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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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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