WIN! Family Four-Pack of Ringling Bros. Circus Tickets

The Greatest Show on Earth® is coming to Grand Rapids!
Children Of All Ages® can let their imaginations go wild in an exhilarating adventure with extreme thrills, exotic animals and extraordinary performers that add up to the ultimate family entertainment experience.

High-wire wizards, powerful strongmen, BMX trick riders, trampoline daredevils, inconceivable contortionists, a high-flying human cannonball, a […]

By |August 28th, 2016|Categories: General, WIN|95 Comments

30 Days of SEPTEMBER Fun for Kids in Grand Rapids

Hit the Streets in September!
School is coming, summer is going and September is here to celebrate it all. From festivals and street fairs, to consignment sales, art, art and, well, more art, it’s a month full of opportunities to get outdoors and enjoy the last bit of warmth before winter begins to call.

In our list […]

By |August 25th, 2016|Categories: Fall|0 Comments

Get a Taste of Autumn at Fall Festivals & Fairs For Kids in Grand Rapids

Going to a fair in the heat of summer can be quite uncomfortable, making you long for that air conditioned ride home. But a fair in the crisp fall air? Perfect! Check out our finds for 2016 fall festivals and fairs around Grand Rapids to enjoy.

And don’t worry–there are some indoor fairs and festivals listed, […]

By |August 24th, 2016|Categories: Autumn, Fall, General|Tags: , |1 Comment

WIN! John Ball Zoo Tickets & Vote on Top Family Healthcare Providers in Grand Rapids

Family Healthcare Providers in Grand Rapids – We want to know, who is the BEST of the best?
We are putting together a guide listing the best family care providers in greater Grand Rapids… doctors, midwives, dentists, eye doctors and more.
Who takes great care of your family here in West Michigan?

Cast Your Votes for a Chance to […]

By |August 23rd, 2016|Categories: General, WIN|Tags: , , |4 Comments

Grand Rapids Restaurants for Kids and Families with Allergies

Allergy, Dairy and Gluten Free Restaurants for Kids
We recently polled our facebook readers on where to find allergy, dairy and/or gluten free restaurants around Grand Rapids. And boy, did we get a lot of nominations! Thank you, restaurant owners, for going the extra mile for our food-sensitive family members.

Allergy friendly service includes, but is not […]

By |August 23rd, 2016|Categories: General, Health|Tags: , , |0 Comments


2016 Gigantic Grand Rapids Fall Fun Guide
Leaves crunching under my feet, cider mills, and lightly frosted apple cider donuts, long walks in the orchards, crisp evenings and frosty mornings, hot chocolate and snuggly sweaters…why do I love autumn? Because autumn is the perfect after-dinner chaser to a long, hot summer. Autumn is the like summer’s […]

By |August 22nd, 2016|Categories: ArtPrize, Autumn, Fall, General, Guides, SEASONAL|3 Comments

Potty Break! 5 Kid-Friendly Public Restrooms Around Grand Rapids

Desperate for a Kid Friendly Bathroom in Public?

We’ve all probably heard enough stories, or lived through them ourselves, to know that public bathrooms while potty training a kid are both a complete necessity and sometimes a complete disaster.

Who doesn’t know someone whose child was completely paralyzed by fear with one encounter of auto flush? And how do […]

By |August 21st, 2016|Categories: General|Tags: , |2 Comments

A Parent’s Guide to the Grand Rapids Hispanic Festival

August 26-28, 2016
The Latin community in Grand Rapids is thriving, and the Hispanic Center of West Michigan invites you to experience the beauty and tradition of this culture at their Hispanic Festival, August 26-28, 2016.

This is a great opportunity to take your kids to celebrate hispanic culture! Here are four things that families will love […]

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

WIN! One Month FREE at The Horizon Complex

Gymnastics, Karate, Dance, Cheer & More
The Horizon Complex in Jenison has got it all! Not only do they have a quality gymnastics facility, but they also offer dance, cheer, karate and Ninja Zone classes.

You can also host birthday parties at The Horizon Complex, sign your kids up for their camps, or have your little ones […]

By |August 17th, 2016|Categories: WIN|Tags: , , |47 Comments

Fall Family Fun Abounds at Koetsier’s! Reserve Your Early Bird Special Now

Koetsier’s Fall Family Fun Experience Presents:
2016 First of Fall Play Days at Koetsier’s Greenhouse
If you’re new to town, you may not yet be familiar with Koetsier’s Greenhouse.

I remember my first fall living in Grand Rapids, and repeatedly hearing about this magical place called “Koetsier’s.” It was evident that it was a very fun place for […]

By |August 16th, 2016|Categories: Autumn, Fall, Parent Info, Play Date, SEASONAL|Tags: , , |6 Comments

Sports Guide for Grand Rapids Kids

Little League, soccer, swimming, karate… when it comes to sports around Grand Rapids, there is no shortage of opportunities for your child to get involved. In fact, the number of possibilities make choosing a bit overwhelming, so we’re here to help. Below, you will find a big list of […]

By |August 15th, 2016|Categories: General, Guides|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Watch Simone Biles and Other Olympian Gymnasts in Grand Rapids!

The excitement of the Olympics are in full swing at our house. We’re staying up way too late cheering on Team USA!

Hands down our favorite event is gymnastics.

Last week we watched as the ‘Final Five’ earned a team gold medal. We teared up when Aly Raisman completed her floor routine, clinching the all-around silver medal. […]

By |August 15th, 2016|Categories: General|0 Comments

Parent’s Guide to Windmill Island Gardens in Holland

Windmill Island Gardens in Holland, Michigan is a unique and beautiful destination to visit with your whole family. It is the perfect place to experience natural beauty wrapped up in a historic, educational opportunity.

In order to maximize your time at Windmill Island Gardens, you can use this handy guide to best explore Windmill Island Gardens with […]

By |August 14th, 2016|Categories: General, Guides, Parent Info, Travel, Travel Michigan|Tags: , , |0 Comments

How I Stopped Being a Short Order Cook for My Kids – and a $50 Fresh Thyme Giveaway

This giveaway is closed. Congrats to the winner Kristie!
Always Hungry, Never Happy Kids
Somehow, when summer roles around, I turn into a short-order cook and snack matron. It drives me crazy! So when I read about Carrie Pauly’s food experiment, I knew she was onto something.

Something magical happens to kids during the summer that makes them […]

By |August 14th, 2016|Categories: Real Life, WIN|Tags: , |147 Comments

Eat Your Way Through Grand Rapids: A Family’s Guide to Kid-Friendly Eats

We’ve got your list of where to eat in Grand Rapids!
No doubt about it, West Michigan has been blessed with some amazing restaurants, cafés, and brewpubs. But despite the vast selection, not every restaurant is perfect for eating with kids.

We’ve amassed a list of some fantastic places to take your kids to eat, morning, noon and […]

By |August 11th, 2016|Categories: General, Grandtastic Award|Tags: , |1 Comment