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Grand Rapids Public Museum Parent’s Guide

A Parent’s Guide to the Grand Rapids Public Museum
Think museums are boring? Think again!

The Grand Rapids Public Museum offers exciting experiences for toddlers on up… and we’re here to tell you how you can enjoy your next GRPM trip with kids. The Grand Rapids Public Museum is three levels of educational fun! From their many permanent […]

By |February 20th, 2017|Categories: City of GR, General, Museums, Travel Grand Rapids Tips for Families|0 Comments

Midwest Water Park Getaways Within a Few Hours of Grand Rapids

Treat your kids to a day poolside. 
Today my kindergartener asked if we could swim in Grandma’s pool. It was 60 degrees outside, after all. …But it’s also February.

What do you do when your kid wants to swim in February but you don’t want to break the bank flying to Florida?

Find them an indoor water park that’s […]

Winter Outdoor Play Guide for Michigan Families

Embrace Fun in Michigan this Winter with Kids
You’ve got kids and you live in Michigan in the wintertime.

Chances are they love the snow and you, not so much. For me, snow means shoveling, cursing my hilly driveway and cleaning up snow-melt from the kids coming back in. But winter also means cozy family times by […]

By |November 29th, 2016|Categories: Guides, Guides- travel, Winter|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Hey Michigan, Toronto is Closer and Cooler than You Think!

Why Toronto with Kids?
Before I get into the heap of things to do with your family in Toronto, I want to address the big WHY. Why go to Toronto for the big city experience when Chicago is a little over three hours away and Indianapolis is just over a four hour drive?

My number one reason for […]

By |November 28th, 2016|Categories: General, Guides- travel, Travel|1 Comment

How to Enjoy a Morning in Rockford, Michigan With Baby

The long, humid summer is gone and if you’re anything like me, you’re in desperate need of a change of scenery. You’ve done a lot this summer: walks at Fredrick Meijer Gardens, visited your local splash pad, enjoyed the beach at Millennium Park and I’m guessing indulged in an ice cream cone (or two!) at Jersey Junction […]

8 Ways to Spend an Afternoon in Grand Rapids With Kids

Whether you’re a life-time Grand Rapids resident or just in town for a weekend visit, there are lots of ways to enjoy an afternoon in River City with kids.

I like to consider myself a GR enthusiast and I love few things more than exploring this great city with my family. And let me tell you, […]

Traverse City Tunnel Tour and other Adult things to do Up North

What to Do In Traverse City… Without Kids
Once in a blue moon we manage to get away without kids.

Just last weekend, we snuck away to Traverse City to celebrate our anniversary and had one of the most stress-free, fun weekends away that I can remember. (Plus, we got to go on the Traverse City Tunnel […]

By |September 25th, 2016|Categories: General, Travel, Travel Michigan|Tags: |5 Comments

Insider ArtPrize Tips for Families

Veteran ArtPrize moms and dads, thanks for sharing your ArtPrize tips and tricks for making the most out of ArtPrize!
September 21-October 9, 2016
ArtPrize has grown to be an extremely popular Grand Rapids event, especially on evenings and weekends. If ArtPrize is new to you, or if this is your first visit with kids, take a minute […]

By |September 20th, 2016|Categories: ArtPrize, General, Travel Grand Rapids Tips for Families|Tags: |5 Comments

Hands On Fun at the Michigan Science Center in Detroit

Kids LOVE the Michigan Science Center

The Michigan Science Center is a mix of over 200 hands-on exhibits, working labs, an IMAX theatre, a planetarium and multiple entertaining shows. It was quite a treat!

Here’s a look at the place, level by level.

MAIN LEVEL

My kids moved quickly into the museum and headed straight toward the Roads, Bridges […]

By |August 28th, 2016|Categories: General, Travel Michigan|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Visiting Ann Arbor Museums with Kids

Take a Drive to… Ann Arbor!
*Stephanie visited in 2013…check venue websites for updates.

When is the last time you visited any of the Ann Arbor Museums with kids?

You haven’t yet?

Oh, good! I can show you around!

This July I spent three great days with my college roommate on Michigan’s east side. She lives in the adorable, uber […]

By |August 27th, 2016|Categories: Travel Michigan|2 Comments

Parent’s Guide to Windmill Island Gardens in Holland

Windmill Island Gardens in Holland, Michigan is a unique and beautiful destination to visit with your whole family. It is the perfect place to experience natural beauty wrapped up in a historic, educational opportunity.

In order to maximize your time at Windmill Island Gardens, you can use this handy guide to best explore Windmill Island Gardens with […]

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

1910 Farm Experience at Hillside Homestead in Sutton’s Bay

HILLSIDE HOMESTEAD FARM STAY IN NORTHERN MICHIGAN
Have you ever wondered what it must have REALLY been like to live in the early 1900’s? 

Nestled in the middle of apple orchards in Suttons Bay is a place that allows you to transport your family out of the busyness and the technology-enhanced lives we’ve grown so accustomed to.

Suttons […]

By |July 31st, 2016|Categories: General, Travel Michigan|Tags: , , |2 Comments

Greater Grand Rapids Bike Trail Guide

We are so fortunate here in Michigan to have it all – from downtown life to beaches and bike trails.

Former grkids writer Katie Gilbert has this to say about biking around Grand Rapids:It’s often hard to know where to ride and how long a path will take you so here is a list of some […]

By |July 27th, 2016|Categories: Guides, Guides- travel|Tags: , |1 Comment

Excellent Hiking for West Michigan Kids

Hiking for West Michigan kids is a snap — so many places to choose from, and so much beautiful scenery at each location.

Our readers chimed in on their favorite hiking spots around Grand Rapids for kids for this handy list.
TIPS for Hiking Around Grand Rapids

Bring sunscreen and bug spray
Wear long pants if walking through […]

By |July 20th, 2016|Categories: General, Guides, Guides- travel, Travel, Travel Michigan|Tags: , , |11 Comments