Are you ready for spring? Tired of these last few weeks of the winter doldrums (even in such a mild winter as this one has been for much of us)? Then get ready to laugh, because Gilda’s LaughFest in Grand Rapids, Michigan is on a mission to make you - and your kids - chuckle, guffaw, or just outright burst out laughing.
This year’s LaughFest will be held from March 8 through March 18, and events will be held at various locations throughout downtown Grand Rapids. A full schedule (and venue map) can be found on their website, but there is definitely something to appeal to everyone - whether you’re looking for stand-up comedy, humorous artwork, parties, dance, film, theatre and more.
As with last year’s inaugural event, there are a lot of options either specifically aimed at kids, or which are family-friendly with clean humor. Below are a few highlights that families should be sure to check out:
Baby Loves Disco - March 9 and 10, 10:30am and 2:30pm.
This fun dance party not only features real music (DJs blending classic disco from the 70’s and 80’s) but also gets the little ones moving with bubble machines, egg-shakers, scarves and more. There’s a chill-out room plus healthy snacks and diaper changing stations. What a fun way to get parents and kids moving and grooving together!
Super Saturday Kids Zone - March 10, 10:0am to 2:00pm and Saturday Night Teen Zone - March 10, 7:00 to 10:00 pm
During the day, come for kid-friendly activities, including laser tag, boulder dash, moon bounce, face painters, sand and spin art and more. Then bring your teens back in the evening to enjoy laser tag, a live DJ with dancing, a mechanical bull and more.
Family Improv Workshop - March 10 and 17, 11:00am
Gather your family and have a blast doing improv together!
Don’t Let The Pigeon Fall Down Laughing - various dates and times at area libraries
Come hear stories, do fun crafts and activities, and enter a funniest caption writing contest. Prizes will be awarded to each library’s most amusing young author!
The Laurie Berkner Band - March 11, 1:00pm
Definitely a kid favorite (and one of mine as well) - her music is fun and silly and speaks to the inner child in all of us!
Barrel of Monkeys: “That’s Weird, Grandma” - March 13, 10:00am and 1:00pm
A play written by Chicago school children and performed by an arts education theater ensemble who has worked with under-served children in the Chicago Public Schools since 1997.
Kids’ Joke Night - March 13, 6:00pm
A chance for kids aged 5th grade or younger to get up on stage and tell their best jokes!
People & Pets - March 17, 9:00am
Bring your pet for costume contests, games, entertainment, giveaways and treats!
Green Eggs & Ham - March 17, 10:15 and 11:30am
The classic Dr. Seuss story brought to life by the Grand Rapids Symphony. A great way to introduce music to kids aged 4-7.
Seriously Funny Adventure Challenge - March 17, noon
A fierce competition, pitting man against woman, child against parent, friend against friend, competitor against rubber chicken. Teams of 2 or 4 compete in a unique challenge through downtown Grand Rapids.
For more information, schedules, ticket information and more, check out the LaughFest website, or follow along on Twitter or Facebook.
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