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Weekend Picks for the Kalamazoo Parent – April 22 – 24, 2016

by Jill P

 

Happy Weekend! This is another especially busy weekend in and around Kalamazoo. We have a ton of options for family fun that you won’t want to miss. Our Weekend Picks are just the tip of the iceberg for family adventures you can have this weekend.

WEEKEND PICKS

Some fun highlights for this weekend are:

(photo courtesy of the Kalamazoo Nature Center)

  • Earth Day Celebration on Saturday from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm at the Kalamazoo Nature Center. Earth Day activities include: community activity tables, children’s crafts, Nature’s Playground open, Ask the Naturalist, free trail hiking, and more!
    FREE.
  • .Kalamazoo Chinese School Program for Families on Saturday from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm at the Portage District Library. During this Kalamazoo Chinese School Program for Families, participants have the opportunity to make crafts, learn to play traditional Chinese games, and watch a demonstration of play with the diabolo, also known as a Chinese Yo-Yo. Children and parents will have fun working together, learning how to write Chinese characters, use chopsticks to play games, and try their hand at a diabolo. All ages are welcome. FREE.

Rainbow -1(photo courtesy of the Ballet Arts Ensemble)

  • Spring Concert 2016 by the Ballet Arts Ensemble on Saturday with concerts at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm. Featuring everything from the drama of Swan Lake to the humor of Too Many Tutus, the performance includes both classical ballet and contemporary dance. Tickets are on sale at Miller Auditorium Box Office. Reserved seats are $10 (advance purchase) and $14 (at the door).
  • Want to get out of town? The MSU Spring Game on Saturday is at 3:00 pm in East Lansing. FREE.
  • Bronson Healthy Living Campus Open House & Tours on Sunday from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm. FREE. Tours, demonstrations and an opportunity to meet with faculty and students will be available all afternoon. Other activities scheduled to celebrate the campus opening include “Tasting Kalamazoo History: Favorite Dishes and Recipes from Our Rich Midwestern Heritage” at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum from 1:30-2:30 p.m.

raccoonrun

(photo courtesy of the Kalamazoo Nature Center)

  • Fundraiser walks and fun runs are happening this weekend, too. Get out and enjoy the weather. Support a good cause!
  • There are many Earth Day Events you won’t want to miss this weekend!
  • The Kalamazoo Junior Symphony performs with the combined choirs of Portage Central, Portage Northern, Vicksburg, and Kalamazoo Central High Schools on Sunday at 4:00 pm at the Chenery Auditorium. Tickets are $15 adults/$10 seniors/$5

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Plus, you’ll want to check out our full event calendar for a great listing of everything happening around town.

 

EVENT CALENDAR FOR THIS WEEKEND

 

April 22, 2016

Date/Time Event
Fri 04/22/2016
35th Anniversary Celebration Concerts
Wellspring Theater, Kalamazoo, MI
Fri 04/22/2016
Pinball at the Zoo
Kalamazoo Expo Center, Kalamazoo, MI
Fri 04/22/2016
12:00 am
Preschool Story Time!
Richland Library, Richland, MI
Fri 04/22/2016
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Earth Day: Free Admission at the Bird Sanctuary!
W.K. Kellogg Bird Sanctuary, Augusta, MI
Fri 04/22/2016
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Open Bounce at Jungle Joe's
Jungle Joe’s, Portage, MI
Fri 04/22/2016
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Bounceland Open Jump
Bounceland, Kalamazoo, MI
Fri 04/22/2016
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
FREE Morning Movies at Goodrich Quality Theatres
Goodrich Movie Theatres, Various Locations, Michigan
Fri 04/22/2016
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Toddler Time at Sky Zone Kalamazoo
Sky Zone Kalamazoo, Portage, MI
Fri 04/22/2016
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Family Storytime
Kalamazoo Central Library, Kalamazoo, MI
Fri 04/22/2016
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Family Storytime
Kalamazoo Library- Powell Branch, Kalamazoo, MI
Fri 04/22/2016
3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Open Jump Time at Sky Zone Kalamazoo
Sky Zone Kalamazoo, Portage, MI
Fri 04/22/2016
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Earth Day Celebration
Kalamazoo Central Library, Kalamazoo, MI
Fri 04/22/2016
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Celebrate Earth Day Crafternoon
Kalamazoo Central Library, Kalamazoo, MI
Fri 04/22/2016
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Museum Explorers - Tasting Kalamazoo History
Kalamazoo Valley Museum, Kalamazoo, MI
Fri 04/22/2016
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Jumpapalooza
Sky Zone Kalamazoo, Portage, MI
Fri 04/22/2016 - Sat 04/23/2016
10:30 pm - 1:00 am
Kalamazoo Food Truck Rally
Water Street, Kalamazoo, MI

