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 17 – 23. 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: Cruiserfest, Craig’s Cruisers, Wyoming
August 17, 5 – 8 p.m.
Free family fun with Maranda, special mascot appearances, birthday cake, games and crafts, inflatables, giveaways, and more! Bring a bag of school supplies for School Supply Santa and get a free activity!
American Girls Galore!, R Athletics, Grand Rapids
August 17, 1:15 – 4:15 p.m.
Bring your favorite doll to dress up, put on a fashion show, have a picnic and make friendship bracelets for you and your dolls.
Berrien County Youth Fair, Berrien Springs
August 17 – 22
The Midwest’s largest youth fair. Exhibitors, animals, food vendors, free family entertainment, carnival, and grandstand.
Tuesday, August 18
MARANDA’S PICK: Kids’ Day, Calhoun County Fair
August 18, 8 a.m.
Animal shows, activities, frog jumping contest, Ronald McDonald magic show, bike giveaway, tractor pulls, midway, and more!
Free Kids’ Movies, Celebration! Cinema Woodland
Through August 20
“The Lego Movie” and “Lego: a Brickumentory” free for kids 12 and under. $5 for everyone else.
Sneaky Snakes, Sarett Nature Center, Benton Harbor
August 18, 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Learn about snakes’ habitat, where they live, and what they do for the ecosystem. Watch snakes eat, hold one, and walk looking for snakes. $12. $10 for members.
Fun on the Farm, Teusink’s Pony Farm, Holland
August 18, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Pony ring rides, hayrides, animals to feed, fishing, a hay maze and more! Children: $7, adults: $5.
Kelly-Miller Circus, Harbor Island, Grand Haven
August 18, 4:30 & 7:30 p.m.
Tri-Cities Kiwanis present a circus with animals and games. Adults: $12 in advance or $16 at the door. Children under 12: $6 in advance, $8 at the door. Children under 2 are free!
Free Family Movie Night, Southside Vineyard Church, Wyoming
August 18, 6:30 p.m.
See “Tale of Despereaux” for free! Free popcorn and pop available.
No Family Left Indoors, Pierce Cedar Creek Institute, Hastings
August 18, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Family camp Night at Camp Algonquin. Enjoy a concentrated camp experience including camp games, a climbing wall, and boat rides! Free!
Wednesday, August 19
MARANDA’S PICK: Walk with Maranda, John Ball Zoo, Grand Rapids
August 19, 8:30 a.m.
Walk through John Ball Zoo with Maranda and participate in fun activities with prizes! $6 admission gets the walk, a t-shirt, and admission to the zoo for the day. Registration starts at 8 a.m.
Soakin’ and Splashin’ in the Children’s Garden, Leila Arboretum, Battle Creek
August 19, 10 a.m. – noon
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.
Wild Wednesday: Whoo, Whoo, Whoo Are We? W.K. Kellogg Bird Sanctuary, Augusta
August 19, 7 – 8 p.m.
Go on an owl adventure and learn about owls that live in Michigan. Adults: $5, children: $3, members free.
Thursday, August 20
MARANDA’S PICK: 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!
Engine 1223 Ice Cream Social, Chinook Park, Grand Haven
August 20, 6 – 8 p.m.
Annual thank you to Tri-Cities residents. Free ice cream provided by Sweet Temptations free while supplies last!
Tour De Zoo, Binder Park Zoo, Battle Creek
August 20, 6 – 9 p.m.
Live music, games, food, contests, and more! Registration ends August 19 at 5 p.m.
Friday, August 21
MARANDA’S PICK: Danish Festival, Greenville
August 21 – 23
Famous arts and crafts fair, food court, three parades, family fun day, fireworks, and more!
Movies in the Park, John Collins Park, East Grand Rapids
Family-friendly free movie starts at dusk. Bring lawn chairs or blankets.
28th Street Metro Cruise, Wyoming
August 21 – 22
15 miles of cars cruise 28th Street from Grandville to Cascade. Food, entertainment, and vendors. See website for schedule of events.
Saturday, August 22
MARANDA’S PICK: Back to School 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, Berlin Raceway, and Craig’s Cruisers. Join Gravy from HOT-FM to “Stuff the Racecar” with school supplies in support of the BRAINS Foundation. Kids 11 and under are free! Adults: $15.
Roosevelt Park Day, Norton Shores
Live music, 5K run/walk race, pancake breakfast at Westwood Reformed Church, family bowling tournament at Sherman Bowling Center, and parade beginning at Glenside Blvd. and Broadway Ave.
Grandparents Day, Stokes Homestead Farm, Grand Junction
Grandparents get free admission to the Fun Farm Yard with the purchase of one child’s admission.
Arts Fest, Montague Artisan Market
August 22, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Art fair, free kids’ crafts, music, special performances.
Haunted History of Kalamazoo Tour, Bronson Park, Kalamazoo
August 22, 8 – 10 p.m.
Take a spooky walking tour and learn about the ghostly side of Kalamazoo with the “Haunted History of Kalamazoo” authors. $10 per person; pay online in advance or at arrival with cash.
Movies on the Beach, Pere Marquette Public Beach, Muskegon
August 22, 8 p.m.
See “Despicable Me” on the beach! South Pierhead Lighthouse open for tours from 5 to 8 p.m. (additional fee). Bring beach chairs, blankets, and picnic baskets. Free!
Sunday, August 23
MARANDA’S PICK: Grand Haven End of Summer Picnic, Franklin Ave.
August 23, 4:30 – 7 p.m.
Annual end of summer picnic hosted by the City of Grand Haven. Free!
Lakeside Concert, W.K. Kellogg Manor House, Hickory Corners
August 23, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Bring your lawn chair for a free concert by the Cereal City Concert Band. Free tours of the Manor House after the concert from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
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.
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!
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.
Senior Wednesdays, John Ball Zoo, Grand Rapids
Wednesdays, August 19 – October 14
Bring the grandkids to John Ball Zoo! Seniors (age 62 or older) get admission for only $3!
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up for e-mails. Free!
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.