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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

Day on Mackinac Island with Kids

Mackinac Island With Kids in One Day
Mackinac Island is a world unto itself. Many people do not realize that over 80% of Mackinac Island is a Michigan State Park. In fact, it is Michigan’s oldest state park, established in 1895. That means if you venture further than main street, you are apt to find yourself […]

By |April 16th, 2017|Categories: Travel, Travel Michigan|4 Comments

Best Things to Do in Traverse City with Kids for Summer

TRAVERSE CITY WITH KIDS IN SUMMER
I grew up in Traverse City. And I never get tired of going back to visit in the summer.

Summer is the time when Traverse City is ripe with things to do with kids. Beaches, fruit, festivals, you name it, it’s probably happening in Traverse City in the summer.

With endless options […]

By |March 30th, 2017|Categories: General, Guides- travel, Summer, Travel, Travel Michigan|Tags: , , |7 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 […]

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

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 […]

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

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

Michigan’s Adventure- Tips to Maximize Your Family’s Fun

MICHIGAN’S ADVENTURE

If you are looking for a super fun family day, look no further than Michigan’s Adventure-the state’s largest amusement park!

I should probably start by saying I don’t like roller coasters.

Like not even a little bit.

Yet I still love this place!

Let me give you a quick run-down of what’s there, what you should pack, and […]

A Kids’ Guide to the Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival

FUN FACT: The Coast Guard Festival Attracts 350,000+ People
Each year 350,000 people pour into Grand Haven in one week. That’s more people than the population of the city of Grand Rapids!

What is it about this festival that makes it so popular?

Everything.
The Coast Guard Festival has Something for Everyone
This festival is loaded with entertainment for the entire […]

Why I Love the Detroit Zoo

 
Childhood Dreams Lived Out at the Detroit Zoo
I recently got the chance to live out my childhood dream and visit the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak. And share it with my daughters.

“I loved seeing the polar bear through the tunnel! He sat on top of us! It was so hilarious!”

That was one of the highlights […]

By |June 26th, 2016|Categories: General, Travel, Travel Michigan|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Fun Things to do in Rockford with Kids

Lots of Family-Friendly Options in Rockford
On the north side of the Grand Rapids suburbs you will find the wonderful community of Rockford.

Aside from the awesome festivals and celebrations Rockford hosts, the town also boasts great playgrounds, cute shops, incredible eateries and restaurants, a good farmers’ market, and a great boardwalk along the Rogue River. They […]

Favorite Things to Do at Sleeping Bear Dunes with Kids

YOUR SLEEPING BEAR DUNES VACATION
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, located along the shores of Lake Michigan – in northern Michigan – is a treasure to behold. This park boasts majestic lake vistas, sweeping dune panoramas, crystal clear rivers and emerald-colored inland lakes, islands, and hiking trails cut through hardwood forests.

The park is not continuous; rather, […]

By |June 15th, 2016|Categories: Travel, Travel Michigan|Tags: , |2 Comments