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Show Thanks in November

Even as the temperatures drop, there are still plenty of outdoor activities to entice and entertain and make enduring the cold worth it as your family can spectate parades, run distances long (4+ miles) or short (100 meters), and walk in winter wonderlands.

When you need a break from all the cold, you can also find plenty of indoor adventures to thrill and delight with performances, indoor play, and creative outlets of all types.

Use this list of 30 things to enjoy with your family below. Follow along, or mix them up where you can…either way you’re guaranteed some great family fun!


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


Gobble Up November Fun With Kids – 2017

Wednesday, November 01 – Sort through that trick-or-treating loot and share the sugary love by exchanging excess candy at one of several Candy Buyback events hosted around the around.

November 02Meet baby chicks and learn about other barnyard friends with the Critter Barn’s Little Peeps Storytime. Then head on over to Allendale BIGGBY Coffee for a Cookies and Canvas painting party.

November 03Explore the world of dinosaurs at the Jurassic Quest exhibit at DeVos Place. Tickets available online or at the door; Adults (age 13+), $14, Children (age 2-12) $18 or $29 for the VIP package.

November 04 – Lace up those sneakers for a race that even the littlest legs can tackle: the GR.1K at The B.O.B. Post race festivities for the whole family include live music and sampling entries from the “Cake-Off!”

Sunday, November 05 – Does that line where the sky meets sea call you? Join the Aquinas College Dance Team for their Moana Dance Clinic.

November 06 – Join young King Arthur on a musical journey of literary proportions as Circle Theatre presents: Writing Royally with two showtimes: 10:00AM and 12:30PM.

November 07 – Watch with your little ones in delight as Peppa Pig comes to life at Peppa Pig LIVE: Peppa Pig’s Surprise at the DeVos Center! Tickets start at $15.00.

November 08 Create and craft holiday gifts with a Santa’s Workshop themed Youth Open Studio at Artists Creating Together.

November 09 – Warm up and enjoy a night out at Ada’s Brats & Bonfires featuring live music, bratwursts, craft beer, apple cider, and donuts at this family friendly event.

November 10 Theater abounds tonight with several offerings from local troupes including Disney’s Beauty & the Beast Junior, Freak the Mighty, and Peter Pan.

November 11Welcome Santa to Woodland Mall, and also participate in Christmas crafts and activities during SantaFest 2017.

Sunday, November 12 – Shake off the cold and enjoy tropical temperatures at a Family Swim session at Goldfish Swim School. $5.00 per person or $15.00 per family.

November 13 – Rethink how you recycle as families are welcome to learn, play, and craft at the Kent County Recycling and  Education Center.

November 14 – Pack a lunch and let your kids move and groove during the Lunch Bunch at GymCo, while you enjoy two hours of “me time.”

November 15 – There is no better way to burn off energy than with unlimited go-karts, mini-golf, and more at Craig’s Cruisers during Wristband Wednesday.


November 16 – It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas as the Gerald R. Ford Museum hosts their Annual Outdoor Tree Lighting.

November 17 – From the lakeshore at Grand Haven to the riverfront in Lowell, small towns are ramping up the charm as they gear up for the holidays. Strolling through their downtowns, as well as that of Sparta or Rockford will truly be a walk in a winter wonderland.

November 18 – Avengers: Assemble! Your favorite superheros are descending on Grand Rapids as the Marvel Universe LIVE comes to the Van Andel Arena with showtimes today at 11:00AM, 3:00PM, and 7:00PM.

Sunday, November 19 – If visions of sugarplum fairies dance in your head, your family will be enchanted with this Nutcracker Ballet Tea event in partnership with the Grand Rapids Ballet. Two showtimes are available at 1:00PM and 3:00PM.

November 20Explore the origins of legendary creatures at the Grand Rapids Public Museum exhibit Dragons, Unicorns, & Mermaids.

November 21 – Get your game on as you root for the Grand Rapids Drive at the DeltaPlex. Tickets start at $5.00.

November 22 – Get creative as you paint pottery or wood pallet signs at The Mudroom.

November 23 – Start off your day of Thanksgiving by running in a 4.3 mile fun run race to benefit Kids’ Food Basket in their 10th Annual Gobble Wobble Race. There will also be a 1-mile Wittle Wobble race for the kids.

November 24 – It’s Teddy Bear Toss Night at Van Andel Arena where the Griffins host the Moose.

November 25 – Bundle up and enjoy a Winter-Time Walk in the children’s garden at Frederik Meijer Gardens and then stay to explore Christmas and Holiday Traditions From Around the World.

Sunday, November 26 – A Christmastime classic: take a ride on The Santa Train. This 90-minute round trip train ride will be sure to enchant all who climb aboard.

November 27 – Zeeland hosts their annual Magical Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony. Starting with the tree lighting at 6:15PM, the parade kicks-off at 6:30PM with a grande finale of Santa Claus flying into town.

November 28 – The parades march on as Holland lights up the streets during the Parade of Lights starting at 6:30PM.

November 29 – Introduce your young ones to the ever plucky orphan Annie, as this classic musical headlines at the Civic Theatre.

November 30 The Singing Christmas Tree returns for it’s 33rd year of musical majesty, as over 200 choir members form a living tree and are accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra.

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By |2017-10-31T15:25:49+00:00October 31st, 2017|Categories: Fall|2 Comments

About the Author:

Steph Sneller
Steph is an explorer of local adventures having honed her skills moving all across the country (thanks to her husband's military service) before settling down in the Grand Rapids area with her ragamuffin boy and giggly girl. When not checking out the latest going-on, she can be found gobbling up books and coffee, planning overly ambitious parties, or napping.


  1. Amy November 7, 2017 at 4:21 pm - Reply

    Master Arts theatre is putting on Willy Wonka at the Van Singel November 30-December 2. Lots of fun and affordable tickets!

  2. sharon dumond November 1, 2017 at 7:12 pm - Reply

    What about a time and date for the Grand Rapids Christmas parade

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