What's On This Weekend: Mar 9-11

Rarely does a Friday outshine the rest of the weekend, but that is exactly the case this weekend. Hopefully you've already sussed out your Friday night plans, but if not you will want to keep reading. Monster trucks, Wonderland ballet, pajama parties, super heroes and kids' film festivals are all on tap this chilly Friday.

Spend the rest of the weekend learning how to make maple syrup, meeting Rapunzel or enjoy a date night while the kids play at the Y.

Read on for the details.


  • Make your own glitter, glow-in-the-dark or neon putty at Tip Toes in downtown Holland

  • Watch the butterflies flitter around the Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids, the country's biggest indoor display of tropical butterflies (through April 30)

  • Explore nature indoors and out with your preschooler at the DeGraaf Nature Center. in Holland

  • Celebrate the start of the 2018 Coastline Children's Film Festival with a pajama party at the Krasl Art Center in St Joe

  • Drop the kids off for a night of volleyball, board games, pizza and more with the Holland Recreation Division .

  • Create a mask and cape, join a special super hero story time, decorate super snacks, make a paper puppet and more at the Grand Rapids Children's Museum

  • Catch the whimsical adventures of Alice brought to life by the Grand Rapids Ballet (don't miss the Mad Hatter Tea Party beforehand)

  • Grab your swimsuits and go for a dip at the South Haven High School's Family Fun Friday pool time


  • Tuck into a stack of syrup-smothered pancakes, take a trail walk and explore kid-friendly activities at the Kalamazoo Nature Center's Maple Festival (through Sunday)

  • Tap a tree, gather sap and watch as it transforms into syrup in the sugar house at Holland's VanRaalte Farm (through Sunday)

  • Say hello to Rapunzel and her friend Flynn at Tip Toes in Holland

  • Roller skate and take photos with the Minions at the Kentwood Fun Spot

  • Enjoy dancing, tasty food, photos and more at the Niles Service League's Kiddos & Co Masqaurade Ball in Niles

  • Turn the kids loose for a night of swimming, games, snacks and a special screening of Coco at the YMCA in St Joe

  • Create your own seed starter kits and learn about plant life cycles at Fennville's Forever Curious Children's Museum


  • Follow geocaching clues and find out where the leprechauns have hidden their stash of gold at Portman Nature Preserve in Mattawan

Get the scoop on this weekend's festivities and more on the Southwest Michigan Kids calendar.

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