We LOVE February
February is the month of LOVE.
We LOVE that greater Kalamazoo has so many free or affordable events and activities this month. Between story times, special library events and playgroups, we have found over 40 events to fill up the month, without breaking the bank.
If you are looking for specific Valentine’s Day events, be sure to explore our Valentine’s Day Activities Kids will Love.
Free (or Affordable) Fun for Kids this February
Friday, February 1
Have some Frosty Fun all weekend long in downtown St. Joseph at their 15th Annual Magical Ice Fest.
Join a daily Circle Time at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum Monday-Saturday. These literacy-based 20 minute programs are free of charge to families and preschool groups.
Relieve cabin fever with singing, dancing, movement activities, and sensory play during Music and Movement at Otsego District Library. Occurs every Friday in February.
Catch air during Parachute Play Time at Ransom District Library. This activity is recommended for children who are at least three years old
Hang out at Teen Scene at the Otsego Library each week to play games, watch movies and have fun. Featuring Xbox Kinect and Nintendo Wii gaming systems and some exciting tabletop games.
Explore downtown Kalamazoo and enjoy an evening of art exhibits and events at the monthly Art Hop.
Each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in February, Air Zoo guests will have the unique opportunity to sit in the cockpits of some of the most famous aircraft in history. Don’t miss this amazing chance to “climb behind the stick” and get a true “pilot’s eye” view of history. The Air Zoo’s open cockpit experience is free with paid admission and offers great photo opportunities.
Saturday, February 2
Build a personalized candy heart box, perfect for Valentine’s Day. Activity available at the Portage, Plainwell and Three Rivers Home Depot locations.
Sunday, February 3
For only $2 per person, you can catch the New Horizons planetarium show at Kingman Museum. Afterward, stay and visit the museum for free on Saturdays and Sundays.
Monday, February 4
Sing, read, rhyme and play with your little ones at Portage District Library’s Baby and Toddler Story Time. A developmentally appropriate playtime will follow.
Take part in early literacy activities such as singing, rhyming and reading at Preschool Storytime at Comstock Township Library, followed by a sensory playtime.
Register for the Southwest Michigan Teen Creative Writing Challenge and attend the opening event at the Antwerp Sunshine Library.
Build whatever your heart desires with the bricks at Ransom District Library’s Build-o-Rama. Your creations will be on display all week.
Wednesday, February 6
Drink a cup of coffee or tea while your child plays during Mugs and Hugs play time at Vicksburg District Library.
Your little explorers will have the opportunity to explore the biology and history of different reptiles and amphibians at Love Where You Live Storytime featuring Critchlow Alligator Sanctuary. This new series is held at the Helen Warner Branch of Willard Library in Battle Creek.
Learn, play and improve your chess skills during Chess Club at Otsego District Library. Open to students in elementary through high school.
Thursday, February 7
Enjoy songs, fingerplay, and crafts at Bookbug’s weekly themed story time.
Attend the lap-sit, Mother Goose storytime for infants to age two at Paw Paw District Library.
Explore S.T.E.A.M. through story time with your three to six-year-old at Comstock Township Library. Themed activities will be followed by hands-on activity stations for you and your child to explore together.
Join the Early Childhood Connections Playgroup at Willard Library in Battle Creek. This parent and child interactive playgroup led by Early Childhood Connections focuses on developmentally appropriate school readiness activities for children from birth to age five.
Friday, February 8
Held every Friday at 10:30 AM at the South Haven Memorial Library, Tunebugs is a drop-in music exploration program for children ages one through five. Sing songs, explore instruments and have some musical family fun.
Check out Secrets of the Cardboard Rocket planetarium show at Kalamazoo Valley Museum. Join in the story of two children who build a rocket out of a cardboard box and take a fantastical voyage through the solar system with the help of a magical book and their own vivid imaginations.
Are you smitten with donuts? Attend the Smitten in the Mitten Teen and Tween Valentine Day Party at Otsego District Library.
Saturday, February 9
Be an Art Detective at the Kalamazoo Institute of Art, admission is free. The program teaches children ages four to eight (with an adult) how to look at and appreciate art through storytelling, guided looking and art-making.
Sunday, February 10
Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra Family Discovery concerts are an entertaining introduction to symphonic music for children ages four and up Chenery Auditorium. See the Phantom of the Orchestra at 3:00 PM where mysterious calamities continue to befall the orchestra’s performances. Arrive early for the pre-concert activities. Tickets only $5 each.
