Things You Will Want to do With Your Kids This September in Grand Rapids (and some are FREE!)

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Fall is Nearly as Festive as Christmas

I can’t be the only one who relishes in the back-to-school season. Even before I had kids, there’s something about September that excites me as it ushers in a season of routines and fresh beginnings. (Raise your hand if you make more resolutions in September than January!)

Even while settling into a more standard daily routine, there are still plenty of fun things to do in September to spice up your day.

Festivals and Fairs are still going strong, cooler temperatures make for ideal hiking weather, and of course there’s all the Apple and Pumpkin picking you can get your hands on.

And once October hits, it’s time for all things Halloween in Grand Rapids.

Print off our list to keep handy and pick and choose as you go. As always, be sure to check our Daily Calendar to see what the latest happenings and events are going on near you.

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FEATURED EVENTS

Superhero Day at John Ball Zoo is Tues, Aug 4. Capes Encouraged!

Superhero Day at John Ball Zoo is Tues, Aug 4. Capes Encouraged!

August 4 @ John Ball Zoo
Superhero Day at John Ball Zoo is August 4, 2020 It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s Superhero Day at John Ball Zoo! Come dressed as your favorite superhero and ...
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Princess Day at John Ball Zoo is August 12, 2020

Aug 12 @ John Ball Zoo
Whether fairy or wizard, prince or princess, everyone is invited to come in costume to Princess Day on Tuesday, July 21st from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at John Ball ...
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Explore Your Educational Options at The Tutoring Center's Grand Opening Celebration - Sept 12

Explore Your Educational Options at The Tutoring Center’s Grand Opening Celebration – Sept 12

Sept 12 @ 5751 Byron Center Ave. SW, Wyoming
This family-friendly event will feature fun kids activities and games, center tours, raffles, prizes, and light refreshments. It will also include a ribbon-cutting ceremony with local business and government leaders ...
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 ONGOING • SEPTEMBER EVENTS  

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.


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


GRPM Exhibit! Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World
272 Pearl Street NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
» Aug 1-Oct 18
Learn how pathogens can spread, why some outbreaks become epidemics & more. Free with admission. The exhibition is presented in English and Spanish.


 SEP 1  •  Tu  

 All Day                                   

 5:30 pm   

Soundz of Summer: Brena @ Lawrence St. Park 🆓
100 West Lawrence ave, Zeeland, Michigan 49464
» 5:30-8:30pm. Join us for the 2020 Soundz of Summer Mini Series.

 SEP 2  •  W  

 All Day                                   

 6 pm   

Celebration Cinema presents Sunset Cinema
123 Ionia Ave. SW, Grand Rapids, MI
» Outdoor movies now playing at Studio Park. $20/4-person picnic space.

 SEP 3  •  Th  

 All Day                                   

 12 pm   

Relax at Rosa 🆓
135 Monroe Center St NW, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503
» FREE lunchtime entertainment series happening every Thursday. Attendees are encouraged to wear a mask and practice social distancing. Hand sanitizer stations will available for use on-site.

Rad Women Walking Tours 🆓
135 Monroe Center St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 
» 12-2:30pm. Celebrate the Rad American Women throughout history via public art and FREE walking tours around Downtown GR! Registration is not required but strongly encouraged.

 SEP 4  •  F  

 All Day                                   

 9 am   

 SEP 5  •  Sa  

 All Day                                   

 9 am   

 SEP 6  •  Su  

 All Day                                   

 4:30 pm   

Sunday Night Goat Hikes
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

 SEP 7  •  M  

 All Day                                   

 9 am   

 SEP 8  •  Tu  

 All Day                                   

 9 am   

Rad Women Walking Tours 🆓
135 Monroe Center St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 
» 9-11:30am. Celebrate the Rad American Women throughout history via public art and FREE walking tours around Downtown GR! Registration is not required but strongly encouraged.

 5:30 pm   

Soundz of Summer: Hannah Rose & Friends @ Lawrence St. Park 🆓
100 West Lawrence ave, Zeeland, Michigan 49464
» 5:30-8:30pm. Join us for the 2020 Soundz of Summer Mini Series.

 SEP 9  •  W  

 All Day                                   

 6 pm   

Celebration Cinema presents Sunset Cinema
123 Ionia Ave. SW, Grand Rapids, MI
» Outdoor movies now playing at Studio Park. $20/4-person picnic space.

