Maranda’s Guide to Summer Fun: July 18-24

Maranda's Guide to Summer Fun

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 July 18 through 24 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, July 18

MARANDA’S PICK: “School House Rock Live, Jr.” Holland Civic Theatre
July 14 – 23
This energetic musical is filled with all the songs you remember and love! 7 p.m. and matinee shows. Tickets available online.

Free Kid Flicks, Celebration! Cinema Woodland, Kentwood
Through July 21
Kids can see “Matilda” for free! Adult tickets are $5.

Ionia Free Fair
July 14 – 23
Carnival, Kids’ Day on Tuesday, July 19. Grand Parade 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 16. Kids Got Talent July 17 – 18, fireworks July 22, Princess Tea Party July 23.

Addams Family the Musical, Comstock Community Auditorium, Kalamazoo
July 15 – 24
The story of TV’s creepiest family takes the stage. Tickets $10-$12.

Barry County Fair, Barry Expo Center, Hastings
July 18 – 23
Animal shows, carnival, grandstand events, entertainment, tractor parades, and more!

Van Buren Youth Fair, Van Buren County Fairgrounds, Hartford
July 18 – 23
Carnival, events, and entertainment. Kids’ Day on Wednesday, July 20!

Tuesday, July 19

MARANDA’S PICK: Barry County Fair, Barry Expo Center, Hastings
July 18 – 23
Animal shows, carnival, grandstand events, entertainment, tractor parades, and more!

Wednesday, July 20

MARANDA’S PICK: Colon Magic Festival, Colon
July 20 – 23
Magic shows, arts and crafts, and more!

The Lord of the Gourd Watermelon Tour 2016, Loutit District Library, Grand Haven
July 20, 3:30 – 7 p.m.
See Northern Michigan artist and musician Pat Harrison transform watermelons into works of art. Free!

National Baby Food Festival, Fremont
July 20 – 23
Kids’ Zone, community picnic, baby crawl, entertainment, arts and crafts show, farmers market, bed race, car show, Grand Parade on Saturday, and more!

Thursday, July 21

MARANDA’S PICK: Maranda Park Party, East Kentwood High School, Kentwood
July 21, noon – 2 p.m.
An afternoon of free fun for families! Games, rides, free haircuts, 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!

Pool Bash at Richmond Park, Grand Rapids
July 21, 1 – 3:30 p.m.
Grand Valley Health Plan event offers free admission and fun health fair for kids and families! Free admission for kids 18 and under. Kids under 10 must be accompanied by paying adult ($2). Raffle prizes, activities, and giveaways!

DeWitt School House Ice Cream Social, Spring Lake
July 21, 6 – 8 p.m.
Ice cream from Sweet Temptations, games, and live music. Free and open to the public!

Grand Rapids Balloon Festival Picnic in the Park: Balloon Walk and Night Glow, Grand Rapids
July 21, 6 – 10 p.m.
Walk inside a RE/MAX hot air balloon for $1 and watch as hot air balloons “glow” in the night sky! Takes place at Ah-Nab-Awen Park in Grand Rapids.

Outdoor Movie, Kentwood City Hall
July 21, dusk
See “Frozen.” Bring lawn chairs, blankets, and snacks. Food available for sale.

Friday, July 22

MARANDA’S PICK: Movies on Deck, USS LST 393 Veterans Museum, Muskegon
July 22, 10 p.m.
See “Karate Kid” on board the USS LST 393. Free!

Summer Outdoor Movies, River Rock Church, Rockford
July 22, dusk
See “Up” for free!

Grand Rapids Balloon Festival, Hudsonville Fairgrounds
July 22 – 23
Kids carnival games, inflatables, and activities. Arts and crafts show, farmers market, vendors, face painting, live entertainment, balloon launches, live music, and more!

Dog Days at Michigan’s Heritage Park, Whitehall
July 22 – 23
Bring your dogs to the park to learn about the role of pets and animals through history. Water provided. Dogs must be on a leash and owners must pick up after them. Park admission is $5 – $10.

Free Kid Flicks, Celebration! Cinema Woodland, Kentwood
July 22 – 28
Kids can see “Iron Giant: Signature Edition” for free! Adult tickets are $5.

Saturday, July 23

MARANDA’S PICK: Grand Rapids Balloon Festival, Hudsonville Fairgrounds
July 22 – 23
Kids carnival games, inflatables, and activities. Arts and crafts show, farmers market, vendors, face painting, live entertainment, balloon launches, live music, and more!

Blueberry Harvest Celebration, Bowerman Blueberries Farm Market, Holland
July 23, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
U-pick blueberries, bounce house, balloon twister, face painting, and more! Free!

The Great Train Robbery, Coopersville and Marne Railway
July 23, 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 3 p.m.
Experience the thrill of the Wild West on a vintage train. Fundraiser for Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department. Adults $17.50, seniors $16.50, kids (2-12) $15.50.

Family Farm Fest, Eighth Day Farm, Holland
July 23, 3 – 6 p.m.
Live music, lawn games, bounce house, farm tours, and food truck. First 200 people get a wristband to Dutch Village! Free!

Fly-In Drive-In Movie, Sparta Airport
July 23, dusk
Bring a lawn chair or blanket to see “Spirit of St. Louis” on a giant outdoor screen for free! Concessions available for purchase. Free plane rides for kids from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., weather permitting.

Sunday, July 24

MARANDA’S PICK: 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.

Ongoing Events

Zeelmania, Zeeland
Mondays through August 29, 6 – 8 p.m.
Street fair with family-friendly events like face painting, inflatables, petting zoo, and more! Free!

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 through 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!

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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