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Weekend Picks for the Kalamazoo Parent: July 28-30

by Robin B

 

From everything A (airplanes) to Z (zoo) we’ve got a listing of all the great activities happening for families this last weekend in July! With a weather forecast of sunny and 80, make sure to take advantage of all the family fun planned in and around Kalamazoo 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.

 

WEEKEND FAMILY FUN

Here are some of our top picks for this weekend:

Don’t miss the Downtown Kalamazoo Side Walk Sale happening all weekend long! Bring the entire family downtown to enjoy unique salsa recipes during Downtown Kalamazoo’s 3rd annual Salsa Cook-Off; enjoy special sales, music and family games at Summer Sidewalk Sales, and indulge in special menu offerings during Downtown Kalamazoo’s Restaurant Week.

Families can enjoy outdoor “board” games along the Kalamazoo mall and chalk art on Gazelle Sports outdoor wall along Devisser Alley. Kids, make sure to stop by The Spirit of Kalamazoo for your FREE helium balloon (and maybe an ice cream cone while you’re there!).

 


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SATURDAY

Stop by the Kalamazoo-Battle Creek International Airport for their 2nd Annual Airfair Event on July 29th from 10 am – 3 pm! There will be food, games, Amazing Magic by PJ Weber, giveaways, and more! Kids and adults will want to try out one of the WMU aircraft simulators to see what it is like to fly a real plane. A Cirrus SR20-G2 is just one the many displays in the “big rig fun area” that you won’t want to miss.

SUNDAY

Photo courtesy Binder Park Zoo

Have you been to Binder Park Zoo yet to see the new African Lion Exhibit? If not, the weather will be perfect to stroll the grounds of the zoo and visit Shelby and Salem, the two female lions in their brand new exhibit.

Bronson Park in Kalamazoo is the place to be Sunday afternoon at 4:00 pm for their Concert in the Park series featuring The Verve Pipe. With a reputation for spectacular live performances, the genesis of multi-platinum artist The Verve Pipe can be traced back to the early 90s when the principal members of two rival Michigan bands joined forces. Grab some blankets or lawn chairs and enjoy the family-friendly concert.

 

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

 

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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

 

July 28, 2017

Date/Time Event
Fri 07/28/2017
Downtown Kalamazoo Side Walk Sale
Downtown Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, MI
Fri 07/28/2017
VBDL Antwerp Sunshine Branch Summer Reading
VBDL Antwerp Sunshine Branch, Mattawan, MI
Fri 07/28/2017
Vicksburg Lions Club Summer Festival
Vicksburg Historic Village, Vicksburg, Mi
Fri 07/28/2017
Wolf Lake Hatchery Tours
Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery, Mattawan, Michigan
Fri 07/28/2017
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Open Bounce at Jungle Joe's
Jungle Joe’s, Portage, MI
Fri 07/28/2017
9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Peak Bloom Week
Windmill Island Gardens, Holland, MI
Fri 07/28/2017
Open Jump Time at Sky Zone Kalamazoo
Sky Zone Kalamazoo, Portage, MI
Fri 07/28/2017
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Plainwell's Farmers' Market
Plainwell Farmers’ Market, Plainwell, Michigan
Fri 07/28/2017
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Visit the Farmyard
DeLano Homestead, Kalamazoo, MI
Fri 07/28/2017
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Family Storytime
Kalamazoo Central Library, Kalamazoo, MI
Fri 07/28/2017
10:30 am
Kids’ Dance Party
Ransom District Library, Piainwell, Mi
Fri 07/28/2017
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Play and Learn
Kalamazoo Library- Powell Branch, Kalamazoo, MI
Fri 07/28/2017
10:30 am - 11:00 am
Popsicles & Pages!
Parchment Community Library, Parchment, MI
Fri 07/28/2017
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Lunchtime Live!
Bronson Park, Kalamazoo, MI
Fri 07/28/2017
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
City Summer by Urban Folk Art Exploratory
Kalamazoo Library- Powell Branch, Kalamazoo, MI
Fri 07/28/2017
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Create! (Grades 2-5)
Portage District Library, Portage, MI
Fri 07/28/2017
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
City Summer by Urban Folk Art Exploratory
Kalamazoo Central Library, Kalamazoo, MI
Fri 07/28/2017
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Movies & Popcorn: Moana
Vicksburg Library, Vicksburg, MI
Fri 07/28/2017
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Waldo FOUND Kalamazoo
Bookbug, Kalamazoo, MI
Fri 07/28/2017
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Hook, Line and Sinker Kid's Fishing
Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery, Mattawan, Michigan
Fri 07/28/2017
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Teen Night
Galesburg Charleston Memorial District Library, Galesburg, Mi
Fri 07/28/2017
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Friday Night Concert Series
Downtown St. Joe, St. Joseph, MI
Fri 07/28/2017
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Movies in the Park (Jones Park)
Jones Park, Kalamazoo,
Fri 07/28/2017
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Toy Story - Outdoor Movie
3rd CRC, Kalamazoo, MI
Fri 07/28/2017
9:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Movie's Under the Stars
City of Plainwell, Plainwell, Michigan

