Kalamazoo Events Calendar for Families: September 2020

kalamazoo events for september

Southwest MI & Kalamazoo Events for September, Listed

Your school year might look a little different this fall, but you can still rely on us to find and list all of the family fun options in Southwest Michigan and Kalamazoo.

We’re welcoming apple orchards, pumpkins, and fall color with open arms.

Let us know if you have any Kalamazoo events for September to add!

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 ONGOING • SEPTEMBER EVENTS  

Here’s a round up of Kalamazoo events for September that are on repeat:


Artemis Fowl Read-Along
Online event
» Monday-Friday, Aug 31-Sept 30, 2020
Read-Along is an online, daily program for kids and caregivers where KPL Librarians read popular children’s and teen chapter books out loud for kids to follow along. Chapters from the selected book will be released Monday through Friday until the book is finished.

Superhero Story Walks
Battle Creek, MI
» September 1-30, 2020
Step into September by participating in all three Superhero Story Walks geared for youngsters in preschool through fourth grade and their families. Each story walk will include fun, interactive activities throughout the month. Children who complete each story walk will receive special superhero surprises.

Downtown Kalamazoo Restaurant Week
Downtown Kalamazoo, MI 
» September 11-20, 2020
Take part in the new look of Kalamazoo’s yearly celebration! Restaurants have been encouraged to provide takeout options for this year’s event and are asked to create menus at a $10, $25, and/or $35 price point – some will have 2 for $25, 3 courses for $35, etc.

 SEP 1  •  Tu  

 All Day                                   

 SEP 1, 2020 | 10 am                                     

KNC Preschool Explorers
7000 N Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 
» Explore and play with nature as our teacher while developing critical early childhood skills. Geared toward children 5 years and under with an adult. Come dressed to explore the outdoors! Masks are recommended, but not required. Free with admission, registration required.

 SEP 1, 2020 | 7 pm                                     

Book Thoughts with Mr. Bill and Miss Natalie 🆓
» KPL. Online event. Listen to a conversation with Mr. Bill and Miss Natalie talking about exciting new books for all ages in KPL’s Children’s and Teen collections.

 SEP 2  •  W  

 All Day                                   

 SEP 2, 2020 | 10 am                                     

Take & Make Kaleidoscope @ Portage District Library 🆓
300 Library Lane, Portage, MI 49002
» 10am-7pm. Take and Makes are simple activity kits prepared by the Youth Department staff for families to pick up at the library and complete at home. Today you can make an awesome DIY kaleidoscope.

Toddler Open Play: Outdoor Drop-In @ Kingdom Soccer
8151 Merchant Place, Portage, MI 49002
» 10am-11am. Join Kingdom Soccer for Toddler Drop-In every Monday and Wednesday. Currently located outdoors due to COVID-19. $5

 SEP 2, 2020 | 3 pm                                     

KNC Wildlife Wednesdays 🆓
» A new online series all about KNC’s Animal Ambassadors! We’ll be highlighting some of the enrichment activities our animal’s experience, along with after-hours animal cam footage, and training with our staff!

 SEP 2, 2020 | 5:30 pm                                     

Beats on Bates 🆓
Bates Alley, Kalamazoo, MI
» Beats on Bates is a weekly summer live music series. Grab drinks or dinner at one of the Bates Alley businesses while enjoying live music.

Workout Wednesdays 🆓
200 S Rose St, Kalamazoo, MI 49007
» Pack your workout gear this summer for Workout Wednesdays in downtown Kalamazoo! Workout Wednesdays will follow a socially distant format.

 SEP 3  •  Th  

 All Day                                   

 Sep 3, 2020 | 6 pm                                     

KNC Elementary Explorers
7000 N Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 
» Time spent in nature is vital for kids at any age. Parents are invited to drop their children off and pick them up at the end of the hour-long program. Ages 5-10 years old, registration required. $10/member, $15/non-member

 SEP 3, 2020 | 6:30 pm                                     

Night Lights Water Lantern Festival @ Ramona Park
8600 South Sprinkle Road, Portage, MI
» 6:30-8:30pm. At this family-friendly event, you’ll help light up the lake in a way you’ll never forget while honoring and remembering loved ones or floating words of hope and encouragement across the water. Registration is required for each person wishing to attend. $8/person

 SEP 4  •  F  

 All Day                                   

 SEP 4, 2020 | 10 am                                     

Kalamazoo Mall Market 🆓
Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo, MI 
» Head downtown where you can freely shop, dine and experience downtown Kalamazoo businesses in a safe and comfortable outdoor environment. Live music performances will take place from 5-8 p.m.

 SEP 4, 2020 | 11:30 am                                     

Lunchtime Live! @ Bronson Park 🆓
200 S Rose St, Kalamazoo, MI 49007
» Great scenery, music, food trucks, and fun! Attendees can expect to find food trucks lined up along the park on South Street as well as other vendors set up throughout the park. We encourage visitors to grab their lunch and find a quiet place to sit in the park, distanced from others.

 SEP 4, 2020 | 5 pm                                     

Virtual Art Hop 🆓
» Celebrate creativity and self expression thorough the arts on the Art Council’s Facebook page. Enjoy photos, videos, and live-streams of this curated show filled with a variety of artwork including dance, theatre, music, painting, ceramics, photography, and more.

 Sept 4, 2020 @ 6 pm – Sept 6, 2020 @ 1pm                            

Fall Family Getaway Weekends @ Camp Newaygo
5333 South Centerline Road, Newaygo, MI 49337

» Spend a long weekend this fall at Camp Newaygo!

Choose your style of accommodations, enjoy meals from our executive chef, and select activity excursions to create your perfect weekend away.

