Our top Weekend Picks (Feb. 7-9)

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Time to make your play date


Playtime isn’t just for kids Friday at the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum.

GRCM’s sixth annual fundraiser, set for 7-11 p.m. Feb. 7, features a carnival theme complete with favorites Whac-A-Mole, Pop-A-Shot, Ring Toss, Inflatable Axe Throw and a special prize wheel.

“Street food” will be provided by HopCat and El Granjero, while “playful cocktails,” beer and wine come courtesy of New Holland Brewing Co.

Music by PJ DA DJ ties everything together.

Cost is $50 per person and includes one drink ticket. Attendees must be 21 or older.

You’ll be runnin’ down your dream


The Pyramid Scheme is the place to be Feb. 7 for Tom Petty aficionados.

The Insiders, a Tom Petty tribute band, will take the stage beginning at 8 p.m. for a night featuring the likes of “American Girl,” “Refugee,” “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” and a whole host of favorites from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s.

Tickets are $15, and the show, which is sponsored by Bruce Heys Builders, is a fundraiser for New City Kids.

The Pyramid Scheme is located at 68 Commerce Ave. SE, Grand Rapids.

Fun for the family at Meijer Gardens


Ever wonder how a sculptor turns a block of ice into a piece of art?

You can find out from 1-4 p.m. Feb. 8 during Winter Family Day at Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.

Bundle up for an outdoor adventure in the Lena Meijer Children’s Garden when FMG offers wintry fun for all ages. There will be plenty of hot chocolate to warm your insides and loads of activities to keep you busy:

  • Observe a sculptor transform a block of ice into an amazing piece of ice art.
  • Create a unique winter-inspired, take-home art project.
  • Add your touch to a Children’s Garden collaborative ice sculpture display.
  • Discover how winter can be a “wonderland” on an interactive naturalist walk.

The event fee is included with the price of admission.

A festival of sacred art

(Friday, Saturday, Sunday)

First United Methodist Church begins its Celebration of the Arts on Feb. 7 with a public reception for the artists participating in its annual juried art show.

Celebration of the Arts began in 1972 as part of the music and arts ministry of First Church. Now in its 47th year, the event has grown to represent one of the largest juried sacred art shows in the country. It features artists from throughout the Midwest in a variety of media, including oils, acrylic, watercolor, sculpture, fiber, photography and more. During the 13-day festival, there are many individual events, including concerts, drama and art activities.

The opening reception is scheduled for 7-9 p.m. at the church, 227 E. Fulton St., Grand Rapids. Jazz, special desserts and an awards presentation are planned. A special gallery walk-through is scheduled from 9:15-10:15 a.m. Feb. 9.

Bonus Picks

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony with Lady Ace

Princess Day

Nikki Glaser

A Night in Margaritaville

KDaLe Takeover

Passion Petal Boutique opening

8th annual Chocolate Stroll

Drag Brunch

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