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Map Your Way to 92 Days of Summer Fun in West Michigan

92 things to do with kids in grand rapids west michigan summer
One event for each day of June, July and August equals 92 Days of Summer Fun!

Follow our schedule or Mix and Match for your own custom fun menu. Happy Summer, West Michigan Families!

Also, don’t forget to see our list of Summer Camps and Summer Essentials. Coming soon, VBS Guide and Summer Reading Program Roundup. Oh, and we have a Beach Guide!

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  1. June 1: Construction Truck Petting Zoo – Grand Rapids Public Library parking lot.
  2. June 2: Spoonlickers – Warning: it’s addictive! Locally owned frozen yogurt shop with three locations. Flavors change regularly. Toppings made by hand. Sold by the ounce. Ada Location – 400 Ada Dr (616-682-5784), Knapp Location – 1971 East Beltline, Eastown Location – 1551 Wealthy SE.
  3. June 3: Frog Hollow Park – Playground great for all ages. Located near Metro Health hospital. Accessible for those with disabilities, too. Shelter, climbing structure, swings, restrooms. 2050 Metro Ct SW, Wyoming, MI 49519.
  4. June 4: Real Food Cafe – Stop in for their chocolate chip pancakes! Can be busy, so plan ahead. Locally owned family restaurant. Two locations. Breakfast and lunch served. 2419 Eastern Avenue, Grand Rapids,  (616-241-4080) and 5430 Northland Drive NE, Grand Rapids, MI (616-361-1808).
  5. June 5: Provin Trails – Two miles of wooded trail. Terrain is slightly hilly to very hilly. Park activities and facilities include: cross country skiing, hiking/walking, and restrooms. Restrooms and parking on Four Mile Road. 2900 4 Mile Road
    Grand Rapids Township, MI 49525 (616-336-7275).
  6. June 6: Crazy Bounce – one huge room filled with up to 14 of the biggest, wildest, craziest inflatable structures. 12255 Felch St, Holland, MI 49424.
  7. June 7: Festival of the Arts – food, arts, entertainment and plenty of activities for the kids. Monroe Center St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. (June 7,8,9.)
  8. June 8:  Grand Haven Musical Fountain- the dancing, musical show starts at 10pm. Washington Ave & N Harbor Dr, Grand Haven, MI 49417.
  9. June 9: White Pine Trail – grab the bikes, roller blades or running shoes. Several places to enjoy the trail from Comstock Park to Cadillac.
  10. June 10: Summer Reading Carnival at KDL Walker Library – Celebrate the beginning of Summer Reading with free refreshments, fun carnival games and so much more! 4293 Remembrance Rd. NW, Walker, MI 49534 (616-784-2007).
  11. June 11: Getty 4 Drive In – Tuesday nights are $5 bargain night! 920 E Summit Ave  Norton Shores, MI 49444 (231)798-2608
  12. June 12: Fulton Street Farmers Market – open 8am-3pm on Tues, Wed, Fri and Sat with more than 200 different vendors throughout the year. 1147 E. Fulton St.
    Grand Rapids, MI 49503
  13. June 13: Airport Observation – Grab a snack and a picnic table and enjoy the view. (open from 7am-10pm daily).
  14. June 14: Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium (inside GRPM) – To Boldly Go show at 2pm.
  15. June 15: West Michigan Chalk Art Festival – come create and see chalk art on the sidewalks of Byron Center.
  16. June 16: Millennium Park – rent a boat, play at the beach, get wet at the splash pad or enjoy the trails.
  17. June 17: Holland Peanut Store - homemade chocolates, fresh roasted nuts and famous Fabiano ice cream Nutty Paddle Pops. 46 East Eighth St. Holland, MI (616-392-4522).
  18. June 18: Fredrick Meijer Gardens – play in the Children’s Outdoor Garden and Michigan’s Farm Garden. Open until 9pm on Tuesdays.
  19. June 19: Grand Rapids Township Park – fun playground activities as well as trails for walking/biking.
  20. June 20: Gymco – have fun during Lunch Bunch! Two locations.
  21. June 21: Strawberry Picking – Krupp Farms, one of so many local farmers where you can pick! Call ahead for picking conditions.
  22. June 22: Grand Haven Sand Sculpture Contest – 9am-3pm at the Grand Haven City Beach. 616-842-4910
  23. June 23: Cascade Park – The playground area includes a picnic pavilion, bathrooms and drinking fountain. One-mile pedestrian path, tennis, volleyball and Frisbee golf as well.
  24. June 24: Java Gym – Indoor play cafe. 2211 East Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI (616-361-9800).  Will be closed as of August 25th.
  25. June 25: Peppler Memorial Park at Rockford Dam – enjoy watching the water of the Rogue River go over the dam and visit the shops and eateries in downtown Rockford.
  26. June 26SkyZone – Indoor trampoline park. 3636 29th Street SE, Kentwood, MI 49512.
  27. June 27: Manhattan Park – Pavillion, nature trails, playground, volleyball, softball, tennis, drinking fountains. East Grand Rapids.
  28. June 28: Jersey Junction - old fashioned ice cream parlor is located in the heart of East Grand Rapids. 652 Croswell Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI (616-458-4107).
  29. June 29: All Day with the Arts at the GR Art Museum - enjoy hands-on art-making activities for children and families, kid-friendly tours and sketching in the galleries. Every Saturday from 10am-3pm.
