by Amy L.

We’ve hopefully got a little more time before the snow starts to fly. If you’re looking for a fun, late-fall free family activity around Kalamazoo, look no further!

Read on for fantastic activities that will keep your wallet and your family happy for the month of November!




Home Depot Workshop

Saturday, November 4th

From 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., kids can make a custom humvee at the Home Depot workshop. The event is free for kids and all kids will get to keep their craft and certificate. Adults must accompany children and registration is available online.


Cookie Mouse Costumed Character Storytime

Sunday, November 5th  

Kids will love a fun storytime at Barnes and Noble, featuring a visit from the Cookie Mouse of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie! There will be an opportunity for pictures and a meet and greet after the storytime, event 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm


Fall Family Campfire and Owl Prowl

Thursday, November 9th

The whole family will love learning about how animals prepare for the winter. There will be a campfire and families can meet a live owl and go on an “owl prowl” hike after sunset. This event is free and open to all ages!



Friday, November 10th

From 6:00 pm-7:30 p.m. at the Hayloft Theatre at the Portage Celery Flats Historical Area, magician Brian Penny will present a free magic show for families. The event will feature a visit from the Kalamazoo Ghost Busters and some specials friends from “far, far, away.” Kids will receive a free magic trick to take home! No registration is required and guests should bring a nonperishable food item for the Portage Community Center.


Kalamazoo Holiday Parade

Saturday, November 11th

Gather downtown to enjoy the annual Kalamazoo Holiday Parade! This year will feature a special nod to veterans as well as the traditional holiday-themed floats. The parade will run from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm.


Share the Love

Saturday, November 11th

Kids will have an opportunity to make gifts for their friends and family at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum following the Kalamazoo Holiday Parade. The event runs from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm and is free to the public.


Animal Adaptations

Sunday, November 12th

From 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm, children and their families will learn about how animals have adapted to survive in many different locations. Several animal “ambassadors” from Binder Park Zoo will visit the event to help teach families using a hands-on approach. The event is free and will take place at the Indoor Schrier Park Building in Portage.


Brain STEM with Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan

Wednesday, November 15th

Girls in grades Kindergarten – fifth grade will be engaged in science, technology, engineering and mathematics activities to increase their confidence in these areas and skill set. Girls will make a thermometer, construct domes out of gumdrops, and more. The event will take place at the Portage District Library from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm and no registration is required.


Texas Township Holiday Farmers’ Market and Tree-Lighting Ceremony

Saturday, November 18th

Get your family in the holiday spirit with a fun event in Texas Township! The event will take place from 4:00 pm  to 7:00 pm at the Joyce I. Neubauer Farmers’ Market Pavilion. Shoppers can buy ingredients for Thanksgiving dinner and pick up some holiday gifts. The Farmers’ Market Committee will also provide shoppers with free hot cocoa, hot local cider and locally-roasted coffee at the Market Information Table. The tree-lighting ceremony will take place at 6:30 pm.


City of Kalamazoo Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony

Friday, November 24th

The City of Kalamazoo’s Annual Lighting Ceremony will be held in the heart of Kalamazoo at Bronson Park. The Mayor, City Commissioners, City Manager and Santa will all be on hand to read ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. There will be a kids craft tent, live reindeer, live holiday music, pictures with Santa and more! The trees are then lit at 6:00 pm, kicking off another great holiday season for the City of Kalamazoo!


Photo Courtesy Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra

Musical Storybooks

Tuesday, November 28th

Perfect for preschoolers!  This program will feature a narrated telling of the 2016 Caldecott Honor Book, “Last Stop on Market Street” with music and interactive learning led by KSO musicians. Location – Kalamazoo Public Library, Central Branch at 10:30 am, registration required (other sessions available on November 29 and 30th).



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By | 2017-10-29T07:04:57+00:00 November 2nd, 2017|Categories: Around Kalamazoo, Newly Published|Comments Off on November Free or Cheap Family Fun Around Kalamazoo

About the Author:

Amy is an elementary school teacher and mother to two young girls. She enjoys spending time with family and being active within the community. In her free time, she likes to sew, read, and take her dog for long walks.