The summer fun is winding down here in Southwest Michigan as the weather turns a notch cooler and Labor Day looms on the horizon. Take advantage of smaller crowds and milder temperatures to finish off those summer bucket lists, enjoy the summer U-picks before they give way to fall apples and explore your local parks and nature preserves.
Nab tickets to see a kid-pleasing performance of "Shrek: The Musical" in Saugatuck (through Sunday)
Let the littles get creative at ArtQuest while you have a leisurely lunch or do some shopping in downtown South Haven
Watch as skilled puppeteers bring beloved fairytales to life in downtown Saugatuck (through Saturday)
Head to the YMCA in St. Joe for its "Chalk the Block" Family Night, with a BBQ, games and special in-pool viewing of "The Good Dinosaur"
Explore the magical side of Holland State Park on a Harry Potter-themed hike and then enjoy an evening by the campfire
See live art demonstrations and enjoy a scenic walk through the woods and along the beach at the Pilgrim Haven Art Walk
Discover an enchanted world as you explore nature and search for fairies in Holland State Park, then sit down to a tea party (costumes encouraged)
Check out the Dr. Seuss exhibit at the South Haven Center for the Arts (through Oct. 1)
Take the kids for hands-on learning and crafts at the Curious Kids' Museum's Super Saturday in St. Joseph
Ride the carousel at dusk and watch the childhood classic "Homeward Bound" under the stars in St. Joseph
Check the Southwest Michigan Kids calendar for the full details.