Maranda’s Guide to Summer Fun: August 10 – 16

Kalamazoo County Fair
Kalamazoo County Fair - courtesy photo

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 August 10 – 16. 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.

Ongoing events in West Michigan

Monday, August 10Maranda's Guide to Summer Fun

MARANDA’S BONUS DOUBLE PICK: Kent County Youth Fair, Kent County Fairgrounds, Lowell
August 10 – 15
Tractor/horse/pony pulls, theater, dance, karaoke, music, talent show, carnival, and food.

MARANDA’S BONUS DOUBLE PICK: Kalamazoo County Fair, Kalamazoo County Expo Center
August 10 – 15, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Free grandstand entertainment each night, experience local farms, Kids Zone, more than 400 farm animals, birthing tent, educational displays, 4-H exhibits, carnival rides, games & food. Check the website for a complete schedule of events. Daily Admission $6; Kids 6-12 $2; Kids 5 and under are free.

Free Kids’ Movies, Celebration! Cinema Woodland
Through August 13
“The Goonies” free for kids 12 and under. $5 for everyone else.

Tuesday, August 11

MARANDA’S PICK: No Family Left Indoors, Pierce Cedar Creek Institute, Hastings
August 11, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Bug Hunt at Pierce Cedar Creek Institute! Explore fields and forests, looking for creatures that call them home, while learning what it takes to make it as an insect in the wild. Free!

Ice Cream Family Ride, Velo City Cycles, Holland
August 11, 6:30 p.m.
Family-friendly 4 mile ride. All ages and levels welcome! Ice cream from Hudsonville Creamery at the end. Free! Helmets required.

Wednesday, August 12

MARANDA’S PICK: 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!

Perseid Pajama Party, Cascade Township Park
August 12 – 13, 11 p.m. – 3 a.m.
Watch the spectacular meteor shower with members of the Grand Rapids Amateur Astrological Association. Free and open to the public! Bring sleeping bags, blankets, and warm clothing. Space will be available for lawn chairs and picnicking. Visit website for information and status on viewing.

Thursday, August 13

MARANDA’S PICK: Family Night, Grand Rapids Children’s Museum
Thursdays, 5 – 8 p.m.
Every Thursday evening is Family Night, with $1.75 admission per person. Ages 1 and under are free.

Knickerbocker Free Family Film Series, Knickerbocker Theatre, Holland
August 13, 7:30 p.m.
See “Back to the Future” for free!

Free Back to School Haircuts, River City Scholars Charter Academy, Grand Rapids
August 13, 5 – 8 p.m.
Back to school celebration open to all children and families! Free haircuts, nail painting, and food!

Sarett Overnight, Sarett Nature Center, Benton Harbor
August 13, 7 p.m. – August 14, 9 a.m.
Enjoy walks, call owls, watch stars, and sleep in the Nature Center Building. Evening snack and breakfast included. Fee: $28. $22 for members. Ages 8 & up. Call (269) 927-4832 for availability.

Friday, August 14

MARANDA’S PICK: Free Kids’ Movies, Celebration! Cinema Woodland
August 14 – 20
“The Lego Movie” and “Lego: a Brickumentory” free for kids 12 and under. $5 for everyone else.

Make It Take It, Michigan’s Heritage Park, Whitehall
August 14, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Learn how candles were used and made and make your own candle. For $5, take your candle home or leave it for use at the park.

Slip & Slide Friday, Kroc Center, Grand Rapids
August 14, 5 – 8 p.m.
Bring the whole family down to the Kroc Center for a giant slip & slide! Free! Tubes provided. Bring your swimsuit and towel.

Saturday, August 15

MARANDA’S PICK: Movies in the Square, Festival Market Square, Battle Creek
August 15, 5:30 – 11:15 p.m.
Free family event with interactive activities! Activities begin at 5:30 p.m., performances at 6:30 p.m., and “Frozen” will play at dusk. Special performance by Anna, Elsa, Olaf, and Kristoff! Free! Bring picnic dinner, blanket, and/or chair.

Oshtemo Fun Day, Flesher Field, Oshtemo
August 15, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Activities for children, vendor booths, music entertainment, Oshtemo Fire Department bucket rides, ambulances, police, mascots, and more! Pancake breakfast 8 – 11 a.m., food court 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Soakin’ and Splashin’ in the Children’s Garden, Leila Arboretum, Battle Creek
August 15, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Have some water fun in the Children’s Garden. Wear your swimsuit to play in the sprinklers and learn who needs water in the garden.

Pirate Bike Pedal, Lakeshore Bike Trail, Muskegon
August 15
Pedal your bike from downtown to the beaches with family and friends. Bring water toys and get ready to ambush other pirates along the trail. Free!

Family Fiesta, Roosevelt Park, Grand Rapids
August 15, 1 – 4 p.m.
Enjoy a day of family fun at Roosevelt Park. Healthy snacks, salsa challenge, Zumba, live music and dance, games and activities for children and adults, free information about local resources, bring your bike for repairs, buy fresh local fruits and vegetables from the YMCA Veggie Van.

SJO Supercross Event, Muskegon County Fairgrounds. Fruitport
August 15, 7 p.m.
$10 for adults, $5 for kids 11 and under.

Michigan Fiber Festival, Allegan County Fairgrounds
August 15 – 16
Demonstrations and workshops, tractor shows, animal competitions, kids parades. Friday is free. Saturday and Sunday are $5 per person. Children 8 and younger are free!

GRandJazzFest, Rosa Parks Circle, Grand Rapids
August 15 – 16
Free weekend-long jazz festival with ten performances over two days. Family Guitar Tent where people can learn about guitars and try them out and meet some of the musicians. Drawings for guitars on Saturday and Sunday. Free face painting for the kids. See website for schedule of performances.

Sunday, August 16

MARANDA’S PICK: Calhoun County Fair, Calhoun County Fairgrounds
August 16 – 22
Michigan’s oldest fair returns with livestock shows, parade, Kids’ Day on August 18, midway, food, and more! See website for schedule.

Kids Adventure Challenge, Johnson Park, Grand Rapids
August 16, 10 a.m. – noon
Race with challenges and checkpoints for ages 5-12. Benefits No Surrender Running Club. See website for registration and rates.

Ongoing Events

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!

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.

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.

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.

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 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
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.

Library Events
There are always fun events happening at your local library. To find a branch near you, click: or

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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