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 20 – 26. 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: “Junie B. Jones-The Musical,” Holland
July 20, 10:30 a.m.
The famous Barbara Bark children’s series, Junie B. Jones, comes to life in a musical presented by the HSRT Children’s Performance Troupe. Performed in the DeWitt Studio Theatre. General Admission: $15 per person (Online purchases involve a $3 fee).
Van Buren County Youth Fair
July 20 – 24
Animal exhibits, midway opens on Monday, July 20. Daily features: Magical Balloon Guy, Whispering Pines Exotic Animal Exhibit, My Adventure Theater.
Tuesday, July 21
MARANDA’S PICK: Meijer Kids Day, Ionia Free Fair
July 21, 12:30 p.m.
Free activities in the E! Park, midway/rides open at 1 p.m. Face painting, balloon creations, storytime, magic show from Ronald McDonald, crafts, water table, and more!
Muskegon County Youth Fair, Muskegon County Fairgrounds
July 21 – 26
Carnival, grandstand, animals, talent show, food, and games.
Wednesday, July 22
MARANDA’S PICK: Meijer LPGA Junior Clinic, Boulder Creek Golf Course, Belmont
July 22 – 24, 1 p.m.
Free, two-hour clinics feature group instruction, activities, and games by LPGA professionals and local golf pros. Age group also receives free admission to the tournament, July 23 – 26, with a ticketed adult. Register online.
Fantastic Flowers Day Camp, West Olive
July 22, 10 – 11 a.m.
This is a camp designed for 3 groups: Early Sprouts (3yrs-Pre-k), Nature Buds (K-1st grade), and Discoverers (2nd-3rd grade). Learn more about flowers at Hemlock Crossing, while teaching the very basics of plant biology. Programmed with outdoor games, stories and crafts. Hemlock Crossing Nature Education Center. Single day camp. Admission: $3 (Pre-registration needed). Refer to website for more information.
Doggy-Kitty Play Date, Forever Curious Children’s Museum, Fennville
July 22, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Dog and cat-themed activities for kids, arts and crafts. Bring supplies for Wishbone Pet Rescue Alliance. Admission: $4.50 per person. See list of donation requests online.
Wild Wednesday: Investigating Insects, W.K. Kellogg Bird Sanctuary, Augusta
July 22, 7 – 8 p.m.
There are many helpful insects that live around our homes and gardens! Come learn about the ways that insects are our little helpers. Adults $5; Children $3; Members free.
Meijer LPGA Kids Center, Blythefield Country Club, Belmont
July 22 – 26, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Part of the Meijer LPGA Classic. Arts and crafts, golf activities, and autograph sessions throughout the week. Tent located between holes 11 and 16.
Thursday, July 23
MARANDA’S PICK: Maranda Park Party, Smith Ryerson Park, Muskegon
July 23, noon – 2 p.m.
Free event with inflatables, rides, games, activities, crafts, music, and prizes! Free lunch to anyone under 18 while supplies last.
Byron Days Festival, downtown Byron Center
July 23, 7:30 – 9 a.m.
Family weekend with events including 5K, Friday Night “Praisefest,” parade, concert, and fireworks.
Kids ‘N’ Stuff Free Day, Kids ‘N’ Stuff Children’s Museum, Albion
July 23, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Free admission for the day. Interactive exhibits allow parents and children to learn and play together.
Knickerbocker Free Family Film Series, Knickerbocker Theatre, Holland
July 23, 7:30 p.m.
See “Newsies” for free!
Colon Magic Festival, downtown Colon
July 23 – 25
Live bands, arts and crafts, strolling musicians, balloon artists, magic shows. See schedule for performances.
Friday, July 24
MARANDA’S PICK: Grand Rapids Balloon Festival, Hudsonville Fairgrounds
July 24 – 25
Carnival games, crafts, inflatables, balloon launches, meet pilots, outdoor movie “Paddington” on Saturday night. See website for schedule. Free admission, $5 parking.
Kids Tunes at Noon, Windmill Island Gardens, Holland
July 24, noon – 1 p.m.
Concert series just for kids! Featured performer is Carol Johnson. Bring lawn chairs or blankets and feel free to pack a picnic lunch. Free! Pets welcome if kept on a leash.
Lids at the Library, Kent District Library – Walker Branch
July 24, 1:45 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) 774-5685 ext. 3046.
Movies in the Park, Ah-Nab-Awen Park, Grand Rapids
July 24, 7 p.m.
