15 Things To Do For Free This July

Summer is awesome and all, but it sure can take its toll on our wallets. To combat fading bank account syndrome, we've compiled a list of activities that the whole family will love while costing absolutely nothing. And if you're still looking for other cool stuff to do, be sure to check with your local library. They've got some really amazing programs on tap. 1. Climb Mount Baldhead. Ascend the 282 steps to the top of Saugatuck's iconic hill to take advantage of eagle-eye views and trails leading to through the woods, over sand dunes and down to the beach. Light up the Night in South Haven 2. Watch the fireworks over the lake. Take your pick from a handful of premium firework displays in the

Local Guide To U-Pick Strawberries

The season for sweet, ruby red strawberries goes by so fast -- blink and you'll be waiting until next year to make those shortcakes. Our favorite two patches (Earl's and Stoke's) have shuttered their doors, leaving us in search of our next beloved spot. Here's an exhaustive list of what we found. We better get out and start testing those berries before they're gone. Beard's Produce | Dorr 2751 140th Ave | $1.50 per pound | call ahead for hours Bixby Farms | Berrien Springs 5745 Pokagon Rd | $1.45 per pound | call ahead for hours Frank Farms | Berrien Center 8249 Deans Hill Rd| $1.25 per pound | Hours: 8 am-6 pm daily Lehman's Orchards | Niles 2280 Portage Rd | call ahead for hours & prices M

What's On This Weekend: Jun 15-17

Hello, summer! Kick off the -- in our humble opinions -- best season of the year with festivals, parades, fireworks and so much more packed into three fabulous days. There is something fun for everyone this weekend, whether it's cheering on a cockroach race or getting your hair done in a Seuss-ical style...or maybe something in between. Read through what's happening before making your plans. You won't regret it. FRIDAY Head to South Haven for a fun-filled weekend along the lake, with live music, dragonboat races, fair food, rides , a magic show and crafts (through Saturday) Grab tickets for Shrek the Musical, a whirlwind mashup of classic fairytale characters based on the beloved book and an

12 Nature Books To Get The Kids Exploring The Great Outdoors

We picked up a few field guides at the bookstore on a whim last week to keep handy for our trips to the beach, on hikes and other outings this summer. I'm a sucker for a good nature book (especially the ones that are both visually stunning to flip through and chock full of information), so I thought I'd share a dozen favorites finds with you. 1. A Visual Compendium of Wonders from Nature by AJ Wood & Mike Jolley 2. This Phenomenal Life: The Amazing Ways We Are Connected with our Universe by Misha Blaise 3. How to Raise a Wild Child: The Art and Science of Falling in Love with Nature by Scott D Sampson 4. The Little Hands Nature Book by Nancy Fusco Castaldo 5. Nature Journal by Alice M Cantre

What's On This Weekend: Jun 1-3

We haven't crossed the summer threshold yet -- though some lucky folks have -- but either way it sure feels like the glorious days of abundant sunshine and ice cream have arrived. Festivals and celebrations are popping up all over the place, with opportunities aplenty to grab your favorite fair foods, relax to live music and let the little ones play to their hearts' content. There's also a green-ogred musical, Wonderland tea party, Paw Patrol meet and greet and tons more fun on the weekend horizon. Enjoy those beautiful blue skies, friends! FRIDAY Enjoy crafts, pony rides, petting zoo, food, music, fun and more all weekend long at the Niles Family Fun Fair (through Sunday) Grab tickets for S

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