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Fall Family Favorites Around Kalamazoo

Posted on September 29th, 2014

Take a look at these fall family favorites around Kalamazoo from Jill Piwko of KZOOkids.com!


Fall in the Kalamazoo area is truly spectacular! We love all of the great family things that you can do. From apple picking to Harvest Festivals to trick-or-treat events, there are so many fall activities that make this our favorite season of the year.

Here are some of our favorite family activities and events that we look forward to every fall.





“Gene The Pumpkin Man”

Fall family fun must include a visit to “Gene the Pumpkin Man”. Look for the orange barns, orange tractors and the orange car. Gene has been in the pumpkin business for 57 years offering pumpkins, honey, squash, and pumpkin butter. He opens mid- September and closes for the season on November 1st. Pumpkins will arrive early October. Gene’s farm is located at 22637 M-43 in Kalamazoo and open daily from 10:00 am-8:00 pm every day. Stop in and visit Gene and see why he is so passionate about pumpkins…it’s contagious!



Gull Meadow Farms


A great way to kick off the fall season is a visit to Gull Meadow Farms located in Richland. There are so many things to do for the whole family. Gull Meadow Farms season opened on September 6 with the petting farm, apple orchard, pumpkin patch, wagon rides, and tons of activities in Pumpkin Lane. One of our favorites activities is the apple cannon that shoots apples more than 150 yards into the air. This season they will have a number of special events including visits from the Pumpkin Princess on Saturdays and Sundays during October and the fun Pumpkin Destruction Weekend on November 1st.   While you’re there, don’t forget to try one of their fresh pumpkin donuts.


KRVT Fall Color Cruise and Fun Run


(photo courtesy of Kalamazoo River Valley Trail)

(photo courtesy of Kalamazoo River Valley Trail)

The Kalamazoo River Valley Trail is a beautiful place to take a bike ride in the fall. The KRVT Annual Fall Color Cruise on October 12 is a great opportunity to get out there and enjoy the great fall colors. This year they’ve added a fun run, too. Fall colors and an opportunity to enjoy a family bike ride or run provides the perfect opportunity to experience all of the beauty of this great trail in the fall!


(photo courtesy of Jill Piwko)

(photo courtesy of Jill Piwko)

Boo Zoo at Binder Park Zoo


The Boo Zoo at Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek is such a fun event! This year the Boo Zoo at the Binder Park Zoo will take place between October 15th and October 30th. Enjoy the trick-or-treat trail, games, hayrides, train rides and the carousel. Don’t forget your costume!




Safe Halloween at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum


On October 25th from 12:00 pm-4:00 pm, families are invited to join the Kalamazoo Valley Museum with crafts, face painting, and trick-or-treating! The KVM also offers free access to walk the haunted halls of the planetarium and an opportunity to take part in a Spooky Space Mission. We and many other members of the community love this FREE event.



Gilmore Car Museum’s Spooktacular


The 3rd Annual Gilmore Spooktacular will be held at the Gilmore Car Museum in October 29th from 4:00 pm-7:00 pm. This is such a fun way to trick-or-treat and enjoy Halloween festivities with the kids. Activities include trunk-or-treating, lawn games, rides on the double decker bus and more! The setting at the Gilmore Car Museum make this event spectacular and so unique.

Hope you can get out and enjoy all of the good things that our area has to offer this fall. Have fun!



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