Things To Do

School’s out for summer – for my husband any way.  He finally gets a chance to catch up on some of the family fun he has been missing out on. Things like sitting down with us for dinner, instead of going to class.  Reading the kids bedtime stories, instead of getting home three hours after they go to bed.  Last night, he had the pleasure of going to the Big, Big Bugs Exhibit at the Museum.  My husband is not a museum-y person and anything with a ton of kids tearing around gets on his nerves.  I think it gets on everyone’s nerves, but some of us just live with it daily and know how to deal with it.  A nice glass of wine with dinner, mainly.

It was quite the surprise for both of us that I was the one who declared it a FAIL. Well, not the exhibit itself.  The bugs are fine. It was the planetarium show that was Included In The Price Of Our Ticket. I may pay extra not to have it included next time.  I’ll just do bullet points with my objections rather than make you listen to a full-on rant.  My husband has already done that.  Incidentally, today he is looking for some summer classes to take.

  1. The show was designed for children.  It was 45 minutes long and involved mostly lecture.
  2. The lecture began with a distinction between what technically defined a constellation (not pictures, but specific segments of the sky), and how it is incorrectly used in common speech.  As a 45 minute long example, it was used incorrectly thereafter.
  3. Somehow the lecture wandered into saving endangered lions or something , and environmental stewardship.  I’m not opposed to either, of course, but it was a little stretch-y for kids to follow. OK and adults too.
  4. The show concluded (finally!) with a very loud, very long thunder and lightning soundtrack and sky-lighting finale.  Everyone under the age of eight wet their pants a little, and everyone under two was screaming their heads off by the time it was over.  Kids LOVE thunderstorms!!

This weekend will be fantastic though.  Maybelle has her tap recital and I tried to get you all tickets, but she’ll be tapping to a sold out crowd.  I found a few other things going on, and listed them here.  If you don’t live in Grand Rapids, don’t worry.  I’ll be back tomorrow with a book review and then a tutorial about how to cook dried beans.  You just never know what you’ll find here…

May 15 8:00 Grand Rapids Bike Park – Trail Day and Pumptrack Grand Opening 8am- noon, open riding afterwards. Help clean up the Plaster River Corridor. At 11am Mayor Heartwell will cut the ribbon and take the first official ride on the pumptrack. Rides will be offered on the developing singletrack and on the Plaster Creek Trail. (This may only be exciting to my husband, but you never know).
May 15 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Arts in Ada Festival – kids activities.
May 15 11:00AM- 3:00PM Picnic in the Park (Wilcox Park) Eastown kicks off the 2010 special events season with the fourth annual Wilcox Picnic in the Park. This year, they are teaming up with Friends of G.R. Parks for a morning Wilcox Park Cleanup followed by the Picnic in the Park. Everybody who helps clean up the park gets a free hot dog, chips and a pop as a thank you. This is a family friendly event with live acoustic music, children play activities, and informational booths. 
May 15 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM (Wyoming) UCOM Community Carnival – Games, inflatables, and snacks. More info here.
May 15 12:00 – 5:00 PM Community Open House at the old Public Museum.
May 15 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM (Grandville)  Safe for Summer Swim Days, Visser Family YMCA
Find out if your child has the skills they need to be safe in the water this summer!  The Y will offer free swim tests to any child in the community (You do not have to be a member.)  Contact Katie Long 530-9199 or email Klong@grymca for more info.
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6 responses to “Things To Do

  1. Hi – I am the director of West MI Parents Network and was wondering if you can put a badge on here for the network or mention some events like the moms night out and strawberry picking, etc. Thanks!

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    We went to the GR Public Museum event at the old building tonight. It’s a little…. creepy. My kids weren’t thrilled about it. I was sort of interested, as it was free, and there were various art installations. Sometimes it’s hard to tell what’s a new installation and what’s leftover from when the museum moved to Pearl St. The “arms” room was amusing, as well as the “look around you and see a peculiar peninsula” (or something worded to that effect). But my 11 YO didn’t “get” the humor.

    I wouldn’t recommend the Saturday event for kids under about 5. My 7 year old just wanted to push all the buttons on the old exhibits.

    On the whole, I’d recommend it for artsy adults.

  3. Wow! Thank you for the mention of the UCOM community carnival. Lots of fun for everyone and nothing costs more than a quarter. Most of the games and all of the entertainment are free. It’s a little gift to the community from our staff and volunteers.

    Some of my thoughts about this super organization are at in a blog called “10 things I love about my job.” Thanks again for encouraging people to visit us and attend this fun event!

  4. UCOM is a big gift to the community, Bruce. You’re welcome 🙂

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