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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

Best Things to Do in Traverse City with Kids for Summer

TRAVERSE CITY WITH KIDS IN SUMMER
I grew up in Traverse City. And I never get tired of going back to visit in the summer.

Summer is the time when Traverse City is ripe with things to do with kids. Beaches, fruit, festivals, you name it, it’s probably happening in Traverse City in the summer.

With endless options […]

By |March 30th, 2017|Categories: General, Guides- travel, Summer, Travel, Travel Michigan|Tags: , , |7 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 28th, 2017|Categories: City of GR, General, THINGS TO DO, Travel Grand Rapids Tips for Families|6 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 […]

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

Make Unforgettable Family Memories at Monster Jam® Triple Threat Series

Your Family’s Adrenaline Will Race at Monster Jam®
Tickets for Monster Jam®, the most adrenaline charged motorsports experience for families on the planet, are on-sale now. Monster Jam events are affordably priced for the whole family with seats starting at $15. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com. 

Last year, all […]

By |March 2nd, 2017|Categories: General|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