Saugatuck Expo: 30 Days on the Art Coast, Kids & Family Style

With our town’s creative history, natural amenities and recreation opportunities, there are plenty of ways to explore our region with the entire family 365 days a year, and Saugatuck Expo is no exception. Check below for a list of family-friendly or kid-specific activities you won’t want to miss.

Kids Camps

Saugatuck Expo is a celebration of arts and culture, so it’s no surprise that our kids camps and activities are arts-focused. Whether you’re joining the kiddo in the classroom or dropping them off for the day, memories, education and fun are all here waiting for you (and your kids!) in the Art Coast of Michigan.

Featured Kids Camps:

Toddler Tuesday – Ages 0-5 (must be accompanied by an adult)
Saugatuck Center for the Arts
June 18 & 25, 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Small hands, big art! Toddlers (5 & under) have the opportunity to express themselves through sensory play, exploring the wonders of color, light, animals, weathers, shapes, nature and more! With a brush in one hand and a squirt bottle in the other, our young creators will be moving, seeing, creating and discovering new things about the world around them. This camp experience is meant to serve independent young artist who want choice and freedom.

SO much fun, so much mess — and the clean-up is on us. Come play! To learn more and register, click here.

Backyard Clay Play – Ages 7+
Saugatuck Center for the Arts
June 18 & 25, 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Dig, learn, create! Come along with local ceramic artist Jeff Blandford on an excavation exploration! Kids will get down and dirty digging up Michigan’s natural clay, and learn about Native American pottery and the process in which it’s made. They’ll also create a Native-inspired clay work to take home.

While gardening in his own backyard local ceramic artist Jeff Blandford discovered that his soil was rich with clay. Much inspired by Native American pottery Jeff began experimenting, creating, and firing works of art with his “Back Yard Clay.”

To learn more about Jeff Blandford, click here. To learn more and register, click here.

Kids “In the Heights” – Ages 6-12
Saugatuck Center for the Arts
June 24 – 25, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. (Snack provided)

This summer’s opening Mason Street Warehouse production is Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony award winning musical, “In the Heights.” The show is deeply rooted in Hispanic-American culture and what it means to embrace both your origins and your present culture. Children will explore Latin American music, art, language, food, and have an opportunity to learn dance moves from Jay Gamboa, co-choreographer for “In the Heights”.

To learn more and register, click here.

Paper Mache: Larger than Life Animals – Ages 7+
Saugatuck Center for the Arts
June 26 – 28, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (Snack provided)

If you could be an animal what would you be? During this fun, engaging, messy camp students pick their favorite animal then work in a larger-than-life format to create it from paper mache.

Artist Janie Stamm leads children through the entire creation process from designing their creature, to constructing its skeleton, to making and covering it with paper mache, then adding the final creative touches.

Artist Janie Stamm (no relation to our own Kurt Stamm) currently lives in St. Louis, MO where she is attending grad school at Washington University.

To learn more about Janie Stamm, click here.  To learn more and register, click here.

Family-Friendly Saugatuck Expo Events

Restaurant Week – June 2-9

Get a true taste of our communities during the first week in June during restaurant week! With specially-coursed menus with items at $10, $15 and $30, there’s something for every member of the family to enjoy this week.

Jump into Summer with the Accidentals – June 7, 5-9 p.m.

This free concert & exhibition opening features The Accidentals, a popular indie-folk band from Traverse City, Michigan, as well as amazing illustrators, Rebecca Green, Ginnie Hsu, Hillery Sproatt and Libby Vanderploeg. Drinks and food will be available for purchase.

Music in the Park – June 12, 7-9 p.m.

An outdoor concert in Downtown Saugatuck at Wick’s Park. Bring chairs, blankets and snacks and relax by the river with great tunes!

Town Crier Races: 5k, 10k & Half Marathon – June 15, 8 a.m.

Parents can choose to run, walk or watch and kids can take part in the kids fun run, taking place at 9 a.m. in Beery Field in Downtown Douglas. Click here for more information.

Dudleyville Vintage Baseball Festival – June 22 & 23, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Enjoy two days of fun, food and vintage baseball games featuring teams from Douglas, South Haven, Elkhart and more.

Shakespeare in the Park – June 29, 5-10 p.m.

This mini renaissance festival will feature a live performance of Romeo & Juliet by Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company as well as live music and fun! Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

Make Memories in our Communities

The Saugatuck/Douglas and Fennville area has been entertaining families for decades with plenty of attractions and things to do, promising hours of swimming, dune climbing and sand castle building – and that’s just at the beach. No matter how old your kids are, where their interests lie, or what the season, we have dozens of ways to show your family a good time.

Learn more about how your family can enjoy our communities here.

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