The Kalamazoo Wedding Affair sets brides-to-be and their fianc?s loose to explore, meet, and bounce ideas off some of west Michigan's most sought-after wedding experts. Dozens of exhibitors converge to create a buffet of possibilities that range from bridal fashions, cakes, and catering to gift registries and photographers. Couples can also scope out postceremony services, including reception halls and honeymoon destinations.
Armed with a variety of art-, sensory-, and experience-based programming, Grand Rapids Children's Museum plots a plethora of strategies for holding the attentions of unruly tots. Permanent exhibits include a hands-on bubbles display; a construction site made of Legos, building blocks, and more; and an interactive play-banking site complete with cash registers, ATMs, and legally binding loans. Beginning January 27, the temporary exhibit Izzy's World of Shapes will entice creative kiddos with three-dimensional stacking puzzles, drawing activities, and an enormous light-bright structure.
As the sun dips below Coopersville Farm Museum and Event Center’s grain silo, local musicians gather in the high-ceilinged hall against the backdrop of patchwork quilts and antique farm tools. They sing gospel, country, and folk songs that have been passed down for generations. Events such as these are one facet of the museum’s mission to honor and uphold rural traditions. In addition to the monthly jam sessions, the 12,000-square-foot facility hosts quilting circles, line dancing, and other skill-swapping events. Curators spotlight the region’s agrarian past by recruiting antique-farming tools and folk art and freeing hopelessly lost scarecrows from corn mazes. In addition to shining a light on the region’s past, the museum strives to support current culture makers; The hall serves as a gallery space for local artists, and during the youth-led Kids’ Day local teens teach tykes creative skills.
The not-for-profit Forever Curious Children's Museum sprang from a simple philosophy: children learn best by doing. The museum?s labyrinthine series of exhibits embodies that philosophy with its myriad opportunities for interactive play, exploration, and experimentation.
Casual visitors, birthday-party guests, and students on field trips can huddle inside the life-size wigwam and wooden canoe at the First People exhibit, which introduces young ones to America?s earliest inhabitants. Science exhibits encourage children to suit up in doctors? coats and study the human body or take a wheelchair for a spin to better empathize with disabled people. Learning begins at an early age, and the museum?s penned-in toddler area fascinates the youngest of minds with mini home furniture such an easy chair and a bed, beneath which lurks a disarmingly pintsize boogeyman.
Tri-Cities Historical Museum occupies two appropriately historic buildings?the Grand Trunk Railroad Depot, originally built in 1870, and the Akeley Building, originally built in 1871. Today, these relics display artifacts from Spring Lake, Ferrysburg, and Grand Haven's pasts, documenting events all the way back to when the land belonged to Native Americans. They cover a diverse array of topics, too, from maritime exploration and medicine to decor, through rooms decorated with historically accurate furniture, art, and tablet computers.
Kalamazoo Nature Center's 14-mile expanse of trails weaves around 1,100 acres of ponds, prairies, and forests, giving nature lovers of all ages an ample arena to hike, learn, and explore one of the first nature centers in the country. Membership allows unlimited free admission to the preserve so that visitors can soak up a diverse array of wild flowers, birds, and majestic park benches in natural habitat. Kalamazoo hosts a slew of family and children activities on select Saturdays, such as "Story Corner at the Barn," during which a storyteller corrals tykes aged 8 and younger for visits with sheep, goats, and barnyard residents before and after reading them pastoral tales. Additionally, Kalamazoo Nature Center members receive a 10% discount at Expedition Gift Shop, a bimonthly newsletter subscription, and discounts on youth camps for ages 3–17.