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Weekend Picks for the Kalamazoo Parent: March 17-19

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by Jill P

 

 

Family fun is in the air this weekend around Kalamazoo. You’ll find something for everyone with great shows to catch, spring concerts, St. Patrick’s Day Parades worth the drive, a maple syrup open house, and more!

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

WEEKEND PICKS

For this weekend consider…

 

FROM OUR SPONSORS

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The University Theatre at WMU, in collaboration with Education for the Arts (EFA), is honored to present the world premiere of Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher. The story, originally a children’s book by Bruce Coville, has been adapted for the stage by the WMU Department of Theatre. Performances will be presented in the Shaw Theatre at the Gilmore Theatre Complex. Join the fun one hour before the show for crafts, puppetry, and face painting! Final performances are March 17-19. Our readers love this show!

 

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Artistic Director Cathleen Huling and Ballet Arts Ensemble invite you to join us at Chenery Auditorium for a trip down memory lane on Saturday, March 18, at 2 pm and 7 pm when we present Spring Concert 2017 ● Celebrating 35 Years. This family-friendly concert features selections that appeal to a variety of tastes—from the beauty of classical ballet to the humor of The Dinner Party—at very affordable prices. Tickets are on sale at Miller Auditorium Box Office (269.387.2300). Reserved seats are priced at $10 (advance purchase) and $14 (at the door).

FREE Crafternoon with Sayaka Ganz at the KIA on Sunday, March 19 from 2:00-4:00 pm.

 

MORE FAMILY FUN

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St. Patty’s Day Fun for 2017: Parades, Crafts, and Family Fun has fun events parades and more that your family will love! Last year we went to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Saugatuck and had a great time.

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You’ll love the sweetness of the Maple Syrup Open House at the W.K. Kellogg Experimental Forest on Saturday, March 18 from 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm. The cost for entry is $1 per car. Activities for kids include: decorating wooden “cookies” and sugar bush games, wagon rides, and tours of the sugar bush where we’ll talk about the history of maple syrup in Michigan and the process of maple syrup production.

 


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There are some great local performances put on by various schools in the area. See our round-up in Spring Theatre Performances & Shows For KIDS You Don’t Want To Miss: Greater Kalamazoo Area Shows for a listing of shows you can catch this weekend.

 

 

MOM TO MOM SALES & MORE FOR MOM

Check out our listing here for great deals for the family at various Mom to Mom sales in the area.

 

GIVEAWAYS

 

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Have you entered our latest giveaway? Slappy’s Biggest Fan Giveaway is the ultimate fan experience for your kiddo who loves Slappy. Enter today!

 

 

CURES FOR CABIN FEVER & SPRING BREAK PLANNING

 

Spring Biking Kids Kalamazoo

Spring Break is right around the corner and we just published our 40+ Ideas To Do During Spring Break around Kalamazoo.

 

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No plans for Spring Break? No problem! There are many great Spring Break Camps happening during the week of Spring Break that your kids will love.

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It’s time to start planning for Spring Break. We’re here to help! See our recently updated Great Spring Break Road Trips Within 2 To 5 Hours From Kalamazoo.

 

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Is a trip to Great Wolf Lodge in your family’s future? See our Wandering Great Wolf Lodge – Four Tips for a Great Adventure.

 

Michigan Indoor Waterparks

Love waterparks? I know we do. Check out this great listing of Michigan Indoor Waterparks – Fun Adventures For Families.

 

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Now is a great time to get a new family membership to one of our great museums. We make it easy for your to decide which one or even a few family memberships that are right for you. See our Family Memberships to Area Museums – What’s Included.

