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Weekend Picks for the Kalamazoo Parent – Pre-Easter Edition – March 18 – 20

by Jill P

 

Easter will be here next weekend and this weekend is a BIG weekend for area Easter Egg Hunts and other Easter-related activities. We’ll call this our Weekend Picks/Pre-Easter Edition.  We want to highlight all of the great Easter egg hunts in our area this weekend.  Plus, there are a lot of fun events happening around town that you won’t want to miss!

EASTER EGG HUNTS – AROUND KALAMAZOO

MARCH 19

Community Easter Egg Hunt at Centerpoint Church at 10:00 am, 2345 North 10th Street, Kalamazoo.

  • Egg Hunt, bounce house, dance party, egg walk, games, face painting & more
  • 3 years old- 5th grade
  • FREE
  • Adult supervision required

Kalamazoo Area Runners Kids’ Easter Egg Hunt and Fun Run from 2:30 pm and 4:30 pm (Easter Egg Hunt at 3:30pm), at Portage West Middle School, 7145 Moorsbridge Rd., Portage.

  • Easter Egg Hunt at 3:30 pm.
  • FREE.
  • Refreshments and door prizes provided after the run.
  • Online registration closes March 18th at 12:00 pm.
  • Event Day registration will be in the School Cafeteria between 2:30 and 3:15 pm.
  • Bring your own basket.
  • This event is free. Donations will be accepted to benefit Kalamazoo Loaves and Fishes.
  • Also, seeking volunteers to assist with the event. Visit website for more info.

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Plainwell Community Easter Egg Hun at 10:00 am at Hicks Park in Plainwell.

  • Easter Egg Hunt starts at 10:00 am.
  • Live bunnies & chicks at The Calico Rabbit. Envy will be hosting coloring and crafts as well.
  • FREE.

Easter Egg Hunt by the Mattawan Business Association starting at 10:00 am starts behind the library in Mattawan.

  • FREE.
  • Check out the Community Carnival sponsored by the Mattawan Lions Club.
  • Easter Bunny will be on site for photos.

March 20

Haven and Spring Valley present “Easter Eggstravaganza 2016″ at 3:00 pm at Haven Church, 5350 North Sprinkle Road, Kalamazoo.

  • Open to ages 1 year old – 5th grade accompanied by an adult.
  • FREE.
  • Easter Egg Hunt is inside this year and kids will be divided according to age.
  • Door prizes, bounce houses, egg dying, face painting, child identification card, creation booth, crafts, magic show and silly song sing-a-long.

Family Fusion Easter Experience at 5:00 pm at the Lake Center Bible Church, 995 Romence Road, Portage.

  • Family worship, games, and an Easter Egg Hunt.
  • FREE.
  • Complete “ticket” to the event here.

Tike Hike & Egg Hunt at 10:30 at Bow in the Clouds Preserve on Nazareth Rd., between Gull Rd. & Parchmount Ave. in Kalamazoo.

  • A tike hike followed by an Egg Hunt with the help of Hike It Baby that’s suited for little ones.
  • FREE. RSVP is requested, but not required.

 

MORE FUN AROUND TOWN

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(photo courtesy of the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre)

Stuart Little | Show opens on March 18 and runs through March 25 | Kalamazoo Civic Theatre

  • Stuart Little opens in the Kalamazoo Civic Auditorium this Friday at 7:30 pm. THREE matinee performances this weekend. Saturday at 1 pm and 4 pm and Sunday at 2 pm. Great for kids of all ages. Tickets are just $9 with discounts available for groups of 20 or more. Call 343-1313 or visit www.kazoocivic.com for tickets.

 

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(photo courtesy of the Gilmore Keyboard Festival)

Gilmore Family Concerts presents Terrence Wilson | March 19 at 11:00 am | Kalamazoo Public Library, Central Location

  • Experience a 50-minute concert of world class piano music accompanied by engaging visuals. Admission is FREE, and the entire family is invited. The concert this weekend is the “Baby Grands” version of our Gilmore Family Concert Series for ages 0-5 any family members. Modeled after Fontana’s “Crybaby Concerts,” the little ones are able to dance around, move, come and go, and snack as the music of a grand piano plays.
  • See the full line-up of family concerts here. There are more opportunities this week to catch an upcoming concert.

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(photo courtesy of the W.K. Kellogg Experimental Forest)

Maple Syrup Day | March 19 from 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm | MSU’s W.K. Kellogg Experimental Forest

  • Take the day to enjoy the forest’s transition to spring and explore the art of maple syrup production. Kellogg Forest volunteers will host special activities from noon until 5 p.m. Visitors can enjoy a wagon ride to the sugar bush, view the sugar bush with a spider web of maple tubing, visit Maple Manor and taste a fresh syrup sample. Children’s activities include face painting, creating tree cookie medallions and playing traditional games.
  • The admission fee is $1 per person (children two years old and younger are free).

