What's On This Weekend: June 28-30

The summer vibes are going full force, which means plenty of ice cream socials, festivals, picnics and fun on the farm. Also unicorns, mermaids, superheroes and pirates will be making cameos in Southwest Michigan this weekend if you know where to find them. Keep scrolling for the details and have a gorgeous summer weekend! FRIDAY Pull up for a starry, family-friendly double feature of Toy Story 4 and Aladdin at the drive-in theaters in Hartford and Dowagiac (through Sunday) Head to opening weekend at Bumbleberry Farms in South Haven, with baby animals, shaved ice and other farmyard fun (no blueberries yet) Treat the kids to a big-screen viewing of The Goonies at the Regent Theatre in Allegan

Oldies But Goodies: Crafty, Last-Minute Fourth Of July Ideas

It doesn't get any simpler than these star fruit skewers, but they are adorable. And the delicious epitome of summer. Grab some bamboo skewers and a star-shaped cookie cutter and you're halfway there. Writing out instructions would very possibly insult your intelligence, but I will say that getting the watermelon the right thickness took me an almost embarrassing number of tries. About a half-inch thick should work nicely. We also spent the morning stringing necklaces out of red, white and blue beads and paper straws that I cut up into one-inch(ish) sections. The 4-year-old could string beads for days on end, but it took the 2-year-old a while to get the hang of it and she quickly lost inter

What's On This Weekend: June 21-23

Happy Solstice! We've made it to the longest day of the year, which deserves to be celebrated. A lot. Get out in nature and soak up these lusciously long days if you can, and then round out your weekend with a family outing or three to one of the events below. You can't go wrong with this lineup, which runs the gamut from hammer tosses to fairy tale singalongs. FRIDAY See the family-friendly production ripped from the pages of Mo Willem's beloved books in Hope Summer Repertory Theatre's Elephant & Piggie’s “We Are In A Play!” See the Michigan Highlanders compete in traditional feats of strength, including a Scottish hammer throw and caber toss at Waypost Brewing in Fennville Mark the summer

2019 Roundup: Southwest Michigan's Best Summer Camps

The blissfully long, lazy days of summer have arrived at last. However glorious, some of us might be struggling with the unstructured days and wondering how to fill the time. Enter summer camps. So many summer camps. From a few hours to multiple weeks, there are tons of options to keep the kids engaged and decidedly not bored over the next several weeks. Keep on scrolling for the best camp experience options for your summer considerations. ​DAY CAMPS Air Zoo Science Camp | Portage Campers will learn all about aerospace science through tons of hands-on activities and interactive experiments. Ages 4+. Bailey's Budding Naturalists | South Haven Children will experience the many wonders of natur

What's On This Weekend: June 14-16

Mermaids and dragon boats, bounce houses and slip 'n slides, Juneteenth and Pride festivities usher in another splendid weekend of family fun in Southwest Michigan. Welcome back, summer! We missed you. Read on for all the good stuff and have a fab dads' day weekend! FRIDAY Watch mermaids and check out dragon boat races, live music, tasty food and kids' activities this weekend in South Haven during Harbor Fest and Mermaid MegaFest (through Sunday) See the family-friendly production ripped from the pages of Mo Willem's beloved books in Holland's Elephant & Piggie’s “We Are In A Play!” Try the World’s Biggest Bounce House, climbing towers, basketball hoops, slides, ball pits, confetti blasts, b

Local Guide To U-Pick Strawberries

The strawberry season has arrived, marking the beginning of the glorious summer bounty that will roll out in the coming weeks. If you haven't gotten your share of the sweet, ruby red gems yet, you might want to do it pretty fast. The normally fleeting season for strawberries is forecasted by local farmers to be even shorter than ever (like a couple of weeks, depending on the weather). Luckily, there is no shortage of fields to pick the plump berries around Southwest Michigan. We've put together an exhaustive list of local U-pick farms, but -- pro tip -- we strongly recommend checking their social media pages or websites, or giving them a call before heading out to check current conditions. N

What's On This Weekend: June 7-9

We love weekends like this one, when there is such a diverse selection of awesome (and largely free!) family-friendly activities every day in Southwest Michigan. So join in a dance party or parade, hit up something artsy, go for a hike -- and don't forget strawberries are ready for U-pick (we'll put up a post about where to find them soon). Keep scrolling for all the details and enjoy this beautiful weekend! FRIDAY Join the family-friendly Hatter Days anniversary party at New Holland, with live music and delicious food and drinks all weekend (through Sunday) Kick off summer with a free outdoor concert, hands-on activities, art and food at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts Mark the opening of

33 Things To Do This Summer: The Ultimate Southwest Michigan Summer Bucket List

Summer has finally (almost) arrived! Make the most of the glorious weather by checking off these fun-filled activities with the kiddos. Pick blueberries Visit a flower field Go on a dune ride Make smores Go camping Take a road trip up north Have a Yes Day Visit the farmers market See the fireworks over the lake Spend a morning at the beach Stop at a small town ice cream stand Watch a movie outdoors Eat at the drive-in Go tubing Watch the sunset over the lake Watch the sunrise over the countryside Ride a rollercoaster Plant sunflowers Go to a county fair See the hot air balloons Make art outdoors Watch a meteor shower Walk through the botanical gardens Pick peaches Make a pie Have a tech-free

Recipe: Flaky, Golden Strawberry Handpies

The window for devouring plump, sun-ripened strawberries fresh from field is all too fleeting here in Southwest Michigan. While there is no shortage for ways to use up the delectable berries (jams, shortcakes, muffins, salads, by the handful, to name a few), one of our new favorites is strawberry hand pies. They're portable, non-messy and highly delicious, plus they come together quickly and require very little time in the kitchen. STRAWBERRY HAND PIES Makes: 16-20 hand pies INGREDIENTS For the Pie Crust: 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour 1 tbsp granulated sugar 1/2 tsp salt 1 cup (2 sticks) cold butter ½ cup ice cold water For the Pie Filling: 2 cups hulled and sliced strawberries 2 tablespoons

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