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Winter Outdoor Play Guide for Michigan Families

Embrace Fun in Michigan this Winter with Kids
You’ve got kids and you live in Michigan in the wintertime.

Chances are they love the snow and you, not so much. For me, snow means shoveling, cursing my hilly driveway and cleaning up snow-melt from the kids coming back in. But winter also means cozy family times by […]

By |November 29th, 2016|Categories: Guides, Guides- travel, Winter|Tags: , , , |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

The GIGANTIC Grand Rapids HOLIDAY Fun Guide

2016 Gigantic Grand Rapids Holiday Fun Guide
There is something magical about the holiday season in West Michigan, for kids and parents alike. The twinkling lights, fresh snow and the excitement in the air, all make this a memorable time of year. If you are like me, you want to soak in as many of these holiday moments as you can.

Our […]

By |November 7th, 2016|Categories: Christmas, Guides, Winter|7 Comments

Top Dentists, Pediatricians, ETC for Kids in Grand Rapids

Looking for the BEST healthcare providers for your family? We’ve got you covered.
We value the input of West Michigan parents because we know that together we parents are the real experts on life in greater Grand Rapids. And when it comes to healthcare providers, we are the ones taking our kids to appointments, keeping tabs […]

By |November 3rd, 2016|Categories: General, Guides, Health|Tags: |10 Comments

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

OFFERS CHANGE OFTEN – PLEASE CHECK!
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
MONDAY

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

 

 
WHERE TO TAKE KIDS IN STROLLERS DURING ARTPRIZE 2016
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

THE GIGANTIC GRAND RAPIDS FALL FUN GUIDE

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

SPORTS – GRAND RAPIDS KIDS AND BEYOND
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