 

St. Patrick’s Day Party | March 19 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm | Kalamazoo Valley Museum

  • From dress-up to decorations, there is something for everyone! Color a St. Patrick’s Day suncatcher, a leprechaun finger puppet, and a pin. Decorate a hat, a bracelet, and a clover necklace. Lace a rainbow, design a picture frame, and create a pot of gold and a fairy. May the luck of the Irish be with you as you move from craft to craft during this FREE program.

 

More Weekend Fun!

The Butterflies are Blooming exhibition in Grands Rapids is now in full swing. See our article we published here earlier this week for more info. Plus, enter to WIN a family pass.

Free or Cheap Movies are great way to get to the movies for not a lot of money.

Ninja Turtle Night at the Kalamazoo Wings is on Saturday.

 

 

EVENT CALENDAR FOR THIS WEEKEND

 

March 18, 2016

Date/Time Event
Fri 03/18/2016
12:00 am
Disney's Beauty & the Beast
Mattawan High School, Mattawan, MI
Fri 03/18/2016
Flick's Family Film Festival
Celebration! Crossroads & IMAX, Portage, MI
Fri 03/18/2016
Ice Skating at Wings West
Wings Stadium West, Kalamazoo, MI
Fri 03/18/2016
Photos with the Easter Bunny
The Crossroads, Portage, MI
Fri 03/18/2016
Stuart Little
Kalamazoo Civic Auditorium, Kalamazoo, MI
Fri 03/18/2016
The Lion King Jr. performed by Portage North
Portage Northern high School Auditorium, Portage , MI
Fri 03/18/2016
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Open Bounce at Jungle Joe's
Jungle Joe’s, Portage, MI
Fri 03/18/2016
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Bounceland Open Jump
Bounceland, Kalamazoo, MI
Fri 03/18/2016
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
FREE Morning Movies at Goodrich Quality Theatres
Goodrich Movie Theatres, Various Locations, Michigan
Fri 03/18/2016
10:00 am - 10:45 am
Jump, Turn, Dance and Learn!
Portage District Library, Portage, MI
Fri 03/18/2016
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Toddler Time at Sky Zone Kalamazoo
Sky Zone Kalamazoo, Portage, MI
Fri 03/18/2016
10:15 am - 11:00 am
Preschool Story Time!
Richland Library, Richland, MI
Fri 03/18/2016
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Family Storytime
Kalamazoo Central Library, Kalamazoo, MI
Fri 03/18/2016
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Family Storytime
Kalamazoo Library- Powell Branch, Kalamazoo, MI
Fri 03/18/2016
3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Open Jump Time at Sky Zone Kalamazoo
Sky Zone Kalamazoo, Portage, MI
Fri 03/18/2016
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Lego Club
Comstock Library, Comstock, MI`
Fri 03/18/2016
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Once in a Blue Moon Garage Sale
St. Augustine Cathedral School, Kalamazoo, MI
Fri 03/18/2016
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Once in a Blue Moon Garage Sale
St. Augustine Cathedral School, Kalamazoo, MI
Fri 03/18/2016
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Jumpapalooza
Sky Zone Kalamazoo, Portage, MI

