Time to Fall Back into a Routine

Kids are heading back to school, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to end. 

We hope you had a great summer. The days of your kids sleeping in (if you’re lucky) and not living by a schedule may come to an end this month, but there is still plenty of fun to be had.

Kids (and parents) will be more than willing to trade the swimsuits for a jacket when they see that September is packed with affordable fun.

Use our list to keep tabs on FREE events this September –  library storytimes, craft project opportunities, outdoor events as the whisper of fall knocks on our door.

Make sure not to miss the Free Kids Movies at GQT Kalamazoo 10 this fall – catch a different movie every weekend in September!

Thanks to our sponsor, the Air Zoo

The Air Zoo is a world-class, Smithsonian-affiliated aerospace and science museum with over 100 rare and unique aircraft and spacecraft; inspiring interactive, multi-sensory, exhibits; full-motion flight simulators; indoor amusement park rides; and hands-on, science-based camps and classes.

The Air Zoo has opened three new exhibits this year, and all are included in admission! Memories and Milestones, D-Day 75 from Plane and Parachute, and Apo11o.

Free (or Affordable) Fun for Kids this September

Sunday, September 1

Explore the trails with your family or check out the indoor exhibits at Free Summer Sunday at the Kalamazoo Nature Center.

KNC

Shop for great gifts and beautiful items made by on-site crafters and artisans at South Haven All-Craft Fair.

Take an outing to Three Rivers and visit the Scidmore Park Petting Zoo.

Monday, September 2

Happy Labor Day!

Tuesday, September 3

Grow a reader during Family Storytime at Portage District Library. Join as they sing, play, rhyme and listen to stories.

Learn about stars, planets, and galaxies during a planetarium show at Kalamazoo Valley Museum. Now showing: The Little Star that Could.

Wednesday, September 4

La Celebracion! Join Bilingual Story Time at Willard Library for a story read in English and Spanish. This story time will offer opportunities to talk, read, sing, write, and/or play in both languages.

Cruise In at the Gilmore Car Museum to check out old vintage cars, enjoy a visit to Sally’s Blue Moon Diner.

Thursday, September 5

A great lap-sit program, join Mother Goose on the Loose Storytime at Paw Paw District Library. For infants to age two.

Children five and under are invited to Storytime at Antwerp Sunshine Library. Explore letters through stories, songs, felt board activities, and creative art projects.

Friday, September 6

Explore downtown Kalamazoo and enjoy an evening of art exhibits and events at the September Art Hop.

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, September 7

Get your crafting skills on at Home Depot Kids Workshop to build a scarecrow planter.

Get your cameras ready as you explore and climb on different types of tractors during the FREE 6th Annual Touch-A-Tractor Event at Gull Meadow Farms all weekend. Admission applies to farm activities only.

Gull Meadow Farm

Monday, September 9

Build whatever your heart desires with the bricks at Ransom District Library’s Build-o-Rama. Your creations will be on display all week.

Tuesday, September 10

End the day with sing-song lullabies and storybooks at Nighty Night Storytime at Kalamazoo Public Library Central Branch.

Wednesday, September 11

Students in grades 6-12 can draw, write, color, and create origami while enjoying hot beverages and delicious baked goods during Teen Art Space at Portage District Library.

Thursday, September 12

Is your family interested in “gameschooling,” or learning through games? Join other families as they play and make new friends at Homeschool Gameschooling at Ransom District Library.

Carve out Mom-Time with Ladies’ Night at Dragonfly Gardens. Come take an evening stroll through the gardens, enjoy free snacks and beverages, and look for the hidden eggs throughout the store to win fabulous prizes.

Friday, September 13

Take a trip to downtown Battle Creek for Food Truck Friday –  a free, family-friendly Friday night with food trucks, vendors, and live entertainment.

Saturday, September 14

Enjoy FREE admission at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts all day with special activities from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Free Community Day includes art making, explore new exhibitions, storytelling, and performances.

Celebrate Chinese culture at Moon Festival Celebration at Portage District Library. Enjoy songs, stories, and crafts brought to you by the teachers at Western Michigan University’s Confucius Institute.

Make a string art masterpiece during String Art Creation Station at Antwerp Sunshine Library. Open for children ages five to 12.

Sunday, September 15

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 food offerings from the restaurants lining the Alley.

Tuesday, September 17

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.

Wednesday, September 18

Play video games, read comics and enjoy snacks at Teen Game Club at Portage District Library. This event is for middle and high school students.

Friday, September 20

Abracadabra! See your favorite local magician, Brian Penny in a special Fall Into Magic show at the Hayloft Theatre. The Kalamazoo Ghost Busters will also be visiting, as well as a few friends from a galaxy far, far away. Entrance is free but requires a ticket.

Little ones and their caregivers are invited to explore nature and science, as local author Emmy Kastner presents Nerdy Babies at Portage District Library.

Saturday, September 21

Celebrate the arrival of fall at the Wenke Greenhouse Fall Festival. Bounce house, face painting, pumpkin painting – and cider & donuts available for purchase.

Head to Galesburg for the Black Barn Farm Market Event. Check out everything vintage, antique, repurposed, upcycled, handmade, crafted, as well as pottery and baked goods.

Attend The Fall Craft Show at the Kalamazoo Expo Center featuring 100 unique artists, crafters, and vendors. Free parking and admission.

Monday, September 23

Listen to stories, sing songs and rhymes, and have lots of fun at Family Story Time at Vicksburg District Library. Designed for children age four and under.

Wednesday, September 25

Create artful masterpieces during Afternoon Arts at Paw Paw District Library.

Bring a blanket or a beanbag chair to relax in as you watch Back to the Future Part 1 during Family Movie Night at Vicksburg Library. Free admission and popcorn.

Thursday, September 26

Grab a delicious coffee while your child enjoys weekly Storytime at Barnes & Noble. Don’t miss out on the bookmark treasure chest.

Children birth to age five can attend It’s Storytime at Kalamazoo Public Library Eastwood Branch. Engage in exciting stories, songs, and activities.

Friday, September 27

Kick-off fall with Wedel’s Children’s Days Friday and Saturday. Activities include a petting zoo, face painting, wagon rides, games, and fresh apples from a local orchard.

Saturday, September 28

Shop the Vintage Market at the Mill at Verhages Fruit Farm & Cider Mill. The Farm Market is a vintage-inspired upscale shopping event featuring amazing local curators, vendors, crafters, designers and artisans all selling creative and unique designs. Listen to live music and kids can enjoy fun activities.

Sunday, September 29

Celebrate Vicksburg during the 11th Annual Vicksburg Harvest Festival. There will be a pie baking contest, pumpkin decorating contest, petting zoo, wagon rides, homemade crafts, food booths and music.

Monday, September 30

Encourage curiosity and build self-confidence in children during Play Date at Willard Library. Different stations, toys, and, sensory centers will be available for families with children ages birth to age five.

September free family fun Kalamazoo

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