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Ten Things To Check Out For Free or Cheap In March

by Julie S.

 

Spring is on its way and you may be looking for some inexpensive or free family fun. (We define cheap as $7 or less.) Check out one of the following!

 

FREE OR CHEAP EVENTS

 

1. Stuart Little Acting Classes

Saturdays, March 5, March 12 (at KPL) and March 19 (Civic) at 1:00pm

Kalamazoo Public Library and Civic Auditorium

  • Do you have a little one, age 5-7, who is interested in acting or storytelling? Learn about acting, expressive movement in storytelling, and how to create a good character. Based on the adventures of Stuart Little. Plan to attend all three sessions to participate. Series co-sponsored by the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre. Free.  Registration is required.

 

2. Crybaby Concert

Saturday, March 12, 11:00am – 12:00pm

Kalamazoo Public Library – Oshtemo Branch

  • Crybaby Concerts are FREE 45-minute mini-concerts that give children under the age of five and their parents, grandparents and siblings a performance of beautiful music in an open and flexible environment – even if your little ones feel like crying! There is room to move and plenty of space for stroller parking. Nutritious, kid-friendly snacks are provided after each performance.

 

3. Check out one of the great FREE or Cheap Spring Movies heading our way this month. Both the Goodrich Movie Theatres and Celebration! Cinema Crossroads have some great movies as part of their Spring line-ups.

 

4. Maple Sugar Festival

Saturday, March 12 and Sunday, March 13, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Kalamazoo Nature Center

  • Join the Kalamazoo Nature Center for their 51st Annual Maple Sugar Festival.  If you go in the morning you can enjoy an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast, or the afternoon has maple ice cream. There are also birds of prey programs and walks with a naturalist for a maple sugar tour.
  • Don’t miss a visit to the DeLano Homestead during the festival to experience maple sugaring and life in the 1800s. Demonstrations by blacksmiths, spinners and fiber artists will round out the activities. Regular admission applies with extra cost for breakfast, ice cream, wagon rides or cotton candy. Click here for a full schedule.

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5. Drummunity

Saturday, March 12, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Portage Public Library

  • A free program with drumming for the whole family led by Lori Fithian of Drummunity.

 

6. Disney Storytime and Sing-Along

Saturday, March 12, 1:00 pm – 3:15 pm

Barnes & Noble, Battle Creek Location

  • If you have a Disney lover, consider traveling to Battle Creek for this special event featuring Frozen and The Lion King. There will be singing, crafts and Binder Park Zoo will be there as well with live animals. This event is FREE, but you need to register by calling Barnes & Noble at 269-979-8060.

 

7. KIA Art Detectives

Saturday, March 12, 11:00am – 12:00pm

Kalamazoo Institute of the Arts

  • Free for children and adults, the KIA runs Art Detectives programs once a month. After a story, children visit the art gallery and then go back into the studio to create a masterpiece! Parking is free, just tell the guards that you are there for the Art Detectives class.

 

8. St. Patrick’s Day Party

Saturday, March 19, 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Kalamazoo Valley Museum

  • From dress-up to decorations, there is something for everyone! The museum will have tons of crafts for kids from leprechaun finger puppets, hats, rainbows, fairies, and pots of gold. While you’re there, enjoy the Goose Bumps traveling exhibit about fear or take in a show at their planetarium. Free.

 

9.  Musical Storybooks: Perfect Purple Feather

Multiple sessions:

Tuesday, March 22, 9:30am – 10:15am or 10:30am – 11:15am

Wednesday, March 23, 9:30am – 10:15am or 10:30am – 11:15am

Thursday, March 24, 10:30am – 11:15am

Kalamazoo Public Library

  • Try out this very special storytime at the Kalamazoo Public Library. Musical Storybooks features a story, craft, and music by the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra’s string quartet based on the book “Perfect Purple Feather” by Hanoch Piven. Registration is required and multiple sessions are available. Free.

 

10. 19th Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, March 26 at 4:00 pm

Homer Striker Field

  • The Egg Hunt is free for the entire family and includes activities such as an egg hunt, crafts, face painting, Jelly Bean guess jar, and of course a visit with the Bunny!

 

 

 

Have a great March!

 

 

 

 

 

Julie S

Julie is stay-at-home mom who homeschools two beautiful rainbow girls, and a self-professed geek. She enjoys playing video and board games, writing, reading, tennis, traveling, and just about everything else. She never wants to stop learning and loves sharing what she's learned with Kzoo Kids readers.

 

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