Spring for a Fun Time Indoors
Moms and kids love Just Move Fitness for their Just Move Playdates at their location (and offered for FREE through the Portage District Library). Try the Little Movers Club, which is supervised play while you get fitness to your day.
Take the family swimming on the weekend at WMU’s Gabel Natatorium. There’s a shallow end full of pool toys, lanes to use, and even an inflatable obstacle course.
Sad to see winter end? Take the family to Open Skate at the Lawson Ice Arena on Saturday afternoons.
Shop for new and yet old duds at area Mom2Mom and Spring Consignment Sales.
It’s music to your ears at the FREE Crybaby Concert Series, where kids and babies are welcome to make as much noise, or as little, as they wish.
You don’t have to spring for a movie at Flick’s Family Film Festival at Celebration Cinema, where kids 12 and under get in free to select movies and times.
Move It to a Museum
The Kalamazoo Valley Museum is always free. Visit one of their traveling exhibits (Wicked Plants and then Ocean Bound) or catch a planetarium show for only $3. Kids will love their hands-on exhibits like the News Station, Diner, or the Innovation Gallery. Little ones will especially enjoy the Children’s Landscape and learning diversity as well as dreaming about what they want to be when they grow up.
Get your art on at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. Kids 12 and under are always free, and they will love all of the hands-on art activities in their downstairs Interactive Gallery after they’re done exploring the exhibits.
May is the month to visit local hotspots with the reciprocal Southwest Michigan Cultural Membership Exchange. If you have a membership to one of the following, it will get you into any of the others for FREE for the entire month: Air Zoo, Kalamazoo Nature Center, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Gilmore Car Museum, Binder Park Zoo, and the W.K. Kellogg Bird Sanctuary and Manor House.
Sip, Slurp, and Sprawl Your Heart Out
Drive your car in for a homemade root beer and the best hot dog in town at The Root Beer Stand.
Kick back with some frozen custard at Ritter’s in Portage and let the kids run off their energy at the playground behind the building. Or choose frozen yogurt and over fifty toppings at Y’OPA. Then sit outside on their patio and give the kids room to stretch.
Become Berry Interesting from Smoothie King (they offer a Friday $5 promo on smoothies) or go bananas with a Chocolate Chimp at Tropical Smoothie and head to the park to sip in the sunshine.
Head to one of Kalamazoo’s favorite family-friendly breweries to see what’s on tap. Kid menus, kid play areas, and outdoor seating are only some of the reasons that Kalamazoo rocks what they brew.
Pack a lunch and a checkered blanket and head to one of our favorite picnic spots in Kalamazoo.
Hop On Over to One of These Free or Affordable Special Events
Stroll through the market and say hello to your favorite farmers at the Kalamazoo Farmers Market opening day on May 2 or the Portage Farmers Market opening May 10.
Portage is hosting it’s 12th Annual Green-a-Thon on Sunday, April 19. This FREE Earth Day event includes exhibits, games, giveaways, and a sneak peek into the Portage Farmers Market for 2020.
Head to the Bank Street Farmer’s Market on Saturday, April 18 for the Kalamazoo Earth Day Festival. Celebrating Earth Day’s 50th anniversary, there will be games, music, food, and children’s activities.
View the deliciousness within the pages or enter your own creation at the Edible Book Festival on Friday, April 3. Prizes awarded for children and adults.
Photo: Crystal Shaulis
Step back in time at the annual Kalamazoo Living History Show at the Expo Center from March 21-22. Crafts, reenactments, shopping – it’s fun for all ages, and educational too.
Visit your favorite bunny, and hunt for eggs at one of the many Easter events around Kalamazoo.