Our mission To operate and maintain the Silver Beach Carousel and Musem for the artistic, educational, and entertainment benefit of Berrien County residents and visitors.
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Merry Makers

You'll guide visitors to where they can purchase tokens and help them have safe and happy rides. Thanks to you, they will learn fascinating facts about the Carousel and the interactive exhibits in the Silver Beach Amusement Park Museum. You'll help them find The Brass Ring Gift Shop and direct them to the restrooms. Be our ambassador for the area, informing guests about fun things to do while they are in Southwestern Michigan. Give our carousel figures TLC and help us keep the carousel house tidy. Pass out literature about upcoming good times. Our Carousel operator assistant volunteers must be at least 18 years old.
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Weekends


As a non-profit organization, we need to raise funds throughout the year to keep this magnificent Carousel operating and improving. So, you can help us decorate the Carousel seasonally and assist us in planning and hosting special events throughout the year. The carousel also supports other non-profit organizations raising money for worthy causes such as Alzheimer's and cancer research, and your help is greatly appreciated to make those events go smoothly. Plus, you can also help with brainstorming ideas, mailings, distributing promotional materials, oh, the list goes on and on.
  • Occasional
  • Teens, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10)
  • Event support
  • None, On-site
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Poppers & Spinners

If you enjoy interacting with all ages, you'll love being a Popper & Spinner volunteer. Mmmmm, you'll create the tantalizing aromas of warm popcorn and freshly made caramel corn and cotton candy that draw a steady stream of customers to our striped refreshment stand. Here, you'll pop, spin, serve and sell. At the start of the day you'll set up our concession machines and at the end of the day, clean them. When the boardwalk is closed, you'll sell soft drinks, bottled water and make change for other purchases and activities.
  • Occasional, Monthly
  • Teens, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • On-site, Formal
  • Weekdays, Weekends
How you help If you like being happy, laughing, playing, and making magical memories for all ages, then the Silver Beach Carousel is for you! We're one of the most fun places to volunteer. And you'll have a blast with all of our Friends of the Carousel.
About us In 1997, several individuals formed the Silver Beach Carousel Society, Inc., and began promoting the idea of bringing the 1910 Silver Beach Amusement Park Carousel back to the community. After a setback, the society repurposed its mission to bring a new, hand-carved and hand-painted one to St. Joseph. On January 2, 2010, the bell rang and the new Silver Beach Carousel sprang into motion. You’ll find all the magic and wonder of the Silver Beach Carousel below the bluff in St. Joseph.
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