  30. June 30: Rosy Mound Natural Area – Rosy Mound is a classic Great Lakes dune system. Wonderful hiking trails out to Lake Michigan. (616 -738-4810)
  31. July 1Deanna’s Playhouse- stage, costume room, puppet theater, relaxation nook, storybook corner, and the mini-village; complete with roads, lakes, a store, a house, a bank, cars, boats, a lighthouse, and “Zebron the Magical Submarine. Open 10am-3pm.
  32. July 2Teusink’s Pony FarmPony Ring Ride, Hayride, Hay maze, Fishing, Penny Hunt, Barn Animals, Exotic Birds, and Feed the Sheep and Goats. 10am- 12:30pm.1468 West 32nd St. Holland, MI 49423 (616-335-6226).
  33. July 3Lamar Park and Splash Pad- picnic area, baseball & softball diamonds, fishing, basketball, volleyball, tennis, playground equipment, soccer fields, grills, walking trail and splash pad. Open 10am -8pm. 2624 Porter St SW, Wyoming, MI 49519.
  34. July 4Grand Haven State Park- after enjoying the beach catch the fireworks, too! 1001 S Harbor Dr, Grand Haven, MI 49417.
  35. July 5Jesters Court-  indoor playground featuring larger than life inflatables and softplay (enclosed jungle gym). Open 10am-8pm. 3707 Northridge Dr NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49544.
  36. July 6Blandford Nature Center - Take a hike through the woods on a hunt for a delicious berry that grows wild. Gather, make and sample this homemade summer frozen treat…ICE CREAM. 1715 Hillburn Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504.
  37. July 7: Duck Lake State ParkWhitehall, MI 49461.
  38. July 8: Mount Pisgah Dune Boardwalk – explore the dune east of the Holland State Park. Accessible via a boardwalk and stair system. Ottawa Beach Rd & 3rd Ave, Holland, MI 49422.
  39. July 9: Downtown Farmers Market- Open Tuesdays from 8am-1pm. 435 Ionia Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.
  40. July 10: Storytime at Sweet Mellisa’s - Free ice cream cone and storybook for kids every Wednesday at 7pm in June, July and August. 2404 Eastern Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49507.
  41. July 11: GR Symphony’s Picnic Pops- fireworks paired with patriotic music from the GR Symphony. 6800 Cannonsburg Rd NE, Belmont, MI 49306.
  42. July 12East Grand Rapids Movies in the ParkFREE family-friendly entertainment on the shores of Reed’s Lake. Hotel Transylvania will be shown on an inflatable screen at dusk. 650 Lakeside Dr SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506.
  43. July 13: Muskegon Summer Luge – Wheeled luge. $10 per person, reservations not needed. 9am-noon. 462 Scenic Dr. North Muskegon, MI 49445
  44. July 14: Family Day at the West Michigan Whitecaps - First 1,000 kids eat free, face painting and meet Buddy the Dinosaur (from PBS’s Dinosaur Train) at the ballpark! 4500 W River Dr NE, Comstock Park, MI 49321.
  45. July 15: Berlin Fair - carnival rides and live entertainment at a low cost with a family friendly environment. July 15-20. 2008 Berlin Fair Dr, Marne, MI 49435.
  46. July 16: Rogue River Blues Concert Series. No admission. Different performer each Tuesday evening. Starts at 7pm. Garden Club Park, downtown Rockford.
  47. July 17: Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park - this privately owned zoo has some animals you won’t find anywhere else i Michigan. 8313 Pratt Lake SE Alto, MI 49302 (616-868-6711).
  48. July 18: Lowell Farmer’s Market – Farm goods, arts and crafts, flea market, antique and estate sale vendors as well (616-897-9186).
  49. July 19Hot Kroc NightThis free event begins at 6:30pm and will feature a family friendly movie, activities, and concessions available for sale at the Kroc Center.
  50. July 20Ionia Free Fair - FREE activities such as rodeos, monster trucks, a circus, a high flying trapeze act, Wild Animal Exhibit and our E!Park stage, where free musical acts appear throughout the week, July 18-27.
  51. July 21Holland State ParkPopular beach with restrooms, concessions and easy access ramps. 2400 Lake Michigan Dr, Holland, MI 49424.
  52. July 22: Storytime at Pooh’s Corner Bookstore10:30am. For all ages. 1886 Breton Rd SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506 (616-942-9887).
  53. July 23: Children’s Day at the Ottawa County FairPedal Pulls, emergency vehicle display, wood workshop, magic show, pie eating contest, harness racing, mobile zoo, midway carnival, 4-H animals and showings. 1272 Ottawa Beach Rd, Holland, MI 49424 (616-399-4904).
  54. July 24Engine House #5 Museum (Allendale)Now in Allendale, Engine House #5 was built in 1880 in Grand Rapids, Michigan on the bank of the Grand River and served the community with a horse-drawn steam pumper and a hose cart. Today, see antique fire house and fire engines while you shop the Hammer and Thread store. 6620 Lake Michigan Dr, Allendale, MI 49401.
  55. July 25Parkapalooza Pet Party at East Grand Rapids Public Library- a family event where everyone’s pet is a star. 746 Lakeside Dr SE, East Grand Rapids, MI 49506.
  56. July 26: Blueberry Picking - Call ahead to see what picking conditions are like. 2763 140th Ave, Dorr, MI 49323 (616-896-8296).
  57. July 27John Ball Zoo – Zipline, camel rides and more. Explore all of the new features at the zoo, too. 1300 Fulton St W, Grand Rapids, MI 49504.