Camp Newaygo is experienced and committed to providing a COVID careful programs and experiences.

LEARN MORE

 SEP 4, 2020 | 6 pm                                     

KNC Kid-Free Fridays
7000 N Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 
» 6-8pm. Drop your kids off at KNC and enjoy a few hours to yourself! KNC will provide outdoor, educational activities for children, while you take time for you. Masks are required. Ages of 5-13, registration required. $20/member child, $25/non-member child, $10/each additional child per family

 SEP 4, 2020 | 7:30 pm                                     

Kzoo Parks Summer Cinema @ Crane Park 🆓
2099 S Park St W, Kalamazoo, MI 49008
» Secret Life of Pets 2 on a large LED video board in the park. The video screen will be set up with music playing at 6:30pm so come settle into your spot and enjoy some family time in the park before the movie begins at 7:30pm. COVID-19 guidelines will be followed.

 SEP 4, 2020 | 8 pm                                     

Late Night Food Truck Rally
199 W Water St, Kalamazoo, MI 49007
» About 12 food trucks and vendors that offer a wide array of street food menu options, event also includes live music!

 SEP 5  •  Sa  

 All Day                                   

 SEP 5, 2020 | 10 am                                     

Benjammin Educational Kid’s Music @ Old Dog Tavern
402 E. Kalamazoo Ave, Kalamazoo, MI
» Join us Saturday morning with adorable, fun-loving kids on stage at Old Dog Tavern. Bring your kids to join the band or just come and watch kids grow in music & life skills. Instruments provided. Brunch runs from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. with various kid combos!

 SEP 5, 2020 | 3 pm                                     

Digital Creature Features w/ KNC 🆓
» Each week the Kalamazoo Nature Center will host a virtual program featuring a different animal on KNC’s Facebook page.

 SEP 6  •  Su  

 All Day                                   

 SEP 6, 2020 | 9 am                                     

 SEP 7  •  M  

 All Day                                   

 SEP 7, 2020 | 7 am                                     

Labor Day Flea Market
1204 Bank St, Kalamazoo, MI 
» 7am-2pm. The BANK Street Flea Market is hosting their annual Labor Day Flea Market on Monday, Sept. 7th. Our many vendors will be there with a variety of antiques, collectibles as well as everyday items. Free admission and parking.

 SEP 7, 2020 | 10 am                                     

Toddler Open Play: Outdoor Drop-In @ Kingdom Soccer
8151 Merchant Place, Portage, MI 49002
» 10am-11am. Join Kingdom Soccer for Toddler Drop-In every Monday and Wednesday. Currently located outdoors due to COVID-19. $5

 SEP 8  •  Tu  

 All Day                                   

 SEP 8, 2020 | 10 am                                     

KNC Preschool Explorers
7000 N Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 
» Explore and play with nature as our teacher while developing critical early childhood skills. Geared toward children 5 years and under with an adult. Come dressed to explore the outdoors! Masks are recommended, but not required. Free with admission, registration required.

Teens: Paint Some Happy Trees 🆓
» KPL. Online event. Let’s get creative and paint some trees, in true Bob Ross fashion. For teens grades 6-12. Stop by the Teen Area at Central or Oshtemo during open hours to pick up your supplies.

 SEP 8, 2020 | 4 pm                                     

Michaels Kids Club Online: Dotted Fall Tree 🆓
» Make this pretty Fall tree using your hand and arm as the tree, then add dots to create Fall leaves! RSVP for the class!

 SEP 8, 2020 | 6 pm                                     

Bookworms – A Book Club for Families 🆓
» KPL. Online event. Pick up your copy of the book at any KPL location during open hours or provide your address to have it mailed. September: The Season of Styx Malone by Kekla Magoon. Register in advance to receive the Zoom link.

 SEP 9  •  W  

 All Day                                   

 SEP 9, 2020 | 10 am                                     

Take & Make Pop-up Puppet @ Portage District Library 🆓
300 Library Lane, Portage, MI 49002
» 10am-7pm. Take and Makes are simple activity kits prepared by the Youth Department staff for families to pick up at the library and complete at home. Join Ms. Annette from the Youth Department as she shows you how to build two pop-up puppets using cups and straws.

Toddler Open Play: Outdoor Drop-In @ Kingdom Soccer
8151 Merchant Place, Portage, MI 49002
» 10am-11am. Join Kingdom Soccer for Toddler Drop-In every Monday and Wednesday. Currently located outdoors due to COVID-19. $5

Science Wonders 
» Ransom District Library. Online event. Science experiments will be posted on the RDL YouTube account. Pick up an instruction sheet at the library, or look at the instructions on the video, and kids can do the experiments themselves after watching!

 SEP 9, 2020 | 10:30 am                                     

Stories with Sunny the Therapy Dog 🆓
6130 King Hwy, Comstock, MI
» Read stories one on one with Sunny the Therapy Dog! Registrations required. Masks must be worn by all children to protect library staff and Sunny’s owner.

 SEP 9, 2020 | 3 pm                                     

KNC Wildlife Wednesdays 🆓
» A new online series all about KNC’s Animal Ambassadors! We’ll be highlighting some of the enrichment activities our animal’s experience, along with after-hours animal cam footage, and training with our staff!

 SEP 9, 2020 | 5:30 pm                                     

Beats on Bates 🆓
Bates Alley, Kalamazoo, MI
» Beats on Bates is a weekly summer live music series. Grab drinks or dinner at one of the Bates Alley businesses while enjoying live music.

Workout Wednesdays 🆓
200 S Rose St, Kalamazoo, MI 49007
» Pack your workout gear this summer for Workout Wednesdays in downtown Kalamazoo! Workout Wednesdays will follow a socially distant format.

