WIN! 4 Month Winter Pass to Renew Mama Yoga Studio

Is Your Tank Running on Empty?
Motherhood is hard. Being a mom is a glorious, wonderful, beautiful thing, but it is not for the faint of heart. Can I hear an amen? In this crazy-amazing season of life, self care is so important, but it often gets put on the back burner when our children demand […]

By |December 1st, 2016|Categories: General, WIN|61 Comments

10 Free/Affordable Things to do in December Around Grand Rapids

December seems to be all about the holidays. Grand Rapids Kids has you covered with multiple lists all over our site to help you have a merry and memorable holiday season, but if you’re looking for free December fun (or nearly free), this is your list!

From tree lightings to movies and craft shows to concerts […]

By |November 30th, 2016|Categories: Free, General, Winter|0 Comments

Celebrate the Holidays with Your Local West Michigan Library

All through the year West Michigan libraries offer free and affordable fun for families. And during the holidays, they pull out all the stops. You’ll find West Michigan libraries are loaded with activities and holiday cheer, offering you and your family affordable ways to celebrate the season.

We’ve tracked down all the local holiday library fun in […]

By |November 29th, 2016|Categories: Christmas, General, Winter|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Grand Rapids Area ADVENT ACTIVITY CALENDAR for Kids and Families

December 2016 – Advent Activity Calendar – Grand Rapids Area
There are LEGO advent calendars, wooden house advent calendars, chocolate advent calendars, little people advent calendar, religious advent calendars and more.

We thought it would be fun to make our very own Advent Activity Calendar for the Grand Rapids Area as another fun way to count down the days until […]

By |November 29th, 2016|Categories: Christmas, General|0 Comments

Hey Michigan, Toronto is Closer and Cooler than You Think!

Why Toronto with Kids?
Before I get into the heap of things to do with your family in Toronto, I want to address the big WHY. Why go to Toronto for the big city experience when Chicago is a little over three hours away and Indianapolis is just over a four hour drive?

My number one reason for […]

By |November 28th, 2016|Categories: General, Guides- travel, Travel|1 Comment

31 Days of DECEMBER Fun for Kids in Grand Rapids – 2016

Do you see what I see? A month packed to the brim with holiday fun, offering countless ways to enjoy December, in anticipation of the new year!

From trains and trolleys, to snowflakes and Santa…you won’t be able to miss the holiday cheer. Although we couldn’t come close to listing them all, we picked 31 of […]

By |November 28th, 2016|Categories: Christmas, General, SEASONAL, Winter|1 Comment

When and Where to Find Santa Around Grand Rapids 2016

Tall santas, short santas, round santas, thin santas – there’s no shortage of santa sightings in West Michigan this year! With all these options hopefully there won’t be any long lines, wherever you chose to visit this Christmas icon.

If you know of other places Santa will be making an appearance, leave us a comment or submit the […]

By |November 27th, 2016|Categories: Christmas, General, Winter|Tags: , , |3 Comments

Holiday Trains Around Grand Rapids

This information is updated for the 2016 season.

There is something magical about trains at Christmas time. Whether it is the site of train tracks wrapped underneath a family’s Christmas tree or watching a Holiday favorite like The Polar Express, trains are a part of holiday traditions for many. Find out where you can experience this holiday magic […]

By |November 22nd, 2016|Categories: Christmas, General, Winter|3 Comments

80% in Savings is Waiting at the HOLIDAY Scholastic Warehouse Book Sale

*This article has been updated with current 2016 dates and information.
The Scholastic Warehouse Book Sale (Caledonia) Starts December 9, 2016
Did somebody say snowdays???

Or maybe you’re looking for a stocking stuffer or two…

Get some immense bang for your buck at the Scholastic Warehouse Book Sale in Caledonia starting December 9. Our director Melody went last year and was thrilled […]

By |November 22nd, 2016|Categories: General|45 Comments

Homeschool Extracurriculars for Grand Rapids Kids

One of the many wonderful benefits of homeschooling is the freedom of choice it offers families in deciding what educational approach is best suited for the talents and interests of each child. But with this freedom also comes an expansive amount of opportunities and decisions to be made.

In a city like Grand Rapids, where extracurricular options abound for […]

By |November 21st, 2016|Categories: General, Homeschool|3 Comments

How We Planned Our 100% Local Bedtime Stories Birthday Party

“The days are long, but the years are short.”
I remember hearing that “the days are long, but the years are short” when I was a first-time mom. Boy, did that old adage resonate with me. My colicky firstborn son was not a happy camper and the days felt extremely long.

Last fall, I became a mom […]

By |November 20th, 2016|Categories: General|0 Comments

Greater Grand Rapids Christmas Tree Guide

Ladies and Gentlemen, Get Out Your Handsaws!
It’s time. We’ve had our first “snow” and temps have dropped below 40 degrees. It’s time to head out and cut your own Christmas tree. 

Did you know that cut-your-own Christmas trees are considerably cheaper than precuts?? I was checking out prices as I made this post and I’m ready to make the switch. Not only […]

By |November 20th, 2016|Categories: Christmas, General, Guides, Winter|3 Comments

Beauty and the Beast is a 2016 Holiday Favorite

My 5 year old daughter is a natural born actress full of drama and music. She spends the majority of her free time singing and dictating dramatic dialogues. So when it was time to review the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre’s production of Beauty And The Beast, I knew that she and her friend would enjoy coming with […]

By |November 19th, 2016|Categories: Event, General, Reviews|0 Comments

Huge List of Holiday Shows for Families – West Michigan

It’s time.

Holiday shows are here and area artists are bringing their A-game with some of the best performances of the year. Musicals, ballets, plays and more are lighting up the calendar from here till Christmas.

Which performances will you choose to help celebrate the season?


Related: Tree Lightings and Holiday Parades Around Grand Rapids
List of Holiday Plays, Concerts and […]

By |November 17th, 2016|Categories: Christmas, General, Winter|Tags: , , |4 Comments

Tree Lightings and Holiday Parades for Greater Grand Rapids

I hope Consumer’s Energy is ready, because tree lighting season is here and we have no shortage of beautiful holiday trees in municipalities around West Michigan ready to be alit in Christmas glory!

And with them comes Santa. Maybe some parades. And definitely candy!

Grab your mittens and hats and head out to a local parade or […]

By |November 16th, 2016|Categories: Christmas, General, Winter|Tags: |0 Comments