October Activities Calendar: 2020’s Daily List of Things to Do for Families

October Calendar_ 2020’s Daily List of Things to Do for Families

October Activities Near Grand Rapids

The weather is cooling down and it’s finally beginning to feel like autumn. All things autumn are filling the air from cider & donuts to corn mazes and festive Halloween celebrations.

West Michigan is going to make the most of these October activities, as you can more easily distance in an outdoor setting, be that at a local farm, a neighborhood block bash, or with a simple hike in the woods.

Get outside, friends, and drink up the last of fall goodness in Grand Rapids with these October activities near you.

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 ONGOING • OCTOBER ACTIVITIES & EVENTS  

Here’s a round-up of Grand Rapids events for October that are on repeat:


OCT 10-NOV 15 |  7pm-12am   

IllumiZoo – A Glenlore Tale
John Ball Zoo
1300 Fulton W, Grand Rapids, MI 
» A one-mile long, outdoor nighttime journey through John Ball Zoo. This magical tale told through a display of colors and lights will wind through the lower and upper realms of the Zoo. Discover adorable, and vibrant lighted creatures that come alive at night to help tell the tale and experience a dazzling show of lights and sounds that are sure to captivate your imagination.


Tuesday 12-6pm | Thursday 5-9pm   

Free Tuesdays & Thursdays
Grand Rapids Art Museum

101 Monroe Center St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
» Free admission on Tuesdays from 12-6pm and Thursdays from 5-9pm.


Thursday 11am-4pm   

Free Thursdays
Muskegon Museum of Art 
296 W. Webster Avenue Muskegon, Michigan 49440
» Free admission all day (11am-4pm) every Thursday.


AUG 1-OCT 18   

GRPM Exhibit! Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World
Grand Rapids Public Musem
272 Pearl Street NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
» Learn how pathogens can spread, why some outbreaks become epidemics & more. Free with admission. The exhibition is presented in English and Spanish.


Thursday, SEPT-MAY | 1-2:30pm   

Open Gym
Grand Rapids Gymnastics
1601 Galbraith Ave, STE 301, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
» Our supervised open gym format offers safe and fun physical activity for your children. No pre-registration necessary. $6/child. $18/max per family


Saturday | 12-1pm   

Saturday Open Gym
Gymco
2306 Camelot Ridge Ct SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
» Open playtime in Gymco’s gym – year round fun every Saturday. Registration is encouraged, space is limited. (face coverings are required). $5 for members/$10 non-members


OCT 1-31 | 8am-5pm   

October Storywalk Book – We’re Going on a Pumpkin Hunt by Steve Metzler
Pierce Cedar Creek Institute
701 W. Cloverdale Rd, Hastings, MI 49058
» Go on a pumpkin hunt to find the biggest pumpkin in town with this month’s storywalk and along the way learn about the many signs of autumn. “I’m not scared. Are you?”


Various dates SEPT 29-NOV 8   

Ghoul Golf
Great Lakes Glow Golf
3494 Plainfield Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI
» Ghoul Golf is a limited time attraction at Great Lakes Glow Golf. The 18 hole Halloween theme minigolf experience is like no other! It’s sure to be a little scary & a lot of fun!


OCT 1-27  

Pumpkin Contest
Hosted by Midtown Neighborhood Association
Virtual Event
» Submit your best carved/decorated pumpkin for a chance to win a prize and bring Halloween to Midtown! Pictures will be shared virtually on the Midtown website. You can also opt to share your address so neighbors can create their own pumpkin walking tour.


Tuesday and Thursday, OCT 27-DEC 10 | 10am   

Babbling Baby Feet
Rockford Speech Therapy and Little Feet Movement
Virtual Event
» Every Tuesday & Thursday, Oct 27-Dec 10, 10am (skip Nov 24 & 26)
Join us on Zoom for playing, learning, and communicating with your babies!! You will learn how to support your child’s physical, cognitive, social-emotional & language development! $20/class


Wednesday, OCT 14-DEC 16, 2020 | 6:30pm   

Drop In Tumbling
Grand Rapids Gymnastics
1601 Galbraith Ave, STE 301, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
» $10/person. No pre-registration needed. Work on what you want to. Coach assisted.


 OCT 1  •  Th  

 All Day                                   

OCT 1 |  3 pm   

Zoo Careers (6th-8th)
John Ball Zoo
1300 W. Fulton St, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
» 3-5pm. Learn about a variety of Zoo Careers by exploring and talking with the experts to learn about different animal-related careers in the Zoo field. Each class will highlight a different career.

OCT 1 | 3:30 pm   

Homeschool Meetup 🆓
Spring Grove Park

1800 Greenly St SW, Jamestown, MI 
» Calling all those who are schooling from home, come to Spring Grove Park for a homeschool meetup hosted by Patmos Library! We will have a retired science teacher who is also a homeschool father present demonstrations on air pressure and Patmos will provide followup crafts and projects for all age ranges for you to take home. RSVP in advance.

OCT 1 | 4 pm   

Live Animal Figure Drawing
John Ball Zoo
1300 W. Fulton St, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
» 4-6pm. Join us for open drawing as we explore the anatomy of some of the fellow Zoo animals. We will provide different drawing materials, paper, and drawing boards for all artists. *Participants under the age of 8 must be accompanied by a paid adult.

OCT 1 | 4 pm   

Michaels Kids Club Online: Lion Pumpkin 🆓
Virtual Event
» Create a lion crafted pumpkin with us! RSVP for the class.

OCT 1 | 4:30 pm   

Fun on the Farm (5-8 yrs)
The Critter Barn
9275 Adams Street, Zeeland, MI 49464
» 4:30-6pm. The focus of the class changes each week, so take one, take two or take them all! Parents or guardians are included to share the memories and enhance your student’s experience. $15

OCT 1 | 5 pm   

Pumpkin Party: Social Distance Style 🆓
Ah-Nab-Awen Park

220 Front Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
» 5-7pm. Pick out a pumpkin, pick up a pumpkin painting kit, and enjoy some s’mores around the campfire. All families will be required to wear masks. The event is limited to 100 attendees.

OCT 1 | 6 pm   

Build an Engine in Virtual Reality 
Amped Reality VR
2923 28th St. SE, Kentwood, MI 49512
» Learn how engines work and build one virtually – a great opportunity to explore if you want to work in the automotive business or be a mechanic. $25

OCT 1 | 6:30 pm   

Broadway at the Ballpark 
Fifth Third Ballpark
4500 West River Dr NE, Comstock Park, MI 49321
» Fifth Third Ballpark and the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre have partnered to bring you a concert of classic and contemporary Broadway tunes. Grab your blankets and chairs and head to the field at Fifth Third Ballpark for this unique showing of your favorite Broadway tunes. Tickets are $100 per 12’ x 12’ plot for up to 6 people. Tickets are very limited and available online only.

OCT 1 | 8:30 pm   

Broadway at the Ballpark 
Fifth Third Ballpark
4500 West River Dr NE, Comstock Park, MI 49321
» Fifth Third Ballpark and the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre have partnered to bring you a concert of classic and contemporary Broadway tunes. Grab your blankets and chairs and head to the field at Fifth Third Ballpark for this unique showing of your favorite Broadway tunes. Tickets are $100 per 12’ x 12’ plot for up to 6 people. Tickets are very limited and available online only.

 OCT 2  •  F  

 All Day                                   

OCT 2 | 10 am   

Knee-High Naturalists
DeGraaf Nature Center 

600 Graafschap Rd, Holland, MI 49423
» Introduce the wonders of the natural world to young children. Crafts, activities, books, snacks, live animals, and outside exploration will be incorporated into their nature-based learning experience. Registration required, $10 per child, $5 for members.

OCT 2 | 10 am   

Barnyard Helpers
Blandford Farm
3145 Milo St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49534
» Get a unique, behind-the-scenes opportunity to help out at the Blandford Farm! Assist with livestock chores – feeding and watering all the animals that call the farm home. If time allows, head into the children’s garden and lend a hand with weeding and harvesting. All helpers take home a share of the harvest.

OCT 2 | 3 pm   

Vendor Pop-Up 🆓
Out of the Barn 

9637 48th Avenue, Allendale, MI 49401
» 3-7pm. Fall is upon us, and what a perfect time to stroll outdoors in the fresh open air, shop and connect with our growing community! You can expect are a lot of artists, crafters, and a select few direct marketing products.

OCT 2 | 4 pm   

Sparta’s Friday Food Trucks & Music Night 
Downtown Sparta
201 E Division St, Sparta, MI 49345
» 4-7:30pm. Join Patty Matters Food Truck and a few of her friends, Two Bones BBQ, Big Mike’s Kettle Corn & Waffle Stix as they feed us from 4 to 7:30 to the sounds of the Bri Baron Band in the Town Square. The band will begin at 6:00PM. Make sure to bring a lawn chair and dress for the weather!

OCT 2 | 5 pm   

Pumpkin Party: Social Distance Style
Garfield Park 

2111 Madison SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49507
» 5-7pm. Pick out a pumpkin, pick up a pumpkin painting kit, and enjoy some s’mores around the campfire. All families will be required to wear masks. The event is limited to 100 attendees.

OCT 2 | 5 pm   

Division United, Everyone’s Plaza Event 🆓
Downtown Grand Rapids
451 Division Ave S, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
» 5-9pm. Stop by Division and Logan to take part in a glimpse of a more vibrant, inclusive, and accessible South Division Avenue. This family-friendly event will feature: Outdoor games, Food carts, Video projection, Crosswalks, Replanting activity

OCT 2 | 6 pm   

Avenue for the Arts’ First Fridays Art Walk 🆓
Downtown Grand Rapids
S Division Ave. between Fulton and Wealthy, Grand Rapids, MI 
» 6-9pm. Explore art exhibitions, music performances, and other activities hosted by various South Division businesses.

OCT 2 | 6:30 pm   

Broadway at the Ballpark 
Fifth Third Ballpark
4500 West River Dr NE, Comstock Park, MI 49321
» Fifth Third Ballpark and the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre have partnered to bring you a concert of classic and contemporary Broadway tunes. Grab your blankets and chairs and head to the field at Fifth Third Ballpark for this unique showing of your favorite Broadway tunes. Tickets are $100 per 12’ x 12’ plot for up to 6 people. Tickets are very limited and available online only.

OCT 2 | 7 pm   

Buck Creek Carriage Ride
Buck Creek Trails
Grandville, MI 

» 7-10pm. Come out & enjoy a scenic Fall, horse-pulled carriage ride down a charming & lit trail along Buck Creek trails. You must have a ticket to attend, purchase in advance at Grandville City Hall. A carriage holds 4 adults or 2 adults and 3 small children. Rides are 15 minutes long. The $65 ticket per carriage include a $50 dinner voucher to be used at Osgood Brewing, Michigan Moonshine or The Rainbow Grill.

