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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

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 |February 3rd, 2016|Categories: Education, Elementary, General, Teens|Tags: |8 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

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 13th, 2015|Categories: Elementary, Free, Guides, Preschool, Tween|Tags: , , |44 Comments

Insider Tips for Your Next Visit to the Children’s Garden at Meijer Gardens

HOW THE LOCALS DO MEIJER GARDENS WITH KIDS
If you’ve been in Grand Rapids for long, or are thinking about visiting, you’ve probably heard about Frederik Meijer Gardens. If you visit with kids, put the Lena Meijer Children’s Garden on your schedule; it will be the highlight of their visit.
FREDERIK MEIJER GARDENS HAS A CHILDREN’S GARDEN
We’ve […]

By |July 13th, 2015|Categories: Elementary, General, Meijer Gardens, Place, Preschool, Reviews|1 Comment

Junior Golf Programs Around Grand Rapids

Golf is a great activity for kids. It teaches patience, focus, respect and problem solving–all skills that will benefit them long after they’ve walked off the course. And it’s an activity that you can enjoy together, even after they’re grown.

If your child is into golf they live in the right place! We’ve found two dozen places that offer […]

By |April 26th, 2015|Categories: Elementary, General, Guides, Preschool, Teens, Tween|Tags: |0 Comments

Are Your Kids Wild about Wild Kratts? We’ve Got a Ticket Discount for You!

by Leah Hansen
Watch the Wild Kratts Save the Day-Live!
The creature adventuring duo Chris and Martin Kratt are headed to Grand Rapids, and we have discounted ticket information for our readers!

Wild Kratts — Live! is an all new theatrical stage show based on the hit animated PBS series “Wild Kratts.” Martin and Chris Kratt, stars of […]

By |April 13th, 2015|Categories: Elementary, General, Preschool|34 Comments

Charter and Private Schools Offering Young 5’s in GR and Suburbs

By Betsy B.
Places to Find Young 5’s Now that Many Public Schools Don’t Offer It
Enrollment has already started for most young 5’s programs, and for some they’ve already filled up! Don’t fear, there’s still hope. There is a school that is right for you and your child and it just may be in the list below!

Do […]

By |March 23rd, 2015|Categories: Elementary, General, Preschool|Tags: , , |10 Comments

*New Year’s Eve Fun For Kids in Grand Rapids – 2014*

This post is sponsored by Messiah Lutheran Preschool. Messiah Lutheran offers classes for three and four year old children. We focus on Kindergarten readiness skills while meeting the individual needs of your child. Our loving, experienced staff have been making learning fun since 1987. Check out our Facebook page for more info. 

By Jill C. 
Get Ready to Ring in […]

By |December 27th, 2014|Categories: Elementary, Preschool, Teens, Tween, Winter|1 Comment