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 July 13 – 19. 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: Kids Skate Free
Take the kids roller skating for free! Visit kidsskatefree.com to find a roller rink in your community that offers free skating!
Farm on the Go, Rockford Krause Library
July 13, 2 p.m.
See cute barnyard animals from the Critter Barn of Zeeland. Children can touch and pet animals. Free!
Tuesday, July 14
MARANDA’S PICK: Ionia Free Fair
July 14, 10 a.m.
Maranda will be at the Ionia County Fairgrounds entrance with special activities and the chance for 100 kids to win free unlimited ride wristbands.
Velo City Cycles: Family Fun Ride
Tuesday, July 14, 6:30 p.m.
Free family-friendly bike ride for all ages and levels. Meet at Velo City Cycles then participate in a four-mile bike ride around Windmill Island. Free ice cream provided by Hudsonville Creamery.
Pasture Dairy Center Open House, W.K. Kellogg Pasture Dairy Center, Hickory Corners
July 14, 4 – 8 p.m.
Sample and purchase the 2014 award-winning cheeses produced from pasture-based cows’ milk. Chat with Pasture Dairy staff about cheese making and sustainable dairy practices. Free!
Wednesday, July 15
MARANDA’S PICK: Picnic with the Birds, Outdoor Discovery Center, Holland
July 15, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
During the open house program, learn about birds of prey and what they like to eat. Bring a picnic lunch. No registration required. Free!
Sparta Town & Country Days, downtown Sparta
July 15 – 19
Parade, games, food, music, fireworks, pig roast, carnival events. Kids’ Day is Friday, July 17. Family Day is Saturday, July 18.
Thursday, July 16
MARANDA’S PICK: Maranda Park Party, Kollen Park, Holland
July 16, noon – 2 p.m.
Free event with inflatables, rides, games, activities, crafts, music, and prizes! Free lunch to anyone under 18 while supplies last.
Blueberry Fields Forever, Huyser Farm, Holland
July 16, 11 a.m. – noon
Learn about blueberries and how they have become a West Michigan industry. Bring collection buckets to take home free blueberries from the u-pick patch! Sturdy shoes and insect repellent are encouraged. Registration is required.
Grand Valley Health Plan Splish-Splash Pool Bash, Richmond Pool, Grand Rapids
July 16, 12:30 – 3 p.m.
Grand Valley Health Plan is hosting a free pool day for the City of Grand Rapids. Kids receive free admission into Grand Rapids’ Richmond Pool. G.R. adult residents are $2. Nnon-residents are $4. A health fair will take place during this event with local organizations offering prizes, giveaways, games, and more.
Classical Fireworks, Grand Rapids Pops, Cannonsburg Ski Area
July 16 – 17, 8 – 10:15 p.m.
Hear Patriotic music and see one of the best fireworks displays in West Michigan! Pack a picnic and bring the family for pre-concert fun including face painting, crafts, and an instrument petting zoo. Adults: $18, Kids: $5.
The Velveteen Rabbit, Holland Civic Theatre, Holland
July 16 – 18 at 7 p.m.; July 18 at 2 p.m.
Classic story brought to life by talent Holland young actors & actresses. The original “Toy Story” telling the story of unconditional love between a boy and his toy bunny and how that love makes the rabbit real.
Muskegon Bike Time
July 16 – 19
Live music and entertainment, stunt shows, Super Cross races, Patriot Ride. Kids 11 and under are free all weekend. Sunday is free for everyone!
Ionia Free Fair
July 16 – 25
Carnival and midway, activities, concerts, and “Ionia Idol.”
Friday, July 17
MARANDA’S PICK: Kids Day, Sparta Town & Country Days, downtown Sparta
Kids Day includes a kids parade, petting zoo, wacky, wild and weird hair events, play zones, and pony rides!
Danish Festival Open Air Breakfast, Greenville
July 17, 7 – 11 a.m.
Open Air Breakfast with food, door prizes, the Danish Festival Queen and court, and raffle. Adults: $6; Children under 12: $3.