OCT 2 | 7:30 pm   

Nature Hike 🆓
Huyser Farm Park

4180 64th Street, Holland, MI 49423
» Take a walk through the woods at night. Use your senses along the walk to find out how much you can feel, touch, hear, and see at night. Learn how nocturnal animals use their other senses to survive in the evening. Registration required

OCT 2 | 8:30 pm   

Broadway at the Ballpark 
Fifth Third Ballpark
4500 West River Dr NE, Comstock Park, MI 49321
» Fifth Third Ballpark and the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre have partnered to bring you a concert of classic and contemporary Broadway tunes. Grab your blankets and chairs and head to the field at Fifth Third Ballpark for this unique showing of your favorite Broadway tunes. Tickets are $100 per 12’ x 12’ plot for up to 6 people. Tickets are very limited and available online only.

OCT 2 | 9 pm   

Haunted Sunflower Maze
Rasch Cherries
17647 40th Ave, Conklin, MI 
» 9-11pm. Come out to get CREEPED OUT in the Haunted Sunflower Maze. Pay for admission in the market where you will also find HOT Apple Turnovers, fresh fall donuts, HOT Cider and Cocoa and so much more!! It will be a GHOULISH good time!! Best for ages 10+

 OCT 3  •  Sa  

 All Day                                   

OCT 3 | 8 am   

Depot to Depot Fall Color Tour 🆓
Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau
610 W Western Ave, Muskegon, MI
» 8am-6pm. Experience Michigan’s beautiful autumn, and a fun fall tradition. Download your map and start your journey. Follow your map and check in on social media at designated stops for entry to win prizes. The more check-ins, the more entries!

OCT 3 | 8 am   

Pierce Cedar Creek Institute Virtual Trail Run
Virtual Event
» Virtual 5K, 10K, and 15K. All events will cost $30 regardless of distance, and $15 for each event if you are between the age of 6 and 18.  Kids under 6 can sign up for free.

OCT 3 | 9 am   

Byron Township Babysitting Class
Byron Township Recreation
2120 76th Street SW, Byron Center, MI 49315
» 9am-2pm. For kids 11-16 years old. Learn some great babysitting games, answers to common questions, how to stop sibling squabbling, meal time tips, first aid, diaper duties, and much more. Pre-registration required. $50 resident, $60 non-resident

OCT 3 | 9 am   

Vendor Pop-Up 🆓
Out of the Barn 

9637 48th Avenue, Allendale, MI 49401
» 9am-7pm. Fall is upon us, and what a perfect time to stroll outdoors in the fresh open air, shop and connect with our growing community! You can expect are a lot of artists, crafters, and a select few direct marketing products.

OCT 3 | 9 am   

Fall Market 🆓
Blue Star Barns 

3483 Blue Star Highway, Saugatuck, MI 
» 9am-4pm. Enjoy a vendor market and Greek food truck at Blue Star Barns in Saugatuck. Organic produce, antique & primitive vendors, high quality art, vintage fall home decor, house plants, macrame earrings, many unique finds!

OCT 3 | 10 am   

Taekwondo
Koetsier’s Greenhouse
1601 Spaulding Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI
» 10-11:30am. FHPA and Big Dog Taekwondo are collaborating to bring Taekwondo each Saturday. First timers get a FREE class! Sign up at [email protected] PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY to sign in and receive safety protocols and instructions.

OCT 3 | 10 am   

Family Day
Coopersville Farm Museum
375 Main St, Coopersville, MI
» 10am-2pm. Enjoy a multigenerational adventure inside the facility, exploring the exhibits, sharing stories, and creating memories. Includes crafts. $5 per family

OCT 3 | 10:30 am   

Build an Engine in Virtual Reality 
Amped Reality VR
2923 28th St. SE, Kentwood, MI 49512
» Learn how engines work and build one virtually – a great opportunity to explore if you want to work in the automotive business or be a mechanic. $25

OCT 3 | 11 am   

Fall Festival 🆓
Grace Reformed Church
3330 Burlingame Ave SW, Wyoming, MI 
» 11am-1pm. Join us for a fantastic Family friendly event! NEW this year is food trucks and giveaways! We have a HUGE parking lot so plenty of room to space out! Masks are encouraged.

OCT 3 | 11 am   

Children’s Theater – “The Wizard of Oz”
Children’s Creations Theater
6161 28th Street SE, Suite 8, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
» Follow the yellow brick road and support local children’s theater with an outdoor performance of “The Wizard of Oz”. General Admission, Bring a lawn chair, Tickets $10.

OCT 3 | 12 pm   

Mid-Autumn Festival by GRAPF 🆓
The Blue Bridge
Downtown Grand Rapids, MI

» 12-10pm. A festival to raise awareness about the many different countries and cultures that make up Asia—and to make our city a place where Asian people can feel belonging and celebrate their food, traditions, dress, music, dance, and lives with their neighbors.

OCT 3 | 12 pm   

Superhero & Princess Day
Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park
8313 Pratt Lake Ave SE, Alto, MI
» 12-4pm. Social distancing meet and greets! Come get pictures with your favorite Superheros and Princesses! We are also going to have a pizza truck here during the event and a few other treats.

OCT 3 | 1 pm   

Fall Family Day
Frederik Meijer Gardens
1000 East Beltline Ave. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
» 1-4pm. Visit the Children’s Garden for fabulous fall family fun. Activities include something for all your senses—listen to fall-inspired tunes and autumn-themed stories, view a fiber arts demonstration and take a naturalist walk highlighting this amazing season.

OCT 3 | 1 pm   

Horseback Trail Rides
Camp Henry
5575 South Gordon Ave, Newaygo, MI 49337
» Trained and knowledgeable staff will guide you on an hour long trail ride filled with fresh air, loving horses, and great company. $20 per person. Ages: 10 & over -Riders who are 10-12 years old must have an adult rider register with them.

OCT 3 | 1 pm   

Drawing Club with Wade Gugino 🆓
Virtual Event
» KDL. Online event. Learn to create your own cartoon characters, comic strips and more with artist Wade Gugino. Tune in on the Facebook page or at YouTube.com/KentDistrictLibrary.

OCT 3 | 1 pm   

Drop-in Studio
The GRAM

101 Monroe Center St NW, Grand Rapids, MI
» 1-4pm. Drop in to GRAM’s auditorium and enjoy hands-on art making activities. All supplies are provided. Free for GRAM members, included with admission for non-members.

OCT 3 | 2 pm   

Unicorns & Pumpkins
Fellinlove Farm
6364 144th Ave, Holland, MI
» Visit beautiful UNICORNS in this autumn setting! Continue to EXPERIENCE THE JOY through a farm tour, pedal boat ride, trail walk and much more! $5 suggested donation per person

OCT 3 | 2 pm   

Let’s Sew Together
Park Township Community Center
1286 Ottawa Beach Rd, Holland, MI 49424
» 2-4pm. Participants should have basic sewing knowledge. Bring your questions! Want to learn how to put a zipper in? Sew a buttonhole? Make an elastic casing? We will spend the last hour of class working on a project that you bring. Ages 15 & up.

OCT 3 | 2:30 pm   

Children’s Theater – “The Wizard of Oz”
Children’s Creations Theater
6161 28th Street SE, Suite 8, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
» Follow the yellow brick road and support local children’s theater with an outdoor performance of “The Wizard of Oz”. General Admission, Bring a lawn chair, Tickets $10.

OCT 3 | 3 pm   

Horseback Trail Rides
Camp Henry
5575 South Gordon Ave, Newaygo, MI 49337
» Trained and knowledgeable staff will guide you on an hour long trail ride filled with fresh air, loving horses, and great company. $20 per person. Ages: 10 & over -Riders who are 10-12 years old must have an adult rider register with them.

OCT 3 | 5 pm   

Pumpkin Party: Social Distance Style 🆓
Roosevelt Park 

739 Van Raalte SW, Grand Rapids 49503
» 5-7pm. Pick out a pumpkin, pick up a pumpkin painting kit, and enjoy some s’mores around the campfire. All families will be required to wear masks. The event is limited to 100 attendees.

OCT 3 | 5:30 pm   

Saturday Open Gym
Grand Rapids Gymnastics
1601 Galbraith Ave, STE 301, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
» 5:30-6:30pm. Open playtime in Gymco’s gym – year round fun every Saturday. Registration is encouraged, space is limited. (face coverings are required). $5 for members/$10 non-members

OCT 3 | 6:30 pm   

Broadway at the Ballpark 
Fifth Third Ballpark
4500 West River Dr NE, Comstock Park, MI 49321
» Fifth Third Ballpark and the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre have partnered to bring you a concert of classic and contemporary Broadway tunes. Grab your blankets and chairs and head to the field at Fifth Third Ballpark for this unique showing of your favorite Broadway tunes. Tickets are $100 per 12’ x 12’ plot for up to 6 people. Tickets are very limited and available online only.

OCT 3 | 7 pm   

Buck Creek Carriage Ride
Buck Creek Trails
Grandville, MI 

» 7-10pm. Come out & enjoy a scenic Fall, horse-pulled carriage ride down a charming & lit trail along Buck Creek trails. You must have a ticket to attend, purchase in advance at Grandville City Hall. A carriage holds 4 adults or 2 adults and 3 small children. Rides are 15 minutes long. The $65 ticket per carriage include a $50 dinner voucher to be used at Osgood Brewing, Michigan Moonshine or The Rainbow Grill.

OCT 3 | 7 pm   

Family Fall Film Pop up! 🆓
Gymco
3206 Camelot Ridge Ct SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
» 7-9pm. Gymco’s first ever fall film festival! Join us October 3rd for a pop up movie night starting with an open gym and delicious Celebration Cinema Popcorn! Open Gym 5:30 pm-6:30 pm, Movie playing at 7 pm- Trolls World Tour, We hope to see you there!

OCT 3 | 8:30 pm   

Broadway at the Ballpark 
Fifth Third Ballpark
4500 West River Dr NE, Comstock Park, MI 49321
» Fifth Third Ballpark and the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre have partnered to bring you a concert of classic and contemporary Broadway tunes. Grab your blankets and chairs and head to the field at Fifth Third Ballpark for this unique showing of your favorite Broadway tunes. Tickets are $100 per 12’ x 12’ plot for up to 6 people. Tickets are very limited and available online only.

