November Events and Grand Rapids Family Fun

The month is jam-packed with activities and Grand Rapids family fun. Get the scoop on what's happening here.

Wrangling little ones into sweaters and boots might not sound like fun, but getting out and enjoying some Grand Rapids family fun in November promises to be worth the struggle.

Have a superhero fan? You’re in luck. What about a burgeoning artist? There’s an activity for your mini Warhol, too. The second-largest city in Michigan has something for everyone – even dinosaur lovers and wannabe pioneers. Just a word of advice: Some events may require pre-registration.

Drop In Studio: Pop Art Screenprints

Every Saturday in November

  • Address: Grand Rapids Art Museum, 101 Monroe Center St. NW, Grand Rapids
  • Time: 1 p.m.
  • Admission: Free with admission

Kids with a creative streak can make their own screen prints of Michigan celebrities at this drop-in event and take home a print in their favorite color.

Jurassic Quest

Nov. 3-5, 2017

  • Address: DeVos Convention Center, 303 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids
  • Time: 3-8 p.m. Nov. 3, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 4-5
  • Admission: $14-$29; free/under age 2

Visit more than 80 full-size animatronic dinosaurs – and even ride a few! Kids can dig up dino bones, tumble through a themed obstacle course and get their face painted at the largest exhibition of life-size, museum-quality dinosaurs in North America.

Kids Costume Ball

Nov. 4, 2017

  • Address: Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, 187 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids
  • Time: 4-8 p.m.
  • Admission: Free/kids, $20/adults

Dust off your Halloween costume and attend the Kids Costume Ball hosted by Zion’s Dream, a nonprofit organization providing community enrichment and child wellness programs for bereaving youth. Candy, juice, snacks and a red carpet photo opportunity will be provided.

Native American History

Nov. 4, 2017

  • Address: Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave. NW, Grand Rapids
  • Time: 10:30 a.m.-noon
  • Admission: $3/person

Spend a morning learning about the Anishinaabe people, a term that refers to tribes that lived in the Midwest and Canada, at this drop-in event. The Blanford Center’s wigwam will be highlighted, as will the fall traditions of the Anishinaabeg. Call 616-735-6240 for more information.

Curiosity Lab: Brain Lab

Nov. 4, 2017

  • Address: Grand Rapids Art Museum, 101 Monroe Center St. NW, Grand Rapids
  • Time: Sessions begin at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
  • Admission: Free with admission/adults, $4/child

Satisfy your kid’s curiosity with a day of scientific investigations. They’ll explore blind spots in our vision, touch receptors on skin and how we recognize flavors to build an understanding of how the senses and brain work together.

Family Fun Fest

Nov. 4, 2017

  • Address: 3 Mile Project, 3050 Walkent Dr. NW, Grand Rapids
  • Time: noon-4 p.m.
  • Admission: Free

Video games, balloon animals, basketball courts, pool and air hockey, bouncy houses and more at this event put on by Christian Healthcare Centers and Samaritan Ministries.

Try Hockey for Free Day

Nov. 4, 2017

  • Address: Eagles Ice Center, 2600 Village Drive SE, Grand Rapids
  • Time: 10-11 a.m.
  • Admission: Free

Boys and girls ages 4-9 can try out hockey for a day with the Grand Rapids Blades. The organization will also provide equipment.

Fall Festival

Nov. 5, 2017

  • Address: Richmond Park, 1101 Richmond St. NW, Grand Rapids
  • Time: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Admission: Free

Kayak on the lake, play some outdoor ping pong, paint pumpkins and more at the first ever Fall Festival hosted by the City of Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation Department.

Imagine Craft Days

Nov. 6, 13, 20 and 27, 2017

  • Address: Kent County Recycling and Education Center, 977 Wealthy St. SW, Grand Rapids
  • Time: 1 p.m.
  • Admission: Free

Stir up your kid’s imagination with a trip to the Kent County Recycling and Education Center where you can tour the facility, play games and craft.

Peppa Pig’s Surprise!

Nov. 7, 2017

  • Address: DeVos Place and DeVos Performance Hall, 303 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids
  • Time: 6 p.m.
  • Admission: $37-plus

Sing and dance along as the hit TV show comes to life with an adventure-filled play featuring Peppa Pig and her pals.

Tellabration: A Night of Storytelling

Nov. 10, 2017

  • Address: Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave. NW, Grand Rapids
  • Time: 7:30-9:30 p.m.
  • Admission: $5/person

Tellabration is a nationally recognized night of storytelling. Ages 12 and up are welcome to watch storytellers spin funny tales, dive into folklore and share personal anecdotes. Call 616-735-6240 for more information.

Dragons, Unicorns and Mermaids

Nov. 11, 2017-May 20, 2018

  • Address: Grand Rapids Art Museum, 101 Monroe Center St. NW, Grand Rapids
  • Time: Museum hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday-Friday; 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday
  • Admission: $12/adults, $7/children, $9/Kent County resident adults, $4/Kent County resident children, $2/museum members

Kids and adults can both have a blast at this event that centers on the history and mythology of dragons, unicorns and mermaids. See models and cast fossils of prehistoric animals to learn how they have been misidentified throughout history as supernatural creatures.

Digging Dinosaurs

Nov. 14, 2017

  • Address: Kent District Library, 421 68th St. SE, Grand Rapids
  • Time: 10-11 a.m.
  • Admission: Free

Incorporate science into story time at this local library event. Take your little one (ages 6 and under) for a dinosaur-themed reading.

Marvel Universe LIVE! Age of Heroes

Nov. 17-19, 2017

  • Address: Van Andel Arena, 130 Fulton St. W, Grand Rapids
  • Time: Show times vary
  • Admission: $16-plus/kids, $20-plus/adults

Buckle up for an action-packed performance from all your favorite Marvel characters as they battle against evil, and catch some incredible special effects, aerial stunts and video projection, too.

Pioneer Thanksgiving

Nov. 18, 2017

  • Address: Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave. NW, Grand Rapids
  • Time: 2-3:30 p.m.
  • Admission: $3/members, $6/nonmembers, $3/person entrance fee for nonmembers

Ever wondered how the average mid-1800s American pioneer lived? Experience a day in the life of a pioneer, hard work and all, at this kid-friendly event. Call 616-735-6240 for more information.

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