April H

April H

About April H

April is a stay-at-home-working-mom hybrid who balances her time between managing a household and using her editor brain to find all the typos in her friends’ emails. In her occasional free time she enjoys reading, quilting, antiquing and photography. She lives in Grand Rapids with her husband and three children.

WIN! $1500 Whole House Makeover From Kyle Visser, Keller Williams Realty

Get ready for one of our biggest giveaways yet! You won’t want to miss the chance to enter for this super powered home upgrade package. 
There are Thousands of Real Estate Agents in West Michigan
But there’s only one Kyle Visser.
And Kyle will make you feel like you’re his one and only client.

An area local, Kyle graduated […]

By |January 11th, 2017|Categories: General, WIN|282 Comments

Grand Rapids Fitness Centers With Childcare

Finding Fitness With Kids in Tow
Joining a gym is all fun and games until you have kids and need childcare! How’s a parent supposed to get in the cardio with a toddler running in circles around you? (No, that whirling kid can’t get your cardio on your behalf…)

We’ve found a list of local fitness centers with childcare, so you […]

By |January 9th, 2017|Categories: General, Health|2 Comments

iCademy Global is the Virtual Answer to Today’s Student Needs

“I think when people hear the word cyber school or online school they have a vision of students working in isolation at a computer and it’s so not true with iCademy,” says Leisa Lobbezoo, teacher at the free online school located in Zeeland.

At iCademy Global, students may be able to attend class from their living room, but […]

By |January 5th, 2017|Categories: General, Homeschool|0 Comments

Family Friendly Christmas Eve Church Services

One of my favorite parts of Christmas is the Christmas Eve service at our church. It’s the best part of Christmas if you ask me – the celebration, the anticipation, and none of the material things that can cloud Christmas cheer. I remember when my oldest was one year old and for the first […]

By |December 21st, 2016|Categories: Christmas, General|1 Comment

Cirque du Soleil’s Ovo is a Spectacle

I had heard that Cirque du Soleil was a pretty incredible show. But when I learned that this Cirque was about bugs, I wasn’t so sure. Would this be a true offering of Cirque du Soleil? If one doesn’t like bugs, could one still enjoy the show?

Yes, you can still enjoy the show even if […]

By |December 15th, 2016|Categories: General|1 Comment

When and Where to Find Santa Around Grand Rapids 2016

Tall santas, short santas, round santas, thin santas – there’s no shortage of santa sightings in West Michigan this year! With all these options hopefully there won’t be any long lines, wherever you chose to visit this Christmas icon.

If you know of other places Santa will be making an appearance, leave us a comment or submit the […]

By |November 27th, 2016|Categories: Christmas, General, Winter|Tags: , , |3 Comments

80% in Savings is Waiting at the HOLIDAY Scholastic Warehouse Book Sale

*This article has been updated with current 2016 dates and information.
The Scholastic Warehouse Book Sale (Caledonia) Starts December 9, 2016
Did somebody say snowdays???

Or maybe you’re looking for a stocking stuffer or two…

Get some immense bang for your buck at the Scholastic Warehouse Book Sale in Caledonia starting December 9. Our director Melody went last year and was thrilled […]

By |November 22nd, 2016|Categories: General|45 Comments

WIN! Beneath the Wreath Shopping Prize Pack

This giveaway is closed. Congrats to the winner Adriane!
Beneath the Wreath is West Michigan’s Premiere Artisan Show
Beneath the Wreath is the ultimate fine craft show that not only helps you knock out your Christmas list early, but gives proceeds to charity at the same time.

Beneath the Wreath invites you to their Winter Wonderland on November 4 and 5.

“This […]

By |October 13th, 2016|Categories: General, WIN|145 Comments

Free Movie Night! Bring Your Kids to See Karate Kid

Come See the Karate Kid for Free on September 28 at 6:30 PM.
HopeNetwork is all about helping people overcome, and to celebrate their friends who have championed tough obstacles, they’re offering a free viewing of Karate Kid on September 28.

You can’t really get a better “underdog” story than Karate Kid, can you?

“We have people who […]

By |September 19th, 2016|Categories: General|0 Comments

How to Get the Most from Grand Rapids Kids – Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook & More

More Than a Facebook Page…
Did you know that we are more than just a website? Or a Facebook page?

GRKIDS is everywhere and we want to make sure you know the many ways you can connect with us. Everything we learn about our great city, every resource we can find for you, we are talking about.

We […]

By |August 31st, 2016|Categories: General|0 Comments

A Parent’s Guide to the Grand Rapids Hispanic Festival

August 26-28, 2016
The Latin community in Grand Rapids is thriving, and the Hispanic Center of West Michigan invites you to experience the beauty and tradition of this culture at their Hispanic Festival, August 26-28, 2016.

This is a great opportunity to take your kids to celebrate hispanic culture! Here are four things that families will love […]

By |August 19th, 2016|Categories: General|Tags: , |0 Comments

Don’t Just Visit the Wild Side – EXPERIENCE it at Boulder Ridge

by guest author Mary Ward

Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park is 80 acres of animal adventure at 8313 Pratt Lake SE, Alto, MI 49302.

This unique park was started by Dave and Dawn Hoekstra, who initially bought the land to breed animals to sell to zoos. But their exotic animal passion grew to a desire to open […]

By |August 10th, 2016|Categories: General, Place, Travel Grand Rapids|Tags: , , |1 Comment

At Kingma Pediatric Dentistry, Every Kid is a Star

What Makes a Pediatric Dentist Unique?
If you think it’s hard getting an adult to see the dentist, try getting your kid into that dental chair! It can be a nightmare! That’s when a pediatric dentist like Brett Kingma can be a lifesaver.

Dr. Kingma understands kids and is focused on making trips to the dentist […]

By |August 2nd, 2016|Categories: General|1 Comment

11 Free/Affordable Things to do in August Around Grand Rapids

August is a funny month for many parents. Not only are we soaking up the sun in the dead heat of summer, but we’ve got to start back-to-school prep. To help keep that spare change set aside for school supplies, we’ve rounded up a nice list of free or affordable things to do around town […]

By |July 31st, 2016|Categories: General, Summer|Tags: , , |0 Comments

WIN! Passes to the Grand Rapids Maker Faire

This giveaway is closed. Congrats to the winner Lydia!

Have you been to the Grand Rapids Maker Faire yet?
The Grand Rapids Public Museum invites you to come on down for this “interactive, family-friendly two day event that showcases creativity, design, invention and robotics.”

This third annual faire will have your kids seeing science and engineering in a new way. 

Grand […]

By |July 28th, 2016|Categories: General, WIN|50 Comments