OCT 3 | 9 pm   

Haunted Sunflower Maze
Rasch Cherries
17647 40th Ave, Conklin, MI 
» 9-11pm. Come out to get CREEPED OUT in the Haunted Sunflower Maze. Pay for admission in the market where you will also find HOT Apple Turnovers, fresh fall donuts, HOT Cider and Cocoa and so much more!! It will be a GHOULISH good time!! Best for ages 10+

 OCT 4  •  Su  

 All Day                                   

OCT 4 | 9 am   

Vendor Pop-Up 🆓
Out of the Barn 

9637 48th Avenue, Allendale, MI 49401
» 9am-5pm. Fall is upon us, and what a perfect time to stroll outdoors in the fresh open air, shop and connect with our growing community! You can expect are a lot of artists, crafters, and a select few direct marketing products.

OCT 4 | 12 pm   

October Cider Sundays
Historic Bowens Mills
55 Briggs Rd, Middleville, MI 49333
» 12pm-5pm. Free Horse Drawn Wagon Ride with admission, Cider pressing demonstrations on the 100+ year old water-powered cider press, stone ground corn grinding demonstrations on the huge mill stones, Pioneer Farm with animals, along with live music in the Log Cabin, many other history related activities. $5 for adults, children 12 years and under $3.

OCT 4 | 1 pm   

Horseback Trail Rides
Camp Henry
5575 South Gordon Ave, Newaygo, MI 49337
» Trained and knowledgeable staff will guide you on an hour long trail ride filled with fresh air, loving horses, and great company. $20 per person. Ages: 10 & over -Riders who are 10-12 years old must have an adult rider register with them.

OCT 4 | 3 pm   

Horseback Trail Rides
Camp Henry
5575 South Gordon Ave, Newaygo, MI 49337
» Trained and knowledgeable staff will guide you on an hour long trail ride filled with fresh air, loving horses, and great company. $20 per person. Ages: 10 & over -Riders who are 10-12 years old must have an adult rider register with them.

OCT 4 | 4:30 pm   

Sunday Night Goat Hikes
Ada Christian School
6206 Ada Drive SE, Ada, MI 49301
» Take a hike with local goats through woods, marsh and prairie! Safe, outdoor goat recreation for families & friends. Masks required. $10

 OCT 5  •  M  

 All Day                                   

OCT 5 | 7 am   

StoryWalk at Hemlock Crossing Park: Hello Autumn! 🆓
Hemlock Crossing County Park
8115 W Olive Rd, West Olive, MI 
» 7am-5pm. As you explore the forest in fall, read “Hello Autumn!” by Shelley Rotner. Pages from this beautifully illustrated children’s book will be posted on signs along the trail for your family to read together – along with ideas for things to look for and do as you hike! The hike is an approximately 1 mile round trip on a natural surface, stroller-friendly trail.

OCT 5 | 9:30 am   

Stroller Safari
John Ball Zoo
1300 W. Fulton St, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
» 9:30-10:15am. Enjoy early access to the Zoo along with a guided tour complete with story time. Each week will feature a different story and area of the Zoo. Zoo Admission is included. Ages 3 and under with a caregiver. $15/Member, $25/Non-Member

OCT 5 | 8:30 pm   

Coping during Covid-19: Parental Resilience and Communication🆓
Virtual Event
» 8:30-10pm. Do you wish you could talk to other parents that are in the same circumstances you are? Do you crave adult interaction/conversation in a safe digital environment? Join a Parent Café, Monday Nights at 8:30 PM on Zoom.

 OCT 6  •  Tu  

 All Day                                   

OCT 6 | 7 am   

StoryWalk at Hemlock Crossing Park: Hello Autumn! 🆓
Hemlock Crossing County Park
8115 W Olive Rd, West Olive, MI 
» 7am-5pm. As you explore the forest in fall, read “Hello Autumn!” by Shelley Rotner. Pages from this beautifully illustrated children’s book will be posted on signs along the trail for your family to read together – along with ideas for things to look for and do as you hike! The hike is an approximately 1 mile round trip on a natural surface, stroller-friendly trail.

OCT 6 | 11 am   

Doo-doo Detectives
Blandford Nature Center
1715 Hillburn Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 
» Doo-doo, poop, scat, or whatever you may call it, is a great clue for animal detectives when they are trying to discover what animals are around. Listen to a story about how to track animals by their doo-doo, footprints, and more. Get an up close look (and smell) of the scat of our educational animals, and learn some fun and gross facts.

OCT 6 | 1 pm   

¡Vamos A Leer! 🆓
Virtual Event
» GRPL. Online event. This storytime celebrates the power of being bilingual and hispanic heritage. The stories we share will be read in both Spanish and English.

OCT 6 | 2 pm   

Zoo STEM (3rd-5th)
John Ball Zoo
1300 W. Fulton St, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
» 2-4pm. Learn how animals act as engineers and how we engineer environments and toys for the animals in our care!

OCT 6 | 4:30 pm   

Fun on the Farm (5-8 yrs)
The Critter Barn
9275 Adams Street, Zeeland, MI 49464
» 4:30-6pm. The focus of the class changes each week, so take one, take two or take them all! Parents or guardians are included to share the memories and enhance your student’s experience. $15

OCT 6 | 5:30 pm   

National Night Out 🆓
Mary Free Bed YMCA
5500 Burton Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI, 49546
» 5:30-7:30pm. Join us for the National Night Out 2020 Drive-Thru Parade that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. There will be police, fire, EMS, Road Commission, Aeromed, and Military vehicles, free goodies, and much more! Decorate your vehicle for a chance to win a GRAND PRIZE.

OCT 6 | 6 pm   

Wyoming National Night Out 🆓
Pinery Park
2301 DeHoop Ave SW, Wyoming, MI
» 6-8pm. A drive through event including vehicles from Public Works, Wyoming Fire, Wyoming Police, and more! Also offering car seat safety checks, please make appointment as space and times are limited.

OCT 6 | 6 pm   

Wyoming National Night Out  🆓
Grand Rapids First Church
2100 44th St SW, Wyoming, MI
» 6-8pm. A drive through event including vehicles from Public Works, Wyoming Fire, Wyoming Police, and more! Also offering car seat safety checks, please make appointment as space and times are limited.

OCT 6 | 6 pm   

National Night Out  🆓
MacKay Jaycees Park
2531 Kalamazoo Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI
» 6-8pm. This year’s National Night Out will be a drive-through event to ensure social distancing. The police department, Grand Rapids Fire Department, LIFE ems and AMR will be on hand to offer crime prevention information, truck displays, giveaways and socially distanced community engagement.

OCT 6 | 6 pm   

Fall Jam Night 🆓
Coopersville Farm Museum
375 Main St, Coopersville, MI 
» 6-8:30pm. Doors open at 5pm. Sign up to perform a song or two while others strum along. Family Friendly. Bring your own snacks and beverages.

 OCT 7  •  W  

 All Day                                   

OCT 7 | 7 am   

StoryWalk at Hemlock Crossing Park: Hello Autumn! 🆓
Hemlock Crossing County Park
8115 W Olive Rd, West Olive, MI 
» 7am-5pm. As you explore the forest in fall, read “Hello Autumn!” by Shelley Rotner. Pages from this beautifully illustrated children’s book will be posted on signs along the trail for your family to read together – along with ideas for things to look for and do as you hike! The hike is an approximately 1 mile round trip on a natural surface, stroller-friendly trail.

OCT 7 | 10 am   

Adventure Club
Allegan Event
439 River Street, Allegan, MI 49010
» 10am-1pm. Each Adventure Club visit includes two hours on the Sky Trail® ropes course with Sky Rail® zip rails, plus climbing on the 16 unique and challenging Clip ’n Climb® walls & free WiFi. During the final hour of the Adventure Club session, guests are invited to add optional add ons, such as arcade game play, weekly food/drink combos, and free WiFi! $15.00/person

OCT 7 | 1:30 pm   

Fall Nature Discovery: Farm!
Blandford Farm
3145 Milo St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49534
» Explore the nature of fall in this fun, exploratory program at Blandford’s Farm. We will meet some of Blandford’s resident farm animals and learn about how they’re taken care of on our farm. As we walk through Children’s Garden we will pay attention to the changes that the plants go through during fall harvest and maybe even taste a few! Come explore this beautiful change in season on our Farm!

OCT 7 | 2 pm   

Adventure Club
Allegan Event
439 River Street, Allegan, MI 49010
» 2-5pm. Each Adventure Club visit includes two hours on the Sky Trail® ropes course with Sky Rail® zip rails, plus climbing on the 16 unique and challenging Clip ’n Climb® walls & free WiFi. During the final hour of the Adventure Club session, guests are invited to add optional add ons, such as arcade game play, weekly food/drink combos, and free WiFi! $15.00/person

OCT 7 | 4 pm   

Live Animal Figure Drawing
John Ball Zoo
1300 W. Fulton St, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
» 4-6pm. Join us for open drawing as we explore the anatomy of some of the fellow Zoo animals. We will provide different drawing materials, paper, and drawing boards for all artists. *Participants under the age of 8 must be accompanied by a paid adult.

OCT 7 | 4 pm   

Wristband Wednesday
Craigs Cruisers
5730 Clyde Park SW, Wyoming, MI 49509
» 4-8pm. Unlimited Indoor & Outdoor Go-Karts, Laser Tag, Bumper Cars, Mini-Golf, Bumper Boats, Frog Hopper, Cruiser Coaster and Kiddie Karts. *Weather permitting on outdoor attractions. $25.99/person

 OCT 8  •  Th  

 All Day                                   

OCT 8 | 7 am   

StoryWalk at Hemlock Crossing Park: Hello Autumn! 🆓
Hemlock Crossing County Park
8115 W Olive Rd, West Olive, MI 
» 7am-5pm. As you explore the forest in fall, read “Hello Autumn!” by Shelley Rotner. Pages from this beautifully illustrated children’s book will be posted on signs along the trail for your family to read together – along with ideas for things to look for and do as you hike! The hike is an approximately 1 mile round trip on a natural surface, stroller-friendly trail.

OCT 8 | 9:45 am   

Tot Time at the Nature Center
Hemlock Crossing County Park
8115 W Olive Rd, West Olive, MI
» In this program, we invite our littlest visitors to explore our natural world through books, music and movement, activities, and a group walk along a stroller and wagon-friendly path. Tot Time is for ages 0-3, with a caregiver. Registration is required, $5/child.

OCT 8 | 3 pm   

Zoo Careers (6th-8th)
John Ball Zoo
1300 W. Fulton St, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
» 3-5pm. Learn about a variety of Zoo Careers by exploring and talking with the experts to learn about different animal-related careers in the Zoo field. Each class will highlight a different career.

