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Kids Events in West Michigan

There’s always something going on in West Michigan. With many events designed especially for kids, you’ll want to clear your family’s calendar to make room for these.

 

Visit downtown St. Joseph from February 1st to 3rd for the 15th Annual Magical Ice Fest. The weekend includes ice carving competitions, parties, a scavenger hunt, and more. They have frosty fun planned all weekend long, so book your stay today.

Grab your family and come enjoy the third annual Nature Day at the Downtown Market in Grand Rapids on Saturday, February 2nd. See animals up close, learn about artifacts, and enjoy greenhouse activities during this free event.

Ever felt like you should be royalty? Become queen or king for the day at Henderson Castle in Kalamazoo with their Princess Tea Parties. The tea parties include storytelling, ballroom dancing, and more. Upcoming dates for the Princess Tea Parties include February 10th and March 24th.

The F.A.W.N. Playgroup series of events at Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek are designed for children ages 2 to 5 years old. First Adventures with Nature (F.A.W.N.) can help you engage in your child’s learning while increasing their understanding of the natural world around them. The zoo’s experienced leaders are dedicated to connecting and inspiring the next generation of wildlife enthusiasts! Upcoming dates include February 2nd and 14th, March 2nd and 14th, and April 4th.

Pierce Cedar Creek Institute in Hastings has two events in February for your family. At the Winter Weather program on Friday, February 15th, students learn about winter weather by experimenting with snow crystals and frozen water. The Family Science Night on Wednesday, February 20th brings together local organizations to celebrate science and fun with hands-on demonstrations and activities! Pierce Cedar Creek Institute hosts events throughout the year, so keep an eye out for more family fun.

Winterfest Family Weekend returns to Timber Ridge Ski Area in Gobles from February 22nd to 24th. This fun weekend includes everything from live music to cardboard sled races!

Based on the Emmy-winning PBS show, Peg + Cat Live! at the Mendel Center in Benton Harbor is perfect for families with young kids! The performance is scheduled for Sunday, February 24th and features wild comedy and songs from the hit television show. This and other family-friendly performances are part of the Mendel Center’s annual Discover Series, which are performances designed for families.

Expand your horizons with live theatre just for kids! Farmers Alley Theatre in Kalamazoo will be running Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse in the spring and A Year with Frog & Toad in the summer.

Kids of every age love pure Michigan Maple Syrup! Visit Maple Row Sugarbush on March 9th, 10th, 16th and 17th for the 6th Annual Maple Festival. These two weekends include fun for kids and families with a petting farm, photo booth, coloring contest and more. You can even try your skills at tapping a tree! Lots of delicious maple products will be available to sample and to purchase, and admission is free.

The Tulip Time Festival in Holland has a rich history in the area with a variety of kids activities and events each year. The festival runs from May 4th to 12th this year, and the schedule of events includes carnivals, live music, a princess tea party, and more.

Pucker up and spit during the Annual International Cherry Pit Spitting Championship at Tree-Mendus Fruit Farm in Eau Claire! The event is held on the first Saturday of July each year.

Experience the Midwest’s largest youth fair, the Berrien County Youth Fair, from August 12th to 17th, 2019. More information, including a full schedule of events, will be announced in the coming months.

Get your ticket and climb aboard the Coopersville & Marne Railway in Coopersville! You’ll be able to visit the engineer in the locomotive and talk to the conductor as you’re riding. They also host special train rides for various holidays throughout the year.