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Weekend Picks for the Kalamazoo Parent: August 4-6

by Jill P

 

August is here! Summer is moving quickly, but there is so much family fun to be had. Take a look at our Weekend Picks for family fun this weekend.

As always, we encourage you to check our full weekend Event Calendar too! There is so much to do this weekend.

We are the headquarters for family fun in SW Michigan. See our “More Summer Fun” section for additional ideas.

Summer Fun Days: Star Wars Day at the Air Zoo

WEEKEND FAMILY FUN

Here are some of our top picks for this weekend:

 

FRIDAY

Fri 08/04/2017
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Art Hop
Kalamazoo Mall & various locations around Kalamazoo

 

SUMMER MOVIE NIGHT has been canceled due to rain. 

Fri 08/04/2017
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Summer Movie Night – Moana
Celery Flats, Portage, Michigan
Fri 08/04/2017
9:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Movie’s Under the Stars
City of Plainwell, Plainwell, Michigan


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SATURDAY

photo courtesy of Binder Park Zoo

Sat 08/05/2017
9:00 am – 6:00 pm
REPTILE WEEKEND
Binder Park Zoo, Battle Creek, MI
Sat 08/05/2017
11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Summer Fun Days: Star Wars Day
Air Zoo, Portage, MI
Sat 08/05/2017
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
First Saturday @ KPL
Kalamazoo Central Library, Kalamazoo, MI

 

 

SUNDAY

Sun 08/06/2017
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Concerts in the Park
Bronson Park, Kalamazoo, MI
Sun 08/06/2017
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Kindleberger Summer Concert Series
Kindleberger Park, Parchment, MI

 

FESTIVALS

RIb Fest, Kalamazoo – August 3 – 5, 2017

Get ready for three full days of food and fun with the Kalamazoo Rib Fest! Admission to the event is $10 and guests will enjoy live music, specialty food vendors and of course rib vendors. This is the 30th year for Rib Fest and over 10,000 people are expected to participate. Proceeds from Rib Fest go to benefit Arc Community Action, which provides support for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to live full, meaningful lives within the community.

 

Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival, Grand Haven – July 28- August 6, 2017

This festival is worth the trip to Grand Haven. You’ll find a parade, daily entertainment, carnival, and fireworks. Need ideas on what to do in Grand Haven with Kids? We’ve got tons of ideas! See our Tips for Visiting Grand Haven with Kids.

 

MORE SUMMER FUN

Check out our recent articles to make the most of your weekend time together.

Need ideas for family fun? We’ve got you covered! Our 101 Ideas For Summer Fun For Kalamazoo Familes will mean that your kiddos never say, “I’m bored”.

Free is good! 50 FREE Things To Do Around With Kids Around Kalamazoo This Summer.

Make sure you attend one of these great Summer Festivals and Fair Around Kalamazoo & SW Michigan This Summer


We love the reading programs at our local libraries. See our Summer Reading Programs That Will Have Your Kids Happily Hitting The Books.

Summer berry picking is one of our favorite family activities. See our 2017 Ultimate Summer Fruit U-Pick Guide: Berry Picking and More for where you find a u-pick farm around SW Michigan.

FREE Outdoor Summer Concerts Around Kalamazoo & SW Michigan are tons of fun for the family. Grab a picnic basket and go!

Visit a hidden gem in Battle Creek – the Kaleidoscope Garden at Leila Arboretum with our 5 tips on the best spots to explore Kaleidoscope Garden at Leila Arboretum

 

Best Places for Biking-Pinterest

Break out those bikes and go on a family bike ride. See our Best Trails for Bike Riding With Kids Around Kalamazoo.

Make sure to see our recently published article about all things FUN to do for families in the Petoskey area. Hunting for Petoskey stones, boat cruises, miniature-golf, candy tours and so much more are happening in Petoskey –  Traveling with Kids to Petoskey: Fun Things to Do 

Have you signed your kids up for summer camp yet? There are still some options to consider in August. See our 2017 Summer Camp Guide for great summer camps happening around our area.

