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Why I Went to Meyer Music to Get My Kid’s Band Instrument

So You Need a Band Instrument
Every school district in West Michigan is different, but most all offer kids the option to join band at some point.

If and when this happens in your family, you need to be prepared to enter a whole new world. Unless you have band or orchestra experience yourself, walking into a […]

By |August 31st, 2016|Categories: General|Tags: , |0 Comments

Fall Consignment Sales for Greater Grand Rapids – 2016

This information is updated for 2016.

Our extensive list of fall consignment sales in the Greater Grand Rapids Area is unparalleled. Consignment sales happen almost every month of the year and offer a great way to restock closets with gently used quality clothing at reasonable prices. Check back often as we add sales throughout the season. […]

By |August 30th, 2016|Categories: Autumn, Fall, General|Tags: , |0 Comments

12 Free/Affordable Things to do in September Around Grand Rapids

Now that the older kids are heading back to school, we’ll all be looking for affordable activities to keep the younger kids busy. September is full to bursting with amazing possibilities in the West Michigan area! From Orchards to ArtPrize; we’ve got you covered!

And if you’re desperate for a few moments of sanity but the ever […]

By |August 29th, 2016|Categories: Autumn, Free, General, SEASONAL|Tags: , , |0 Comments

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|182 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: , , |11 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

THE GIGANTIC GRAND RAPIDS FALL FUN GUIDE

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

Sports Guide for Grand Rapids Kids

SPORTS – GRAND RAPIDS KIDS AND BEYOND
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

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

Don’t Just Visit the Wild Side – EXPERIENCE it at Boulder Ridge

by guest author Mary Ward

Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park is 80 acres of animal adventure at 8313 Pratt Lake SE, Alto, MI 49302.

This unique park was started by Dave and Dawn Hoekstra, who initially bought the land to breed animals to sell to zoos. But their exotic animal passion grew to a desire to open […]

By |August 10th, 2016|Categories: General, Place, Travel Grand Rapids|Tags: , , |1 Comment