OCT 8 | 4:30 pm   

Fun on the Farm (9-12 yrs)
The Critter Barn
9275 Adams Street, Zeeland, MI 49464
» 4:30-6pm. Are you looking for a little fun on the farm? The focus of the class changes each week, so take one, take two or take them all! $15

OCT 8 | 5:30 pm   

Pumpkin and Preview 🆓
NorthPointe Christian
3101 Leonard St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
» 5:30-7pm. An outdoor night of pumpkin painting, cider and donuts, hand painting, the Critter Barn and fall fun! Optional school tours available for interested families of preschool and elementary students. This is an exclusive event for NorthPointe Christian neighbors and prospective families. RSVP is required.

OCT 8 | 6 pm   

Help, I’ve Shrunk!
Amped Virtual Reality
2923 28th St. SE, Kentwood, MI 49512
» Shrink down smaller than an atom, be as large as the universe, or go inside the human body to learn about the different organs and cells. $25

OCT 8 | 6 pm   

Virtual Backyard Stargazing Meet-up
Virtual Event
» GRPM. Online event. In this Backyard Stargazing event, learn about the OSIRIS REx’s flight and more! The GRPM team will also highlight the great Jupiter-Saturn conjunction, an event that happens once every 20 years and is taking place this December. $2 GRPM members, $4/link for the public.

OCT 8 | 8 pm   

Hocus Pocus: Movies on the Lawn
Circle Theatre
1703 Robinson Road SE Grand Rapids, MI 49506
» Join us on the lawn for a showing of HOCUS POCUS, presented in partnership with Wealthy Theatre! Tickets start at $15. Bring a picnic blanket or beach chair and relax on a spooky fall night! Pack a picnic – outside food is welcome. Don’t forget your costume! There will be a costume contest with prizes for the top costume of the night.

 OCT 9  •  F  

 All Day                                   

OCT 9 | 7 am   

StoryWalk at Hemlock Crossing Park: Hello Autumn! 🆓
Hemlock Crossing County Park
8115 W Olive Rd, West Olive, MI 
» 7am-5pm. As you explore the forest in fall, read “Hello Autumn!” by Shelley Rotner. Pages from this beautifully illustrated children’s book will be posted on signs along the trail for your family to read together – along with ideas for things to look for and do as you hike! The hike is an approximately 1 mile round trip on a natural surface, stroller-friendly trail.

OCT 9 | 10 am   

Knee-High Naturalists
The Outdoor Discovery Center

4214 56th Street, Holland, MI 49423
» Introduce the wonders of the natural world to young children. Crafts, activities, books, snacks, live animals, and outside exploration will be incorporated into their nature-based learning experience. Registration required, $10 per child, $5 for members.

OCT 9 | 10 am   

Nature Buds
Blandford Nature Center
1715 Hillburn Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 
» Bring your toddlers and preschoolers out to discover the wonders of nature at Blandford Nature Center! Each Nature Buds program will feature a story, outdoor discovery and a hands-on activity. Dress for the weather as we will be outdoors, rain, snow or shine. Registration is required. Ages 1-4 and their caregivers.

OCT 9 | 1 pm   

Leaf Walk & Craft
Blandford Nature Center

1715 Hillburn Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 
» The forest is a rainbow in the fall! In this program we’ll collect leaves and explore the many colors, shapes and textures of fall. We’ll make our own leaf books and finish the session with a fun fall craft! Suggested ages: 3-10

Oct 9 @ 6 pm – Oct 11 @ 1pm                            

Fall Family Getaway Weekends
Camp Newaygo
5333 South Centerline Road, Newaygo, MI 49337

» Spend a long weekend this fall at Camp Newaygo!

Choose your style of accommodations, enjoy meals from our executive chef, and select activity excursions to create your perfect weekend away.

Camp Newaygo is experienced and committed to providing a COVID careful programs and experiences.

Camp Newaygo Fall Family Weekend

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OCT 9 | 6 pm   

Hackley and Hume Historic Site Grounds Tour
Hackley and Hume Historic Site
484 W Webster Ave, Muskegon, MI
» A 45-minute guided grounds tour offers a unique look at the Historic Sites. Learn more about Queen Anne style architecture, the site’s construction, the functions of the City Barn, and how the exterior of each building has changed through the years. Also, hear stories about the families, their pets, and the unique structures that once existed on the property. Space is limited, so order your tickets today! $7

OCT 9 | 6 pm   

Disney Family Night: Just One Bite
Wine and Canvas

2675 E. Paris Ave. Ste. E, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
» 6-8:30pm. Join us at our studio for step-by-step instructions on how to recreate this beautiful painting while you sip on your favorite beverage, in a relaxed and fun, artsy environment. $29/seat

OCT 9 | 6 pm   

The Haunted Forest
Cannonsburg Ski Area
6800 Cannonsburg Rd., Belmont, MI 49306
» 6-10pm. The Haunted Forest is a spooky outdoor experience at Cannonsburg Ski Area. The woods are filled with hungry zombies, scary witches, ghosts, and other monsters that exist only in your worst nightmares. Be prepared to encounter all of them, as you try to make your way through the woods. The walk is roughly ½ mile long, and takes place on a lit dirt path that winds through the trees.

OCT 9 | 7 pm   

Buck Creek Carriage Ride
Buck Creek Trails
Grandville, MI 

» 7-10pm. Come out & enjoy a scenic Fall, horse-pulled carriage ride down a charming & lit trail along Buck Creek trails. You must have a ticket to attend, purchase in advance at Grandville City Hall. A carriage holds 4 adults or 2 adults and 3 small children. Rides are 15 minutes long. The $65 ticket per carriage include a $50 dinner voucher to be used at Osgood Brewing, Michigan Moonshine or The Rainbow Grill.

OCT 9 | 7 pm   

Teen-ish Night
Battlegr Tactical Games
284 Dodge NE, Comstock Park, MI 

» 7-10pm. Come check out our BRAND NEW arena for Teen-ish Night. This event is for kids 10 and older and includes 3 hours of unlimited laser tag, archery tag, and open gym for $25. Food is also included with either pizza & pop OR Hotdog, fries & a pop. We encourage reservations due to limited capacity.

OCT 9 | 8 pm   

Hocus Pocus: Movies on the Lawn
Circle Theatre
1703 Robinson Road SE Grand Rapids, MI 49506
» Join us on the lawn for a showing of HOCUS POCUS, presented in partnership with Wealthy Theatre! Tickets start at $15. Bring a picnic blanket or beach chair and relax on a spooky fall night! Pack a picnic – outside food is welcome. Don’t forget your costume! There will be a costume contest with prizes for the top costume of the night.

OCT 9 | 9 pm   

Haunted Sunflower Maze
Rasch Cherries
17647 40th Ave, Conklin, MI 
» 9-11pm. Come out to get CREEPED OUT in the Haunted Sunflower Maze. Pay for admission in the market where you will also find HOT Apple Turnovers, fresh fall donuts, HOT Cider and Cocoa and so much more!! It will be a GHOULISH good time!! Best for ages 10+

 OCT 10  •  Sa  

 All Day                                   

OCT 10 | 7 am   

StoryWalk at Hemlock Crossing Park: Hello Autumn! 🆓
Hemlock Crossing County Park
8115 W Olive Rd, West Olive, MI 
» 7am-5pm. As you explore the forest in fall, read “Hello Autumn!” by Shelley Rotner. Pages from this beautifully illustrated children’s book will be posted on signs along the trail for your family to read together – along with ideas for things to look for and do as you hike! The hike is an approximately 1 mile round trip on a natural surface, stroller-friendly trail.

OCT 10 | 8 am   

Depot to Depot Fall Color Tour 🆓
Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau
610 W Western Ave, Muskegon, MI
» 8am-6pm. Experience Michigan’s beautiful autumn, and a fun fall tradition. Download your map and start your journey. Follow your map and check in on social media at designated stops for entry to win prizes. The more check-ins, the more entries!

OCT 10 | 10 am   

Harvest Celebration Autumn Market
Historic Downtown
Lowell, MI

» 10am-5pm. Join us in Historic Downtown for the Autumn Marketplace on Main St! You will find a bountiful gathering of crafts, antiques, repurposed treasures, home-grown food, concessions and great restaurants! Plenty of free parking and lots of fun!

OCT 10 | 10 am   

Taekwondo 
Koetsier’s Greenhouse
1601 Spaulding Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI
» 10-11:30am. FHPA and Big Dog Taekwondo are collaborating to bring Taekwondo each Saturday. First timers get a FREE class! Sign up at [email protected] PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY to sign in and receive safety protocols and instructions.

OCT 10 | 10 am   

Virtual Stroll with Nature: Cry of the Wolf 🆓
Virtual Event
» Pierce Cedar Creek Institute. Online event. Known for their haunting howl, wolves have been vilified for centuries in fairy tales and real-life. Come explore the true nature of this misunderstood mammal and their conservation comeback through stories, hands-on activities, and suggestions for short “strolls” on trails or through your neighborhood.

OCT 10 | 10 am   

Super Saturday from Home: Cities! 🆓
Virtual Event
» Muskegon Art Museum. Online event. 10am-4pm. STEAM activities that you can do at home. Discover a virtual tour, art making activity instructions, and a film list–all related to cities.

OCT 10 | 10:30 am   

Social Justice Begins with Me: A Book Club for Kids 🆓
Virtual Event
» GRPL. Online event. Children ages 4-11 can explore social justice topics that impact their daily lives through children’s literature. Pre-registration required

OCT 10 | 10:30 am   

Help, I’ve Shrunk!
Amped Virtual Reality
2923 28th St. SE, Kentwood, MI 49512
» Shrink down smaller than an atom, be as large as the universe, or go inside the human body to learn about the different organs and cells. $25

OCT 10 | 10:30 am   

Blandford Makers – Junior Edition: Wizard Wands
Blandford Nature Center
1715 Hillburn Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 
» Inspired by the magic of nature, this week will feature a guided do-it-yourself craft project geared towards kids, teens and adults. Ages 5+ suggested. 1 project per registrant. Pre-registration is required and numbers are limited.

