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There’s Still Time To Soak Up The Summer With The Help Of These Free Or Affordable August Activities

This is it! We’re in the home stretch of summer! Therefore, it’s time to load up the calendar with fun, memory-making activities to make the most of the final weeks. We are here to help with this list of free or affordable Grand Rapids activities and events that you cannot miss!


Free Or Affordable August Fun in Grand Rapids – 2018

1 – Bring the whole family and enjoy free inflatables, games, food and open gym at the Annual Kids Unlimited Open House on August 2 from 4:30-8:00 PM.

2 – Meet your local law enforcement officers, tour emergency vehicles and enter to win a free bike at National Night Out at Woodland Mall on August 7 from 3:00-5:00 PM. Or, head to the Kroc Center from 5:00-8:00 PM, Sigsbee Park at 6:00 PM, or your own community for a National Night Out celebration.

3 – Ride your bike through Holland and around Windmill Island and then enjoy some free ice cream on August 7 from 6:30-7:30 PM for Ice Cream Bike Ride in Holland. Remember your helmet and invite some friends!

4 – Journey south to the National Blueberry Festival in South Haven from August 9-12. This festival is chock FULL of fun for kids, including a parade, zip line, climbing wall, moon walk, slide, entertainment, pie-eating contest, tons of blueberries and so much more!

5 – Soak up the dog days of summer at Dogarama in Zeeland on August 10 and 11 and experience everything dogs – including dock jumping, contests and more!

6 – Dress up as your favorite Alice in Wonderland character and head to Lawn Party Extravaganza on August 11 from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM. Enjoy giant lawn games, special treats and Wonderland crafts at this free event.

7 – Celebrate Kentwood boasts free carnival games, inflatables, live music and more fun activities. Don’t miss this celebration on August 11 from 9:00 AM-10:00 PM.

8 – Admire amazing art in the sand at Grand Haven State Park for the annual Sand Sculpture Contest on August 11 from 9:00 AM-1:00 PM. Enjoy the beach, take in the sculptures and pick your favorites!

9 – Celebrate our diversity at the 2018 GR Multi-Cultural Festival on August 11 from 11:00 AM-9:00 PM. Enjoy river dances, jump rope contests, karate demos, cook offs and more together as a community.

10 – Check out Downtown Zeeland’s Sweet Summer Night on August 16 from 7:30-10:30 PM and savor free cotton candy and popcorn, music and an outdoor movie on the newly renovated Elm Street!

11 – Grab your pup and catch the Secret Life of Pets movie together for Sparta’s Dog Days of Summer in Rogers Park on August 17 from 8:30-10:00 PM.

12 – Color your own pencil pouch and get ready for back to school! JCPenney is hosting Kids’ Zone on August 18 from 11:00 AM-12:00 PM. Create your pouch, earn a collectible pin and receive a 10% off coupon for that day at the store!

13 – Eat yummy local food, have the kids’ faces painted, enjoy dance performances, see SING! on the big outdoor screen and more during Walker Family Fun Night & Movie in the Park on August 23 from 6:00-10:00 PM.

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