  58. July 28Ice Cream Month at Dairy DiscoveryJuly is ICE CREAM Month! Come and celebrate a favorite summer treat! From 10am-1pm (tours at 10, 11). Fee. (616-293-0432).
  59.  July 29Pinewood Park Splash Pad (Kentwood)- 1999 Wolfboro Dr SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508.
  60. July 30: Kids Day at Grand Haven Coast Guard FestivalJuly 26-Aug 4. Daily events from Kids Day to the Street Dance, carnival rides, parade and ship tours.
  61. July 31Hager Park (Jenison) – Cool wooden playground, trails, picnic areas and more.
  62. August 1: Youth Pirate Chaser Sails – Kids become captains and chase pirates on a 90 minute sail. Michigan Maritime Museum. 260 Dyckman Ave, South Haven, MI 49423.
  63. August 2Wyoming Public Library - Rhyme Time and Music at 10:30am. 3350 Michael Ave SW, Wyoming, MI 49509.
  64. August 3Hike the Peace Park - located at 8900 Grand River Dr SE, Ada, MI 49301.
  65. August 4: 12 Dancing Princesses at the Civic Theatre See this story come to life on stage at a 2pm matinee. 30 Division Ave N, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.
  66. August 5Hudsonville Lanes Buck Night Bowlingfrom 9:15pm to 11pm games, shoes, hot dogs, pop, fries and nachos are just $1. 5775 Balsam Drive
    Hudsonville, MI 49426 (616-669-9380).
  67. August 6: Tuesday Night Music Club (Fredrick Meijer Gardens) - Concerts are free with paid admission to Meijer Gardens and begin at 7pm.
  68. August 7Grand Rapids Children’s Museum - New exhibits include Adventures in Balance and Kidstruction Zone. Great place to cool off on a hot day. 22 Sheldon Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.
  69. August 8South Haven Blueberry Festival - Music, carnival games, arts and crafts, parade and more. (Aug. 8- 11).
  70. August 9Wahlfield Park and hiking - enjoy the picnic area, playground or hike through the park. 6811 Alpine Ave NW, Comstock Park, MI 49321.
  71. August 10Kent County Youth Fair Kids Day$1 specials throughout the fairgrounds. $1 carnival rides, $1 specials at food vendors. Ice cream social at 2pm, Puff the Dragon Pedal Pull at 3pm. 225 S Hudson St, Lowell, MI 49331.
  72. August 11Pick Peaches - Call to check picking conditions. Ed Dunneback & Girls Farm. 3025 6 Mile Rd NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49544 (616-784-2820).
  73.  August 12: Impression 5 Science Center. 200 Museum Dr, Lansing, MI 48933.
  74.  August 13Craig’s Cruisers - 2 for 1 Tuesday at the Grand Rapids location. 5730 Clyde Park Ave SW, Wyoming, MI 49509.
  75.  August 14:  – Marge’s Donut Den. It’s a great little bakery on 28th Street in Wyoming, full of donuts, cookies, cakes and more. 1751 28th St SW, Wyoming, MI 49519.
  76. August 15Lowell Showboat Sizzlin’ Summer Concert- Thursday nights on The Flat River from 7-9pm. 201 E Main St, Lowell, MI 49331.
  77. August 16USS Silversides Submarine Museum - Muskegon museum and submarine with exhibits, displays and theatre. Open daily 10am-5:30pm. 1346 Bluff St, Muskegon, MI 49441.
  78. August 17Roller Skate at Tarry Hall Roller Rink - open skating Saturday nights from 6:30-9pm. 3330 Fairlanes Ave SW, Grandville, MI 49418.
  79. August 18- Binder Park Zoo. 7400 Division Dr, Battle Creek, MI 49014.
  80. August 19R Athletics - Open gym with trampolines, foam pits, vault, bars and more. Open from 2-3pm. 2845 Thornhills Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546.
  81. August 20Ada Farmers Market -  high quality farm and artisan products in a comfortably accessible, kid-friendly environment. Open from noon-6pm. 7239 Thornapple River Dr SE, Ada, MI 49301.
  82. August 21The Mud Room - paint pottery, use clay wheels or fuse glass. 447 Ada Dr SE, Ada, MI 49301
  83. August 22Robinette’s Apple Haus – Apple Haus is open 8am-5:30pm. 3142 4 Mile Rd NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525.
  84. August 23Holland Street Performers - Musicians, aerial acrobats, jugglers, dancers, balloon twisters, theatrical troupes, magicians, caricature artists, and much, much more. 44 West Ninth Street, Holland, MI 49423.
  85. August 24Kids Mud Run- 1.5 miles and includes the muddiest obstacles and most exciting parts of the course that will accommodate Mini Mudders, including our mud pit section. 1200 60th St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508.
  86. August 25Tour the Meyer May House - free. Tours are from 1-5pm. 450 Madison SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49501.
  87. August 26Air Zoo - open 9am-5pm. Check out aircrafts, exhibits and art. 6151 Portage Rd, Portage, MI 49002.
  88. August 27Douglas Walker Park - 1195 84th SW, Byron Center, MI 49315.
  89. August 28Mac’s Dune Rides at Silver Lake - 40 minute dune ride where you can learn about the history and environment of the constantly changing sand dunes. 629 N 18th Ave, Mears, MI 49436.
  90. August 29Leslie E. Tassell Park-an interactive fountain, sculptures, a fire pit, two shelters, public restroom, and picnic tables. Located just south of Cascade Rd., at 2900 Thornapple River Dr SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546.
  91. August 30GR Fish Ladder - watch fish migrate up stream. 560 Front Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504.
  92. August 31Michigan’s Adventure! Amusement park, water park. 4750 Whitehall Rd, Muskegon, MI 49445.

