Downtown Market Welcomes Back Free “Kids at the Market” Activities

This summer, the Grand Rapids Downtown Market welcomes back its free “Kids at the Market” activities, engaging kids through crafts, science experiments, animals, fitness and more. 

Each Kids at the Market event is hosted by a different West Michigan organization with a unique theme, so parents can expect to find something new for their children each time they return. Event dates and themes include:

Chalk Day

June 27, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

This “Kids at the Market” event is all about chalk! Led by professional chalk artists Tess Marhofer and Alexis Kole, kids will have the chance to make their own chalk to take home, learn tips and tutorials and enjoy a “free-draw” area with every type of chalk gizmo and tool you can imagine. Kent District Library will also be on-site with books about art, drawing, colors, and a hands-on craft. 


Bricks 4 Kidz®

July 11, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Hosted by Bricks 4 Kidz®, this “Kids at the Market” event focuses on STEM education. Bricks 4 Kidz is a local company that uses building bricks, motors and circuits to teach kids hands-on STEM skills. Kids can rotate between several workspaces with a different object to build and STEM skill to learn. KDL will also be on-site with books focusing on STEM and STEM-based crafts. 


Critter Barn

July 25, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Hosted by the Critter Barn, this week’s free “Kids at the Market” focuses on activities allowing children to get up close and personal with farm animals while learning more about them. Animals include chicks and ducklings, rabbits and bunnies, pygmy goats, sheep, a donkey, a rooster and more. A milking station and agricultural info will also be available.


About the Grand Rapids Downtown Market

The Grand Rapids Downtown Market is the region’s new choice for fresh, delicious foods and amazing public market merchants. The Market is a $30 million, self-sustaining, LEED-certified, mixed-use facility that brings together production, distribution, marketing and education about local foods and growing. It incorporates entrepreneur and experimentation space for both emerging and experienced food artisans and merchants including a 24-vendor Market Hall, two full-service restaurants. More at