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Weekend Picks for the Kalamazoo Parent – February 3-5

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by Jill P

 

 

It’s the first weekend of February and this weekend is LOADED with tons of family fun. You’ll want to take note of all of the great Winter Festivals happening around SW Michigan this weekend. There is so much family fun to be had! So, bundle up and plan to head out with the kiddos this weekend.

*As always, please see individual listings for information on pricing, venue location, and additional information on the event. 

 

WEEKEND PICKS

For this weekend consider…

Art Hop on Friday from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm (some times vary) in Kalamazoo at various locations. Click here for February Art Hop brochure. Enjoy a free night of art exhibits and events on the first Friday of every month. Families will enjoy exploring downtown Kalamazoo and appreciating the great art on display. This event is a fun, interactive event for people of all backgrounds – no art experience is required to enjoy the exhibits! Free.

Join the fun at Star Wars Night with the Kalamazoo Wings on Friday, February 3 at 7:00 pm. The force is strong with the Kalamazoo Wings during this annual installment that features a specialty jersey for Kalamazoo. Fans can bid on the Wings’ jerseys live after the contest with proceeds benefiting United Way of Kalamazoo. The first 1,000 fans through the doors will receive a Kalamazoo Wings light saber. See weblink to purchase tickets.

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Storytelling Festival on February 3 & 4 at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum. This two-day festival starts with Art Hop Friday night, February 3. Poet Terry Wooton opens the festival at 6 p.m. Visual artist and speed painter Martina Hahn joins Joe Reilly in concert at 7 pm. A variety of Martina’s paintings will also be on display and for sale. Michigan author Patricia Polacca opens up the festival Saturday, February 4, at 10 a.m., followed by Adam Mellema, Mark Binder, Tim Cusack, Noa Baum, Sidney Ellis and son, and Judy Sima at the top of every hour until 4:00 pm.

Authors, educators, and visual artists fill the vendor fair from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Museum admission and the Storytelling Festival are free.


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WINTER FESTIVALS

Winter Snow Party in Portage on Saturday, February 4 at 12:00 pm at Oakland Drive Park in Portage. This is a great event to spend time with your family building a snowman and going sledding. Prizes will be awarded for the best snowman and cardboard sled built! So make sure you bring your creative artistic skills with you. Afterward, sit by their bonfire and drink some warm hot cocoa or coffee to purchase. Free.

Ice Breaker Festival on February 3-5 in downtown South Haven. Watch South Haven turn into something out of the movie Frozen. Downtown fills up with beautiful ice sculptures for you and your family to awe at. Watch professionals, amateurs, and students create their works of art on ice. Take the time to stroll downtown in a horse-drawn wagon ride, shop their awesome downtown stores and take your little ones ice skating or even curling. There are food and drink specials throughout the pub slide and taste delicious (and free!) chili cook-off samples. Free.

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St. Joseph 13th Annual Magical Ice Fest on February 3-5 in downtown St. Joseph. A celebration of all things winter and ice will take place in downtown St. Joseph February 3rd-5th. There will be Certified Ice Competitions, Fire & Ice Tower Display, Fire and Ice Party at Shadowland, the 4th Annual Ice Fest 5k Chocolate Walk/Run, the 5th Annual Ice Wars and a Snow Biz Scavenger Hunt. The Scavenger Hunt is available Friday through Sunday. Free.

Festivus on Saturday, February 4 at the Leila Arboretum in Battle Creek. You’ll find a Cardboard Sled Competition, at Leila Arboretum! Make your own cardboard sled, race it, and play games.

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WORTH THE DRIVE

In the market for a new vehicle or have an auto buff in your family? You won’t want to miss the Michigan International Auto Show happening now at the DeVos Place in Grand Rapids on February 2-5. This a great venue to check out a new vehicle. Ticket prices are: adult – $10, children (6-14) – $4, and children 5 & under – free.

 

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MORE FUN

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This weekend we might actually have enough snow to go sledding. Find the best hills in our area.

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Go ice skating! There are tons of fun area ice skating options.

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Do the kiddos want to try skiing? Check out the Cold is Cool Ski and Ride Passports for 4th & 5th Graders.

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Break out the calendar and plan to attend one of these FREE winter events. 

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FREE Winter festivals are coming our way!

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Looking for a fun winter road trip about an hour from Kalamazoo? Check out the Toboggan Run at Pokagon State Park in Indiana. See our full review here.

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EVENT CALENDAR FOR THIS WEEKEND

 

Friday February 03, 2017

Date/Time Event
Fri 02/03/2017
Ice Breaker Festival
Downtown South Haven, South Haven, MI
Fri 02/03/2017
Winter Reading Program
Comstock Township Library, Comstock, Michigan
Fri 02/03/2017
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Open Bounce at Jungle Joe's
Jungle Joe’s, Portage, MI
Fri 02/03/2017
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Bounceland Open Jump
Bounceland, Kalamazoo, MI
Fri 02/03/2017
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Friday: Fun Day!
Ransom District Library, Plainwell, MI/Allegan County
Fri 02/03/2017
Open Jump Time at Sky Zone Kalamazoo
Sky Zone Kalamazoo, Portage, MI
Fri 02/03/2017
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Toddler Time at SkyZone
Skyzone Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, Michigan
Fri 02/03/2017
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Family Storytime
Kalamazoo Central Library, Kalamazoo, MI
Fri 02/03/2017
2:00 pm - 10:00 pm
13th Annual Magical Ice Festival
Downtown St. Joseph, Saint Joseph, Michigan
Fri 02/03/2017
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
TEEN ADVISORY BOARD
Comstock Township Library, Comstock, Michigan
Fri 02/03/2017
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Storytelling Festival Kickoff
Kalamazoo Valley Museum, Kalamazoo, MI
Fri 02/03/2017
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Ice, Wine, Beer & Blues Festival
Downtown Marshall, Marshall, Mi
Fri 02/03/2017
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Shrek the Musical
Portage Central High School, Portage, MI
Fri 02/03/2017
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Star Wars Night w/Kalamazoo Wings
Wings Event Center, Kalamazoo, Michigan
Fri 02/03/2017
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Great Works Dance Project 20th Anniversary Gala
Gilmore Theatre Complex, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI

