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Ten Things You Don’t Want to Miss for Free or Cheap in February

by Julie S.

 

If you have cabin fever, Kalamazoo has events galore in February designed to get you out of the house for cheap, or best of all free!

 

TOP FREE OR CHEAP THINGS TO DO

1.  Kzoo Baby and Family Expo

Sunday, February 7, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Head down to the Radisson Plaza Hotel for exhibits, music, activities, contests and more. Ideal for expecting families through those with children age eight, this event is meant to connect young families with the resources that they need as well as fun. From music to a magician, information on preschools and the zoo, this event has it all. Best of all it’s free!

2015 Winter Jamboree-650 (photo credit: City of Kalamazoo Parks and Recreation Department)

2. Winter Jamboree at Milham Golf Course

Saturday, February 27, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

The City of Portage Parks & Recreation Department, the City of Kalamazoo Parks & Recreation Department, Lee’s Adventure Sports and Pedal Bicycle have joined together to offer FREE winter activities! Included are snowshoeing, kayak sledding, sled dog rides, a snowman building contest, ice bowling and a fat tire biking demo. There will also be sledding, but you will need to bring your own sled.

 

3. Storytelling Festival at Kalamazoo Valley Museum

Friday, February 5, 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm and Saturday, February 6, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Stories Gone Wild is the theme of the 2016 Storytelling Festival at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum this year. Kicking off during Art Hop, the festival lasts Friday evening and all of Saturday and is free, along with the museum. There are plenty of award-winning storytellers to entertain young and old, children’s book authors, ones who pretend to be animals, ones who set stories to music, and just about everything in between. The vendor fair begins on Saturday at 10:00am and storytellers begin performances at the top of every hour.

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(photo credit: St. Joseph Today, Joshua Nowicki)

4. St. Joseph 12th Annual Magical Ice Festival

Friday, February 5 , 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Saturday, February 6, all day

Sunday, February 7, all day

Head to downtown St. Joseph for a ton of chilly family fun, including ice competitions, a fire & ice tower display, a 5K chocolate walk/run, the fourth annual ice wars, a scavenger hunt, a traveling magician, and Waikiki weekend complete with hula demonstrations and a tropical-themed carousel! The fun happens all weekend, so check the link above for details on the different events and their times.

 

5. South Haven Ice Breaker 2016

Friday, February 5, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Saturday, February 6, all day

Sunday, February 7, all day

South Haven is also throwing an ice festival the first weekend in February and has a 50-block ice sculpting competition, a chili cook-off, 5K, horse drawn wagon rides, kids crafts, pub slide, and an array of fundraising efforts by local organizations. Make sure to check the link above for details on the individuals events and times. Most family events are Friday night and all day Saturday.

 


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6. The Great Backyard Bird Count

Friday, February 12 all day

Saturday, February 13, all day

Sunday, February 14 all day

Monday, February 15, all day

Do you have a child who loves birds and you don’t want to go far from home? This is his or her opportunity to help the Audubon Society! Go to the site to register and then pick a 15-minute increment and record what birds are seen. Simple, isn’t it?

 

7. 13th Annual Teen Filmmaker Festival at Chenery Auditorium

Saturday, February 20 , 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm

See dozens of amazing films by talented Michigan teens. Selected films will be screened at this special event open to movie fans of all ages. Vote for your favorite film in the People’s Choice award category!

 

8. Valentine’s Snowshoe Nature Hike at Schrier Park

Sunday, February 14, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Take your Valentine on a trail adventure! Join a Kalamazoo Nature Center Naturalist and snowshoe the trails of Schrier Park. Identify trees, animal activity and learn a bit of snow science along the way. You are welcome to wear hiking boots instead, and snowshoes are on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

9 Dr. Seuss’s Birthday Celebration Storytime at Barnes & Noble

Saturday, February 27 , 11:00 am

Come celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday (which is on March 2nd) complete with a visit from the Cat in the Hat! You can pin the tail on Horton, decorate your own Cat in the Hat, and listen to some favorite stories.

 

10. Frozen Party at Comstock Library

Saturday, February 27, 10:30 am – 11:30 am OR 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Do you have a little one who loves Frozen? Have them dress up as their favorite Frozen character for these Frozen themed celebration. Enjoy snacks, games and crafts. Registration is required for this free event and begins Tuesday, February 16th. There are two times that you can pick when registering.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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