Maranda’s Guide to Summer Fun: August 15 – 21

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 August 15 through 21 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, August 15

MARANDA’S PICK: Movies in the Park, Kollen Park, Holland
August 15, dusk
Bring chairs, blankets, and snacks and see the People’s Choice movie “Jumanji: for free!

Happy Birthday JBZ Week, John Ball Zoo, Grand Rapids
August 15 – 19
Special entertainment, giveaways, and more every day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Free Kid Flicks, Celebration! Cinema Woodland, Kentwood
Through August 18
Kids can see “Chicken Run” for free! Adult tickets are $5.

Calhoun County Fair, Marshall
Through August 20
Parade, animal exhibits, grandstand entertainment, carnival, and fireworks. Kids Day on Tuesday, August 16.

Tuesday, August 16

MARANDA’S PICK: Free Bowling, throughout Michigan
August 16 (ongoing)
Register your child online to receive two free games of bowling every day all summer long!

Fire Building Day Camp, Pigeon Creek Park, Holland
August 16, 9 a.m. – noon
For kids entering 6th through 9th grade. Learn how to safely build and control a campfire. $15 per child. Registration required.

Free Soccer Clinic, Lincoln Park, Grand Rapids
August 16, 6 – 7 p.m.
Free soccer for all ages!

Gymnastics Open House, Radiant Sportz, Walker
August 16, 7 – 9 p.m.
Free open gym time for boys and girls ages two to 18. Raffle, class discounts, and more!

Wednesday, August 17

MARANDA’S PICK: Walk the Zoo with Maranda, John Ball Zoo, Grand Rapids
August 17, 8:30 a.m.
Walk with Maranda and Priority Health through John Ball Zoo, then stay and play at the zoo all day! $5 admission includes the walk, a t-shirt (while supplies last), snacks, and all-day admission! Registration is at 8 a.m. and the walk starts at 8:30 a.m.

Free Soccer Clinic, Martin Luther King Jr. Park, Grand Rapids
August 17, 6 – 7 p.m.
Free soccer for all ages!

Michigan Fiber Festival, Allegan County Fairgrounds
August 17 – 21
Shows, competitions, workshops, animals, shopping, and more!

Thursday, August 18

MARANDA’S PICK: Pink Arrow Community Day, downtown Lowell
August 18, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Free lunch and dinner, kids’ activities, health fair, blood drive, and first day to buy Pink Arrow IX t-shirts!

Health and Wellness Day, Hackley Park, Muskegon
August 18, noon – 2:30 p.m.
Free event with resource booths, live music, and children’s activities. First 1,000 guests receive free lunch.

Taste of East Grand Rapids, Gaslight Village
August 18, 5 – 9 p.m.
Sample food from East Grand Rapids restaurants. Portion of ticket sales will go to Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.

Free Soccer Clinic, Garfield Park, Grand Rapids
August 18, 6 – 7 p.m.
Free soccer for all ages!

Engine 1223 Ice Cream Social, Grand Haven
August 18, 6 – 8 p.m.
Free tours and ice cream! Held next to the Pere Marquette Engine 1223 at Chinook Park.

Outdoor Adventurers: Full Moon Howl, Roselle Park, Ada
August 18, 6:30 – 9 p.m.
Kids ages 10-13 can explore the world of the wolf with games and activities, then take a night like to practice howling like a wolf. $10 per child.

Sunfield Farmers Picnic, Van Buren Park
August 18 – 20
Parade at noon Saturday. Pancake breakfast, pig roast, chicken barbecue, softball games, craft booths, kids’ activities and games, entertainment, fireworks, and more!

Michigan Maritime Celebration, Muskegon
August 18 – 21
Movies on the deck on Friday, community paddle, family pedal and Boat Parade of Lights on Saturday, and Boat Raft-up and community yoga on Sunday.

Danish Festival, Greenville
August 18 – 21
Music, performances, parades, activities, Family Fun Day on August 21 with kids’ activities!

Friday, August 19

MARANDA’S PICK: Sand Rapids, Grand Rapids Downtown Market
August 19 – 20
See professional sand carvers turn sand into beautiful sculptures. Free hands-on sandbox fun for kids!

Family Movie Night, Ivanrest Church, Grandville
August 19, 7 p.m.
See “The Emperor’s New Groove” for free! Bring pillows and blankets. Drinks and popcorn will be served.

Movies in the Park, Allendale Township Park
August 19, dusk
See “Inside Out” (rated PG) for free! Bring your own blanket, lawn chairs, and snacks. Movie starts at dusk.

Movies in the Park, John Collins Park, East Grand Rapids
August 19, dusk
See “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2” for free! Snacks available for purchase.

Heritage Days, Middleville
August 19 – 20
Music, parade, craft and food vendors, inflatables, games, 5K and 10K runs.

Free Kid Flicks, Celebration! Cinema Woodland, Kentwood
August 19 – 25
Kids can see “Wallace & Gromit: the Curse of the Were-Rabbit” for free! Adult tickets are $5.

Saturday, August 20

MARANDA’S PICK: Michigan Maritime Celebration, Muskegon
August 18 – 21
Movies on the deck on Friday, community paddle, family pedal and Boat Parade of Lights on Saturday, and Boat Raft-up and community yoga on Sunday.

Oshtemo Family Fun Day, Flesher Field
August 20, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Balloon rides, fire truck bucket rides, banana car, petting zoo, climbing wall. Free!

Lakeshore Street Party, Washington Square, Holland
August 20, 3 – 9 p.m.
Live music, food and drinks, kids’ activities, and more!

Movies on the Beach, Pere Marquette Public Beach, Muskegon
August 20, 8 p.m.
See “The Croods” for free! Bring blankets and a picnic basket or purchase food on location.

Free ORV Weekend, throughout Michigan
August 20 – 21
Riders can legally ride DNR-designated routes and trails without purchasing an ORV license or trail permit.

GRandJazzFest, Rosa Parks Circle, Grand Rapids
August 20 – 21
Live jazz music in the heart of downtown! Face painting for kids.

Sunday, August 21

MARANDA’S PICK: Matt Giraud Concert, Homer Stryker Field, Kalamazoo
August 21, 3 – 7 p.m.
Benefit concert for Crayons 4 Kids. Activities, food, silent auction, and more! Adults $10. Kids under 12 $5.

Allegan Riverfront Music Festival, Riverfront Plaza, Allegan
August 21, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Music performances, food vendors, and more! Bring chairs. Concert benefits Michigan’s Operation Injured soldier.

End of Summer Picnic, Grand Haven
August 21, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Free community event with live music, kids’ activities, fire truck, and trolley.

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.

The Art of Dr. Seuss, South Haven Center for the Arts
August 17 – October 1
Secret Art Collection show of previously unseen artwork by Theodor Seuss Geisel. Free!

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!

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!

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.

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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