Melody V

Melody V

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INFJ. Mom of three. Idea chaser. People believer. Inspiration seeker. Together, we make this city amazing. Let's go!

Amazing Dinosaurs Crash Into the GRCM this Spring!

Amazing Dinosaurs! Exhibit Now Open at the GRCM!
Head in for Roaring Fun at the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum!

This spring (and spring break!) families can touch real fossils and come face-to-face with your favorite dinosaurs at the new AMAZING DINOSAURS! exhibit downtown. The GR Children’s Museum is hosting the Dino-themed play area through June 25, 2017.

Stegosaurus in the House
With […]

How to Put On the Easiest, Fairest, Most Fun Easter Egg Hunt in the Neighborhood

Easy-On-You DIY Easter Egg Hunt
Have you ever been to an Easter Egg Hunt that was a free-for-all? Where little kids are stampeded by big kids and someone ended up in tears because they didn’t get a single egg? It’s happened to us and it’s no fun at all.

That’s why, when we started having a neighborhood […]

By |March 16th, 2017|Categories: Elementary, General, Preschool, Spring, Toddler (12-36 months)|0 Comments

WIN! A Nothing Bundt Cakes Birthday Package!

Nothing Bundt Cakes is Now Open in Grand Rapids
This bakery specializes in… you guessed it… bundt cakes!

The freshly-baked-in-the-back bundt cakes come in a variety of sizes and flavors and many can be customized while you wait.

Balloons and Candles and Cute Stuff, too!
The store is really your one-stop place to get everything you need for your […]

By |March 15th, 2017|Categories: WIN|97 Comments

Parent’s Guide to Schools of Choice in Greater Grand Rapids

What is Schools of Choice?
The Schools of Choice program, established by the Michigan Department of Education, allows a student to attend a school outside of his or her residential public school option. Individual districts decide the extent of their participation, and a district may opt out of the program completely if desired.

By |March 13th, 2017|Categories: Education, Elementary, General, Teens|Tags: |10 Comments

Easter Brunch Around Grand Rapids 2017

Where to Find Easter Brunch Around Grand Rapids & Lakeshore
Easter will be here soon, and it’s time to make your Easter Brunch reservations if you’re planning to dine out in Grand Rapids on April 16, 2017. Getting  spot at the table can be tough if you wait til last minute, because, apart from Easter lilies, frilly dresses, and […]

By |March 10th, 2017|Categories: Easter Things to Do, Spring, THINGS TO DO|0 Comments

MVP Work-Space: What Every Work-From-Home Mom or Dad Needs to Know

Working From Home With Kids?
If you’ve ever tried to work from home with your kids around, you know it’s tough. Every job has its challenges; working from home comes with a unique set of obstacles.

While some parts of a kid’s day may follow a schedule, chances are your kids have meltdowns, want extra snuggles (who […]

By |March 8th, 2017|Categories: East (East GR, Forest Hills, Ada, Cascade), Parenting Resources|Tags: |1 Comment

FREE KID FUN at the Forest Hills Community Expo

 Come on Down to the Expo at Ada Christian School
The annual Forest Hills Community Expo returns for another year of free family fun on Saturday, March 18, 2017. My kids ask about when this will return… it’s become a yearly tradition to go play at the Forest Hills Expo (and eat samples!).

It’s held at Ada […]

By |March 1st, 2017|Categories: East (East GR, Forest Hills, Ada, Cascade), Free, Spring|0 Comments

Treat Yourself and Your Family to the Sound of Music!

Grand Rapids is Alive With the Sound of Music!
Just try to keep your foot from tapping, I dare you!

Opening night at Broadway GR’s Sound of Music was everything I hoped for and more.

The music, the cast, the stage, the performance… everything was top-notch and spot on. The live theater version varies a bit from the more […]

By |February 22nd, 2017|Categories: Event, General, Reviews|0 Comments

You’re Invited to the Ultimate Renew Mama Baby Shower

Be Spoiled at the RENEW MAMA Baby Shower!
What mom-to-be couldn’t use a little pampering?

Take time for yourself and that growing babe with the third Renew Mama Baby Shower! This is a GREAT way for a pregnant mama in Grand Rapids to get completely spoiled and learn about Renew Mama!

(Renew Mama is a yoga/wellness studio for new […]

By |February 22nd, 2017|Categories: General, Health, I'm Pregnant|Tags: , |1 Comment

4 Things to Do With Kids on this Warm February Weekend

Warm Weather on it’s Way!
It’s February, we live in Michigan, and a warm weekend of spring-like weather is headed our way! Winter snow activities like the Great Skate WinterFest downtown have been canceled due to unseasonably warm temps. I can’t say I’m too sad!

If you’re like me, you are itching to get outside and soak […]

By |February 17th, 2017|Categories: General|1 Comment

Valentine’s Day Activities for Families around Grand Rapids

Looking for something sweet to do with the kids this weekend around Grand Rapids? Celebrate all of the love and hearts in your life with these Valentine’s Day-themed activities.
From cooking class, to library events to storytimes  and parent’s night out, there is a valentine’s day activity for your family!

Valentine’s Day Activities for Families

By |February 10th, 2017|Categories: General|0 Comments

Grand Rapids DEALS for Kids and Families

Deals last updated on this page on 2/8/17
Everyone likes a good deal, right?
Here are some of the local Grand Rapids deals that we’ve noticed – or deals we thought would be of interest to Grand Rapids Families.

Have fun!

Some links may be affiliate. Every time you use one, it helps keep our site running. Thank you […]

By |February 8th, 2017|Categories: Deal for Families, General|Tags: , , |0 Comments

4+ Free Kids Movies at Celebration Cinemas

Free Kids Movies at Celebration Cinemas for February, March and April
Flick’s Family Film Festival will be returning to theaters FEBRUARY 24 – APRIL 20, 2017.

Flick’s Family Film Fest features a full lineup of movies FREE for kids and just $5.00 for adults at Celebration Cinema locations across West Michigan.

Each movie is in theaters for one week. Showtimes […]

By |February 1st, 2017|Categories: Free|0 Comments

GR Trampoline Parks: How Sky Zone, Airtime and Rebounderz Compare

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With Airtime, Grand Rapids now has 3 Trampoline Parks
A little history…

First Sky Zone opened on 29th street in Kentwood in 2012.

Rebounderz joined the party last year when it opened in Jenison.

And now, Airtime has jumped onto the Grand Rapids activity center scene with its Centerpointe Mall location.

Certainly, Grand Rapids kids and families looking […]

By |January 13th, 2017|Categories: General, Southeast (Kentwood, Caledonia Cutlerville, Dutton)|0 Comments

STAR WARS Night OUT at the Griffins $5 OFF PROMO CODE – just for GRKIDS!

We’re happy to report that the GRIFFINS have given us another promo code for GRKIDS fans for the popular STAR WARS NIGHT!!

Your family can get tickets for $5 off PER TICKET, plus the processing fees are waived! This is a great time to get a school, church, or […]

By |January 12th, 2017|Categories: City of GR, Deal for Families, Winter|40 Comments