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Adventure Awaits in August!

Summer may be hitting the dog days, but that doesn’t mean an end to all the fun. A month of sunshine, warmth and countless ways to check items off the summer bucket list, you’ll find that there are plenty of ways to beat the heat and explore West Michigan.

Festival season is still in full swing with plenty of community fairs to stop by, as well celebrations of different cultures. Ninjas take over the DeltaPlex and lumberjacks roll into Newaygo. Outdoor concerts fill the cooler evenings with music and outdoor movies will delight audiences of all ages. Here is just one way to spend your August days, but check out our Daily Calendar for the inside scoop of even more happenings.

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Celebrate Summer in August with Kids – 2018

August 1 – Join sisters Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy as they navigate growing up in the Civic Theatre’s production of Little Women.

August 2 – Take to the stars as Grand Rapids Public Museum challenges you to find out if you have the right stuff to be an astronaut in this special after hours program.

August 3 – Enjoy games, exhibits, vendors and more at Ada Township Park for the August in Ada Children’s Fair.

August 4 – Enchantment and whimsy are on the menu at the Cloverfield Stable Magical Unicorn Tea Party this morning (preregistration required).

Sunday, August 5 – Kids Eat Free at the West Michigan Whitecaps game this afternoon and are welcome to run the bases after the game.

August 6 – Head over to Ah-Nab-Awen park this evening for the latest installment of the Jazz in the Park summer concert series.

August 7 – West Michigan is celebrating National Night Out inviting communities to get to know their local first responders and policing agencies. Events are happening at Woodland Mall, The Kroc CenterKentwood, Holland, and as well as in many of the neighborhoods in metro Grand Rapids.

August 8 – It’s GR Ninja Week at the DeltaPlex; kids ages 5-13 are invited to try ninja warrior course hosted by Rockford Ninja Warrior.

August 9 – The 10th Annual Northside Family Fest in Muskegon starts off with a parade at 7:30 PM and continues through the weekend!

August 10 – Celebrate all things blueberry as South Haven hosts the famous National Blueberry Festival.

Sunday, August 11 – Start the morning off at the Children’s Museum to learn how to play D&D and then stroll over to Rosa Parks Circle for the GR Multi-Cultural Festival and Calder Plaza for the Hispanic Festival.

Sunday, August 12 – Get the Buzz on Bees during a Wildlife Encounter at the Hemlock Nature Education Center in West Olive.

August 13 –  Frederik Meijer Gardens is staying open late tonight for their annual Celebrate Grandparents event, so grab your granny and head on over.

August 14 – Introduce your kids to your own childhood as Wealthy Theatre has a screening of the favorite mid-90s merchandise-driven flick, Space Jam.

August 15- Snack on popcorn as you watch Turbo at today’s Free Family Flick at Celebration! Woodland.

August 16 – RunGR has your family’s passport to fun with their annual Kids Adventure Challenge at Johnson Park.

August 17 – Catch an outdoor movie tonight: East Grand Rapids is screening Toy Story, Allendale Township Park has Despicable Me 3, Rogers Park in Sparta is showing The Secret Life of Pets, and Movies on Monroe is double-featuring Wonder Woman and Black Panther.

August 18 – Workshops, lessons, demos, and even a wave generator will be at Pere Marquette Beach for the Great Lakes Surf Festival.

Sunday, August 19 – Blacksmithing, wood working, drone races, 3D printing and all other sorts of tinker delights will be on display at the Grand Rapids Maker Faire.

August 20 – The Hudsonville Community Fair starts up today with Truck and Tractor Pulls, entertainment, rides, and more during “the biggest little fair.”

August 21 – Check out the newly renovated SkyZone when your jumper attends a single whole-day or half-day session of SkyCamp.

August 22 – The Kelly-Miller Circus will be performing twice tonight at 5:00 & 7:00 PM at Harbor Island in Grand Haven.

August 23 – Street performers and buskers will abound along 8th Street in Holland for all to enjoy while you stroll along their downtown area.

August 24 – Deep Greens & Blues bring their soothing folksy blues sound to Blandford Nature Center for a special evening of music in the woods.

August 25 – Take your artist to Michael’s this morning to learn about kawaii style illustrations. Participating locations include Alpine, Grandville, Holland, and Kentwood.

Sunday, August 26 – Polka on down to Rosa Parks Circle for live music, food, and entertainment at the 39th Annual Grand Rapids Polish Festival.

August 27 – Stay up late and visit Hudsonville Lanes for Buck Night where all the essentials for a fun night of bowling only cost $1.00 each.

August 28 – Cool off with Family Swim at Goldfish Swim School or by visiting a favorite area splash pad.

August 29 – Trek around Wittenbach Wege Center’s shaded trails as well as visit some of their farm animals.

August 30 – Shop the vendors at the Metro Health Farm Market and then take your bounty over to nearby Frog Hollow Park for a picnic.

August 31 – He’s a lumberjack and he’s okay, he’ll swing and chop in Newaygo today! It’s the Newaygo Logging Festival this weekend with demonstrators, log rolling, chainsaw carving and more.

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By |2018-07-31T14:37:17+00:00July 30th, 2018|Categories: Monthly Fun, Summer, THINGS TO DO|Tags: , , |3 Comments

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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.

3 Comments

  1. Dianne Bonofiglo August 29, 2018 at 7:14 pm - Reply

    I would like to see Newsies the most

  2. Jess August 24, 2018 at 8:10 am - Reply

    Where is the location of the picture titled 31 Days August Fun Grand Rapids Kids of? With the barn, scarecrow & water trough? Thanks!

    • Kristi Hertstein August 24, 2018 at 3:05 pm - Reply

      Hi there. This was taken at Meijer Gardens Farm garden.

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