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|Tags: , , , |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|Tags: , |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

A Parent’s Guide to the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum

This post is sponsored by Hudsonville Christian School.

Hudsonville Christian School offers academic excellence, taught from a Christian perspective, within a safe and inspiring environment for students in 3 School – 8th grade. Our challenging curriculum nurtures the whole child – in mind, body and spirit – and accommodates students with a range of learning styles and […]

By |December 27th, 2015|Categories: Guides, Place, Reviews, Travel Grand Rapids|4 Comments


This post made possible by the Academy of Music in Grand Rapids.

If you are a parent in the Grand Rapids area looking for a place you can trust for music lessons, contact the Academy of Music in Grand Rapids, West Michigan’s largest private music school. The Academy gives hundreds of lessons each week for ages […]

By |December 8th, 2015|Categories: General, Guides, Winter|1 Comment


This post is sponsored by The Mud Room. 

The Mud Room offers good clean fun for all ages! Visit during Open Studio hours to paint pottery, make handprint keepsakes and create with fused glass… or check out their many classes and party options, including the potter’s wheel and canvas painting! All ages welcome.


By |November 7th, 2015|Categories: Christmas, Guides, Winter|Tags: , , |5 Comments

Where Kids Eat Free or Cheap in Grand Rapids

This post is sponsored by Uccello’s Ristorante.

With 5 locations in West Michigan, Uccello’s Ristorante has something for everyone. Open 11 am to 2 am daily, Uccello’s offers a mouth watering combination for lunch, happy hour, dinner, and late night hunger. Kids eat free all day every Wednesday & Sunday at Uccello’s, with adult menu item purchase.

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By |October 13th, 2015|Categories: Elementary, Free, Guides, Preschool, Tween|Tags: , , , |34 Comments