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Weekend Picks for the Kalamazoo Parent: June 16-18

by Jill P

 

Happy Father’s Day weekend! We want to wish all of the great fathers in our community a very Happy Father’s Day. 

Want even more family fun? See our full weekend event calendar at the end of this article. So many great options for family events.

WEEKEND FAMILY FUN

 

Attend a FREE Outdoor Summer Concert this weekend.

Head to a Farmers Market for great seasonal produce and great local vendors.


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Time to sign-up for a great summer reading program! Check out one of these summer reading program kick-off events:

Summer Reading Kickoff! at Portage District Library.

Stupendous Saturdays – Build A Better World Kickoff Event at Otsego District Library.

Go berry picking with your family! We’ve seen many of our readers have been out this week.

 

FESTIVALS IN SW MICHIGAN

There are some fun festivals this weekend around SW Michigan:

Buttermilk Jamboree
Circle Pines Center, Delton

Greater Galesburg Days
Downtown Galesburg, Galesburg

Harborfest
Downtown South Haven, South Haven

Three Rivers Water Festival
Downtown Three Rivers, Three Rivers

 

FATHER’S DAY FUN

Historic Charlton Park

Car enthusiasts will love the 36th Annual Father’s Day Car Show at the Historic Charlton Park located in Hastings, MI. The event will be held from 8 am-4pm rain or shine. Admission for adults is $6.00, kids 5-12 is $4.00, and ages 4 and under are free. There will be over 800 vehicles on display, so have a Sunday fun day down at the car show!

Little River Railroad

Take your train lovers for a fun ride at the Little River Railroad in Coldwater, MI. With 11:00 am and 2:00 pm departures, fathers ride free with the purchase of a regular ticket. Tickets sell out fast, so reservations are highly recommended.

Kalamazoo Growlers Baseball

For the Sunday, June 18th game, you can snag a Friends and Family Deal. 4 reserved seats + 4 Growlers caps + $20 Hungry Howie’s voucher + one fun Sunday afternoon = All for less than 30 bucks.

Binder Park Zoo

This Father’s Day, all dads accompanied by their children or grandchildren will receive half off admission for the day. The zoo is open on Sunday, June 18 from 11am – 6pm.

 

Pierce Cedar Creek Institute

For the nature loving Dad, take a drive out to Hastings, MI to attend the Father’s Day Dinner at Pierce Cedar Creek Institute. The dinner will be at 5:00pm with the program to follow at 6:00pm. The program will feature information about the full solar eclipse that will move across the United States this August. Learn the what, where, and how to experience a solar eclipse. The program is free, but you do need to register for the dinner. Click here for ticket information and to register.

YMCA of Greater Kalamazoo

Let dad celebrate all weekend long with a free three-day membership to the YMCA locations of Greater Kalamazoo! This promotion begins Friday, June 16 and runs through Sunday, June 18. Dads will get complete access to members classes and gym equipment.

Craig’s Cruisers Family Fun Center

Dad golfs free (with purchase of a child’s golf) Father’s Day, June 18 at the Grand Rapids, Muskegon, and Holland locations.

Father’s Day Trails and Ales

On Sunday, June 18, 3:30-4:30 pm at Bow in the Clouds Preserve. Join SWMLC and the Little Adventurers’ Club to celebrate fatherhood with a walk in nature with your kids, followed by refreshments in a family-friendly environment at One Well Brewing.

Come and enjoy the new boardwalk, osprey platform, and new loop trail created by our Earth Day Workday volunteers at Bow in the Clouds Preserve. If you haven’t visited Bow in the Clouds before, you will be amazed by this heavenly slice of wilderness right in the heart of Kalamazoo.

Arcadia Ales

Treat your favorite dad to some beer specials and a delicious BBQ out in the Beer Garden! Dads can enjoy a free corn hole tournament from 11:00am- 3:00pm. If corn hole isn’t dad’s thing, then have him go on the free brewery tour just for dads at 2:00pm or 4:00pm. Families can also bring a fishing pole and find a spot to fish down by the river, too!

