by Jill P

Gather the kids and head to one of these awesome weekend events, including Summer Hop Weekend, see a movie under the stars, catch a Kalamazoo Growlers baseball game or browse our loaded calendar to find dozens of other events throughout Kalamazoo.

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WEEKEND PICKS

For this weekend, consider:

Kalamazoo Growlers-8-6-2016

(photos courtesy of the Kalamazoo Growlers)

  • There are two fun home games with the Kalamazoo Growlers this weekend. Saturday game time starts at 6:05 pm with Dave “The Bullet” Smith Human Cannonball Entertainment Act & Military Appreciation Night. Sunday game time starts at 3:05 pm and is Hometown Hero Day. 
  • Summer HOP Weekend runs August 4-7 in downtown Kalamazoo. Summer Hop Weekend combines the annual end-of-summer weekend of Downtown sidewalk sales with Art Hop, the annual Ribfest, and more. You won’t want to miss the fun.

reptile weekend

(photo courtesy of Binder Park Zoo) 

  • Reptile Weekend is this weekend at Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek. Gather up your little naturalist and slither on out to Binder Park Zoo on August 6 & 7 to help welcome back the snakes, snapping turtles and toads for Binder Park Zoo’s 33rd annual Reptile Weekend. Normal admission fees apply.
  • Blueberry Bash at Stokes Homestead Farm Market in Grand Junction on August 7. Celebrate the beautiful Blueberry Harvest with some FREE fun on the farm.
    Enjoy Stokes Homestead Farm Market fun yard for FREE & take part in the Blueberry Pie Eating Contest, Donut Throw Contest and enjoy live music on the lawn. See listing for full schedule of activities that you won’t want to miss.

 

Summer Outdoor Movies 2016

MOVIES UNDER THE STARS

There are three great opportunities to catch a movie under the stars this weekend. You’ll find these at:

 

MORE SUMMER FUN

 

FURTHER AWAY, BUT WORTH THE TRIP

  • Starting the weekend off early? WGVU Kids Day at the Zoo is at John Ball Zoo on Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Admission to John Ball Zoo is $4.00 per person with a voucher and kids 1 under are free. Vouchers are available at Meijer, Flagstar Bank, Kent District Library locations and Fox Honda. (Reader tip: this is a super busy event, so plan on the zoo being busy).
  • The Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival is one of our favorites of the summer season. See why visitors for all over flock to this fun, summer festival. The festival runs July 29-August 7. Activities include: parades, carnival, ship tours, entertainment, car show, fireworks, and more. Click here to see the full schedule of activities.
  • 20th Annual Chalk the Block is happening this weekend in St. Joseph.You’ll find viewing of the artists work on Saturday and Sunday, sidewalk sales, an outdoor movie, horse-drawn trolley rides, and more.

 

NOT TO MISS GIVEAWAYS

We have some awesome giveaways that we kicked off this week. You’ll want to make sure that you enter to win! Our current giveaways include:

 

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EVENT CALENDAR FOR THIS WEEKEND

See our full Event Calendar for great family activities and fun!

Friday August 5, 2016

Date/Time Event
12:00 AMBrain Buster Fridays
12:00 AMBrain Buster Fridays
12:00 AMGrand Haven Coast Guard Festival
12:00 AMKids Camp at Alamo Drafthouse
12:00 AMLEGO® Travel Adventure
12:00 AMSummer HOP Weekend
8:00 AMPlainwell Farmers' Market
9:00 AMOpen Bounce at Jungle Joe's
9:00 AMWGVU Kids Day at the Zoo
10:00 AMBounceland Open Jump
10:00 AMSummer Dollar Movies at the Kalamazoo 10
10:00 AMToddler Time at Sky Zone Kalamazoo
10:30 AMFamily Storytime
11:00 AMVampires of the Great Lakes
11:30 AMLunchtime Live!
2:30 PMVicksburg Farmers’ Market
3:00 PMOpen Jump Time at Sky Zone Kalamazoo
5:00 PMArt Hop in Washington Square
5:00 PMHook, Line & Sinker Kids Fishing
5:00 PMOpen Swim
5:00 PMPokèmon GOes to KIA!
7:00 PMSummer Movie Night in the Park (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)
7:30 PMBerries, Blues & BBQ Dinner on the Farm
8:00 PMJumpapalooza
8:00 PMMovie in the Park
9:00 PMMovies Under the Stars - Inside Out

Saturday August 6, 2016

Date/Time Event
12:00 AMGrand Haven Coast Guard Festival
12:00 AMKids Camp at Alamo Drafthouse
12:00 AMLEGO® Travel Adventure
12:00 AMSummer HOP Weekend
7:00 AMKalamazoo Farmers' Market
8:00 AMOtsego City Farmers’ Market
8:00 AMSouth Haven Farmers Market
8:00 AMTexas Township Farmers’ Market
9:00 AMBattle Creek Farmers’ Market
9:00 AMFitness in the Parks
9:00 AMHook, Line & Sinker Kids Fishing
9:00 AMOpen Bounce at Jungle Joe's
9:00 AMRed Barns Spectacular
9:00 AMReptile Weekend
9:00 AMSaugatuck Farmers’ Market
9:00 AMThe Big Latch On 2016
10:00 AMBlackRock Medieval Fest 2016
10:00 AMBounceland Open Jump
10:00 AMKanoe the Kazoo
10:00 AMKPL’s 5th Annual Lego Building Contest
10:00 AMOpen Jump Time at Sky Zone Kalamazoo
10:00 AMSaturday Chore Time
10:30 AMBollyFit
10:30 AMLEGO at the Library
11:00 AMCreature Feature: Frogs and Toads
11:00 AMField Day
11:00 AMThe Enchanted Garden
12:00 PMOpen Swim
2:00 PMFirst Saturday @ KPL
8:00 PMUnited Teen Talent Show

Sunday August 7, 2016

Date/Time Event
12:00 AMGrand Haven Coast Guard Festival
12:00 AMKids Camp at Alamo Drafthouse
12:00 AMLEGO® Travel Adventure
12:00 AMSummer HOP Weekend
8:00 AMTexas Township Farmers’ Market
9:00 AMPancakes & Pins
9:00 AMReptile Weekend
9:30 AMBreakfast on the Farm
10:00 AMBlackRock Medieval Fest 2016
10:00 AMBlueberry Bash
11:00 AMBounceland Open Jump
12:00 PMOpen Bounce at Jungle Joe's
12:00 PMOpen Jump Time at Sky Zone Kalamazoo
12:00 PMPortage Farmers' Market
1:00 PMOpen Swim
3:00 PMFree Concert and Tours at the W.K. Kellogg Manor House
4:00 PMConcerts in the Parks
6:30 PMKindleberger Summer Concert Series

Always remember to check our Events Calendar at KZOOkids.com. What fun things will you be doing this weekend?

 

 

 

 

 

By | 2016-08-05T08:54:10+00:00 August 5th, 2016|Categories: Around Kalamazoo, Newly Published, Weekend Picks|Tags: |Comments Off on Weekend Picks for the Kalamazoo Parent -August 5-7

About the Author:

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