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

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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, ZeelandAugust 29, 6 – 8 p.m.

Street fair with family-friendly events like face painting, inflatables, petting zoo, and more! Free!

Through September 2

Kids can see “The LEGO Movie” for free! Adult tickets are $5.

August 29

Yoga at the Blue Bridge 12:15 – 1 p.m., Zumba at Rosa Parks Circle 5:30 – 6:15 p.m.

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

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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