Free (or Affordable) Fun for Kids this August
Thursday, August 1
Battle Creek’s Fantasy Forest, located inside Leila Arboretum will host a free concert series on Thursday evenings in August. Listen to Bobby Holley and Sonny Holley’s Motown Band this week.
Bring a chair or blanket and join the City of Portage for the Overlander Bandshell Summer Concert Series, featuring Alan Turner and the Steel Horse Band – high energy country.
Friday, August 2
Live music, great scenery, fun summertime games, and amazing food, Lunchtime Live has it all. Get the family out of the house this summer and head to Bronson Park in Downtown Kalamazoo for a Friday afternoon on the town.
Explore downtown Kalamazoo and enjoy an evening of art exhibits and events at the August Art Hop.
Bring your family and friends for an entertaining night out at Friendship Park in Battle Creek for the FREE concert series, Vibe at 5. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy a Motown tribute performed by Tony Fields Music along the river.
Visit Downtown Kalamazoo for Vintage in the Zoo HOP-UP Block Party at Bates Alley in downtown Kalamazoo. This event will feature a selection of the best local vendors you have come to know, artists and music.
Saturday, August 3
Get your crafting skills on at Home Depot Kids Workshop to build a rocket pencil box – just in time for back to school.
The Kalamazoo Breastfeeding Coalition is proud to host the 2019 Big Latch On at Upjohn Park. All are free to join this community event.
Learn about The Art of Headwrapping: Explore the Beauty of Headwraps Around the World. Wearing headwraps is a beautiful way to add more style, beauty, and color to your look. Learn to wrap your own headwrap with your own fabric or practice with one provided.
Sunday, August 4
Hike a trail, meet live animal ambassadors, visit the DeLano Farmyard and view the indoor exhibits at Kalamazoo Nature Center’s Free Summer Sunday.
Enjoy a great outdoor concert during Maple Lake Summer Concert Series at Maple Lake Amphitheater in Paw Paw. Catch former The Voice contestant, Lucas Holliday, performing this week.
Enjoy ice cream, carnival games, hot dogs, fire trucks and a parade during Texas Township Ice Cream Social and Children’s Carnival. Proceeds from the event benefit the Great Lakes Burn Camp and Texas Township Firefighters Association.
Take an outing to Three Rivers and visit the Scidmore Park Petting Zoo. The petting zoo is open during Saturdays and Sundays during the summer.
Come out to beautiful Kindleberger Park in Parchment for a relaxing evening at The Stage for the Kindleberger Summer Concert Series. Bring the family, your appetite, and lawn chairs or blanket for an entertaining night of exceptional live music.
Monday, August 5
Visit the Antwerp Sunshine Activity Room on Mondays from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM all summer long to create space-themed projects. Create a Candy Constellation Game this week at Maker Monday.
Get moving together with an interactive Drum and Dance performance with Rootead at Oshtemo Township Park.
Tuesday, August 6
What better way to celebrate summer than an hour of yoga in the sunshine at Leila Arboretum’s Kaleidoscope Garden. Cost is $5 for drop-in.
Some stories are for writing, others are for singing. Learn about the stories behind famous operas, and hear classical opera sung live at Opera Hour: Storytelling through Song at Kalamazoo Public Library Central Library.
Wednesday, August 7
Get a backpack and helmet (first 150) at Backpack & Helmet Giveaway / Bike Rodeo. Ascension Borgess Rehabilitation staff will be available and onsite to fit backpacks and helmets, answer questions, and provide education.
Jump in a bounce house, enjoy live music, watch a self-defense expo, play in a cornhole tournament during Summer Palooza at Voyage Church in Kalamazoo.
Sit and relax and enjoy the music with family and friend during Downtown Kalamazoo’s Beats on Bates throughout the summer.
Thursday, August 8
Catch the movie, Mary Poppins Returns during Second Reformed Church’s FREE Family Movies this month. Pizza and popcorn included.
Friday, August 9
Make a book with help from an instructor from the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center during Bookmaking at Kalamazoo Public Library Oshtemo Branch.
Join Daniel Tiger at Family Health Center’s annual Back To School Bash with WGVU’s Be My Neighbor Day. Enjoy free school supplies, carnival rides, bouncies, games, concessions and prizes.
Catch the movie How to Train Your Dragon- The Hidden World at Dutton St. Park for Kzoo Parks Summer Cinema.
Saturday, August 10
Head to South Haven this weekend for sports, shopping, food, drinks, farms, kids games, and music during the annual 2019 National Blueberry Festival.
Sunday, August 11
Visit Bronson Park in downtown Kalamazoo for the family-friendly Sunday Brunch Food Truck Rallies. There will be a delicious variety of food along with live entertainment and games.
Monday, August 12
Celebrate National Bowling Day at Airway Lanes with two free games.
Discover the cosmos through hands-on interactive stations and develop a deeper understanding for space and space exploration during Apollo Adventure with the Michigan Science Center at Kalamazoo Public Library Eastwood Branch.
Tuesday, August 13
Join Just Move Fitness as you stretch, move, and dance, dance, dance during Summer Family Fun – Just Move at Portage District Library.
Hear Fish Stories with Kalamazoo Public Library Librarians at the Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery and do a fun craft. Feed the fish while you are there.
Wednesday, August 14
Bring the kids to Y’OPA Frozen Yogurt to enjoy a delicious treat and attend Summer Story Time.
Get a great workout during Workout Wednesdays at Arcadia Creek Festival Place. Rootead will lead this session.
Thursday, August 15
Visit with live animals, explore your own senses and learn how animals use theirs to survive during Animal Senses with John Ball Zoo at the Kalamazoo Public Library Oshtemo Branch.
Friday, August 16
Catch and release bluegill and bass fishing at Hook, Line and Sinker Kid’s Fishing at Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery. For children ages three to 16 all summer long.
Saturday, August 17
Enjoy a free pool day at Kik Pool (last day the Kik pool is open for the season).
It’s Luau time! At the second annual Ramona Park Luau, enjoy carnival games, inflatables, balloon animals, music, a fire show by Island Dancers and watermelon eating contest.
Sunday, August 18
Visit Bates Alley in Downtown Kalamazoo for The Zoo Moto Show. This series features a mix of vintage and custom European, Japanese, and American motorcycles, along with custom shops, vendors, and great food offerings from the restaurants lining the Alley.
Did you know that during WWII, W.K. Kellogg Manor House was a Coast Guard Station on Gull Lake? Attend WWII Years at the W.K. Kellogg Manor House to see artifacts, vehicles, uniforms, and vintage ads on display from this time.