Fill up on Fall With These October Things to Do

The weather is cooling down and it’s finally beginning to feel like autumn. All things autumn are filling the air from to cider, donuts and hayrides,  to cozy story times, and festive Halloween celebrations.

As if that wasn’t enough, you’ll also find many exciting events visiting the region this October like magicians, Peppa Pig, and everyone’s favorite sisters from Arendelle: Elsa & Anna.

Get ready GR, the month ahead will be FULL of fun!

Find the entire list of 31 things to do with your family below. Follow along, or mix them up where you can… either way you’ll be guaranteed an adventure! Want even more ideas on how to have an outstanding October, then be sure to check out the Daily Calendar as well.

Fall Into October With Kids – 2019

October 1 – Read a book together and even meet an animal at a special story time in the Chimp Pavilion at John Ball Zoo (included free with admission).

October 2 – Let your child build, explore, and learn at the Belding Exploration Lab this afternoon!

October 3 – Put on the gear, climb aboard a truck, and even try wrangling a fire hose at the Georgetown Township Fire Department Open House.

October 4 – Celebrating its 35th year, Zeeland’s Pumpkinfest “Goes Back To Its Roots” with family fun events planned throughout the day all around town.

October 5 – You don’t need to be an alumni to enjoy a Donut Dash race, rock wall, screening of Toy Story 4, and more happening today at the Calvin University Homecoming.

Sunday, October 6 – Experience live music, stilt walkers, and a candy cannon (on top of all the regular fun) during Lewis Farm’s Rocktober Festival.

October 7 – Grab a spot with your magic carpet and enjoy a wiggly, giggly interactive song and story time during KDL Wyoming’s branch Yoga Story session this morning. 

October 8 – Make a monster sized mess at the main branch of GRPL (and not home!) during this month’s CHAOS Lab.

October 9 – Create an exciting piece of artwork in the style of Yayoi Kusama at ACT’s Open Studio this evening.

October 10 – Enjoy donuts & cider, pumpkin painting, and learning about creatures that go bump in the night during Fall Family Night at Ada Township Park.

October 11 – Watch as professional pumpkin carvers transform these gourds into lit artwork and bring a magical glow to 8th Street this evening as the Holland Fall Fest kicks off the weekend. 

October 12 – Lamar Park transforms into the Trick-or-Treat Trail offering bounce houses, face painting, and more during this favorite community tradition.

Sunday, October 13 – A chalk art competition, carnival rides, and more are waiting at the Fennville Goose Festival.

October 14 – Make a craft, play some games, and let your imagination explore the possibilities of recycling at the Kent Co. Education & Recycling Center.

October 15 – Go to a show tonight! Older kids with marvel at the illusions and slight of hand during Abracadabra Live, or take your younger set out on an adventure with Peppa Pig Live!

October 16 – Jump around and soar during Toddler Time at Craig’s Cruisers trampoline park this morning.

October 17 – It’s the Third Thursday which means the Downtown Market is celebrating, and this month they are celebrating all things autumn.

October 18 – The always a highlight of the season, the Zoo Goes Boo kicks off today at John Ball Zoo.

October 19 – Several communities around the region are hosting Trunk-or-Treat events today (as well as other days!). Check out our list and find one near you.

Sunday, October 20 – With new music along with the smash hit “Let It Go,” the Civic Theatre is bringing us Frozen Junior.”

October 21 – Put on your PJs, grab your favorite teddy bear, and bring the whole family to a special story time at Walker KDL, West Leonard GRPL (bilingual), or the Herrick District Library at 6:30 this evening.

October 22 – KDL is visiting Schwallier’s Country Basket for a special story time, then stay to pick apples, climb the straw mountain, and say hi to the high climbing goats.

October 23 – Experience thrills and chills as the Michigan Maritime Museum presents “Haunted Lighthouses of Michigan.”

October 24 – Drop into the Mud Room today and paint some pottery or a festive wood sign.

October 25 – Enjoy $2 hotdogs and cheer on the Grand Rapids Griffins tonight at the Van Andel Arena.

October 26 – Drive yourself ‘glazy’ and check off Fall Bucket list items with the West Michigan Donut Trail to guide you.

Sunday, October 27 – Visit a Grand Rapids Celebration! Cinema to see Spiderman: Far From Home as a part of the Flick’s Family Film Fest.

October 28 – Set your preschooler (or younger) child up for school success as you both fill your toolkit at the Play & Learn Group.

October 29 – Jump, climb, swing and more at GymCo for their mid-day Open Gym session.

October 30 – It’s Wacky Wednesday at the Jumpin’ Jupiter Skate Center. Bring a 55¢ stamp for $1.00 admission (regular admission $3.00).

October 31 – Happy Halloween! Find your neighborhood’s Halloween Hours and TRICK OR TREAT!! 

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