Families Have Yet Another Reason to Visit Downtown Kalamazoo this March

Step aside, March Madness.

There are so many reasons our family loves to visit downtown year-round – Art Hop, summer festivals, the Kalamazoo Valley Museum, the Holly Jolly Trolley, parades, and fall’s SkeleTour. It’s always bustling with fun, and this spring is no exception.

Downtown Kalamazoo wants families to know that March is for Makers. Throughout the entire month, downtown businesses are promoting and celebrating invention, creativity, curiosity, and hands-on learning with various events and workshops. 

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15+ Ways for Families to Make Memories in Downtown Kalamazoo + Fun Workshops and Events

Sun’s out, fun’s out. Now that winter is nearly over, it’s time to get out of the house, head to beautiful downtown Kalamazoo, and get your creative juices flowing.

Kids of all ages will enjoy unique family-friendly events while supporting hard-working local businesses. It’s a win-win for everyone.

Sure, rootbeer floats are the standard, but have you ever tried a blue bubblegum float? Or a buffalo wings float?

Now you can. The Spirit of Kalamazoo and Rocket Fizz are teaming up to give you full creative control of making the perfect ice cream float. Choose from hundreds of unique soda flavor options at Rocket Fizz, then head across the street to The Spirit of Kalamazoo to choose the Plainwell Ice Cream flavor that goes best with your soda and make your one-of-a-kind float.

Details:

The Spirit of Kalamazoo  | 154 S. Kalamazoo Mall and Rocket Fizz | 125 S. Kalamazoo Mall
Date/Hours: varies
Pre-Registration Required: No
Fee: Cost of soda plus $4 for medium ice cream 

If you’re a family who enjoys baking, don’t miss this workshop at Michigan’s 3rd best-voted bakery. Visit Sarkozy Bakery and learn how to form braided bread from the best. No word yet if it’s a French braid or Dutch braid, but either way it’s guaranteed to be delicious.

Details

Sarkozy Bakery | 350 E. Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo
Pre-registration Required: Yes
Fee: fee applies

Glass Art Kalamazoo, located in the Park Trade Center, is keeping March hot all month long. Families can create a glass-infused magnet, sun-catcher, or night light at a walk-in event. Or, sign up for a workshop to make glass tiles, beads or pendants, coasters, and more. It’s easy to learn and fun for the whole family.

Details

Glass Art Kalamazoo | 326 W. Kalamazoo Ave (Inside the Park Trade Centre)
Date/Hours: Varies
Fee: $8 and up

Picture this: you’re locked in a room with your family and friends and the only way you can escape is by working together to solve the clues found in the room. Prove that we’re not alone in the universe with The UFO Diner. Figure out if Amelia Earhart is really alive and living under a secret identity. Rescue a kidnapped baby unicorn from an evil wizard.

No matter what escape you choose, you’ll make memories that far outlive the hour-long game. And, save $5 per player throughout the month of March.

Details

Clock N Lock Escape Rooms | 321 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Suite 200 
Pre-registration Required: Yes, tickets can be purchased online in advance
Fee: $25/player (using promo code: MAKETIME at checkout)

Who arted?

Pack snacks and bevvies and gather the fam to create something awesome. Paint a glass vase for mom, a pint glass for dad, or a canvas tote for Auntie. If painting isn’t your thing, make a set of all-occasion greeting cards using stamps, patterned paper, and embellishments. Colors & Cocktails has special events throughout the month of March. 

Details

Colors & Cocktails: The Mobile Art Party | 240 S. Kalamazoo Mall
Pre-registration Required: Yes
Fee: $25 – $40 

 

Gourmet popcorn is delicious by itself. My favorite is Chicago style because you can’t go wrong with a sweet and salty mix. But did you know you can up the popcorn game by using it in recipes – like cake and ice cream? If you’re intrigued, pop over to Pop City Popcorn to learn about all of the possibilities.

Details

Pop City Popcorn | 346 S. Kalamazoo Mall
Dates/Hours: Saturday, March 28, 12:00 PM: Popcorn Cake and 3:00 PM: Popcorn Ice Cream

Smartphone cameras can take some pretty incredible photos and videos these days. If you’re like me and capture hundreds of family memories on your phone, make sure to attend the Smartphone Photography Workshop. Learn how to use the various camera settings on your phone and how to best compose each photo. 

Details

AT&T | 125 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Suite 100
Pre-registration Required: No
Fee: None

Did you know there’s a place downtown Kalamazoo where you can become a perfumer for the day? The Aroma Labs offers a unique, fun, and interactive experience creating your own personal fragrance that you can take home. For an additional cost, you can add your signature fragrance to lotion, body scrub, shower gel, or room spray.

Details

The Aroma Labs | 326 W. Kalamazoo Ave (Inside the Park Trades Centre)

Date/Hours: Various
Pre-registration Required: Yes
Fee:  Free (fee to add fragrance to lotions, body scrub, etc.)

And, That’s Not All…Sneak Peek of other March Maker Events and Promotions

Blush Salon & Spa will host learning workshops on health & wellness through salon and spa services.

Kalamazoo Athletic Club will be offering promotional rates on physical therapy during Makers Month.

The Kalamazoo Valley Museum offers fun, music, and celebration at the Fretboard Festival on March 7. Make sure not to miss Uncle Kooky – he will get the kids moving, grooving and singing along.

Food Dance is offering a knife skills class on March 7, where you’ll learn how to chop, dice and slice with ease.

At Kalamazoo Candle Company Marketplace drop in anytime between 10:00 AM-12:00 PM or 3:30 PM-5:30 PM every Tuesday for Kids’ Day Out, an event made just for kids to create their very own candle. 

Down Dog Yoga Center will be offering homemade teas, tinctures, and Ayurveda supplies, in addition to their regular services of massage, chiropractic, and yoga.

Tempo Vino Winery will help you create a batch of your own wine (25-30 bottles).

West Michigan Beer Tours is hosting downtown Kalamazoo beer tours on March 21 and March 28.

Central City Tap House will be hosting a make-your-own pizza and beer pairing.

Wine Loft will help you create summer house party appetizers, pairing wine, and will also teach you how to make phenomenal sangrias.

For additional information about March Makers activities, visit Kalamazoo Downtown Partnership.

162 E. Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49007

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