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 24 – 30. 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: Nature School, Outdoor Discovery Center, Holland
August 24, 10 a.m. – noon
Children ages 4 to 7 can learn about the natural world through crafts, activities, games, books, songs, live animals, and outside exploration. $10 per child or $5 per child for members. Registration required.
Tea Party! R-Athletics, Grand Rapids
August 24, 1:15 – 4:15 p.m.
Does your child have a preference for the finer things in life? Enjoy the exquisite opportunity to learn etiquette in style.
Hudsonville Community Fair
August 24 – 29
Midway, entertainment tent, animal exhibits, shows, food, and more!
Tuesday, August 25
MARANDA’S PICK: Magic That Quacks You Up, Frauenthal Center, Muskegon
August 25, 11 a.m.
Magic show by Steve Belliveau features trained animals, music, audience participation, and high energy. Tickets: $6 for adults, $4 for kids 12 and under.
Picnics in the Park, Heartside Park, Grand Rapids
August 25, 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Food trucks, drop-in sports, exercise classes, music, and entertainment. Free!
Free Family Movie Night, Southside Vineyard Church, Wyoming
August 25, 6:30 p.m.
See “Finding Nemo” for free! Free popcorn and pop available.
Wednesday, August 26
MARANDA’S PICK: Pop-Up Museum, Lakeshore Museum Center, Muskegon
August 26, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Free walk-in program with a science-related theme and activity for children.
Oceana County Fair, Hart
August 26 – 29
Food, fun, midway, events, animal exhibits. See website for schedule, rates, and special offers.
Thursday, August 27
MARANDA’S PICK: Kalamazoo Island Fest
August 27 – 29
A weekend of Reggae music, food, and fun for the family!
Windmill 50th Anniversary Celebration Concert, Holland
August 27, 6 p.m.
Concert by Orquestra Ritmo, Michigan’s Premier Salsa Orchestra. Children’s activities 6 – 7 p.m., concert at 7 p.m. Food and drink available for purchase. Bring blanket or lawn chair. Free!
Friday, August 28
MARANDA’S PICK: Hot Kroc Movie Night, Salvation Army Kroc Center, Grand Rapids
August 28, 5 p.m.
Free community event with giant slip & slide, games, and an outdoor showing of “Big Hero 6.” Activities begin at 5 p.m. Movie starts at dusk. Free!
Investigate the Japanese Garden, Frederik Meijer Gardens, Grand Rapids
August 28, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Start the day with a visual scavenger hunt to look for unique features in the Japanese Garden. Then head back to the classroom to create a mini garden with Japanese influence, work on wiring a demonstration bonsai tree with a bonsai artist, try your hand at calligraphy and watercolor, and make a small bamboo easel to display your creations. Please bring a lunch and a water bottle. For ages 10-14. Members: $50, non-members: $57.
Scout Camp Out, West Michigan Whitecaps, Fifth Third Ballpark
August 28, 7 p.m.
Pre-game on-field parade, get a Whitecaps scouting patch, t-shirt, and camp out overnight in the outfield grass while watching an outdoor movie. Must reserve spot by August 14 at 5 p.m.
Moon and Stars Viewing, Pierce Cedar Creek Institute, Hastings
August 28, 8:30 – 11 p.m.
Watch the nearly full moon rise as the stars come out. The Kalamazoo Astronomical Society will have telescopes for a closer look. Program may be rescheduled or canceled due to weather conditions. Members free. Non-member adults: $6, non-member children: $3. Register online.
Hastings Summerfest, downtown Hastings
August 28 – 30
Arts & crafts vendors, concessions, free trolley rides, children’s activities, softball tournament, 3-on-3 basketball, 10K/5K run, 3-on-3 soccer, roller hockey tournament, weight lifting contest, parade, car show, soapbox derby, live entertainment. Free admission!
Dozynki Polish Festival, Rosa Parks Circle, Grand Rapids
August 28 – 30
Cooking demonstrations, cultural and historical booth, music, costumes, children’s activities, games, and Polish food and merchandise. See website for entertainment schedule.
Saturday, August 29
MARANDA’S PICK: Dawn Patrol Fly-In, Grand Haven Memorial Airpark
August 29, 7 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Flight demonstrations, children’s activities, food, music, and more! Pancake breakfast 7 – 11 a.m. $6 per person. Hot dog stand 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Free admission!
Vintage Boat Show, Kollen Park, Holland
August 29, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
See historic boats and get a glimpse into the history of West Michigan’s boating industry. Free ice cream and activities for kids, including paper paddle boat races. Free! Includes admission to the Holland Museum for the day.
Dig Day, Michigan’s Heritage Park, Whitehall
August 29, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Members of the Coffinberry Chapter of the Michigan Archaeological Society invite visitors to conduct shovel testing and learn about the archaeology process. Dig site will be open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Mad Hatter Tea Party, Leila Arboretum, Battle Creek
August 29, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Share your favorite garden-themed stories in the Children’s Garden. $2 donation requested per person.
Eat Dirt Mud Run, Kentwood Community Church
August 29, 11:30 a.m.
Kids’ Mini Run is 1.5 and includes muddy obstacles and mud pit. For ages 6 to 12. $20-$25.
Ribstock, Berlin Raceway, Marne
August 29, 3:30 p.m.
Family-friendly BBQ and grilling competition. Food, drinks, bands, tailgate games, and kids square with games and rides! Tickets: $20.
Kids’ Night Out, John Ball Zoo, Grand Rapids
August 29, 5:30 – 9 p.m.
Parents enjoy a kid-free evening! Kids get a twilight tour of the zoo, a live animal encounter, crafts, stories, games, and more. Pizza dinner included. Participants must be 4 – 12 years old. $25 per child, $20 for each additional child in the same home. Pre-registration required.
Nature Art Fair, Binder Park Zoo, Battle Creek
August 29 – 30
Enjoy nature-themed artists and vendors, arts and crafts demonstrations for adults and kids, and watch animal artists as they create art throughout the day.
Family Campout, Kalamazoo Nature Center
August 29, 5 p.m. to August 30, noon
Enjoy a campfire dinner, go on a night hike, sleep under the stars, and participate in a morning naturalist program. Archery, art, games, and outdoor explorations! $35 for members, $40 for non-members (per person). Children under 3 free. Visit website for schedule and registration.
Sunday, August 30
MARANDA’S PICK: Mud Fest, Kalamazoo Nature Center
August 30, noon – 6 p.m.
Dig into a giant mud pit, zoom down a slip ‘n’ slide, visit fun learning stations, and enjoy ice cream! Admission to Mud Fest is free with general admission.
Emergency Vehicle Show, Gilmore Car Museum, Hickory Corners
August 30, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
See new and vintage police, fire, and rescue vehicles. Local police and fire departments will have displays with patrol cars, K-9 units, S.W.A.T. equipment, mobile command centers, and more. Admission is $12 for adults. Children under 11 and museum members are free.
Fall Model Train and Hobby Show, USS LST 393 Veterans Museum, Muskegon
August 30, 10 a.m.
Visit the ship museum and view operating Muskegon Railroad Historical Society model railroad layouts. Tickets: $8 for adults, $5 for students, children under 5 free.
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.
Free Carousel Rides, Rivertown Crossings Mall, Grandville
Tuesdays through September 1, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Free carousel rides on Tuesdays!
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 through 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!
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.