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November Offers a Blend of Indoor and Outdoor Excitement

Even as the temperatures drop, there are plenty of outdoor activities to entice and entertain this month. Your family can watch parades, run races, and walk in winter wonderlands.

When you need a break from all the cold, indoor adventures await 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 – 2018

Thursday, November 01 – Sort through that trick-or-treating loot and share the sugary love by exchanging excess candy at a local Candy Buyback event.

November 02 – Get in touch with your creative side and paint pottery at Accidental Art or fuse glass at The Mud Room.

November 03 – Send Dad to the Home Depot to build a helicopter with the kids while you enjoy one of the many craft shows.

Sunday, November 04 – Learn about Day of the Dead at GRPL’s Main Branch with stories, music, food, crafts and face painting.

November 05 – Spend the day on the lakeshore and see what Holland has to offer. Visit the free Playland and then bring your older kids back in the evening to bake bread.

November 06 – Celebrate Election Day by watching American Civics come to life as Circle Presents: We the People with two showtimes: 10:00 AM and 12:30 PM. Recommended for grades 4 – 8. Reservations required.

November 07 – Thrill your little ones with a dance party with Minnie, Mickey and other Disney friends as Disney Junior Dance Party on Tour stops at DeVos Performance Hall for one night only.

November 08 – Meet baby chicks and learn about other barnyard friends with the Critter Barn’s Little Peeps Storytime.

November 09 – Catch a live performance tonight: James and the Giant Peach at Wyoming Public Schools or Tellebration – A Night of Storytelling at Blandford Nature Center.

November 10 – Head downtown to thank the veterans in our community. Check out the Veterans Day 5K (and other races), Pancake Breakfast and the annual Veteran’s Day Parade.

Sunday, November 11 –Take your little princess to Boatwerks in Holland for a lunch with Princesses.

November 12 – Teens and tweens can head to Gary Byker Memorial Library in Hudsonville after school for pop and canvas.

November 13 – It’s Toddler Tuesday! Check out one of the many places offering Toddler Time today.

November 14 – Head downtown this evening to watch Project Night Lights as local police flash their lights to support the children at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.

November 15 – Learn about animal noises at John Ball Zoo’s two day Sprouts Series. Three and four year olds will enjoy songs, games, a zoo tour, an up-close animal encounter and more.


November 16 – Enjoy live theater at Master Arts for The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe or at the Civic for The Little Mermaid.

November 17 – The holiday season kicks off with the Art Van Santa Parade and Hudsonville Holiday Parade!

Sunday, November 18 ­Knock down some pins at the family-friendly rock and glow bowling at the BAM in Holland.

November 19 – Preschoolers can stretch and relax during preschool yoga at Renew Mama Studio.

November 20 ­– Grab your camera and meet Santa at Frederik Meijer Gardens and then head inside to check out the Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World exhibit.

November 21 – Leave your kids at Parents Morning Out and complete your Thanksgiving preparations in peace.

November 22 – Begin your Thanksgiving at the 26th Annual GR Turkey Trot or 11th Annual Gazzelle Sports Gobble Wobble.

November 23 – It’s Teddy Bear Toss Night at Van Andel Arena where the Griffins host the Admirals.

November 24 – Spend the day at Frederik Meijer Gardens! Bundle up and enjoy a Winter-Time Walk in the children’s garden and visit with reindeer.

Sunday, November 25 – Close out your Thanksgiving with CARE Ballet’s performance of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.

November 26 – Zeeland hosts their annual Magical Christmas Parade. The parade kicks off at 6:30 PM with a grand finale of Santa Claus flying into town.

November 27 – It’s Holland’s turn for a holiday parade! More than 70 entries illuminate the streets of downtown Holland for the annual Parade of Lights. At the end of the parade, Santa and his reindeer will greet his fans.

November 28 – Let the kids run, tumble and jump at open gym at Kids Unlimited.

November 29 – Enjoy an evening of entertainment at one of several performances: A Christmas Story: The Musical or watch Home Alone while the Grand Rapids Symphony performs the score.

November 30 – The holiday season continues with Rockford’s 2018 Holiday Lighting Ceremony and The Singing Christmas Tree returns for its 34th 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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