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July Is Sizzling With Summer Fun!

High summer is here! Starting the month off with parades and fireworks to celebrate the Fourth and festival after festival after festival, there’s no shortage of fun to keep the family entertained (and there’s still more to do if festivals aren’t your thing). We’ve found live music, farmer’s markets, hot air balloons, classic cars, outdoor movies, and even pirate chases to fill up your July.

For even more options, be sure to look over our Daily Calendar as new events and happenings are always being added!


Want a printable version of the July list of things to do with your kids in Grand Rapids? Get that here!


July Activities for Kids Around Grand Rapids – 2018

Sunday, July 1 – Be wowwed as the Warbirds Salute Air Show takes to the skies at the Battle Creek Field of Flight. Visit the carnival, watch lumberjacks compete, and cheer on racers.

July 2 – Find out how burger-loving dragons, Hobart, Roofus, Cuddlefluff and friends, hatch a plan to keep the Hut Burgers from coming even after their gold runs out as Hope Summer Repertory Theatre presents: Dragon Pack Snack Attack.

July 3 – Take to the seas– or in this case the Big Lake– to capture pirates and reclaim the stolen treasure aboard the tall ship Friends Good Will during a Pirate Chase Sail.

July 4 – Salute the U.S.A. with a Community Independence Day Celebration near you!

July 5 – Wind down your day with a free, outdoor, family yoga session at Lookout Park.

July 6 – Enjoy live music, interactive entertainment, food vendors and more as you stroll the Harvey Street Woonerf during Happenings on Harvey in Hudsonville.

July 7 – The skyline will sparkle tonight during the Amway Family Fireworks display with plenty of pre-dusk entertainment at Ah-Nab-Awen park.

Sunday, July 8 – Take a hike the whole family will enjoy through Provin Trails with the Hike It Baby meet-up group.

July 9 – The rainbow will be bursting at the kick-off of Zeelmania tonight with a color explosion (think color run minus the running) in the first of five weekly happenings.

July 10 – Flip, jump, and have fun today at Gymco at either their Open Gym session for all ages in the afternoon or Open Tumble for ages 8+ in the evening.

July 11 – Bricks 4 Kidz will be set up at the Downtown Market this morning for their weekly Kids at the Market program.

July 12 – Lowell’s Riverwalk Festival starts today with a farmer’s market, merchant’s market, pig roast, and live music from The Soul Syndicate.

July 13 – Peter Rabbit will hit the inflatable screen at East Grand Rapids Movies in the Park tonight on the shores of Reed’s Lake.

July 14 – “Bee” amazed as you delve into the fascinating world of Honey Bees at Frederik Meijer Gardens as you learn to dance like a bee, make a candle, and more during this program.

Sunday, July 15 – The Ionia Free Fair is in full swing today with duck races, a bump and run derby, and Kids Got Talent.

July 16 – Let the kids play unlimited golf or footgolf, hit balls at the range, or practice on a putt-putt course during Maple Hill Kids Day. They even include a hot dog dinner in the deal!

July 17 – Go for a hayride, pony ride, navigate a hay maze, feed the sheep and goats, and more during Fun on the Farm at Teusink’s Pony Farm in Holland.

July 18 – The National Baby Food Festival in downtown Fremont kicks off today with a Kid’s Expo filled with hands-on activities, crafts, food, kid’s parade, and bike race. The midway opens at noon.

July 19 – Grab a blanket and pack your basket for a picnic dinner and enjoy the Downtown Night Glow at the start of the Grand Rapids Balloon Festival.

July 20 – Take a FREE trolley ride around Hastings this evening.

July 21 – Luge isn’t just for the winter! Barrel down the only wheel luge track in the nation at the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex. Check out other summer offerings like archery or a Trail Quest adventure.

Sunday, July 22 – Slather on the sunscreen, unfurl an umbrella, and make it a lake day when you visit one of our Family Favorite Beaches (and be a beach pro when you use some of our beach hacks!).

July 23 – Visit De Zwaan and let the photo ops click as it’s Peak Week at Windmill Island Gardens. Kids can visit FREE when they are with a paid adult and make a donation to Kids Food Basket.

July 24 – Touch A Truck at the Grandville KDL and then stroll through the Farmer’s Market next door.

July 25 – Cool down with a cone of custard as you cruise through classic cars at Culver’s of Cascade.

July 26 – Clap your hands and stomp your feet as the music of Fauxgrass takes the stage at GRAM on the Green.

July 27 – Take your caped crusader out to the ball park tonight for Superhero Night at the West Michigan Whitecaps.

July 28 – The Kids Parade marches through the streets of Grand Haven this morning as a part of the Coast Guard Festival.

Sunday, July 29 – Disc golf comes to the city streets on the west side during Disc Downtown Grand Rapids.

July 30 – Watch as Dewey Finn and his band of students “stick it to the man” in the Civic Theatre’s School of Rock.

July 31 – See if your lucky numbers come up during Community Bingo at Chick-fil-A South this morning.

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