Weekend Fun for the Kalamazoo Parent: November 16 – November 18

It’s time for another fun weekend around Kalamazoo. Just like the mix of leaves and snow on the ground, there is a medly of fall and holiday fun for the family. We’ve highlighted an exciting production courtesy of the Civic Youth Theater Program, Thanksgiving fun with themed STEAM activities, Harry Potter magic, as well as a holiday parade and tree lighting ceremony to round out the weekend.

It is not too early to start planning what to do on the snowy days in Southwest Michigan. Have you taken a peek at our HUGE Winter Outdoor Fun Guide for Southwest Michigan?

Top Picks for the Weekend for Family Fun

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

Friday and Saturday. See the Civic Youth Theatre program production of The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. Edward Tulane is on a journey over which he has no control, for he is a toy rabbit. Through this miraculous journey, Edward learns what it is to love, what it is to lose that love, and how to find the courage to love again.

Thanksgiving STEAM Challenge at Forever Curious Children’s Museum

Saturday. Give kids a chance to have some Thanksgiving fun with a STEAM Challenge. Build a Mini Mayflower, find a way to give the pilgrims protection, build a pumpkin picker, secure a sustainable food source by making a corn cultivator, or build a cool Turkey Transportation device.

Explore the Magic Harry Potter Event at Barnes & Noble

Saturday. Live the adventure of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts. Visit Barnes & Noble in Portage (or the Battle Creek location) for activities, games, cosplay, LEGO building, special offers, and giveaways.

Battle Creek Holiday Parade

Saturday. Head downtown Battle Creek to kick off the start of the holiday season with the Battle Creek Christmas Parade and the International Festival of Lights.

Texas Township Tree-Lighting Ceremony

Saturday. Texas Township hosts the Holiday Farmers’ Market and Tree-Lighting Ceremony. Enjoy complimentary hot cocoa, hot cider, and locally-roasted coffee, while carolers fill the market with holiday cheer.

See our full Event Calendar here for more weekend fun! 

Want to add your family-friendly event to our KZOOkids.com Event Calendar? You can add your event by clicking here.

Friday November 16, 2018

Date/Time Event
9:00 AM

Barry County Festival of Trees
at Gilmore Car Museum, Hickory Corners

10:00 AM

Circle Time at Kalamazoo Valley Museum
at Kalamazoo Valley Museum, Kalamazoo

10:00 AM

Feel It Fridays! at Forever Curious Children's Museum
at Forever Curious Children’s Museum, Fennville

10:00 AM

Music & Movement at Otsego District Library
at Otsego District Library, Otsego

10:15 AM

Preschool Storytime! at Richland Community Library
at Richland Community Library, Richland

10:30 AM

Family Storytime at KPL Central Library
at Kalamazoo Public Library- Central Library, Kalamazoo

10:30 AM

Just Move Playdate
at Just Move Fitness and More, Portage

10:30 AM

Play and Learn at the KPL Alma Powell Branch
at Kalamazoo Public Library- Alma Powell Branch, Kalamazoo

10:30 AM

Tune Bugs at South Haven Memorial Library
at South Haven Memorial Library, South Haven

11:00 AM

Kalamazoo Valley Museum: The Little Star that Could
at Kalamazoo Valley Museum, Kalamazoo

11:30 AM

Wings West Public Skate
at Wings West Ice Arena, Kalamazoo

12:00 PM

Themed Photos with Santa
at The Crossroads Mall, Portage

3:00 PM

Video Game Free Play at Ransom District Library
at Ransom District Library, Plainwell

4:00 PM

Lego Club at Comstock Library
at Comstock Library, Comstock

4:00 PM

Teen Scene at Otsego District Library
at Otsego District Library, Otsego

5:00 PM

TITLE Boxing Club Kid\'s Clinic
at West Michigan Dance Center, Kalamazoo

5:30 PM

Junie B. Jones the Musical presented by Paw Paw Later Elementary
at Paw Paw Later Elementary, Paw Paw

