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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

Our Allergy-Friendly Trip Through Grand Rapids – with Kids

Guide to an Allergy Friendly Grand Rapids Day Trip
With food allergies in the United States on the rise the likelihood of your family being affected is growing each year. One in thirteen children have moderate to severe food allergies. This results in an average of at least two students in each school classroom being affected. […]

By |March 14th, 2017|Categories: City of GR, General, THINGS TO DO, Travel Grand Rapids Tips for Families|0 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 |March 13th, 2017|Categories: Education, Elementary, General, Teens|Tags: |10 Comments

Favorite Events for Family Fun Around Grand Rapids

This article brought to you by Grand Rapids Christian Schools.

With Spring around the corner, if cabin fever has hit your house, now is the time to get everyone out for some good family fun. West Michigan has some great event options that are sure to please everyone in your family.

Earlier this year, parents voted on their favorite […]

The GIGANTIC Grand Rapids Spring Fun Guide – 2017

This article brought to you by The Goddard School.
Welcome to the Gigantic Grand Rapids Spring Fun Guide for 2017
Here you’ll find one gigantic roundup of spring break ideas, free spring activities, daily fun, where to take driver’s ed, where to play spring sports, biking and hiking trails, short-term travel ideas, consignment and garage sales and […]

Where to Turn if You Suspect Child Abuse in Kent County

What to Do if You Suspect Child Abuse
CHILDREN’S ASSESSMENT CENTER HELPS DETERMINE IF CHILD ABUSE HAS OCCURRED
The Children’s Assessment Center of Kent County is your resource if you suspect child abuse. If your child has had a significant change in behavior and/or has exhibited sexualized behavior and you do not know why, the Child Assessment […]

By |March 2nd, 2017|Categories: General, Parenting Resources|Tags: |0 Comments

Spring Consignment Guide for Grand Rapids and Beyond – 2017

This information is updated for 2017.

Are your kids growing like weeds? Save money as you restock your child’s wardrobe!

Our extensive list of consignment sales in the Greater Grand Rapids Area is unparalleled. Consignment sales happen almost every month of the year and offer a great way to restock closets with gently used quality clothing at […]

By |February 26th, 2017|Categories: Deal for Families, General|Tags: |8 Comments

WIN! Target Gift Card – Grandtastic Voting NOW Open!

This giveaway is closed. Congrats to the winner Monica!
VOTE on the Best of Grand Rapids for Families
Last month we gathered your nominations for the best places for families around Grand Rapids. We’ve put all those nominations together, so you can cast your votes for the 2017 Grandtastic Awards now until March 10, 2017 when this voting giveaway will […]

By |February 23rd, 2017|Categories: General, WIN|70 Comments

Growing a Love for Veggies: Where You Can Find CSAs Near Grand Rapids

Special thanks to guest contributor Jen Byrne for writing this article and to Earth Keeper Farm (a CSA with a drop off point at our partner, Ada Farmers Market!) for providing the photos. 

You’ve probably heard people talking about CSAs even if you aren’t that familiar with them.

A CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) is a way to invest directly […]

By |February 22nd, 2017|Categories: General, Health, Summer|Tags: , , |6 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

Disney On Ice Presents Dare to Dream

A Celebration of Royal Proportions–PLUS Free Downloads!

 

Join Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, and Donald for the ultimate princess event: Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream! With dazzling sets and stunning costumes, all your favorite songs and moments from The Princess and the Frog, Cinderella, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and Tangled will magically come to life on […]

By |February 21st, 2017|Categories: General|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

WIN! $500 Interior e-Design Makeover

This giveaway is closed. Congrats to the winner Leigha!
What is E-Interior Design?
Internet-based services are rising in popularity and for good reason! With busy schedules and fast-paced lives, online services help make life easier. The convenience of shopping online to even utilizing e-insurance or e-tax services simply cannot be beat.

Now, with the help of Kristin Thompson’s […]

By |February 21st, 2017|Categories: General, WIN|234 Comments

Grand Rapids Public Museum Parent’s Guide

A Parent’s Guide to the Grand Rapids Public Museum
Think museums are boring? Think again!

The Grand Rapids Public Museum offers exciting experiences for toddlers on up… and we’re here to tell you how you can enjoy your next GRPM trip with kids. The Grand Rapids Public Museum is three levels of educational fun! From their many permanent […]

By |February 20th, 2017|Categories: City of GR, General, Museums, Travel Grand Rapids Tips for Families|0 Comments

Where to Have a Baby Shower in Grand Rapids and Beyond

Looking for a great spot to host a baby shower for your loved one? Consider one of these places around West Michigan to host a memorable day for that special mom-to-be. Some of our ideas are just general locations while others have specific places listed for you to check out.

Of course, our list isn’t exhaustive […]

By |February 20th, 2017|Categories: General|Tags: , , , |6 Comments