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|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

Do Yourself A Favor And See The Civic’s Newest Musical, Caroline, Or Change!

Caroline, Or Change is not your typical Grand Rapids theater performance.
Set in the early 1960s, this production plunges into the racial tensions of the Civil Rights era. “Race, rage and civil rights are at the heart of this deeply personal (semi-autobiographical) story by Tony Kushner (Pulitzer Prize for Angels in America),” according to the Civic.

The plot […]

By |June 4th, 2016|Categories: 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

Freckleface Strawberry has a Message for the Unique Person in Each of Us

Freckleface Strawberry is a fun story about accepting what makes each of us different. Strawberry (yes, that is her given name) is plagued with freckles that she hates. Her friends tease her about the freckles and she tries everything she can to get rid of them. The musical is geared for kids aged four and […]

By |April 23rd, 2016|Categories: Event, General, Reviews|0 Comments

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 7 – 14, 2016
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 21st, 2016|Categories: Event, General, Spring, Travel Michigan|Tags: , , |2 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

The Civic Theatre’s Sister Act…A Date Night Win!

Take your date night to the next level with the musical comedy “Sister Act”
I’ve been a longtime fan of the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre. Their productions are wonderful and they produce excellent shows, season after season. Coincidentally, I have also secretly (no longer!) been a Delores VanCartier #SuperFan for as long as I can remember. […]

By |February 28th, 2016|Categories: General, Reviews|0 Comments

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

This post is sponsored by Hudsonville Christian School.

Hudsonville Christian School offers academic excellence, taught from a Christian perspective, within a safe and inspiring environment for students in 3 School – 8th grade. Our challenging curriculum nurtures the whole child – in mind, body and spirit – and accommodates students with a range of learning styles and […]

By |December 27th, 2015|Categories: Guides, Place, Reviews, Travel Grand Rapids|4 Comments


The Griffins are a grkids.com sponsor. Yay! 


(this video is from last year… but it’s still good!)

Saturday night, celebrate the start of winter break with a LEGO GRIFFINS GAME. And do it with our GRKIDS discount!!
Saturday, December 19th –  LEGO Night!

GRKIDS.COM and the Grand Rapids Griffins have teamed up to […]

By |December 15th, 2015|Categories: Event|3 Comments

GR Ballet’s Nutcracker Is a Must for Your Holiday Bucket List

Tickets to the show were donated generously by the Grand Rapids Ballet. Featured artwork is by Chris Van Allsburg. All opinions are my own.

by April Hunt
GR Ballet’s Nutcracker may be Your Only Chance at Snow This Christmas
I’ve become a bit of a Nutcracker fanatic.

I don’t know if it’s because it’s that good (the music is […]

By |December 12th, 2015|Categories: Event, General, Reviews|1 Comment

The New Grand Rapids Trader Joe’s vs. Costco

Do I Need to Shop Anywhere Else?

When the new Grand Rapids Trader Joe’s opened, grkids readers asked, “Do I still need to keep shopping at Costco now that TJ’s is open?” It’s a legitimate question, especially since Costo requires a membership fee. Would it be worth cancelling the Costco membership at this […]

By |November 19th, 2015|Categories: General, Place|Tags: |5 Comments

Sleepy Hollow at the Civic is the Perfect Halloween Delight

The Grand Rapids Civic Theatre graciously offered tickets for this event; all opinions are my own.

by Erica VanderMeer
The Civic Theatre is Delivering Spooky Fun This Halloween
Halloween is a BIG deal around our house; my husband and kids love to decorate and they get pretty elaborate with their costumes, too. So when the opportunity came to […]

By |October 24th, 2015|Categories: General, Reviews|2 Comments