What's On This Weekend: Jul 27-29

Take advantage of this rare quiet weekend to soak up some sunshine at the beach, fill your bowls and bellies with blueberries, head to the fair or set a new challenge as a family. 5K, anyone? However you get your summer kicks this weekend, check out the highlights below before making plans. Have a great one! FRIDAY Crack the code to make it safely out of the Harry Potter Escape Room in Cassopolis (for teens and adults only) Grab a cotton candy and head for the rides, games and farm animals of the Ottawa County Fair (through Saturday) SATURDAY Embark on a magical 5K or family fun run through the rolling hills of Baroda during the Once Upon a Time Head to Whirlpool Centennial Park in St Joe

What's On This Weekend: Jul 20-22

July has gone by at warp speed, and here we are already in the thick of summer -- county fairs, berry picking and small town festivals and more abound across Southwest Michigan this weekend. Map out your weekend plans with the help of our handy dandy guide to the family-friendly happenings. Read on for the details and enjoy this beautiful Midwestern weekend! FRIDAY Crack the code to make it safely out of the Harry Potter Escape Room in Cassopolis (for teens and adults only) Grab a cotton candy and head for the rides, games and farm animals of the Van Buren County Youth Fair (through Saturday) Celebrate Christmas in July with carols, carousel rides and photos with the Clauses at the Silver Be

6 Free, Different Things To Do At The Beach

Most of us never know boredom at the beach, but if you happen to be growing weary of the same old sun-drenched routine, spice it up a little bit with some of these fun alternatives that require absolutely nothing extra in your beach bag. Rainbow scavenger hunt Have the kids find and collect objects in every color of the rainbow. Pretty and fun! You could time them or just have them work to completion. Make a drip castle If you've never felt wet sand pouring from your fingertips into imperfectly puddled hills, you've been missing out. It's oddly addicting and no plastic buckets are required to make a whole kingdom. Find cool rocks We take along our handy field guide to identify the various r

Summer Fun: Your 2018 Guide To The County Fairs

The season for demolition derbies, carnival rides and all the fried foods has arrived -- quintessential summer vibes, even when you're baking into the pavement. Last summer, for the first time in years, we hit up the Cass County Fair, which seems so much more compact than I remembered. We zizagged our way across the fairgrounds, riding spinny rides, munching on elephant ears, wandering through the horse barns and checking out the monster trucks on a whim. Those were a huge hit. The most memorable moment came when we were sitting outside a barn, watching my unsuspecting 9-year-old nephew leisurely walk across a small field as a rogue 4-H cow came running fast right behind him. If you haven't

Event Recap: Front Row at the Fireworks | Grand Rapids

Because too many fireworks is not a thing (unless it's your neighbors shooting them off in the middle of the night and threatening to wake up the kids), I took advantage of our family membership to Grand Rapids Public Museum and snapped up four discounted early bird tickets to the Front Row at the Fireworks event the moment they went on sale. It sells out, so you have to act fast or live to regret it. The day of the fireworks, we made our way up to Grand Rapids in the late afternoon and parked in the garage across the street. It was about an hour before the event began, which was just absent-minded planning on my part, but there was already a long line forming. I'm not usually a patient lin

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