OCT 10 | 11:30 am   

Build a Robot, Decorate it, and Take it home!
Amped Reality VR
2923 28th St. SE, Kentwood, MI 49512
» Build, decorate, & play with a robot & learn how robots work! A great activity for children ages 5-9 to do with a grandparent. $35

OCT 10 | 12 pm   

Cookies & Canvas: Skeleton
Wine and Canvas
2675 E. Paris Ave. Ste. E, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
» 12pm-2pm. Cookies and Canvas open to families and are kid and teen inspired classes recommended for ages 5 and up! Parents are welcome to register themselves to paint with their children or just come along to hang out! $20/seat

OCT 10 | 1 pm   

Harvest Celebration Chili Cook-Off
Historic Downtown
Lowell, MI

» 1pm-4pm. Local restaurants will compete for bragging rights and a trophy for the Best Chili voted on by the people! $5 Wristbands

OCT 10 | 1 pm   

Blandford Date Night: Whooos & Brews
Blandford Nature Center
1715 Hillburn Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI
» Whooo says that kids get to have all the fun? Come out to Blandford and meet some of our owl ambassadors while sippin’ on a cold one! There will be picnic tables to sit at or feel free to bring your own blankets or lawn chairs. This program is 21+ only. Two time slots available: 1-2pm or 2-3pm

OCT 10 | 1 pm   

Drop-in Studio
GRAM
101 Monroe Center St NW, Grand Rapids, MI
» 1-4pm. Drop in to GRAM’s auditorium and enjoy hands-on art making activities. All supplies are provided. Free for GRAM members, included with admission for non-members.

OCT 10 | 2 pm   

Drop In Saturdays
Meijer Gardens
1000 East Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
» 2-3pm. Join Meijer Gardens educators for a family friendly activity at 2 pm. Activities happen throughout the Gardens & Sculpture Park and may include guided walks, art activities and more! Activities will be suitable for adults and kids 8 and up.

OCT 10 | 3 pm   

Rapid Art Movement 🆓
Downtown Grand Rapids
555 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
» 3-7pm. An arts festival where every art work and performance will be mobile, constantly changing locations over a 4-hour period.

OCT 10 | 3 pm   

Kids Spooky Forest
Cannonsburg Ski Area
6800 Cannonsburg Rd., Belmont, MI 49306
» 3-5pm. The Spooky Forest is an interactive, outdoor Halloween experience for kids. It’s designed for a younger crowd, who have the ability to walk (or be carried) 1/2 mile. There will be some spooky props in the forest, but they will be balanced out by fun, kid friendly halloween attractions. The best part of The Spooky Forest is that you and your family can enjoy being active outdoors, while having fun with Halloween characters.

OCT 10 | 4 pm   

Trail & Fright Night
Fellinlove Farm
6364 144th Ave, Holland, MI
» 4-7pm. Walk 3/4 mile Heartwood Forest’s not-so-scary haunted nature trail & then say “Gooood Night” to all the animals as they go to their barns!

OCT 10 | 4 pm   

Wyoming’s Drive-Thru Trick or Treat Trail 🆓
Lamar Park 
2561 Porter St SW, Wyoming, MI 49519
» 4-6pm. This year the Trick or Treat Trail will be a drive-thru. Stay in your car and we will distribute a bag of goodies for each child. Pre-registration is required for each child to receive a bag.

OCT 10 | 6 pm   

The Haunted Forest
Cannonsburg Ski Area
6800 Cannonsburg Rd., Belmont, MI 49306
» 6-10pm. The Haunted Forest is a spooky outdoor experience at Cannonsburg Ski Area. The woods are filled with hungry zombies, scary witches, ghosts, and other monsters that exist only in your worst nightmares. Be prepared to encounter all of them, as you try to make your way through the woods. The walk is roughly ½ mile long, and takes place on a lit dirt path that winds through the trees.

OCT 10 | 7 pm   

Buck Creek Carriage Ride
Buck Creek Trails
Grandville, MI 

» 7-10pm. Come out & enjoy a scenic Fall, horse-pulled carriage ride down a charming & lit trail along Buck Creek trails. You must have a ticket to attend, purchase in advance at Grandville City Hall. A carriage holds 4 adults or 2 adults and 3 small children. Rides are 15 minutes long. The $65 ticket per carriage include a $50 dinner voucher to be used at Osgood Brewing, Michigan Moonshine or The Rainbow Grill.

OCT 10 | 7 pm   

Glow Night Corn Maze
Deep Roots Produce
8570 84th St SE, Caledonia, MI 

» 7-10:30pm. Get your tickets for a Glow Night Corn Maze at Deep Roots Produce! There are a limited number of tickets available. Entries will start at 7pm; last entry at 9:20pm. DJ Lil MG will be playing all night; your tickets come with glow sticks! BYO Flashlight.

OCT 10 | 8 pm   

Harvest Celebration Fireworks 🆓
Kent County Fairgrounds
Lowell, MI
» The Laurels of Kent Drive-in Fireworks that have traditionally taken place at the Riverwalk Festival, has been moved to the Harvest Celebration. The fireworks can been seen from many locations around town (Kent County Fairgrounds and Stoney Lakeside). Fireworks begin at dark (8pm)!

OCT 10 | 8 pm   

Public Observing Night
Veen Observatory

3308 Kissing Rock Ave SE, Lowell, MI 49331
» Featured objects will be: Jupiter, Saturn, Mars, Neptune, galaxies. Admission is $3 for Adults, $2 kids 17 and under, Free for kids under 5. COVID-19 protocols will be followed.

OCT 10 | 8 pm   

Hocus Pocus: Movies on the Lawn
Circle Theatre
1703 Robinson Road SE Grand Rapids, MI 49506
» Join us on the lawn for a showing of HOCUS POCUS, presented in partnership with Wealthy Theatre! Tickets start at $15. Bring a picnic blanket or beach chair and relax on a spooky fall night! Pack a picnic – outside food is welcome. Don’t forget your costume! There will be a costume contest with prizes for the top costume of the night.

OCT 10 | 9 pm   

Haunted Sunflower Maze
Rasch Cherries
17647 40th Ave, Conklin, MI 
» 9-11pm. Come out to get CREEPED OUT in the Haunted Sunflower Maze. Pay for admission in the market where you will also find HOT Apple Turnovers, fresh fall donuts, HOT Cider and Cocoa and so much more!! It will be a GHOULISH good time!! Best for ages 10+

 OCT 11  •  Su  

 All Day                                   

OCT 11 | 7 am   

StoryWalk at Hemlock Crossing Park: Hello Autumn! 🆓
Hemlock Crossing County Park
8115 W Olive Rd, West Olive, MI 
» 7am-5pm. As you explore the forest in fall, read “Hello Autumn!” by Shelley Rotner. Pages from this beautifully illustrated children’s book will be posted on signs along the trail for your family to read together – along with ideas for things to look for and do as you hike! The hike is an approximately 1 mile round trip on a natural surface, stroller-friendly trail.

OCT 11 | 11 am   

Family Kayaking Adventures on the Grand River
Riverside Park – Boat Launch #3

2001 Monroe Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505
» 11am-12:15pm. Take a tandem kayak trip on the Grand River! Suitable for children ages 8+ and an accompanying adult (18+). $25 residents/$35 nonresidents

OCT 11 | 12 pm   

October Cider Sundays
Historic Bowens Mills
55 Briggs Rd, Middleville, MI 49333
» 12pm-5pm. Free Horse Drawn Wagon Ride with admission, Cider pressing demonstrations on the 100+ year old water-powered cider press, stone ground corn grinding demonstrations on the huge mill stones, Pioneer Farm with animals, along with live music in the Log Cabin, many other history related activities. $5 for adults, children 12 years and under $3.

OCT 11 | 2 pm   

Family Kayaking Adventures on the Grand River
Riverside Park – Boat Launch #3

2001 Monroe Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505
» 2pm-3:15pm. Take a tandem kayak trip on the Grand River! Suitable for children ages 8+ and an accompanying adult (18+). $25 residents/$35 nonresidents

OCT 11 | 7 pm   

Drive-in Movie Night!
Cannonsburg
6800 Cannonsburg Rd NE, Belmont, MI 
» 7pm-9:30pm. “Remember the Titans” will be showing! Gates open at 7pm, Movie starts at 7:30pm. $5 per person, pay as you pull in. $2 Popcorn bags will also be available for purchase! This event is open to the public.

 OCT 12  •  M  

 All Day                                   

OCT 12 | 9:30 am   

Stroller Safari
John Ball Zoo
1300 W. Fulton St, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
» 9:30-10:15am. Enjoy early access to the Zoo along with a guided tour complete with story time. Each week will feature a different story and area of the Zoo. Zoo Admission is included. Ages 3 and under with a caregiver. $15/Member, $25/Non-Member

OCT 12 | 10 am   

Park Before Dark 
Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park
8313 Pratt Lake Ave SE, Alto, MI 
» 10am-6pm. The Park will be fully decorated and we hope you will come on out dressed up and ready for a great Fall adventure at the zoo! Trick-Or-Treat bags will be handed out for free with candy, swag, promo items, and coupons from vendors stuffed inside!

OCT 12 | 11 am   

Outdoor Storytime with GRPL 🆓
Lincoln Park
1120 Bridge St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
» Enjoy stories, sing-along-songs, and rhymes with a take-home kit activity for every child. Each child attending this outdoor experience will receive a book to read along with during the storytime and to take home. Space is limited to 100 people in order to safely social distance. Masks are encouraged.

OCT 12 | 4 pm   

FREE Second Monday! 🆓
Holland Museum

31 W. 10th Street, Holland, MI 49423
» The Holland Museum is open tonight from 4-7pm with FREE admission!  Spark!Lab is temporarily closed, but check out their current exhibits.

OCT 12 | 6 pm   

Home School Information Session 🆓
HSB, INC. 
5625 Burlingame Ave SW, Wyoming, MI 49509
» 6-8pm. Thinking about home education? Sign up for a Home School Information Session! Visit our website for info! $15

OCT 12 | 6 pm   

Goodnight Barn (6-12 yrs)
The Critter Barn
9275 Adams Street, Zeeland, MI 49464
» 6-7:30pm. Our Good Night Barn class lets kids experience the farm at the end of the day. We will turn the lights off as we finish caring for Critter Barn’s animals. As the sun goes down, we use flashlights to focus and see where to go. $15

OCT 12 | 8:30 pm   

Coping during Covid-19: Parental Resilience and Communication 🆓
Virtual Event
» 8:30-10pm. Do you wish you could talk to other parents that are in the same circumstances you are? Do you crave adult interaction/conversation in a safe digital environment? Join a Parent Café, Monday Nights at 8:30 PM on Zoom.

 OCT 13  •  Tu  

 All Day                                   

OCT 13 | 9 am   

Explore a Story
DeGraaf Nature Center
600 Graafschap Rd, Holland, MI 49423
» We’ll be introducing kids to the outdoors through books and outdoor adventures. We’ll read stories, take hikes, meet animals, and have lots of fun. Dress for the weather because we’ll be heading outside to experience the nature around us! Registration required. $6 per child, $4 for members

OCT 13 | 10 am   

Park Before Dark 
Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park
8313 Pratt Lake Ave SE, Alto, MI 
» 10am-6pm. The Park will be fully decorated and we hope you will come on out dressed up and ready for a great Fall adventure at the zoo! Trick-Or-Treat bags will be handed out for free with candy, swag, promo items, and coupons from vendors stuffed inside!

