Awesome Autumn Ideas All Gathered in One Place

Fall in West Michigan might just be my favorite season, and that is saying a lot after coming off of summer in the Mitten State.

But there is something magical about the cool air, changing colors, shorter days and the oh-so-good food this time of year (fresh cider and homemade donuts, please).

If you are like me, having to pack away the flip flops and shorts isn’t so bad, knowing that autumn is right around the corner. Below you will find some amazing opportunities this fall for the whole family.

To get started, here are two excellent sources for fall adventure in West Michigan:

  • Our big list of free fall activities around Grand Rapids is guaranteed to bring smiles to your kid’s faces, and a “thank you” from your wallet.
  • And if you don’t wanna miss a thing, make the most of this exciting season with our Grand Rapids Fall Bucket list. It’s got dozens of ideas!

Yes, there’s more. Find over 80 ideas below for experiencing autumn in the mitten state with your kids.

Daily Ideas for Autumn Fun

Fall Fun Ideas that You Can Do Nearly Any Day

Scale the giant pumpkins at the Michigan Farm area of Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.

Play all day on inflatables or in the arcade at Crazy Bounce.

Swinging from a chandelier is often frowned upon, but swinging from a trapeze at Altitude is sure to delight your daredevil.

Kids won’t tire of all the fun to be had at the two-story tall Holland Playland indoor playground.

Bounce off the walls at Sky Zone and try your hand at their Ninja Course.

Play life-sized Foosball in a specially designed arena at Rebounderz.

Brush up some fun by painting pottery at Accidental Art in Rockford.

Get up close and even feed some of the exotic animals of Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park.

Take in all the fall color on a hike at a favorite trail or park.

Zip line into the deep end at Holland Aquatic Center during select open swim times.

Ride the funicular and enjoy spectacular views of the skyline when you explore at John Ball Zoo.

Get creative at The Mud Room, by painting pottery pieces, wooden signs, fusing glass and more.

Stay warm when you splash around the tropical setting of Goldfish Swim School during Family Swim.

Grab lunch at the Downtown Market and some other fun Heartside Explorations.

Get lost in a good book when you visit a story time, using our amazing daily story time finder!

Vault over obstacles, zip down slides, and more when you play at Jester’s Court.

Go strike after strike when you hit the lanes for family fun at Hudsonville Lanes.

Kids (and kids at heart) love to play and learn at the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum.

Get tangled up in the Spider Nets at Playworld.

Hit the dance floor in a cloud of bubbles when the hourly dance party drops at Catch Air.

Go for a scenic carousel ride at the Grand Rapids Public Museum.

Conquer the Junior Park or one of the seven courses offered at TreeRunner Adventure Park, an aerial park full of climbing thrills.

Feed your imagination as you explore the Grand Rapids Art Museum.

Call the shots and take the seat of the President in a replica Cabinet Room at the Gerald R. Ford Museum.

Relax with some coloring during open studio times at Carolyn Stich Studio.

Try for a new skee-ball high score or play other arcade games at Chuck E. Cheese, The Lost City, or Dave & Buster’s.

Soak up as much sunshine at a favorite playground before many close up for the winter season.

ICONIC FALL

Where you can Find Orchards, Corn Mazes, Hayride and More

Home of the straw mountain, Schwallier’s Country Basket also boasts a corn maze, an outdoor play area, and of course, some of the spunkiest goats around.

New owners, a new name and new experiences await at Frugthaven Farm (formerly Klackle Orchards).

Bounce around on “the pillow,” pose with the iconic giant apple, and do all your fall favorites at Robinette’s Apple Haus.

Pick some apples, and ride the cow train before attempting to navigate through the 20-acre corn maze at Crane Orchards in Fennville.

On Saturdays in October, you can visit the animals and ride the ponies, plus many other family friendly options at Teusink’s Pony Farm.

Kids can make a fun craft every Saturday in September and some in October at Koetsier’s Greenhouse.

Search the woods and surrounding area from a horse drawn wagon ride before picking a pumpkin at Moelker Orchards & Farm Market on Saturdays in October.

Explore the giant tube slides, select some pumpkins, or find your way through the corn maze at Post Family Farm in Hudsonville.