 

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Jeremy Thatcher WMU Theatre Department

 

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EVENT CALENDAR FOR THIS WEEKEND

 

Friday March 17, 2017

Date/Time Event
Fri 03/17/2017 - Sun 03/26/2017
Aladdin jr.
Portage Northern High Shool Auditorium, Portage, MI
Fri 03/17/2017
Flick's Family Film Festival Spring 2017
Celebration! Crossroads & IMAX, Portage, MI
Fri 03/17/2017 - Sun 03/19/2017
LHS Presents Disney's High School Musical Jr. March 17-19
Lawrence Jr./Sr. High School, Lawrence, MI
Fri 03/17/2017 - Sun 03/19/2017
Michigan State Meet
Kellogg Arena, Battle Creek, MI
Fri 03/17/2017
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Open Bounce at Jungle Joe's
Jungle Joe’s, Portage, MI
Fri 03/17/2017
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Bounceland Open Jump
Bounceland, Kalamazoo, MI
Fri 03/17/2017
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Friday: Fun Day!
Ransom District Library, Plainwell, MI/Allegan County
Fri 03/17/2017
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Just Move Playdate
Just Move Fitness and More, Portage, MI
Fri 03/17/2017
Open Jump Time at Sky Zone Kalamazoo
Sky Zone Kalamazoo, Portage, MI
Fri 03/17/2017
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Toddler Time at SkyZone
Skyzone Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, Michigan
Fri 03/17/2017
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Weekend Morning Movies
Goodrich Kalamazoo 10, Kalamazoo, MI
Fri 03/17/2017
10:15 am - 11:00 am
Preschool Storytime!
Richland Library, Richland, MI
Fri 03/17/2017
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Family Storytime
Kalamazoo Central Library, Kalamazoo, MI
Fri 03/17/2017
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Play and Learn
Kalamazoo Library- Powell Branch, Kalamazoo, MI
Fri 03/17/2017
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
2017 Ultimate Sport Show
DeVos Place, Grand Rapids, MI
Fri 03/17/2017
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
LEGO® Club
Comstock Township Library, Comstock, Michigan
Fri 03/17/2017
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
St. Patrick Family Fun Night
YMCA of Greater Kalamzaoo, Kalamazoo, MI
Fri 03/17/2017
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Once in a Blue Moon Garage Sale
St. Augustine Cathedral School – Crowley Center, Kalamazoo, MI
Fri 03/17/2017
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Spring Art Hop
Benton Harbor Arts District, Benton Harbor, Michigan
Fri 03/17/2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Anything Goes
Vicksburg Performing Arts Center, Vicksburg, MI
Fri 03/17/2017
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Can You Feel the Love Musical
Mattawan High School, Mattawan, MI

