by Jill P

This weekend is loaded with family fun. With so many options, you won’t want to leave town!

The Kalamazoo County Youth Fair is in full swing with plenty of options for family-friendly fun. See their full event calendar here. In addition to the fair, this weekend you’ll also find movies in the park, great outdoor concerts, fun area festivals, and other great events to get the entire family outdoors.

We encourage you to check our full weekend Event Calendar too! There is so much to do this weekend.

We are the headquarters for family fun in SW Michigan. See our “More Summer Fun” section for additional ideas.

WEEKEND FAMILY FUN

Here are some of our top picks for this weekend:

FRIDAY

Fri 08/11/2017
9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Kalamazoo County Youth Fair
Kalamazoo Expo Center, Kalamazoo, MI
Fri 08/11/2017
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Movies in the Park
Memory Isle Park, Three Rivers, Michigan
Fri 08/11/2017
9:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Movie’s Under the Stars
City of Plainwell, Plainwell, Michigan

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SATURDAY

Sat 08/12/2017
Get Active Portage 2017 / Kids Triathlon
Ramona Park, Portage, Mi
Sat 08/12/2017
9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Kalamazoo County Youth Fair
Kalamazoo Expo Center, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 08/12/2017
12:00 pm – 11:30 pm
The Crossroads Summer Family Festival
The Crossroads, Portage, MI
Sat 08/12/2017
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
PalletPalooza 2017
WMU Student Rec Center, Kalamazoo, MI

Sat 08/12/2017
3:30 pm – 6:00 pm
2017 WMU Fan Fest
Waldo Stadium, Kalamazoo, MI

SUNDAY

Sun 08/13/2017
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Grandparents’ Day!
Kalamazoo Nature Center, Kalamazoo, MI
Sun 08/13/2017
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Lakeside Concert
W.K. Kellogg Manor House, Hickory Corners, MI

Sun 08/13/2017
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Cupcake Tike Hike at Chipman Preserve
Chipman Preserve, Galesburg, Kalamazoo County, Michigan
Sun 08/13/2017
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Oshtemo Music in the Park
Flesher Field, Kalamazoo, MI

 

FAIRS & FESTIVALS

Kalamazoo County Youth Fair, Kalamazoo – August 8 – 12, 2017

Families can save a bit of money by registering early for the Kalamazoo County Youth Fair. The fair, which features a midway with fun carnival rides and games, is an affordable, educational experience for the whole family. There are many opportunities for volunteering during the fair, for more information on how to get involved, visit the fair website.

photo courtesy of the National Blueberry Festival

54th Annual National Blueberry Festival, South Haven – August 10 – 13, 2017

Blueberry lovers look no further! Get ready for some purple fingers and full bellies as the 54th Annual National Blueberry Festival kicks off in South Haven. The kids will love the blueberry pie eating contest and pancake breakfasts, and parents will love the picturesque views of Lake Michigan, arts and crafts fair, 5k run/walk and much more!

 

 

MORE SUMMER FUN

Check out our recent articles to make the most of your weekend time together.

Need ideas for family fun? We’ve got you covered! Our 101 Ideas For Summer Fun For Kalamazoo Familes will mean that your kiddos never say, “I’m bored”.

Free is good! 50 FREE Things To Do Around With Kids Around Kalamazoo This Summer.

Make sure you attend one of these great Summer Festivals and Fair Around Kalamazoo & SW Michigan This Summer


We love the reading programs at our local libraries. See our Summer Reading Programs That Will Have Your Kids Happily Hitting The Books.

Summer berry picking is one of our favorite family activities. See our 2017 Ultimate Summer Fruit U-Pick Guide: Berry Picking and More for where you find a u-pick farm around SW Michigan.

FREE Outdoor Summer Concerts Around Kalamazoo & SW Michigan are tons of fun for the family. Grab a picnic basket and go!

Visit a hidden gem in Battle Creek – the Kaleidoscope Garden at Leila Arboretum with our 5 tips on the best spots to explore Kaleidoscope Garden at Leila Arboretum

 

Best Places for Biking-Pinterest

Break out those bikes and go on a family bike ride. See our Best Trails for Bike Riding With Kids Around Kalamazoo.

