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Best Things to Do in Traverse City with Kids for Summer

TRAVERSE CITY WITH KIDS IN SUMMER
I grew up in Traverse City. And I never get tired of going back to visit in the summer.

Summer is the time when Traverse City is ripe with things to do with kids. Beaches, fruit, festivals, you name it, it’s probably happening in Traverse City in the summer.

With endless options […]

By |June 30th, 2016|Categories: General, Guides- travel, Travel, Travel Michigan|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Unwrap the Surprises this Summer at GRAM Art Camp for Kids

Calling all creative kids! Grand Rapids Art Museum has some summer art camps that you’re gonna want to check out!

Here’s your chance to get a taste of the GRAM behind the scenes, be creative in the studio, and check out their impressive galleries. Come experience creativity and innovation in a unique and transformative setting.

I’m really excited about […]

By |June 28th, 2016|Categories: General|0 Comments

Float Your Boat (or Tube or Kayak) with Kids in Grand Rapids

Wondering where to boat around Grand Rapids? Paddling or floating down a river is the perfect way to spend a summer day in West Michigan with your family.

If you are new to these water activities, here’s a rundown of what’s available in our area:

Tubing – Float on an inner tube down a meandering river. […]

By |June 27th, 2016|Categories: General, Summer|Tags: , , , , |10 Comments

31 Days of JULY Fun for Kids in Grand Rapids

Believe it or not, it’s almost July, Grand Rapids! Although it’s sad to see June go so soon, the month ahead is full of summer fun around town, with plenty of opportunities to get out and enjoy the sun! From fairs, fitness and festivals to balloons,  books and bees your family can experience some of […]

By |June 26th, 2016|Categories: General|0 Comments

West Michigan 4th of July Fireworks, Parades and More – 2016

FOURTH OF JULY PARADES AND FIREWORKS
Greater Grand Rapids Independence Day Events for Families
There’s never a shortage of opportunities to get out and celebrate our nation’s independence in West Michigan. Whether you are looking for parades, 4th of July fireworks, carnivals, or weekend festivals, we’ve got you covered!

Whatever you choose, we hope you and your family […]

By |June 26th, 2016|Categories: General, Summer|Tags: , |0 Comments

WIN! Summer Art Camp At Grand Rapids Art Museum

Get Inspired This Summer at The Grand Rapids Art Museum
Have you been to the Grand Rapids Art Museum, located in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids? Be sure to visit GRAM with your family this summer. Their admission is very reasonably priced and GRAM opens at 10AM Tuesday-Sunday.

BONUS: kids under 5 years old get in FREE […]

By |June 23rd, 2016|Categories: General, WIN|32 Comments

Amazing Things Kids can do at the GR Library This Summer

Pick Your Team & Get in the Reading Game!
The Grand Rapids Public Library (GRPL) puts the FUN into summer reading. Follow these five easy steps to get your kids signed up for the GRPL Summer Reading Challenge today.

1.) CHOOSE YOUR TEAM:  There are four teams to choose from including: Fiery Force, Splash Squad, Wind Warriors and Team […]

By |June 22nd, 2016|Categories: Event, General, Parent Info, Summer|0 Comments

Make Silver Lake Sand Dunes Your Family’s Pure Michigan Summer Destination

Eager to Explore the Sand Dunes? Head to Silver Lake!
Sean Henry, owner of Sierra Sands Family Lodge, knows Silver Lake like the back of his hand and he loves helping families enjoy all the incredible things the Silver Lake Dune Area has to offer!

“When thinking about visiting Michigan sand dunes people seem to always think of Sleeping […]

By |June 21st, 2016|Categories: General|0 Comments

Treasured Toddler Play Spots for $10 or Less around Grand Rapids

If you have toddlers at home, you know that it’s great to find new and interesting things to do that don’t break the bank. We’ve put together a list of some of our favorite things to do with toddlers that cost under ten dollars, and some of them are even free! Don’t forget to check out […]

By |June 20th, 2016|Categories: Free, General, Preschool|Tags: , , , , , |7 Comments

Top Grand Rapids Breweries for Families

Here is the list compiled by YOU, our readers, full of YOUR favorite kid and family friendly breweries around Grand Rapids. Do you know of any more? Please tell us in the comments below and also tell us why.

There was a lot of data to sort through and a scoring system was set up. Scoring involved how many […]

By |June 19th, 2016|Categories: General|0 Comments

Eat Outside! Where to Find Great Patios, Decks and Beach Eats for Families in West Michigan

OUTDOOR DINING FOR FAMILIES IN WEST MICHIGAN
It’s a treat to eat outside on a gorgeous Michigan summer day. Use our list of beach, waterfront, patio and deck dining across greater Grand Rapids to find your next meal out.
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
84th Street Pub & Grill in Byron Center | This restaurant with outdoor seating boasts over 100 […]

By |June 19th, 2016|Categories: General|Tags: |5 Comments

Still Room for You at MVP Pools and Summer Camps This Summer

Active FUN is what MVP is all About
I admit I get steamed watching my kids fritter away beautiful summer weather with their faces glued to a screen. Yes, I limit screen time and encourage outdoor activity and reading, but as summer goes on it gets harder and harder to keep them moving and learning.

This year, while […]

By |June 17th, 2016|Categories: General, Summer|Tags: , |8 Comments

Favorite Michigan Summer Camps

Day camp is fun, but big memories are made at those overnight Michigan summer camps. You know, the ones where you were completely on your own, without the comfort of mom and dad to fall back on, for days. Where you got your first taste of navigating this world on your own–and YOU LOVED IT.

Our readers […]

By |June 16th, 2016|Categories: General, SEASONAL, Summer|8 Comments

Favorite Things to Do at Sleeping Bear Dunes with Kids

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YOUR SLEEPING BEAR DUNES VACATION
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, located along the shores of Lake Michigan – in northern Michigan – is a treasure to behold. This park boasts majestic lake vistas, sweeping dune panoramas, crystal clear […]

By |June 15th, 2016|Categories: General, Travel Michigan|Tags: , , |1 Comment

A Parent’s Guide to John Ball Zoo

John Ball Zoo is a pretty special place to Grand Rapids families. It’s got the perfect combination of exotic animal exhibits and pit stops for fun intermingled that has kids coming back to this place again and again.

But how do you make the most of your visit? How do you avoid missing out on an iconic […]

By |June 14th, 2016|Categories: General, Guides|0 Comments