Saturday March 18, 2017

Date/Time Event
Sat 03/18/2017
Flick's Family Film Festival Spring 2017
Celebration! Crossroads & IMAX, Portage, MI
Sat 03/18/2017
Maple Festival 2017
Maple Row Sugarhouse, Jones, Michigan
Sat 03/18/2017
8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Once in a Blue Moon Garage Sale
St. Augustine Cathedral School, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 03/18/2017
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
13th Annual MOM-TO-MOM Sale - St. Michael Lutheran School
St. Michael’s Lutheran Church, Portage, MI
Sat 03/18/2017
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
BeYOUtiful Conference
Gracespring Bible Church, Richland, MI
Sat 03/18/2017
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Early Spring Fling Craft And Vendor Show
Ken Krum Center, Schoolcraft, MI
Sat 03/18/2017
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Kalamazoo Living History Show
Kalamazoo Expo Center, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 03/18/2017
9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Open Bounce at Jungle Joe's
Jungle Joe’s, Portage, MI
Sat 03/18/2017
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
2017 Ultimate Sport Show
DeVos Place, Grand Rapids, MI
Sat 03/18/2017
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Bounceland Open Jump
Bounceland, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 03/18/2017
Open Jump Time at Sky Zone Kalamazoo
Sky Zone Kalamazoo, Portage, MI
Sat 03/18/2017
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Toddler Time at SkyZone
Skyzone Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, Michigan
Sat 03/18/2017
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Weekend Morning Movies
Goodrich Kalamazoo 10, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 03/18/2017
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Cuentos y Canciones
Kalamazoo Library- Washington Square Branch, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 03/18/2017
10:30 am - 11:30 am
LEGO at the Library
Kalamazoo Central Library, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 03/18/2017
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Crybaby Concert with Fontana Chamber Arts
Kalamazoo Library -Oshtemo Branch, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 03/18/2017
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Egg Storytime
Barnes and Noble, Portage, MI
Sat 03/18/2017
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Odd Squad Live!
The Mendel Center, Benton Harbor, Michigan
Sat 03/18/2017
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
SPRING GRAHAM CRACKER HOUSE
Comstock Township Library, Comstock, Michigan
Sat 03/18/2017
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Kidz N Kanvas - Dream Catcher
Calico Rabbit’s Marketplace & Event Center, Plainwell, Michigan
Sat 03/18/2017
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Maple Syrup Open House
Kellogg Forest, Augusta,
Sat 03/18/2017
1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Dungeons and Dragons
Vicksburg Library, Vicksburg, MI
Sat 03/18/2017
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Family Portraits
Kalamazoo Valley Museum, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 03/18/2017
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Odd Squad Live!
The Mendel Center, Benton Harbor, Michigan
Sat 03/18/2017
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Weekend Skate
Lawson Ice Arena and Gabel Natatorium, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 03/18/2017
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Open Swim
Lawson Ice Arena and Gabel Natatorium, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 03/18/2017
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
All Ears Theatre Presents "The Time Machine"
First Baptist Church of Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, Michigan
Sat 03/18/2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Anything Goes
Vicksburg Performing Arts Center, Vicksburg, MI
Sat 03/18/2017
7:15 pm - 10:00 pm
Middle School Night Out
YMCA Portage, Portage, MI
Sat 03/18/2017
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Can You Feel the Love Musical
Mattawan High School, Mattawan, MI

Sunday March 19, 2017

Date/Time Event
Sun 03/19/2017
Flick's Family Film Festival Spring 2017
Celebration! Crossroads & IMAX, Portage, MI
Sun 03/19/2017
Maple Festival 2017
Maple Row Sugarhouse, Jones, Michigan
Sun 03/19/2017
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Kalamazoo Living History Show
Kalamazoo Expo Center, Kalamazoo, MI
Sun 03/19/2017
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Pancakes & Pins
Airway Lanes, Portage, MI
Sun 03/19/2017
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
2017 Ultimate Sport Show
DeVos Place, Grand Rapids, MI
Sun 03/19/2017
Open Jump Time at Sky Zone Kalamazoo
Sky Zone Kalamazoo, Portage, MI
Sun 03/19/2017
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Weekend Morning Movies
Goodrich Kalamazoo 10, Kalamazoo, MI
Sun 03/19/2017
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Bounceland Open Jump
Bounceland, Kalamazoo, MI
Sun 03/19/2017
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Open Bounce at Jungle Joe's
Jungle Joe’s, Portage, MI
Sun 03/19/2017
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Open Jump Time at Sky Zone Kalamazoo
Sky Zone Kalamazoo, Portage, MI
Sun 03/19/2017
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Princess Tea at Henderson Castle
Henderson Castle, Kalamazoo, MI
Sun 03/19/2017
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
FREE Crafternoon with Sayaka Ganz
Kalamazoo Institute of the Arts, Kalamazoo, MI
Sun 03/19/2017
2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher
Gilmore Theatre Complex, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI
Sun 03/19/2017
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Pioneer Maple Sugaring
Kalamazoo Nature Center, Kalamazoo, MI
Sun 03/19/2017
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Sherman Lake Day - Visit Camp!
Sherman Lake YMCA, Augusta, MI
Sun 03/19/2017
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Weekend Skate
Lawson Ice Arena and Gabel Natatorium, Kalamazoo, MI
Sun 03/19/2017
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Open Swim
Lawson Ice Arena and Gabel Natatorium, Kalamazoo, 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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