2015 Gazelle Sports Historic Walks, Kalamazoo
July 17, 8 a.m.
Meet at Gazelle Sports and join Lynn Houghton on a historical 1.5 mile walking tour of Kalamazoo. Free! No registration necessary. See website for other walk dates and locations.
Lunchtime Live, Bronson Park, Kalamazoo
July 17, 24, 31, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Live music, local food trucks, pop-up retail vendors, and summertime activities. Free!
Ravenna Dog Daze & Car Cruise-In, downtown Ravenna
July 17, 5:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Children’s games, food, live entertainment, craft show, raffles. Proceeds support local charities.
Mary Poppins, Comstock Community Auditorium, Kalamazoo
July 17 – 25
Center Stage Theatre’s multi-age cast is proud to present Mary Poppins. Adults: $12, students/seniors: $10.
Saturday, July 18
MARANDA’S PICK: National Baby Food Festival, downtown Fremont
July 15 – 18
Annual celebration with contests, musicians, parades, clowns, Kids Expo.
Pullman Pride Day
Pancake breakfast 8 a.m. at the fire hall. Live music, artists, fire truck parade, outdoor movie at Lee Township Community Center.
Historic House and Farmstead Open House, Drake Farmstead, Kalamazoo
July 18, 10 a.m. – 3 p .m.
Pet farm animals, enjoy live music, kids games, cart rides pulled by miniature horses, bake sale, butterfly display, photo booth. Tour the historic house. Free! Donations accepted.
The Enchanted Garden, Leila Arboretum, Battle Creek
July 18, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Dress up to enter the Enchanted Children’s Garden for a day full of gnomes, fairies, and garden Magic! Special visit from the Shari Rarick School of Dance. $2 donation/person requested.
Taste of Portage, Don Overland Bandshell
July 18, noon – 10 p.m.
Celebrate the restaurants of the Portage area with delicious samples! Live music, Kidz Zone noon – 2 p.m. Event is free from noon to 4 p.m., $5 cover from 4 to 7 p.m., $10 cover from 7 to 10 p.m.
Movies in the Square, Festival Market Square, Battle Creek
July 18, 5:30 – 10 p.m.
Free family event with fun and interactive activities followed by “Planes: Fire & Rescue.” Activities begin at 5:30 p.m., performances at 6:30 p.m., and movie begins at dusk. Picnics, blankets, and chairs encouraged!
Dinghy Parade, South Haven Yacht Club
July 18, 6 p.m.
The 10th annual South Haven Dinghy Parade. Everyone is invited to participate! Register online and be at the dock by 5:45 p.m.
Sunday, July 19
MARANDA’S PICK: National Ice Cream Day
Treat the family to a delicious frozen treat in honor of National Ice Cream Day!
Princess Tea Party, Henderson Castle, Kalamazoo
July 19, 1 – 3 p.m.
Disney princess and Prince Charming entertain guests with tea, snacks, and stories. Take a guided tour of Henderson Castle. Tickets ($25) available online.
Zeelmania, downtown Zeeland
Mondays through August 31, 6 – 8 p.m.
Downtown Main Street is transformed into a healthy living street fair with inflatables and activities. Free!
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!
Open Swim, Bouws City Pool, Holland
Daily, 1 – 4:30 p.m. & 6 – 8 p.m.
Open swim Monday – Sunday. Organized aquatic activities from Holland Aquatic Center Thursdays 1 – 4:30 p.m.. Children 15 and younger are free! Adults: $1 for residents, $2 for non-residents.
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!
Coloring Club, Carolyn Stich Studio, Holland
Saturdays, 10 a.m. – noon
Come for coffee, muffins, and some coloring fun! $15 donation. All proceeds go to Kids’ Food Basket.
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.
Sunday Family Hike, Hemlock Crossing Nature Education Center, Holland
Sundays, 2 – 3:30 p.m.
Family-friendly hikes are designed to encourage exploration through trail activities that focus on seasonal happenings at Hemlock Crossing. Topical updates highlighted in NatureE-mail sent out every Thursday. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up for e-mails. Free!
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.