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Weekend Picks for the Kalamazoo Parent -August 5-7

by Jill P

 

Gather the kids and head to one of these awesome weekend events, including Summer Hop Weekend, see a movie under the stars, catch a Kalamazoo Growlers baseball game or browse our loaded calendar to find dozens of other events throughout Kalamazoo.

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WEEKEND PICKS

For this weekend, consider:

Kalamazoo Growlers-8-6-2016

(photos courtesy of the Kalamazoo Growlers)

  • There are two fun home games with the Kalamazoo Growlers this weekend. Saturday game time starts at 6:05 pm with Dave “The Bullet” Smith Human Cannonball Entertainment Act & Military Appreciation Night. Sunday game time starts at 3:05 pm and is Hometown Hero Day. 
  • Summer HOP Weekend runs August 4-7 in downtown Kalamazoo. Summer Hop Weekend combines the annual end-of-summer weekend of Downtown sidewalk sales with Art Hop, the annual Ribfest, and more. You won’t want to miss the fun.

reptile weekend

(photo courtesy of Binder Park Zoo) 

  • Reptile Weekend is this weekend at Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek. Gather up your little naturalist and slither on out to Binder Park Zoo on August 6 & 7 to help welcome back the snakes, snapping turtles and toads for Binder Park Zoo’s 33rd annual Reptile Weekend. Normal admission fees apply.
  • Blueberry Bash at Stokes Homestead Farm Market in Grand Junction on August 7. Celebrate the beautiful Blueberry Harvest with some FREE fun on the farm.
    Enjoy Stokes Homestead Farm Market fun yard for FREE & take part in the Blueberry Pie Eating Contest, Donut Throw Contest and enjoy live music on the lawn. See listing for full schedule of activities that you won’t want to miss.

 

Summer Outdoor Movies 2016

MOVIES UNDER THE STARS

There are three great opportunities to catch a movie under the stars this weekend. You’ll find these at:

 

MORE SUMMER FUN

 

FURTHER AWAY, BUT WORTH THE TRIP

  • Starting the weekend off early? WGVU Kids Day at the Zoo is at John Ball Zoo on Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Admission to John Ball Zoo is $4.00 per person with a voucher and kids 1 under are free. Vouchers are available at Meijer, Flagstar Bank, Kent District Library locations and Fox Honda. (Reader tip: this is a super busy event, so plan on the zoo being busy).
  • The Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival is one of our favorites of the summer season. See why visitors for all over flock to this fun, summer festival. The festival runs July 29-August 7. Activities include: parades, carnival, ship tours, entertainment, car show, fireworks, and more. Click here to see the full schedule of activities.
  • 20th Annual Chalk the Block is happening this weekend in St. Joseph.You’ll find viewing of the artists work on Saturday and Sunday, sidewalk sales, an outdoor movie, horse-drawn trolley rides, and more.

 

NOT TO MISS GIVEAWAYS

We have some awesome giveaways that we kicked off this week. You’ll want to make sure that you enter to win! Our current giveaways include:

 

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EVENT CALENDAR FOR THIS WEEKEND

See our full Event Calendar for great family activities and fun!

August 5, 2016

Date/Time Event
Fri 08/05/2016
Brain Buster Fridays
Kalamazoo Central Library, Kalamazoo, MI
Fri 08/05/2016
Brain Buster Fridays
Kalamazoo Library- Powell Branch, Kalamazoo, MI
Fri 08/05/2016
12:00 am
Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival
Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival, Grand Haven, MI
Fri 08/05/2016
Kids Camp at Alamo Drafthouse
Alamo Drafthouse, Kalamazoo, MI
Fri 08/05/2016
LEGO® Travel Adventure
Kalamazoo Valley Museum, Kalamazoo, MI
Fri 08/05/2016
Summer HOP Weekend
Downtown Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, MI
Fri 08/05/2016
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Plainwell Farmers' Market
Plainwell Farmers’ Market, Plainwell, MI
Fri 08/05/2016
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Open Bounce at Jungle Joe's
Jungle Joe’s, Portage, MI
Fri 08/05/2016
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
WGVU Kids Day at the Zoo
John Ball Zoological Gardens, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Fri 08/05/2016
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Bounceland Open Jump
Bounceland, Kalamazoo, MI
Fri 08/05/2016
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Summer Dollar Movies at the Kalamazoo 10
Kalamazoo 10, Kalamazoo, MI
Fri 08/05/2016
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Toddler Time at Sky Zone Kalamazoo
Sky Zone Kalamazoo, Portage, MI
Fri 08/05/2016
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Family Storytime
Kalamazoo Central Library, Kalamazoo, MI
Fri 08/05/2016
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Vampires of the Great Lakes
Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery, Mattawan, Michigan
Fri 08/05/2016
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Lunchtime Live!
Bronson Park, Kalamazoo, MI
Fri 08/05/2016
2:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Vicksburg Farmers’ Market
Vicksburg Farmers’ Market, Vicksburg, MI
Fri 08/05/2016
3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Open Jump Time at Sky Zone Kalamazoo
Sky Zone Kalamazoo, Portage, MI
Fri 08/05/2016
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Art Hop in Washington Square
Edison Neighborhood’s Washington Square Parking Lot, Kalamazoo, Michigan (USA)
Fri 08/05/2016
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Hook, Line & Sinker Kids Fishing
Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery, Mattawan, Michigan
Fri 08/05/2016
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Open Swim
Allegan Aquatic Center, Allegan, MI
Fri 08/05/2016
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Pokèmon GOes to KIA!
Kalamazoo Institute of the Arts, Kalamazoo, MI
Fri 08/05/2016
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Summer Movie Night in the Park (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)
Celery Flats Historic Area, Portage, MI
Fri 08/05/2016
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Berries, Blues & BBQ Dinner on the Farm
Stokes Homestead Farm Market, Grand Junction, MI
Fri 08/05/2016
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Jumpapalooza
Sky Zone Kalamazoo, Portage, MI
Fri 08/05/2016
8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Movie in the Park
Richland Township Park, Richland, Michigan
Fri 08/05/2016
9:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Movies Under the Stars - Inside Out
Design Street, Plainwell, Mi

