30+ Best Fall Things to Do around Kalamazoo

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Welcoming Fall with Open Arms

Like so many things in 2020, the start of fall does not feel the same. School may be in person, at home, or some hybrid combination. Some attractions are still closed. Some events may be canceled. And yet, I’m excited to see the little glimmers of fall making an appearance.

As the 90 degree days and drought-like weather subside, our grass is growing greener and less crunchy. The mornings and evenings are now cool and breezy.

And while COVID-19 has changed so many things, it has not changed my love for this season. Autumn in Kalamazoo is something special. I’m ready for apples, pumpkins, popping hot cider with warm, gooey donuts and any weather that requires a sweater.

Kickstart some seasonal fun with our roundup of the best fall things to do in Kalamazoo.


Child Development Centers

Child Development Centers are attentive, nurturing, and educational environments for children ages 2 weeks to 12 years.

Locations: Augusta CDC (Augusta), Borgess CDC (Kalamazoo), Evergreen CDC (Kalamazoo), Forest CDC (Comstock), Lakeview CDC (Battle Creek), Oakland CDC (Portage)

Child Development Center 680x320 2020

600 S Lincoln St
Augusta, Michigan
(269) 731-5775 ext 125


Important Message: Area businesses are working to implement procedures based on the new safety guidelines. For each of the attractions and events we mention, we include a link to the business website. Please use this link to confirm the details, hours of operation and any requirements guests must follow before visiting. Thank You!


Make it the Most Awesome Autumn + Over 30 Ideas for Fall Fun with Kids

If you’re like me, you want to take in all that fall has to offer before something other than leaves is covering our lawns (hint: it’s white). Read on for 30+ ideas to maximize your autumn experience in Southwest Michigan.

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Art & Museums

Take souvenirs from raking and turn your leaves into art.

Explore a vast collection of artwork at the KIA; kids 12 and under are free! (reserve tickets online).

Head to Old Dog Tavern and listen to some educational music from Benjammin’ (Saturday mornings).

Experience Art Hop (virtually). Although reimagined as a virtual event, this is a great way to see artists showcase their masterpieces on the first Friday of each month.

Visit some droids at the Air Zoo’s new permanent exhibit, Alien Worlds and Androids.

Keep little hands busy with a handprint Jack-o-Lantern.

Make a pumpkin spice scented candle at the Kalamazoo Candle Company – Marketplace.

Create some fall foliage indoors with a tissue paper tree.

Head east to the Henry Ford Museum for their Marvel: Universe of Superheroes exhibit.

Try a new museum (try our list of family-friendly options).

Animals & Nature

Go for a hayride at a local orchard.

See the varied shades of yellow, oranges and reds with a Fall Color Tour.

Visit the goats at Gull Meadow Farms.

Boy Petting Zoo

Have little ones? Discover nature with toddlers and preschools with the KNC’s Preschool Explorers Program.

Take a road trip to Dutch Creek Animal Park in Shipshewana through mid-October.

Slide, climb and play at Scidmore Park in Three Rivers, or another one of our readers’ favorite playgrounds.

Three Rivers Park

Feed the waterfowl at the W.K Kellogg Bird Sanctuary.

Get lost in a local corn maze at Harvest Moon Acres.

Go for a hike at Fort Custer Recreational Area or another favorite spot.

John Ball Zoo
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John Ball Zoo

Take a day trip to John Ball Zoo! Visit meerkats, tigers, chimpanzees, penguins, red pandas, otters, and more. John Ball Zoo has upgraded in 2020, offering a new entrance, new food, and new digs for the porcupines and meerkats.

Featured Events & Exhibits:

BRICKLIVE Animal Paradise – Guests will find over 40 life-sized animal sculptures created with over 1.8 million individually colored toy building bricks.

Wizarding Weekends (September 12-13, 19-20)– Wizards, Witches and Muggles are invited to see the zoo transformed for this magical event for two weekends in September. Robes, wands and other costumes encouraged.


1300 W Fulton St, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
616-336-4300 | WEBSITE | FACEBOOK

John Ball Zoo


Make mummy brownies.


Carve your family’s pumpkin and toast the pumpkin seeds.

Take the kids out for waffles, pancakes or crepes at a local restaurant.

Try a spooky Monster Shake from Cherri’s Chocol’art downtown.

Visit Gene the Pumpkin Man for your perfect pumpkin.

Kalamazoo Pumpkin Picking

Try a new restaurant during Downtown Kalamazoo’s Restaurant Week, September 11-20.

Try making a pumpkin pie from scratch.

Visit a local farmers market and pick some gorgeous gourds for decorating your front porch.

Turn your freshly picked apples into homemade applesauce.

Sample a little bit of everything at the Late Night Food Truck Rally on October 2.

Create the perfect jack-o-lantern with these pumpkin carving skills.

Cider not your thing? Warm-up with some hot cocoa from your favorite local spot.