Fall into Fun, Family Activities in Kalamazoo
As each day passes in late August, the little hints of fall start to appear. Evenings now include a brisk breeze. Lake swimming is now too cold for comfort. And the last of summer’s perennials have bloomed, signaling the leaves changing is just around the corner.
While fall and the start of school are still outside of our norm in 2021 thanks to COVID-19, autumn in Kalamazoo is still very special. Whether your children are learning at home or in a classroom, the leaves will still transform into amazing auburn, yellow and orange tones. The local orchards will still have Honeycrisp apples ready to pick and fresh donuts ready to devour.
We’ve found some free and affordable activities in Kalamazoo for families to enjoy this season both indoors and outside.
Catholic Schools of Greater Kalamazoo
The Catholic Schools of Greater Kalamazoo are a strong faith-based community serving preschool through high school. We are committed to the formation of the entire person: mind, body, and soul, through the cultivation of faith, knowledge, and service.
St. Augustine Cathedral School
St. Monica Catholic School | Hackett Catholic Prep
Important Message: Area businesses are working to implement procedures based on the new safety guidelines. For each of the attractions and events we mention, we include a link to the business website. Please use this link to confirm the details, hours of operation and any requirements guests must follow before visiting. Thank You!
Free Fall Things to Do
Whether you want to hike among the falling leaves, try a new spot for food or visit a museum, we have you covered with free and affordable activities for families in Kalamazoo this fall:
The varied shades of autumn’s leaves and smells of roasted marshmallows over open fire merit some quality time with Mother Nature.
Feed The Birds
Stop by the Visitor’s Center at the W.K. Kellogg Bird Sanctuary and feed the geese, ducks, and swans.
Visit Wolf Lake Fish Hatchery
Feed the fish at Wolf Lake Fish Hatchery. Admission is free; bring quarters for the fish food dispenser. Wolf Lake is also a fantastic spot for hiking and bird watching.
Facing a rainy day? Museums are a great way to spend a fun, educational day inside. Some require timed ticket entry; verify admissions policies before you head out.
Tip: EBT cardholders can visit many museums for FREE with the Museums for All program.
Go “Shopping” in the Little GR Exhibit
The Grand Rapids Children’s Museum has reopened, including a fun Meijer shopping experience for kids! Non members can visit Thursday – Saturday (verify hours online).
See the new POPnology Exhibit at GRPM
The Grand Rapids POPnology exhibit welcomes the combination of pop culture + technology, featuring androids, extraterrestrials, virtual reality, and cool exhibits like the DeLorean from Back to the Future. Admission is only $3 for kids 3-17 (2 and under are free).
Shop the Farmers Markets
Farmers markets are still going strong into the fall season. As we transition from berries to apples and begonias to mums, stop by one of these spots to grab locally-sourced food, plants and crafts.
*The status of these events may change at any time due to COVID-19. Confirm your destination’s status before heading out.
Sep 10: Food truck rallies are still on for the fall in Kalamazoo. Grab some (mobile) grub in September and October.
Sep 11: Visit the Kalamazoo Scottish Festival at Kindleberger Park.
Sep 11: Join Rootead’s Community Drum and Dance at the Kalamazoo Nature Center.
Sep 19: Go on a Bug Hunt at West Lake Nature Preserve (registration required).
Sep 25: Kickstart some fall shopping with Kalamazoo Kitty’s Marketplace event.
Oct 3: Support a great cause at the Kalamazoo Autism Center Art Show at Bell’s.
Oct 8: Food truck rallies are still on for the fall in Kalamazoo. Grab some (mobile) grub in September and October.
Oct 9: Test your word-making skills at Kalamazoo Scrabblefest, while raising money for the Kalamazoo Literacy Council.
Exercise while social distancing at Bronson Park. Every Wednesday evening, head downtown from 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM for a free workout session outside.
Listen to some Beats on Bates Alley every Wednesday evening in September. Grab some food or beverages from downtown while taking in some tunes from 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM.
Learn to fish! Wolf Lake Fish Hatchery offers Hook, Line & Sinker fishing lessons (registration is required).