 

EVENT CALENDAR FOR THIS WEEKEND

 

August 4, 2017

Date/Time Event
Fri 08/04/2017 - Sun 08/06/2017
Annual Chalk the Block
Downtown St. Joseph, Saint Joseph, Michigan
Fri 08/04/2017
VBDL Antwerp Sunshine Branch Summer Reading
VBDL Antwerp Sunshine Branch, Mattawan, MI
Fri 08/04/2017
Wolf Lake Hatchery Tours
Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery, Mattawan, Michigan
Fri 08/04/2017
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
2nd Reformed/2rd CRC Vacation Bible School
Second Reformed Church, Kalamazoo, MI
Fri 08/04/2017
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Open Bounce at Jungle Joe's
Jungle Joe’s, Portage, MI
Fri 08/04/2017
Open Jump Time at Sky Zone Kalamazoo
Sky Zone Kalamazoo, Portage, MI
Fri 08/04/2017
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Plainwell's Farmers' Market
Plainwell Farmers’ Market, Plainwell, Michigan
Fri 08/04/2017
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Visit the Farmyard
DeLano Homestead, Kalamazoo, MI
Fri 08/04/2017
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Binder Park Zoo
Richland Library, Richland, MI
Fri 08/04/2017
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Family Storytime
Kalamazoo Central Library, Kalamazoo, MI
Fri 08/04/2017
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Joel Tacey, Michigan's Family Funnyman
Comstock Library, Comstock, MI`
Fri 08/04/2017
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Play and Learn
Kalamazoo Library- Powell Branch, Kalamazoo, MI
Fri 08/04/2017
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Stroller Walk
Kalamazoo Library -Oshtemo Branch, Kalamazoo, MI
Fri 08/04/2017
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Lunchtime Live!
Bronson Park, Kalamazoo, MI
Fri 08/04/2017
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
City Summer by Urban Folk Art Exploratory
Kalamazoo Library- Powell Branch, Kalamazoo, MI
Fri 08/04/2017
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
City Summer by Urban Folk Art Exploratory
Kalamazoo Central Library, Kalamazoo, MI
Fri 08/04/2017
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Art Hop
Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo, MI
Fri 08/04/2017
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Art Hop in Washington Square
The 1300 Block of Portage St, Kalamazoo, Michigan (USA)
Fri 08/04/2017
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Hook, Line and Sinker Kid's Fishing
Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery, Mattawan, Michigan
Fri 08/04/2017
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Summer Movie Night - Moana-CANCELED DUE TO RAIN
Celery Flats, Portage, Michigan
Fri 08/04/2017
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Friday Night Concert Series
Downtown St. Joe, St. Joseph, MI
Fri 08/04/2017
9:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Movie's Under the Stars
City of Plainwell, Plainwell, Michigan