 SEP 10  •  Th  

 All Day                                   

 SEP 10, 2020 |4 pm                                     

Michaels Kids Club Online: Fall Painted Rocks 🆓
» Make fall painted rocks with this online class! RSVP for the class

 SEP 10, 2020 | 4:30 pm                                     

Number Ninjas 🆓
» Paw Paw District Library. Online event. Math fun on Facebook Live. Younger kids (PreK-1st) will play Move It!, a dice game that focuses on number identification and counting. Older kids (2nd-4th) will play PIG, a dice game that builds addition and multiplication skills. Pick up your kit beginning Tuesday, September 8th.

 SEP 10, 2020 | 6 pm                                     

KNC Elementary Explorers
7000 N Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 
» Time spent in nature is vital for kids at any age. Parents are invited to drop their children off and pick them up at the end of the hour-long program. Ages 5-10 years old, registration required. $10/member, $15/non-member

 SEP 11  •  F  

 All Day                                   

 10 am – 5pm                            

Make-and-Take Sand Candles @ Marketplace by Kalamazoo Candle
166 S Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo, MI 49007

» Fun, fast, and family-friendly! Join our Marketplace candle making experts every Wednesday and Friday for make-and-take Sand Candles. ​

We’ll set you up with a socially distanced workstation and everything you need to create your own Sand Candle. Choose from a variety of colors and fragrances and make a candle to take home for just $10. ​

No reservations required. Space is limited. First come, first served.

LEARN MORE

 SEP 11, 2020 | 10 am                                     

Kalamazoo Mall Market 🆓
Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo, MI 
» Head downtown where you can freely shop, dine and experience downtown Kalamazoo businesses in a safe and comfortable outdoor environment. Live music performances will take place from 5-8 p.m.

 Sept 11, 2020 @ 6 pm – Sept 13, 2020 @ 1pm                            

Fall Family Getaway Weekends @ Camp Newaygo
5333 South Centerline Road, Newaygo, MI 49337

» Spend a long weekend this fall at Camp Newaygo!

Choose your style of accommodations, enjoy meals from our executive chef, and select activity excursions to create your perfect weekend away.

Camp Newaygo is experienced and committed to providing a COVID careful programs and experiences.

LEARN MORE

 SEP 11, 2020 | 6 pm                                     

KNC Kid-Free Fridays
7000 N Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 
» 6-8pm. Drop your kids off at KNC and enjoy a few hours to yourself! KNC will provide outdoor, educational activities for children, while you take time for you. Masks are required. Ages of 5-13, registration required. $20/member child, $25/non-member child, $10/each additional child per family

Family Disney Night: Princess Castle @ Wine & Canvas
7055 South Westnedge Ave, Portage, MI 49002
» 6-8:30pm. Leave your cares at the door and dive in to the paint party at our new studio! Relax with step-by-step instructions to create your finished masterpiece. $29/seat

 SEP 11, 2020 | 8 pm                                     

Rock the Gilmore: An Ultimate Journey Tribute Ft. The RockShow
6865 W Hickory Rd, Hickory Corners, MI 
» The RockShow brings you right back to the big hair, wild colors and the golden era of rock and roll through the entire catalogue of Journey’s music. General Admission: $35.00 per carload, tickets are pre-sale only.

 SEP 12  •  Sa  

 All Day                                   

 SEP 12, 2020 | 9 am                                     

Zipline Canopy Tours
7000 N Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 
» Experience the rush of soaring through the summer foliage as you zoom through the treetops on our 4-line zip tour! Staff will guide you through a short educational program and a safety orientation. Ages 12 and up. $50/member, $60/non-member

 SEP 12, 2020 | 10 am                                     

Ranger Hike- Reptile & Amphibian Rummage @ West Lake Nature Preserve 🆓
9001 S Westnedge, Portage, MI 49002
» Join our Park Rangers on an adventure through West Lake Nature Preserve in search of reptiles and amphibians! Learn how to locate and identify our scaly and slippery friends in their natural habitat. Participants are encouraged to dress appropriately for the weather and the possibility of getting muddy!

Summer Saturdaze Starring “Little Orphan Autos” @ Gilmore Car Museum
6865 W Hickory Rd, Hickory Corners, MI
» 10am-2pm. Drive In and enjoy great food and fun with your fellow car enthusiasts! Spectator Admission: $16/person, $11/child 11-17, FREE for children 10 and under

Virtual Stroll with Nature: Sly as a Fox 🆓
» Pierce Cedar Creek Institute. Online event. Join us in celebrating National Fox Day, and discover if foxes truly live up to their reputation through stories, hands-on activities, and suggestions for short “strolls” on trails or through your neighborhood.

Arts and Craft Show @ Cornwell’s Turkeyville 🆓
18935 15 1/2 Mile Rd, Marshall, MI 
» 10am-4pm. A 2 day craft show, free to come out and take a walk around.

Benjammin Educational Kid’s Music @ Old Dog Tavern
402 E. Kalamazoo Ave, Kalamazoo, MI
» Join us Saturday morning with adorable, fun-loving kids on stage at Old Dog Tavern. Bring your kids to join the band or just come and watch kids grow in music & life skills. Instruments provided. Brunch runs from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. with various kid combos!

