Preschool

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Grand Rapids Preschools Guide – 2017

It may feel like the school year just started, but it is already time to begin thinking about next year’s plans for school. Many preschools begin enrollment for next year in January. Whether this is your first child going off to school or your fifth, there are several factors to consider in making this important decision. […]

By |January 11th, 2017|Categories: General, Guides, Preschool|Tags: |1 Comment

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

Why We Love to Play at the Kroc Center on Tuesdays

This is a guest post by local mom Mary Ward.

Forget about the snow and cold when you come to Toddler Tuesday at the Salvation Army Kroc Center. It may be blustery outside, but the pool area is a balmy 85 degrees! Children five and under (and their parents) are welcome to come on Tuesdays between 9am […]

By |December 19th, 2016|Categories: City of GR, Preschool, Toddler Activity|0 Comments

Classes Your Toddler Will Love This Winter

Do you have kids in school during the year with younger siblings at home with you? West Michigan provides many opportunities even for the youngest to attend classes, too!

Check out our list of morning or early afternoon classes during the week; children ages 0-5 can participate in everything from art classes to nature program […]

By |December 11th, 2016|Categories: General, Preschool, Winter|1 Comment

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

Treasured Toddler Play Spots for $10 or Less around Grand Rapids

If you have toddlers at home, you know that it’s great to find new and interesting things to do that don’t break the bank. We’ve put together a list of some of our favorite things to do with toddlers that cost under ten dollars, and some of them are even free! Don’t forget to check out […]

By |June 20th, 2016|Categories: Free, General, Preschool|Tags: , , |7 Comments

AppleTree and Gilden Woods Early Care and Preschool Sets the Bar High

Ever Wonder What Your Kid’s Up to While You’re at Work?
You won’t if they go to AppleTree or Gilden Woods Early Care and Preschool!

The AppleCam allows parents to see their child’s classroom anytime via their mobile device or computer. Talk about peace of mind! I’ve found with my girls that sometimes their versions of an event at school […]

By |January 13th, 2016|Categories: General, Preschool|2 Comments

See Why Children’s Workshop is Such a Popular Preschool for GR Families

Students Develop a Love of Learning Through a Balance of Structure and Play
Children’s Workshop Preschool and Toddler Programs have been serving families since 1976. Our teachers and support staff are highly experienced with young children and are selected for their ability to create a relaxed, loving environment in which to foster the development of the […]

By |January 10th, 2016|Categories: General, Preschool|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: , , |43 Comments

Orchard Hill Preschool and Childcare Center Strives to be Your Favorite Spot for Early Education

This post is sponsored by Orchard Hill Christian Preschool and Childcare Center. 

What Does Early Childhood National Accreditation Mean to Parents?
Searching for a quality early childhood program for your child can be a daunting experience. How can parents be sure that the center or home providers that they visit will be of the highest quality for […]

By |September 24th, 2015|Categories: General, Preschool|Tags: , |1 Comment

A Toddler’s Guide To Grand Rapids

This post made possible by AppleTree Early Care and Preschool.

At AppleTree, children, 6 weeks to 12 years old, learn, play, and develop at their own pace and their unique abilities are discovered and nurtured by highly qualified teachers using research-based, developmentally appropriate curriculum.  Our highly-acclaimed programming fosters engaging, interactive learning that promotes Kindergarten Readiness and […]

By |August 9th, 2015|Categories: General, Guides, Preschool|6 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, Place, Preschool, Reviews|1 Comment

A Preschooler’s Guide To Grand Rapids

Preschoolers are starting to enter into the world of school, but are not quite ready for all-day learning. That leaves a lot of partial days to fill up–considering they probably are moving out of nap time soon! As they’re starting to see the world differently they will enjoy more stimulating and learning-centered play.

Check out some […]

By |June 29th, 2015|Categories: General, Preschool|2 Comments

The Detroit Lions Isn’t Just for Grownups–Their Camps and Cub Club are Your Kid’s Dream

This article is sponsored by the Detroit Lions. All opinions are my own

by April Hunt
There are Lions in West Michigan
Did you know the Detroit Lions offers summer football camps in West Michigan? I didn’t! Your little footballer can get his game on in one of these amazing youth day camps without trekking to Detroit every day. Try […]

By |June 24th, 2015|Categories: General, Preschool, Tween|0 Comments

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