Special Events and Family Programs
Ada Parks hosts a number of special events and family programs throughout the year.
Join us for these exciting winter events at the Parks!
"Birds and Bird Feeders" on Saturday Dec. 9, 10:00 a.m. - learn to identify local winter birds and build your own wooden bird feeder to take home.
"Night Sky" programs on Wednesday Jan. 10, 7:00 p.m. and Thursday March 22 at 7:30 p.m. - get oriented to the night sky with maps and star charts, then go outside to look at the constellations. On March 22, the Grand Rapids Amateur Astronomical Association will provide expertise and telescopes to look at the crescent moon, Orion Nebula and other sights.
"Winter Fun Day" on Saturday February 3 from 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 noon - celebrate winter in the park - build a snowman, learn about winter birds, take a snow hike, then come inside for hot cocoa. Bill and Paul's Sporthaus will be on hand to with XC skis and snowshoes to demo and a "Basics of XC Skiing" clinic at 11 a.m.
"Snakes, Turtles, and Frogs, oh, my!" on Thursday, March 8 at 7:00 p.m. - a special presentation by the outdoor Discovery Center featuring live, native turtles, snakes, and other animals for you to see and touch.
- July 4th Parade and Fireworks
- August in Ada Children's Festival
- "Beers on the Bridge"
- River Clean Up Days
- The GRAND RIVER RUN 8K, 5K and 2K
- Educational Programs such as "Birds of Prey", "Bats", "Michigan Geology", and "Build a Bird Feeder"
- Winter Hikes with snowshoes and cross country skis
Grand River Run
The Grand River Run offers 3 events starting at 9:00 a.m. There were timed runs at 8K and 5K distances and a 2K Family Fun Run/Walk. Information about the Grand River Run is found at
August in Ada Children's Festival
Held at Ada Park, August in Ada hosts local businesses and organizations aimed at serving our community's youth. Visit for activities, pony rides, balloons, great food and an afternoon in the park!