 SEP 12, 2020 | 11 am                                     

Children’s Cooking Class @ The Henderson Castle
100 Monroe Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49006
» 11am-1pm. Kids (ages 7-14) will learn new techniques making special dishes to impress their friends and family. $49

 SEP 12, 2020 | 12 pm                                     

Cookies & Canvas: Fire Fly Night
7055 South Westnedge Ave., Portage, MI 49002
» 12-2pm. Local artists inspire and instruct classes with step-by-step instructions to create your finished masterpiece. $20/seat

 SEP 12, 2020 | 3 pm                                     

Digital Creature Features w/ KNC 🆓
» Each week the Kalamazoo Nature Center will host a virtual program featuring a different animal on KNC’s Facebook page.

 SEP 13  •  Su  

 All Day                                   

 SEP 13, 2020 | 10 am                                     

Summer Sundaze Starring Muscle Cars @ Gilmore Car Museum
6865 W Hickory Rd, Hickory Corners, MI
» 10am-2pm. Drive In and enjoy great food and fun with your fellow car enthusiasts! Spectator Admission: $16/person, $11/child 11-17, FREE for children 10 and under

Arts and Craft Show @ Cornwell’s Turkeyville 🆓
18935 15 1/2 Mile Rd, Marshall, MI 
» 10am-4pm. A 2 day craft show, free to come out and take a walk around.

 SEP 13, 2020 | 1:30 pm                                     

Princess Tea Party @ The Henderson Castle
100 Monroe Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49006
» 1:30-3:30pm. You and your little princess are invited to join us over tea, dancing and laughing, princess stories and fun activities! Register in advance, $29.99/Person.

 SEP 13, 2020 | 3 pm                                     

Migratory Music @ Kalamazoo Nature Center
7000 N Westnedge, Kalamazoo, MI 
» 3-5pm. Experience the KNC with live music from local artists! We’re bringing back some Festival favorites, and they will be stationed around the Nature Center arboretum area (with plenty of distance between them).

 SEP 14  •  M  

 All Day                                   

 SEP 14, 2020 | 10 am                                     

Toddler Open Play: Outdoor Drop-In @ Kingdom Soccer
8151 Merchant Place, Portage, MI 49002
» 10am-11am. Join Kingdom Soccer for Toddler Drop-In every Monday and Wednesday. Currently located outdoors due to COVID-19. $5

 SEP 14, 2020 | 1 pm                                     

HEART Gym & Park Day @ Texas Drive Park
6603 Texas Dr, Kalamazoo, MI
» Join other homeschool families for a Gym and Park Day. We will have gym supplies available for the kids to use in the gaga pit, kickballs, jump ropes, sidewalk chalk, and more. All homeschoolers are welcome to join in the fun including those new to homeschooling. Feel free to bring a lunch or snack and drinks for an afternoon of homeschool fellowship.

 SEP 15  •  Tu  

 All Day                                   

 SEP 15, 2020 | 10 am                                     

KNC Preschool Explorers
7000 N Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 
» Explore and play with nature as our teacher while developing critical early childhood skills. Geared toward children 5 years and under with an adult. Come dressed to explore the outdoors! Masks are recommended, but not required. Free with admission, registration required.

STEAM at Home 🆓
» Otsego District Library. Online event. Join Miss Alicia on Facebook to learn more about Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. See how learning can be fun! Take home kits will be available some of the weeks at the curbside window if applicable.

 SEP 15, 2020 | 10:30 am                                     

Parenting Talk 🆓
» KPL. Online event. Parenting Talk connects community resource specialists with preschool children and their adults in an online environment that’s informative and lots of fun! Everyday child-led play with books and music is great fun for growing brains! Best for families with children ages birth-5. Register in advance.

 SEP 15, 2020 | 4 pm                                     

Michaels Kids Club Online: Watercolor Fall Leaves 🆓
» Create fun fall leaves by folding paper, and adding color with crayons, and watercolor. RSVP for the class!

 SEP 15, 2020 | 6 pm                                     

Robot Building Party 🆓
» Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan. Online event. Join Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan for a robot building party! This event is for ALL girls and their families, All events are free and the supplies you would need are basic household items. Register in advance.

 SEP 15, 2020 | 7 pm                                     

Hamilton Trivia Challenge 🆓
» Portage District Library. Online event. Come test your knowledge of the musical Hamilton in the Zoom room where it happens with other Hamilton fans! Spend some time with George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, the Schuyler Sisters, King George, and of course, Hamilton himself, and get ready to take your shot. Registration required.

 SEP 16  •  W  

 All Day                                   

 10 am – 7pm                            

Make-and-Take Sand Candles @ Marketplace by Kalamazoo Candle
166 S Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo, MI 49007

» Fun, fast, and family-friendly! Join our Marketplace candle making experts every Wednesday and Friday for make-and-take Sand Candles. ​

We’ll set you up with a socially distanced workstation and everything you need to create your own Sand Candle. Choose from a variety of colors and fragrances and make a candle to take home for just $10. ​

No reservations required. Space is limited. First come, first served.

LEARN MORE

 SEP 16, 2020 | 10 am                                     

Take & Make Pirate Fun @ Portage District Library 🆓
300 Library Lane, Portage, MI 49002
» 10am-7pm. Take and Makes are simple activity kits prepared by the Youth Department staff for families to pick up at the library and complete at home. Included is a pirate-themed craft, treasure map activity (with coins to find), and a list of pirate jokes.

Toddler Open Play: Outdoor Drop-In @ Kingdom Soccer
8151 Merchant Place, Portage, MI 49002
» 10am-11am. Join Kingdom Soccer for Toddler Drop-In every Monday and Wednesday. Currently located outdoors due to COVID-19. $5

Science Wonders 
» Ransom District Library. Online event. Science experiments will be posted on the RDL YouTube account. Pick up an instruction sheet at the library, or look at the instructions on the video, and kids can do the experiments themselves after watching!

