Maranda’s Guide to Summer Fun: June 20-26


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 June 20 through 26 below. 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, June 20

MARANDA’S PICK: POPnology, Air Zoo, Portage
Through October 2
Exhibition explores popular culture’s impact on technology. Large-scale immersive exhibition features hands-on activities and experiences, visits from iconic science fiction characters, and more! Included with admission.

Free Mega Sports Bible Camp, Kraft Meadows Middle School, Caledonia
June 20 – 23, 6 – 8:30 p.m.
Free summer event for four years old through kids entering sixth grade in the fall. Kids can choose between cheerleading, soccer, basketball, and crafts. Coaches will lead songs, stories, and hands-on lessons. Visit website to register.

Tuesday, June 21

MARANDA’S PICK: Meijer 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.

Outdoor Games, Hager Park, Jenison
June 21, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Play a variety of fun and interactive group games outdoors. $15.

Tuesday Tales, Ivanrest Church, Grandville
June 21, 10 – 11 a.m.
Fun activities for kids ages 6 and under. Star Wars theme! Snacks provided. Free!

John Ball Zoo visits KDL in Cascade, Kent District Library – Cascade
June 21, 1:30 p.m.
John Ball Zoo brings its traveling animals to the library! Free.

Caledonia Western Week, Main Street, Caledonia
June 21 – 24
Main Street market, Taste of Caledonia, live performances, music, kids activities, and more!

Wednesday, June 22

MARANDA’S PICK: Connecting Kids with Creatures, Main Street, Caledonia
June 22, 5 – 9 p.m.
Part of Caledonia Western Week. Old fashioned kids’ games, inflatables, equestrian exhibits, kids’ archery, horse drawn wagon rides, dunk tank, pet parade at 7 p.m., and outdoor movie at dusk.

Thursday, June 23

MARANDA’S PICK: Maranda Park Party, Lamar Park, Wyoming
June 23, noon – 2 p.m.
An afternoon of free fun for families! Games, rides, free haircuts, splash pad, music, entertainment, and prizes! Free lunch for anyone 18 and under starting at 11:30 a.m., while supplies last. Everyone is invited and everything is free!

Let’s Go to Bat For Kids, Fifth Third Ballpark, Comstock Park
June 23, 5:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Softball game benefits Catholic Charities West Michigan. Children’s games and activities. Free vent! $6 per car for parking.

Kentwood Movies in the Park, Pinewood Park
June 23, 9 p.m.
See “Back to the Future.” Bring lawn chairs, blankets, and snacks. Food available for sale. No alcohol allowed in park.

Meijer State Games of Michigan Summer Games
June 23 – 26
Main weekend of event with more than 37 sports. Opening ceremonies Friday, June 24, 2 – 9 p.m. at Fifth Third Ballpark.

Friday, June 24

MARANDA’S PICK: World’s Largest Swimming Lesson, Holland Community Aquatic Center
June 24, 11 a.m.
Be a part of another attempt to set a new world record! The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson raises awareness of learning to swim and water safety. Free!

Movie in the Park, South Westnedge Park, Kalamazoo
June 24, 7 – 11 p.m.
Bring a blanket and take in an outdoor movie. Family-friendly activities begin at 7:30 p.m. and movie begins at sunset. Free admission! Popcorn available for purchase.

JuneGrass Festival, Kent County Fairgrounds, Lowell
June 24 – 25
Live music, kids’ activities with Fiddlin’ Dixie, Friday evening acts.

Free Kid Flicks, Celebration! Cinema Woodland, Kentwood
June 24 – June 30
Kids can see “Babe” for free! Adult tickets are $5.

Saturday, June 25

MARANDA’S PICK: Veen Observatory Public Night, Lowell
June 25, 9:30 p.m. – midnight
See the moon, Jupiter, Saturn, and deep sky objects through telescopes. $3 for adults, $2 for 17 years and younger, free for children under 5.

Dutton Days, Dutton Fire Department
June 25
Crafts, Kids’ Zone, motorcycle show, and more!

Red, White and Blue Arts and Crafts Show, Aquinas College, Grand Rapids
June 25, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Craft show in Donnelly Hall. Face painting, balloon art, and fun! Adults are $1, kids are free!

Free Kids Day at Crane’s, Crane’s Orchards, Fennville
June 25, noon – 6 p.m.
Magician performances, juggling, hula hoop contests, face painting, games, prizes, music, and more! Free!

Voces Family Day, Riverside Park, Battle Creek
June 25, noon
Games and activities for children and adults, traditional Mexican food and desserts for sale.

Family Day: Pantone Color-Rama, UICA, Grand Rapids
June 25, 1 – 4 p.m.
Explore the galleries and learn about UICA’s exhibition Color of the Year. Activities designed for children 4-12. Free for UICA members and Grand Rapids Children’s Museum members. Free with regular admission for non-members.

Marshall Blues Fest, downtown Marshall
June 25, 3:30 – 11 p.m.
Free family-oriented music and entertainment festival!

