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Who: Jenison Youth Basketball is open to boys 3rd-6th grade and girls 5-6th grade.
What is JYB: We are a community basketball league. Come play basketball and compete for your home elementary school vs other Jenison Elementary’s
When: JYB will start practicing mid to late October. Season will end prior to Christmas break. Games will be on Saturday’s in November and December. More information will be sent after registration.
Where: All practices will be held at student athlete's Jenison Elementary school. All games will be held at Jenison High School.
Varsity basketball players led by varsity coaches will teach the game of basketball in a fun and competitive way to 3rd and 4th grade athletes.
Who: 3rd and 4th Grade Girls Where: Jenison High School Kamstra Gym or other district gym
Date(s): Practices will be on Wednesday Jan. 3, Monday Jan. 8, 15, 22, all from 7-8:30pm and games will be played on Saturday mornings, Jan. 13, 20, 27, exact times TBD.
Cost: $55 (includes a t-shirt)
Location: High School Gyms or Elementary Gyms.
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Community Program Opportunities

Baton Twirling Classes
Come join the fun and learn how to twirl a baton! Baton twirling is making a comeback as the latest and greatest sensation! Don’t miss out on all the fun! Register at the first class on September 28th.
When: Every Thursday from Sept. 28th - Dec. 21st from 7:00PM - 7:45PM.
Where: Rosewood Reformed Church Gym - 2795 Rosewood St.

See our flyer for more information.

Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore 
The Girl Scouts are coming to Jenison! If you have ever wondered about signing your girl up for the Girl Scouts, volunteering, or starting a brand new troop, look no further! 

Art Prize
Art Prize 2023 kicks off next month! September 14-October 1, during the 2 week event, visitors can enjoy the Art of Food Festival, the Merchants and Makers Market and of course, all the incredible art. See for all the information or for simplifies family friendly information, see all the things that GR Kids has to share here

Outdoor Activities

Story Walks
Ottawa County parks offers Story Walks. Walk along the paths with your family and read the picture books posted on signs and look for things to do. Be sure to check the calendar for dates and parks.

Explore local playgrounds
Look no further than this giant list of area playgrounds for some of the best places around to play!
Splash Pads

Did you know that Jenison is home to two great splash pads? Kids can choose their own “level of wet’ at either Maplewood Park or Rosewood Park Splash pads.

Trail Maps

Looking for outdoor fun for your family?: There is a new interactive non-motorized trail map which features 4,600 miles of trails. You can also download free apps – “All Trails” for Apple or Google Play and “GR Walks” for Apple or Google Play.

Food Truck Fridays
Work up an appetite for the food trucks at Riverside Park with a FREE kayak ride. Kayaks and required equipment will be available for 20-minute rides. Fridays, 5 – 8 PM.
Find more info on their Facebook page.

Educational Activities

Georgetown Public Library 
Summer Programs

Our local public library has a great variety of youth activities this summer. See their summer activities calendar. More information can also be found on their website.

Get Your Free Library Card
Your library card gives you access to thousands of items locally and millions of items statewide. It's not just for books! Your library card lets you access items such as museum passes, cake pans, video games, instruments, yard games, and so much more!

Draw Club

Draw Club offers drawing classes for Ages 7-16.

Kent District Library LAB Experience (ages 5-10)

TheKDL LAB Experience promotes creativity, problem solving skills and unstructured exploration time for school-age children and teens. Carefully selected learning tools and activities are designed to help students increase their proficiency in STEAM disciplines: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math. Get your questions answered and register at the KDL website.

Play N Learn
What is Play N Learn? It's a free program designed for families with children birth through age five. Infant group is for children birth-24 months. Each session will be based on a children’s book and will include:
  • story 
  • fingerplays 
  • creative art experiences 
  • educational play
Each family will also receive a children’s book to take home. Information on child development and reading readiness will be available for parents. Address locations listed on back QUESTIONS? Call 1-877-702-8600 Chrisje Stam ext. 4129 [email protected] Spanish Playgroups: Flavia Maccio ext. 4137 [email protected]

Stump the Librarian
If your kids have tough questions, pass them onto “Stump the Librarian.” This KDL podcast is entertaining and educational. Learn a boat load of interesting tidbits!