See “Hook” on a giant outdoor screen! Bring a picnic, blanket or chairs. Pre-movie entertainment begins at 7 p.m. Film starts at dusk.
Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival
July 24 – August 2
Live music, carnival, children’s activities, car show, arts and crafts, ship tours. Kids Parade on July 25. Kids Day on July 28, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Grand Parade on August 1.
Free Kids’ Movies, Celebration! Cinema Woodland
July 24 – 30
“Despicable Me” free for kids 12 and under. $5 for everyone else.
Saturday, July 25
MARANDA’S PICK: Barry County Fair, Barry Expo Center, Hastings
July 20 – 25
Midway, 4H events, live entertainment, Animal Oasis, birthing tent, horse pull, and more! Check website for complete schedule.
Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival Run, Grand Haven
July 25, 7:30 – 10:30 a.m.
The Tri-Cities Family YMCA Coast Guard Festival Run (presented by North Ottawa Community Health System) is hosting runs for everyone of every activity level. Join the Top Trot obstacle course (ages 3-6, 9:30 a.m.), or the 1 Mile Family Fun Run (9:15 a.m.). Admission is free for Tot Trot, $5 for family fun run. For more information, contact email@example.com or (616)842-7051.
Meijer LPGA 5K Run & Walk, Rockford High School
July 25, 8 a.m.
5K run and walk includes post-race breakfast and complimentary access to the Meijer LPGA Classic at Blythefield Country Club. Rates are $150 for a team, $25 for adults, and $15 for runners age 17 and under.
Kids, Crafts, and Critters, Coopersville Farm Museum
July 25, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Crafts and activities for all ages. Various small and baby farm animals for kids to pet and learn about. Rope making, corn shelling, bead table, puppet theater, and more! $3 per person. Members & children 3 & under are free.
Revival in the Park, McCarthy Park, Greenville
July 25, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Christian music, children’s activities, puppet show, baptisms in the Flat River, pig roast lunch served from noon until 1:30 p.m. (please bring a dish to pass), free raffle drawings. All denominations welcome!
Lakeshore Harvest Country Family Farm Fest, South Haven/Saugatuck area
July 25, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
U-pick and we-pick opportunities, wagon rides, games with prizes, crafts, seasonal fruit and vegetables, farm animals, farm activities. See website for locations of activities.
Kids Parade, Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival
July 25, 10:30 a.m.
A parade just for kids! Starts at Franklin & 5th.
Macatawa Water Festival, Windmill Island Gardens, Holland
July 25, 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Children can learn about Lake Macatawa and the Macatawa Watershed through activities, hands-on experiences, and fun! Free!
Anniversary/Christmas in July Kids Night, Berlin Raceway, Marne
First 500 kids get a free Coke product, hot dog, and activity at Craig’s Cruisers, courtesy of Coca Cola. Donate a new toy to Toys for Tots for a free hot dog and a chance to win big prizes. Kids 11 and under are free! Adults: $12.
Community Concert: One Republic, Van Andel Arena
July 25, 7 p.m.
Concert is part of the Meijer LPGA Classic. Proceeds help benefit local food pantries through Simply Give. Tickets available online.
Movies on the Beach, Pere Marquette Public Beach, Muskegon
July 25, 9:30 p.m.
See “Grease” on the beach. Bring beach chairs and picnic baskets. Lighthouse is open for tours from 5 to 8 p.m. (additional cost). Free! Donations welcome.
Sunday, July 26
MARANDA’S PICK: Princess Day, Fifth Third Ballpark
July 26, 1 p.m.
Enjoy princess visits and princess-themed games! 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.
Coast Guard Community Picnic, Coast Guard Park
July 26, 1 – 4 p.m.
Honor Coast Guard families and have some fun! Food, music, antique cars, kids’ games, and more! Free!
Mondays at the MFF, Kent County Recycling and Education Center, Grand Rapids
Mondays through August 17, 2 – 6 p.m.
Open house-style event lets families and kids learn about reducing, reusing, and rethinking their cast-offs through fun, interactive crafts. Different theme each week. Free! Closed-toed shoes required.
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.
Story Time in the Heights, Dog King, Grand Rapids
Tuesdays through August 25, 7 – 8 p.m.
Story time sponsored by GVSU College of Education. Each child age 0-12 will receive a free ice cream cone and a free book. Stories are read to children from 7:15 to 7:45 p.m.
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.