April 23, 2016

Date/Time Event
Sat 04/23/2016
35th Anniversary Celebration Concerts
Wellspring Theater, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 04/23/2016
Pinball at the Zoo
Kalamazoo Expo Center, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 04/23/2016
Weekend Open Skate
Lawson Ice Arena and Gabel Natatorium, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 04/23/2016
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Annual Spring Bazaar
PARAMOUNT CHARTER ACADEMY, KALAMAZOO, Michigan
Sat 04/23/2016
Earth Day Celebration
Kalamazoo Nature Center, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 04/23/2016
9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Open Bounce at Jungle Joe's
Jungle Joe’s, Portage, MI
Sat 04/23/2016
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Raccoon Run
Kalamazoo Nature Center, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 04/23/2016
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Wings Event Center Mom to Mom Sale
Wings Event Center, Kalamazoo, Michigan
Sat 04/23/2016
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Bounceland Open Jump
Bounceland, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 04/23/2016
10:00 am - 11:30 am
Earth Day 5K
Kalamazoo Nature Center, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 04/23/2016
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
FREE Morning Movies at Goodrich Quality Theatres
Goodrich Movie Theatres, Various Locations, Michigan
Sat 04/23/2016
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Kalamazoo Chinese School Program for Families
Portage District Library, Portage, MI
Sat 04/23/2016
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Open Jump Time at Sky Zone Kalamazoo
Sky Zone Kalamazoo, Portage, MI
Sat 04/23/2016
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Safe Kids Day
Kalamazoo Dept. of Public Safety, Kalamazoo,
Sat 04/23/2016
10:00 am - 10:30 am
The Color Run 5k Kalamazoo
Arcadia Creek Festival Place, Kalamazoo, Michigan
Sat 04/23/2016
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Sensory Showtimes at Celebration Cinema
Celebration! Crossroads & IMAX, Portage, MI
Sat 04/23/2016
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Earth Day Festival
Celery Flats Historic Area, Portage, MI
Sat 04/23/2016
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
MSU Herpetology Club Critchlow Alligator Sanctuary Spring Release
Critchlow Alligator Sanctuary, Athens, Michigan
Sat 04/23/2016
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Ballet Arts Ensemble's Spring Concert
Chenery Auditorium, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 04/23/2016
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Ballet Arts Ensemble's Spring Concert
Chenery Auditorium, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 04/23/2016
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Stargazing with the Kalamazoo Astronomical Society
Kalamazoo Nature Center, Kalamazoo, MI

April 24, 2016

Date/Time Event
Sun 04/24/2016
35th Anniversary Celebration Concerts
Wellspring Theater, Kalamazoo, MI
Sun 04/24/2016
Weekend Open Skate
Lawson Ice Arena and Gabel Natatorium, Kalamazoo, MI
Sun 04/24/2016
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Kalamazoo Valley Chalk the Walk
Kalamazoo Valley Museum, Kalamazoo, MI
Sun 04/24/2016
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Pancakes & Pins
Airway Lanes, Portage, MI
Sun 04/24/2016
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
FREE Morning Movies at Goodrich Quality Theatres
Goodrich Movie Theatres, Various Locations, Michigan
Sun 04/24/2016
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Bounceland Open Jump
Bounceland, Kalamazoo, MI
Sun 04/24/2016
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Open Bounce at Jungle Joe's
Jungle Joe’s, Portage, MI
Sun 04/24/2016
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Open Jump Time at Sky Zone Kalamazoo
Sky Zone Kalamazoo, Portage, MI
Sun 04/24/2016
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
CROP Hunger Walk
Bronson Park, Kalamazoo, MI
Sun 04/24/2016
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Museum Explorers - Tasting Kalamazoo History
Kalamazoo Valley Museum, Kalamazoo, MI
Sun 04/24/2016
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Bronson Healthy Living Campus Open House
Kalamazoo Valley Community College Culinary/Allied Health Building, Kalamazoo, MICHIGAN
Sun 04/24/2016
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Discover the Beech Maple Trail
Kalamazoo Nature Center, Kalamazoo, MI
Sun 04/24/2016
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Kalamazoo Junior Symphony Performance
Chenery Auditorium, Kalamazoo, MI

 

Always remember to check 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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