Free Workshops at Home Depot
On the first Saturday of each month, Home Depot hosts free workshops for kids.  9:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Registration required on their website.
Kent District Library (KDL) LAB Experience 
For ages 5-10. TheKDL LAB Experience promotes creativity, problem solving skills and unstructured exploration ?time for school-age children and teens. Carefully selected learning tools and activities are ?designed to help students increase their proficiency in ?STEAM disciplines: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math. Get your questions answers and register on the KDL website.

Talking is Teaching
Help Me Grow Ottawa has offered a free “Talking is Teaching” calendar that offers simple daily interactions that can help boost children’s brain and language development, setting them up for success in school and beyond.

Rainy Day Activities

Indoor Sports and Recreation

Enjoy the Recreation Center and pool at GVSU with a day pass! Day passes are $5.00 per person and you may come and go as you need. See our website for more information.

Bowling: Hudsonville Lanes

Enjoy family fun by requesting your FREE $10 Open Bowling Certificate through Hudsonville Lanes here!

Kids bowl two FREE games daily all summer long at select bowling alleys. Qualifying age varies by location, but there are also discounts for older family members. Get everyone together for some affordable, old-fashioned fun!

Rebounderz Adventure Park
Come and try our Trampoline Activities, In-the-Air Dodgeball, 6-Lane Foam Pit, Air-Basketball, and Open Jump Arena. As well as our Ninja Warrior Course (44” and Over) featuring more than 250’ of different obstacles with Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced Lanes. Conquer the Jump Extreme Tower (44” and Over / 200lbs and Under) Laser Tag, Mini Golf, Mini Escape Rooms or let your little ones enjoy the Tri-Level Playground (54” and Under) and Kangaroo Pillow (44” and Under). We also offer birthday and group packages. For more information, check out our website.

JPS Aquatics Swimming
Lap Swim
We ask that patrons check every Sunday for the upcoming lap swim schedule for that week. If you want to pay as you go, you can pay the lifeguard on deck. Residents of Jenison School District or those with current School of Choice kids are $3.00 per swim. Non-Residents of Jenison School District are $4.00 per swim. We offer a one month membership and a six month membership for the price of five months. More info can be found on our Aquatics website.

Flick’s Family Film

Flick’s Family Film offers different kids movies every month. Kids under 12 are FREE and everyone else is just $5. See Celebration's website for more info.

Tarry Hall Roller Skating Rink
Learn To Skate
Cheap Movie Tickets
Love the movie theater AND your budget? Enter T.A.C.O. Tuesday at Celebration Cinema. Score $4 movies all day long on Tuesdays. To get the deal, all you need to do is sign up for Celebration Cinema’s C Rewards program (it’s free).

Happy Cat Cafe
Get your snuggles on again as the Happy Cat Café reopens in Grand Rapids. This newly remodeled coffee shop and cat play place offers the chance to meet and curl up with kitties. Reservations are strongly encouraged.
Reserve a visit time on their website.

Community Events

Confluence Festival
Confluence is a multi-dimensional ideas festival that connects the worlds of art, music, science, and tech through shared experiences. Confluence features diverse offerings, including a Music Showcase with leading-edge musicians; a Thought Series with influential thought leaders from across the region; an Innovation Showcase with a focus on gaming and esports; a Maker Expo featuring the area’s DIY community; a STEAM-based adventure land for kids called Future Innovators Zone, and Art@ – a 360° multi-sensory takeover of urban spaces.
See more information here.

John Ball Zoo

Any Michigan resident who carries a MI Bridges card, including WIC, can attend John Ball Zoo for free with up to 9 free household members through the JUMP program.

Purchase tickets.

Double Up Food Bucks
Use your Bridge or Pandemic EBT at participating Farmers Markets to get tokens to purchase SNAP eligible items. Get an equal amount in FREE Double Up Food Bucks (up to $20/day!) for Michigan grown fruit & vegetables. No registration required! 

Kids Eat Free
There are still a few places where kids can eat FREE (or at least discounted) around GR. You’ll have the most weekend options if you dine out on Sunday!
See this article for more info.

Golden Age Passes
Jenison Golden Age passes can be obtained by anyone 60 years or older who reside within the Jenison Public School District. They are free to those who qualify, and are accepted at any home or away OK Conference athletic event.  Please bring your ID to our Administrative office located at 8375 20th Ave or the High School Athletic Office located at 2140 Bauer Rd during business hours.

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