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Five Star Family Fun

Weekend of February 14th


Lots of family fun around West Michigan this weekend!


Here's Maranda's Five Star Family Fun Update for February 14-16:

Meijer State Games of Michigan
Friday, Feb. 14 – Sunday, Feb. 16
More than a dozen winter sports featured over the weekend. Opening ceremony Friday at 7 p.m. at Cannonsburg Ski Resort. Includes parade of athletes, torch light parade, and fireworks. Free. See website for events schedule.
West Michigan Golf Show, DeVos Place
Friday, Feb. 14 – Sunday, Feb. 16
Top equipment dealers, golf courses, and resorts on display. Adults are $10, children ages 6 to 14 are $4, and children 5 and under are free.
Dinosaur Walk, Grand Rapids Public Museum
Friday, Feb. 14 – Sunday, Feb. 16
Watch a life-size dinosaur walk through the Galleria of the museum. The anatomically correct 8 foot baby Tyrannosaurus Rex will perform four 30-minute shows throughout the day. Admission to the event is free with general admission. Visit website or call (616) 456-3977 for a schedule of shows.
Michigan Free Fishing Weekend
Saturday, Feb. 15 – Sunday, Feb. 16
All fishing license fees are waived for Saturday and Sunday to allow anyone to enjoy fishing on both inland and Great Lakes waters for all species of fish. All fishing regulations still apply.
Free Ice Skating, Rosa Parks Circle
Through Sunday, Feb. 23
WOOD TV8 is sponsoring free ice skating at Rosa Parks Circle in Grand Rapids throughout the duration of the Winter Olympics. For anyone age 17 and younger, while skates last.
Great Backyard Bird Count Hike, Pierce Cedar Creek Institute, Hastings
Saturday, Feb. 15, 9 – 11 a.m.
Contribute to the monitoring of bird species around the world. Participants will learn how to perform the count and spend some time on the trails identifying birds. Then warm up with hot chocolate as your data is entered into the database. Free. Register online or call (269) 721-4190.
Animal Adventures: Surviving in the Wild in NE Grand Rapids, Frederik Meijer Gardens
Saturday, Feb. 15, 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.
Mommy and Me Tea Party, Michelle’s, Kalamazoo
Saturday, Feb. 15, 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Spend some quality time with the girls in your family. Free admission. Dessert and tea is provided and menu items are available for purchase. Special keepsakes also available for purchase. Best hats win a prize!
“How People Make Things” exhibit, Kalamazoo Valley Museum
Saturday, Feb. 15, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Traveling exhibit opens Saturday with free hands-on arts and crafts. Inspired by the factory tour segments from the Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood television series. Free admission.
Winter Family Day, Frederik Meijer Gardens
Saturday, Feb. 15, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Bundle up for outside play in the Lena Meijer Children’s Garden. Watch ice sculpting, create a seed mosaic snow sculpture, learn about animals in winter, snow painting, toy making, and winter-themed stories and seasonal songs. Lots of hot chocolate will keep you warm! Free with admission.
Community Sap Collection Training, Blandford Nature Center
Saturday, Feb. 15, 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Learn how to collect sap and donate it to Blandford Nature Center. Learn the process, loan out a sap collection kit, and get sap from your own trees! Workshop is required for all volunteers, must be 12 or older. Event is free. Registration is required. Call (616) 735-6240.
Snow Jam Festival, Spring Lake Central Park
Saturday, Feb. 15, 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Live music, food & beverages, ice skating, dart tournament, hockey and more! All ages welcome. Free. Go online for event schedule.
Taste of Soul Sunday, Grand Rapids Public Library
Sunday, Feb. 16, 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Celebrate African American history and culture. Sample African American art, music, literature, history and food. Free and open to the public. Activities for children and teens feature an Underground Railroad scavenger hunt and a craft activity.


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