Maranda’s Guide to summer fun! August 13-20

Join Maranda on Thursday for Walk the Zoo

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 6-13 below. For this entire list of ideas for family fun this summer click  here to see Maranda’s Guide to Summer Fun. 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.

Sunday, August 13

Maranda’s Pick: Discover the Dunes 

  • Discover the Dunes – For Kids!
  • 3:00 pm-4:30 pm
  • North Beach Park
  • Through a hike and activities you’ll encounter a diversity of life in this harsh environment and discover the story of how the dunes came to be.
  • Recommended for ages 8-12.
  • Hike will be over steep terrain including long staircases.


Monday, August 14

Maranda’s PickKids Skate for Free today at the Kentwood Fun Spot 

  • 4pm-7pm
  • Free admission
  • $2 rental, inline rental $5

Tuesday, August 15

Maranda’s Pick: Take the kids to the Getty Drive-In 

  • Muskegon
  •  Tonight is Bargain night!
  • Four big screens of first run movies!

Wednesday, August 16

Maranda’s PIck: Calhoun County Fair

  • 8:30am – youth horse show
  • 9am – youth swine show
  • 10am – chuck wagon races


Thursday, August 17

Maranda’s Pick:  Walk the Zoo
  • Registration: 8-8:30 a.m.
  • Walk: 8:30-9 a.m.
  • Breakfast: immediately following
  • Zoo exploration rest of the day
  • $5 per person

Friday, August 18

Maranda’s Pick: Sparta Movies in the Park

August 18 –Finding Dory – Sparta Movies in the Park.  Movies start at 9:30

  • Movie: Finding Dory
  • Movies start at 9:30pm
  • Bring a blanket or lawn chair to enjoy the outdoor movie!
  • Restrooms will be open

Saturday, August 19 

Maranda’s Pick: GRandJazzFest 

  • West Michigan’s only free, weekend-long jazz festival!
  • The 6th annual festival is Aug. 19 & 20, 2017, at Rosa Parks Circle
  • Bring folding chairs, blankets and snacks



Sunday, August 20

Maranda’s Pick: Mini Maker Faire


  • Grand Rapids Public Museum
  • Maker Faire is a community celebration of people who make things from prototyping and inventing, to those with unique trade skills, and more. Each booth offers a unique, hands-on opportunity to see how things are made and to learn how to do it on your own. Visitors to the Grand Rapids Maker Faire will see more than 100 maker booths ranging from robotics and 3D printing, to drone races, glass blowing, blacksmithing, wood turning, and even be a part of an iron pour during the two-day event!
  • Grand Rapids Maker Faire tickets are on sale now! Two-day passes are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors and $8 for children, and single day passes are $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and $5 for children. Kent County residents receive discounted tickets and Museum members are only $1 per day! Visit for tickets and more information.

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