Featured Family Events in May

May 2019

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The lakeshore communities of West Michigan do a fantastic job of hosting events and activities that include the whole family. There's so much happening that is geared specifically toward kids and families as a whole, and that's part of what makes being here so amazing!

Every season in West Michigan has it's unique, fun things to do for kids of all ages- from babies up to the "young at heart". Indoors or outdoors, no matter the time of year, there's always something great going on along the lakeshore for families to experience together!

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In addition to the following list, check out all the special events and programs provided by Sandcastles Children's Museum and the Ludington and Scottville branches of the Mason County District Libraries!

Here's a list of family friendly events happening along the lakeshore in May:



May 7th, 14th, 16th, and 21st; 6:30-8:30pm


Childbirth Education Classes at Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital's lower level classrooms- 1 N. Atkinson Dr. The first two classes focus on labor and delivery while the final two classes focus on caring for your baby, breast feeding, and infant safety. The cost to attend is $40, which covers all four classes. To register, call (231) 845.2357

Wednesday, May 16th, 6-7:30pm


Ludington Pop Warner Youth Football Sign-Up at the Ludington High School Cafeteria- 809 E. Tinkham Ave. Participants need to bring a copy of their birth certificate and proof of current physical (since April 15th, 2019), weigh-in upon arrival, and pay a $65 registration fee. Age groups are Junior Pee-wees- ages 8-10 and weight up to 118 pounds; and Junior Midgets- ages 10-12 and weight up to 158 pounds. Youth football camp for players will be held in August. Call Brian Flanery at (231) 301-0905 for more information.


Sunday, May 19th


10am-5pm - Facebook Friends Day at Lewis Farm & Petting Zoo- 4180 W. M-20 in New Era. For more information, visit visitlewisfarms.com.

4-5:30pm - Auditions for the 4th Annual Stratford on the Avenue Festival in the West Shore Bank Room at the Mason County District Library- 217 W. Ludington Ave. in Ludington. Seasoned and new actors as young as age 7 are encouraged to audition as Stage Left loves to work with actors of all skill levels! Those wishing to audition are asked to arrive at the starting time and plan to stay for the duration of the auditions.

4-7pm - Bob Park Music Series at Sandcastles Children's Museum- 129 E. Ludington Ave. Featuring music by Zeek and Wally. Food by The Blu Moon. Admission is by free will offering.



Monday, May 20th, 7-8:30pm


Auditions for the 4th Annual Stratford on the Avenue Festival in the Rotary Room at the Mason County District Library- 217 W. Ludington Ave. in Ludington. Seasoned and new actors as young as age 7 are encouraged to audition as Stage Left loves to work with actors of all skill levels! Those wishing to audition are asked to arrive at the starting time and plan to stay for the duration of the auditions.

Wednesday, May 22nd, 7-8pm


O.J. DeJonge Middle High School Orientation at Peterson Auditorium- 508 N. Washington Ave.. in Ludington. All current fifth-graders and their parents are invited to hear suggestions and insights from a panel of older students and important information about what to expect at O.J. Students will also be able to register for next year’s classes. Any area fifth-graders who plan to attend O.J. in the fall are welcome to attend. For more information, contact Amy Marsh at amarsh@lasd.net or Steve Hull at shull@lasd.net.


Thursday, May 23rd


8:30-10:30am - Fifth-grade students from Foster Elementary School will visit O.J. DeJonge Middle School to tour the building, participate in a question-and-answer session with mentor students and talk with staff members about their middle school transition. Students should wear comfortable tennis shoes for a gym activity. Foster students will be bussed from school for this visit. Any area fifth-graders are also invited to attend. For more information, contact Amy Marsh at
amarsh@lasd.net or Steve Hull at shull@lasd.net.

5-8pm - Live in the Plaza featuring the Third Coast Gypsy Jazz Band.


Friday, May 24th


Ludington North Breakwater Light and Little Sable Point Lighthouse open for the season.


Saturday, May 25th


10am-5pm - Footsteps for Families Worship Concert, Color Walk, and Craft Fair to benefit the West Shore Pregnancy Care Center at Rotary Park in downtown Ludington. For more information, visit facebook.com.

12pm - Ludington Area Jaycees Mini Golf Course opens for the season.

12pm - Jump Around Fun Center opens for the season- 1830 N. Lakeshore Dr. in Ludington.


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Monday, May 27th


7am - Rich Tompkins Memorial 5k Run in Hart.

10am - Pentwater Memorial Day Parade. Line up on First Street with services at the Municipal Marina, the Village Green, and the Pentwater Cemetery.


Thursday, May 30th, 5-8pm


Live in the Plaza featuring Fremont John Ashton.

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More Family Fun...


For more activities & attractions, check out these additional links for Things to Do in West Michigan:


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Ludington Activities & Things to Do -- Play on a beautiful beach, take a tour at Historic White Pine Village, or explore the barn quilt trail, murals or sculptures in the county--Ludington offers many fun things to do for the entire family!
Have Fun in Manistee, Michigan -- Explore Manistee's historic downtown district and riverwalk, hike the Manistee National Forest, canoe on the Manistee River, and more.
Hamlin Lake -- Just 4 miles north of Ludington, Hamlin Lake is a great destination for boating, fishing and climbing dunes! The Hamlin Lake shoreline is also part of the Ludington State Park.
Silver Lake Sand Dunes -- Visiting the Silver Lake Sand Dunes makes for a terrific vacation because you can take your off-road vehicle for a spin on the scenic sand dunes overlooking Lake Michigan and Silver Lake.
Things to Do in Pentwater, Michigan -- Nothing is quite like the quaint, artsy, harbortown village of Pentwater. Don't miss the popular Charles Mears State Park beach on Pentwater's Lake Michigan shoreline.
Lots of Activities in Scottville, Michigan -- Explore the Riverside Park along the National Scenic Pere Marquette River.
Canoeing or Fishing on the Pere Marquette River -- Many boat liveries offer canoe rentals.
Also, check out West Michigan Guides and our locally produced WestMichigan.MichBiz.com directory for our largest lists of Things to Do in West Michigan.
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Last Updated: 05-15-2019 12:29 PM ID: 1735