Top 5 things to do this weekend

Mark Brooky • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:59 AM

(1) Free Movie Friday — There are three places to go for free family flicks on Friday (That's a lot of F words!):

— Spring Lake District Library, 123 E. Exchange St., will be screening "Ice Age: Continental Drift" at 2 p.m. The animated adventure is rated PG and is 87 minutes long. Children age 7 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

— Loutit District Library, 407 Columbus Ave. in Grand Haven, will show "Brave" at 2 p.m. This animated frolic in ancient Scotland is rated PG and 100 minutes long. Free popcorn.

— The Frauenthal Theater, 425 W. Western Ave. in Muskegon, will be showing three films on Friday, and all are free. "The Lorax" is at 3 p.m., "Brave" is at 5 p.m. and "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island" will be shown at 7 p.m.

(2) Feeder Watch — 10 a.m. Saturday at the Nature Education Center at Hemlock Crossing in Port Sheldon Township. This indoor program aims to help you hone your identification skills and observe a variety of wildlife behaviors. Bring your binoculars (loaners are available). Free. For details, click here.

(3) Family Fireside Story — 2 p.m. Sunday at the Nature Education Center at Hemlock Crossing. Bring the family to listen to a nature-related story around the center's fireplace, followed by an activity or a discovery walk focused on the story's theme. Free.

(4) New Year's Eve Swim and Ski Party — For many, this last weekend of 2012 will extend four days. New Year's Eve is Monday, and the Tri-Cities Family YMCA and Ski Bowl at Mulligan's Hollow is putting on a family program from 6-10:30 p.m. No matter what age your kids are, there is something “cool” for them to do, the YMCA staff says. Partygoers will have exclusive use of the YMCA facility and adjacent ski hill. The family can swim; play basketball, dodgeball and wallyball; make crafts; and get into the bounce house and obstacle course. Pizza at 9 will be followed by a DJ dance party and balloon drop at 10. The cost, including ski fees: $10 per person or $35 for a family of four, $5 for each additional family member, age 2 and younger are free. For information, call the YMCA at 616-842-7051.

(52) Take one last tour of the Christmas lights. People usually leave them up and turn them on through New Year's. Try a neighborhood or city you've never been.

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