 SEP 16, 2020 | 3 pm                                     

KNC Wildlife Wednesdays 🆓
» A new online series all about KNC’s Animal Ambassadors! We’ll be highlighting some of the enrichment activities our animal’s experience, along with after-hours animal cam footage, and training with our staff!

 SEP 16, 2020 | 4 pm                                     

Animal Crossing 🆓
» Otsego District Library. Online event for teens. Get your Nintendo Switch or Switch Lite and play with the library staff each month! Dodo Codes will be posted on Facebook, Instagram, and otsegolibrary.org.

 SEP 16, 2020 | 5:30 pm                                     

Beats on Bates 🆓
Bates Alley, Kalamazoo, MI
» Beats on Bates is a weekly summer live music series. Grab drinks or dinner at one of the Bates Alley businesses while enjoying live music.

Workout Wednesdays 🆓
200 S Rose St, Kalamazoo, MI 49007
» Pack your workout gear this summer for Workout Wednesdays in downtown Kalamazoo! Workout Wednesdays will follow a socially distant format.

 SEP 17  •  Th  

 All Day                                   

 SEP 17, 2020 | 4 pm                                     

Virtual Harry Potter Club 🆓
» Otsego District Library. Online event. Chat about different Harry Potter books at each meeting via Zoom. Our resident Potterhead will have fun craft ideas, recipes so much more to share with you. Pick up a craft bag to go along with each meeting through the Drive Thru Pickup Window – Crafts will be available after each meeting. For Grades 4-12

 SEP 17, 2020 | 4:30 pm                                     

Science Adventures 🆓
» Paw Paw District Library. Online event. Art and science collide! Experiment with positive and negative space while designing your own
LED name badge. We’ll use colored LED mini lights to make your name badge glow. Pick up your kit. Available starting Monday, September 14th.

 SEP 17, 2020 | 6 pm                                     

KNC Elementary Explorers
7000 N Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 
» Time spent in nature is vital for kids at any age. Parents are invited to drop their children off and pick them up at the end of the hour-long program. Ages 5-10 years old, registration required. $10/member, $15/non-member

 SEP 17, 2020 | 6:30 pm                                     

Drive-In Movie: The One and Only Ivan
251 Mills St, Kalamazoo, MI 
» A drive-in movie at the Homer Stryker Field. We will be showing one of Disney’s newest releases, The One and Only Ivan. Tickets are only $7 for your entire carload, limited tickets available.

 SEP 18  •  F  

 All Day                                   

 SEP 18, 2020 | 9 am                                     

First Day Shoe Fund DRIVE THRU Shoe Distribution 🆓
3600 Vanrick Dr, Kalamazoo, MI 49001
» 9am-5:30pm. Kalamazoo County public elementary students in need are eligible to receive a FREE pair of athletic shoes from First Day Shoe Fund. Due to COVID-19, this year’s shoe distribution will be a drive thru event. Schools are scheduled to maintain traffic flow, view schedule here.

 10 am – 5pm                            

Make-and-Take Sand Candles @ Marketplace by Kalamazoo Candle
166 S Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo, MI 49007

» Fun, fast, and family-friendly! Join our Marketplace candle making experts every Wednesday and Friday for make-and-take Sand Candles. ​

We’ll set you up with a socially distanced workstation and everything you need to create your own Sand Candle. Choose from a variety of colors and fragrances and make a candle to take home for just $10. ​

No reservations required. Space is limited. First come, first served.

LEARN MORE

 SEP 18, 2020 | 10 am                                     

Kalamazoo Mall Market 🆓
Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo, MI 
» Head downtown where you can freely shop, dine and experience downtown Kalamazoo businesses in a safe and comfortable outdoor environment. Live music performances will take place from 5-8 p.m.

 SEP 18, 2020 | 5 pm                                     

KNC Family Archery 101
7000 N Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 
» Sign up with your family for a private archery session at KNC! Participants must be part of the same household and sign-up is limited to 5 participants in total. Must be 12 years old and up to participate; closed-toed shoes are required. $15/member, $20/non-member

 Sept 18, 2020 @ 6 pm – Sept 20, 2020 @ 1pm                            

Fall Family Getaway Weekends @ Camp Newaygo
5333 South Centerline Road, Newaygo, MI 49337

» Spend a long weekend this fall at Camp Newaygo!

Choose your style of accommodations, enjoy meals from our executive chef, and select activity excursions to create your perfect weekend away.

Camp Newaygo is experienced and committed to providing a COVID careful programs and experiences.

LEARN MORE

 SEP 18, 2020 | 6 pm                                     

KNC Kid-Free Fridays
7000 N Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 
» 6-8pm. Drop your kids off at KNC and enjoy a few hours to yourself! KNC will provide outdoor, educational activities for children, while you take time for you. Masks are required. Ages of 5-13, registration required. $20/member child, $25/non-member child, $10/each additional child per family

 SEP 18, 2020 | 8 pm                                     

SCA Outdoor Movies Stargaze Cinema: Hairspray
400 Culver St, Saugatuck, MI 
» Just like our concerts, the parking lot becomes a socially-distanced seating area for you and your friends to watch fan-favorite films on the big screen. It’s BYOC (Bring Your Own Chair), and masks must be worn until seated. Tickets- $15, Kids 13 and under- $5

 SEP 19  •  Sa  

 All Day                                   

 SEP 19, 2020 | 9 am                                     

First Day Shoe Fund DRIVE THRU Shoe Distribution 🆓
3600 Vanrick Dr, Kalamazoo, MI 49001
» 9am-5:30pm. Kalamazoo County public elementary students in need are eligible to receive a FREE pair of athletic shoes from First Day Shoe Fund. Due to COVID-19, this year’s shoe distribution will be a drive thru event. Schools are scheduled to maintain traffic flow, view schedule here.