 

EVENT CALENDAR FOR THIS WEEKEND

 

June 16, 2017

Date/Time Event
Fri 06/16/2017
Buttermilk Jamboree
Circle Pines Center, Delton,
Fri 06/16/2017
Harborfest
Downtown South Haven, South Haven, MI
Fri 06/16/2017
Hunchback of Notre Dame
Barn Theatre, Augusta, MI
Fri 06/16/2017
Three Rivers Water Festival
Downtown Three Rivers, Three Rivers, MI
Fri 06/16/2017
VBDL Antwerp Sunshine Branch Summer Reading
VBDL Antwerp Sunshine Branch, Mattawan, MI
Fri 06/16/2017
Wolf Lake Hatchery Tours
Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery, Mattawan, Michigan
Fri 06/16/2017
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Open Bounce at Jungle Joe's
Jungle Joe’s, Portage, MI
Fri 06/16/2017
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Bounceland Open Jump
Bounceland, Kalamazoo, MI
Fri 06/16/2017
Open Jump Time at Sky Zone Kalamazoo
Sky Zone Kalamazoo, Portage, MI
Fri 06/16/2017
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Plainwell's Farmers' Market
Plainwell Farmers’ Market, Plainwell, Michigan
Fri 06/16/2017
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Toddler Time at SkyZone
Skyzone Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, Michigan
Fri 06/16/2017
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Visit the Farmyard
Kalamazoo Nature Center, Kalamazoo, MI
Fri 06/16/2017
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Family Storytime
Kalamazoo Central Library, Kalamazoo, MI
Fri 06/16/2017
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Little Scientists
Kalamazoo Library -Oshtemo Branch, Kalamazoo, MI
Fri 06/16/2017
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Play and Learn
Kalamazoo Library- Powell Branch, Kalamazoo, MI
Fri 06/16/2017
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Tales on the Trail
Kalamazoo Library- Powell Branch, Kalamazoo, MI
Fri 06/16/2017
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Tales on the Trail
Alma Powell Library, Kalamazoo, MI
Fri 06/16/2017
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Lunchtime Live!
Bronson Park, Kalamazoo, MI
Fri 06/16/2017
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Jackson Kids' Fest
American 1 Credit Union, Jackson, Michigan
Fri 06/16/2017
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Hook, Line and Sinker Kid's Fishing
Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery, Mattawan, Michigan
Fri 06/16/2017
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Kids' Klassic
YMCA of Greater Kalamzaoo, Kalamazoo, MI
Fri 06/16/2017
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Steam Dream Expo
The Olde World Village, Augusta, MI
Fri 06/16/2017
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Drive-In Movie Night
Galesburg Charleston Memorial District Library, Galesburg, Mi

