Maranda’s Guide to Summer Fun: August 31 – September 7

Lumberjack Competition at Newaygo Logging Festival
Lumberjack Competition at Newaygo Logging Festival - 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 31 – September 7. 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

August 31Maranda's Guide to Summer Fun

MARANDA’S PICK: Weaving Tales, Frederik Meijer Gardens, Grand Rapids
August 31, 11 a.m.
Explore music, art, weaving, and worms in the Lena Meijer Children’s Garden. Experience the wonders of weaving through interactive stories and hands-on activities. Free with admission.

Picnic with the Birds, Outdoor Discovery Center, Holland
August 31, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Open house program lets visitors learn about birds of prey, including what they like to eat. Bring a picnic lunch. No registration required. Free!

Zeelmania, downtown Zeeland
August 31, 6 – 8 p.m.
Downtown Main Street is transformed into a healthy living street fair with inflatables and activities. Free!

September 1

MARANDA’S PICK: Free Carousel Rides, Rivertown Crossings Mall, Grandville
September 1, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Free carousel rides on Tuesdays!

Butterfly Walk and Monarch Tagging, Kalamazoo Nature Center
September 1, 2 – 4 p.m.
Take a walk with KNC staff each Tuesday in September in search for butterflies. Help biologists and trained Monarch taggers tag the butterflies you find. Meet at picnic area in arboretum. Daily admission fees may apply.

Free Family Movie Night, Southside Vineyard Church, Wyoming
September 1, 6:30 p.m.
See “Toy Story” for free! Free popcorn and pop available.

September 2

MARANDA’S PICK: “To The Rescue,” Grand Rapids Children’s Museum
September 1 – January 16
Exhibit returns to the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum! Drive the fire truck, pilot a safety helicopter, check on ambulance patients, and learn about safety! Regular admission rates apply.

Mad Hatter Tea Party, Leila Arboretum, Battle Creek
September 2, 10 a.m. – noon
Share your favorite garden-themed stories. Explore the Children’s Garden. $2 donation per person requested.

September 3

MARANDA’S PICK: West Michigan Whitecaps Home Game, Fifth Third Ballpark
September 3, 7 p.m.
Special “Stand Up To Cancer” event at West Michigan Whitecaps’ second-to-last home game this season!

19th Annual Hartford Old Engine and Tractor Show
September 3 – 6
Kicks off with tractor parade at 6 p.m. on Thursday in downtown Hartford. Working sawmill, working farm-related exhibits, plowing contest, homemade ice cream, kiddies pedal pull, antique tractor pulls, craft show, and raffle.

September 4

MARANDA’S PICK: Logging Festival, Newaygo
September 4 – 6
Professional lumberjack competition, crafts, food, parade on Sunday afternoon.

Belding Labor Day Celebration, Belding
September 4 – 7
Twilight parade Friday at 9 p.m., art show, car show Saturday, main parade Monday at 11 a.m., talent show Monday.

31st Annual Ox Roast and Homecoming Festival, Village Park, Lawrence
September 4 – 7
Shop farmer and artisan market, explore vendor and food booths, children’s activities, car show, live entertainment, and more!

Flick’s Family Film Festival, Celebration! Cinema
September 4 – 10
Kids 12 and under can see “Paul Blart Mall Cop 2” for free. Adult tickets are $5.

September 5

MARANDA’S PICK: Maker Faire, Grand Rapids Public Museum
September 5 – 6
Family-friendly celebration features installations based on science, technology, nature, activity, food, and more. Free for museum members, and included with a ticket to The Discovery of King Tut exhibition.

Arts Fest, Montague Artisan Market
September 5, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Art fair, free kids’ crafts, music, and special performances.

Windmill 50th Anniversary & Hope-Holland Community Day
September 5, 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Community Day tickets include family-friendly bicycle ride, admission to Windmill Island Gardens, picnic lunch with entertainment, and Hope College sporting events. Tickets at DeVos Ticket Office or Downtown Ticket Office. $9 regular admission, $5 children ages 5-11, free for children under 5.

39th Annual All-Crafts Fair, Stanley-Johnston Park, South Haven
September 5, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. & September 6, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Hundreds of exhibitors with fine arts and crafts, food booths.

September 6

MARANDA’S PICK: Silver Lake Annual Heritage Days, Hart Historic District
September 5 – 6
Demonstrations, old-time music, food booths, displays, fish boil, and pig roast or chicken dinner.

Cars for Cancer, Mercy Health Partners Lakes Campus, Muskegon
September 6 – 7
Car show and cruise includes music, pancake breakfast, kids games. Benefits Johnson Family Cancer Center. Begins 5 p.m. on Sunday.

September 7

MARANDA’S PICK: >>> Full list of Labor Day events

Grand Crossings Labor Day Bridge Walk, Ah-Nab-Awen Park, Grand Rapids
September 7, 8 – 9:30 a.m.
Walk as many as five miles along the Grand River and downtown Grand Rapids. Wheelchair accessible. Free parking at City lot Area 7 and Scribner lot.

Labor Day BoardWALK and Pancake Breakfast, Holland
September 7, 8 a.m.
Walk begins at Heinz Waterfront Walkway and continues along Kollen Park Boardwalk, ending at Windmill Island Gardens. Transportation provided to bring walkers back to Heinz Waterfront Walkway. Donations for pancake breakfast go to Sal Perez Scholarship Fund.

Labor Day Pancake Breakfast, Margaret Drake Elliott Park, Muskegon
September 7, 8 a.m. – noon
Supports the Muskegon Lions Club. Adults 12 and up are $6, ages 3 to 11 are $3 and under 3 years are free.

17th Annual Labor Day Bridge Walk and Pancake Breakfast, Saugatuck
September 7, 9 a.m.
Walk across the Blue Star Bridge from Douglas to Saugatuck. Pancake breakfast.

Labor Day Community Bridge Walk, Grand Haven
September 7, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Family-friendly 3.5 mile walk starts at the north side of 3rd Street Bridge and ends at Chinook Pier. Free. Chance to win prizes!

Labor Day Truck Parade, Zeeland/Holland
September 7, 9:15 a.m.
See big trucks, eat ice cream, and win giveaways! Parade starts in Zeeland and ends in Holland.

Labor Day Community Walk, Whitehall
September 7, 10 a.m.
Enjoy a walk on the Hart-Montague Bike Trail, starting at the trailhead behind Montague Foods. Free!

West Michigan’s United Labor Day Parade, CIO Hall, Muskegon
September 7, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
All-inclusive community parade 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Post-parade celebration includes pizza, refreshments, cotton candy, face painting, bounce houses, crafts, and more!

West Michigan Labor Fest, Ah-Nab-Awen Park, Grand Rapids
September 7, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Entertainment, kids activities, food vendors, arts and crafts, free admission to the Ford Museum.

9th Annual Community Labor Day Walk, Lakeshore Trail, Muskegon
September 7, 8:30 p.m.
Registration at 8 a.m. 5K run starts at 8:30 a.m. Walk starts at 9:30 a.m. Pre-registration encouraged, but not required.

Ongoing Events

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!

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.

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 ocparks@miottawa.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.

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
Ongoing
There are always fun events happening at your local library. To find a branch near you, click: http://www.kdl.org/ or http://www.grpl.org/.

Farmers Markets
Ongoing
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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