by Jill P 

There’s plenty of family fun to be had in October without breaking the bank. We have 10 ideas of fun things you’ll want to do this month. So, break out your calendar now and pencil in these events into your family’s “Fun Calendar”.

You’ll want to check out our HUGE Event Calendar as well. Many of the events are inexpensive or free.

*Note: Many of the events on this list are from sponsors of KZOOkids. We appreciate their support and want to highlight their FREE or inexpensive events this month. 




1. Head over for autumn fun and join one of the Fall Festivals. The Goose Festival in Fennville and the Arts & Eats Festival are just two of the festivals happening in October.

2.  Just Between Friends has their awesome consignment sale on October 6, 7, or 8 at the Kalamazoo Expo Center. Admission is just $3, kids are FREE and on October 6 and October 7-8 admission is free. To get in free on October 6, you can sign up for a pass through Eventbrite here.

3. Grab some cider and a donut at a local farm. Most donuts range anywhere from $.50 to $1.00.

4. Celebrate fall with the Oshtemo Fall Festival at the KPL-Oshtemo Branch Library free event. Drop in for autumnal activities and treats. Meet local author Frances Kozlowski who will read her children’s book, At Home with Anil, House Lizard of India.  


5. Take advantage of Gull Meadow Farms weekday hours and discounted price. Monday through Friday from 10:00am – 4:00pm you can visit and enjoy the petting farm, slide, pumpkin lane mazes, duck races, photo board opportunities and giant rocking chair photo spot! Admission is $4/person (children under 36″ are free).

6. Go to a community pumpkin carve at the Binder Park Zoo. FREE.

7. The Gilmore Spooktacular Fundraiser will have lots of Halloween family fun for just $5 for adults and children 12 & under  are FREE. Stop by our KZOOkids table to say hi.

RELATED: The Ultimate Kalamazoo Fall Bucket List – 40 Fun Things To Do This Fall With Kids

8. Music, local food, and fun can be found at the Crescendo Cafe’ & Open House. At this FREE event, you’ll find performances by Crescendo faculty and students, games and activities for kids, the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra instrument petting zoo, and more.

9. Love science? Your kids will learn a ton at Chemistry Day at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum. Chemists from local companies, high schools, colleges, and the private sector come together to share chemistry experiments, demonstrations, and hands-on activities. FREE.

10. Making A Difference At Spooky Science at the Leila Arboretum Children’s Garden and the Kingman Museum is filled with science experiments, free things to take home, and fun for the whole family. $2 donation per person requested.











By | 2016-10-03T05:26:16+00:00 October 3rd, 2016|Categories: Around Kalamazoo, Newly Published, Parent resources|Comments Off on 10 FREE or Affordable Events & Activities In October Around Kalamazoo

About the Author:

Jill is a mom of a busy 9 year old son. When not working the KZOOkids.com website, Jill likes to hike, cook, and read in her free time.