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Each April, area residents and businesses take pledges and try to raise as much money as possible for the Ludington Lake Jump.
The communities along Lake Michigan are blessed with talented actors and musicians that entertain us throughout the year.
Dune Rides in your ATV or ORV are popular at Silver Lake Sand Dunes in Michigan, but many rules and regulations apply.
Each April, AFFEW (A Few Friends for the Environment of the World) hosts an annual Earth Day event in Ludington.
Current family-friendly events in West Michigan, great, fun, things to do for kids of all ages! Fun for the whole family!
Communities in Mason, Oceana, and Manistee counties sponsor many Easter events and egg hunts for kids in the spring.
The Kenny Rogers Band presents Through the Years featuring Don Gatlin wsg Edgar Struble
WSCC Center Stage Theatre- 3000 N. Stiles Rd., Scottville.
Performance by the Traverse City Symphony Orchestra
Messiah at Corson Auditorium- 4000 M-137, Interlochen.
West Shore Community Wind Symphony & Drum Line Performance
Manistee High School Auditorium- 525 12th St., Manistee.
West Shore Community Concert Choir Performance
WSCC Center Stage Theatre- 3000 N. Stiles Rd., Scottville.
The Masked (Local) Singer Fundraiser
This fundraiser for Sandcastles Children’s Museum will include local “celebrities” singing while in costume and judges guessing who they are. Attendees will also vote for their favorite contestant. Tickets are $50 each or $200 for a VIP table for two people. All tickets include dinner, dessert, and one voting ticket. A cash bar and complimentary non-alcoholic drink choices will be available. Additional votes are $5 each. VIP seating is for the performance only and includes table service, premium beverage, swag, and a chance to ask a singer a question. For tickets, visit sandcastleschildrensmuseum.com or stop by the museum during open hours. Sandcastles Children’s Museum- 129 E. Ludington Ave., Ludington.
Opening Day of the Silver Lake State Park ORV Area
Silver Lake State Park.
Lenten Fish Frys in Weare Township
Dine-in or takeout Fish fry’s at St. Joseph Parish Hall- 2349 W. Jackson Rd., Weare Township. Cost is $13 and includes choice of fried or baked fish, vegetable, potatoes, cole slaw, dinner roll, and choice of dessert. For more information, call (231) 873-5776.
Craft Supply Sale
Lunch available for purchase. Wagoner Community Center- 260 St. Mary’s Parkway, Manistee.
School-Wide Open House at Covenant Christian School
Students eligible for enrollment range from 3 years old through 8th grade. The event includes a school tour, teacher talks, enrollment packets, and more. Covenant Christian School- 2980 W. US-10, Ludington.
Scottville Elementary School Kindergarten Round-Up
Children who will turn 5 on or before September 1st, 2023 are invited. Bring the child’s birth certificate and proof of address to register them. Scottville Elementary School- 201 W. Maple St., Scottville.
Victory Early Childhood Center Great Start Readiness Preschool Program Registration
Families with children who turn 4 on or before September 1st, 2023, are invited to register for the Great Start Readiness Preschool Program at Victory Early Childhood Center- 4171 N. Stiles Rd., Scottville. Parents should bring the child’s birth certificate and a copy of their 2021 income tax W2 form or other current income verification. Families with children turning 4 between September 2nd-December 1st, 2022, and those interested in the Center’s tuition-based program, should call Victory Early Childhood Center at (231) 843-2410.
“Up North” Lake & Cottage Show
Show including vendors of indoor/outdoor furniture, landscaping, construction & remodel, kitchen & bath, home decor, designers, electric bikes, stand-up paddle boards, golf carts, boats, and more. Hours are 10am-6pm Friday and Saturday, and 10am-4pm Sunday. For more information, visit mifun4u.com.
Muskegon Lakeshore Home, Garden, & Boat Show
70+ distributors, outdoor displays, seminars, DIY sessions. For tickets or more information, visit muskegonhgs.org. VanDyk Mortgage Convention Center- 460 W. Western Ave., Downtown Muskegon.
Lakeshore Mama & Me Expo
Moms are invited to meet those who can support them during the early stages of parenthood. Talk to providers, sample products, and meet other moms. Open house format with kids activities available. Ludington Area Center for the Arts- 107 S. Harrison St., Ludington.
Pentwater Preschool Playgroup & Registration
Families with children who turn 4 on or before December 1st, 2023, are invited. Parents should bring the child’s birth certificate, proof of income, health checkup, and immunization record. All children ages 2-4 are invited to the playgroup portion of the event. Pentwater Preschool- 600 Park St., Pentwater.
Kindergarten Round-Up at Spitler Elementary School
Families with children turning 5 on or before September 1st, 2023 are invited to register from the 2023-2024 school year. In order to register, parents should bring the child’s birth certificate, up-to-date immunization records, proof of residency, hearing/vision screening, and the parent or guardian’s photo ID. Children will receive a free goody bag and “Class of 2036” T-shirt. Contact the school at (231) 873-6237 for more information.
Great Lakes Environmental Festival
The mission of this film festival is to encourage people to think about ecology and the present condition of the Great Lakes region. Students will be encouraged to use their 60-second presentation PSA to promote environmental improvement and demonstrate how practical solutions to environmental problems have evolved. Additional events will be scheduled. These, along with event locations, are to be announced. For the most updated information, visit glef.us.
AFFEW Native Plant Sale
The 2023 sale will be online only. Garden & Single Species flats plus individual Quart & Gallon plants may be ordered by visiting affew.org.