Make sure to see our recently published article about all things FUN to do for families in the Petoskey area. Hunting for Petoskey stones, boat cruises, miniature-golf, candy tours and so much more are happening in Petoskey –  Traveling with Kids to Petoskey: Fun Things to Do 

Have you signed your kids up for summer camp yet? There are still some options to consider in August. See our 2017 Summer Camp Guide for great summer camps happening around our area.

 

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EVENT CALENDAR FOR THIS WEEKEND

 

Friday August 11, 2017

Date/Time Event
12:00 AMDisney’s Newsies
12:00 AMGreat Lakes Longbow Invitational
12:00 AMNational Blueberry Festival
12:00 AMWolf Lake Hatchery Tours
9:00 AMKalamazoo County Youth Fair
9:00 AMOpen Bounce at Jungle Joe's
10:00 AMOpen Jump Time at Sky Zone Kalamazoo
10:00 AMPlainwell's Farmers' Market
10:00 AMVisit the Farmyard
10:30 AMFamily Storytime
10:30 AMPlay and Learn
10:30 AMTales on the Trail
10:30 AMTales on the Trail
11:30 AMLunchtime Live!
12:00 PMBack To School Bash
1:00 PMCity Summer by Urban Folk Art Exploratory
1:00 PMCreate! (Grades 2-5)
1:00 PMNOVA VR
2:00 PMCity Summer by Urban Folk Art Exploratory
3:00 PMThe Crossroads Summer Family Festival
5:00 PMHook, Line and Sinker Kid's Fishing
7:00 PMMovies in the Park
7:30 PMFriday Night Concert Series
9:00 PMMovie's Under the Stars

Saturday August 12, 2017

Date/Time Event
12:00 AMDisney’s Newsies
12:00 AMGreat Lakes Longbow Invitational
12:00 AMNational Blueberry Festival
12:00 AMWolf Lake Hatchery Tours
7:00 AMKalamazoo Farmers Market
8:00 AMOtsego City Farmers Market
8:00 AMTexas Township Farmers Market
8:30 AMGet Active Portage 2017 / Kids Triathlon
9:00 AMAlamo Farmers & Crafters’ Market
9:00 AMBattle Creek Farmers Market
9:00 AMFitness in the Parks
9:00 AMHook, Line and Sinker Kid's Fishing
9:00 AMKalamazoo County Youth Fair
9:00 AMOpen Bounce at Jungle Joe's
9:00 AMSt. Joe Farmers Market
10:00 AMKPL's 6th Annual Lego Building Contest
10:00 AMKPL's 6th Annual Lego Building Contest
10:00 AMOpen Jump Time at Sky Zone Kalamazoo
10:00 AMVisit the Farmyard
10:30 AMTumble Toddlers
11:00 AMBarnyard Story Corner
11:00 AMGoodnight Lab: A Scientific Parody Storytime
11:00 AMInternational SummerFest
11:00 AMSummer Fun Days: Robotics
12:00 PMThe Crossroads Summer Family Festival
1:00 PMRamona Park Health Fair
1:00 PMTeen Dungeons and Dragons
2:00 PMPalletPalooza 2017
3:00 PMColor the Creek 2017 - Street Party
3:30 PM2017 WMU Fan Fest

Sunday August 13, 2017

Date/Time Event
12:00 AM169th Calhoun County Fair
12:00 AMDisney’s Newsies
12:00 AMGreat Lakes Longbow Invitational
12:00 AMNational Blueberry Festival
12:00 AMWolf Lake Hatchery Tours
9:00 AMPancakes & Pins
9:00 AMPaw Paw Farmer's Market
10:00 AMOpen Jump Time at Sky Zone Kalamazoo
10:00 AMPortage Market
12:00 PMOpen Bounce at Jungle Joe's
1:00 PMDeLano Open House
2:00 PMGrandparents’ Day!
3:00 PMLakeside Concert
3:30 PMCupcake Tike Hike at Chipman Preserve
4:00 PMConcerts in the Park
5:00 PMOshtemo Music in the Park
5:00 PMOshtemo Music in the Park
6:30 PMKindleberger Summer Concert Series

Need more ideas for family fun? Remember to check our Events Calendar at KZOOkids.com. What fun things will you be doing this weekend?

 

 

 

 

By | 2017-08-10T07:29:29+00:00 August 11th, 2017|Categories: Around Kalamazoo, Newly Published, Weekend Picks|Comments Off on Weekend Picks for the Kalamazoo Parent: August 11-13

About the Author:

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