Maranda’s Guide to Summer Fun: August 29 – September 5

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 29 through September 5 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.

Monday, August 29

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

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

Free Outdoor Fitness Classes, downtown Grand Rapids
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!

Tuesday, August 30

MARANDA’S PICK: Free Outdoor Fitness Classes, downtown Grand Rapids
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.

Meijer Free Tuesdays, Grand Rapids Art Museum
August 30, 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.

Hudsonville Safety Night, Hughes Park
August 30, 4 – 7 p.m.
Enjoy complimentary dinner and ice cream, watch AeroMed helicopter fly in, see fire trucks, patrol vehicles, emergency operation centers, marine patrol boat, smoke trailer, and more! Demonstrations, activities, and safety information all for free!

To The Rescue, Grand Rapids Children’s Museum
Starting August 30
The children’s museum popular exhibit returns for the season with a fire truck, escape slide, Med Center, rescue helicopter, and more!

Wednesday, August 31

MARANDA’S PICK: Harry Potter Night, Fifth Third Ballpark
August 31, 7 p.m.
Enjoy a Harry Potter-themed night with the West Michigan Whitecaps. Costumes encouraged! Fireworks following the game.

Free Outdoor Fitness Classes, downtown Grand Rapids
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!

Thursday, September 1

MARANDA’S PICK: Public Tours, Muskegon Museum of Art
September 1, 4 – 7 p.m.
Drop in for a docent-led exhibition tour. Free!

Free Outdoor Fitness Classes, downtown Grand Rapids
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.

Family Night, Grand Rapids Children’s Museum
September 1, 5 – 8 p.m.
Every Thursday evening is Family Night, with $1.75 admission per person. Ages 1 and under are free.

Friday, September 2

MARANDA’S PICK: Logging Festival, downtown Newaygo
September 2 – 4
Arts and crafts, chainsaw carving demonstrations, lumberjack competition, log rolling competition, parade on Sunday.

Movie Night at Outdoor Discovery Center, Holland
September 2, 7:30 a.m.
Bring chairs or blankets, snacks, and kid-friendly beverages and see “Zootopia” for free! Popcorn and water for $1.

Muskegon Polish Festival, Hackley Park
September 2 – 4
Polish food, polka music, children’s tent, and more!

Saturday, September 3

MARANDA’S PICK: Creature Feature, Kalamazoo Nature Center
September 3, 11 a.m. – noon
Learn about animals up close and personal. A different theme each Saturday. Free with admission!

Centennial Celebration, Crane’s Pie Pantry Restaurant and Winery, Fennville
September 3, noon – 6 p.m.
Live music, food, games, giveaways, and more!

Sunday, September 4

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.

Monday, September 5

MARANDA’S PICK: See all Labor Day parades and events below!

Labor Day BoardWALK and Pancake Breakfast, Kollen Park, Holland
September 5, 8 a.m.
Walk begins at Heinz Waterfront Walkway and continues along Kollen Park boardwalk to end at Windmill Island Gardens. Pancake breakfast from 8:30 to 10:30 is $5 for adults, $3 for kids ages 4-16 and free for kids 3 and under.

Labor Day Walk/Fun Run, Fisherman’s Landing, Muskegon
September 5, 8 a.m.
5K starts at 8:30 a.m. Four mile walk starts at 9:30 a.m. free! Pre-registration encouraged, but not required.

Labor Day Bridge Walk, Saugatuck
September 5, 9 – 10 a.m.
Walk starts on Douglas side of the Blue Bridge and proceeds to the Saugatuck side. Free!

Labor Day Community Bridge Walk, Grand Haven
September 5, 9 a.m. – noon
Walk starts on north side of 3rd Street Bridge and ends at Chinook Pier. Win prizes from local businesses!

Holland/Zeeland Labor Day Truck Parade
September 5, 9:15 a.m.
Parade of vehicles starts at 9:15 a.m. in downtown Zeeland and heads to downtown Holland, ending with an ice cream social and giveaways at the Civic Center.

Labor Day Community Walk, Whitehall
September 5, 10 – 11 a.m.
Walk takes place on the Hart-Montague Bike Trail starting on Spring Street behind Whitehall Products and Montague Foods in Montague.

Labor Day Wristband Special, Craig’s Cruisers, Wyoming
September 5, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Wristbands include unlimited Pizza & Pasta Buffet from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and unlimited attractions (Indoor Go-Karts, Laser Tag, Ropes Course, Bumper Cars and Frog Hopper. Weather permitting attractions include: Outdoor Go-Karts, Mini-Golf, Kiddie Karts and Bumper Boats). $25 per person plus tax.

West Michigan United Labor Day Parade, Hackley Park, Muskegon
September 5, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Parade with free post-parade celebration with food, games, prizes, face painting, bounce houses, arts and crafts, and more!

Labor Fest, An-Nab-Awen Park, Grand Rapids
September 5, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Live entertainment, rides, inflatables, sidewalk chalk art, fire safety house, face painting, fire safety house, food, exhibits, free admission all day to the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum.


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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