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.

Pirates are sailing around the shores of South Haven and Frederik Meijer Gardens is celebrating your un-birthday.

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 – 2019

August 1 – Visit John Ball Zoo during WGVU’s Kids Day! Discounted tickets are only $4.00 a person and can be purchased at any Meijer or KDL branch.

August 2 – Enjoy crafts, entertainment and more during the August in Ada Children’s Fair.

August 3 – Fly over the finish line as The Super Run invites heroes of all ages to run this 5K race through Riverside Park.

Sunday, August 4 – Celebrate with Kids Unlimited Gymnastics during their Annual Super Sunday Open House. There will be food and entertainment, plus all the great gymnastics fun to try out!

August 5 – Pirates invade the Loutit District Library this morning with a special treasure hunt and sensory story time!

August 6 – It’s National Night Out! These localized events are designed for community members to get to know their local law enforcement and first responders.

August 7 – While the Lena Meijer Children’s Garden celebrates their birthday, they invite you to celebrate your Un-Birthday! Today a fiber artist will be leading a special story and craft.

August 8 – The National Blueberry Festival in South Haven kicks off today. Come tonight for a Pie & Ice Cream Social.

August 9 – The Grandville Vintage Fest is bringing excitement to the air with the Hooligans Flight Team, How To Train Your Dragon, and more.

August 10 – Build your own fantastical sand creation or simply admire the craftsmanship of others during the Grand Haven Sand Sculpture Contest.

Sunday, August 11 – Shop the Mercadito, listen to music, and enjoy tasty food during the Hispanic Festival at the Calder Plaza.

August 12 – Mondays mean Kids Day at Maple Hill Golf! Enjoy mini-golf, the driving range, footgolf, and walking golf (along with a hot dog lunch!) all for a special deal this afternoon.

August 13 – Luke, Leia, Han, and Obi-Wan all on the big screen as Meanwhile Movies presents Star Wars: A New Hope.

August 14 – Explore self-portraiture and symbolism as ACT’s Open Studio celebrates Mexican artist Frida Kahlo.

August 15 – Learn the history of Pere Marquette 1223 during their 60th Anniversary Ice Cream Social.

August 16 – Watch a family favorite under the stars tonight with either Mary Poppins Returns in Allendale or Trolls in East Grand Rapids.

August 17 – Surf’s up, dude! The Great Lakes Surf Festival returns with all the watercraft to check out from SUP to kayaks to kiteboarders and beyond. 

Sunday, August 18 – Feel the rhythm and tap your toes during the GRandJazzFest at Rosa Parks Circle. 

August 19 – The Biggest Little Fair in Michigan starts today in Hudsonville.

August 20 – Keep cool with a stroll around the Grand Rapids Art Museum.

August 21 – Check out the Forever Curious Children’s Museum on the house today!

August 22 – Play laser tag at Rebounderz’ brand new laser tag arena. 

August 23 – Part escape room, part scavenger hunt, the Rockford Riddler will put the whole family on the hunt for clues and fun.

August 24 – Polka your way to Rosa Parks Circle today as the 40th Polish Festival celebrates with music, food and vendors.

Sunday, August 25 – Luging isn’t just for the winter! You can zip down the tracks on specially-wheeled sleds.

August 26 – Squeeze in another beach day before the school year starts.

August 27 – Live music and kid’s activities (courtesy of GRCM) will fill the evening at the Fulton Street Farmers Market.

August 28 – Learn how to swab the deck and more when you set sail on a Pirate Chaser Adventure.

August 29 – Grab a pizza dinner and skate at the Kentwood Fun Spot before visiting the Underground Cookie Club for some dessert.

August 30 – Make a craft at the Barnes & Noble storytime this morning and then check out the new indoor playground at the Woodland Mall.

August 31 – Everything is sunny as Lewis Farms celebrates with their Sunflower Festival (and don’t forget to say hello to the lemurs!).



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