Low Cost or Free Fall Things to Do With Kids in Grand Rapids
Even though 2020 is different from other years, there are still free fall things to do around Grand Rapids. Fall is a great time to get outside with your family.
The changing colors are beautiful to soak up. The weather is crisp without being too cold (no need for full winter bundling just yet).
Best of all, you can find a hot cup of apple cider and a warm cinnamon sugar donut just about anywhere you look!
FREE FALL FUN
10 FREE or Nearly Free Fall Activities Around Grand Rapids
Take a hike, see the stars, visit fall farms or run a marathon. Fall is here, and whatever you choose, there are ways to enjoy this beautiful season affordably.
01 – Race in Halloween Costumes
Sign your kids up for the Alger Heights Halloween Kid’s Fun Run on October 31. There are two courses to choose from and finisher prizes, too! No need to register–just show up 15 minutes early and wear your costume! Parents can run with their kids.
02 – Explore the Sky
View the splendors of the night sky at the Veen Observatory on September 12 , 19, 26 and October 10, 17, 0r 24 from 8:30 – 11:00 PM (provided the sky is clear). Admission is just $3 for adults, $2 for kids 5-17 and free for kids under 5 years old.
03 – Race the Kids Marathon
Sign your kids up for the Grand Rapids Kids Marathon! Your kids can log 25 miles at their leisure prior to the race and then run or walk the last 1.2 miles of the marathon distance on October 17, 2020.
Visit the Coopersville Farm Museum for Kid’s Day, held the last Saturday of every month from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Admission is donation based, but a suggested $3 donation includes activities such as,such as rope making, corn shelling and baby animal interaction.
06 – Appreciate Nature
Visit the Calvin College Ecosystem Preserve to soak up all of the beauty nature offers during a Michigan autumn! Admission is free to explore the visitor center and walk the trails.
07 – Let the Kids Play and Visit Animals
Visit the kid’s play area and animal barn at Schwallier’s Country Basket for free! While you’re there you can opt to partake in other fall activities at an additional cost.
08 – Get Lost in a Corn Maze
Ed Dunneback & GirlsCorn Maze is back–find your way through on your own or try Maze Master Trivia. Enjoy their free playground while you’re there or grab some fresh apples!
09 – Find Wildlife in their Natural Habitat
Blandford Nature Center is great no matter the time of year, but it’s extra special in the fall. For just $3 you can enjoy their Visitor Center, see some wildlife, and wander the trails.
Did we forget something? Leave a comment and let us know what free or inexpensive fall activity your family loves to do around West Michigan!
Caitlin is a stay-at-home mom who enjoys dancing in the kitchen, eating breakfast foods, and reading too many books at once. She is a coffee enthusiast and lover of Lake Michigan. She lives on a small hobby farm and vineyard in Grand Haven with her husband and two young kids.