GR Civic Theatre’s “Holes” is a Hit With Boys and Girls Alike

My 12-year old son is a lover of all things relating to books. His favorite class is language arts, his favorite pastime is turning pages, he writes books, carries (and leaves) books everywhere, and always enjoys a good production based on a book.

When the opportunity arose for me to review Holes, the stage version of […]

By |October 22nd, 2016|Categories: General, Reviews|0 Comments

How to Enjoy a Morning in Rockford, Michigan With Baby

The long, humid summer is gone and if you’re anything like me, you’re in desperate need of a change of scenery. You’ve done a lot this summer: walks at Fredrick Meijer Gardens, visited your local splash pad, enjoyed the beach at Millennium Park and I’m guessing indulged in an ice cream cone (or two!) at Jersey Junction […]

By |October 20th, 2016|Categories: General, Travel Grand Rapids|0 Comments

ARTengage is Where Kids Have all Kinds of Smart Fun

Cooler weather means warm apple cider, cozy sweaters, and beautiful foliage–but it also means it’s time to start brainstorming and exploring indoor play options for those cold, rainy days. That’s why I was especially thrilled to find out about ARTengage, an exciting and unique indoor play space in Grand Rapids.

MORE FROM GRKIDS: Grand Rapids Comic-Con […]

By |October 19th, 2016|Categories: General|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Greater Grand Rapids Trunk or Treats

Trunk or Treats Contain the Kids but Still Deliver the Candy
Are you ready for Halloween? Are you ready for hour-long excursions into the cold, and possibly wet, dark? If not, let our Trunk or Treat Roundup ease your excursions and hopefully shorten them!

Looking for more ideas for Grand Rapids Halloween fun? Check out:

2016 Halloween Trick-or-Treat Times
Grand […]

By |October 18th, 2016|Categories: Autumn, Fall, General, SEASONAL|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Indoor Play Guide for Grand Rapids and Beyond

Do cold, wet days have you down?
There’s no need to sing, “Rain, rain go away come again another day,” when greater Grand Rapids abounds with fun, indoor play options!

Pro parents know that you always need to have a few indoor play options up your sleeve for those dreary days when your kids (and you) are getting […]

By |October 16th, 2016|Categories: General, Guides, Play Date|41 Comments

WIN! Beneath the Wreath Shopping Prize Pack

Beneath the Wreath is West Michigan’s Premiere Artisan Show
Beneath the Wreath is the ultimate fine craft show that not only helps you knock out your Christmas list early, but gives proceeds to charity at the same time.

Beneath the Wreath invites you to their Winter Wonderland on November 4 and 5.

“This year’s show features a refreshing alternative to […]

By |October 13th, 2016|Categories: General, WIN|108 Comments

2016 Halloween Trick-or-Treat Times

Since Halloween is on a Monday this year, we’re hearing a lot of parents ask when their town is trick-or-treating in 2016.

We went to work and compiled this list of when West Michigan neighborhoods and communities are trick-or-treating this year.

Some communities do not set official trick-or-treat times, and others haven’t gotten back to us yet. Be […]

By |October 13th, 2016|Categories: Fall, General|Tags: , |1 Comment

GRPS School Choice Expo & Family Fall Festival-Info, Dinner, Bounce House & More!

Parents are Proud to Choose Grand Rapids Public Schools
It’s no secret that GRPS used to have a pretty bad rap. Enrollment dropped, negotiations were tense and affected morale, and achievement wasn’t where it should be. But in 2011, all that started to change.

Just over five years ago, lifetime Grand Rapids native, Teresa Weatherall Neal became the GRPS […]

By |October 12th, 2016|Categories: General|0 Comments

Where Kids Eat Free or Cheap in Grand Rapids

We’ve researched restaurants in the Grand Rapids area that offer free or cheap kids’ meals. Terms and conditions apply and are subject to change. Please verify with the restaurant before you go.

RELATED: Top 10 Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Grand Rapids

Kobe Steakhouse (Grandville). Kids eat free every Monday with the purchase […]

By |October 12th, 2016|Categories: Elementary, Free, Guides, Preschool, Tween|Tags: , , |40 Comments

Trick-or-Treat in Van Andel Arena and More Spooky Fun at this FREE Halloween EVENT!

Van Andel Arena Celebrates 20 Years
Trick-or-Treat in the Van Andel Arena

It’s hard to believe that it’s been 20 years since the debut of Van Andel Arena!

Since opening in 1996, it’s become a loved Grand Rapids landmark. Now, Van Andel Arena wants to thank the community for supporting them over the last two decades by throwing a Halloween Open […]

By |October 12th, 2016|Categories: Free, General|Tags: |1 Comment

WIN! Lasting Memories from Captured in Clay ($57 Gift Certificate)

Captured in Clay Makes Impressions that Last a Lifetime
Deana, the owner of Captured in Clay, has been carefully crafting customized clay hand and foot impression tiles since 2002.

“Each impression is unique and captures a moment in time and preserves it forever,” says Deana.

I am a big fan of Captured in Clay and I deeply cherish my […]

By |October 11th, 2016|Categories: General|90 Comments

Grand Rapids Comic-Con Parent’s Guide

October 21-23, 2016 at DeVos Place
The Grand Rapids Comic-Con is a three-day comic book and popular arts convention. In addition to vendors selling comics and graphic novels, you’ll find some of your favorite cartoon and science fiction actors. You can find the full schedule of events and speakers here.

Over 22,000 people attended in 2015, but don’t let these […]

By |October 10th, 2016|Categories: Event, General|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

OPENING NIGHT Griffins Hockey Promo Code

The 21tst season of Griffins hockey takes flight at Van Andel Arena on October 14th.  And for the past 20 years, the Griffins Opening Night has sold out.

It’s safe to say that Opening Night is one of THE most popular events in West Michigan!

That’s why it’s amazing that the […]

By |October 10th, 2016|Categories: General, Play Date|Tags: |1 Comment

Grand Rapids Halloween Roundup for Kids

Grand Rapids Halloween Events for Kids
If your kids haven’t already decided on their Halloween costume this year, they’ll be talking about it soon. In a few short weeks our favorite spooky holiday will be here, laden with candy for miles.

But what about the days leading up to Halloween? Surely there some great local events to […]

By |October 9th, 2016|Categories: Fall, General|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Vote on Your Favorite Family Civic Theatre Plays and WIN TICKETS to Any Play You Want!

This giveaway is closed. Congrats to the winner Eunice!

What Do You Want to See on Civic’s Stage?
The Civic Theatre is looking ahead to the future and they want to know what YOUR FAMILY would like to see on their stage.

What would you most enjoy seeing produced on the Civic’s stage on the 2017-2018 season?

Take a […]

By |October 7th, 2016|Categories: General|37 Comments