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Enjoy the Outdoors and More in Northeast Grand Rapids

There’s a lot to like about the Cedar Springs, Rockford and Belmont areas. They’ve got the small town, country charm, but are just a quick drive from urban amenities – not that you’d need them.

These towns have plenty of tasty treats, parks, hiking, shopping, good food, and outdoor sports to keep kids happy year round.

1 – TAKE A STROLL ON THE BOARDWALK AT THE ROCKFORD DAM

Listen to the rushing water, walk along the boardwalk, see the ducks and watch the fishermen – and if you’re lucky you may even get a chance to see some trout trying to jump up the dam! Plus, there are playgrounds, ice cream shops, restaurants and shops all within walking distance!

25 Squires Street, Rockford, MI 49341

Downtown Rockford with Baby

2 – TAKE A BIKE RIDE ALONG THE WHITE PINE TRAIL

The White Pine Trail is Michigan’s second longest rail-trail, stretching for 93.5 miles through five counties – including right through the towns of Rockford and Cedar Springs. The trail includes the scenic overlook of the Rogue River Dam, but also leads to miles of beautiful trails for walking, biking, and enjoying nature.

white pines trail

3 – GRAB A BOOK AND PLAY AT THE KDL ROCKFORD KRAUSE LIBRARY

Your little one will have lots of fun with all that the library has to offer including the LEGO table, puzzles, imagination station, writing center – and of course… lots of books! But KDL libraries also offer story times, classes and special events for ALL ages, so be sure to check their website for upcoming classes and events.

140 E. Bridge St., Rockford, MI 49341

4 – BOTTLE FEED A BABY DEER AT DEER TRACKS JUNCTION

Visit the hands-on farm, play in the crazy fun play areas, pet and feed baby deer and elk, experience the live theater show and hop on the Wildlife Safari Tour! Your kids will love it!

7850 14 Mile Rd., Cedar Springs, MI 49319

deer tracks junction

5 – USHER IN SUMMER AT THE ROCKFORD START OF SUMMER CELEBRATION

If you are near Rockford in the beginning of June, be sure to stop by for the Start of Summer Celebration. This fun annual festival welcomes the start of summer with a parade, carnival rides, food, crafts, music, live entertainment and family fun. You won’t want to miss it!

6 – SPEND SATURDAY MORNING AT THE ROCKFORD FARM MARKET

Voted “America’s Favorite Farmers Market” in a 2011 nationwide popularity contest, the Rockford Farm Market offers seasonal produce, fruits, veggies, baked goods, flowers and so much more. Plus, it is conveniently located near the gorgeous Rogue River, Rockford Dam and White Pine Trail, as well as many local shops and restaurants.

54 South Main Street, Rockford, MI 49341

7 – TAKE ADVANTAGE OF PARENTS MORNING OUT AT WOLVERINE WORLDWIDE FAMILY YMCA

Drop the kids at the Y for a morning of fun activities and snacks. You can enjoy three hours of uninterrupted time to do whatever your heart desires- while your kids have a blast! It’s a no-brainer!

6555 Jupiter Ave. NE, Belmont, MI 49306

8 – CHECK OUT “ONCE UPON A PAINTBRUSH” AT ACCIDENTAL ART

Let your little one try her hand at painting pottery! Read a favorite children’s book together and then paint a piece of pottery that relates to the story.

355 Northland Drive NE, Rockford, MI 49341

9 – ENJOY A FAMILY DINNER AT BOSTWICK LAKE INN

Eat on the deck and let the kids play on the beach! Located on the shore of Bostwick Lake, this restaurant provides the perfect place for both a fun and delicious family mealtime!

8521 Belding Rd NE, Rockford, MI 49341

10 – TUBE DOWN THE HILL AT CANNONSBURG

Not only does Cannonsburg Ski Area offer downhill skiing and tubing, but it also has miles of trails for fat biking, cross country skiing, snowshoeing and mountain biking. And if you’re up for an adventure, be sure to check out Cannonsburg’s Zipline Adventure Tours!

6800 Cannonsburg Road NW, Belmont, MI 49306

ski girl cannonsburg deal

11 – CHECK OUT KID’S STUFF AT ROCKFORD MVP

Learn, Laugh, Cheer and Play in MVP Athletic Club Kid’s Stuff! From Friday Fitness Funshops to Gym & Swim, Kid’s Stuff is THE PLACE for active FUN!

515 E Division, Rockford, MI 49341

12 – ENJOY A FRESH DONUT AT SPRINKLES DONUT SHOP

Grab a delicious donut – and while you’re at it, check out the muffins, cakes and cupcakes too… And then be sure to come back next week because they are offering new products every week!

