Help Me Grow in Ottawa County Has FREE Parenting Resources

Help Me Grow is Dedicated to Seeing Ottawa County Families Thrive
We know parents and caregivers want to make the best choices for their children and Help Me Grow-Ottawa is here to help-and we’re FREE! From pregnancy to preschool, HMG-Ottawa can help you get answers about your child’s growth and connect you to free or low-cost […]

Daniel Tiger and Clifford are Coming to the Play Learn Explore Fair

Find Tons of Early Childhood Resources in One Place on April 29

Need help navigating the waters of early childhood?
I remember when my daughter was born, wishing she came with an instruction manual. I had NO idea what I was doing…and you know what? Years later, that hasn’t changed much! There are endless questions we need […]

By |April 17th, 2017|Categories: Education, Parent Info, Parenting Resources, Preschool, Toddler (12-36 months)|0 Comments

Where to Find Grand Rapids Young Fives Programs

Grand Rapids Young Fives programs are important to many families so we’ve rounded up a list of schools that are offering it for your child!

This article brought to you by West Side Christian School.
Places to Find Young 5’s Now that Many Public Schools Don’t Offer It
Young 5’s. Development Kindergarten. Transitional Kindergarten. Pre-Kindergarten. Whatever you call it, these programs have been […]

By |April 6th, 2017|Categories: Education, Elementary, Preschool|Tags: , , |15 Comments

Amazing Dinosaurs Crash Into the GRCM this Spring!

Amazing Dinosaurs! Exhibit Now Open at the GRCM!
Head in for Roaring Fun at the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum!

This spring (and spring break!) families can touch real fossils and come face-to-face with your favorite dinosaurs at the new AMAZING DINOSAURS! exhibit downtown. The GR Children’s Museum is hosting the Dino-themed play area through June 25, 2017.

Stegosaurus in the House
With […]

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: Easter Things to Do, Elementary, Preschool, Spring, Toddler (12-36 months)|1 Comment

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

11 Reasons Parents Love Goldfish Swim School

When it comes to swimming lessons, some kids are naturals–they jump right in, they don’t care if their heads go under, and they eagerly embrace the idea of lessons.

But other kids–like my daughter–are truly afraid of the water. Nothing could be worse than getting splashed in the face, and the words, “swimming lessons” causes her […]

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 […]

Grand Rapids Christian Schools Offers Excellent Early Childhood Programs

Children Flourish at Grand Rapids Christian Schools Preschool
Grand Rapids Christian Schools provides a safe, Christ-centered preschool and kindergarten environment for children ages three to five. Their exceptional programs provide numerous opportunities for growth and discovery.

The early childhood programs at GRCS are designed to support each child’s sense of curiosity and develop a joy of learning. […]

By |February 6th, 2017|Categories: Education, General, Preschool|0 Comments

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

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 (12-36 months)|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