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June’s Full of Cheer Because Summer is Here!

June is here and is jam-packed with good times. There are outdoor movies, free concerts, farmer’s markets and festivals. Grand Rapids is ready and waiting to welcome summer to West Michigan! Whether you are looking to find a way to cool down, keep your curiosity active, or try a new something, you will be sure to find something going on in June to help you out.

We’ve picked out one fun thing to do each day this month, but you can check out our Daily Calendar for even more Family Fun options going on in a community near you.


Want a printable version of the June list of things to do with your kids in Grand Rapids? Get that here!


Dive Into June Fun – 2018

June 1 – Enjoy a picnic dinner at Riverside Park as they kick off the summer season of Food Truck Friday.

June 2 – Festival season continues with the long running family-favorite: Festival of the Arts. Kids can try their hand at several different art mediums, and everyone can enjoy sampling dishes from around the globe and listening to free music.

Sunday, June 3 – Dance to the music as everyone’s favorite ogre embarks on a journey of unlikely friendship and courageous adventure as Civic Theatre presents: Shrek the Musical!

June 4 – Fill up a canteen, lace up some hiking boots and explore the trails of the Highlands before stopping by the visitor center at Blandford Nature Center.

June 5 – The Wyoming summer concert series hosts Kid’s Night with The Porter’s at Lamar Park.

June 6 – It’s Wristband Wednesday at BattleGR! As much laser tag and arcade games you can play for a 4-hour block. Reservations required.

June 7 – Be enchanted as The King and I waltzes into the DeVos Performance Hall this evening.

June 8 – It’s Princess Night at the West Michigan Whitecaps. Meet your favorite princesses on the concourse and  after the game, dance on the field under fireworks.

June 9 – A parade in the morning, fireworks in the evening, and all sorts of fun throughout the day is to be had at Rockford’s Start of Summer celebration.

Sunday, June 10 – Transport your family through time when you visit Harbor Island in Grand Haven for the 18th Annual Feast of the Strawberry Moon.

June 11 – Feed a yak a snack and get to know the animals of Deer Tracks Junction.

June 12 – Put on your twirliest skirt or shine up your shoes and swing dance the evening away at Ah-Nab-Awen Park.

June 13 – Build biking confidence in your mover with a riding session at Riley Park hosted by Velo City Cycles.

June 14 – Today is the first day of the Muskegon Heights Festival featuring carnival rides, a 5K race, parade and fireworks.

June 15 – More lake shore festivals are starting up today with the Spring Lake Heritage Festival and South Haven’s Harborfest.

June 16 – Watch as artists transform the sidewalks into works of art and kids can even get in on the action at the West Michigan Chalk Festival or cool down with a community favorite: Slip’N’Slide at Rosewood Park to benefit Kids Hope USA.

Sunday, June 17 – Nosh on all the finest and even watch demonstrations from chefs during Grand Taste at the Meijer LPGA Classic.

June 18 – Slather on the sunscreen and cool down at a nearby splash pad, water play ground, or outdoor pool!

June 19 – Mosey on down to Caledonia for the first day their Western Week celebration.

June 20 – Kids are encouraged to dress as their favorite character as Roger’s Park Concerts hosts a specially themed evening featuring cosplay, dancing, and even prizes!

June 21 – It’s free Thursday evenings at the GRAM; enjoy special activities to tie in with their latest exhibits and for those with a late enough bedtime, stay for a special Flashlight Tour (reservations required for the tour).

June 22 – Watch the classic family favorite The Princess Bride at Movies on Monroe tonight (or leave the kids at home for a date and stay for The Big Lebowski).

June 23 – Stroll down Plainfield and listen to live music, browse through vendors and a car show, and play games during Best of Creston.

Sunday, June 24 – Montcalm County 4-H Fair Week starts today with the theme “Country pride, county wide!”

June 25 – Have a teen obsessed with Fortnite? Let them play IRL with provided Nerf guns at Sand Lake KDL.

June 26 – Run through the historic district during the Zeeland Zoom 5K and Little Zoomers Race.

June 27 – It’s all about chalk at this week’s Kids at the Market event. Watch professionals draw, learn to make your own chalk, and then help color the sidewalks along Ionia.

June 28 – Tap your toes to the music and then cheer on your favorite quacker at the Rubber Duck Race tonight at Veteran’s Park in Hudsonville.

June 29 – Visit the Grand Rapids Public Museum today and learn about the Zoo in You and try your hand at outer space exploration with Be The Astronaut.

June 30 – Get A Bug’s Eye View with a free 50-minute workshop at the Main Branch of GRPL; three sessions will be offered starting at 10:00 AM, 11:30 AM, and 1:00 PM.


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