by Robin B

From everything A (airplanes) to Z (zoo) we’ve got a listing of all the great activities happening for families this last weekend in July! With a weather forecast of sunny and 80, make sure to take advantage of all the family fun planned in and around Kalamazoo this weekend.

As always, 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:

Don’t miss the Downtown Kalamazoo Side Walk Sale happening all weekend long! Bring the entire family downtown to enjoy unique salsa recipes during Downtown Kalamazoo’s 3rd annual Salsa Cook-Off; enjoy special sales, music and family games at Summer Sidewalk Sales, and indulge in special menu offerings during Downtown Kalamazoo’s Restaurant Week.

Families can enjoy outdoor “board” games along the Kalamazoo mall and chalk art on Gazelle Sports outdoor wall along Devisser Alley. Kids, make sure to stop by The Spirit of Kalamazoo for your FREE helium balloon (and maybe an ice cream cone while you’re there!).

 

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SATURDAY

Stop by the Kalamazoo-Battle Creek International Airport for their 2nd Annual Airfair Event on July 29th from 10 am – 3 pm! There will be food, games, Amazing Magic by PJ Weber, giveaways, and more! Kids and adults will want to try out one of the WMU aircraft simulators to see what it is like to fly a real plane. A Cirrus SR20-G2 is just one the many displays in the “big rig fun area” that you won’t want to miss.

SUNDAY

Photo courtesy Binder Park Zoo

Have you been to Binder Park Zoo yet to see the new African Lion Exhibit? If not, the weather will be perfect to stroll the grounds of the zoo and visit Shelby and Salem, the two female lions in their brand new exhibit.

Bronson Park in Kalamazoo is the place to be Sunday afternoon at 4:00 pm for their Concert in the Park series featuring The Verve Pipe. With a reputation for spectacular live performances, the genesis of multi-platinum artist The Verve Pipe can be traced back to the early 90s when the principal members of two rival Michigan bands joined forces. Grab some blankets or lawn chairs and enjoy the family-friendly concert.

 

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

 

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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.

 

EVENT CALENDAR FOR THIS WEEKEND

 

Friday July 28, 2017

Date/Time Event
12:00 AMDowntown Kalamazoo Side Walk Sale
12:00 AMVBDL Antwerp Sunshine Branch Summer Reading
12:00 AMVicksburg Lions Club Summer Festival
12:00 AMWolf Lake Hatchery Tours
9:00 AMOpen Bounce at Jungle Joe's
9:30 AMPeak Bloom Week
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 AMKids’ Dance Party
10:30 AMPlay and Learn
10:30 AMPopsicles & Pages!
11:30 AMLunchtime Live!
1:00 PMCity Summer by Urban Folk Art Exploratory
1:00 PMCreate! (Grades 2-5)
2:00 PMCity Summer by Urban Folk Art Exploratory
2:00 PMMovies & Popcorn: Moana
4:00 PMWaldo FOUND Kalamazoo
5:00 PMHook, Line and Sinker Kid's Fishing
6:30 PMTeen Night
7:30 PMFriday Night Concert Series
7:30 PMMovies in the Park (Jones Park)
8:00 PMToy Story - Outdoor Movie
9:00 PMMovie's Under the Stars

Saturday July 29, 2017

Date/Time Event
12:00 AMDowntown Kalamazoo Side Walk Sale
12:00 AMVBDL Antwerp Sunshine Branch Summer Reading
12:00 AMVicksburg Lions Club Summer Festival
12:00 AMWolf Lake Hatchery Tours
7:00 AMKalamazoo Farmers Market
8:00 AMOtsego City Farmers Market
8:00 AMTexas Township Farmers Market
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 AMOpen Bounce at Jungle Joe's
9:00 AMSt. Joe Farmers Market
9:30 AMPeak Bloom Week
10:00 AM8th Annual Long Travel Round Up at the Silver Lake Sand Dunes
10:00 AMAir Fair 2017
10:00 AMBlack Rock Medieval Fest
10:00 AMMid-Summer Michigan Bully Bash
10:00 AMOpen Jump Time at Sky Zone Kalamazoo
10:00 AMStupendous Saturdays - Build A Better Magic Show
10:00 AMVisit the Farmyard
10:30 AMLeilapalooza - Leila Arboretum Music Festival
11:00 AMBarnyard Story Corner
11:00 AMGet Pop-Cultured Storytime
1:00 PMDiscovery Hike with the Kalamazoo Nature Center
7:00 PMTwelfth Night at The Krasl Art Center

Sunday July 30, 2017

Date/Time Event
12:00 AMDowntown Kalamazoo Side Walk Sale
12:00 AMWolf Lake Hatchery Tours
9:00 AM2nd Reformed/2rd CRC Vacation Bible School
9:00 AMPancakes & Pins
9:00 AMPaw Paw Farmer's Market
10:00 AMBlack Rock Medieval Fest
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 PMAll About Bees
4:00 PMConcerts 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 | 2017-07-28T06:17:19+00:00 July 28th, 2017|Categories: Around Kalamazoo, Newly Published, Weekend Picks|Comments Off on Weekend Picks for the Kalamazoo Parent: July 28-30

About the Author:

Robin is a native Michigander and mother of two. She has a keen eye for discovering deals and an honest desire to share local activities and family fun. In addition to enjoying early mornings with strong coffee, she likes hanging outside with her kids, biking and reading.