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Weekend Picks for the Kalamazoo Parent – Adventures With Kids! – January 15

by Jill P

 

Winter is here! Many of us had our first snow day this week and winter has definitely arrived. We have ideas to help you make the most of this winter. This week we published a number of new articles that we wanted to highlight again here. Did you know that we publish 3-5 new articles per week? So make sure that you’re checking our KZOOkids.com website to stay in the loop.

Weekly Highlights

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We’re excited about our latest giveaway! We love the arts opportunities that we have in our community and the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra’s Discovery Series is one of our favorites. You’ll want to get your tickets now or enter to WIN Tickets To The KSO’s Vivaldi’s Ring of Mystery. This performance is scheduled for Sunday, January 31 at 3:00 pm in the Chenery Auditorium. You’ll want to arrive early, activities start at 2:00 pm.

INDOOR SNOW DAY

Bookmark 15 Ideas for an Indoor Snow Day Adventure. We just had our first snow day this week and there are more to come, we’re sure.

Lots of great preschool open houses are coming soon! Check our Preschool Open Houses – Early 2016 for more great opportunities to check out some great preschools.

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Have you made your winter bucketlist yet? We have. Our 10 Fun Things You’ll Want To Do This Winter has plenty of ideas for winter fun.
 

For this weekend, consider…

See individual listings for times, pricing, and venue information. 

 

Southwest Michigan Family Wellness Expo | January16 from 10:00 am -3:00 pm | Kalamazoo Expo Center in Kalamazoo.

    • An expo featuring vendors to help you improve your physical and mental health. Admission is free.

 

KSO Carnival of the Animals | January 16 two events – one at 10:30 am and the second at 12:00 pm | Kalamazoo Library -Oshtemo Branch

  • Explore animals through music! A well-loved family classic comes to life as it is performed by the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra’s Brass Quintet. Enjoy an Instrument Petting Zoo, meet the musicians, and create a craft based on the movements of these lively animals! This concert is part of the KSO Family Fun Chamber Series and has been sponsored in part by Biggby Coffee. Registration required (go to the KPL website to register).

 

Snowshoe Nature Hike | January 16 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm | West Lake Nature Preserve in Portage

  • Join a Kalamazoo Nature Center Naturalist to explore the West Lake Nature Preserve in search of signs for insects, birds and mammals. Demo snowshoes available on a first-come, first-served basis, courtesy of Lee’s Adventure Sports.
  • The nature hike will occur regardless of snow conditions; hiking boots may be worn if preferred. Open to all ages, this nature hike will be a great way to make outdoor memories with your family.

 


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Winter Detective Hike | January 17 from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm | Kalamazoo Nature Center in Kalamazoo

  • Explore the trails near the Visitor Center in search of what is out moving around and why. Look for scat, tracks, feathers and fur! Dress for the weather. Normal admission fees apply.

 

More winter fun can be found on our Event Calendar. Check it out here!

 

EVENT CALENDAR FOR THIS WEEKEND

January 15, 2016

Date/Time Event
Fri 01/15/2016
Ice Skating at Wings West
Wings Stadium West, Kalamazoo, MI
Fri 01/15/2016
The Ice Rink at Millennium Park
Millennium Park, Portage, MI
Fri 01/15/2016
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Open Bounce at Jungle Joe's
Jungle Joe’s, Portage, MI
Fri 01/15/2016
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Bounceland Open Jump
Bounceland, Kalamazoo, MI
Fri 01/15/2016
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Toddler Time at Sky Zone Kalamazoo
Sky Zone Kalamazoo, Portage, MI
Fri 01/15/2016
10:15 am - 11:00 am
Preschool Story Time!
Richland Library, Richland, MI
Fri 01/15/2016
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Family Storytime
Kalamazoo Library- Powell Branch, Kalamazoo, MI
Fri 01/15/2016
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Family Storytime
Kalamazoo Central Library, Kalamazoo, MI
Fri 01/15/2016
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Little Scientists
Kalamazoo Library -Oshtemo Branch, Kalamazoo, MI
Fri 01/15/2016
3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Open Jump Time at Sky Zone Kalamazoo
Sky Zone Kalamazoo, Portage, MI
Fri 01/15/2016
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Open Gym - Battle Creek
Branch Gymnastics – Battle Creek, Battle Creek, Michigan
Fri 01/15/2016
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Jumpapalooza
Sky Zone Kalamazoo, Portage, MI

