GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. —
Every Wednesday, we help you plan your weekend with Grand Rapids Kids — this week you have the chance to celebrate space exploration, and the life of Grand Rapids astronaut, Roger B. Chaffee.
The space celebration comes after another astronaut from Grand Rapids returned, after breaking the record for the longest single spaceflight completed by a woman.
Roger That! is happening at the Grand Rapids Public Museum on Friday and Saturday. The event features a public celebration at the GRPM and an academic and public conference at Grand Valley State University. Learn about Chaffee and space exploration with hands-on fun, including a jet propulsion activity, looking through telescopes, creating underwater ROVs and interacting with space artifacts.
Also, you can fish for free, only two times a year in Michigan, and this weekend is one of them. On Saturday and Sunday all fishing license fees are waived, and a Recreation Passport is NOT required to get into state parks.
The West Michigan Golf Show is Friday through Sunday at DeVos Place. Tickets for adults are $10 online, and $12 at the door, kids 14 and under are free.
Paint the Park is on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Rosa Parks Circle. As part of the World of Winter festival, you can paint the ice at the rink -- and enjoy a street party including food trucks, pictures with the Frozen princesses, and ice carving.
Finally celebrate African American history and culture at Taste of Soul Sunday at the Grand Rapids Public Library. The free event from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. features live music, crafts and free food samples.
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More Events featured on 13 ON YOUR SIDE and My West Michigan:
- It's all about the ice! Valent-ICE taking over Rosa Parks Circle this weekend
- Versiti offers free scoop of ice cream on Valentine's Day
- World of Winter Festival offers lifesize Hungry Hungry Hippos game
- Backstreet Boys' world tour stopping in Detroit this summer
- Holland's Indoor Winter Market back for 2nd year
- Warrior dog exhibit coming to Gerald R. Ford Museum this month
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