Ludington Lake Jump
Participants raise money for a new organization each year and jump into the frigid waters of Lake Michigan. Registration at 10:30am, jump at 11am. Stearns Park, Ludington.
Hart Hills Bike Race
Race starts and finishes in downtown Hart with a 5, 10, 25, and 50 mile option offered. Refreshments will be available at the finish line. Overall and age group winners will be recognized with a unique medal. For more information or to register, visit harthills.com.
AFFEW Earth Day Events
Presentations, informational booths, kids activities, and more. Free and open to the public. United Methodist Church of Ludington- 5810 W. Bryant Rd., Ludington.
Family Fun Day
Free family fun day hosted by Forest Trails Wellness LLC and sponsored by Children Trust Michigan Mason County Council. Event includes make and take container gardens and stress balls, information about family wellness and mindfulness, and family yoga and meditation. Registration is required at eventbrite.com.
Mason County Eastern Athletic Boosters Auction
Admission is $10 per person or $5 per person who already donated to the auction. Tickets include a taco bar, coffee, and water, and attendees are welcome to BYOB. The event includes a silent auction, live auction, 50/50 drawing, and more. Sherman Township Hall- 3854 E. Main St., Fountain.
Friends of the Ludington State Park Free Zoom Educational Series
Register at friendsofludingtonstatepark.com to receive Zoom code.
Ludington Preschool Round-Up
Families with children who will be 3 or 4 by September 1st, 2023 are invited to learn about preschool programs and the enrollment process, and meet the staff. Enrollment requires a driver’s license, and the child’s birth certificate and proof of immunizations. Ludington Elementary School- 5771 Bryant Rd., Ludington.
Annual Spring Tree Sale Pickup
Sponsored by the Mason-Lake Conservation District.
Family Craft Day
Faire Heart and Children Trust Michigan of Mason County are offering free craft kits to the first 50 people to attend. The Port- 222 W. Ludington Ave., Ludington.
Bike Ready Bike Clinic
Bike check, skills station, and signing to commit to a safe riding season. Free and open to the public. OJ DeJonge Junior High School Parking Lot- 706 E. Tinkham Ave., Ludington.
Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Lakeshore Bowl for Kids Sake
Fundraiser for Big Brothers/Big Sister of the Lakeshore. Dress/Theme is Superhero vs. Villain. Cost is $25/person. Each bowler that raises $75 will receive a t-shirt. For more information or to register, visit bbbslakeshore.org. Northway Lanes & Billiards- 1751 Evanston Ave., Muskegon.
Mom 2 Mom Sale
Sale of gently used baby and kids’ items, spring and summer clothing, toys, books, and more. $2 entry fee (under age 12 free). Cornerstone Baptist Church- 121 Nelson Rd., Ludington.
Sale of local, featured hand-picked artists, crafters, and makers. Faire Heart- 3408 W. US-10, Ludington.
Blast Into Summer Party
Annual benefit for the Alzheimer’s Association presented by the Lakeshore Pyrate Heads. Admission is a cash donation or donation of a non-perishable food or hygiene item. Tropical or pyratical attire is encouraged. 50/50 raffle, live auction, and music by Two Dudes in Flip Flops. Sportsmans/The Mitten Bar- 109 W. Ludington Ave., Ludington.
COVE Birthday Bash- Lake County
This event is a benefit for Communities Overcoming Violent Encounters (COVE). Tickets are $30 and include appetizers. COVE staff will talk the history and current services provided by COVE.
Attendees are encouraged to bring a “birthday gift” for COVE in the form of pillows, full sized blankets, large kitchen utensils, silverware sets, laundry soap, toilet paper, mixing bowls, table lamps, new washing machines, or a monetary donation. For tickets or more information, click here. Pompeii’s Pizza- 751 Michigan Ave., Baldwin.
Dancing with the Local Stars Fundraiser for the Ludington Robotics Team
Local, celebrity dancers and their partners will be competing against each other for one of three trophies: Judges’ Choice, Most Entertaining, and People’s Choice. The People’s Choice award goes to the couple who receives the most public votes – $1 equals 1 vote. Couples dancing include Dean and Andrea Raven, Dann and Julie VanDyke, Perry and Wendy Merrilat, Jamie Adam and Tom Buchanon, and Chris & Jenna Simpler. Tickets are $75 each and include heavy hors d’oeuvres with a cash bar available. Get tickets at eventbrite.com.
Manistee Michigan’s Victorian Sleighbell Parade and Old Christmas Weekend is held the first full weekend of December.
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The Hart-Montague Bike Trail consists of 22.5 miles of paved paths for biking, snowmobiling, skating and more!
Before you make a splash in Lake Michigan, check out the water temperatures for beaches from Manistee, Ludington, Pentwater, and Silver Lake.
Winter in Manistee County includes great outdoor activities like skiing, snow shoeing, hiking, ice skating, and more.
The Michigan Audubon Society Lake Bluff Center overlooks Lake Michigan near Manistee and features wildlife and a bird sanctuary.
The Pere Marquette River area is rich with wildlife, offering great outdoors hunting and fishing opportunities.
Find artifacts, photographs, and lots of information and stories about the rich history of Pentwater at this historic museum!
The Traverse City area has several arts and crafts fairs scheduled throughout the year, offering many unique handcrafted items.
Get some fresh air and exercise during those cold winter months when you hit the Pentwater Pathway for cross country skiing and snowshoeing.
The Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts is a cultural center in West Michigan and plays an integral part in Manistee’s history.