 SEP 19, 2020 | 10 am                                     

9th Annual Touch-A-Truck: A Virtual Event 🆓
» 10am-2pm. Junior League of Kalamazoo. Join in live on the Facebook page for the 9th Annual Touch-A-Truck, virtual edition.

Birds of Prey LIVE! 
» 10am-11:30am. Guests will learn each birds’ personal story, interesting aspects of raptor natural history, ecological concepts like predator/prey relationships, and adaptations that make them unique predators in their ecosystem. Members: $5, Non-member: $7

Summer Saturdaze Starring Ford ft. Mustangs @ The Gilmore Car Museum
6865 W Hickory Rd, Hickory Corners, MI 
» 10am-2pm. Drive In and enjoy great food and fun with your fellow car enthusiasts!

Benjammin Educational Kid’s Music @ Old Dog Tavern
402 E. Kalamazoo Ave, Kalamazoo, MI
» Join us Saturday morning with adorable, fun-loving kids on stage at Old Dog Tavern. Bring your kids to join the band or just come and watch kids grow in music & life skills. Instruments provided. Brunch runs from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. with various kid combos!

 SEP 19, 2020 | 12 pm                                     

Cookies & Canvas: Owl Always Love You
7055 South Westnedge Ave., Portage, MI 49002
» 12-2pm. Local artists inspire and instruct classes with step-by-step instructions to create your finished masterpiece. $20/seat

 SEP 19, 2020 | 3 pm                                     

Blues Concert: Out of Favor Boys @ Portage District Library 🆓
300 Library Lane, Portage, MI 49002
» 3-5pm. A contemporary blues drive-in concert in the main parking lot. Parking for the concert will be limited and early arrival is encouraged. All attendees should observe applicable social-distancing guidelines.

Digital Creature Features w/ KNC 🆓
» Each week the Kalamazoo Nature Center will host a virtual program featuring a different animal on KNC’s Facebook page.

 SEP 19, 2020 | 7:30 pm                                     

Black Light Night Hike @ Sarett Nature Center
2300 Benton Center Rd., Benton Harbor, MI 49022
» 7:30-9pm. Join a naturalist for a night hike using black lights. Also known as UV lights, these special lights allow us to discover a luminescent world with glowing insects, algae, flowers and fungi. Some UV flashlights will be available; please bring one if you have your own. Call 269-927-4832 to reserve your spot. Members $16, Non-Members $20.

 SEP 20  •  Su  

 All Day                                   

 SEP 20, 2020 | 9 am                                     

 SEP 21  •  M  

 All Day                                   

 SEP 21, 2020 | 10 am                                     

Toddler Open Play: Outdoor Drop-In @ Kingdom Soccer
8151 Merchant Place, Portage, MI 49002
» 10am-11am. Join Kingdom Soccer for Toddler Drop-In every Monday and Wednesday. Currently located outdoors due to COVID-19. $5

 SEP 22  •  Tu  

 All Day                                   

 SEP 22, 2020 | 10 am                                     

KNC Preschool Explorers
7000 N Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 
» Explore and play with nature as our teacher while developing critical early childhood skills. Geared toward children 5 years and under with an adult. Come dressed to explore the outdoors! Masks are recommended, but not required. Free with admission, registration required.

STEAM at Home 🆓
» Otsego District Library. Online event. Join Miss Alicia on Facebook to learn more about Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. See how learning can be fun! Take home kits will be available some of the weeks at the curbside window if applicable.

 SEP 23  •  W  

 All Day                                   

 10 am – 7pm                            

Make-and-Take Sand Candles @ Marketplace by Kalamazoo Candle
166 S Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo, MI 49007

» Fun, fast, and family-friendly! Join our Marketplace candle making experts every Wednesday and Friday for make-and-take Sand Candles. ​

We’ll set you up with a socially distanced workstation and everything you need to create your own Sand Candle. Choose from a variety of colors and fragrances and make a candle to take home for just $10. ​

No reservations required. Space is limited. First come, first served.

LEARN MORE

 SEP 23, 2020 | 10 am                                     

Take & Make Decoupage Jar Candle @ Portage District Library 🆓
300 Library Lane, Portage, MI 49002
» 10am-7pm. Take and Makes are simple activity kits prepared by the Youth Department staff for families to pick up at the library and complete at home. Decorate a jar and use the included flameless candle to light it up.

Toddler Open Play: Outdoor Drop-In @ Kingdom Soccer
8151 Merchant Place, Portage, MI 49002
» 10am-11am. Join Kingdom Soccer for Toddler Drop-In every Monday and Wednesday. Currently located outdoors due to COVID-19. $5

Science Wonders 
» Ransom District Library. Online event. Science experiments will be posted on the RDL YouTube account. Pick up an instruction sheet at the library, or look at the instructions on the video, and kids can do the experiments themselves after watching!

 SEP 23, 2020 | 10:30 am                                     

Stories with Sunny the Therapy Dog 🆓
6130 King Hwy, Comstock, MI
» Read stories one on one with Sunny the Therapy Dog! Registrations required. Masks must be worn by all children to protect library staff and Sunny’s owner.

 SEP 23, 2020 | 3 pm                                     

KNC Wildlife Wednesdays 🆓
» A new online series all about KNC’s Animal Ambassadors! We’ll be highlighting some of the enrichment activities our animal’s experience, along with after-hours animal cam footage, and training with our staff!

