Discover Summer Camp Options at the 2019 Summer Camps Fair

Get a jump on summer as the Grand Rapids Kids team hosts the second annual Summer Camps Fair on Sunday, March 17, 2019 from 1-4 PM in conjunction with The Salvation Army Kroc Center.

Save the date: Sunday, March 17, 2019 from 1-4 PM

Free Afternoon of Fun Includes Kroc Center Pass

Parents and kids alike will be treated to a free afternoon of fun. Peruse the many different West Michigan camp options available this summer, with many camps offering hands-on activities and experiences at their stations.

The Summer Camps Fair is open-house style, with families receiving a complimentary Kroc Center day pass for each person in attendance after completing their Camp Checklist.

Families will need to return on a different day to redeem their Kroc Center passes. When they do, they will be welcome to enjoy the aquatics center, climbing wall, gymnasium, and more.

Interact with Camps, Meet a Princess or a Mascot…

Many of the camps are bringing interactive elements.

Last year, John Ball Zoo brought animals, we had a pony, there was a slime station, and more. This year, we’re planning on a meet and greet station with a couple of princesses and mascots (we’ll reveal their identity as soon as we know!)

We’ll post updates in our Facebook event as the day gets closer – stay tuned!

You Might Win a Free Week at Camp – or a Year of GoGo Squeez!

Giveaways, including a free week of camp at the Kroc Center, will also be part of the event. Plus, visitors that complete the camp fair checklist will be entered to win a year of GoGo Squeez!

“As the area’s premier source of information for families, we’re excited to move from the world wide web into real life,” said Melody Vanderweide, founder of GRKIDS. “This is an amazing opportunity for parents to connect face to face with a variety of camps from the area and choose those that are a great fit for their children.”

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Thank you, Graceland Fruit, for sponsoring our bags this year!

The first 500 families will get a reusable shopping bag from Graceland Fruit to aid your trip through the camp fair.

Grab Your Free Ticket

The event is a fun and entertaining experience for all ages, especially families. Families planning a visit can get free tickets to the Summer Camps Fair online. Tickets include a voucher for admission to the Kroc Center on select upcoming dates for anyone completing a visit to the Summer Camps Fair.

The event is open-house style, meaning that you can show up at any time during the 1 – 4 pm event. To help us with planning, we are asking that patrons select a time-based ticket closest to your anticipated arrival time. Ticket times will not be enforced – they are just a tool to help us gauge and prepare for event traffic.


See you there!

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Are You a Camp Looking to Get Involved?

As of January 27, we still have space available for camps to participate in the Summer Camps Fair. If you’d like more information please reach out to Kelly.

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