

Grand Haven Art Festival, downtown Grand Haven
June 27 – 28, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Washington Avenue is transformed into an outdoor art gallery. Purchase one-of-a-kind art directly from the artist. Free admission. Family Fun Day on Saturday.

Sunday, June 28

MARANDA’S PICK: 10 Year Anniversary Party, Forever Curious Children’s Museum, Fennville
June 28, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Celebrate with a museum tour, bounce house, hands-on activities, and food.

Paws on Parade, South Pier, South Haven
June 28
Pet parade starts at Stanley Johnston Park and ends back at the park for a fun-filled afternoon. Informational booths and vendors, food, music, games, crafts, demonstrations, and raffles. Benefits Al-Van Humane Society.

Sherman’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social, Historic Hartman School, South Haven
June 28
Enjoy some delicious Sherman’s ice cream on the front lawn of the historic building.


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.

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.

Da Vinci: The Exhibition, Air Zoo, Portage
Through October 4
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.

Kidstruction Zone, Grand Rapids Children’s Museum
Through November
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.

Farmers Markets
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.

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