As we near the end of August, kids around the Mitten unite in disappointment about the inevitable return to school, college, and cold weather (*burrr*). For the sixth year, Grand Rapids prepares to kick off the autumn season with the annual ArtPrize competition from September 24th to October 12th but until then, it’s time to finish summer with a bang! Make sure there are no regrets on the warm weather to-do list when you consider these three fun agenda items before leaves start falling in West Michigan.
1. Explore a Museum
As the beach days become few and far between, it will be much easier to take a day to do the exhibits you’ve been ogling all summer. Grand Rapids Public Museum presents “Dream It, Build It: A LEGO Certified Professional Exhibit” until August 31st. While you’re there, sneak upstairs to appreciate the recently re-opened Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium. The LEGO exhibit includes “build areas” where kids and kids at heart can build small scale masterpieces. Until August 24th, check out “Michigan Modern: Design that Shaped America” at the GRAM. This exhibit celebrates the people and industries in Michigan that have made huge contributions to modern design. The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum presents “Taking the Seas: The Rise of the American Aircraft Carrier” through June of 2015, but the Frederick Meijer Gardens “Dahlia Show” is only a two day event on August 23rd and 24th.
2. Go Out to Eat
While patios are still open and Michigan agriculture is still coming from field to tables all over Grand Rapids, take advantage and eat out. Grand Rapids Restaurant Week 2014 is in full swing until August 24th and is featuring Perfect Pairings at dozens of restaurants all over town. Read how Restaurant Week and Grand Rapids are a Perfect Pair from Anthony Homolka earlier this summer on the local interpretations of pairings all over the city! As the Whitecaps finish up their season on home turf, you still have time to check out $2 Hot Dog and Beer Night on Thursdays. (August 21st and September 4th are home!)
3. Back to School Shopping
There has already been a swell in shopping over the last few weeks, but let’s make sure there’s time to hunt for the fun stuff too! The Fulton St. ARTisans Market has been in full swing since 2005 and is open Sundays from 11-3. Check out Experience GR’s Downtown Shopping Guide to navigate the downtown stores and swing by the Downtown Market to pick up easy dinners from Making Thyme as you ease back into the swing of school.
What else are you cramming in before the leaves start to fall?