 

 

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8 Comments

  • Tamara A

    Wow … you all have outdone yourselves!! What an awesome gift to everyone who reads this site… we certainly can’t say there is nothing to do! Thank you!! :)

  • Kristen S.

    Thanks for the great list!!! Many of our favorites are on here, and we’re looking forward to checking out the ones new to us. So sorry to do this, but the description on #47 seems like a combination of Potter Park Zoo and Boulder Ridge (since BR is quite newly open to the public), not that kids would care!

  • Willow Cramer

    Wow!!!! Love all the ideas!! We have done a lot of them and can’t say I will do one each day but will try some of the ones I haven’t yet and some days we might do more than one:) Thanks so much for the list much appreciated!!! I will keep this for my records for the summer :)

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  • FarmMuseum

    I noticed you mentioned the Coopersville Farm Museum in your tweet, but I don’t see us listed as one of the fun things to do in West Michigan! Check out http://www.coopersvillefarmmuseum.org for details of events at 375 Main Street, Coopersville, MI Kids Day is the last Saturday of every month with Kids, Crafts, and Critters. During Summerfest there are TONS of free kids activities in Coopersville. duaneandamyyoung@yahoo.com are the coordinators this year. The museum does have a free kids day on August 7 from 10am – 4pm and the Rotary Reading Bus and Happy Goat will be visiting! Thanks for the mention. Lee Ann

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