by Jill P and Jennifer W



Fall is one of our family’s favorite seasons. We love all of the great family things that you can do. From apple picking to Harvest Festivals to trick-or-treat events, there are so many fall activities that make this our favorite season of the year.

Here are some of our favorite family activities, events, and traditions that we look forward to every fall. 


Enjoying A High School or College Football Game

Every year we head out to a local football game or our favorite college team. Our favorite football games are the ones that happen on a crisp autumn day.




Taking In the Art At The Art Prize In Grand Rapids

The Art Prize in Grand Rapids is one of the regions largest art events. This year the Art Prize runs between September 24 – October 12, 2014. We love all of the great works of art to be seen. This year there are over 1500+ entries and 170+ venues. Melody from our sister site at does a great job of narrowing down the family-friendly works of art to be seen. See the Kids and Family ArtPrize Tour 2014 Guide for best places to explore art with your kiddos. This tour even comes with a printable map!



Taking A Tram Ride At Meijer Gardens In Grand Rapids

Each year, we head to Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids to enjoy their beautiful 125-acre gardens and sculpture park. This year, they’re offering a fun way to see the garden through Tree-mendous Trees Tours. You’re able to hop on and off at specific stops to participate in these kid-friendly activities:

  • Learn which trees are used to make baseball bats, musical instruments and Popsicle sticks.
  • Use puppets to identify the creatures that live in trees.
  • Learn why leaves change color.
  • Have fun exploring sculptures that have a connection to trees.



Raking Leaves and Jumping In Leaf Piles

We enjoy the simple things of the season. We love raking leaves and jumping in the leaf piles. Such a simple thing, but so much fun!



The Apple Orchards and Farms

Kalamazoo and the surrounding area is home to quite a few orchards and farms. What a great way to celebrate the season by visiting one of the local farms. Apples, pumpkins, cider and donuts…who can resist that combination? Many of the orchards and farms offer fantastic activities too! Here are a few popular destinations:



Trick-Or-Treating At The Boo Zoo

The Boo Zoo at Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek is such a fun event! This year the Boo Zoo at the Binder Park Zoo will take place between October 15th and October 30th. Enjoy the trick-or-treat trail, games, hayrides, train rides and the carousel. Don’t forget your costume!


What are your favorite fall traditions or events? Let us know in the comment section below. Enjoy all of the good things that our area has to offer this fall. Have fun!





By | 2014-10-08T05:40:46+00:00 October 8th, 2014|Categories: Around Kalamazoo, Newly Published|Comments Off on Our Favorite Fall Events, Activities, and Traditions

About the Author:

Jill is a mom of a busy 8 year old son. was started in 2013 to showcase all of the great things to do in and around Kalamazoo. When not working the website, Jill likes to hike, cook, and read in her free time.