 SEP 10  •  Th  

 All Day                                   

 12 pm   

Relax at Rosa 🆓
135 Monroe Center St NW, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503
» FREE lunchtime entertainment series happening every Thursday. Attendees are encouraged to wear a mask and practice social distancing. Hand sanitizer stations will available for use on-site.

 SEP 11  •  F  

 All Day                                   

 9 am   

 SEP 12  •  Sa  

 All Day                                   

 1 pm – 6 pm                             

The Tutoring Center Grand Opening Celebration
5751 Byron Center Ave SW Suite S, Wyoming, MI 49519

» Family Fun for everyone!!! Kids art and crafts with Mr. Joe, games, puzzles and prizes, plus light kid-friendly refreshments.

Enter a raffle to win tuition scholarships and other prizes from local businesses. Take a tour and meet our staff, Learn about the rotational approach and our many programs.

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 2 pm   

Unicorns & Mermaids at Fellinlove Farm
6364 144th Ave, Holland, MI
» 2-5pm. Visit unicorns and mermaids, farm tour, trail walk and more! $5 suggested donation/person

 SEP 13  •  Su  

 All Day                                   

 2 pm   

Sunday Strings @ Meijer Gardens
1000 East Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
» Live chamber music performed in the DeVos Van Andel Piazza, near ‘The American Horse’. Led by Grand Rapids Symphony violinist Haijin Choi, enjoy performances featuring combinations of violin, harp, bassoon, bass drum, viola, cello and voice. These special performances are included with admission.

 4 pm   

Yoga with Goats & Piggies @ Fellinlove Farm
6364 144th Ave., Holland, MI
» While a highly certified yoga instructor leads the group, this event is for people who just want to have fun, you can be a beginner or a seasoned yogi, or someone who just wants a nap on a mat around goats and other animals (goats, cats, 9 dachshunds, piggies, tortoise, rabbits). $10 donation/person.

 4:30 pm   

Sunday Night Goat Hikes
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

 SEP 14  •  M  

 All Day                                   

 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.

 SEP 15  •  Tu  

 All Day                                   

 9 am   

 SEP 16  •  W  

 All Day                                   

 5:30 pm   

Rad Women Walking Tours 🆓
135 Monroe Center St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 
» 5:30-8pm. Celebrate the Rad American Women throughout history via public art and FREE walking tours around Downtown GR! Registration is not required but strongly encouraged.

 SEP 17  •  Th  

 All Day                                   

 9 am   

 SEP 18  •  F  

 All Day                                   

 9 am   

 SEP 19  •  Sa  

 All Day                                   

 9 am   

12th Annual Van Raalte Farm Civil War Muster
E 24th St, Holland, Michigan 49423
» 9am-9pm. This year’s FREE ADMISSION event features two days worth of music, impressions of historical figures, performances, medical scenarios, period-style vendors, and (of course) battle.

 SEP 20  •  Su  

 All Day                                   

 9 am   

12th Annual Van Raalte Farm Civil War Muster
E 24th St, Holland, Michigan 49423
» 9am-4pm. This year’s FREE ADMISSION event features two days worth of music, impressions of historical figures, performances, medical scenarios, period-style vendors, and (of course) battle.

 4 pm   

Rad Women Walking Tours 🆓
135 Monroe Center St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 
» 4-6:30pm. Celebrate the Rad American Women throughout history via public art and FREE walking tours around Downtown GR! Registration is not required but strongly encouraged.

 4:30 pm   

Sunday Night Goat Hikes
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

 SEP 21  •  M  

 All Day                                   

 9 am   

 SEP 22  •  Tu  

 All Day                                   

 9 am   

 SEP 23  •  W  

 All Day                                   

 9 am   

 SEP 24  •  Th  

 All Day                                   

 9 am   

 SEP 25  •  F  

 All Day                                   

 9 am   

 SEP 26  •  Sa  

 All Day                                   

 9 am   

Step Up for Down Syndrome
160 68th St SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49548
» 9am-4pm. Step Up to celebrate the West Michigan Down syndrome community at this fun, family-friendly event for all! $5, Children 2 and under FREE

 1 pm   

Little Lambs Charity Golf Outing @ Briarwood Golf Club
2900 92nd St SE, Caledonia, MI 49316
» 1-7pm. 5th Annual Charity Golf Tournament. Invest in the next generation while working on your game! $300 per team or $80 per golfer

 SEP 27  •  Su  

 All Day                                   

 9 am   

 SEP 28  •  M  

 All Day                                   

 9 am   

 SEP 29  •  Tu  

 All Day                                   

 9 am   

 SEP 30  •  W  

 All Day                                   

 9 am   

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