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.

Native American Culture

Nov. 3, 2018

  • Address: Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave. NW, Grand Rapids
  • Time: 10:30 a.m.-noon
  • Admission: $5/members, $8/nonmembers
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Spend a morning viewing a performance by the champion Powwow dancer Reg Pettibone and his wife, Marca. Learn about his upbringing through dance, song, stories and more! Stick around after for a Q & A session. A hike through the Blandford’s forest with an interpretive presentation at their Wigwam is also in store. Pre-registration is required.

Imagine Craft Days

Nov. 5, 19 and 26, 2018

  • 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 complete crafts. Also, enjoy the brand-new interactive recycling museum exhibits!

Tellabration: A Night of Storytelling

Nov. 9, 2018

  • Address: Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave. NW, Grand Rapids
  • Time: 7:30-9:30 p.m.
  • Admission: $5/members, $8/nonmembers

Tellabration is a nationally recognized night of storytelling. Ages 12-plus are welcome to watch storytellers spin funny tales, dive into folklore and share personal anecdotes. Pre-registration is required.

Try Hockey for Free Day

Nov. 10, 2018

  • 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. Call 616-389-7210 to register.

KDL Lab Experience: Dinosaurs!

Nov. 14, 2018

  • Address: Walker Branch, 4293 Remembrance Road NW., Walker
  • Time: 4-5 p.m.
  • Admission: Free

Take your young one (ages 6-plus) to this dinosaur-themed activity session. Have fun creating fossils, dinosaur masks, mini-dinos and more!

Kids Costume Ball

Nov. 17, 2018

  • 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.

This post was originally published in 2017 and is updated regularly.

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