Maranda’s Guide to Summer Fun: August 22 – 28

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 22

MARANDA’S PICK: Hudsonville Community Fair
August 22 – 27
4H show, pedal pull, turtle race, magic show, Scottville Clown Band, carnival. $10 for ten ride tickets on Tuesday!

Movies in the Park, Kollen Park, Holland
August 22, dusk
Bring chairs, blankets, and snacks and see “Zootopia” for free!

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

Tuesday, August 23

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.

Wednesday, August 24

MARANDA’S PICK: Preschool Swim Time, Holland Community Aquatic Center
August 24, 10 a.m. – noon
A special time just for little ones.

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

Thursday, August 25

MARANDA’S PICK: 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.

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

Friday, August 26

MARANDA’S PICK: Hastings Summerfest, downtown Hastings
August 26 – 28
Arts and crafts vendors, concessions, free trolley rides, children’s activities, sports tournaments, parade, live entertainment, and more!

Summer Fest, Lowell
August 26, 6 – 9 p.m.
Stroll the gallery and garden of the Lowell Area Historical Museum. Food and drinks from local restaurants and businesses.

Yassou! Greek Cultural Festival, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Grand Rapids
August 26 – 28
Food, entertainment, live dancing demonstrations, music, cooking classes, and more!

Polish Festival, Rosa Parks Circle, Grand Rapids
August 26 – 28
Vendors, food, children’s activities.

Free Kid Flicks, Celebration! Cinema Woodland, Kentwood
August 26 – September 2
Kids can see “The LEGO Movie” for free! Adult tickets are $5.

Saturday, August 27

MARANDA’S PICK: Nature Art Fair, Binder Park Zoo, Battle Creek
August 27 – 28, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Nature-themed artists and vendors, demonstrations, arts and crafts stations for adults and kids, nature hikes, and more! Included with regular admission.

Roosevelt Park Day, Roosevelt Park
August 27, all day
Pancake breakfast, parade, arts and crafts, kids games, food vendors, and live music.

Kalamazoo Scottish Festival and Highland Games, Flesher Field
August 27, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Music, dancing, magic show, sporting events, children’s games and activities.

Kalamazoo Reptile & Exotic Animal Show, Kalamazoo County Expo Center
August 27, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Buy, sell, or trade a variety of reptiles, amphibians, small mammals, and other exotic pets. Adults $5, children $2, children under 6 free. Family max of $20.

Family Campout, Kalamazoo Nature Center
August 27 at 5 p.m. – August 28 at 11 a.m.
Camp out at the KNC with a campfire-cooked dinner, night hike, morning naturalist program, games, activities, and more! $35 per member or $40 per non-member. Children under 3 free.

Sizzlin’ Summer Movie Night, Lowell
August 27, dusk
See “Night at the Museum” in front of the Lowell Showboat on Riverwalk Plaza in downtown Lowell. Refreshments available for purchase.

Sunday, August 28

MARANDA’S PICK: Mudfest, Kalamazoo Nature Center
August 28, noon – 5 p.m.
Dig into a giant mud pit and zoom down a giant slip ‘n slide, learning stations, zip line. Included with general admission. Additional fee for zip line.

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!

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!

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.

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.

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

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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