by Jill P 

April will be here soon and we have 10 FREE or Cheap Things that you’ll want to check out during the month. (We define cheap as $7 or less.) Check out one of the following!




1. Art Hop

Friday, April 1 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Kalamazoo, various locations

  • A free event held on the first Friday of every month, Art Hop is an evening of art exhibits and events; one of the great things to do in Kalamazoo. Enjoy the High School Area Art Show at the KIA.
  • We’re looking forward to checking out the Edible Book Festival. KBAC joins libraries and book arts centers from around the world in this delightful April Fool’s celebration of the art of the book! Edible Book Festival runs 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.


2. Open House at W.K. Kellogg Bird Sanctuary & W.K. Kellogg Manor

April 3, times vary.

W.K. Kellogg Bird Sanctuary & W.K. Kellogg Manor

  • Guests can visit the W.K. Kellogg Manor House and W.K. Kellogg Bird Sanctuary free of charge in honor of W.K. Kellogg’s birthday. At the Manor House, guided tours will be offered every 20 minutes from 1 – 5 p.m., led by Manor House docents. Tours include descriptions of the former cereal king’s home and the history of this community legacy. FREE.
  • FREE admission at the W.K. Kellogg Bird Sanctuary from 11:00 am to 4 pm. Guests are welcome to explore the trails, shop at the Resource Center, and learn about local birds from the Sanctuary’s staff. FREE.


3. Bubbleman

April 4 at 2:00 pm and 3:00 pm

Kalamazoo Library -Oshtemo Branch

  • Ron Loyd, the Bubbleman, returns to delight and amaze us with bubble tricks and demonstrations! Space limited. FREE ticket required. Pick up FREE ticket at host location starting one week before event; one ticket per person.


4. Spring Break Hands-On Happenings: The Creative Arts

April 4-8 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Kalamazoo Valley Museum

  • The Creative Spirit, a celebration of the artistic talents of Leo Lionni. Find the creative spirit in you through exploring the arts! Free arts and crafts each day inspired by a book by Leo Lionni.
  • FREE.


5.  Crybaby Concert

April 9 at 11:00 am

Bronson Gilmore Center for Health Education

  • Crybaby Concerts are FREE 45-minute mini-concerts that give children under the age of five and their parents, grandparents and siblings a performance of beautiful music in an open and flexible environment – even if your little ones feel like crying! There is room to move and plenty of space for stroller parking. Nutritious, kid-friendly snacks are provided after each performance.


6. Earth Day Celebration

Saturday, April 23, 9 am – 4 pm

Kalamazoo Nature Center

  • Earth Day activities include: community activity tables, children’s crafts, Nature’s Playground open, Ask the Naturalist, free trail hiking, and more!
  • FREE.

7. Free or Cheap Spring Movies

Throughout the month at various movie theaters. Price various based upon movie theatre. Plus, during Spring Break (April 2-7) you can check out FANTASTIC MR FOX for $1-3 at the Alamo Drafthouse Kalamazoo.


8. Kalamazoo Chinese School Program for Families

Saturday, April 23 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Portage District Library

  • During this Kalamazoo Chinese School Program for Families, participants have the opportunity to make crafts, learn to play traditional Chinese games, and watch a demonstration of play with the diabolo, also known as a Chinese Yo-Yo. Children and parents will have fun working together, learning how to write Chinese characters, use chopsticks to play games, and try their hand at a diabolo. As a reminder of everything experienced, each child will have the opportunity to choose their own three-character Chinese name and have it written on a bookmark to take home. All ages are welcome.
  • FREE.


9.  Mom to Mom Sales

Various locations and dates. See our listing for full details.

  • Several great sales are happening this mom. Always a great opportunity to find some great bargains.
  • Admission price varies.


10. Kalamazoo Rock, Gem, Jewelry, Fossil and Mineral Show

April 29-May 1, Friday 4:00 pm-8:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am-6:00 pm, Sunday 10:00 am-5:00 pm

Kalamazoo Expo Center

  • Explore and discover the world of rocks, minerals, meteorites and fossils; pan for gold, learn about silver smithing, lapidary, faceting and dinosaurs; play a game, polish a Petoskey stone, crack open a geode; all this and more can be done at the show! Dinosaurs will rule at this year’s show with a full size replica skull of the largest T-Rex ever discover, a Triceratops skull and a full, juvenile Miasaurus (duck billed dinosaur) skeleton replica on display.
  • Admission: Adults $3, Children under 12 are free, Scouts are free when in uniform.


Have a great April!








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Jill is a mom of a busy 9 year old son. When not working the website, Jill likes to hike, cook, and read in her free time.