Greater Grand Rapids Bike Trail Guide

We are so fortunate here in Michigan to have it all – from downtown life to beaches and bike trails.

Former grkids writer Katie Gilbert has this to say about biking around Grand Rapids:It’s often hard to know where to ride and how long a path will take you so here is a list of some […]

By |July 27th, 2016|Categories: Guides, Guides- travel|Tags: , |1 Comment

Excellent Hiking for West Michigan Kids

Hiking for West Michigan kids is a snap — so many places to choose from, and so much beautiful scenery at each location.

Our readers chimed in on their favorite hiking spots around Grand Rapids for kids for this handy list.
TIPS for Hiking Around Grand Rapids

Bring sunscreen and bug spray
Wear long pants if walking through […]

By |July 20th, 2016|Categories: General, Guides, Guides- travel, Travel, Travel Michigan|Tags: , , |11 Comments

Parent’s GUIDE to Everything Pokémon GO Grand Rapids

Family Fun with Pokémon Go
I woke up to find that I was out of Pokéballs. 

I was surprised that it felt a lot like being out of coffee in the morning… the drive to get up and secure this missing essential was there, and it was strong!

That’s just how addicting Pokémon GO is, and if you’re not already playing, […]

By |July 15th, 2016|Categories: General, Guides|2 Comments

Best Grand Rapids Places to Play, Visit and Eat for Families – Grandtastic Awards

2016 GRANDTASTIC AWARDS – The Results Are In!

The Best Grand Rapids has for Families
Our GRKIDS parents are the real experts in this city, so we asked YOU to tell us what your favorite family-friendly places are around West Michigan.

Whether you were born and raised in Grand Rapids or you just moved to the area, we know that […]

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

All About the New Grand Rapids Treetop Adventure Park

Nothing Else Like Grand Rapids Treetops Adventure Park in West MI
I thought we were going for the zip lines. I had no idea I was stumbling into a CLIMBING PARK!

The new Grand Rapids Treetops Adventure Park , located next to Celebration North, is a new kind of thrill for West Michigan. Think obstacle course meets tree house and you’ll […]

By |May 20th, 2016|Categories: General, Guides, Travel Grand Rapids|3 Comments

When Are the Local Farmer’s Markets Open? Here’s Your List, West Michigan!

Our farmers are fruit and veggie champions, growing superb crops to share with all us folks who don’t have gardens of our own.

Greater Grand Rapids Farmer’s Markets
Grab your favorite market basket or bag and head on out to one of these Grand Rapids Farm Markets today! Even the pickiest kids may become interested in healthy eats […]

By |May 19th, 2016|Categories: General, Guides|8 Comments

A Parent’s Guide to West Michigan Whitecaps Baseball

Did You Know The Whitecaps are ranked a top 10 MILB team?
The Whitecaps are serious about bringing exceptional baseball and fun to the West Michigan community. Not only are they a top 10 MILB team in the nation, they also give back to the community in numerous ways through the work of the Whitecaps Community Foundation.

Also, […]

By |May 9th, 2016|Categories: General, Guides, Travel Grand Rapids|Tags: , |1 Comment

A Whole Year of Michigan Family Travel Ideas

ALERT: Warmer Michigan weather can spark adventurous thoughts may lead to vacation planning. Proceed at your own risk.

Seriously, this is the time of year my calendar starts filling up with excursions and adventures as I plan new places to explore in Michigan. It’s fun to look at familiar places again, too, through the eyes of […]

By |April 13th, 2016|Categories: Guides, Travel, Travel Grand Rapids, Travel Michigan|0 Comments

Grand Rapids Summer Camps Guide – 2016

School’s almost out and now is the time to enroll your kids in a Grand Rapids Summer Camp! We have a great list of summer camp options covering all ages, activities, and interests.

Many camps fill up quickly, so make sure to sign up as soon as possible!

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By |March 29th, 2016|Categories: General, Guides, Summer|Tags: |Comments Off on Grand Rapids Summer Camps Guide – 2016

Grand Rapids Spring Break Daily Activity Guide 2016

Make It A Memorable Spring Break Staycation!
Is your family staying here in West Michigan this Spring Break? Make it a memorable “staycation” by getting out and exploring these great offerings for kid-friendly spring break daily activities! There is something to pique every child’s interest!

Browse this guide to explore these great options to get your kids […]

By |March 14th, 2016|Categories: Guides, Spring Break|1 Comment

Grand Rapids Spring Break Camps & Classes Guide – 2016

We’ve got the Cure for Spring Break Boredom
“Mom, I’m bored! What am I going to do all day? Mom, I’m still bored!”

Don’t be that mom. Spring break is around the corner and it’s time to make a plan to keep your kids active, so no one has to listen to boredom complaints all week long. […]

By |March 3rd, 2016|Categories: General, Guides, Spring Break|0 Comments

Fresh Thyme Grand Rapids NOW OPEN

Trader Joe’s Married Whole Foods and Had a Baby
Betsy and I were treated to a sneak peek of the new Fresh Thyme store in Grand Rapids last night.

I wasn’t really interested in the opening of Fresh Thyme until Betsy excitedly messaged me and let me know that Fresh Thyme was amazing. Ok, I thought. But […]

By |February 24th, 2016|Categories: General, Guides|0 Comments

Grand Rapids Spring Sports Guide – 2016

Despite having a milder winter this year, we still live in Michigan and everyone has cabin fever by now. It’s hard to believe, but all the snow and slush will eventually melt away and the flowers will bloom once again. Snow pants and mittens will soon be replaced with rain boots and spring jackets.

Believe it or […]

By |February 23rd, 2016|Categories: General, Guides|0 Comments

Grand Rapids Preschools Guide – 2016

We’ve got preschool information for you, whether you are in Grandville, Rockford, Ada, Wyoming or Caledonia. Our preschool program list includes preschools for kids ages 2 and up. Every preschool is different, so you will want to look for one that best fits your child’s needs.

Some parents aren’t sure whether their child is ready for […]

By |January 25th, 2016|Categories: General, Guides, Preschool|Tags: |1 Comment