June 17, 2017

Date/Time Event
Sat 06/17/2017
Buttermilk Jamboree
Circle Pines Center, Delton,
Sat 06/17/2017
Greater Galesburg Days
Downtown Galesburg, Galesburg, MI
Sat 06/17/2017
Harborfest
Downtown South Haven, South Haven, MI
Sat 06/17/2017
Hunchback of Notre Dame
Barn Theatre, Augusta, MI
Sat 06/17/2017
Three Rivers Water Festival
Downtown Three Rivers, Three Rivers, MI
Sat 06/17/2017
VBDL Antwerp Sunshine Branch Summer Reading
VBDL Antwerp Sunshine Branch, Mattawan, MI
Sat 06/17/2017
Wolf Lake Hatchery Tours
Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery, Mattawan, Michigan
Sat 06/17/2017
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Kalamazoo Farmers Market
Kalamazoo Farmers’ Market, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 06/17/2017
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Otsego City Farmers Market
Otsego City Farmers’ Market,, Otsego , MI
Sat 06/17/2017
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Texas Township Farmers Market
Texas Township Farmers’ Market, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 06/17/2017
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Alamo Farmers & Crafters’ Market
Alamo Farmers & Crafters’ Market, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 06/17/2017
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Battle Creek Farmers Market
Battle Creek Farmers Market, Battle Creek, MI
Sat 06/17/2017
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Battle for Turkeyville – Civil War Reenactment
Cornwell’s Turkeyville, Marshall,
Sat 06/17/2017
9:00 am - 11:00 am
Hook, Line and Sinker Kid's Fishing
Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery, Mattawan, Michigan
Sat 06/17/2017
9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Open Bounce at Jungle Joe's
Jungle Joe’s, Portage, MI
Sat 06/17/2017 - Sun 06/18/2017
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
St. Joe Farmers Market
Lake Bluff Park, St. Joseph, Michigan
Sat 06/17/2017
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Bounceland Open Jump
Bounceland, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 06/17/2017
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Hidden Kalamazoo
Hidden Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 06/17/2017
Open Jump Time at Sky Zone Kalamazoo
Sky Zone Kalamazoo, Portage, MI
Sat 06/17/2017
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Stupendous Saturdays - Build A Better World Kickoff Event
Otsego District Library, Otsego, Michigan
Sat 06/17/2017
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
The Steam Dream Expo
The Olde World Village, Augusta, MI
Sat 06/17/2017
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Toddler Time at SkyZone
Skyzone Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, Michigan
Sat 06/17/2017
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Visit the Farmyard
Kalamazoo Nature Center, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 06/17/2017
10:30 am - 11:30 am
LEGO at the Library
Kalamazoo Central Library, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 06/17/2017
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Barnyard Story Corner
Kalamazoo Nature Center, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 06/17/2017
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Summer Reading Kickoff!
Portage District Library, Portage, MI
Sat 06/17/2017
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Surrealist Garden Tour
Garden Tour, Buchanan, Michigan
Sat 06/17/2017
12:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Dungeons and Dragons
Vicksburg Library, Vicksburg, MI
Sat 06/17/2017
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Magic-Jack Dowden
Galesburg Charleston Memorial District Library, Galesburg, Mi
Sat 06/17/2017
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Archery 101
Kalamazoo Nature Center, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 06/17/2017
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Extreme Duct Tape
Galesburg Charleston Memorial District Library, Galesburg, Mi
Sat 06/17/2017
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Fathers Do Read
Kalamazoo Central Library, Kalamazoo, MI

June 18, 2017

Date/Time Event
Sun 06/18/2017
Buttermilk Jamboree
Circle Pines Center, Delton,
Sun 06/18/2017
Harborfest
Downtown South Haven, South Haven, MI
Sun 06/18/2017
Hunchback of Notre Dame
Barn Theatre, Augusta, MI
Sun 06/18/2017
Wolf Lake Hatchery Tours
Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery, Mattawan, Michigan
Sun 06/18/2017
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
36th Annual Father's Day Car Show
Historic Charlton Park, Hastings, MI
Sun 06/18/2017
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Battle for Turkeyville – Civil War Reenactment
Cornwell’s Turkeyville, Marshall,
Sun 06/18/2017
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Pancakes & Pins
Airway Lanes, Portage, MI
Sun 06/18/2017
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Paw Paw Farmer's Market
Downtown Paw Paw, Paw Paw, Mi
Sun 06/18/2017
Father's Day Climbing and Ziplining
Grand Rapids Treetop Adventure Park, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Sun 06/18/2017
Open Jump Time at Sky Zone Kalamazoo
Sky Zone Kalamazoo, Portage, MI
Sun 06/18/2017
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Portage Market
Portage Senior Center, Portage, MI
Sun 06/18/2017
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
The Steam Dream Expo
The Olde World Village, Augusta, MI
Sun 06/18/2017
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Bounceland Open Jump
Bounceland, Kalamazoo, MI
Sun 06/18/2017
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Dad Fest
Northbridge Church, Kalamazoo, MI
Sun 06/18/2017
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
33rd Annual Father's Day Wine Festival
Lemon Creek Winery, Berrien Springs, Michigan
Sun 06/18/2017
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Open Bounce at Jungle Joe's
Jungle Joe’s, Portage, MI
Sun 06/18/2017
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Open Jump Time at Sky Zone Kalamazoo
Sky Zone Kalamazoo, Portage, MI
Sun 06/18/2017
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Father's Day Trails and Ales Tike Hike
Bow in the Clouds Preserve, Kalamazoo, MI
Sun 06/18/2017
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Concerts in the Park
Bronson Park, Kalamazoo, MI
Sun 06/18/2017
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Father's Day Dinner
Pierce Cedar Creek Institute, Hastings, Michigan
Sun 06/18/2017
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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