 SEP 23, 2020 | 4 pm                                     

Animal Crossing 🆓
» Otsego District Library. Online event for teens. Get your Nintendo Switch or Switch Lite and play with the library staff each month! Dodo Codes will be posted on Facebook, Instagram, and otsegolibrary.org.

 SEP 23, 2020 | 5:30 pm                                     

Beats on Bates 🆓
Bates Alley, Kalamazoo, MI
» Beats on Bates is a weekly summer live music series. Grab drinks or dinner at one of the Bates Alley businesses while enjoying live music.

Workout Wednesdays 🆓
200 S Rose St, Kalamazoo, MI 49007
» Pack your workout gear this summer for Workout Wednesdays in downtown Kalamazoo! Workout Wednesdays will follow a socially distant format.

 SEP 23, 2020 | 6 pm                                     

Michigan Notable Author Spotlight: “Sport: Ship Dog of the Great Lakes” 🆓
» Portage District Library. Online event. A presentation by Local Author Pamela Cameron about her 2020 Michigan Notable Book “Sport: Ship Dog of the Great Lakes.” The author will read from the award-winning children’s book and tell you more about the history behind the story. Bring your curiosity and questions to this all-ages event. Register in advance to receive a Zoom link.

 SEP 24  •  Th  

 All Day                                   

 SEP 24, 2020 | 4 pm                                     

Michaels Kids Club Online: Mini Upcycled Potted Plants 🆓
» Plant miniature succulents in these cute, crafty, and scientific pots. RSVP for the class!

 SEP 24, 2020 | 6 pm                                     

KNC Elementary Explorers
7000 N Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 
» Time spent in nature is vital for kids at any age. Parents are invited to drop their children off and pick them up at the end of the hour-long program. Ages 5-10 years old, registration required. $10/member, $15/non-member

 SEP 25  •  F  

 All Day                                   

 10 am – 5pm                            

Make-and-Take Sand Candles @ Marketplace by Kalamazoo Candle
166 S Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo, MI 49007

» Fun, fast, and family-friendly! Join our Marketplace candle making experts every Wednesday and Friday for make-and-take Sand Candles. ​

We’ll set you up with a socially distanced workstation and everything you need to create your own Sand Candle. Choose from a variety of colors and fragrances and make a candle to take home for just $10. ​

No reservations required. Space is limited. First come, first served.

LEARN MORE

 SEP 25, 2020 | 10 am                                     

Family Day @ Wedel’s
5020 Texas Drive, Kalamazoo, MI 49009
» 10am-3pm. Apples, pumpkins, games, SPCA, animals, selfie stations & more! Each weekend will have different themed crafts, games, & animals. Event is held outdoors, for ages 12 and under. $2/child

 SEP 25, 2020 | 10:30 am                                     

Science Storytime: Stash! Snore! Soar! Survive! 🆓
» Pierce Cedar Creek Institute. Online event. Join us to hear stories, sing songs, and engage in play and hands-on activities while learning about different ways animals prepare for cold weather in this storytime hosted by the Hastings Public Library and Pierce Cedar Creek Institute.

 Sept 25, 2020 @ 6 pm – Sept 27, 2020 @ 1pm                            

Fall Family Getaway Weekends @ Camp Newaygo
5333 South Centerline Road, Newaygo, MI 49337

» Spend a long weekend this fall at Camp Newaygo!

Choose your style of accommodations, enjoy meals from our executive chef, and select activity excursions to create your perfect weekend away.

Camp Newaygo is experienced and committed to providing a COVID careful programs and experiences.

LEARN MORE

 SEP 25, 2020 | 6 pm                                     

Parents Night Out @ Kalamazoo Nature Center
7000 N Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 
» 6-8pm. Drop your kids off at KNC and enjoy a few hours to yourself! KNC will provide outdoor, educational activities for children, while you take time for you. Masks are required. Ages of 5-13, registration required. $20/member child, $25/non-member child, $10/each additional child per family

 SEP 26  •  Sa  

 All Day                                   

 SEP 26, 2020 | 8 am                                     

STEAM Saturday 🆓
» Richland Community Library. Online event. Join us online to create a Newton’s Cradle. This video will include instructions on how to make a Newton’s Cradle. Limited number of kits available Pre-registraion is required.

 SEP 26, 2020 | 10 am                                     

Summer Saturdaze Jeeps and Trucks @ Gilmore Car Museum
6865 W Hickory Rd, Hickory Corners, MI
» 10am-2pm. Drive In and enjoy great food and fun with your fellow car enthusiasts! Spectator Admission: $16/person, $11/child 11-17, FREE for children 10 and under

Benjammin Educational Kid’s Music @ Old Dog Tavern
402 E. Kalamazoo Ave, Kalamazoo, MI
» Join us Saturday morning with adorable, fun-loving kids on stage at Old Dog Tavern. Bring your kids to join the band or just come and watch kids grow in music & life skills. Instruments provided. Brunch runs from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. with various kid combos!

EXPLORE with Mr. Jeff!
» VBDL. Online event. Mr. Jeff offers online instruction in a variety of art-related hands-on activities for students in 4th grade and up! Remember to pick-up an EXPLORE activity bag filled with a month’s worth of EXPLORE supplies so you can work along with Mr. Jeff!

Family Day @ Wedel’s
5020 Texas Drive, Kalamazoo, MI 49009
» 10am-3pm. Apples, pumpkins, games, SPCA, animals, selfie stations & more! Each weekend will have different themed crafts, games, & animals. Event is held outdoors, for ages 12 and under. $2/child

 SEP 26, 2020 | 12 pm                                     

Cookies & Canvas: Magical Hat
7055 South Westnedge Ave., Portage, MI 49002
» 12-2pm. Local artists inspire and instruct classes with step-by-step instructions to create your finished masterpiece. $20/seat

 SEP 26, 2020 | 3 pm                                     

Digital Creature Features w/ KNC 🆓
» Each week the Kalamazoo Nature Center will host a virtual program featuring a different animal on KNC’s Facebook page.

