Top Things to do in May With Kids: 2021

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Things to do in May Include Tulip Time, Memorial Day and Outdoors Adventures

How May we have fun this year? By doing all sorts of things here in Michigan as we enter the gloriously long days of the summer season (even though it’s only the “unofficial” start to it).

Things to do in May includes Holland's Tulip Time Fesival.
Holland’s Tulip Time is May 1 – 9, 2021

With all the extra sunlight there is plenty to do to get you outdoors and reveling in all the #pureMichigan goodness as well still have opportunities to play indoors when that fickle spring weather turns to rain.

Playgrounds season is here! Our West Michigan playgrounds directory will help you find the perfect playground for your next adventure. Rather a hike? There are lots of walking paths and trails in the area, too!

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Directory of the Best Playgrounds in Grand Rapids

Tulips are back in bloom in Holland, and Memorial Day Events will give us opportunity to honor our fallen soldiers.

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Find Memorial Day Parades and Events throughout West Michigan

Here’s a round-up of Top Pick events for May. Be sure to check our daily calendar as new events are constantly being added.

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Top Things to Do in May

Saturday, May 1
9:30 am
Top Pick Event in Holland, MI

Spring Mom 2 Mom Sale at Harderwyk Ministries

Huge OUTDOOR sale of baby and kids items, 49 different sellers in 1 location. Social distancing and Covid safe measures will be used. No admission charge.

Sunday, May 2
10:00 am

Welcome aboard the tall ship Friends Good Will, a replica Great Lakes sloop from 1810. $5/person, make reservations soon!

Monday, May 3
7:00 pm

FREE! This drop-in program allows kids (6 and up) time to explore and discover different STEAM tools. Dash and Dot robots, a Sphero, a Makey Makey, a 3D Pen, LittleBits, and more!

Tuesday, May 4
4:30 pm

Pick up an activity bag with a book and materials that support your 4 year old’s literacy development and school readiness skills.

Thursday, May 6
4:00 pm

Live music, farm and craft market, local eats on-site, and shopping at the new boutiques!

Friday, May 7
4:00 pm
Top Pick Event in Holland, MI

Tulip Time Carnival at Holland Civic Center

Rides, food and fun for all ages! Midway has been scaled down to allow for adjusted capacity and safe social distancing, masks required.

Saturday, May 8
11:00 am

Walk the farm, relax in the zen garden, and shop locally sourced lavender products!

Saturday, May 8
11:00 am
Top Pick Event in Newaygo, MI

Horseback Trail Rides at Camp Henry

An hour long trail ride filled with fresh air, loving horses, and great company. Ages 10+, $25/person

Saturday, May 8
7:00 pm

Gate opens at 5pm, come early for food trucks! Bring your lawn chairs or blankets to spread out on the grass. Band takes the stage at 7pm. $5 admission, kids under 16- Free!

Saturday, May 8
9:00 am
Top Pick Event in Lowell, MI

Fun on the Farm at Wittenbach Wege Center

Ever been eye to eye with a newborn calf? Want to pet a lamb? Get a chance to get up close and personal with several of our barnyard friends. FREE

Sunday, May 9
12:00 pm

Mom’s play Mini-Golf for FREE with the purchase of a child’s Mini-Golf.

Sunday, May 9
1:00 pm

A hike to learn the story of the park's resident eagles and view their nesting activities. Masks required, register in advance.

Tuesday, May 11
9:15 am
Top Pick Event in Grand Rapids, MI

Stroller Safari at John Ball Zoo

Enjoy early access to the Zoo along with a guided tour complete with story time. For ages 3 and under & parent/caregiver, $25/non-members. (includes zoo admission)

Tuesday, May 11
6:35 pm
Top Pick Event in Comstock Park, MI

Whitecaps Home Game- Opening Night at LMCU Ballpark

It's Opening Night of 2021! Stick around after the game and enjoy a fireworks show!

Thursday, May 13
6:00 pm

Come view and learn about the many glorious spring wildflowers & birds of the woodland. FREE

Friday, May 14
10:30 am
Top Pick Event in Grand Rapids, MI

Barnyard Helpers at Blandford Nature Center: The Farm

Get a unique, behind-the-scenes opportunity to help out at the Blandford Farm! $10, registration required.

Saturday, May 15
12:30 pm
Top Pick Event in Rodney, MI

CranHill Mother & Son Day at CranHill

Includes "Diamonds & Spurs" Banquet, trails rides, high ropes, archery, slingshots, craft & more! $52/couple

Saturday, May 15
10:00 am
Top Pick Event in Grand Rapids, MI

Tin Can Herbs For Kids! at Koetsier's Greenhouse

Cost is $6 and includes can, soil, herb and plant marker. Register in advance.

Sunday, May 16
12:00 pm

Fly with us over Downtown Grand Rapids for a spectacular birds-eye view of the city. Register online.

Tuesday, May 18
5:00 pm
Top Pick Event in Grand Rapids, MI

Food Truck Tuesdays at Garfield Park

Set up in Garfield Park with more tables for you to grab a seat, larger playground for the kids, and wide open space for you to come down and have a great night with the family and neighbors...safely.

Wednesday, May 19
5:00 pm

Enjoy the parade from your porch, yard, driveway or a public park to allow for safe physical distancing outdoors.

Friday, May 21
3:00 pm

The Skerbeck Family Carnival will be joining us for the fun and many stores will be showcasing sidewalk sales that weekend!

Saturday, May 22
1:00 pm

The entire downtown will be ALIVE with ART!
Live painters, performers, human sculptures, musicians and more!

Saturday, May 22
12:30 pm
Top Pick Event in Rodney, MI

CranHill Daddy-Daughter Day at CranHill

Includes "Denim & Pearls" Banquet, trails rides, high ropes, archery, slingshots, craft & more! $52/couple

Saturday, May 22
1:00 pm
Top Pick Event in Grand Rapids, MI

Spring Kids Fest 2021! at AMF Eastbrook Lanes

1 Free hour of bowling and shoes for kids 15 and younger. Adults will receive a discounted rate. Subject to lane availability.

Sunday, May 23
11:00 am
Top Pick Event in Grand Rapids, MI

Chalk It Up Festival at Downtown Grand Rapids

Fill Downtown with colorful chalk art and make your own chalk masterpiece! FREE

Friday, May 28
6:00 pm

Fish fry, craft beer, music, boat rides, & more! Adults $15, Children $8

Friday, May 28
8:15 pm

Pre-purchased tickets are required. $10 per spot for up to 6 people, includes a $5 food voucher for food vendors. Please bring your own chairs & blankets.

Saturday, May 29
10:30 am
Top Pick Event in Grand Rapids, MI

Tie Dye Day at Blandford Nature Center

Bring your own item (or purchase) to dye and turn into your own colorful creation. Registration required, $10.

Sunday, May 30
12:00 pm

Soar through the open air on the 600-foot outdoor zip lines spanning the Kalamazoo River. Reservations encouraged.

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