Below are free and inexpensive things to do in West Michigan this weekend that won’t cost you your entire budget. Enjoy summer fun without feeling the strain on your wallet!


– Tuesdays and Thursdays at The GRAM
Not a weekend activity but every Tuesday and Thursday The GRAM offers free admission to the public during certain times. Visit their website for more details.

– Visit the Fish Ladder
A free community experience that can be enjoyed at any age.

– Visit your Local Library
Many libraries offer fun activities for kids during the summer! Find your nearest library here.

– Volunteer
Always free and always appreciated by your community! Use the link to learn more about opportunities in your area.

– Host a Dinner Party Using the Food in Your Pantry

You might have to get creative with this one but this is a great time to use any food that might be going bad soon.
– Register for a Home Depot Workshop

Summer is a great time for home improvement projects and how cool is it that Home Depot offers DIY classes?

$5 and Under

Blandford Nature Center
Non-members: $3.00 per person

– Robinette’s Apple Haus and Winery
Wine Tasting (Ages 21+): $5.00

$6 – $15

– Fulton Street Farmers Market
Spend what you can!

John Ball Zoo
Adults: $13.00
Children ages 2 – 12: $10.00
Children ages 1 and under: Free

West Michigan Whitecaps
Tickets as low as $9 for a night that is sure to be a blast! Be sure to check their website for ways to score even lower ticket prices and other great deals throughout the season.

– Gerald R. Ford Museum
Adults: $10.00
Children ages 6 – 18: $4.00
Children ages 5 and Under: Free

– Grand Rapids Children’s Museum
Admission: $9.00

*Admission prices subject to change. Please see company websites for the most up to date pricing prior to your visit.  

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