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 29 – July 5 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: 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.
Water Windmill Challenge, Kalamazoo County Fairgrounds
June 29, 9 a.m. – noon
Science activity presented by 4-H teen leaders. For youth ages 9 – 19. Free! Register to attend: (269) 383-8830
Weaving Tales, Frederik Meijer Gardens, Grand Rapids
June 29, 11 a.m.
Explore weaving through interactive stories and “fingers-on” activities. Join a professional weaver and help create a Children’s Garden tapestry. Free with admission.
Tuesday, June 30
MARANDA’S PICK: Grandparents Day, Full Blast, Battle Creek
June 30, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Grandparents receive free admission with the purchase of a child’s admission. General admission: $9. Super Blast Pass: $12.
Discovery Days: Water Fun in Ada, Ada Township Park
June 30, 10 a.m. – noon
Preschoolers ages 3-5 and their parent or guardian can cool off with water games, then see what lives in the ponds and wetlands. Includes games, nature discovery experience, and a craft. $5 per child.
Picnics in the Park, Sixth Street Park, Grand Rapids
June 30, 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Food trucks, drop-in sports, exercise classes, music, and entertainment. Free!
Carnival on the Lawn, Southside Vineyard Church, Wyoming
June 30, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Free community party for parents and kids. Food, games, crafts, bounce house, and more!
West Michigan Whitecaps, Fifth Third Ballpark
June 30, 7 p.m.
Dime Dogs night – hot dogs are only $0.10 all night!
Wednesday, July 1
MARANDA’S PICK: Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show & Balloon Festival, W.K. Kellogg Airport
July 1 – 5
Hot air balloons, carnival, food vendors, concerts, and more! Fireworks show on July 4.
Thursday, July 2
MARANDA’S PICK: Free Kid Flicks, Celebration! Cinema locations
Through July 16
Free movies for kids 12 and under. Adults are just $5! Titles include “Cinderella” (opens 6/26), “Home” (opens 7/3), and “Monkey Kingdom” (opens 7/10). Check website for showtimes.
Young Explorers: Bike-a-thon, Roselle Park, Ada
July 2, 10 a.m. – noon
Bring your bike and helmet to Roselle Park, learn about bike safety and ride the bike path (4 miles). Cost is $5 per child. Ages 8-11.
Friday, July 3
MARANDA’S PICK: Fourth of July Celebration, Grandville
July 3 – 5
Events all weekend, including sporting events, activities, and church in the park. Saturday: pancake breakfast, arts and crafts show, parade at 11 a.m., food vendors, family-friendly activities, fireworks at dark.
Light Up the Lake Fireworks, downtown South Haven
July 3, 10 – 11 p.m.
Watch a spectacular fireworks display & listen to the Light Up The Lake soundtrack LIVE on SuperHits 103.7 COSY-FM! The fireworks shoot off synchronized to the music!
Lakeshore Art Festival, downtown Muskegon
July 3 – 4
Art, crafts, music, and food. Children’s Lane, street performers, and food area.
Ludington’s July 4th Freedom Festival, downtown Ludington
July 3 – 4
Children’s and pet parade at 6:30 p.m., Freedom Festival Parade on July 3 at 2 p.m., Arts & Crafts Fair Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. in City Park. Fireworks on July 4 at dusk.
Saturday, July 4
MARANDA’S PICK: Fourth of July celebrations! See below for complete list.
Fourth of July Celebration, Kentwood
Breakfast concessions from 7 to 11 a.m. at Fire Station #3 (5340 Eastern SE). Autocam 5K race/5K Fun walk at 8 a.m. Parade at 9:30 a.m. starting at 52nd & Eastern and ending at 60th & Kalamazoo. Carnival, entertainment, games, and activities at Crestwood Middle School from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. with fireworks at dusk.
Countryside Greenhouse Fireworks Display, Allendale
Pancake breakfast at engine house from 7:30 to 10 a.m. Parade at GVSU at 10 a.m. followed by Family Fun in the Park from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Countryside Greenhouse Fireworks Display at 10 p.m.
Ferrysburg 4th of July Parade
Breakfast with the Mayor 8 – 10 a.m. at City Hall. Parade begins at 10:30 a.m. at Ridge Avenue to Pine Street, ending at William Ferry Park. Kids can dress up, decorate bikes, wagons, strollers, pets, and join the parade! Parade followed by Party in the Park at William Ferry Park for music, food, games, and prizes.