August 6, 2016

Date/Time Event
Sat 08/06/2016
12:00 am
Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival
Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival, Grand Haven, MI
Sat 08/06/2016
Kids Camp at Alamo Drafthouse
Alamo Drafthouse, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 08/06/2016
LEGO® Travel Adventure
Kalamazoo Valley Museum, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 08/06/2016
Summer HOP Weekend
Downtown Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 08/06/2016
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Kalamazoo Farmers' Market
Kalamazoo Farmers’ Market, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 08/06/2016
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Otsego City Farmers’ Market
Otsego City Farmers’ Market,, Otsego , MI
Sat 08/06/2016
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
South Haven Farmers Market
South Haven Farmers’ Market, South Haven, MI
Sat 08/06/2016
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Texas Township Farmers’ Market
Texas Township Farmers’ Market, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 08/06/2016
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Battle Creek Farmers’ Market
Battle Creek Farmers’ Market, Battle Creek, MI
Sat 08/06/2016
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Fitness in the Parks
Upjohn Park, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 08/06/2016
9:00 am - 11:00 am
Hook, Line & Sinker Kids Fishing
Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery, Mattawan, Michigan
Sat 08/06/2016
9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Open Bounce at Jungle Joe's
Jungle Joe’s, Portage, MI
Sat 08/06/2016
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Red Barns Spectacular
Gilmore Car Museum, Hickory Corners, MI
Sat 08/06/2016
Reptile Weekend
Binder Park Zoo, Battle Creek, MI
Sat 08/06/2016
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Saugatuck Farmers’ Market
Saugatuck Center for the Arts, Saugatuck, MI
Sat 08/06/2016
9:00 am - 10:00 am
The Big Latch On 2016
Bronson Park, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 08/06/2016
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
BlackRock Medieval Fest 2016
The Olde World Village, Augusta, MI
Sat 08/06/2016
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Bounceland Open Jump
Bounceland, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 08/06/2016
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Kanoe the Kazoo
Ramona Park, Portage, Michigan
Sat 08/06/2016
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
KPL’s 5th Annual Lego Building Contest
Kalamazoo Library -Oshtemo Branch, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 08/06/2016
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Open Jump Time at Sky Zone Kalamazoo
Sky Zone Kalamazoo, Portage, MI
Sat 08/06/2016
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Saturday Chore Time
DeLano Homestead, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 08/06/2016
10:30 am - 11:30 am
BollyFit
Antwerp Sunshine Library, Mattawan, MI
Sat 08/06/2016
10:30 am - 11:30 am
LEGO at the Library
Kalamazoo Library -Oshtemo Branch, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 08/06/2016
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Creature Feature: Frogs and Toads
Kalamazoo Nature Center, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 08/06/2016
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Field Day
Galesburg Charleston Memorial District Library, Galesburg, Mi
Sat 08/06/2016
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
The Enchanted Garden
Leila Arboretum, Battle Creek, MI
Sat 08/06/2016
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Open Swim
Allegan Aquatic Center, Allegan, MI
Sat 08/06/2016
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
First Saturday @ KPL
Kalamazoo Central Library, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 08/06/2016
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
United Teen Talent Show
Kalamazoo Civic Auditorium, Kalamazoo, MI

August 7, 2016

Date/Time Event
Sun 08/07/2016
12:00 am
Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival
Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival, Grand Haven, MI
Sun 08/07/2016
Kids Camp at Alamo Drafthouse
Alamo Drafthouse, Kalamazoo, MI
Sun 08/07/2016
LEGO® Travel Adventure
Kalamazoo Valley Museum, Kalamazoo, MI
Sun 08/07/2016
Summer HOP Weekend
Downtown Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, MI
Sun 08/07/2016
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Texas Township Farmers’ Market
Texas Township Farmers’ Market, Kalamazoo, MI
Sun 08/07/2016
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Pancakes & Pins
Airway Lanes, Portage, MI
Sun 08/07/2016
Reptile Weekend
Binder Park Zoo, Battle Creek, MI
Sun 08/07/2016
9:30 am - 11:30 am
Breakfast on the Farm
Northbridge Church, Kalamazoo, MI
Sun 08/07/2016
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
BlackRock Medieval Fest 2016
The Olde World Village, Augusta, MI
Sun 08/07/2016
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Blueberry Bash
Stokes Homestead Farm Market, Grand Junction, MI
Sun 08/07/2016
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Bounceland Open Jump
Bounceland, Kalamazoo, MI
Sun 08/07/2016
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Open Bounce at Jungle Joe's
Jungle Joe’s, Portage, MI
Sun 08/07/2016
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Open Jump Time at Sky Zone Kalamazoo
Sky Zone Kalamazoo, Portage, MI
Sun 08/07/2016
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Portage Farmers' Market
Portage Senior Center, Portage, MI
Sun 08/07/2016
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Open Swim
Allegan Aquatic Center, Allegan, MI
Sun 08/07/2016
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Free Concert and Tours at the W.K. Kellogg Manor House
W.K. Kellogg Manor House, Hickory Corners, MI
Sun 08/07/2016
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Concerts in the Parks
Bronson Park, Kalamazoo, MI
Sun 08/07/2016
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Kindleberger Summer Concert Series
Kindleberger Park, Parchment, 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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