OCT 13 | 11 am   

Fall Treats for the Animals
Blandford Nature Center
1715 Hillburn Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 
» Watch Wildlife Staff give pumpkins, apples, and other enrichment items to the educational wildlife at Blandford Nature Center. Learn about what treats and enrichment the different animals enjoy, and why they react to them.

OCT 13 | 1 pm   

¡Vamos A Leer! 🆓
Virtual Event
» GRPL. Online event. This storytime celebrates the power of being bilingual and hispanic heritage. The stories we share will be read in both Spanish and English.

OCT 13 | 2 pm   

Zoo STEM (3rd-5th)
John Ball Zoo
1300 W. Fulton St, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
» 2-4pm. Learn how animals act as engineers and how we engineer environments and toys for the animals in our care!

OCT 13 | 4:30 pm   

Fun on the Farm (3-5 yrs)
The Critter Barn
9275 Adams Street, Zeeland, MI 49464
» 4:30-6pm. The focus of the class changes each week, so take one, take two or take them all! Parents or guardians are included to share the memories and enhance your student’s experience. $15

OCT 13 | 6 pm   

Teen Tuesdays 🆓
Virtual Event
» Kent District Library. Online event. Animal Crossing, Dungeons & Dragons and more, provided by your favorite KDL Teen Librarians. For details and to register, visit kdl.org/events.

OCT 13 | 7 pm   

Virtual Cooking Class: African Inspired Dishes
Grand Rapids Public Museum
Virtual Event
» Attendees will learn how to prepare a three-course meal representing different regions of Africa and how to pair dishes with various wines, all complemented with uplifting songs and storytelling. Featured dishes will include goat pepper soup, katikati with sauteed greens and corn fufu, and puffpuff with two dipping sauces. Make it a date night or a family bonding experience to enjoy a fun, delicious and educational evening.

 OCT 14  •  W  

 All Day                                   

OCT 14 | 10 am   

Adventure Club
Allegan Event
439 River Street, Allegan, MI 49010
» 10am-1pm. Each Adventure Club visit includes two hours on the Sky Trail® ropes course with Sky Rail® zip rails, plus climbing on the 16 unique and challenging Clip ’n Climb® walls & free WiFi. During the final hour of the Adventure Club session, guests are invited to add optional add ons, such as arcade game play, weekly food/drink combos, and free WiFi! $15.00/person

OCT 14 | 10 am   

Park Before Dark 
Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park
8313 Pratt Lake Ave SE, Alto, MI 
» 10am-6pm. The Park will be fully decorated and we hope you will come on out dressed up and ready for a great Fall adventure at the zoo! Trick-Or-Treat bags will be handed out for free with candy, swag, promo items, and coupons from vendors stuffed inside!

OCT 14 | 12 pm   

Wildlife of the Anishinaabe People
Blandford Nature Center
1715 Hillburn Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 
» Living off the land here in Michigan went beyond the use of native plants for the Anishinaabe people; wild animals were a natural resource that the Anishinaabek respectfully harvested for a variety of survival needs, from food to clothing. Come meet some of Blandford’s wildlife ambassadors and explore traditionally made artifacts to learn about how their wildlife ancestors would have provided resources for the native people of Michigan.

OCT 14 | 1 pm   

All Ages Open Studio
Hearts for the Arts
1141 Quarry Avenue NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
» 1-3pm. Choose from any of our projects or create from your own imagination! SPECIAL NEEDS ART THERAPY: Students can create using any medium of their choice with assistance from trained staff, and in a low sensory environment. $25

OCT 14 | 2 pm   

Animal Exploration (K-2nd)
John Ball Zoo
1300 W. Fulton St, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
» 2-4pm. Discover the amazing world of animals at John Ball Zoo! We’ll explore everything from senses to the difference between vertebrates and invertebrates as well as the different habitats our favorite critters find to hide and build their homes.

OCT 14 | 2 pm   

Bagadawe (Lacrosse) and Atlatl Throwing
Blandford Nature Center
1715 Hillburn Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 
» Did you know that lacrosse is the oldest sport in North America? The Indigenous Peoples of Michigan invented this game and it served two functions – fun AND training young people to learn to hunt! Join us as we practice some basic lacrosse skills and learn how these skills prepared young hunters to throw large darts with an atlatl – a hunting tool even older than a bow and arrow. You’ll even get a chance to try your hand at the atlatl.

OCT 14 | 2 pm   

Adventure Club
Allegan Event
439 River Street, Allegan, MI 49010
» 2-5pm. Each Adventure Club visit includes two hours on the Sky Trail® ropes course with Sky Rail® zip rails, plus climbing on the 16 unique and challenging Clip ’n Climb® walls & free WiFi. During the final hour of the Adventure Club session, guests are invited to add optional add ons, such as arcade game play, weekly food/drink combos, and free WiFi! $15.00/person

OCT 14 | 4 pm   

Wristband Wednesday
Craigs Cruisers
5730 Clyde Park SW, Wyoming, MI 49509
» 4-8pm. Unlimited Indoor & Outdoor Go-Karts, Laser Tag, Bumper Cars, Mini-Golf, Bumper Boats, Frog Hopper, Cruiser Coaster and Kiddie Karts. *Weather permitting on outdoor attractions. $26/person

OCT 14 | 6 pm   

Open Studio Anywhere: Renaissance Art 🆓
Virtual Event
» A virtual lesson in various activities inspired by the Renaissance Art movement. Practice the realism, perspective, and attention to detail that defined the Renaissance, led by Megan Pieterick.

OCT 14 | 8:30 pm   

Project Night Lights 🆓
Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital
100 Michigan St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 
» Kids flash flashlights out of their windows at Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, and local law enforcement and community members respond by flashing their lights back. Bring a flashlight or flash your cell phone back at the hospital. Wearing a mask is encouraged.

 OCT 15  •  Th  

 All Day                                   

OCT 15 | 10 am   

Park Before Dark 
Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park
8313 Pratt Lake Ave SE, Alto, MI 
» 10am-6pm. The Park will be fully decorated and we hope you will come on out dressed up and ready for a great Fall adventure at the zoo! Trick-Or-Treat bags will be handed out for free with candy, swag, promo items, and coupons from vendors stuffed inside!

OCT 15 | 4 pm   

Live Animal Figure Drawing
John Ball Zoo
1300 W. Fulton St, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
» 4-6pm. Join us for open drawing as we explore the anatomy of some of the fellow Zoo animals. We will provide different drawing materials, paper, and drawing boards for all artists. *Participants under the age of 8 must be accompanied by a paid adult.

OCT 15 | 4 pm   

Michaels Kids Club Online: Craft Stick Scarecrow 🆓
Virtual Event
» Join us online to make a scarecrow out of craft sticks.

OCT 15 | 4:30 pm   

Fun on the Farm (5-8 yrs)
The Critter Barn
9275 Adams Street, Zeeland, MI 49464
» 4:30-6pm. The focus of the class changes each week, so take one, take two or take them all! Parents or guardians are included to share the memories and enhance your student’s experience. $15

OCT 15 | 4:30 pm   

Lego Club 🆓
Patmos Library

2445 Riley St, Jamestown, MI 49427
» Lego club for grades 1-6! Explore a different challenge every month. Social distancing will be followed, only 5 families will be allowed to attend. RSVP in advance.

OCT 15 | 6 pm   

Explore Space in Virtual Reality
Amped Virtual Reality
2923 28th St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512
» Use VR to re-live mankind’s journey to the moon (Apollo 11) or go for a spacewalk & more – even battle Space Pirates! $25

OCT 15 | 9 pm   

Scary Story Night
Hosted by Schuler Books
Virtual Event
» Tune in on Facebook Thursday nights at 9pm this October to delight in Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. These stories are recommended for children 8 – 12 years old. The stories will be available in our feed for a week should you wish to prescreen them before sharing with your child.

 OCT 16  •  F  

 All Day                                   

 OCT 16 | By Appointment                            

The Art and Magic of Santa
Noto’s in Grand Rapids
6600 28th St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546

» A Santa Storybook Experience by appointment.

Your children will experience Santa in his workshop on Christmas Eve. They will have cookies and milk, Santa will make sure they are on his nice list and check with the elves on toy production.

During this time, Kathy Morley will photograph your children’s interaction with Santa.

Upon your selection, these images will be turned into works of art as they are painted with light — and magic is added.

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OCT 16 | 9 am – 5 pm                             

John Ball Zoo Goes Boo!
John Ball Zoo
1300 W. Fulton St, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

» It’s that spooky time of year and John Ball Zoo is continuing the time-treasured Halloween fun but with safety and social distancing measures planned.

The Zoo’s Zoo Goes Boo event is one of the favorite family destinations for trick-or-treating in West Michigan.

Wear your costume – we provide the treats! And don’t forget to bring your own reusable bag for trick-or-treating.

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OCT 16 | 10 am   

Knee-High Naturalists
DeGraaf Nature Center 

600 Graafschap Rd, Holland, MI 49423
» Introduce the wonders of the natural world to young children. Crafts, activities, books, snacks, live animals, and outside exploration will be incorporated into their nature-based learning experience. Registration required, $10 per child, $5 for members.

OCT 16 | 10 am   

Barnyard Helpers
Blandford Farm
3145 Milo St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49534
» Get a unique, behind-the-scenes opportunity to help out at the Blandford Farm! Assist with livestock chores – feeding and watering all the animals that call the farm home. If time allows, head into the children’s garden and lend a hand with weeding and harvesting. All helpers take home a share of the harvest.

OCT 16 | 10 am   

Park Before Dark 
Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park
8313 Pratt Lake Ave SE, Alto, MI 
» 10am-6pm. The Park will be fully decorated and we hope you will come on out dressed up and ready for a great Fall adventure at the zoo! Trick-Or-Treat bags will be handed out for free with candy, swag, promo items, and coupons from vendors stuffed inside!

OCT 16 | 10:30 am   

Science Storytime: Batty About Bats 🆓
Virtual Event
» Pierce Cedar Creek Institute. Online event. Join us to hear stories, sing songs, and engage in play and hands-on activities while discovering Michigan’s many bat species and their importance to our everyday lives in this storytime hosted by the Hastings Public Library and Pierce Cedar Creek Institute.

