31 Days of May Fun for Kids in Grand Rapids – 2017

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May Fun for Kids in Grand Rapids
Get Outside and Smell the Flowers, in GR and Beyond!
West Michigan is welcoming spring with open arms this May, and we can’t wait to share it with you! From frogs, flowers, and fountains, to memory-making musical moments, there’s something for everyone! We’ve […]

By |April 27th, 2017|Categories: Spring, THINGS TO DO|1 Comment

Where to Take Mom for Mother’s Day Brunch. Reservations Recommended!

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 14, 2017
I’ve been thinking about how I’d like to spend my Mother’s Day this year, and it definitely involves not spending the afternoon doing dishes. Thankfully, my husband is skilled at all things domestic (sometimes more than I am!) so I can trust him to run the show on Mother’s […]

By |April 27th, 2017|Categories: Spring, THINGS TO DO|0 Comments

Kyle Visser Loves Being a Dream Home Matchmaker for Grand Rapids

Plus Kyle’s Tips for Selling Without Having Your Next Home Lined Up

Editor’s note: It can be really hard to find the perfect real estate agent. Selling and/or buying your home can be a stressful experience but the right Realtor can guide you through and make it enjoyable! The Grand Rapids Kids team is spotlighting a […]

By |April 26th, 2017|Categories: Moving|0 Comments

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

How I Stopped Being a Short Order Cook for My Kids – and a $50 Fresh Thyme Giveaway

It’s back! We loved this idea so much last fall that we brought it back again for you – just in time for summer!
Always Hungry, Never Happy Kids
Somehow, when summer roles around, I turn into a short-order cook and snack matron. It drives me crazy! So when I read about Carrie Pauly’s food experiment, I […]

By |April 25th, 2017|Categories: Real Life, WIN|Tags: , |97 Comments

4 Ways to Keep Your Kid Safe from Child Abuse

Things You Can do to Teach Child Abuse Safety
Let’s be honest: child abuse is a topic that is hard to talk about. But keeping your child safe is on the list of “must do” things as a parent. We teach our children to look both ways before they cross the street. We tell them to be careful […]

By |April 25th, 2017|Categories: Parent Info, Parenting Resources, Real Life|0 Comments

15 Outings for Grandparents and Grandkids around Grand Rapids

This article brought to you by JOHN BALL ZOO.
Ideas for Grandparent and Grandkid Outings in Greater Grand Rapids

Thank Goodness for Grandparents!
While we may differ over how much candy or screen-time our children should have, there is no denying that an involved grandparent is a major blessing. They give our kids extra love and attention while also […]

By |April 24th, 2017|Categories: Stage of Life|1 Comment

How to Throw a Fashionista Birthday Party on any Budget

Fashion Birthday Party Ideas
My daughter turned 8 on December 23- and it only took us six weeks to get around to celebrating it! Poor girl. I guess that’s what happens when your birthday is two days before Christmas! Truthfully, though, she doesn’t seem to mind. We still give her a gift and go out to […]

By |April 24th, 2017|Categories: Birthday Parties|0 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 […]

Throw on that Feathered Boa and Head out to Fancy Nancy

Fancy Nancy is at the Civic Theatre till April 30
Fancy or not, this show is a fantastic opportunity for you and your little lady to have a fun night out! Princesses and tomboys alike will appreciate the music, humor, dancing, and fun of this show. The audience was filled will fanciness- lots of little girls in […]

By |April 23rd, 2017|Categories: Event, Reviews|0 Comments

Five Reasons You’ll Love The Goddard School

Learning Is a Blast at West Michigan’s The Goddard School

If you’re like me, you’ve heard of The Goddard School before but aren’t exactly sure what it’s about. Plus, with so many wonderful early childhood education options here in West Michigan, you may be wondering what sets Goddard apart from the rest. Here’s the scoop on what makes The […]

By |April 20th, 2017|Categories: Area Schools, Education|0 Comments

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

Wondering Why Grand Rapids is Great for Families? Here’s Why!

What Draws Families to Grand Rapids?
After moving to Grand Rapids a couple years ago, I would often hear people say “Grand Rapids is such a great place to raise a family.” My husband and I both grew up in the Midwest and after living out West for five years, we felt a strong pull back to […]

By |April 19th, 2017|Categories: Moving, Parent Info|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|211 Comments

Daniel Tiger and Clifford are Coming to the Play Learn Explore Fair

Find Tons of Early Childhood Resources in One Place on April 29

Need help navigating the waters of early childhood?
I remember when my daughter was born, wishing she came with an instruction manual. I had NO idea what I was doing…and you know what? Years later, that hasn’t changed much! There are endless questions we need […]

By |April 17th, 2017|Categories: Education, Parent Info, Parenting Resources, Preschool, Toddler (12-36 months)|0 Comments