6:00 PM

Cookies & Canvas: Funky Turkey
at The Crew Family Restaurant & Bakery, Kalamazoo

6:00 PM

Nerf Night: Grades 4th-7th at Ransom District Library
at Ransom District Library, Plainwell

6:30 PM

Friday Fun Nights
at The Dome Sports Center, Schoolcraft

7:00 PM

Mamma Mia! presented by Loy Norrix High School
at Kasdof Auditorium, Loy Norrix High School, Kalamazoo

7:00 PM

The Heart of Robin Hood
at Vicksburg Performing Arts Center, Vicksburg

7:30 PM

Portage Northern High School presents Les Miserables: School Edition
at Portage Northern High School, Portage

7:30 PM

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
at Parish Theatre, Kalamazoo

8:00 PM

GLOW at Sky Zone
at Sky Zone Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo

Saturday November 17, 2018

Date/Time Event
7:00 AM

Kalamazoo Farmers Market
at Kalamazoo Farmers’ Market, Kalamazoo

9:00 AM

Barry County Festival of Trees
at Gilmore Car Museum, Hickory Corners

9:00 AM

Fine Art Sale & Holiday Bazaar
at People’s Church, Kalamazoo

9:00 AM

Holiday Expo & Craft Show
at Kalamazoo County Expo Center, Kalamazoo

9:00 AM

Open Bounce at Jungle Joe's
at Jungle Joe’s, Portage

9:00 AM

Vicksburg Project Graduation 25th Annual Craft Show
at Sunset Lake Elementary School, Vicksburg

10:00 AM

'Incredibles 2' Family Movie at Willard Library
at Willard Library, Battle Creek

10:00 AM

32nd Annual Mistletoe Market in South Haven
at South Haven Center for the Arts, South Haven

10:00 AM

Family Scavenger Hunts at Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery
at Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery, Mattawan

10:00 AM

Hatchery Tours at Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery
at Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery, Mattawan

10:00 AM

LEGO Day at Antwerp Sunshine Library
at VBDL Antwerp Sunshine Branch, Mattawan

10:00 AM

Michaels Kids Club- Battle Creek
at Michaels- Battle Creek, Battle Creek

10:00 AM

Michaels Kids Club- Portage
at Michaels- Portage, Portage

10:00 AM

STEAM Saturdays at Richland Community Library
at Richland Community Library, Richland

10:30 AM

LEGO at the Library- KPL Central
at Kalamazoo Public Library- Central Library, Kalamazoo

10:30 AM

Sensory-friendly Movies at Celebration Cinema Crossroads
at Celebration! Cinema Crossroads & IMAX, Portage

10:30 AM

Tumble Toddlers at the KPL Eastwood Branch
at Kalamazoo Public Library- Eastwood Branch, Kalamazoo

11:00 AM

Bear Says Thanks Storytime at Barnes & Noble- Battle Creek
at Barnes & Noble- Battle Creek, Battle Creek

11:00 AM

Bear Says Thanks Storytime at Barnes & Noble- Portage
at Barnes & Noble- Portage, Portage

11:00 AM

Kalamazoo Nature Center: Creature Features
at Kalamazoo Nature Center, Kalamazoo

11:00 AM

Letters to Santa
at Soil Friends Farm & Market, Galesburg

11:00 AM

Reading Rangers in Portage
at Schrier Park, Portage

11:15 AM

Kingman Museum Planetarium: Violent Universe
at Kingman Museum, Battle Creek

12:00 PM

Magic Show at the American Museum of Magic
at American Museum of Magic, Marshall

12:00 PM

Open Swim at Allegan Aquatic Center
at Allegan Aquatic Center, Allegan

12:00 PM

Super Saturdays at the Curious Kids Museum in St. Joseph
at Curious Kids’ Museum, Saint Joseph