January 16, 2016

Date/Time Event
Sat 01/16/2016
Ice Skating at Wings West
Wings Stadium West, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 01/16/2016
The Ice Rink at Millennium Park
Millennium Park, Portage, MI
Sat 01/16/2016
Weekend Open Skate
Lawson Ice Arena and Gabel Natatorium, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 01/16/2016
9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Open Bounce at Jungle Joe's
Jungle Joe’s, Portage, MI
Sat 01/16/2016
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Benjamin and Analisa at Old Dog Tavern
Old Dog Tavern, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 01/16/2016
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Bounceland Open Jump
Bounceland, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 01/16/2016
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Frozen Drama, Dance, and Art Workshop
Family Center for the Arts, Portage, Michigan, kalamazoo
Sat 01/16/2016
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Open Jump Time at Sky Zone Kalamazoo
Sky Zone Kalamazoo, Portage, MI
Sat 01/16/2016
10:00 am
Southwest Michigan Family Wellness Expo
Kalamazoo County Expo Center, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 01/16/2016
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Winter Sports Helmet Blitz
Bronson Gilmore Center for Health Education, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 01/16/2016
10:30 am - 11:30 am
KSO Carnival of the Animals
Kalamazoo Library -Oshtemo Branch, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 01/16/2016
10:30 am - 11:30 am
LEGO at the Library
Kalamazoo Central Library, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 01/16/2016
10:30 am - 11:00 am
Saturday Storytimes
Comstock Library, Comstock, MI`
Sat 01/16/2016
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Creature Feature: Screech Owl
Kalamazoo Nature Center, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 01/16/2016
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Livia the Library Dog
Comstock Library, Comstock, MI`
Sat 01/16/2016
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
KSO Carnival of the Animals
Kalamazoo Library -Oshtemo Branch, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 01/16/2016
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Ice Skating at Lawson Ice Arena
Lawson Ice Arena and Gabel Natatorium, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 01/16/2016
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Snowshoe Nature Hike
West Lake Nature Preserve, Portage, MI
Sat 01/16/2016
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Parents' Night Out
Branch Gymnastics – Battle Creek, Battle Creek, Michigan
Sat 01/16/2016
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus Live!
Miller Auditorium, Kalamazoo, MI

January 17, 2016

Date/Time Event
Sun 01/17/2016
Ice Skating at Wings West
Wings Stadium West, Kalamazoo, MI
Sun 01/17/2016
Princess Tea Party
Henderson Castle, Kalamazoo, MI
Sun 01/17/2016
The Ice Rink at Millennium Park
Millennium Park, Portage, MI
Sun 01/17/2016
Weekend Open Skate
Lawson Ice Arena and Gabel Natatorium, Kalamazoo, MI
Sun 01/17/2016
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Pancakes & Pins
Airway Lanes, Portage, MI
Sun 01/17/2016
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Bounceland Open Jump
Bounceland, Kalamazoo, MI
Sun 01/17/2016
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Open Bounce at Jungle Joe's
Jungle Joe’s, Portage, MI
Sun 01/17/2016
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Open Jump Time at Sky Zone Kalamazoo
Sky Zone Kalamazoo, Portage, MI
Sun 01/17/2016
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Ice Skating at Lawson Ice Arena
Lawson Ice Arena and Gabel Natatorium, Kalamazoo, MI
Sun 01/17/2016
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Winter Detective Hike
Kalamazoo Nature Center, Kalamazoo, MI
Sun 01/17/2016
9:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Bowl Your Head Off
Airway Lanes, Portage, MI

 

 

 

These events and more can be found on our Events Calendar at KZOOkids.com. What fun things will you be doing this weekend?

 

 

 

Jill P

Jill is a mom of a busy 8 year old son. KZOOkids.com was started in 2013 to showcase all of the great things to do in and around Kalamazoo. When not working the KZOOkids.com website, Jill likes to hike, cook, and read in her free time.

 

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