Maranda’s Guide to Summer Fun 2019


While your kids are enjoying the last few weeks of summer, check out my complete list of fun activities, events, camps, exhibits, and performances going on around West Michigan! Watch out for my Summer Fun Guide pick of the day on WOOD TV8!

Thursday, August 29th

Michigan State Fair

The Michigan State Fair in Novi kicks off today and is happening all weekend! This is fun for the entire family featuring family friendly activities, contents, petting farms, carnival rides, and more! Admission begins at $8 for adults and $6 for kids.

Family Night at the GRCM

Thursday nights are Family Nights at the Grand Rapids Children Museum! They’re offering admission at just $1.75 per person from 5-8pm.

FREE Night at the Muskegon Museum of Art

The Muskegon Museum of Art is offering free admission tonight form 4-8pm!

Labor Day Weekend Top Picks: August 30th – September 2nd

Newaygo Logging Festival

Newaygo County is hosting their annual Logging Festival all Labor Day weekend! The festival includes tons of beautiful wood carvings along with contests, delicious food including a BBQ, museums, and homemade crafts and unique items for sale.

Holland’s Labor Day Boardwalk and Pancake Breakfast

Holland Parks and Recreation is hosting the 10th annual walk and pancake breakfast this Labor Day! The walk starts at the west end of the Heinz Walkway at 8am and travels along the waterfront boardwalk all the way to Windmill Island where a delicious pancake breakfast will be served! The walk is free and the breakfast is just $5 for adults and $3 for kids. Proceeds from the breakfast will go toward providing financial help to children in need so they can participate in recreational programs.

West Michigan Labor Fest

The Grand Rapids Labor Unions are honoring and celebrating those who work during this years Labor Fest! The event is taking place Monday, September 2nd from 11am – 5pm at Ah-Nab-Awen Park in Downtown Grand Rapids. The event features music, food and free admission to the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum!

West Michigan Labor Day Events

There’s a handful of events and activities happening around West Michigan this Labor Day! Check out a full list HERE.

Michigan State Fair

The Michigan State Fair in Novi kicks off today and is happening all weekend! This is fun for the entire family featuring family friendly activities, a circus, petting farms, carnival rides, and more! Admission begins at $8 for adults and $6 for kids.

Sunflower Festival at Lewis Farms & Petting Zoo

Lewis Farms is hosting their first ever Sunflower Festival this Saturday, August 31st from 9am – 6pm! You and your family can come walk through the field of beautiful sunflowers while also enjoying the many activities the farm includes – petting zoo, farm activities, tasty treats, and more! Admission will include a FREE flower!

2019 Muskegon Polish Festival

Muskegon is hosting the 2 day Polish Festival this Friday and Saturday at Hackley Park. The festival will include Polish food, music, dancing, activities, children’s area, and more! Cost is just $5 for everyone 21 and older and everyone 21 and under is free. Admission is free for everyone on Friday from noon – 4pm.

South Haven All-Crafts Fair

The 2-day South Haven Arts and Crafts Fair is taking place this weekend on Saturday and Sunday from 10am – 5pm at Stanley Johnston Park. Over 150 vendors will be displaying their unique arts and crafts and there will also be tasty food trucks to enjoy.

Getty Drive Ins

If you’re looking for some family fun this weekend, head to the Getty Drive Ins in Muskegon! There are tons of options to choose from including Spider-Man: Far From Home, Lion King, and Toy Story 4!

Museums & Exhibitions

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts

Adults $5, Students with ID: $2
Free for members, children through age 12, school groups, and active military personnel

Fennville Forever Curious Children’s Museum

Wed – Sat, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Admission: $5 per person, including adults

All our exhibits offer hands-on fun and learning opportunities for the whole family. Stop by to see for yourself!

Meijer Free Days at Grand Rapids Art Museum 

Free general admission to the Grand Rapids Art Museum all day Tuesday’s and every Thursday night. 

Tuesday: 10am – 5pm 

Thursdays: 5pm – 9pm 

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.

Grand Rapids Public Museum

TOYS! Exhibit expanded. 

Experience TOYS! like never before with additional interactive experiences and games available throughout the Museum beginning Saturday, June 15.

More than 15 new interactives will fill the first floor galleria, into the Streets of Old Grand Rapids exhibit and on the Museum’s second floor, overflowing from the TOYS! exhibit. Visitors will enjoy playing giant versions of their favorite games including: Battleship, Lincoln Logs, Chess, Connect Four, UNO, Kerplunk, Tic Tac Toe, Lite Brite and more!

Kalamazoo Valley Museum

What’s the Buzz? Learn all about bees with bee related exhibits and programs. 

Summer Storytime at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park 

Expand your kids imagination at Summer Storytime! There will be a variety of sensational stories all summer long! Every Tuesday from 11am – 12pm. 

Music and Performances

Sizzlin’ Summer Concerts in Lowell

Lowell Riverwalk

Thursdays, 7 p.m.

Free, family-friendly outdoor concerts: blues, world music, country, rock, big band, funk, jazz

Holland Street Performers

Every Thursday, June 15 – August 31

Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Outdoor Activities

Blanford Nature Center

$3 per person or free for members.

Families can visit the chickens, goats, and other animals at the farm, hike the trails, or spend time observing the prey and mammals within the observation area.

Farmyard Wednesdays at Kalamazoo Nature Center

Wednesdays, June-September, 10:30 a.m.-noon

Meet at DeLano Homestead to meet some farmyard friends. 

Food and Farmer’s Markets

Food Truck Fridays

Fridays, 5pm-9pm

Riverside Park in Grand Rapids, MI

Active Activities

Wristband Wednesday’s at Craig’s Cruisers

Wednesdays, 10am-3pm (buffet 11-2) and 4pm-9pm (buffet 5-8)

$25.99 plus tax gets you a wristband that’s good for unlimited indoor and outdoor go-karts, laser tag, bumper cars, mini golf, ropes course, bumper boats, Cruiser Coaster, Ninja Course and froghopper.  Also, the three hour access to pizza buffet is included with the price.

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