July 29, 2017

Date/Time Event
Sat 07/29/2017
Downtown Kalamazoo Side Walk Sale
Downtown Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 07/29/2017
VBDL Antwerp Sunshine Branch Summer Reading
VBDL Antwerp Sunshine Branch, Mattawan, MI
Sat 07/29/2017
Vicksburg Lions Club Summer Festival
Vicksburg Historic Village, Vicksburg, Mi
Sat 07/29/2017
Wolf Lake Hatchery Tours
Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery, Mattawan, Michigan
Sat 07/29/2017
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Kalamazoo Farmers Market
Kalamazoo Farmers’ Market, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 07/29/2017
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Otsego City Farmers Market
Otsego City Farmers’ Market,, Otsego , MI
Sat 07/29/2017
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Texas Township Farmers Market
Texas Township Farmers’ Market, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 07/29/2017
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Alamo Farmers & Crafters’ Market
Alamo Farmers & Crafters’ Market, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 07/29/2017
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Battle Creek Farmers Market
Battle Creek Farmers Market, Battle Creek, MI
Sat 07/29/2017
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Fitness in the Parks
Upjohn Park, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 07/29/2017
9:00 am - 11:00 am
Hook, Line and Sinker Kid's Fishing
Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery, Mattawan, Michigan
Sat 07/29/2017
9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Open Bounce at Jungle Joe's
Jungle Joe’s, Portage, MI
Sat 07/29/2017 - Sun 07/30/2017
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
St. Joe Farmers Market
Lake Bluff Park, St. Joseph, Michigan
Sat 07/29/2017
9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Peak Bloom Week
Windmill Island Gardens, Holland, MI
Sat 07/29/2017
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
8th Annual Long Travel Round Up at the Silver Lake Sand Dunes
Silver Lake Sand Dunes, Mears, Michigan
Sat 07/29/2017
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Air Fair 2017
Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport, Portage, Michigan
Sat 07/29/2017
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Black Rock Medieval Fest
The Olde World Village, Augusta, MI
Sat 07/29/2017
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Mid-Summer Michigan Bully Bash
Kalamazoo Expo Center, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 07/29/2017
Open Jump Time at Sky Zone Kalamazoo
Sky Zone Kalamazoo, Portage, MI
Sat 07/29/2017
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Stupendous Saturdays - Build A Better Magic Show
Otsego District Library, Otsego, Michigan
Sat 07/29/2017
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Visit the Farmyard
DeLano Homestead, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 07/29/2017
10:30 am - 11:30 pm
Leilapalooza - Leila Arboretum Music Festival
Leila Arboretum, Battle Creek, MI
Sat 07/29/2017
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Barnyard Story Corner
Kalamazoo Nature Center, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 07/29/2017
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Get Pop-Cultured Storytime
Barnes and Noble, Portage, MI
Sat 07/29/2017
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Discovery Hike with the Kalamazoo Nature Center
Lexington Green Park, Portage, Michigan
Sat 07/29/2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Twelfth Night at The Krasl Art Center
Krasl Art Center, St. Joseph, Michigan

July 30, 2017

Date/Time Event
Sun 07/30/2017
Downtown Kalamazoo Side Walk Sale
Downtown Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, MI
Sun 07/30/2017
Wolf Lake Hatchery Tours
Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery, Mattawan, Michigan
Sun 07/30/2017
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
2nd Reformed/2rd CRC Vacation Bible School
Second Reformed Church, Kalamazoo, MI
Sun 07/30/2017
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Pancakes & Pins
Airway Lanes, Portage, MI
Sun 07/30/2017
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Paw Paw Farmer's Market
Downtown Paw Paw, Paw Paw, Mi
Sun 07/30/2017
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Black Rock Medieval Fest
The Olde World Village, Augusta, MI
Sun 07/30/2017
Open Jump Time at Sky Zone Kalamazoo
Sky Zone Kalamazoo, Portage, MI
Sun 07/30/2017
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Portage Market
Portage Senior Center, Portage, MI
Sun 07/30/2017
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Open Bounce at Jungle Joe's
Jungle Joe’s, Portage, MI
Sun 07/30/2017
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
DeLano Open House
DeLano Homestead, Kalamazoo, MI
Sun 07/30/2017
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
All About Bees
DeLano Homestead, Kalamazoo, MI
Sun 07/30/2017
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Concerts in the Park
Bronson Park, Kalamazoo, MI
Sun 07/30/2017
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?

 

 

 

 

Robin

Robin is a native Michigander and mother of two. She has a keen eye for discovering deals and an honest desire to share local activities and family fun. In addition to enjoying early mornings with strong coffee, she likes hanging outside with her kids, biking and reading.

 

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