 SEP 26, 2020 | 8 pm                                     

Flashlight Nights @ Harvest Moon Acres
18725 M-40 Highway, Gobles, MI 49055
» 8pm-10pm. Try the corn maze in the dark for a different twist – but be sure to bring a flashlight in case you “get lost”! Flashlights are also available for purchase. After you finish Flashlight Nights, relax out by your own private campfire in the country. A campfire in the fall is a great way to spend an evening or warm up on a cool night.

 SEP 27  •  Su  

 All Day                                   

 SEP 27, 2020 | 10 am                                     

Summer Sundaze Starring Camaros @ Gilmore Car Museum
6865 W Hickory Rd, Hickory Corners, MI
» 10am-2pm. Drive In and enjoy great food and fun with your fellow car enthusiasts! Spectator Admission: $16/person, $11/child 11-17, FREE for children 10 and under

 SEP 28  •  M  

 All Day                                   

 SEP 28, 2020 | 10 am                                     

Toddler Open Play: Outdoor Drop-In @ Kingdom Soccer
8151 Merchant Place, Portage, MI 49002
» 10am-11am. Join Kingdom Soccer for Toddler Drop-In every Monday and Wednesday. Currently located outdoors due to COVID-19. $5

 SEP 29  •  Tu  

 All Day                                   

 SEP 29, 2020 | 10 am                                     

KNC Preschool Explorers
7000 N Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 
» Explore and play with nature as our teacher while developing critical early childhood skills. Geared toward children 5 years and under with an adult. Come dressed to explore the outdoors! Masks are recommended, but not required. Free with admission, registration required.

STEAM at Home 🆓
» Otsego District Library. Online event. Join Miss Alicia on Facebook to learn more about Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. See how learning can be fun! Take home kits will be available some of the weeks at the curbside window if applicable.

Fall Homeschool Park Day @ Schrier Park 🆓
850 W Osterhout Ave, Portage, MI 
» 10am-12pm. Current homeschoolers and new homeschoolers are welcome to attend. Park days are a great way to chat with other homeschool parents.

 Sep 29, 2020 | 4 pm                                     

Michaels Kids Club Online: Monster Pumpkin 🆓
» Create a spooky monster themed pumpkin. RSVP for the class!

 SEP 30  •  W  

 All Day                                   

 10 am – 7pm                            

Make-and-Take Sand Candles @ Marketplace by Kalamazoo Candle
166 S Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo, MI 49007

» Fun, fast, and family-friendly! Join our Marketplace candle making experts every Wednesday and Friday for make-and-take Sand Candles. ​

We’ll set you up with a socially distanced workstation and everything you need to create your own Sand Candle. Choose from a variety of colors and fragrances and make a candle to take home for just $10. ​

No reservations required. Space is limited. First come, first served.

LEARN MORE

 SEP 30, 2020 | 10 am                                     

Take & Make Woven Mug Rug Kit @ Portage District Library 🆓
300 Library Lane, Portage, MI 49002
» 10am-7pm. Take and Makes are simple activity kits prepared by the Youth Department staff for families to pick up at the library and complete at home. You will receive instructions and all the supplies needed to make 2 Mug Rugs.

Toddler Open Play: Outdoor Drop-In @ Kingdom Soccer
8151 Merchant Place, Portage, MI 49002
» 10am-11am. Join Kingdom Soccer for Toddler Drop-In every Monday and Wednesday. Currently located outdoors due to COVID-19. $5

Science Wonders 
» Ransom District Library. Online event. Science experiments will be posted on the RDL YouTube account. Pick up an instruction sheet at the library, or look at the instructions on the video, and kids can do the experiments themselves after watching!

 SEP 30, 2020 | 11 am                                     

Cookies Story Time 🆓
» Willard Library. Online event. Learn why one farmer’s cow loves cookies in the book “The Cow Loves Cookies” by Karma Wilson. Sing songs about baking and even practice counting with cookies. To make the counting cookies craft at home, you will need two paper plates, markers, paper, and a pair of scissors.

 SEP 30, 2020 | 3 pm                                     

KNC Wildlife Wednesdays 🆓
» A new online series all about KNC’s Animal Ambassadors! We’ll be highlighting some of the enrichment activities our animal’s experience, along with after-hours animal cam footage, and training with our staff!

 SEP 30, 2020 | 4 pm                                     

Animal Crossing 🆓
» Otsego District Library. Online event for teens. Get your Nintendo Switch or Switch Lite and play with the library staff each month! Dodo Codes will be posted on Facebook, Instagram, and otsegolibrary.org.

 SEP 30, 2020 | 5:30 pm                                     

Beats on Bates 🆓
Bates Alley, Kalamazoo, MI
» Beats on Bates is a weekly summer live music series. Grab drinks or dinner at one of the Bates Alley businesses while enjoying live music.

Workout Wednesdays 🆓
200 S Rose St, Kalamazoo, MI 49007
» Pack your workout gear this summer for Workout Wednesdays in downtown Kalamazoo! Workout Wednesdays will follow a socially distant format.

Craft Music: From the Pub to the Park
7999 South Westnedge Avenue, Portage, MI 49002
» Bring your chair or blanket – and be certain to wear a mask! – and join us for an hour of live music in the park. Socially distanced sections will be marked off to help all of us stay safe while we enjoy this opportunity for an evening of music.

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.

Our Sponsors!