by Jill Piwko

Happy 4th of July! We hope you enjoy this weekend with your family.  For this weekend check out these family friendly events, consider…


Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival

Wednesday through Sunday, July 2-July 6 in Battle Creek. 

  • This great family event will play host to 50 hot-air balloons, two night balloon illumes, a five hour air show featuring top performers from around the country, a full carnival, awesome food booths, arts & crafts, fireworks, bands and more..


32nd Annual 4th of July Celebration

Friday, July 4th at the Historic Charlton Park in Hastings.

  • Looking for a good way to spend the day. Join us for an Old Fashioned 4th of July! Tons of games for all ages, including Baby Crawl, Needle in the Haystack, 3 Legged Race, Corn Hole, Watermelon and Pie Eating Contests. The bidding will be fast and furious at the Pie Auction. Free ice cream and lemonade will be served. Purchase a BBQ Meal catered by Schondelmayer BBQ to Benefit the Lawrence J. Bauer American Legion Post in Hastings. The beach, boat launch and hiking trails will be open and free to all from 8 am – 9 pm.

Hidden Treasures at the Kingman Museum

Saturday, July 5 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm at the Kingman Museum in Battle Creek. 

  • Discover rarely seen artifacts from our collections and participate in fun activities! May 3rd, June 7th, July 5th & August 2nd.

Robot Zoo Exhibit

Open every day at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum in Kalamazoo. Check with museum directly for hours. 

  • Visit The Robot Zoo in this traveling exhibit based on the book by John Kelly. Explore the biomechanics of complex animal robots to discover how real animals work. The exhibit features mechanical and programmable robotic “animals” which show the amazing mechanics of living things, called biomechanics. By comparing anatomy, environments, and size of the actual creatures to the mechanic counterparts, The Robot Zoo provides fantastic new insights and hands-on fun for discovering just how animals work.

Parades, Fireworks, and Fun!

See our 4th of July Round-up for all of the fun ways to celebrate Independence Day with your family.


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



By | 2014-07-04T06:01:00+00:00 July 4th, 2014|Categories: Around Kalamazoo, Newly Published, Weekend Picks|Comments Off on Weekend Picks For The Kalamazoo Parent – July 4, 2014

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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.