Frozen Night at the Musical Fountain, Grand Haven Musical Fountain
June 25, 10:10 – 10:40 p.m.
Music from the popular Disney movie “Frozen” set to the musical fountain. Free!

Portland St. Patrick Summerfest, Portland
June 25 – 26
Midway, 5K run, Family fun run, 3-on-3 basketball, teen talent show, live music, food, classic cars, and more!

Grand Haven Art Festival, downtown Grand Haven
June 25 – 26
Explore a huge outdoor art gallery. Family Fun Day on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free admission!

Sunday, June 26

MARANDA’S PICK: Paws on Parade Furry 5K, South Haven South Marina
June 26, 8 a.m.
5K run/walk, one mile Sunday Stroll, or “Home” Run virtual 5K. Yoga on the beach, adoption fair, chair massage, dog agility course, music refreshments, and more. Pets welcome!

Strawberry Festival, Kimball House Museum, Battle Creek
June 26, 1 – 4 p.m.
Help celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the Kimball House with entertainment, shortcake, antique cars, art, and demonstrations. $5 per person.

Montcalm County 4-H Fair, Montcalm County Fairgrounds
June 26 – July 2
Livestock and animal displays, carnival, rodeo, demolition derby, and more!

Ongoing Events

Free Outdoor Fitness Classes, downtown Grand Rapids
Mondays through August 29
Yoga at the Blue Bridge 12:15 – 1 p.m., Zumba at Rosa Parks Circle 5:30 – 6:15 p.m.

Free Outdoor Fitness Classes, downtown Grand Rapids
Tuesdays through August 30
Sunrise yoga at Rosa Parks Circle 6:30 – 7:15 a.m., Cardio Dancy at the Blue Bridge 5:30 – 6:15 p.m.

Free Outdoor Fitness Classes, downtown Grand Rapids
Wednesdays through August 31
Yoga at Sixth Street Park 12:15 – 1 p.m., Yoga at the Blue Bridge 5:30 – 6:15 p.m.

Wristband Wednesdays, Craig’s Cruisers, Wyoming
Wednesdays, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. or 9 p.m. – close
$24.99 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!

Wild Wednesdays, W.K. Kellogg Bird Sanctuary, Augusta
Wednesdays through July 27, 7 – 8 p.m.
Children ages 3 to 7 can explore the bird sanctuary and learn about animals and nature. Different topics each week. $5 for adults, $4 for seniors or students, $3 for children, free for sanctuary members.

Free Outdoor Fitness Classes, downtown Grand Rapids
Thursdays through September 1
Sunrise yoga at Rosa Parks Circle 6:30 – 7:15 a.m., Zumba at the Blue Bridge 5:30 – 6:15 p.m.

Public Tours, Muskegon Museum of Art
Thursdays, 1 – 3 p.m.
Drop in for docent-led exhibition tours. Free!

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.

Outdoor Fitness Series, Grand Rapids Kroc Center
Saturdays in June, 9–10 a.m.
Grab a friend and drop in to the Kroc Center amphitheater each Saturday in June from 9 to 10 a.m. for outdoor fitness classes. Free for anyone of all fitness levels (ages 12+, ages 12–15 must be accompanied by an adult). You’ll even have the chance to win door prizes!

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.

Kids Activities at the Holland Farmers Market
Wednesdays through August 24, 9:30 a.m. – noon
Each week, the farmers market hosts creative, educational, hands-on activities for children preschool to fifth grade. Must be accompanied by an adult. Free!

Street Performer Series, downtown Holland
Thursdays through August 25, noon – 8:30 p.m.
Head downtown every Thursday to experience every kind of performance art imaginable! Jugglers, musicians, mimes, clowns, acrobats and more!

Creature Feature, Kalamazoo Nature Center
Saturdays, 11 a.m. – noon
Learn about animals up close and personal. A different theme each week. Free with admission!

Guided Sunday Walks, Wittenbach/Wege Agriscience and Environmental Education, Lowell
Sundays through October 30, 2 p.m.
Join a naturalist for a themed hike. Meet at the center shortly before 2 p.m. Registration not required.

Camp Kroc, Grand Rapids Kroc Center
June 13 – September 2
Campers aged 5– 12 attend Monday–Friday and enjoy activities like arts & crafts, sports, music, games, swimming, rock climbing, drama & talent shows, archery, giant slip & slide rides and weekly field trips. Cost per week: $125 per member child/$150 per non-member child per week. Before and after care are also available for an additional charge.

Earth Explorers, Grand Rapids Public Museum
Through September 4
New exhibit comes to the museum that helps visitors learn about our planet, including polar regions, oceans, rainforests, mountains and caves, and the Savanna. Included with general admission.

LEGO Travel Adventure, Kalamazoo Valley Museum
Through September 11
Exhibit lets visitors plan an adventure, then build and test transportation models made of LEGO bricks. Free admission!

The Robot Zoo, Grand Rapids Public Museum
Through September 18
Exhibit with robot animals and hands-on activities. Members are free! Non-members: adults $11, children $6, seniors $10. Tickets include general admission to the museum.

Kidstruction Zone, Grand Rapids Children’s Museum
Through October 2
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.

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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