Maranda’s Guide to Summer Fun: July 25-31

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 25 through 31 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 25

MARANDA’S PICK: 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 walkthrough above the machinery. Free!

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

Chalk the Walk, Herrick District Library, Holland
July 25, 3 – 5 p.m.
Create chalk drawings on the sidewalk, play outdoor games, enjoy music, bubbles, and snacks. Free!

Muskegon County Fair, Muskegon County Fairgrounds, Fruitport
July 25 – 30
Animal exhibits, grandstand events, games, concerts,

Ottawa County Fair, Hudsonville
July 25 – 30
Midway, shows, camping, and more!

Tuesday, July 26

MARANDA’S PICK: Peak Week Kids Day, Windmill Island Gardens, Holland
July 24 – 30
See the gardens at their peak! Kids Day includes scavenger hunts, activity pages, carousel rides, a craft, and more!. For each adult ticket purchased, one child can enter for free.

Celebrate Ability Picnic, KDL Kentwood Branch
July 26, 4 – 6 p.m.
Celebrate the 26th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Snacks, singing, dancing, and more! Free and open to the public!

Wednesday, July 27

MARANDA’S PICK: Farmyard Wednesdays, Kalamazoo Nature Center
Wednesdays through August 31, 9:30 – 11 a.m.
Meet at DeLano Homestead to meet some farmyard friends! Regular admission + $2 per child.

Flying Aces Frisbee Performance, Hughes Park, Hudsonville
July 27, 10:30 – 11:15 a.m.
See awesome Frisbee moves set to music and learn about different types of Frisbees. Free!

Community Games, Hudsonville Fairgrounds
July 27, 5 – 8 p.m.
Games, entertainment, activities, food, and resources. Free!

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

Thursday, July 28

MARANDA’S PICK: Maranda Park Party, Northwestern Middle School, Battle Creek
July 28, 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!

Byron Days Festival, Byron Center
July 28 – 31
Rides and inflatables, parade, free family movie, civil war demonstration, classic car show, fireworks, and more!

Friday, July 29

MARANDA’S PICK: International Tiger Day, John Ball Zoo, Grand Rapids
July 29, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Celebrate tigers with extra activities, games, and more!

Family Movie Night, Ivanrest Church, Grandville
July 29, 7 – 9 p.m.
See Disney’s “Meet the Robinsons.” Bring your own pillows and blankets. Drinks and popcorn served. Free!

Movies in Rogers Park, Sparta
July 29
Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and see “Goonies” (rated PG) for free! Movie starts at dusk.

Movies in the Park, Allendale Township Park
July 29
See “Goosebumps” (rated PG) for free! Bring your own blanket, lawn chairs, and snacks. Movie starts at dusk.

Saugatuck Venetian Fest
July 29 – 31
Children’s games and face painting, food, pirate costume contest, art fair, lighted boat parade, and fireworks.

Coast Guard Festival, Grand Haven
July 29 – August 7
Downtown carnival, entertainment, food, ship tours, and events! Kids Parade at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 30.

Free Kid Flicks, Celebration! Cinema Woodland, Kentwood
July 29 – August 4
Kids can see “Ernest & Celestine” for free! Adult tickets are $5.

Saturday, July 30

MARANDA’S PICK: Superhero Night, Fifth Third Ballpark, Comstock Park
July 30
Superhero Night with the West Michigan Whitecaps! Superhero mask giveaway and fireworks show!

Kids Parade, Coast Guard Festival, Grand Haven
July 30, 10:30 a.m.
A special parade for kids with lots and lots of candy! Stay for carnival, entertainment, food, ship tours, and events at the Coast Guard Festival.

Sunday, July 31

MARANDA’S PICK: Birthday Street Party, Grand Rapids Children’s Museum
July 31, noon – 4 p.m.
Games, art projects, obstacle course, and more fun! All outdoor activities are free to celebrate the museum’s 19th birthday!

Coast Guard Community Picnic, Coast Guard Park, Ferrysburg
July 31, 1 – 4 p.m.
Honor Coast Guard families and enjoy food, music, antique cars, kids’ games, and more!

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.

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.

Science Tuesdays, Grand Rapids Public Museum
Tuesdays, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Science-based activities and interactive displays with a new theme each month. Included with general admission.

No Family Left Indoors, Pierce Cedar Creek Institute, Hastings
Tuesdays through August 16, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Free program allows families to explore the outdoors together! Different event each week.

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

Story Time in the Heights, Alger Heights
Tuesdays through August, 7 – 8 p.m.
Meet at Alger and Eastern for free books and free ice cream for kids 12 and younger. Story time at 7:15 p.m.

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.

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!

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!

Cruise-Ins at Fricano Place, Muskegon
Wednesdays, 5 – 8:30 p.m.
See classic cars, enjoy oldies music, door prizes, food, and sweet treats. Participants get a coupon for Fricano’s pizza. Weather dependent.

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!

Playing at the Spray Plaza, Hastings
Thursdays through August 25, noon
Children’s entertainment at the splash pad next to the Hastings Cinema 4.

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.

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!

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.

Grand Lady Riverboat Picnic Cruise, Lowell
Sundays, 1 – 3 p.m.
Bring your own picnic lunch and go on a cruise on the Grand Lady Riverboat! Beverages and treats available for purchase on board. Captain narrates history of steamboat and Grand River. Kids can steer at the big wheel! Boarding at 12:30 p.m. Reservations recommended, but not required. Adults $15, children 10 and under free with purchase of adult ticket.

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.

Free Family Fitness Classes, Wilcox Park, Grand Rapids
Sundays through August 21, 6 – 7 p.m.
Family-friendly fitness class. Ages 5-13 welcome with a parent or guardian. Sign up online.

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
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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