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A Parent’s Guide to the Holland Tulip Time Festival

All photo credits are Stephanie Pearson, unless otherwise noted. 

How to do Tulip Time with Kids
Tulip Time is May 6 – 14, 2017
Tulip Time in Holland, MI is the unofficial start to festival season for many Michigan residents. It’s a wonderful way to celebrate spring and the Dutch heritage that has shaped Holland over the years.

What […]

By |April 26th, 2017|Categories: Event, General, Spring, Travel Michigan|Tags: , , |2 Comments

Help Me Grow in Ottawa County Has FREE Parenting Resources

Help Me Grow is Dedicated to Seeing Ottawa County Families Thrive
We know parents and caregivers want to make the best choices for their children and Help Me Grow-Ottawa is here to help-and we’re FREE! From pregnancy to preschool, HMG-Ottawa can help you get answers about your child’s growth and connect you to free or low-cost […]

There’s a Local Training You Can Take to Help Prevent Child Abuse

This article is brought to us by guest columnist Misti DeVries.
Children’s Assessment Center Offers Training
Born and raised a Grand Rapids girl, I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do with my life; however, I knew that I was put on this earth to help children and families. I knew that I wanted to be […]

By |April 19th, 2017|Categories: Health, Parent Info, Real Life|0 Comments

WIN! $50 Applebee’s Gift Card

Families LOVE Dining at Applebee’s
West Michigan families love Applebee’s. They know they can expect a family-friendly atmosphere at each Applebee’s location with a menu filled with mouth-watering, delicious options. In fact, the GRKIDS readers voted Applebee’s as a Top 5 “Best Restaurant for Families” during our 2016 Grandtastic Awards! 

Your kids know the Applebee’s Kid’s Menu […]

By |April 18th, 2017|Categories: WIN|206 Comments

Where to Find Grand Rapids Young Fives Programs

Grand Rapids Young Fives programs are important to many families so we’ve rounded up a list of schools that are offering it for your child!

This article brought to you by West Side Christian School.
Places to Find Young 5’s Now that Many Public Schools Don’t Offer It
Young 5’s. Development Kindergarten. Transitional Kindergarten. Pre-Kindergarten. Whatever you call it, these programs have been […]

By |April 6th, 2017|Categories: Education, Elementary, Preschool|Tags: , , |15 Comments

New to GRKIDS? Get Started Here.

Welcome!
Hi, my name is Melody, and I’m so glad you’ve found Grand Rapids Kids!

Whether you’re brand new to parenting or you have five kids, we are sure to have resources to help make parenting easier (and more fun)!

I started this blog in 2009, leaving a decade-long career teaching science at Grand Rapids Christian High School. […]

By |March 29th, 2017|Categories: Guides, Parent Info, Parenting Resources|0 Comments

Our Allergy-Friendly Trip Through Grand Rapids – with Kids

Guide to an Allergy Friendly Grand Rapids Day Trip
With food allergies in the United States on the rise the likelihood of your family being affected is growing each year. One in thirteen children have moderate to severe food allergies. This results in an average of at least two students in each school classroom being affected. […]

By |March 28th, 2017|Categories: City of GR, General, THINGS TO DO, Travel Grand Rapids Tips for Families|6 Comments

Greater Grand Rapids Garage Sale Guide – 2017

“I Brake for Garage Sales”
This was my mother’s bumper sticker when I was a kid. And it was 100% true.This article brought to you by TallySheet, the Cash Register Garage Sale App.

I remember endless days riding around country backroads with her, in search of deals for our large family. Back then, she could throw us […]

By |March 28th, 2017|Categories: Deal for Families, Summer|24 Comments

Grand Rapids Summer Camps Guide – 2017

Don’t freak out, but summer vacation isn’t that far off. Sure, it’s only late March, and sure, we’re still wearing winter coats around, but we all know that time is going to start flying with end of school activities and sports and time spent outside.

Now is the time to enroll your kids in a Grand […]

By |March 27th, 2017|Categories: Guides, Summer, West Michigan Camps|Tags: |Comments Off on Grand Rapids Summer Camps Guide – 2017

Top 10 Voted Primary Care Physicians in Greater Grand Rapids

Finding the your top Grand Rapids physician for primary care can be so daunting. With so many practicing physicians in Grand Rapids, how can you find the one that fits your personality and medical needs the best? Talking with friends and family is a great place to start. So we polled our reader family for their favorite primary […]

By |March 19th, 2017|Categories: Health|26 Comments

How to Start Your Spring Break at the Grand Rapids Airport

*This article contributed by Gerald R Ford International Airport*

Ahh…Spring Break! It’s a wonderful respite from the normal routine; a time to relax and enjoy fun activities with the family. Many of you will travel during this time, which can add another layer stress for mom and dad…but it can be a first day of the […]

By |March 15th, 2017|Categories: Spring Break, Travel|0 Comments

Headed to the Meijer Gardens Butterflies Exhibit? Read this First!

Meijer Gardens Butterflies are Blooming Exhibit with Kids
If you are longing for a touch of spring, you’ll find it at Frederik Meijer Gardens right now.

Every year our family treks over to the Butterflies are Blooming exhibit with cameras in tow. The exhibit returns annually for the months of March and April and sports 7,000 different butterflies of 50 […]

Music Summer Camps are a Blast at The Academy of Music in Grand Rapids

Are you looking for a fun and enriching experience for your child this summer?

If so, look no further than the Academy of Music in Grand Rapids! They are offering some awesome music summer camps that will inspire creativity, create lasting memories and encourage participation in music.

As the mom of a five year old who LOVES […]

By |March 8th, 2017|Categories: Elementary, Summer, THINGS TO DO, West Michigan Camps|0 Comments

The Inventory at Just Between Friends Sale is Bursting at the Seams!

Are your kids growing like weeds?

I know my daughter sure is – an inch and a half since Christmas! At this rate, I think she’ll be taller than me by summer (which doesn’t really feel like much of an exaggeration, considering I barely reach the 5 foot mark!) So, needless to say, her wardrobe is […]

By |March 7th, 2017|Categories: Deal for Families|0 Comments

Where to Turn if You Suspect Child Abuse in Kent County

What to Do if You Suspect Child Abuse
CHILDREN’S ASSESSMENT CENTER HELPS DETERMINE IF CHILD ABUSE HAS OCCURRED
The Children’s Assessment Center of Kent County is your resource if you suspect child abuse. If your child has had a significant change in behavior and/or has exhibited sexualized behavior and you do not know why, the Child Assessment […]

By |March 2nd, 2017|Categories: General, Parenting Resources|Tags: |0 Comments