14 Free/Affordable Things to do in February Around Grand Rapids

February is awash with free and affordable activities for West Michigan. Fall in love with winter festivals, owl hunting, affordable days at the museums, great deals at the cinema, and great opportunities to play outside, plus many more.

And if the weather has kept you cooped up indoors too long and you need a change of […]

By |January 31st, 2017|Categories: Free, General, Winter|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

28 Days of FEBRUARY Fun for Kids in Grand Rapids

This article brought to you by NorthPointe Christian Schools.Call us crazy, but we love February in Grand Rapids! Yes, we’re ready for spring, but there’s still plenty of fun to be had outside and opportunities for stay-cation fun abound.

This month will leave you looking at ice (and skating on it too), cooking up fun and […]

By |January 29th, 2017|Categories: General, Winter|Tags: , , |0 Comments

STAR WARS Night OUT at the Griffins $5 OFF PROMO CODE – just for GRKIDS!

We’re happy to report that the GRIFFINS have given us another promo code for GRKIDS fans for the popular STAR WARS NIGHT!!

Your family can get tickets for $5 off PER TICKET, plus the processing fees are waived! This is a great time to get a school, church, or […]

By |January 12th, 2017|Categories: City of GR, Deal for Families, Winter|40 Comments

31 Days of JANUARY Fun for Kids in Grand Rapids

By now, we would typically have snow covering the ground and plenty of outdoor fun to be had. Without it, finding things to do with the kids in January can be tricky. Despite the lack of fluffy white stuff, Grand Rapids has come through with a great list of things to do.

You’ll find an abundance […]

By |January 1st, 2017|Categories: Winter|0 Comments

Winter Break Activity Guide for Grand Rapids – 2016

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2016 Christmas & Winter Break Activity Guide
Thanksgiving is over and there’s just a short time before Winter Break is upon us! How are you planning to fill the long days? Use this guide to help you plan your days for make Winter Break 2016 the most memorable one your kids have […]

By |December 24th, 2016|Categories: Christmas, General, SEASONAL, Winter|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Which Christmas Dad Do You Have in Your Life?

We welcome Todd Chance, local dad and founder of DADDY DAUGHTER TIME to the writing team here at GRKIDS. We’re excited to add his insights and passions to the mix over here and think his debut article is a fun way to introduce him to you.

Welcome, Todd!

Christmas is almost here so chances are you’ve […]

By |December 22nd, 2016|Categories: Christmas, General, humor|0 Comments

Family Friendly Christmas Eve Church Services

One of my favorite parts of Christmas is the Christmas Eve service at our church. It’s the best part of Christmas if you ask me – the celebration, the anticipation, and none of the material things that can cloud Christmas cheer. I remember when my oldest was one year old and for the first […]

By |December 21st, 2016|Categories: Christmas, General|1 Comment

How to Slow Down and Simplify Christmas

Hey, friend. Christmas is almost here! Are you feeling joyful? Excited? Or maybe just super overwhelmed and tired and stressed out…?

I hear ya. Well, good news! It’s time to relax, weary mama. Grab a cup of hot cocoa, load up the marshmallows (and feel free to add a little nip of “something extra” if you […]

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

Ring in the New Year With Your Kids


Are you looking for a little New Year’s Eve Fun for your family this year? We’ve got you (and your kids!) covered with 11 ways to celebrate. Read on to find cool, happening events all over West Michigan to help you ring in the New Year.
RELATED: A Christmas Story is Coming to Stage With Broadway GR
11 Ideas […]

By |December 18th, 2016|Categories: General, Winter|6 Comments

25% OFF TODAY with PROMO CODE “FROSTY” – GROUPONS to Buy for Winter Break FUN in Greater Grand Rapids


If you’re looking to fill some winter break time on a budget, these Groupon Deals can help. I just bought the trampoline park (check the days that it is valid) and an art package to do with my kids over break. And if you hurry, you can use Promo Code: […]

By |December 16th, 2016|Categories: Deal for Families, Winter|0 Comments

WIN! Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown! Family 4 Pack to GRPM

This giveaway is closed. Congrats to the winner Julie!
Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown NOW AT GRPM!
Grand Rapids Public Museum invites your family to “celebrate the anticipation, joy and pitfalls of the holiday season” in the best way America has known how since A Charlie Brown Christmas first aired on CBS in 1965. There are few characters […]

By |December 12th, 2016|Categories: Christmas, General, SEASONAL, WIN, Winter|Tags: , , , , |254 Comments

The GIGANTIC Grand Rapids Winter Fun Guide

Welcome to the Gigantic Grand Rapids Winter Fun Guide for 2016-2017!
When the weather is cold, this is where you’ll find endless ideas on how to spend your time. Whether it is embracing the cold with classic outdoor winter time activities or finding a warm spot indoors to spend your time, we have you covered. From […]

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

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

Holiday Lights Tour in Greater Grand Rapids – 2016

Updated for 2016!
Here’s our yearly roundup of where to see Christmas lights around Greater Grand Rapids.

Last night my kids and I went out for three hours to scout lights and found a handful of houses to include.

We played our “count the ___” game to help make the night more memorable. Each person in the car chooses […]

By |December 7th, 2016|Categories: Christmas, General, Winter|98 Comments

Where to Find Live Nativities Around Grand Rapids

Sure, you can set up a Nativity scene with figurines at home, but a live reenactment really makes the first Christmas tangible for your kids. You can find them throughout the month but a majority of Nativities will be happening the weekend of December 9.
RELATED: The Gigantic Grand Rapids HOLIDAY Fun Guide

Live Nativity Roundup for Grand Rapids – […]

By |December 4th, 2016|Categories: Christmas, SEASONAL|2 Comments