August 5, 2017

Date/Time Event
Sat 08/05/2017
VBDL Antwerp Sunshine Branch Summer Reading
VBDL Antwerp Sunshine Branch, Mattawan, MI
Sat 08/05/2017
Wolf Lake Hatchery Tours
Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery, Mattawan, Michigan
Sat 08/05/2017
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Kalamazoo Farmers Market
Kalamazoo Farmers’ Market, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 08/05/2017
8:00 am - 11:00 am
2017 Wildcat Road & Trail
Mattawan High School, Mattawan, MI
Sat 08/05/2017
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Otsego City Farmers Market
Otsego City Farmers’ Market,, Otsego , MI
Sat 08/05/2017
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Otsego Ready or Not 5K
Otsego Memorial Park, Otsego, Michigan
Sat 08/05/2017
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Texas Township Farmers Market
Texas Township Farmers’ Market, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 08/05/2017
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Alamo Farmers & Crafters’ Market
Alamo Farmers & Crafters’ Market, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 08/05/2017
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
August Fest Car Show and Thunder at the Park Motorcycle Show/Swap Meet
Historic Charlton Park, Hastings, MI
Sat 08/05/2017
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Battle Creek Farmers Market
Battle Creek Farmers Market, Battle Creek, MI
Sat 08/05/2017
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Fitness in the Parks
Upjohn Park, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 08/05/2017
9:00 am - 11:00 am
Hook, Line and Sinker Kid's Fishing
Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery, Mattawan, Michigan
Sat 08/05/2017
9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Open Bounce at Jungle Joe's
Jungle Joe’s, Portage, MI
Sat 08/05/2017
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Penske Truck - Home Depot Workshop
Home Depot Locations, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 08/05/2017
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Plainwell's Farmers' Market
Plainwell Farmers’ Market, Plainwell, Michigan
Sat 08/05/2017
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Red Barns Spectacular Car Show & Swap Meet
Gilmore Car Museum, Hickory Corners, MI
Sat 08/05/2017
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
REPTILE WEEKEND
Binder Park Zoo, Battle Creek, MI
Sat 08/05/2017 - Sun 08/06/2017
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
St. Joe Farmers Market
Lake Bluff Park, St. Joseph, Michigan
Sat 08/05/2017
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Black Rock Medieval Fest
The Olde World Village, Augusta, MI
Sat 08/05/2017
10:00 am - 11:30 am
Fairy Garden Workshop
Vander Salm’s Flowershop and Garden Center, Kalamazoo, Michigan
Sat 08/05/2017
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Fly with the Raptors: Zipline Adventure!
Kalamazoo Nature Center, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 08/05/2017
Open Jump Time at Sky Zone Kalamazoo
Sky Zone Kalamazoo, Portage, MI
Sat 08/05/2017
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Visit the Farmyard
DeLano Homestead, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 08/05/2017
10:30 am - 11:30 am
LEGO at the Library
Kalamazoo Library -Oshtemo Branch, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 08/05/2017
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Peterrific and Aqualicious Storytime
Barnes and Noble, Portage, MI
Sat 08/05/2017
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Soakin’ and Splashin’ in the Garden
Leila Arboretum, Battle Creek, MI
Sat 08/05/2017
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Summer Fun Days: Star Wars Day
Air Zoo, Portage, MI
Sat 08/05/2017
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Root Beer Tasting Experience
Vicksburg Library, Vicksburg, MI
Sat 08/05/2017
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
First Saturday @ KPL
Kalamazoo Central Library, Kalamazoo, MI

August 6, 2017

Date/Time Event
Sun 08/06/2017
Wolf Lake Hatchery Tours
Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery, Mattawan, Michigan
Sun 08/06/2017
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Pancakes & Pins
Airway Lanes, Portage, MI
Sun 08/06/2017
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Paw Paw Farmer's Market
Downtown Paw Paw, Paw Paw, Mi
Sun 08/06/2017
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Black Rock Medieval Fest
The Olde World Village, Augusta, MI
Sun 08/06/2017
Open Jump Time at Sky Zone Kalamazoo
Sky Zone Kalamazoo, Portage, MI
Sun 08/06/2017
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Portage Market
Portage Senior Center, Portage, MI
Sun 08/06/2017
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
REPTILE WEEKEND
Binder Park Zoo, Battle Creek, MI
Sun 08/06/2017
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Open Bounce at Jungle Joe's
Jungle Joe’s, Portage, MI
Sun 08/06/2017
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Potluck Picnic
Galesburg Charleston Memorial District Library, Galesburg, Mi
Sun 08/06/2017
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Visit the DeLano Apiary
DeLano Homestead, Kalamazoo, MI
Sun 08/06/2017
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Concerts in the Park
Bronson Park, Kalamazoo, MI
Sun 08/06/2017
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Kindleberger Summer Concert Series
Kindleberger Park, Parchment, MI

Need more ideas for family fun? 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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