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!
FREE OR INEXPENSIVE EVENTS FOR NOVEMBER
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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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