OCT 16 | 4:30 pm   

West Side Christian School Fall Pop Up Marketplace
Westend Church
1015 Westend Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 
» 4:30-7pm. An outdoor pop-up and marketplace in the Westend Church parking lot! On Friday, come hungry and enjoy the Kona Ice truck and the Two Bones BBQ food truck that will be on-site to provide food & refreshments. There will also be a few vendors on-site Friday.

OCT 16 | 5 pm   

Skate/Bike/Scoot Facility Soft Opening 🆓
Monroe North Lot
555 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 
» 5-8pm. Join us at the soft opening of Downtown GR’s first skate, bike and scoot facility at 555 Monroe Ave NW! Activities include a formal ribbon cutting, music by DJ AB is Adrian Butler, skating and biking demonstrations by professionals and open riding for the public. Don’t forget to grab a meal at the nearby Pressed In Time – Food Truck!

OCT 16 | 5:30 pm   

Friday Family Fun Night: Smashing Pumpkins
Lakeshore Museum Center
430 W. Clay Ave., Muskegon, MI 49440
» 5:30-7:30pm. Join us outside at the museum for our annual Smashing Pumpkins night featuring the museum’s trebuchet flinging pumpkins at the building, pumpkin painting, staff pumpkin carving contest and more. Free for Muskegon County residents, non-residents ages 3 and up are $5.

OCT 16 @ 6 pm – OCT 18 @ 1pm                            

Fall Family Getaway Weekends
Camp Newaygo
5333 South Centerline Road, Newaygo, MI 49337

» Spend a long weekend this fall at Camp Newaygo!

Choose your style of accommodations, enjoy meals from our executive chef, and select activity excursions to create your perfect weekend away.

Camp Newaygo is experienced and committed to providing a COVID careful programs and experiences.

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OCT 16 | 6 pm   

The Haunted Forest
Cannonsburg Ski Area
6800 Cannonsburg Rd., Belmont, MI 49306
» 6-10pm. The Haunted Forest is a spooky outdoor experience at Cannonsburg Ski Area. The woods are filled with hungry zombies, scary witches, ghosts, and other monsters that exist only in your worst nightmares. Be prepared to encounter all of them, as you try to make your way through the woods. The walk is roughly ½ mile long, and takes place on a lit dirt path that winds through the trees.

OCT 16 | 6 pm   

Parents Night Out: Fun with STEM for the kids!
Amped Reality VR
2923 28th St. SE, Kentwood, MI 49512
» 6-9pm. Built on the universal popularity of LEGO®Bricks and Oculus VR technology, Amped Reality and Bricks4Kidz deliver high quality, educational play and experiences. Every event is a fun, engaging experience for your child, exploring cutting edge virtual environments, using bricks to build exciting contraptions, learning to code and building robots! $30/child, ages 7-13

OCT 16 | 7 pm   

SCA Outdoor Movies Stargaze Cinema: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Saugatuck Center for the Arts
400 Culver St, Saugatuck, MI 
» Just like our concerts, the parking lot becomes a socially-distanced seating area for you and your friends to watch fan-favorite films on the big screen. It’s BYOC (Bring Your Own Chair), and masks must be worn until seated. Tickets- $15, Kids 13 and under- $5

OCT 16 | 7 pm   

Mighty Wurlitzer Theater Organ Concert and Silent Film “Nosferatu”
Hosted by Grand Rapids Public Museum
Virtual Event
» Join the GRPM for our Mighty Wurlitzer Organ Concert series, held virtually this year! The series kicks off with a spooky Halloween themed concert by Dennis Scott to the 1922 silent film, “Nosferatu.” Tickets $5/member, $10/public.

OCT 16 | 7 pm   

Teen-ish Night
Battlegr Tactical Games
284 Dodge NE, Comstock Park, MI 

» 7-10pm. Come check out our BRAND NEW arena for Teen-ish Night. This event is for kids 10 and older and includes 3 hours of unlimited laser tag, archery tag, and open gym for $25. Food is also included with either pizza & pop OR Hotdog, fries & a pop. We encourage reservations due to limited capacity.

OCT 16 | 9 pm   

Haunted Sunflower Maze
Rasch Cherries
17647 40th Ave, Conklin, MI 
» 9-11pm. Come out to get CREEPED OUT in the Haunted Sunflower Maze. Pay for admission in the market where you will also find HOT Apple Turnovers, fresh fall donuts, HOT Cider and Cocoa and so much more!! It will be a GHOULISH good time!! Best for ages 10+

 OCT 17  •  Sa  

 All Day                                   

 OCT 17 | By Appointment                            

The Art and Magic of Santa
Noto’s in Grand Rapids
6600 28th St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546

» A Santa Storybook Experience by appointment.

Your children will experience Santa in his workshop on Christmas Eve. They will have cookies and milk, Santa will make sure they are on his nice list and check with the elves on toy production.

During this time, Kathy Morley will photograph your children’s interaction with Santa.

Upon your selection, these images will be turned into works of art as they are painted with light — and magic is added.

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OCT 17 | 8 am   

Depot to Depot Fall Color Tour 🆓
Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau
610 W Western Ave, Muskegon, MI
» 8am-6pm. Experience Michigan’s beautiful autumn, and a fun fall tradition. Download your map and start your journey. Follow your map and check in on social media at designated stops for entry to win prizes. The more check-ins, the more entries!

OCT 17 | 8 am   

Halloween 5k
Covenant Park
3724 Shaffer Ave SE, Kentwood, MI 49512
» Put on your Halloween costume or favorite mask for this great fundraiser and cross country 5k at Kentwood’s newest park. We will be using funds from this event to support permanent improvements to the amenities at Covenant Park. This is a fun run and will not be professionally timed. $20

OCT 17 | 9 am – 5 pm                             

John Ball Zoo Goes Boo!
John Ball Zoo
1300 W. Fulton St, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

» It’s that spooky time of year and John Ball Zoo is continuing the time-treasured Halloween fun but with safety and social distancing measures planned.

The Zoo’s Zoo Goes Boo event is one of the favorite family destinations for trick-or-treating in West Michigan.

Wear your costume – we provide the treats! And don’t forget to bring your own reusable bag for trick-or-treating.

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OCT 17 | 9 am   

Fall Adventure Run 5K
Cannonsburg Ski Area
6800 Cannonsburg Rd NE, Belmont, MI 49306
» A trail run mixed with a treasure hunt! Use your map to find hidden flags near the trail. $19 for kids (with coupon from website); $29 for adults

OCT 17 | 9 am   

Allegan Fall Color Helicopter Tours
Padgham Field
M-222, Allegan, MI 
» 9am-7pm. Join MI Flight Aviation for the ULTIMATE fall adventure! Gain a new perspective of Allegan as you soar above the beautiful fall colored trees as we head into peak color season! Fall Scenery Tour $40 per person OR Fall River Tour $80 per person. Pre-book your tour online.

OCT 17 | 10 am   

Taekwondo
Koetsier’s Greenhouse
1601 Spaulding Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI
» 10-11:30am. FHPA and Big Dog Taekwondo are collaborating to bring Taekwondo each Saturday. First timers get a FREE class! Sign up at [email protected] PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY to sign in and receive safety protocols and instructions.

OCT 17 | 10 am   

Fall Festival
Camp Henry
5575 Gordon Ave, Newaygo, MI
» 10am-4pm. Kick off the fall season at Camp Henry with a weekend full of fun and festivities! There’ll be classic camp activities along with pumpkin carving, wagon rides, and other fall favorites. $55 per person | Ages 10-17

OCT 17 | 10 am   

West Side Christian School Fall Pop Up Marketplace
Westend Church
1015 Westend Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 
» 10am-3pm. An outdoor pop-up and marketplace in the Westend Church parking lot! Get ready to get your Christmas shopping done early this year!

OCT 17 | 10 am   

Adventure Point Fall Harvest Days
Adventure Point

3213 Walker Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49544
» 10am-7pm. This FUN, FAMILY FRIENDLY Event  is 100% outdoors and will incorporate Safe Social Distancing and strict Safety guidelines. Come explore the beautiful 35+ acres during fall’s most beautiful color display on our wooded campus where Mill Creek runs through along groomed trails. Experience the on site Fall Harvest Programs: Apple Target Practice, Paintball for Pumpkins, Apple Cider and Doughnut Cafe, Fall Harvest Photo Shoot, Scavenger Hunt and Geocache Trail, S’mores and Haunted Trail Walk. $40 Family (up to 5 members), $8 Additional Youth ages 5+, $15 Adults

OCT 17 | 10 am   

Park Before Dark 
Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park
8313 Pratt Lake Ave SE, Alto, MI 
» 10am-6pm. The Park will be fully decorated and we hope you will come on out dressed up and ready for a great Fall adventure at the zoo! Trick-Or-Treat bags will be handed out for free with candy, swag, promo items, and coupons from vendors stuffed inside!

OCT 17 | 10 am   

Pumpkins with the Police 🆓
Algoma Sports Park
10401 Algoma Ave NE, Rockford, MI 49341
» 10am-1pm. To celebrate the weather getting cooler and the leaves changing colors, we are hosting our free Fall event, Pumpkins with the Police. We will have pumpkins to decorate and donuts to eat.

OCT 17 | 10 am   

Grand Rapids Fall Color Helicopter Tours
Miller–Sparta Airport
9100 Vinton Ave NW, Sparta, MI 
» 10am-8pm. Our long awaited fan-favorite helicopter tours are BACK – Fall Color Tours! If you think fall is beautiful, just wait until you see it from above! Grand Rapids Fall Tour $80 per person OR GR City Tour $100 per person. Pre-book your tour online. *all rides require a two-passenger minimum and are weather permitting

OCT 17 | 10:30 am   

Explore Space in Virtual Reality
Amped Virtual Reality
2923 28th St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512
» Use VR to re-live mankind’s journey to the moon (Apollo 11) or go for a spacewalk & more – even battle Space Pirates! $25

OCT 17 | 11 am   

Cookies & Canvas: Coco- Skeleton Boy
Wine and Canvas
2675 E. Paris Ave. Ste. E, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
» 11am-1pm. Cookies and Canvas open to families and are kid and teen inspired classes recommended for ages 5 and up! Parents are welcome to register themselves to paint with their children or just come along to hang out! $20/seat

OCT 17 | 11 am   

Pop-Up Fall Festival
Woodland Mall

3195 28th St SE, Kentwood, MI 
» 11am-7pm. Come down and enjoy a Fall Food Drive Through/Walk Up (no tickets required) and Attractions for the family! Tickets are required for the attractions at the festival and can be purchased in advanced or on site while supplies last. The attraction area will be limited to 100 guests or less at a time.

