The GIGANTIC Grand Rapids Family ArtPrize Guide

There is so much to cover on this yearly mega event that brings over 440,000 visitors downtown that we had to break it up into several articles. Here we bring all of our pieces together into one central ArtPrize 2016 hub for you. Got questions? Looking for ideas? Find the articles below that will help you make the […]

By |September 26th, 2016|Categories: ArtPrize, Autumn, Fall, General, Guides|Tags: , |3 Comments

Two Places Kids Can Make Art at ArtPrize

Kids Can Get Creative at ArtPrize 8
It’s an exciting time to be a Grand Rapids resident when our city essentially transforms into a public art gallery. Sure, it may be harder to get restaurant reservations and traffic is more congested, but the creative energy buzzing through our city can’t be beat. And there is art of […]

By |September 26th, 2016|Categories: ArtPrize, General|0 Comments

WIN! 10 Admissions to ArtEngage’s Creation Station

ArtEngage Is Giving Away 10 Admissions to Their Creation Station!
ArtEngage is hands-on educational fun, keeping kids busy, excited, and ENGAGED. It prides itself on offering STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art & math)-centered play.

They have multiple play areas in the Creation Station for your kids to exercise their minds and learn through play. No matter what your child’s interests are, ArtEngage has […]

By |September 25th, 2016|Categories: General|24 Comments

Traverse City Tunnel Tour and other Adult things to do Up North

What to Do In Traverse City… Without Kids
Once in a blue moon we manage to get away without kids.

Just last weekend, we snuck away to Traverse City to celebrate our anniversary and had one of the most stress-free, fun weekends away that I can remember. (Plus, we got to go on the Traverse City Tunnel […]

By |September 25th, 2016|Categories: General, Travel, Travel Michigan|Tags: |0 Comments

Divorce is Never Easy. Choose a Gentler Approach with Collaborative Divorce Professionals

Grand Rapids Kids is Not Pro-Divorce
At GRKIDS, we are all about families connecting together through lasting, loving relationships. The last thing we would ever want is for your family to go through a heart-breaking divorce. Unfortunately, we also recognize that divorce is not uncommon in our community. In fact, we regularly receive requests from parents […]

By |September 22nd, 2016|Categories: General, Real Life|0 Comments

ArtPrize Scavenger Hunt for Kids

Back for the second year! grkids.com has crafted an ArtPrize Scavenger Hunt for families, adding a sense of adventure to your kids’ ArtPrize 2016 experience.

This ArtPrize scavenger hunt is compatible with our Kids ArtPrize Tour, also available as a free printable.
Use these ArtPrize Scavenger hunt sheet printables (see […]

By |September 22nd, 2016|Categories: ArtPrize, General, WIN|0 Comments

Parenting Groups Around Grand Rapids

The parenting journey is tough and it’s inadvisable to go it alone.
Find your place among friends and gain support, fun and health!

This guide is a roundup of parenting groups in the West Michigan area and will help you find one in your community.

If you know of others that should be included, please leave us a comment.
You […]

By |September 21st, 2016|Categories: General, Parent Info, Parenting Resources, Real Life|Tags: , , , |23 Comments

Insider ArtPrize Tips for Families

Veteran ArtPrize moms and dads, thanks for sharing your ArtPrize tips and tricks for making the most out of ArtPrize!
September 21-October 9, 2016
ArtPrize has grown to be an extremely popular Grand Rapids event, especially on evenings and weekends. If ArtPrize is new to you, or if this is your first visit with kids, take a minute […]

By |September 20th, 2016|Categories: ArtPrize, General, Travel Grand Rapids|Tags: |5 Comments

Broadway Grand Rapids Offers Half-price Tickets to CINDERELLA for Family Night

Special Family Night for Wednesday, Sept 28, 2016
Broadway Grand Rapids has a special half-price family ticket offering for Wednesday, September 28, 2016 for Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA.

Young guests will be treated to crafts in the inner lobby of DeVos Hall prior to the performance.

The lobby opens at 6pm and the performance begins at 7:30pm.

Tickets will […]

By |September 20th, 2016|Categories: General|0 Comments

Free Sensory Night at Grand Rapids Public Museum During ArtPrize

FREE Sensory Friendly Museum Event
The Grand Rapids Public Museum (GRPM) will open their doors free of charge to families affected with autism and other sensory-processing challenges on Tuesday, October 4th from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Visitors will receive free general admission on this night, to explore the Museum’s three floors of core exhibits at no cost. Visitors will enjoy a sensory […]

By |September 20th, 2016|Categories: ArtPrize|Tags: |3 Comments

Broadway Grand Rapids is Bringing Cinderella to the Stage

Calling all School-Aged Royalty
Do you have a young princess (or prince) at home who loves fairy tales? Are you looking for a enchanting night out that involves glass slippers, fairy godmothers, and magical little mice?

Look no further than Broadway Grand Rapids! Starting September 27, DeVos Performance Hall will be hosting the Tony Award®-winning musical CINDERELLA. […]

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

Share Your Favorite ArtPrize Stops

Where is the Must-See Art for Families?
Even though ArtPrize doesn’t officially start until Wednesday, art is popping up all over town.

Some families have already been scoping out the art, so we need to ask – Have you been to ArtPrize 2016 yet?

Find anything amazing?
RELATED: Grand Rapids Stroller Route for ARTPRIZE Kids 2016
See something perfect for families with kids?

Our list of […]

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

Quality, Affordable Child Care Is EASY to Find with GreatStartToQuality.org

Can Finding Grand Rapids Child Care Really be Easy and Stress-Free?
It’s a well known fact that women make up nearly half the workforce today, so finding affordable, quality child care is more important than ever.

Just thinking about needing to find a new child care center, preschool or in-home care provider, can give some parents […]

By |September 18th, 2016|Categories: General|0 Comments

Where to Find Corn Mazes and Hayrides Around Grand Rapids

Here’s your roundup of Hayrides and Corn Mazes, West Michigan! If you’re looking for more fall fun, be sure to check out THE GIGANTIC GRAND RAPIDS FALL FUN GUIDE!


Favorite West Michigan Corn Mazes & Hayrides
Schwallier’s Country Basket-  Visit Schwallier’s Country Basket to go on an adventure in our corn maze! This year’s theme: Space Exploration! […]

By |September 17th, 2016|Categories: Fall, General|Tags: |7 Comments