Upcoming Family Friendly Events

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September, 2021

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!

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!

Historic White Pine Village
Amber Elk Ranch

Here’s a list of family friendly events happening in September:

Mondays & Wednesdays, Now through the Beginning of 2021 School Year

Mason County Central Food Service Free Meals for Kids in Ludington. Times/locations for meals are listed below. Call Mary Ann Nielsen at (231) 757-5721 for more information. 

  • Foster Elementary School Service Entrance- Filer & Emily Streets, Ludington: 1:30-2:30pm
  • Ludington High School (Rear entrance on east side of the building): 1:30-2:30pm

Each Sunday Now Through Labor Day, 10am

Worship at the Park- The Oceana/Mason County Inmate Ministries sponsors Sunday worship in two different parks. The services are interdenominational and a free willing offering is welcome. Jellystone Park- 8239 W. Hazel Rd., Silver Lake AND the Ludington State Park Amphitheater- 8800 M-116, Ludington. For more information on the Silver Lake services, contact Chaplain Terry Montambo at (231) 740-6651. For information on the State Park service, contact Chaplain Jerry Thorne at (231) 425-3693.

Saturday, September 4th-Sunday, September 5th

  • Shoreline All Breed Youth Horse Show, Mason County Fairgrounds, Ludington
  • Hart Heritage Days, Hart Historic District
  • Traditional Pow Wow. Oceana County Fairgrounds- 1025 S. State St., Hart
Port of Ludington Maritime Museum
Mancino's Pizza & Grinders

Sunday, September 5th, 10am

Worship at the Park. The Oceana/Mason County Inmate Ministries sponsors Sunday worship in two different parks. The services are interdenominational and a free willing offering is welcome. Jellystone Park- 8239 W. Hazel Rd., Silver Lake AND the Ludington State Park Amphitheater- 8800 M-116, Ludington. For more information on the Silver Lake services, contact Chaplain Terry Montambo at (231) 740-6651. For information on the State Park service, contact Chaplain Jerry Thorne at (231) 425-3693.

Friday, September 10th-Saturday, September 11th

Silver Lake Sand Dunes Apple & BBQ Cook-Off Festival
Featuring barbecue, music, arts/crafts, car show. Silver Lake.

Saturday, September 11th, 12-5pm

September 13th trough October 21st

Scare Crow Contest
A scare crow contest is being held by Circle Rocking “S” Children’s Farm. Entry forms with photos must be submitted by October 21st and judging will take place the week of October 25th, with scarecrows placed in participants’ front yards. The event is free for special needs families, groups, and nursing homes. A $25 fee is requested from businesses or the general public. Participants may be from Mason, Manistee, or Lake Counties and addresses must be clearly marked on judging week. For entry forms, visit circlerockingsfarm.org.

Friday, September 17th-Saturday, September 18th

Mears Lighted Trail- Lighting up the baldy foot trail with 150 steps leading to the top of the baldy overlook then down a lighted baldy sand dune. Lights will be on from dusk-10pm. Charles Mears State Park– 400 W. Lowell St., Pentwater.

 

Saturday, September 18th-Sunday, September 19th

MIHA District 9 Equestrian Meet. Mason County Fairgrounds, Ludington.

Sunday, September 19th, 1pm

Blessing of the Animals, Silent Auction, & Pet Show. People, pets, and livestock of all ages are invited to this event where animals are blessed. Animals must be on a short leash or in a carrier. $5 admission to the Pet Show to benefit special needs therapy programs. For more information, visit circlerockingsfarm.org. Circle Rocking “S” Farm- 5487 Tuttle Rd., Free Soil.

Tuesday, September 21st, 11am-1pm

Car Seat Check. Free and open to the public. Ludington Fire Department- 918 E. Tinkham Ave., Ludington.

Thursday, September 23rd, 10am-1pm

Pentwater Harvest Day. Village Green- 327 S. Hancock St., Pentwater.

Friday, September 24th, 3-9pm

Final Friday Experience. Includes farmers market, live music, safe activities, Baby Badger rides and more. Downtown Ludington.

Saturday, September 25th

  • Grip ‘n Rip Ace Run 2021. Disc Golf Tournament hosted by Grip ‘n Rip Disc Golf. Registration from 7:30-8:30am, Shotgun Tee Off at 9am. For more information or to register, visit discgolfscene.com. West Shore Community College- 3000 N. Stiles Rd., Scottville.
  • MIHA District 9 Equestrian Meet. Mason County Fairgrounds, Ludington.

  • 1-6pm – Octoberfest Festival. Kids games, chili walk, live music, German-themed food and beer. Downtown Ludington.
  • 6pm – Scottville Optimist Club Sportsman’s Banquet. Tickets are $30 for adults, $15 for kids age 6-17, and under age 6 are free. Tickets include dinner, drinks, and entry into the grand prize drawing. There will be special youth prizes given during the event. There will also be big board items, drawings all night, and more than 50 bucket drawings. Tickets are available at Squires Chiropractic, Holden’s Home Furnishings, and Smith & Eddy Insurance in Scottville. There are also rifle raffle tickets available for purchase. For more information, contact Joe Knowles at (231) 690-7374 or Mark Watts at (231) 462-3623. Scottville Optimist Hall- 105 Green St., Scottville.

Tuesday, September 28th, 4-5pm

Family Movie Trivia
Space is limited to 6 families. Masks required. Registration required by calling (231) 723-2519. Manistee County District Library- 95 Maple St., Manistee.

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