8467 Algoma Ave NE, Rockford MI, 49341

13 – STOP IN AT AUNT CANDY’S TOY COMPANY

With hundreds of unique toys and books and an area where small children can try out some of those fun toys, this is sure to become a favorite stop for the kids!

63 Courtland Street, Rockford, MI  49341

Rockford with Kids aunt Candy's toy company

14 – SPEND THE DAY AT MYERS LAKE

Your kids will love Myers Lake! They can swim and play in the sand (while you relax on the grassy part of the “beach”). Then you can head to the playground for even more fun and a picnic lunch. Other pluses: restroom facilities, changing areas, picnic tables and lots of shade trees.

7350 Hessler Dr, Rockford, MI 49341

15 – RELAX AND ENJOY THE MUSIC OF THE ROGUE RIVER BLUES SERIES

This wonderful open-air concert series features some of the best blues bands in the area. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and picnic and take in the music alongside the beauty of the Rogue River.

17 – GO FISHING

The Rogue River, which runs through the heart of Rockford, is full of many types of fish. Your children will undoubtedly enjoy watching the fishermen in the river beneath the Rockford Dam. But there are also several other parks in the Rockford area that may provide a quieter fishing experience for your little ones. Check out Myers Lake Park, Pickerel Lake Park, Rogue River Park and Nature Trail, Townsend Park and Versluis Lake Park for some other local fishing options.

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18 – SWING, SLIDE, CLIMB AND RUN

If your kid is a fan of playgrounds, then Rockford is the place for you! With so many playgrounds in Rockford and the surrounding area, your kiddos will never get bored! Here are a few options to get you started: Myers Lake Park, Richardson Sowerby Park, Glen Park, Pickett Park, Rogue River Park, Rotary Jaycee Park, Townsend Park, Courtland Township Park and Versluis Lake Park.

Versluis park grand rapids

19 – WATCH $3 MOVIES

Historic Kent Theater in Cedar Springs is home to the famous $3 family movies. Check their website to see what’s playing and when and get ready for some popcorn!

8 N Main, Cedar Springs, Michigan. 616.696.SHOW (7469)

20 – BROWSE AND READ IN THE AWESOME KIDS’ SECTION AT EPILOGUE BOOKS

Check out this cozy bookstore along the river! Read a book to your kids in the kids’ section or check out a storytime (tentative every other Saturday at 11:00 AM – please call ahead to confirm). Parents can browse the shop while kids lay on comfy pillows and read to stuffed animals. Kids will love Tommy, the owners’ friendly Golden Retriever, who often hangs out in the store. They also sell puzzles and games for kids. And, after you are done reading and shopping, take a leisurely stroll down the boardwalk.
10 E. Bridge St., Rockford, MI 49341

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By |2018-11-05T21:28:35+00:00November 5th, 2018|Categories: Moving, Northeast (Cedar Springs, Rockford, Belmont), THINGS TO DO|5 Comments

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Keri S
Keri is a mom of four who enjoys "pizza and movie nights" at home with the family. When she is not managing ads for grkids, chauffeuring children, or trying out a new crockpot recipe, you can probably find her attempting to enjoy a cup of coffee before it gets cold.

5 Comments

  1. Lisa May 22, 2017 at 1:10 pm - Reply

    We’d love to host kids at Day Camp this summer at our new Howard City campus! Van transportation from Rockford, Cedar Springs and Sand Lake. Camp Roger is backed with 103 years of overnight camp experience and we love to help get kids outdoors to explore! (We also have overnight camp right here in Rockford!).

  2. Danielle May 12, 2017 at 8:24 pm - Reply

    You forgot the Kent Theater!
    $3 family movies in a historic theater,
    http://www.kenttheatre.org/

    • Kristi Hertstein May 15, 2017 at 10:15 am - Reply

      Thank you!

  3. DH May 10, 2017 at 6:06 am - Reply

    I’ve always felt that Cedar Springs is really left out because of Rockford. It’s just tossed in because it’s nearby. This article does a good job of convincing me of this. The first paragraph mentioned “Cedar Rapids”, Deer Tracks is still on the Rockford border even though it has the Cedar Springs address, and it mentions the White Pine trail in Rockford, but mere assumption of it being in Cedar Springs because it traverses the county. If you are going to put Cedar Springs in the titles of these please do the work to find something actually in Cedar Springs or just leave it out.

    • April H
      April H May 18, 2017 at 1:32 pm - Reply

      We’d love your help with this! Please, tell us of some fantastic things to do with kids in Cedar Springs. We build these lists off of staff and reader recommendations and would love to give some more love to Cedar Springs! 🙂

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