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Head Out to One of These Fall Festivals With Your Family

    The scent of cool air, crisp leaves and pumpkin spice…fall is here and so are fun family festivals! There are many Southwest Michigan fall festivals to keep you and your family busy all season long. These are some of the top Kalamazoo area festivals that your family will enjoy.    Paw Paw Wine and Harvest Festival, Paw Paw September 8-10, 2017 The
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Where To Go Apple Picking and/or Get Your Pumpkin Around Kalamazoo & SW Michigan – 2017

  There are so many uses for apples! Fresh off of the tree, cider, pies, muffins, and more, apples are one of our favorite fruits, and they herald in the start of fall. If you’re wondering where you can go to pick a peck of apples around the Kalamazoo area, KZOOKids has your updated list right here! Note: We recommend calling ahead to the
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Fall Fun Walks & Runs Around Kalamazoo

Fall is in the air and it’s the perfect time to get moving with your family. Grab the kids and head out to one of these fun runs or walks in our community. If you know of any additional fun runs or walks in the area that would be great for families, please let us know so we can submit it to our event calendar.
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11 Boat Experiences Around Michigan To Top Off Your Summer Fun

You may not be able to sail the high seas, but right here in West and Southwest Michigan there are many exciting ways to take to the waters. Whether it’s cruising Lake Michigan on a historic tall ship, traveling down a scenic river on a paddleboat, or exploring the history of a WWII ship, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to explore boats of all kinds.
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Kid-Friendly Outdoor Dining Around Kalamazoo

Outdoor dining in the summer is one way to enjoy the beautiful Michigan weather. While patio dining may only be an option for a few months out of the year, we have great, kid-friendly locations right here in Kalamazoo. *This guide has been updated for 2017. Check out the list of our top choices:   OUTDOOR DINING FOR KIDS & FAMILIES   Arcadia Brewery
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10 Best Picnic Spots Around Kalamazoo

There is nothing better in the summer than taking your family to a park with a picnic blanket, some food, and enjoying the outdoors. We asked our readers for their favorite places around town, and this is what they had to say!    1. Prairie View County Park 899 E U Avenue, Vicksburg, MI 49097 This park is the perfect place for a picnic
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Five Michigan Drive-In Movie Theaters Your Kids Will Love

Taking the kids out to a drive-in movie is a truly unique experience. They can play on the playground while the sun goes down, and then take a walk to the concession stand for treats. The concession stand features standard fare, like hot dogs, nachos, french fries, pizza, and popcorn. When the movie starts they get the exciting experience of hearing the movie come
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Traveling with Kids to Petoskey: Fun Things To Do

Ernest Hemingway spent a couple dozen summers walking the streets and wandering the natural environs of Petoskey, Michigan. Today, this is still the perfect place to take a slow-paced vacation with your family! Enjoy the historic downtown, timeless lakeside, and exciting modern attractions you can find here. The Petoskey area actually encompasses a number of resort communities along Lake Michigan’s Little Traverse Bay –
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Where To Find The Best Southwest Michigan Beaches

Note: this Southwest Michigan Beach Guide has been updated for 2017.  Let us know if we’ve missed any of your favorite beaches in the comment section below.     Southwest Michigan Beach Guide Michigan’s state nickname is the “Great Lake State” and for good reason. Michigan is the only state that touches four of the five great lakes. There are more than 11,000 inland
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Let’s Go Tubing! Places to Go Tubing Around SW Michigan

  Are you looking for a new fun and exciting adventure this summer? Summer tubing may just be the adventure that you’re looking for. We’ve got several great summer tubing options in Southwest Michigan and others within a short drive of the Kalamazoo area.   Hastings   U-Rent-Em Canoe Livery 805 W. Apple St. Hastings, MI 49058 (269) 945-3191 The scenic Thornapple River in
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