Follow animal tracks through the snow on a Critter Trackin’ Tike Hike at Wolf Tree Nature Trails.
Monday, February 11
Let your toddler get some energy out during Toddler Open Play at Kingdom Sports. Available on Mondays and Wednesdays, year round.
Tuesday, February 12
Grow a reader at Family Storytime at Portage District Library. Sing, play, rhyme and listen to stories. All ages are welcome, and no registration is required.
Have some indoor fun at Full Blast in Battle Creek for drop-in open gym time at $2 per child. A small amount of play equipment is provided.
Explore math and science concepts through fun hands-on experiments at Junior Scientists at Antwerp Sunshine Branch Library. Designed for children in 1st grade and above, but supervised children of all ages are welcome. During the month of February, science experiment themes will include Harry Potter science, Valentine’s Day Science, Robots, and Colors.
Wednesday, February 13
Teens who are in 6th-12th grade will have a great time at Bulldog Break time at Vicksburg Library. Enjoy snacks and play Wii U, games, crafts, Legos and more for hang out time.
Draw, write, color, and create origami while enjoying hot beverages and delicious baked goods during Teen Art Space at Portage District Library. Open to students in 6th-12th grade.
Thursday, February 14
Did you know Barnes & Noble has weekly storytimes? Join for some super stories, followed by coloring, and treats.
Share your love for cupcakes at a Cupcake Love decorating workshop hosted by local cake decorators at the Kalamazoo Public Library – Alma Powell Branch.
Students ages 9-14 years are invited to a monthly Tween Night at Willard Library. Get pampered during Spa Fun for February.
Saturday, February 16
Use the assortment of LEGOs at the Antwerp Sunshine Library to make your creations during LEGO Day. All ages are welcome!
Let your child get creative at Michael’s. Only $2 for ages three and up, or $5 for ages five and up (per child) reserves 30 minutes for a Flower Power craft. Available at the Portage and Battle Creek locations.
Bring the kids and join park rangers for story time in front of the fireplace at the Schrier Park indoor facility for Reading Rangers. A ranger-led activity or hike will follow.
Sunday, February 17
Visit over 50 vendors at the Kalamazoo Baby and Family Expo. This FREE event will be held in downtown Kalamazoo at the Radisson Plaza Hotel, and combines information sessions along with live performances, door prizes, giveaways, and family activities.
Create a bookmark of your own unique design to encourage others. Join Portage District Library on Random Acts of Kindness Day as they provide all of the supplies to craft something special.
Monday, February 18
Family Story Time at Vicksburg District Library is for children ages infant to four years old and their caregivers. Listen to stories, sing songs and rhymes, and have lots of fun at a short playtime.
Tuesday, February 19
Every Tuesday you can grab a movie for $5 Ticket Tuesday at the AMC Theatre with an AMC Stubs Membership.
Sing, dance and play with friends at Tiny Tots at Otsego District Library. Times are split up into age groups of 0-1 and 2-3.
Wednesday, February 20
Explore the various aspects of S.T.E.A.M. and investigate a different theme each month during STEAM Adventures at Comstock Township Library. For children in Kindergarten through fifth grade.
Make tiny furniture and other small decorations to create a miniature room scene during the Creation Lab at Three Rivers Public Library.
Friday, February 22
The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra String Quartet presents Musical Story Books at the Portage District Library. The program promotes interactive learning with a narrated telling of the story put to music, and is followed by a craft. Registration is required.
Saturday, February 23
Join Barnes and Noble for their biography kids’ book series as they read about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who had a dream of peace and love for all children everywhere. Plus, get a special coupon from their Café.
Tuesday, February 26
Come to a local Anime Meetup at Otsego District Library for fun, friends and talk about your favorite Anime/Manga artists, shows and games. Share your own art and fan-fiction!
Register for Teen Cupcake Wars at Portage District Library. Decorate cupcakes using the ingredients provided. Prizes will be given for the greatest cupcakes! Open to students in middle school and high school.
Wednesday, February 27
Get the wiggles out at Wiggle Time at Antwerp Sunshine Library. Children five and under practice gross motor skills and body movement through singing, dancing, and playing musical instruments.
Thursday, February 28
There will be fun for all ages at the Family-Style Storytime at Parchment Community Library.
Early exposure to talking, singing, playing, reading, and writing are the building blocks of literacy. During Babytime at Willard Library Helen Warner Branch, you are invited to enjoy finger-plays, nursery rhymes, rhythmic activities, books, and free play.