It's a pretty great weekend to live by the lake...or any body of water, or a pool, or an air-conditioned mall. But if you're brave enough to battle this crazy heat, there's family-friendly entertainment to be had in the great outdoors, from fall festivals and fishing to art shows and star gazing. Just bring the sunscreen and lots of cold water to drink.l
On a related note: Why are parasols not really a thing here? They are amazing.
Check out hundreds of amazing works of art sprinkled around GR on opening weekend of ArtPrize (through Oct 8)
Celebrate Celebrate the rich contributions of the local Latino community through art, film and music during Holland's Tulipanes Latino Art & Film Festival (through Sept 24)
Visit Niles' Fernwood Botanical Gardens for free on the Smithsonian Smithsonian Magazine Museum Free Day (must have coupon)
Take a spin on carnival rides and tuck into tasty treats at the Four Flags Apple Festival's Youth Day in Niles
Learn what the autumn sky has in store and see the stars during the Come out and learn what the sky has in store for us this Autumn
Enjoy an evening of glimpsing the night skies with the Michiana Astronomical Society at Fernwood in Niles
Head to St Joe for face painting, balloons, story time on the bluff and other Fall Fest happenings
Pick up tons of parenting tips and learn about other helpful resources at the Parenting Expo at LMC (free child care available)
Learn about all the apple things during the Curious Kids Museum's Super Saturday in St Joe
Cast a line at Holland State Park's kid-friendly fishing program
Visit the DeLano Homestead in Kzoo to celebrate autumn with carnival games, live music, cooking demonstrations and activities aplenty
Gain awareness of the mind-body connection during Yoga for Kids in Holland
Check out all the sultry September fun on the Southwest Michigan Kids calendar.