by Jill P



We love all of the great things that are to do in Michigan during the summer. This week, we kicked off our Michigan Road Trip Series. I am so excited about this series! We published our Michigan Road Trip-Saugatuck article this week and have many more Michigan Road Trips in works. Let us know if you have any suggestions for places to visit in Michigan.

Michigan Road Trips -Saugtauck


We’ve had a number of readers ask us about volunteering opportunities with the kids over the summer. Volunteer Kalamazoo put together a great article with Volunteer- Ideas To Get Your Family Started. 

Volunteer-ideas To Get Your Family Started


Camping! We published our Three Camping Adventures Close To Home article for those who want to try some camping, but want to check out options and adventures closer to home. Think, less work.

Camping options close to home

Sign up for our E-News! We have some great summer articles scheduled that you won’t want to miss. To sign-up, click here.



For this weekend, consider…

Alamo Kids Camp-Mary Poppins

June 26-28  at the Alamo Drafhouse in Kalamazoo. Movie starts at 11:00 am. 

  • Proceeds from ticket sales ($1-$3) will be donated to Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes to help fight hunger in our community! You don’t want to miss this classic.
  • This Walt Disney classic tells the story of Mary Poppins, a magical nanny sent to care for the Banks children, whose own father is too busy to give them the proper attention. Set in 1910 London, the film is a colorful blend of live action and animation and features magnetic performances from Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke.

Or check out the performance at Mary Poppins at the Barn Theatre. We’ve heard from some of our readers that it’s a great show.

Crybaby Concert

June 27 at 11:00 am at the Portage District Library. 

  • Fontana is pleased to present “Nich Mueller’s Honeybee Tree and other songs from the forest” as part of its Crybaby Concert series. These FREE mini-concerts allow children under the age of five and their families to enjoy a 45-minute performance of beautiful music in an open and flexible environment – even if your little one feels like crying! Nutritious, kid-friendly snacks are provided after each performance!

Enchanted Summer Celebration

Saturday, June 27 and Sunday, June 28 from 10:00 am-5:00 pm at Fat Blossom Farm in Allegan. 

  • Join the fun for a weekend of creation and exploration! You’ll find fairy houses, hobbit habitats, and gnome homes. (One of our readers did this last year and loved it!)

Pirates Flyer FINAL COPY2

Kik Pool Party & Pirates of the Caribbean Movies in the Park

Saturday, June 27 from 5:00 pm-7:00 pm at the Kik Pool in Kalamazoo is the pool party and the Pirates of the Caribbean movie starts at dusk at Upjohn Park. Games and activities prior to the movie from 7:00 pm- 9:00 pm at the Upjohn Park. 

  • Come enjoy some fun in the sun at our pirate themed pool party before the feature presentation of Pirates of the Caribbean on the big screen!
  • Grab the family and a chair or blanket and join the Kalamazoo Parks & Recreation Department under the stars for their FREE “Movies in the Park” series. Family-friendly activities and games will begin around 7:00 pm and will continue until the movie begins at sunset. Popcorn and snacks will be available for purchase.

Summer Celebration at DeLano Farm

Sunday, June 28 from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm at the DeLano Farm at the Kalamazoo Nature Center in Kalamazoo. 

  • Take in the sights and sounds of summer with a step back in time at the DeLano Homestead. Enjoy a guided hike and horse-drawn wagon ride. Experience the 1800s farm home and witness demonstrations by blacksmiths, spinners and fiber artists. Regular KNC admission applies. Wagon Rides (weather permitting) $2/rider.



Plus, there’s a ton of fun things that are happening around town this weekend. Some of these include the following: Just Move Fitness/KZOOkids Pirate Playdate in Kalamazoo, Irish Fest of Kalamazoo, the Cheetah Chase at the Binder Park Zoo, and the FREE Outdoor Concerts in the Park-both at Kindleberger and Bronson Park on Sunday. (See listing for times and performers). Also, how fun does Super Hero Night at the Kalamazoo Growlers sound? Kids wearing a super hero costumer get in free!

There’s so much to do, in fact, that you won’t want to leave town this weekend!


These events and more can be found on our Events Calendar at What fun things will you be doing this weekend?



Have a great June weekend!




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About the Author:

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.