1:00 PM

Family Days at Painting with a Twist: Charlie the Rainbow Cheetah
at Painting with a Twist, Portage

1:00 PM

Kalamazoo Valley Museum: The Little Star that Could
at Kalamazoo Valley Museum, Kalamazoo

1:00 PM

Thanksgiving STEAM Challenge at Forever Curious Children's Museum
at Forever Curious Children’s Museum, Fennville

2:00 PM

Explore the Magic Harry Potter Event at Barnes & Noble- Battle Creek
at Barnes & Noble- Battle Creek, Battle Creek

2:00 PM

Explore the Magic Harry Potter Event at Barnes & Noble- Portage
at Barnes & Noble- Portage, Portage

2:00 PM

Open Skate at Lawson Ice Arena
at Lawson Ice Arena, Kalamazoo

2:00 PM

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
at Parish Theatre, Kalamazoo

3:00 PM

GR Symphony Presents The Snowman
at DeVos Performance Hall, Grand Rapids

4:00 PM

Texas Township Tree-Lighting Ceremony
at Texas Township Farmers’ Market, Kalamazoo

5:00 PM

Open Swim at WMU's Gabel Natatorium
at Lawson Ice Arena and Gabel Natatorium, Kalamazoo

5:45 PM

Battle Creek Holiday Parade
at Downtown Battle Creek, Battle Creek

6:00 PM

Wings West Public Skate
at Wings West Ice Arena, Kalamazoo

7:00 PM

Mamma Mia! presented by Loy Norrix High School
at Kasdof Auditorium, Loy Norrix High School, Kalamazoo

7:00 PM

Rollerworld Super Saturday Skate
at Rollerworld, Kalamazoo

7:00 PM

The Heart of Robin Hood
at Vicksburg Performing Arts Center, Vicksburg

7:30 PM

Portage Northern High School presents Les Miserables: School Edition
at Portage Northern High School, Portage

Sunday November 18, 2018

Date/Time Event
9:00 AM

Barry County Festival of Trees
at Gilmore Car Museum, Hickory Corners

9:00 AM

Pancakes & Pins at Airway Fun Center
at Airway Lanes, Portage

10:00 AM

Holiday Expo & Craft Show
at Kalamazoo County Expo Center, Kalamazoo

11:00 AM

Letters to Santa
at Soil Friends Farm & Market, Galesburg

11:15 AM

Kingman Museum Planetarium: Violent Universe
at Kingman Museum, Battle Creek

12:00 PM

Family Scavenger Hunts at Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery
at Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery, Mattawan

1:00 PM

Open Swim at Allegan Aquatic Center
at Allegan Aquatic Center, Allegan

1:00 PM

Princess Tea Party at The Henderson Castle
at Henderson Castle, Kalamazoo

1:45 PM

Wings West Public Skate
at Wings West Ice Arena, Kalamazoo

2:00 PM

Hatchery Tours at Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery
at Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery, Mattawan

2:00 PM

Kalamazoo Nature Center Sunday Family Program
at Kalamazoo Nature Center, Kalamazoo

2:00 PM

Kalamazoo Valley Museum: The Little Star that Could
at Kalamazoo Valley Museum, Kalamazoo

2:00 PM

Open Skate at Lawson Ice Arena
at Lawson Ice Arena, Kalamazoo

2:00 PM

Portage Northern High School presents Les Miserables: School Edition
at Portage Northern High School, Portage

2:00 PM

The Heart of Robin Hood
at Vicksburg Performing Arts Center, Vicksburg

3:00 PM

Open Swim at WMU's Gabel Natatorium
at Lawson Ice Arena and Gabel Natatorium, Kalamazoo

4:00 PM

Open Skate at The Rink in Battle Creek
at The Rink Battle Creek, Battle Creek

7:00 PM

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical (Grand Rapids)
at DeVos Performance Hall, Grand Rapids

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