Maranda’s Guide to Summer Fun: June 27-July 3

Charlotte's Web at Circle Theatre
Charlotte's Web at Circle Theatre

Maranda's Guide to Summer FunGRAND 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 27 through July 3 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.

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Monday, June 27

MARANDA’S PICK: Free Kid Flicks, Celebration! Cinema Woodland, Kentwood
Through June 30
Kids can see “Babe” for free! Adult tickets are $5.

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

Tuesday, June 28

MARANDA’S PICK: Lakeshore Museum Center, Muskegon
June 28
Museum center includes traditional museum and several historic sites. Learn about lakes, plants, animals, and more! Free admission every day!

Beardsley Theater Children’s Summer Series: Imagine That, Frauenthal Center, Muskegon
June 28, 11 a.m.
Alan Kazam Magic Show. Tickets: $5 for children 12 and under, $7 for adults. Discount for tickets to series with events in July and August.

Wednesday, June 29

MARANDA’S PICK: Meet Calum Worthy, Fifth Third Ballpark, Comstock Park
June 29, 7 p.m.
Calum Worthy, “Dez” from Disney’s Austin & Ally will be at Fifth Third Ballpark for the West Michigan Whitecaps game! There are a limited number of VIP meet and greet tickets available. Fireworks after the game!

Touch-A-Truck, Kentwood Library
June 29, 10 a.m. – noon
Get up close and see vehicles and meet the pros who operate them. Decorate your own hard hat! Free!

Butterfly Bonanza, W.K. Kellogg Bird Sanctuary, Augusta
June 29, 7 – 8 p.m.
Kids ages 3-7 can explore the bird sanctuary and learn about butterflies and their life cycle. Free admission for members. Non-members are $5 for adults, $4 for students/seniors, and $3 per child 2 and above.

Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show & Balloon Festival
June 29 – July 4
Air show featuring the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, hot air balloons, carnival games and attractions, food, and fireworks.

Thursday, June 30

MARANDA’S PICK: Maranda Park Party, Smith Ryerson Park, Muskegon
June 30, noon – 2 p.m.
An afternoon of free fun for families! Games, rides, 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!

Family Film Series, Knickerbocker Theatre, Holland
June 30, 7:30 p.m.
See “Flubber” for free!

Friday, July 1

MARANDA’S PICK: Charlotte’s Web, Circle Theatre, Grand Rapids
June 29 – July 2
All the enchanting characters from the children’s book come to life on the stage. Tickets are $12.

Fireworks shows in West Michigan
July 1
Click here for list: http://wp.me/p4ySuk-biZ

Lakeshore Art Festival, downtown Muskegon
July 1 – 2
Hundreds of artists and crafters, a Children’s Lane, street performers, festival food favorites and interactive art.

GR8bit Live! IV, Grand Rapids
July 1 – 2
Two day event for gaming lovers! Free video and tabletop gaming, Pokken tournament, live game show, concert, prizes, raffles, cosplay contest, and more. Friday at Schuler Books in Grand Rapids. Saturday at Pyramid Scheme in Grand Rapids.

Free Kid Flicks, Celebration! Cinema Woodland, Kentwood
July 1 – 8
Kids can see “E.T.” for free! Adult tickets are $5.

Saturday, July 2

MARANDA’S PICK: Amway Family Fireworks, downtown Grand Rapids
July 2, 10:30 p.m.
Music, entertainment, family-friendly activities, food and vendors from mid-afternoon until evening at Ah-Nab-Awen Park.

Other fireworks shows in West Michigan
July 2
Click here for list: http://wp.me/p4ySuk-biZ

Sunday, July 3

MARANDA’S PICK: Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show & Balloon Festival
Through July 4
Air show featuring the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, hot air balloons, carnival games and attractions, food, and fireworks.

Fireworks shows in West Michigan
July 3
Click here for list: http://wp.me/p4ySuk-biZ

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.

Imagine Craft Day, Kent County Recycling and Education Center, Grand Rapids
Mondays, 1 – 5 p.m.
Learn what it means to recycle through games, crafts, and a walk-through above the machinery. Free!

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., underwritten by Meijer.

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!

Check Out My Museum, Kalamazoo Valley Museum
Wednesdays, June 29 – August 10, 1 – 4 p.m.
Kids can enjoy free arts and crafts while checking out the museum’s exhibits.

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.

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!

Summer Wednesdays, Kalamazoo Valley Museum
June 29 – August 10, 1 – 4 p.m.
Each Wednesday, the museum will offer ten different free crafts for visitors. Special planetarium shows and Challenger Learning Center missions offered each afternoon during Summer Wednesdays.

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
Through 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.

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.

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
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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