by Jill P


Family fun is in the air this weekend around Kalamazoo. You’ll find something for everyone with great shows to catch, spring concerts, St. Patrick’s Day Parades worth the drive, a maple syrup open house, and more!

*As always, please see individual listings for information on pricing, venue location, and additional information on the event.


For this weekend consider…




photo credit: John Lacko

The University Theatre at WMU, in collaboration with Education for the Arts (EFA), is honored to present the world premiere of Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher. The story, originally a children’s book by Bruce Coville, has been adapted for the stage by the WMU Department of Theatre. Performances will be presented in the Shaw Theatre at the Gilmore Theatre Complex. Join the fun one hour before the show for crafts, puppetry, and face painting! Final performances are March 17-19. Our readers love this show!


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Artistic Director Cathleen Huling and Ballet Arts Ensemble invite you to join us at Chenery Auditorium for a trip down memory lane on Saturday, March 18, at 2 pm and 7 pm when we present Spring Concert 2017 ● Celebrating 35 Years. This family-friendly concert features selections that appeal to a variety of tastes—from the beauty of classical ballet to the humor of The Dinner Party—at very affordable prices. Tickets are on sale at Miller Auditorium Box Office (269.387.2300). Reserved seats are priced at $10 (advance purchase) and $14 (at the door).

FREE Crafternoon with Sayaka Ganz at the KIA on Sunday, March 19 from 2:00-4:00 pm.



St. Patty's-Saugatuck

St. Patty’s Day Fun for 2017: Parades, Crafts, and Family Fun has fun events parades and more that your family will love! Last year we went to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Saugatuck and had a great time.


You’ll love the sweetness of the Maple Syrup Open House at the W.K. Kellogg Experimental Forest on Saturday, March 18 from 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm. The cost for entry is $1 per car. Activities for kids include: decorating wooden “cookies” and sugar bush games, wagon rides, and tours of the sugar bush where we’ll talk about the history of maple syrup in Michigan and the process of maple syrup production.




There are some great local performances put on by various schools in the area. See our round-up in Spring Theatre Performances & Shows For KIDS You Don’t Want To Miss: Greater Kalamazoo Area Shows for a listing of shows you can catch this weekend.




Check out our listing here for great deals for the family at various Mom to Mom sales in the area.





Have you entered our latest giveaway? Slappy’s Biggest Fan Giveaway is the ultimate fan experience for your kiddo who loves Slappy. Enter today!





Spring Biking Kids Kalamazoo

Spring Break is right around the corner and we just published our 40+ Ideas To Do During Spring Break around Kalamazoo.


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No plans for Spring Break? No problem! There are many great Spring Break Camps happening during the week of Spring Break that your kids will love.


It’s time to start planning for Spring Break. We’re here to help! See our recently updated Great Spring Break Road Trips Within 2 To 5 Hours From Kalamazoo.


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Is a trip to Great Wolf Lodge in your family’s future? See our Wandering Great Wolf Lodge – Four Tips for a Great Adventure.


Michigan Indoor Waterparks

Love waterparks? I know we do. Check out this great listing of Michigan Indoor Waterparks – Fun Adventures For Families.


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Now is a great time to get a new family membership to one of our great museums. We make it easy for your to decide which one or even a few family memberships that are right for you. See our Family Memberships to Area Museums – What’s Included.



Jeremy Thatcher WMU Theatre Department






Friday March 17, 2017

Date/Time Event
12:00 AMAladdin jr.
12:00 AMFlick's Family Film Festival Spring 2017
12:00 AMLHS Presents Disney's High School Musical Jr. March 17-19
12:00 AMMichigan State Meet
9:00 AMOpen Bounce at Jungle Joe's
10:00 AMBounceland Open Jump
10:00 AMFriday: Fun Day!
10:00 AMJust Move Playdate
10:00 AMOpen Jump Time at Sky Zone Kalamazoo
10:00 AMToddler Time at SkyZone
10:00 AMWeekend Morning Movies
10:15 AMPreschool Storytime!
10:30 AMFamily Storytime
10:30 AMPlay and Learn
11:00 AM2017 Ultimate Sport Show
4:00 PMLEGO® Club
5:00 PMSt. Patrick Family Fun Night
6:00 PMOnce in a Blue Moon Garage Sale
6:00 PMSpring Art Hop
7:00 PMAnything Goes
7:30 PMCan You Feel the Love Musical

Saturday March 18, 2017

Date/Time Event
12:00 AMFlick's Family Film Festival Spring 2017
12:00 AMMaple Festival 2017
8:00 AMOnce in a Blue Moon Garage Sale
9:00 AM13th Annual MOM-TO-MOM Sale - St. Michael Lutheran School
9:00 AMBeYOUtiful Conference
9:00 AMEarly Spring Fling Craft And Vendor Show
9:00 AMKalamazoo Living History Show
9:00 AMOpen Bounce at Jungle Joe's
10:00 AM2017 Ultimate Sport Show
10:00 AMOpen Jump Time at Sky Zone Kalamazoo
10:00 AMToddler Time at SkyZone
10:00 AMWeekend Morning Movies
10:30 AMCuentos y Canciones
10:30 AMLEGO at the Library
11:00 AMCrybaby Concert with Fontana Chamber Arts
11:00 AMEgg Storytime
11:00 AMOdd Squad Live!
11:30 AMKidz N Kanvas - Dream Catcher
12:00 PMMaple Syrup Open House
1:00 PMDungeons and Dragons
1:00 PMFamily Portraits
2:00 PMOdd Squad Live!
2:00 PMWeekend Skate
5:00 PMOpen Swim
6:00 PMAll Ears Theatre Presents "The Time Machine"
7:00 PMAnything Goes
7:15 PMMiddle School Night Out
7:30 PMCan You Feel the Love Musical

Sunday March 19, 2017

Date/Time Event
12:00 AMFlick's Family Film Festival Spring 2017
12:00 AMMaple Festival 2017
9:00 AMKalamazoo Living History Show
9:00 AMPancakes & Pins
10:00 AM2017 Ultimate Sport Show
10:00 AMOpen Jump Time at Sky Zone Kalamazoo
10:00 AMWeekend Morning Movies
11:00 AMBounceland Open Jump
12:00 PMOpen Bounce at Jungle Joe's
12:00 PMOpen Jump Time at Sky Zone Kalamazoo
1:00 PMPrincess Tea at Henderson Castle
2:00 PMFREE Crafternoon with Sayaka Ganz
2:00 PMJeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher
2:00 PMPioneer Maple Sugaring
2:00 PMSherman Lake Day - Visit Camp!
2:00 PMWeekend Skate
3:00 PMOpen Swim

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






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About the Author:

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