Cascade Township Fourth of July Celebration
Library book sale 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Parade starts at 10 a.m. at Cascade Fellowship Christian Reformed Church. Route goes from Cascade & Burton to 28th & Thornhills. Games, rides, and music from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fireworks at dusk at East Fulton & Ada Drive.
57th Annual Summer Art Fair Weekend, Stanley Johnston Park, South Haven
July 4 – 5, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Annual art fair featuring works by more than 100 artists. Located one block from Lake Michigan in picturesque South Haven.
Caledonia Kilt Klassic – Kids Fun Run, Duncan Lake Middle School
July 4, 9:15 a.m.
Kindergarten through 5th grade. Kids can try distances from 100m sprint to 1 mile run. T-shirts available for pre-registered participants. All kids receive a ribbon and refreshments. $10.
White Lake Parade & Fireworks, Whitehall
July 4, 10 a.m.
Parade at 10 a.m. and fireworks over White Lake at dusk.
Marshall 4th of July Celebration, downtown Marshall
July 4, 10 a.m. – noon
Celebrate Independence Day! Dress in red, white, and blue, watch the bike and pet parade, and enjoy a chicken dinner.
4th of July Events, downtown Ada
July 4, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Parade at 10 a.m., activities on the green from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with rides, food, and music. Fireworks at dusk at Fulton and the Grand River. Free!
Independence Day Activities at Meijer Gardens
July 4, 11 a.m.
Show your patriotic spirit by participating in a variety of engaging Independence Day activities for the whole family. Free with admission.
4th of July Parade, downtown South Haven
July 4, 11 a.m.
Parade featuring patriotic floats, fire trucks, and candy. Free!
Caledonia Independence Day Celebration & Parade
July 4, 11 a.m.
Parade at 11 a.m. Children’s games. Fireworks at dusk.
4th of July Celebration in East Grand Rapids, John Collins Park
July 4, noon – 10:45 p.m.
Parade at noon followed by party in John Collins Park. Musical entertainment, inflatables, games, airbrush tattoos, balloon animals, and concessions.
Fourth of July Celebration, Kollen Park, Holland
July 4, 1 p.m. – dusk
Kids games, vendors, live martial arts demonstrations, live music, food booths, fireworks show at dusk.
Ducky Dash, Wedgewood Park, Grandville
July 4, 2:30 p.m.
Thousands of rubber ducks will be dumped into Buck Creek for a race to the finish line! Owners of top 10 ducks receive prizes. Pre-race event, the “Puppy Dash,” features doggy rubber ducks. See website for list of locations to pre-purchase rubber ducks. Event benefits the Ryan Fischer Legacy Scholarship, Grandville Swim Teams, and the Bissell Pet Foundation.
Amway Family 4th of July Celebration, Ah-Nab-Awen Park, Grand Rapids
Music, entertainment, family-friendly activities, food, and vendor exhibits from mid-afternoon until evening in Ah-Nab-Awen Park. Fireworks at about 10:30 p.m.
4th of July Fireworks, Grand Haven
July 4, dusk
Annual fireworks display on the lakeshore after the evening’s showing of the Grand Haven Musical Fountain. Free!
July 4 Fireworks Celebration, Heritage Landing, Muskegon
July 4, dusk
Fireworks show sponsored by Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce.
Sunday, July 5
MARANDA’S PICK: S.S. Milwaukee Clipper Tours, Muskegon
July 5, 1 – 5 p.m.
The 110-year-old S.S. Milwaukee Clipper; Queen of the Great Lakes, is open for the summer tourism season Memorial Day to Labor Day. You can tour the ship Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Adults: $7, students: $5 and children under 5 years of age are FREE. Tours take 60-90 minutes and cover four of the six decks. Strollers and high heels are not recommended. Those unable to climb stairs may tour the on-board museum, store and watch a documentary video FREE of charge.
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.
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!
Summer Wednesdays, Kalamazoo Valley Museum
Wednesdays through 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.
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 week, the farmers market hosts creative, educational, hands-on activities for children ages 3-10. Free!
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.
Playing at the Plaza, Hastings Spray Plaza
Thursdays through August 27
Children’s entertainment at noon, teen art program at 2 p.m., evening music at 6:30 p.m.
Street Performer Series, downtown Holland
Thursdays 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!
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.
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.
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.