Do You have Rock Hunters In Your Family?
My kids LOVE rocks, and somehow, they make their way into a variety of activities:
- Went to Ramona Park Beach –> brought home rocks
- Walked the trails at West Lake Nature Preserve –> brought home rocks
- Bought new paint supplies –> painted rocks
See a pattern here?
We recently read about geodes (yes, we also have books about rocks), and my son asked to see some in person.
A quick Google search found Geoscape Rock Shop in Paw Paw, and we visited on a recent weekend. Visiting this shop has become one of our favorite family things to do in SWMI.
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Plan Your Geoscape Rock Shop Visit
Ready to go rock shopping? Here’s where to find the shop and when it’s open:
Where is Geoscape Rock Shop?
Geoscape Rock Shop is located on Red Arrow Highway, just west of the Paw Paw District Library. The bright blue RJ’s Complete Auto Repair is across the street.
Visitors are welcomed by a dinosaur at the entrance (don’t worry- he’s friendly).
This family-owned shop has been in Paw Paw since 2015. They have a second location in Ann Arbor and also offer online shopping.
When Can We Visit?
Geoscape Rock Shop is open seven days per week. Note the reduced hours on Sundays:
Start Shopping in the Parking Lot
If you’re in the market for BIG rocks, shop outside. These beauties come in many varieties and are sold by the pound.
Looking for something a bit smaller (and lighter)? Head inside. While this shop may not look like a large space, don’t underestimate its impressive inventory indoors.
What You’ll Find Inside the Shop
Venture inside and you’ll find rocks in every corner of the shop, priced per piece.
You’ll also find an AMAZING staff that is friendly and knowledgeable about every inch of the place. My daughter didn’t see any small cats in the soapstone animals; a staff member quickly returned with a box full of them (she took home three).
More Rock Activities in Kalamazoo
While we loved our experience at Geoscape Rock Shop, don’t let your geological activities end there. We’ve rounded up more activities for local rock enthusiasts in Southwest Michigan:
1 – Paint Rocks + Share Them with Local Groups
Painting rocks has grown in leaps and bounds in popularity. So much so that Facebook groups are dedicated to painting them, hiding them, and sharing these treasures when discovered.
Not an artist? Don’t worry. Some prefer to be rock hunters, rather than painters. Rocks are tagged with the FB group names to share your discoveries.
Kalamazoo Rocks FB Group
Portage Rocks FB Group
2 – Visit The Schmaltz Geology Museum + Dinosaur Park on Western’s Campus
Western Michigan University has a FREE geology museum on campus that anyone can visit.
Make sure to head outside and visit some massive prehistoric friends at Dinosaur Park near Rood Hall while there.
Tip: Be mindful of campus parking rules; many spots are by permit only.
3 – Join the Kalamazoo Rock Club + Kids Club
The Kalamazoo Geological and Mineral Society (KGMS) is a long-standing rock club in Kalamazoo, for over 65 years.
KGMS meets the first Tuesday of the month at The Portage Senior Center at 7:00PM, with social time at 6:30 PM. They are always open to new members.
KGMS also has a FREE kids club! The kids meet monthly at 6:30 PM. The kids club is open to children age 5-14; parents do not need to be KGMS members.
4 – Attend the Annual Kalamazoo Rock & Mineral Show
This event takes place annually at the Kalamazoo Expo Center in the spring, typically in early May.
Follow the Kalamazoo Rock Club on Facebook to learn more.
Where is Geoscape Rock Shop?
In Southwest Michigan, in Paw Paw (about 25 minutes west of Kalamazoo). The shop’s address is 37111 Red Arrow Hwy Paw Paw, MI 49079.
When is Geoscape Rock Shop open?
The shop is open seven days per week, Monday – Saturday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM and
Sunday: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM.
Do they have online shopping?
Yes! You can shop some of their merchandise online.
Where can I find geodes to crack open?
There’s a bucket in the parking lot with geodes. They are $5.00 each.
Have you Visited Geoscape Rock Shop?
Leave us a comment about your experience!