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

Throw on that Feathered Boa and Head out to Fancy Nancy

Fancy Nancy is at the Civic Theatre till April 30
Fancy or not, this show is a fantastic opportunity for you and your little lady to have a fun night out! Princesses and tomboys alike will appreciate the music, humor, dancing, and fun of this show. The audience was filled will fanciness- lots of little girls in […]

By |April 23rd, 2017|Categories: Event, Reviews|0 Comments

A Critter Barn Birthday Party is Just Ducky

A Dream Birthday Party for Animal Lovers!
It was the week before my daughter’s sixth birthday party, and the venue we had been counting on suddenly didn’t work out. In my frenzied search for a new and last-minute venue, I remembered the Critter Barn. My daughter had spent two glorious days in their hands-on summer camp last year, […]

MASCOT MANIA Night at the Griffins: Spring Break Deal

Spring Break MASCOT MANIA Night at the Griffins

$5 off Per Ticket, Plus No Service Fees and the Grand Rapids Griffins have teamed up to offer out a special discount for all the families for Mascot Mania on Saturday, April 8th!  Through this special offer, families can save $5 off the day of game […]

By |April 2nd, 2017|Categories: Event, Spring Break, THINGS TO DO|1 Comment

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 […]

Headed to the Meijer Gardens Butterflies Exhibit? Read this First!

Meijer Gardens Butterflies are Blooming Exhibit with Kids
If you are longing for a touch of spring, you’ll find it at Frederik Meijer Gardens right now.

Every year our family treks over to the Butterflies are Blooming exhibit with cameras in tow. The exhibit returns annually for the months of March and April and sports 7,000 different butterflies of 50 […]

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

Inside the GRCT Theatre Arts Tech Sampler Class

My ten year old daughter loves the stage. She has been in school productions since she was in kindergarten, she constantly designs her own costumes, she sings all…the…time, and she loves attending shows at the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre! You can only imagine her reaction when we were presented with the offer to check out […]

By |December 20th, 2016|Categories: General, Reviews|0 Comments

Grand Rapids Comic-Con Parent’s Guide

October 21-23, 2016 at DeVos Place
The Grand Rapids Comic-Con is a three-day comic book and popular arts convention. In addition to vendors selling comics and graphic novels, you’ll find some of your favorite cartoon and science fiction actors. You can find the full schedule of events and speakers here.

Over 22,000 people attended in 2015, but don’t let these […]

By |October 10th, 2016|Categories: Event, General|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

Don’t Just Visit the Wild Side – EXPERIENCE it at Boulder Ridge

by guest author Mary Ward

Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park is 80 acres of animal adventure at 8313 Pratt Lake SE, Alto, MI 49302.

This unique park was started by Dave and Dawn Hoekstra, who initially bought the land to breed animals to sell to zoos. But their exotic animal passion grew to a desire to open […]

By |August 10th, 2016|Categories: General, Place, Travel Grand Rapids Tips for Families|Tags: , , |1 Comment

A Parent’s Guide to West Michigan Drive-In Theaters

West Michigan Drive-In Theaters
The drive-in movie is still alive in Michigan – and a ton of fun for kids and adults alike. It’s good to know a few tips to make the most of your time out, though, because there are some things that make a night out at the drive-in much different than your […]

By |July 19th, 2016|Categories: General, Place, Reviews, Summer|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Amazing Things Kids can do at the GR Library This Summer

Pick Your Team & Get in the Reading Game!
The Grand Rapids Public Library (GRPL) puts the FUN into summer reading. Follow these five easy steps to get your kids signed up for the GRPL Summer Reading Challenge today.

1.) CHOOSE YOUR TEAM:  There are four teams to choose from including: Fiery Force, Splash Squad, Wind Warriors and Team […]

By |June 22nd, 2016|Categories: Event, General, Parent Info, Summer|0 Comments

Earth Explorers at GRPM Will Excite the Whole Family

GRPM is Great Escape From the Heat of Summer
If you have never been to the Grand Rapids Public Museum, you really should add it to your summer bucket list.

(And if you have not made a summer bucket list, you really should! This has been a fun tradition for our family the last several years.)

Anywho, back to […]

By |June 13th, 2016|Categories: General, Reviews|0 Comments

Bottle Feed Calves, Milking Robots and More at Dairy Discovery

Where Does Milk Come From?
Milk is a universal staple in most households. Maybe you start your day with milk in the cereal bowl or with a creamy latte. Toddlers enjoy their whole milk from a sippy cup at meal time, while big kids love to wash down dessert with a large glass of milk. But […]

By |April 28th, 2016|Categories: Event, General, Summer|0 Comments

Take Your Wild Thing to the World of Maurice Sendak at the GRAM

Discover the Magic of Sendak April 9 – May 22, 2016
If you want to expose your children to the wonder and beauty of art, you need to take them to the Grand Rapids Art Museum’s latest exhibit, Where the Wild Things Are. It gives children a feel for a genuine art exhibit, but isn’t so “grownup” that […]

By |April 10th, 2016|Categories: General, Reviews|1 Comment