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Weekend of May 16th


Maranda's picks for tons of fun this weekend!


Here are a few events you might want to check out.

Great Lakes Kite Festival, Grand Haven State Park
Friday, May 16 – Sunday, May 18
Stunt kite fliers, huge kites, kite vendors, and family friendly activities. Free (fee for parking).
Heritage Hill Home Tour
Saturday, May 17 – Sunday, May 18
Annual tour of homes and historic buildings in Grand Rapids’ historic district.
Spring into the Arts, downtown Battle Creek
Friday, May 16, 5 – 9 p.m.
Local artists display their art pieces throughout downtown. Check out painters, sculptures, musicians, and sidewalk chalk artists! Samplings of beverages and snacks available from location to location.
Furry Friday Film, Humane Society of West Michigan, Grand Rapids
Friday, May 16, 5:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Animal related movie, animal time, pizza and popcorn for K-5th graders. $25 per child. $15 for additional siblings. To register, call (616) 791-8066 or email
Marshall’s Tourism/Hospitality Day
Saturday, May 17
Museums open to tourists and visitors for free!
John Ball Zoo, Grand Rapids
Saturday, May 17
The zoo officially opens for the summer season, with interactive experiences and tropical animals!
Healthy Paws, Healthy Cause Family Fun Run/Walk, Cascade Village Professional Center
Saturday, May 17, 8 a.m.
Bring your canine companion for a morning dedicated to fun and health. All proceeds will be donated to the Humane Society of West Michigan. $25 per person, $20 each for groups of three or more, kids 10 and under are free. See website for registration details.
Cakes, Wings, & Other Things, Ottawa Executive Airport, Zeeland
Saturday, May 17, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Community day fundraiser and pancake breakfast to benefit Blue Bird Cancer Retreats. Fire trucks, ambulances, and bounce houses for kids to explore. Donations accepted. Take a 20 minute scenic flight over West Michigan for $25.
‘Frozen’ Sing-Along, Herrick District Library, Holland
Saturday, May 17, 10 a.m.
Watch Disney’s ‘Frozen’ and sing along! Snacks will be provided. Meet in the Hazel B. Hayes Auditorium. Free!
Family Lip Sync, Celebration! Cinema North, Grand Rapids
Saturday, May 17, 10 a.m. – noon
Families prepare a 60 second audition for a lip sync competition. The top two teams will be invited to a Maranda Park Party this summer to perform on stage! Prizes for the first 50 teams to register and perform their audition. Registration and details online.
Picnic in the Park, Sigsbee Park, Grand Rapids
Saturday, May 17 – Cleanup: 9 – 11 a.m., Picnic: Noon – 3 p.m.
Gather to beautify an Eastown Park and celebrate community. Free and open to the public!
Running of the Lambs, Critter Barn, Zeeland
Saturday, May 17, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Line the pathway, then mingle with the sheep and lambs as they run! Lambs run at 11 a.m., lambs run back at 2 p.m. Free! Donations appreciated.
Discover! Millennium Park, Walker
Saturday, May 17, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Explore the Hansen Nature Trail at Millennium Park. Includes scavenger hunt and nature walk. Free admission and free trolley to and from John Ball Zoo.
Mayfest, Muskegon Community College
Saturday, May 17, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Activities, cultural enrichment, and events for kids of all ages! Music, performing arts, health fair, sports activities, and interactive exhibits with free goodies! Food and beverages available for purchase.
Up2U Mental Health Festival, Rogers Plaza, Wyoming
Saturday, May 17, 1 – 4 p.m.
Indoor carnival with games, activities, music, performances, arts & crafts, and giveaways. Free!

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