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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

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: Easter Things to Do, Elementary, Preschool, Spring, Toddler (12-36 months)|1 Comment

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.
RELATED: KENT & OTTAWA […]

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

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

Clever Grand Rapids Birthday Gift Experiences for Kids

America, the toy epidemic has gotten out of control! Kids these days have more enough toys to share with the entire neighborhood, yet when birthdays come around, friends and family inevitably get them more. Because what else would they do? They love your kid and want to show them love through a gift. 

The good news? We […]

By |March 7th, 2017|Categories: Elementary, Guides, Middle School, Preschool|1 Comment

11 Reasons Parents Love Goldfish Swim School

When it comes to swimming lessons, some kids are naturals–they jump right in, they don’t care if their heads go under, and they eagerly embrace the idea of lessons.

But other kids–like my daughter–are truly afraid of the water. Nothing could be worse than getting splashed in the face, and the words, “swimming lessons” causes her […]

S.T.E.A.M. into ArtEngage GR for a Fun, Unique Indoor Play Experience

Indoor Play in NE Grand Rapids
ArtEngage GR is open with the goal of promoting Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math.

It’s a great place – different from the usual play area – in that it’s a spot where the kids will learn without even realizing it!

It’s also indoors, so is perfect for families on cold, rainy or snowy days. But I […]

Kent District Library is a Treasure Trove of Resources for Parents

Check Out Their Early Literacy Page and Lit Bits Newsletter, Too
Books are portals into wondrous worlds and an early love for reading sets up a child for a lifetime of loving to learn. Kent District Library can play a unique role in helping children discover this love for reading from a young age, connecting parents with resources and […]

By |February 5th, 2017|Categories: Babies & Infants, Elementary, General, Preschool, Toddler (12-36 months)|Tags: , , |0 Comments

GUIDE to West Michigan Schools: Private, Public, Charter & Religious

Private, Charter, Religious, Language Immersion and More
West Michigan parents, you have options and we’ve put them together for you in one easy guide.
Today, West Michigan parents have LOADS of options when it comes to making important choices about your child’s education.

Whether you are looking for a language immersion school, a charter school, or a school […]

By |January 24th, 2017|Categories: Education, Elementary, General, Guides, Preschool|Tags: |36 Comments

Legacy Christian School Offers Early Spanish Immersion and More

The Preschool Dilemma
I remember when my oldest child became old enough for us to start thinking about what preschool to send her to. Should we try a co-op? Should we go half-day, all-day, two-days, or three-days? Do we want a play-based environment or something more academic?

As we took tours of schools, visited open houses, and […]

By |January 8th, 2017|Categories: Elementary, General, Preschool|0 Comments

What Do Animal Selfies, a Frog Pond, and a Greenhouse Have in Common? Ada Christian School’s New Outdoor Education Program

Have You Heard About Ada Christian’s 37-Acre Outdoor Education Program?
Ada Christian Schools has launched an innovative, outdoor education program for preschool to 8th grade students. Over the past several months their beautiful 37-acre property has undergone significant changes. This transformation is “giving way to educational spaces that elicit wonder and awe of God’s creation,” said […]

By |December 13th, 2016|Categories: Ada Christian CS, Elementary, General|0 Comments

Where Kids Eat Free or Cheap in Grand Rapids

OFFERS CHANGE OFTEN – PLEASE CHECK!
We’ve researched restaurants in the Grand Rapids area that offer free or cheap kids’ meals. Terms and conditions apply and are subject to change. Please verify with the restaurant before you go.

RELATED: Top 10 Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Grand Rapids
MONDAY

Kobe Steakhouse (Grandville). Kids eat free every Monday with the purchase […]

By |October 12th, 2016|Categories: Elementary, Free, Guides, Preschool, Tween|Tags: , , |40 Comments

How do Language Immersion Schools Work? Grand Rapids Christian Explains.

Immersion programs have been offered for many years and being fluent in a second language has become increasingly valuable in today’s global society. Nevertheless, many parents still have questions as to what immersion is and whether or not it is right for their children.

Grand Rapids Christian Schools offers Spanish Immersion in preschool through 4th grade […]

By |February 1st, 2016|Categories: Elementary, General|Tags: , |5 Comments

Parents are Passionate About Grand Rapids Public Schools. Here’s Why.

Grand Rapids Public Schools has been building itself on innovation. Its theme school choices have been proving a magnet for many families in the area, developing a diverse crowd of next-generation leaders and innovators.

Their 18 theme schools offer an array of special studies. From environmental school to zoo school to montessori, engineering, science and public museum school and more, there is an exciting school in […]

By |January 14th, 2016|Categories: Elementary, General|Tags: |0 Comments