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Fill up on Fall in October!

The weather is cooling down and it’s finally beginning to feel like autumn. From ArtPrize to Halloween celebrations, to cider and donuts and hayrides, West Michigan has all things fall. As if that wasn’t enough, you’ll also find many exciting events visiting Grand Rapids this October.

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.

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


Fall Into October With Kids – 2018

October 1 – It’s an awesome autumn at Frederik Meijer Gardens during their interactive story time this afternoon.

October 2 – Navigate your way through the Red Barn Market’s indoor Spooky Maze.

October 3 – Create some art of your own at the ArtPrize Mobile Workshop tonight at Ah-Nab-Awen park and be sure to visit other favorite family fun pieces.

October 4 – Get down dog with the Funky Buddha Yoga team on the Blue Bridge tonight as well as enjoy a popsicle from Any Colour You Like.

October 5 – PumpkinFest “Sets Sail” as it takes over the streets of Zeeland with tractor pulls, donuts and cider, and a special KidzFest area.

October 6 – Pack up your pooch and head to Riverside Park for the Bark in the Dark 2018 5K and 1-mile fun run. This glow-in-the-dark race will be one to remember.

Sunday, October 7 – Have an elegant afternoon as you lunch on a royal feast, enjoy a dance performance, and meet with favorite princesses during Cinderella’s Enchanted Luncheon.

October 8 – Lace up your trail shoes for Nature for Tykes at Outdoor Discovery Center this morning.

October 9 – Finding Neverland takes to the stage at DeVos Center and will be sure captivate audiences on this smash musical adapted from the acclaimed film.

October 10 – Grab a flashlight and send a message of encouragement to young patients at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital during Project Night Lights.

October 11 – Avoid the elements but still get in fall fun with Indoor Play at Koetsier’s Greenhouse this morning.

October 12 – The second annual Downtown Holland Fall Fest starts this afternoon as some of the nation’s top pumpkin carvers transform 8th Street.

October 13 – Train lovers of all ages will be awed by the Grand River Valley Fall Train Show featuring favorites like Lionel, AmericanFlyer, and even Lego.

Sunday, October 14 – Drive through peak autumn colors when you either head west to Fennville for the Goose Festival or east to the Apple Butter Festival in Lansing.

October 15 – If you have a case of the Mondays, why not try a little pick-me-up with a special treat on our West Michigan Donut Trail?


October 16 – Moms and their daughters (ages 6 and up) are invited to an American Girl tea party featuring the story of Nanea Mitchell. Registration is required.

October 17 – From biking and triking, to maze navigating and rat racing (and apples galore!), you won’t run out of fun farm things to do when you visit Klackle Orchards in Greenville.

October 18 – Need space to get those wiggles out? Visit the Byron Center Community Center for Toddler Rec Time.

October 19 – Today is the start of a spooky favorite for all ages: the Zoo Goes Boo at John Ball Zoo. Members are free and tickets are $9/child, $10/adults.

October 20 – Halloween festivities like pumpkin walks, trunk-or-treats, and costume parades are starting up for the season: find one near you with our huge Halloween guide.

Sunday, October 21 – Trek through the corn maze at Crane Orchards and then stop by the Pie Pantry and enjoy a four-pie flight to celebrate.

October 22 – Cheer on your favorite bath time pal at the Ducks Races and conquer the hay mountain at Schwallier’s Country Basket.

October 23 – Save cash when you catch a movie on the big screen today at Celebration South or Celebration Rivertown for T.A.C.O. Tuesday.

October 24 – Salute the sun to start the day during preschool yoga  at Renew Mama Studio.

October 25 – Dress up for parties at during Blandford’s hOWLween or Family Trick-or-Treating at the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum.

October 26 – Zombies are taking over TreeRunner Adventure Park for glow night. Will you be able to race to the doctor in time for the cure?

October 27 – The main branch of GRPL will be screening Pixar’s Coco today, so grab some popcorn and celebrate with this Dia de los Muertos flick.

Sunday, October 28 – Play with TOYS or brave Expedition: Dinosaurs, the two latest exhibits at the Grand Rapids Public Museum.

October 29 – Let your preschool aged kids jump around and bounce to new heights at Altitude’s Toddler Time.

October 30 – Check out a good book when you visit a nearby story time during the day or evening.

October 31 – Stay safe while or trick-or-treating tonight and score a tasty dinner for free or cheap with these Halloween deals.

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