GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., June 29, 2017 – Next week, the Grand Rapids Downtown Market welcomes back their free “Kids at the Market” activities hosted every Wednesday in July from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. The free activities aim to engage kids through song, dance, crafts, science experiments, animals, fitness and more.

Each week is hosted by a different West Michigan organization with a unique theme, so parents and children will find new activities every week. Dates and themes include:

July 5: Celebration! Hosted by the Grand Rapids Children's Museum
To celebrate the 20th birthday of the Children’s Museum, this week’s free “Kids at the Market” focuses on activities with a creative birthday theme. Kids can take advantage of an imagination playground, creating a birthday crown, building balls and tabletop manipulative exercises.

July 12: Superheroes! Hosted by Once Upon A Princess
Kids can meet and get autographs from Wonderwoman, Spiderman, Batman and more, as well as take part in superhero training. Temporary tattoos and coloring activities will be part of the fun.

July 19: Farm Animals! Hosted by the Critter Barn
This week’s free “Kids at the Market” gets children up close and personal with farm animals including chicks and ducklings, rabbits, pygmy goats, sheep, a donkey, a rooster and more. A milking station and agricultural info will also be available.

July 26: Science! Hosted by the American Chemical Society and GVSU
Kids will learn about science in a fun way, through activities that demonstrate various methods of science including hydrogen/helium balloons, color chemistry with pH indicators, a dry ice demo, happy/sad balls, liquid nitrogen for balloon shrinking/expansion and more. Kids can also take part in some yard games and coloring activities.

About the Grand Rapids Downtown Market 
The Grand Rapids Downtown Market is the region’s new choice for fresh, delicious foods and amazing public market merchants. The Market is a $30 million, self-sustaining, LEED-certified, mixed-use facility that brings together production, distribution, marketing and education about local foods and growing. It incorporates entrepreneur and experimentation space for both emerging and experienced food artisans and merchants including a 24-vendor Market Hall and two full-service restaurants. More at

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CONTACT: Erin Cataldo, 810-423-0017,