Bundle up for some family fun this weekend
It's cold outside, but you can keep warm with some outdoor activities, or stay indoors for some winter family fun! Here's Maranda's Five Star Family Fun Update for January 31-February 2:
Family Movie Night, Kroc Center
Friday, Jan. 31 at 6:30 p.m.
Bring the family and watch “Turbo.” Free admission, concessions available for $1. All ages welcome.
South Haven 21st Annual Ice Breaker Festival
Friday, Jan. 31 – Sunday, Feb. 2
Check out ice sculptures, a chili cook-off, synchronized ice skating, open skate, s’mores at the campfire, and a children’s film festival! Free.
Muskegon Snowfest 2014
Friday, Jan. 31 – Saturday, Feb. 1
Trivia night, Euchre tournament, snow cornhole, Battle of the Bowls chili cook-off, kids fest, and live music! Free.
Animal Adventures: Surviving in the Wild in NE Grand Rapids, Frederik Meijer Gardens
Saturday, Feb. 1, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Explore the survival techniques of a bird, mammal, and reptile. Watch live animal presentations, listen to interactive animal stories, and play animal games. Perfect for ages 3 to 6, but all ages welcome. $5 for members, $7 for non-members. Reservations are required. Call Meijer Gardens at (616) 974-5239 or John Ball Zoo at (616) 336-4310.
Storytelling Festival at Kalamazoo Valley Museum
Saturday, Feb. 1, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Professional storytellers weave their tales on the main stage, along with a vendor fair, crafts, and a special storytelling area for preschoolers. Admission to the museum is free.
Tracks & Trails Winter Hike, Calvin Eco-Preserve
Saturday, Feb. 1, 10:30 a.m. – Noon
Go on a wintry walk through the preserve to discover how animals live in the winter. Hunt for tracks and learn how to identify them, then create your own tracks. Great for families with children ages 4-12. Free.
Winter Snow Party, Oakland Drive Park, Portage
Saturday, Feb. 1, Noon – 3 p.m.
Decorate and bring your own cardboard sled for a sledding contest starting at 1 p.m. Bring supplies to build and dress a snowman for a contest starting at 1:30 p.m. Warm up by a bonfire with hot chocolate and coffee available for purchase. All ages welcome. Free admission.
Life-Size Candied Land, KDL Byron Center Branch Library
Saturday, Feb. 1, 2 – 3 p.m.
Play a giant version of the favorite childhood board game! Free.
Michigan Winter Triathlon, Muskegon Winter Sports Complex
Sunday, Feb. 2, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Try three Winter Olympics sports: luge, ice speed skating, and cross country skiing, in a family-friendly competition. The event is meant for beginners and most of the equipment is free. Must have proof of health insurance. $25 for 13 and older, $20 for 12 and younger, $50 family rate.
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