Your May Guide to Fun and Affordable Around Kalamazoo

We’re leaping with joy at all of the FREE things to do in May with the family that won’t break the bank. The warm spring weather has brought with it many festivals and celebrations across our area of the mitten.

Check out our picks for must-try activities, library events, fun crafting, festivals, and more totally awesome family fun. Enjoy these 21 events that are free (or super cheap) with your kids this May!

Don’t forget to check out our EVENT calendar as activities are always being added. 

Free May Fun for Kids in Kalamazoo – 2018

But first…..COFFEE. Make your first stop to ChocolaTea. For the month of May, come in every weekday for a FREE 16 oz coffee between 6:30 AM and 8:00 AM and start your day off right!


Friday, May 4th – Sunday, May 6th

Kalamazoo Rock, Gem, Fossil & Mineral Show

Kalamazoo County Expo Center, Kalamazoo | Hours vary | (269) 373-7990

Kids will love panning for gold, sorting gems and minerals and playing games. There will also be a “Make It and Take It” station for families to enjoy. Admission for adults is $4 and kids under 12 are free.

Rock and mineral show

Kalamazoo Rock and Gem Show Facebook


Saturday, May 5th

Llama Llama Loves to Read Storytime

Barnes & Noble, Portage and Battle Creek | 11:00 AM | (269) 324-1433

Calling all Llama Llama fans! Preschool kids will have fun listening to a Llama Llama story and doing activities related to this favorite book character.

Saturday, May 5th

Cinco De Mayo Festival

Festival Market Square, Battle Creek | 2:00 – 10:00 PM

Brought to you by Miles for Memories, families will enjoy a piece of Hispanic Heritage including food, activities, music and more. Kids will enjoy games, dancing, rock painting, Zumba. Live bands will be performing. Admission is FREE.

Sunday, May 6-13th

Tulip Time Festival

Downtown Holland, Holland | 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM | (616) 396-4221

Families will be mesmerized by the millions of tulips signaling to the people of Southwest Michigan that spring is here! Festival visitors will enjoy parades, Dutch markets, food, merchandise, demonstrations, and a park full of kids’ activities.

Come enjoy the wooden shoe  dancing and arts and crafts fair. Visit Holland’s Tulip Time with Kid’s for all the dirt on this annual festival. 

Thursday, May 10th

13th Annual Children’s Mental Health Awareness Carnival

Kalamazoo County Expo Center, Kalamazoo | 4:00 – 7:00 PM | 269-553-7122

This carnival celebrates children’s mental health and aims to reduce the stigma of receiving mental health services. The fun, free event educates families on resources in the Kalamazoo area, information about mental health issues and how to access services.


Thursday, May 10th

Mother’s Day Gift Making

Kalamazoo Public Library – Oshtemo Branch, Kalamazoo | 4:30 – 5:30 PM

Kids in grades K-5 can make a special present for a special woman in their life. All materials will be provided.


Saturday, May 12th

Rolling with the Rangers

Millenium Trail, Portage | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Families will learn all about the beauty the Portage trails have to offer. Bring your favorite non-motorized wheels and learn about the trail system from Portage Park Rangers.


Saturday, May 12th

Bicycle Safety Adventure

Haverhill Park, Portage | 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM 

FREE bicycle safety event for children (kids must bring their own bike, scooter, etc.) At this event, children can meet & greet costumed characters, have bicycles inspected for correct fit, safety mechanics, tire inflation, ride the Northwest Portage Bikeway, tour emergency vehicles and more!


Saturday, May 12th

7th Annual Touch-a-Truck 

Kalamazoo County Expo Center, Kalamazoo | 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Touch-A-Truck is a fun event for the whole family where kids, young and old, can learn about and touch an assortment of vehicles including police cars, National Guard vehicles, construction equipment, and many other unique items from those who protect, build and serve in our community! There will be plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy. Cost is only $10 per family, $4 for adults, and $2 for children (2 and under free).


