Where You Can Volunteer in Grand Rapids With Kids

Want to Volunteer with Kids in Grand Rapids?

Volunteering with your children is a great way to teach them about giving back while instilling skills and values to last a lifetime. Grand Rapids has a great number of organizations looking for young volunteers.

Please browse through the categories below, keeping in mind your child’s interests, age and abilities.

If […]

By |October 23rd, 2016|Categories: General, Guides|Tags: , , |5 Comments

Indoor Play Guide for Grand Rapids and Beyond

Do cold, wet days have you down?
There’s no need to sing, “Rain, rain go away come again another day,” when greater Grand Rapids abounds with fun, indoor play options!

Pro parents know that you always need to have a few indoor play options up your sleeve for those dreary days when your kids (and you) are getting […]

By |October 16th, 2016|Categories: General, Guides, Play Date|42 Comments

Where Kids Eat Free or Cheap in Grand Rapids

We’ve researched restaurants in the Grand Rapids area that offer free or cheap kids’ meals. Terms and conditions apply and are subject to change. Please verify with the restaurant before you go.

RELATED: Top 10 Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Grand Rapids

Kobe Steakhouse (Grandville). Kids eat free every Monday with the purchase […]

By |October 12th, 2016|Categories: Elementary, Free, Guides, Preschool, Tween|Tags: , , |40 Comments

Greater Grand Rapids Childcare Guide

Finding Quality Childcare is a Big Task
If you’re a parent looking to find part-time or full-time childcare in Greater Grand Rapids, start here! We’ve got information on Daycare and Learning Centers as well as Nanny Agencies.

It is the user’s responsibility to thoroughly investigate and research potential childcare providers. While we only list childcare options that claim to […]

By |October 3rd, 2016|Categories: General, Guides, Parent Info, Parenting Resources|42 Comments

Fall Family Photo Locations Around West Michigan

Get your cameras ready, the leaves are about to pop! With the fall color change comes an amazing chance to get stunning fall family photos, either with your own camera or with the help of a professional photographer.

A survey of our readers revealed a list of great fall family photo locations in West Michigan. This […]

By |September 28th, 2016|Categories: Autumn, Fall, General, Guides|22 Comments

The GIGANTIC Grand Rapids Family ArtPrize Guide

There is so much to cover on this yearly mega event that brings over 440,000 visitors downtown that we had to break it up into several articles. Here we bring all of our pieces together into one central ArtPrize 2016 hub for you. Got questions? Looking for ideas? Find the articles below that will help you make the […]

By |September 26th, 2016|Categories: ArtPrize, Autumn, Fall, General, Guides|Tags: , |3 Comments

Grand Rapids Stroller Route for ARTPRIZE Kids 2016

This article made possible by Grand Rapids Children’s Museum.

GRCM will be hosting 10 ArtPrize artists and various hands-on art programs throughout ArtPrize, including the free Kids’ ArtFest: A Celebration of the Arts on Sunday, September 25th, noon-5:00

GRCM WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | 616-235-4726


ArtPrize runs SEPTEMBER 21 – OCTOBER 9, 2016
Let this list and […]

By |September 15th, 2016|Categories: ArtPrize, General, Guides|5 Comments

Guide to Music, Theatre, Art and Dance Classes in Grand Rapids

Are Your Kids Interested in Dance Classes in Grand Rapids?
How about Music, Theatre or Art?
Our guide compiles all the options for music, dance, theatre and art opportunities for kids around greater Grand Rapids!

West Michigan is filled with awesome options to get your children plugged into music, dance, theatre and art programs. Allowing your child to grow in their […]

By |September 5th, 2016|Categories: General, Guides|6 Comments


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|4 Comments

Sports Guide for Grand Rapids Kids

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

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

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 […]