OCT 17 | 11 am   

The Famous Pumpkin Train 2020
Coopersville & Marne Railway

306 Main St, Coopersville, MI 49404
» This is a Fall tradition that is not to be missed! A cast of wacky characters love to sing and dance for you. Each paid child’s ticket includes a free, locally grown, good-sized Pumpkin that the kids can pick from our Pumpkin Patch at the end of the ride. Children under 2 yrs ride free and also get a small size Pumpkin. Online tickets must be purchased in advance. Masks required.

OCT 17 | 1 pm   

Drop-in Studio
GRAM
101 Monroe Center St NW, Grand Rapids, MI
» 1-4pm. Drop in to GRAM’s auditorium and enjoy hands-on art making activities. All supplies are provided. Free for GRAM members, included with admission for non-members.

OCT 17 | 1:30 pm   

The Famous Pumpkin Train 2020
Coopersville & Marne Railway

306 Main St, Coopersville, MI 49404
» This is a Fall tradition that is not to be missed! A cast of wacky characters love to sing and dance for you. Each paid child’s ticket includes a free, locally grown, good-sized Pumpkin that the kids can pick from our Pumpkin Patch at the end of the ride. Children under 2 yrs ride free and also get a small size Pumpkin. Online tickets must be purchased in advance. Masks required.

OCT 17 | 2 pm   

Tails & Treats
Fellinlove Farm
6364 144th Ave, Holland, MI
» 2-5pm. Come celebrate fall and friendship at Fellinlove Farm through a farm tour and much more! The 9 dachshunds will be wearing their costumes in the Wiener Wonderland playyard! AND Tails & Treat to all the different pastures/pens to receive treats from the animals themselves! Wear costumes for extra fun! $5 donation/person.

OCT 17 | 2 pm   

Disney Family Night: Coco Spirit Dog
Wine and Canvas

2675 E. Paris Ave. Ste. E, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
» 2-5pm. Ticket price includes use of all necessary paint supplies and aprons, instruction by a professional and friendly local artist, and a 11×14 gallery wrapped, take-home canvas! $29/seat

OCT 17 | 3 pm   

Kids Spooky Forest
Cannonsburg Ski Area
6800 Cannonsburg Rd., Belmont, MI 49306
» 3-5pm. The Spooky Forest is an interactive, outdoor Halloween experience for kids. It’s designed for a younger crowd, who have the ability to walk (or be carried) 1/2 mile. There will be some spooky props in the forest, but they will be balanced out by fun, kid friendly halloween attractions. The best part of The Spooky Forest is that you and your family can enjoy being active outdoors, while having fun with Halloween characters.

OCT 17 | 6 pm   

The Haunted Forest
Cannonsburg Ski Area
6800 Cannonsburg Rd., Belmont, MI 49306
» 6-10pm. The Haunted Forest is a spooky outdoor experience at Cannonsburg Ski Area. The woods are filled with hungry zombies, scary witches, ghosts, and other monsters that exist only in your worst nightmares. Be prepared to encounter all of them, as you try to make your way through the woods. The walk is roughly ½ mile long, and takes place on a lit dirt path that winds through the trees.

OCT 17 | 8 pm   

Public Observing Night
Veen Observatory

3308 Kissing Rock Ave SE, Lowell, MI 49331
» Featured objects will be: Saturn, Mars, Neptune, galaxies, star clusters. Admission is $3 for Adults, $2 kids 17 and under, Free for kids under 5. COVID-19 protocols will be followed.

OCT 17 | 9 pm   

Haunted Sunflower Maze
Rasch Cherries
17647 40th Ave, Conklin, MI 
» 9-11pm. Come out to get CREEPED OUT in the Haunted Sunflower Maze. Pay for admission in the market where you will also find HOT Apple Turnovers, fresh fall donuts, HOT Cider and Cocoa and so much more!! It will be a GHOULISH good time!! Best for ages 10+

 OCT 18  •  Su  

 All Day                                   

 OCT 18 | By Appointment                            

The Art and Magic of Santa
Noto’s in Grand Rapids
6600 28th St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546

» A Santa Storybook Experience by appointment.

Your children will experience Santa in his workshop on Christmas Eve. They will have cookies and milk, Santa will make sure they are on his nice list and check with the elves on toy production.

During this time, Kathy Morley will photograph your children’s interaction with Santa.

Upon your selection, these images will be turned into works of art as they are painted with light — and magic is added.

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OCT 18 | 9 am – 5 pm                             

John Ball Zoo Goes Boo!
John Ball Zoo
1300 W. Fulton St, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

» It’s that spooky time of year and John Ball Zoo is continuing the time-treasured Halloween fun but with safety and social distancing measures planned.

The Zoo’s Zoo Goes Boo event is one of the favorite family destinations for trick-or-treating in West Michigan.

Wear your costume – we provide the treats! And don’t forget to bring your own reusable bag for trick-or-treating.

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OCT 18 | 9 am   

Allegan Fall Color Helicopter Tours
Padgham Field
M-222, Allegan, MI 
» 9am-7pm. Join MI Flight Aviation for the ULTIMATE fall adventure! Gain a new perspective of Allegan as you soar above the beautiful fall colored trees as we head into peak color season! Fall Scenery Tour $40 per person OR Fall River Tour $80 per person. Pre-book your tour online.

OCT 18 | 10 am   

Grand Rapids Fall Color Helicopter Tours
Miller–Sparta Airport
9100 Vinton Ave NW, Sparta, MI 
» 10am-8pm. Our long awaited fan-favorite helicopter tours are BACK – Fall Color Tours! If you think fall is beautiful, just wait until you see it from above! Grand Rapids Fall Tour $80 per person OR GR City Tour $100 per person. Pre-book your tour online. *all rides require a two-passenger minimum and are weather permitting

OCT 18 | 11 am   

Adventure Point Fall Harvest Days
Adventure Point

3213 Walker Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49544
» 11am-7pm. This FUN, FAMILY FRIENDLY Event  is 100% outdoors and will incorporate Safe Social Distancing and strict Safety guidelines. Come explore the beautiful 35+ acres during fall’s most beautiful color display on our wooded campus where Mill Creek runs through along groomed trails. Experience the on site Fall Harvest Programs: Apple Target Practice, Paintball for Pumpkins, Apple Cider and Doughnut Cafe, Fall Harvest Photo Shoot, Scavenger Hunt and Geocache Trail, S’mores and Haunted Trail Walk. $40 Family (up to 5 members), $8 Additional Youth ages 5+, $15 Adults

OCT 18 | 12 pm   

October Cider Sundays
Historic Bowens Mills
55 Briggs Rd, Middleville, MI 49333
» 12pm-5pm. Free Horse Drawn Wagon Ride with admission, Cider pressing demonstrations on the 100+ year old water-powered cider press, stone ground corn grinding demonstrations on the huge mill stones, Pioneer Farm with animals, along with live music in the Log Cabin, many other history related activities. $5 for adults, children 12 years and under $3.

OCT 18 | 12 pm   

Park Before Dark 
Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park
8313 Pratt Lake Ave SE, Alto, MI 
» 12pm-6pm. The Park will be fully decorated and we hope you will come on out dressed up and ready for a great Fall adventure at the zoo! Trick-Or-Treat bags will be handed out for free with candy, swag, promo items, and coupons from vendors stuffed inside!

OCT 18 | 1 pm   

Horseback Trail Rides
Camp Henry
5575 South Gordon Ave, Newaygo, MI 49337
» Trained and knowledgeable staff will guide you on an hour long trail ride filled with fresh air, loving horses, and great company. $20 per person. Ages: 10 & over -Riders who are 10-12 years old must have an adult rider register with them.

OCT 18 | 2 pm   

Fall Nature Hike
Hudsonville Nature Center

2748 New Holland St, Hudsonville, MI 49426
» 2-4pm. Participants will walk the trails looking for and learning about, late season wildflowers, trees, berries and nuts, birds and any other natural features of interest as well as fall color found in the woods, openings, wetlands and prairie of the Nature Center. Kids will be encouraged to collect a few leaves of trees looked to see how many they can remember and identify at the end of the walk.

OCT 18 | 3 pm   

Horseback Trail Rides
Camp Henry
5575 South Gordon Ave, Newaygo, MI 49337
» Trained and knowledgeable staff will guide you on an hour long trail ride filled with fresh air, loving horses, and great company. $20 per person. Ages: 10 & over -Riders who are 10-12 years old must have an adult rider register with them.

OCT 18 | 4:30 pm   

Sunday Night Goat Hikes
Ada Christian School
6206 Ada Drive SE, Ada, MI 49301
» Take a hike with local goats through woods, marsh and prairie! Safe, outdoor goat recreation for families & friends. Masks required. $10

 OCT 19  •  M  

 All Day                                   

OCT 19 | 9:30 am   

Stroller Safari
John Ball Zoo
1300 W. Fulton St, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
» 9:30-10:15am. Enjoy early access to the Zoo along with a guided tour complete with story time. Each week will feature a different story and area of the Zoo. Zoo Admission is included. Ages 3 and under with a caregiver. $15/Member, $25/Non-Member

OCT 19 | 2 pm   

Zoo Careers (6th-8th)
John Ball Zoo
1300 W. Fulton St, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
» 2-4pm. Learn about a variety of Zoo Careers by exploring and talking with the experts to learn about different animal-related careers in the Zoo field. Each class will highlight a different career.

OCT 19 | 6:30 pm   

Auditions for remake of “Grinch”
Children’s Creations Theater
6161 28th St SE, Ste 8, Grand Rapids, MI
» 6:30-8pm. Join us to remake this fun Christmas favorite.

OCT 19 | 8:30 pm   

Coping during Covid-19: Parental Resilience and Communication 🆓
Virtual Event
» 8:30-10pm. Do you wish you could talk to other parents that are in the same circumstances you are? Do you crave adult interaction/conversation in a safe digital environment? Join a Parent Café, Monday Nights at 8:30 PM on Zoom.

 OCT 20  •  Tu  

 All Day                                   

OCT 20 | 11 am   

Doo-doo Detectives
Blandford Nature Center
1715 Hillburn Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 
» Doo-doo, poop, scat, or whatever you may call it, is a great clue for animal detectives when they are trying to discover what animals are around. Listen to a story about how to track animals by their doo-doo, footprints, and more. Get an up close look (and smell) of the scat of our educational animals, and learn some fun and gross facts.

OCT 20 | 2 pm   

Zoo STEM (3rd-5th)
John Ball Zoo
1300 W. Fulton St, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
» 2-4pm. Learn how animals act as engineers and how we engineer environments and toys for the animals in our care!

OCT 20 | 4 pm