Saturday, May 12th

Heritage Festival

Celery Flats, Portage | 2:00 – 5:00 PM

The Heritage Festival is a celebration of the many ethnic groups that make up the city of Portage. There will be dancing, crafts, traditions and food representing many ethnic groups. Watch, maybe even participate, in various traditions and cultural dances. Admission is free.


Sunday, May 13th

Cosmic Safari

Kingman Museum Planetarium, Battle Creek | 11:15 AM – 3:15 PM | 269-965-5117

Celebrate mom and show her she’s “out of this world!” Shows are between 20 and 40 minutes in length and change on a monthly basis. Shows run at 11:15 AM, 12:15 PM, 1:15 PM, 2:15 PM, and 3:15 PM. Tickets are $2 per person.

SEE ALSO: FREE Museum Admission to Kingman Museum


Monday, May 14th

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Musical Storytime

Kalamazoo Public Library – Oshtemo Branch, Kalamazoo | 6:30 – 7:30 PM

This musical storytime will feature members of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra as they narrate the Eric Carle classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Families are welcome to attend with their child.


Saturday, May 19th

Superheros Unite! Walk

Celery Flats, Portage | 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM | 800-458-6223

Join in on the fun as superheros and sidekicks from across Southwest Michigan come together to honor kids with cancer. Prizes, snacks, music and fun activities are all part of this special day. Organized by Curesearch Superheros Unite. The event is free but a donation is suggested to help support research to cure childhood cancers.

superhero unite walk

CureSearch Superheroes Unite!

Saturday, May 19th

Great Lakes Kite Festival

Grand Haven State Park, Grand Haven | 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM | 800-458-6223

Colorful kites will decorate the sky as amateur and professional stunt flyers flock to the beach in Grand Haven. Kites will be available for purchase as well as other wind toys and spinners. There will also be a family fun tent. The festival is free but visitors may need to pay for parking.


Wednesday, May 23rd

Spring Library Celebration

Kalamazoo Public Library – Washington Square Branch, Kalamazoo | 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Families will celebrate the start of spring and warm weather with music, guest performances, pizza, tamales, crafts and games. All ages are welcome.


Friday, May 25th

Memorial Day Parade

Downtown St. Joseph, St. Joseph | 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM | 269-985-1111

Past and present veterans will be honored at the St. Joseph parade. Veterans who want to talk or ride in the parade still have time to join in. There is no cost to attend the parade.


Friday, May 25th

Tween Night

Galesburg Charleston Memorial Library, Galesburg | 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM | 269-665-7839

Tweens in grades 5-8 will have fun with food and friends A light, kid-friendly meal will be served. There will be crafts and games. No electronics, please! A $3 donation is recommended to help offset costs, and snacks are welcome.


Saturday, May 26th

Disney in Concert – The Jungle Book

Miller Auditorium, Kalamazoo | 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM | 269-387-2300

Join your Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra as they perform live the music of Disney’s classic The Jungle Book. This animated, iconic film features the charming and delightful score by the one and only George Bruns and includes such beloved songs as “The Bare Necessities” and “I Wan’na Be Like You”. Tickets only $10.


Saturday, May 26th

Charlton Park Day

Historic Charlton Park, Hastings | 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM | 269-945-3775

The 12th Annual Charlton Park Day will be fun for the whole family! Free chips, hotdogs and drinks will be provided, as well as tours of the buildings and old fashioned games.  


Monday, May 28th

Kalamazoo Growlers Fan Fest

Homer Stryker Field, Kalamazoo | 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM | 269-492-9966

Growlers will enjoy the first ever Fan Fest to help kick off the new season of baseball. There will be free food, live music and inflatables for the kids. Families can tour the stadium, take photos with the mascot “Porter” and meet and greet the players. The event is free.


Wednesday, May 30th

Party in the Park

Bronson Park, downtown Kalamazoo | 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM 

Don’t forget this annual event! Kalamazoo County preschoolers, their parents, teachers, and child care providers are invited to Bronson Park to hear stories read by community leaders and costumed story book characters. Each child receives healthy snacks and juice and a gift book courtesy of Kalamazoo Public Library. Public welcome to attend – registration is required.

Party in the park


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