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15 Before They’re 15: Experiences for Every West Michigan Kid

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by Melody

 

What does it mean to grow up in Grand Rapids?

It used to mean tours of gypsum mines and talk of furniture city… but no longer.

So, what are the signature experiences every Grand Rapids Kid should have these days?


 

Here’s our list of {15} iconic events, activities or experiences we think every kid in Grand Rapids should have before their 15th birthday.

 

  1. Play your heart out at the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum with self-made human-sized bubbles, gigantic blocks and more! #15- Look at the Christmas trees and sing along on the trolley at Meijer Gardens.
  2. Go to family day at a Whitecaps Game, play catch with the players and run the bases after the game.
  3. Put on your walking shoes and follow the grkids.com ArtPrize Kids’ tour [2012 edition coming soon!]
  4. Get a photo with the statue of John Ball at the Zoo, pet the sting-rays and try your luck on the zip-line or high ropes course.
  5. Jump into Blandford Nature Center’s Sugar Bush Days just in time for pancakes, Blandford syrup, and a visit to their historic buildings.
  6. Make sandwiches or pack lunches for hungry students at Kids Food Basket.
  7. Be a tourist in downtown GR with our free Afternoon on the Town Tour – take in the Big Red Button, Giant Tire Swing, Fish ladder Park, and of course, see the La Grand Vitesse at Calder Plaza
  8. Take photos of butterflies at Meijer Gardens in the Spring and then head outside #2 – Go to family day at a Whitecaps Game, play catch with the players and run the bases after the game.for a climb through the tree house.
  9. Ride the carousel and watch a laser light show at the Grand Rapids Public Museum
  10. Rent a boat and row, row, row it at Millennium Park.  After a visit to the splashpad and romp around their trails, that is.
  11. Pack a picnic and plane watch at the airport observation area.
  12. Stroll through time and eat dinner, grab dessert, or spend the night at the historic Pantlind Hotel {Amway Grand Hotel.}
  13. Tie on some skates and spin under the stars as you ice skate at Rosa Parks Circle. #9 - Ride the carousel and watch a laser light show at the Grand Rapids Public Museum
  14. Put on your mittens and cheer as the Grand Rapids Griffins take the ice at the VanAndel Arena.
  15. Look at the Christmas trees and sing along on the trolley at Meijer Gardens.
Melody V

Melody V

Melody started grkids.com in 2009 on a whim. The site has grown leaps and bounds since then and she is just as amazed as everyone else. She enjoys listening to audiobooks, creating with chalk paint, tickling her kids and enjoying our wonderful city.

 

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