Saturday February 04, 2017

Date/Time Event
Sat 02/04/2017
13th Annual Magical Ice Festival
Downtown St. Joseph, Saint Joseph, Michigan
Sat 02/04/2017
Dowagiac Ice Time Festival
Downtown Dowagiac, Dowagiac, Mi
Sat 02/04/2017
Ice Breaker Festival
Downtown South Haven, South Haven, MI
Sat 02/04/2017
Ice, Wine, Beer & Blues Festival
Downtown Marshall, Marshall, Mi
Sat 02/04/2017
Winter Reading Program
Comstock Township Library, Comstock, Michigan
Sat 02/04/2017
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Junior Girl Scout Day: Super Science Saturday
Air Zoo, Portage, MI
Sat 02/04/2017
9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Open Bounce at Jungle Joe's
Jungle Joe’s, Portage, MI
Sat 02/04/2017
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Valentines Photo Box
Home Depot Locations, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 02/04/2017
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Bounceland Open Jump
Bounceland, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 02/04/2017
Open Jump Time at Sky Zone Kalamazoo
Sky Zone Kalamazoo, Portage, MI
Sat 02/04/2017
10:00 am - 11:30 am
Preschool Open House
Westwood Christian Co-op Preschool, Kalamazoo, Michigan
Sat 02/04/2017
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Storytelling Festival Kickoff
Kalamazoo Valley Museum, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 02/04/2017
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Toddler Time at SkyZone
Skyzone Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, Michigan
Sat 02/04/2017
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Cuentos y Canciones
Kalamazoo Library- Washington Square Branch, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 02/04/2017
10:30 am - 11:30 am
LEGO at the Library
Kalamazoo Library -Oshtemo Branch, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 02/04/2017
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Tumble Toddlers
Kalamazoo Central Library, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 02/04/2017
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Creature Feature: Rabbit
Kalamazoo Nature Center, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 02/04/2017
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Disney Reads Day
Barnes and Noble, Portage, MI
Sat 02/04/2017
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Festivus - the Cardboard Sled Competition
Leila Arboretum, Battle Creek, MI
Sat 02/04/2017
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Read with Gabriella
Galesburg Charleston Memorial District Library, Galesburg, Mi
Sat 02/04/2017
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Winter Snow Party
Oakland Drive Park, Portage, MI
Sat 02/04/2017
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Escape the Library!
Kalamazoo Central Library, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 02/04/2017
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
First Saturday @ KPL
Kalamazoo Central Library, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 02/04/2017
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Great Works Dance Project 20th Anniversary Gala
Gilmore Theatre Complex, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 02/04/2017
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Open Skate
Lawson Ice Arena and Gabel Natatorium, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 02/04/2017
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Shrek the Musical
Portage Central High School, Portage, MI
Sat 02/04/2017
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Open Swim
Lawson Ice Arena and Gabel Natatorium, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 02/04/2017
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
All Ears Theatre Presents "The Mystery of the Silver Cutlass"
First Baptist Church of Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, Michigan
Sat 02/04/2017
7:15 pm - 10:00 pm
Middle School Night Out
YMCA Portage, Portage, MI
Sat 02/04/2017
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Shrek the Musical
Portage Central High School, Portage, MI
Sat 02/04/2017
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Great Works Dance Project 20th Anniversary Gala
Gilmore Theatre Complex, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI

Sunday February 05, 2017

Date/Time Event
Sun 02/05/2017
13th Annual Magical Ice Festival
Downtown St. Joseph, Saint Joseph, Michigan
Sun 02/05/2017
Ice Breaker Festival
Downtown South Haven, South Haven, MI
Sun 02/05/2017
Radio Days at Celebration Cinema
Celebration! Crossroads & IMAX, Portage, MI
Sun 02/05/2017
Winter Reading Program
Comstock Township Library, Comstock, Michigan
Sun 02/05/2017
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Pancakes & Pins
Airway Lanes, Portage, MI
Sun 02/05/2017
Open Jump Time at Sky Zone Kalamazoo
Sky Zone Kalamazoo, Portage, MI
Sun 02/05/2017
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Bounceland Open Jump
Bounceland, Kalamazoo, MI
Sun 02/05/2017
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Open Bounce at Jungle Joe's
Jungle Joe’s, Portage, MI
Sun 02/05/2017
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Open Jump Time at Sky Zone Kalamazoo
Sky Zone Kalamazoo, Portage, MI
Sun 02/05/2017
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Great Works Dance Project 20th Anniversary Gala
Gilmore Theatre Complex, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI
Sun 02/05/2017
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Open Skate
Lawson Ice Arena and Gabel Natatorium, Kalamazoo, MI
Sun 02/05/2017
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Shrek the Musical
Portage Central High School, Portage, MI
Sun 02/05/2017
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Winter Sports Demo Day
Kalamazoo Nature Center, Kalamazoo, MI
Sun 02/05/2017
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Open Swim
Lawson Ice Arena and Gabel Natatorium, Kalamazoo, MI
Sun 02/05/2017
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Airway Lanes Super Bowl Special
Airway Lanes, Portage, 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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