Covering 10-acres, Fruit Ridge Hayrides invites you to blast off to the moon at their 50th Anniversary Space Race corn maze. Don’t for get your smart phone for the MazeTracker game. It may be your only hope for making it back to earth. There is also a mini-maze for younger adventurers.

Have a farm fresh lunch before taking on all the fun that Ed Dunneback & Girls hosts from u-pick or corn maze and more.

Sit on the lap of a giant Raggedy Andy made from straw bales, awe over magnificent Clydesdale horses and more at Olin Farm in Lowell.

With a Pumpkin Chucker and fruit cannons, you’re sure to have a blast at Lewis Farm Market & Petting Zoo.

Honoring first responders, Heidi’s Farmstand & Bakery has two different corn mazes to navigate: a junior course designed to take 15-20 minutes as well as a longer one that takes 45-60 minutes to complete.

In Grand Haven, check Bethke Farms for hayrides, pumpkin picking, and a corn maze.

Gather your own harvest of apples and shop the farm market of Blok Orchard in Ada.

FALL FAMILY FUN & FESTIVALS

Fall Fairs, Festivals and Other Gatherings Families Will Enjoy

Strike a pose and snap a silly family picture with Rocky Rooster on your way into the Allegan County Fair.

Stroll the many artisan and crafter booths at the 51st Fallasburg Art Festival hosted by LowellArt.

Ramp up your next Family Game Night after you visit GrandCon and discover a new favorite board, card, or table top game the whole family can enjoy.

Travel through time and see firsthand how harvesting and other farm chores were done in the 1900s at the Fall Harvest Festival & Tractor Show in Charleton Park.

Cooler temperatures make for excellent running conditions! Find a 5K or 1-mile race and see who will get to the finish line first!

An apple a day, any which way! Do all things apple in Sparta during the Michigan Apple Fest.

Update your family photo album with a photo shoot at one these popular locations (and don’t forget to book an ace photographer).

Lawn mower race, wiener dog race, all sorts of games and activities to keep the whole family entertained at the 10th Annual Wurst Festival Ever in Dorr.

Dip candles, stuff scarecrows, take a wagon ride and more during the Harvest Festival at Blandford.

Whether the force be with you, aim to misbehave, solemnly swear you are up to no good, or generally just have fun storming the castle, get your geek on with the Grand Rapids Comic-Con.

Pumpkins will explode, pumpkins will be raced, and all will have fun at the Urban Hayday in Hudsonville.

Before football games, parades, and cylindrical cranberry sauce, see how families in the mid-19th century celebrated during Pioneer Thanksgiving at Blandford.

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HALLOWEEN

Halloween Happenings and Tips

Double check your community’s designated Trick-or-Treating times.

Weather playing a trick? Find an indoor Halloween event to get some treats.

Take your brave big kids, tweens or teens to a haunted happening.

Keep your brains as you run, duck, and dodge your way around the undead at the Zombie Dash 5K in downtown Grand Rapids.

Trade in some of your candy haul for cash at one of several area candy buy back programs.

Score a deal with Kids Eat Free (or cheap) specials for Halloween.

Save little legs from long walks when you visit a nearby Trunk-or-Treat to show off your costumes.

The creatures of the night come out to play during OWLween at Blandford.

BACK TO SCHOOL

Sports, Consignment Sales and Other Notable Fall Activities for Families

Check out attraction passes, download digital content and more when you explore the perks of your GRPL membership or KDL Card.

Have a certified technician make sure your littles are commuting safely with a car seat check.

Get involved with a sports team or clinic to keep your kid active all year round.

Tumblers, ninjas, and gold-medal hopefuls can utilize our Gymnastics Guide to find an option nearby.

Preschool kids love the Sprout Series at John Ball Zoo, and their autumn classes are filling up.

Swap out out grown clothing and toys when you sell or shop at a fall consignment sale.

Find a studio, music lessons, or similar outlet to nurture your creative kid’s interests with our Dance, Music, and the Arts Guide.

Is there something we missed? We’d love to hear from you. Please leave us a comment below!

Fall events for kids and families in grand rapids

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