Maranda’s 2021 Guide to Summer Fun!

Family Fun

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) Summer in West Michigan is filled with fun activities for families! Check out Maranda’s complete Guide to Summer Fun. Every weekday throughout the Summer Maranda will have a brand new top pick and some other fun weekday events for families across West Michigan. Weather you’re looking for indoor activities, outdoor activities, in-person, or virtual activities there is something for every family. Check back for updates and see Maranda’s Weekend Fun Guides for some more family weekend fun!

Today’s Top Pick:

Princess Day at John Ball Zoo – Princess Day at the zoo is here and if you’re looking for some magical fun, this is the place to be. From 9 AM – 3 PM today, zoo guests can meet some special, royal friends including Cinderella, Elsa, Moana, Tinker Bell and more! Dress up as your favorite princess, wizard, fairy, or prince and explore the zoo like royalty. This experience is completely free with regular zoo admission. Zoo tickets are on sale now on the zoo’s website, so be sure to get your tickets soon and don’t miss out on this magical day at the zoo. If you’re looking for a complete list of Summer Fun head to our website and while you’re there be sure to check out our Park Party Contest page to be entered to win exciting prizes all summer long where you live!

Family Fun All Week Long:

June 17 –

GRAM Light the Night – June 17th will be the longest day of the year and the best way to spend it will be touring the museum with flashlight tours. Free museum admission will begin at 5 P.M. and family fun will include Light-up art activities including Vellum Luminaries and Colorful Neon Illuminated Scenes, and scavenger hunt. Flashlight tours will being at 9 P.M.


Garden Bros Nuclear Circus in Marne – Garden Bros Nuclear Circus will blast you out of your seats with special effects, concert style lighting,  Human Cannonball, Wheel of Death, Motorcycles in the Sphere of Fear, Human Slingshot, Comedy the whole family will love, the strongest man in the world, and so much more. The 1½ hours show will fill the arena with over 60 performers from around the world in 3 ring. First one hundred adult tickets sold online are only $14.50.

Grand Haven Musical Fountain – Take a drive out to the Grand Haven waterfront for a magical water, light and music show in Michigan’s Coast Guard City. The Musical Fountain is a fun evening experience for families to enjoy. Watch as the water dances along the dunes to some of your favorite songs. Currently, the Musical Fountain offers shows June 17th through June 30ths with July shows to be announced. Check out the Musical Fountain website for more themed showtimes as they are announced.

Family Fun All Summer Long:

Movies from the Mound – LMCU Ballpark and the West Michigan Whitecaps are welcoming families back to the for Movies from the Mound. Starting Friday, June 18 LMCU Ballpark will be showing family-friendly movies for fans to enjoy on the big screen. Enjoy titles such as Incredibles 2, The Sandlot, Ghostbusters and even new titles such as The Croods – A New Age. Tickets will be available for presales, so be sure to reserve your tickets soon.

Historic White Pine VillageHead out to the lakeshores of Ludington to take a step back in time at Historic White Pine Village. Explore the late 19th – early 20th century pioneer village and it’s 30 historic exhibit buildings. From a one-room schoolhouse to town hall, guests will be able to experience the wonders of Ludington as it was in the late 19th century. Also be sure to take a look at their Cricket event on June 24 from 11 A.M. – 3 P.M.

Grand Rapids Public Museum Exhibits – GRPM is never short of some family fun, especially with their two newest exhibits: POPnology and Amazing Pollinators. Both exhibits were recently opened this year and have been a huge hit with guests. POPnology offers a hands-on, immersive experience that creates a connection between technology and pop culture. This exhibit features Iconic replicas throughout the exhibit including a Delorean time machine, androids and extraterrestrials from far-away galaxies and more. Amazing Pollinators offers a different immersive experience that allows guests to work through a maze-like game, taking on 48 survival missions from eight different pollinator groups including bees, butterflies, birds and more.

John Ball Zoo’s BRICKLIVE SupersizedThis fun John Ball Zoo exhibit brings to life everyone’s favorite animals. BRICKLIVE Supersized features animal sculptures made from nearly 2 million toy bricks. Sculptures are scattered throughout the zoo and feature natures small but mighty including birds, reptiles, amphibians, arachnids, insects, mammals, and marine species. This colorful, family- friendly exhibit will be available at the zoo all Summer long and it is included with zoo admission. 

Wrist Band Wednesday – Head out to Craig’s Cruisers for Wrist Band Wednesday all summer long. Check out this unlimited Craig’s Cruisers fun all at one price from 4 P.M. to 8 P.M. every Wednesday, all summer long. Not only do wristbands include Indoor & Outdoor Go-Karts, Laser Tag, Bumper Cars, Mini-Golf, Bumper Boats, Frog Hopper and Cruiser Coaster, but guests will have access to the trampoline park and pizza buffet. Head to Craig’s Cruisers where the fun never evens all summer long!

Sandcastles Children’s Museum – Take a visit up to Sandcastles Children’s Museum in Ludington. This children’s Museum helps children and families to explore the world around them through many different exhibits, hands-on activities and discovery. Through a multiple of exhibits children of all ages can learn biology, aviation, cooking, building, number, theatrics and so much more. There is no shortage of fun at Sandcastles Children’s Museum.

Lansing’s Impression Five Children’s Museum – Take a trip out to Lansing to visit Impression Five Children’s Museum to explore the world of science through hands- on activities. Kids can explore different scientific topics including: nuclear power, water, kinetics, space and more. Impression Five is a dynamic, interactive space for families to play, create, and challenge their understanding of science together. Visit Thursday – Sunday: 9:30 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. all summer long and be sure to check their event calendar for some fun themed activities including Lego Robotics and Dinosaur Stomp!

The Jim Henson Exhibit at Henry Ford – Take a trip out to Dearborn, Michigan to see everything that the Henry Ford Museum has to offer, especially their brand new Jim Henson Exhibition. This dynamic experience explores Jim Henson’s groundbreaking work for film and television and his transformative impact on culture particularly through his work on the beloved Muppets. This captivating exhibit includes 25 puppets, Character sketches, storyboards, scripts, costumes, photographs, Behind-the-scenes footage and more. This experience is only available through the end of this summer, so don’t miss it!

Great Lakes Crossing Family Fun – Road trip to Auburn Hills and explore LEGOLAND, Sea Life and Peppa Pig adventures at Great Lakes Crossing. Great Lakes Crossing is Michigan’s largest outlet mall with over 185 stores, restaurants and attractions and there is no shortage of family fun. When you stop by Great Lakes Crossing be sure to check out all of the family attractions that are offered including: SEA LIFE Michigan Aquarium, LEGOLAND Discovery Center, Peppa Pig World of Play, Round One Bowling and Amusement, and so much more. While these locations are open, they are following CDC guidelines to ensure the safety of guests so be sure to visit their website to review protocols and reservations.

Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park – Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park is now open for the season with some exciting things that they will be rolling out throughout all of 2021. From revealing new exhibits, animals, attractions, to opening new Boulder Bites concessions stands for the first time ever. Spend some time outside with your family enjoying the animals, food, fun and more every day of the week all summer long.

Frederik Meijer Gardens Frederik Meijer Gardens is blooming with family fun. Beginning June 14, the gardens will begin children’s activities every day of the week. Music, art and science, oh my! Spend time in the children’s garden for their summer activity series. Also enjoy all of the beautiful scenery, plants and sculptures throughout the gardens, plus enjoy special musical performances throughout the summer season. If you’re looking for a fun, outdoor event, this is the place to be.

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