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 […]
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, […]
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 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 […]
Amazing Parks and Playgrounds in Greater Grand Rapids
No matter where you live in West Michigan, chances are there’s an amazing park or playground nearby. And we don’t just mean a set of swings and a slide (though these two things alone can entertain kids for hours on end). Playgrounds around greater Grand Rapids have tons […]
Nothing Else Like Grand Rapids Treetops Adventure Park in West MI
I thought we were going for the zip lines. I had no idea I was stumbling into a CLIMBING PARK!
The new Grand Rapids Treetops Adventure Park , located next to Celebration North, is a new kind of thrill for West Michigan. Think obstacle course meets tree house and you’ll […]
Did You Know The Whitecaps are ranked a top 10 MILB team?
The Whitecaps are serious about bringing exceptional baseball and fun to the West Michigan community. Not only are they a top 10 MILB team in the nation, they also give back to the community in numerous ways through the work of the Whitecaps Community Foundation.
Grand Rapids, MI is a fantastic family travel destination. Four seasons of fun are waiting for you in the our little corner of the mitten. Come visit!
FIRST STOP: Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park
Why families love Meijer Gardens and Tips for Success:
Huge interactive children’s area
Kids will play for hours
Visit the sand and tree house […]
ALERT: Warmer Michigan weather can spark adventurous thoughts may lead to vacation planning. Proceed at your own risk.
Seriously, this is the time of year my calendar starts filling up with excursions and adventures as I plan new places to explore in Michigan. It’s fun to look at familiar places again, too, through the eyes of […]
Hands down, a Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park membership is worth the cost. You’re getting access to a world renowned garden and sculpture park for less than the cost of Netflix if you go more than once a month. You’re getting access to expertly-manicured natural beauty that celebrates all of Michigan’s seasons. Fresh air. […]
photo credit- Mark Gray
John Ball Zoo Membership Perks
1. Kids LOVE It
Why buy a membership unless it’s a place your kids want to return to time and again? For us, John Ball Zoo fits the bill. It’s great to have a destination that everyone is excited about- and we have a big age range (5, 8, […]
HIKING FOR KIDS
Adults are welcome to hike at the nature center in Lowell (also known as the Wittenbach Wege Center (WWC)) too! This outdoor learning center has a wide range of trails – through woods, along a stream and open fields.
If you hike the perimeter, it’s about 3 miles. But the beauty of these trails is that you […]
Michigan LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Opens March 25, 2016
Before we go any farther, here are some important details:
Tickets must be pre-purchased online to guarantee entry to LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Michigan. Walk-up tickets will not be available.
Visitors are required to choose an arrival time to guarantee entry to the Discovery Center. Once inside, you may stay as long […]
Heading out on the road soon, kids in tow, and need to stretch your legs in Grand Rapids? If you’re traveling with kids you probably want them to do more than just stretch their legs at the rest stop; they’ll need to run those legs! Here are ten of our favorite spots for kids to […]
Water Park Vacations Are Closer Than You Think, Grand Rapids
Treat your kids to a day poolside.
Spring break is coming and with it a whole week of kids off of school. Some of our friends will be hopping a plane to a warmer climate, but what about us folks who are hanging around town during the break?
Don’t worry, […]