March 19, 2016

Date/Time Event
Sat 03/19/2016
Bunny Train in Coopersville
Coopersville & Marne Railway Company, Coopersville, MI
Sat 03/19/2016
12:00 am
Disney's Beauty & the Beast
Mattawan High School, Mattawan, MI
Sat 03/19/2016
Fancy Nancy The Musical
farmers alley theatre, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 03/19/2016
Flick's Family Film Festival
Celebration! Crossroads & IMAX, Portage, MI
Sat 03/19/2016
Ice Skating at Wings West
Wings Stadium West, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 03/19/2016
Kalamazoo Living History Show
Kalamazoo Expo Center, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 03/19/2016
Photos with the Easter Bunny
The Crossroads, Portage, MI
Sat 03/19/2016
Stuart Little
Kalamazoo Civic Auditorium, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 03/19/2016
The Lion King Jr. performed by Portage North
Portage Northern high School Auditorium, Portage , MI
Sat 03/19/2016
Weekend Open Skate
Lawson Ice Arena and Gabel Natatorium, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 03/19/2016
7:00 am - 1:00 pm
Once in a Blue Moon Garage Sale
St. Augustine Cathedral School, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 03/19/2016
9:00 am - 10:30 am
2016 Walk to End Homelessness
Kalamazoo Growler’s, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 03/19/2016
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Lego Character Breakfast
Burdick’s for Breakfast (2nd Floor of the Radisson), Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 03/19/2016
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Mom to Mom Sale
Coldwater Free Methodist Church, Coldwater, Mi
Sat 03/19/2016
9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Open Bounce at Jungle Joe's
Jungle Joe’s, Portage, MI
Sat 03/19/2016
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Benjamin and Analisa at Old Dog Tavern
Old Dog Tavern, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 03/19/2016
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Bounceland Open Jump
Bounceland, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 03/19/2016
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Easter Egg Hunt
Centerpoint Church, Kalamazoo, Michigan
Sat 03/19/2016
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
FREE Morning Movies at Goodrich Quality Theatres
Goodrich Movie Theatres, Various Locations, Michigan
Sat 03/19/2016
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Open Jump Time at Sky Zone Kalamazoo
Sky Zone Kalamazoo, Portage, MI
Sat 03/19/2016
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Plainwell Community Easter Egg Hunt
Hicks Park, Plainwell, MI
Sat 03/19/2016
10:30 am - 11:30 am
LEGO at the Library
Kalamazoo Central Library, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 03/19/2016
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Baby's First Easter Celebration
Babies “R” Us, Portage, MI
Sat 03/19/2016
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Creature Feature: Rabbit
Kalamazoo Nature Center, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 03/19/2016
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Gilmore Family Concerts presents Terrence Wilson
Kalamazoo Central Library, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 03/19/2016
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
LEGO Bingo
Curious Kids’ Museum, Saint Joseph,
Sat 03/19/2016
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Maple Syrup Day at MSU’s W.K. Kellogg Experimental Forest
W.K. Kellogg Experimental Forest, Augusta, Mi
Sat 03/19/2016
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Mattawan Easter Egg Hunt
Antwerp Community Center, Mattawan, MI
Sat 03/19/2016
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
St. Patrick's Day Party
Kalamazoo Valley Museum, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 03/19/2016
1:15 pm - 2:45 pm
Saturday Movie Day!
Richland Library, Richland, MI
Sat 03/19/2016
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Ice Skating at Lawson Ice Arena
Lawson Ice Arena and Gabel Natatorium, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 03/19/2016
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Kids' Easter Egg Hunt & Fun Run
Portage West Middle School, Portage, MI
Sat 03/19/2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Ninja Turtle Night at the Kalamazoo Wings
Wings Event Center, Kalamazoo, Michigan
Sat 03/19/2016
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Little Shop of Horrors
Vicksburg Performing Arts Center, Vicksburg, MI
Sat 03/19/2016
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dancing in the Streets Motown Revue
Miller Auditorium, Kalamazoo, MI

March 20, 2016

Date/Time Event
Sun 03/20/2016
Bunny Train in Coopersville
Coopersville & Marne Railway Company, Coopersville, MI
Sun 03/20/2016
Fancy Nancy The Musical
farmers alley theatre, Kalamazoo, MI
Sun 03/20/2016
Flick's Family Film Festival
Celebration! Crossroads & IMAX, Portage, MI
Sun 03/20/2016
Ice Skating at Wings West
Wings Stadium West, Kalamazoo, MI
Sun 03/20/2016
Kalamazoo Living History Show
Kalamazoo Expo Center, Kalamazoo, MI
Sun 03/20/2016
Photos with the Easter Bunny
The Crossroads, Portage, MI
Sun 03/20/2016
Stuart Little
Kalamazoo Civic Auditorium, Kalamazoo, MI
Sun 03/20/2016
The Lion King Jr. performed by Portage North
Portage Northern high School Auditorium, Portage , MI
Sun 03/20/2016
Weekend Open Skate
Lawson Ice Arena and Gabel Natatorium, Kalamazoo, MI
Sun 03/20/2016
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
FREE Morning Movies at Goodrich Quality Theatres
Goodrich Movie Theatres, Various Locations, Michigan
Sun 03/20/2016
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Tike Hike & Egg Hunt
Bow in the Clouds Preserve, Kalamazoo, MI
Sun 03/20/2016
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Bounceland Open Jump
Bounceland, Kalamazoo, MI
Sun 03/20/2016
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Open Bounce at Jungle Joe's
Jungle Joe’s, Portage, MI
Sun 03/20/2016
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Open Jump Time at Sky Zone Kalamazoo
Sky Zone Kalamazoo, Portage, MI
Sun 03/20/2016
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Ice Skating at Lawson Ice Arena
Lawson Ice Arena and Gabel Natatorium, Kalamazoo, MI
Sun 03/20/2016
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Little Shop of Horrors
Vicksburg Performing Arts Center, Vicksburg, MI
Sun 03/20/2016
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Sherman Lake YMCA Camp - Family Fun Adventure Day
Sherman Lake YMCA, Augusta, MI
Sun 03/20/2016
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Easter Eggstravaganza 2016
Haven Church, Kalamazoo, MI
Sun 03/20/2016
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Family Fusion: Easter Edition!
Lake Center Bible Church, Portage, 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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