The Ultimate Repurposed, Vintage, Upcycled, Resale Guide for Greater Grand Rapids

Looking for Repurposed, Vintage, Antique and Resale Shops in Greater Grand Rapids?
I love shopping locally for unique, one-of-kind items. Browsing through antique stores, flea markets and thrift shops is one of my favorite things to do. It feels so satisfying to give new life to a repurposed item that sings with charm and character.

I also dig finding […]

By |April 11th, 2017|Categories: Deal for Families, Guides|23 Comments

New to GRKIDS? Get Started Here.

Hi, my name is Melody, and I’m so glad you’ve found Grand Rapids Kids!

Whether you’re brand new to parenting or you have five kids, we are sure to have resources to help make parenting easier (and more fun)!

I started this blog in 2009, leaving a decade-long career teaching science at Grand Rapids Christian High School. […]

By |March 29th, 2017|Categories: Guides, Parent Info, Parenting Resources|0 Comments

Grand Rapids Summer Camps Guide – 2017

Don’t freak out, but summer vacation isn’t that far off. Sure, it’s only late March, and sure, we’re still wearing winter coats around, but we all know that time is going to start flying with end of school activities and sports and time spent outside.

Now is the time to enroll your kids in a Grand […]

By |March 27th, 2017|Categories: Guides, Summer, West Michigan Camps|Tags: |Comments Off on Grand Rapids Summer Camps Guide – 2017

11 Unique Dining Spots For Families in West Michigan

This article brought to you by NW Youth Soccer Association.

For dining options, West Michigan boasts some fantastic finds! We’ve got our free & cheap spots, our favorite spots, the summer time outside eats spots, but what about the unique places to get a bite out? West Michigan, here’s your list:


SEE ALSO: Eat Outside! Where […]

By |March 23rd, 2017|Categories: Guides|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment

A Parent’s Guide to the Grand Rapids Art Museum

Photo courtesy Grand Rapids Art Museum

Have you taken your kids to the GRAM yet?
Here in Grand Rapids, art is a big thing. But we don’t just mean ArtPrize! Our very own Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM), located downtown by Rosa Parks Circle, houses some amazing works of art year-round for you […]

By |March 22nd, 2017|Categories: City of GR, Guides, Museums|0 Comments

A Parent’s Guide to the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum

Grand Rapids Children’s Museum is a Hit Every Time
I took my kids to the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum again recently. And it’s still amazing. Just like last time. Just like every time.

After this visit I asked my kids, ages 7, 4 and 2, what their favorite parts were. Granted, my 2 year old couldn’t really speak […]

Grand Rapids Spring Break Daily Activity Guide 2017

Fun Daily Activities Make Spring Break Staycations Fun!
You can fly away for Spring Break, or you can stir up some fun in Grand Rapids and enjoy the mini summer vacation that’s coming our way in April. Businesses all around town are holding special hours or events just for your kids!

A fun way to get them […]

By |March 13th, 2017|Categories: Guides, Spring Break|2 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

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 […]

Grand Rapids Spring Camps & Classes Guide – 2017

Spring Time FUN with Grand Rapids Spring Camps and Classes
If being cooped up all winter has you ready to get out and explore, your adventure can start here!

Classes and camps are a great way for kids to explore a new activity in a more laid back setting than school. Families love the shorter commitment period, too – […]

By |March 1st, 2017|Categories: Guides, Spring Break, West Michigan Camps|1 Comment

Grand Rapids Gymnastics Classes Guide – 2017

Gymnastics is a great avenue for burning energy, gaining new skills, making friends… and mastering the balance beam! It offers the perfect blend of fitness, fun and social interaction that kids need, for both boys and girls.

If your child is interested in joining a supportive environment where they can tumble their heart out, then look no further — […]

By |February 8th, 2017|Categories: General, Guides|0 Comments

Moving to the Grand Rapids Area? Start Here.

Moving with your family is a challenging experience made easier with the right help.
Are you getting ready to move your family to a new home in greater Grand Rapids? Whether you’re just moving in Grand Rapids to one town over or coming in from out of state, setting up in a new neighborhood is a […]

By |February 1st, 2017|Categories: Communities, General, Guides, Moving|Tags: , |1 Comment

The GIGANTIC Grand Rapids Babies Guide

This article brought to you by Goldfish Swim School. 
Welcome to the Gigantic Grand Rapids Babies Guide
Having a baby changes everything, and

Pin this page, post this to Facebook, save the link to your home screen, or bookmark this link because you’ll use it throughout your pregnancy and beyond.

The first stop is our Grand Rapids Baby email newsletter. This email […]

By |January 26th, 2017|Categories: Babies & Infants, General, Guides, I'm Pregnant, Parent Info|0 Comments

Indoor Birthday Party Ideas for Kids in Grand Rapids

This article brought to you by The Mud Room. 
(Birthday) Party Time! Excellent!
Wondering where to host your child’s next Grand Rapids indoor birthday party bash? Look no further! We’ve put together a great list of places to celebrate your kid with fun and a little bit of cake. For a more extensive list, including outdoor idea, see […]

By |January 26th, 2017|Categories: Birthday Parties, Guides|4 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