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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|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 […]

By |February 19th, 2017|Categories: General, Travel, Travel Grand Rapids, Travel Michigan|Tags: , , |3 Comments

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, […]

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|Tags: |5 Comments

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

Most Popular Greater Grand Rapids Parks and Playgrounds

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 […]

By |June 8th, 2016|Categories: Free, General, Travel Grand Rapids|Tags: |27 Comments

All About the New Grand Rapids Treetop Adventure Park

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 […]

A Parent’s Guide to West Michigan Whitecaps Baseball

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.

Also, […]

Visitor’s Guide to Grand Rapids with Kids

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
Hands-on features
Kids will play for hours
Visit the sand and tree house […]

By |May 4th, 2016|Categories: General, Travel, Travel Grand Rapids|2 Comments

A Whole Year of Michigan Family Travel Ideas

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 […]

By |April 13th, 2016|Categories: Guides, Travel, Travel Grand Rapids, Travel Michigan|0 Comments

Is A Frederik Meijer Gardens Family Membership Worth It?

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. […]

9 Reasons You Need a John Ball Zoo Membership

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, […]

By |March 24th, 2016|Categories: General, Travel, Travel Grand Rapids|Tags: |2 Comments

There’s a Free Nature Center In Lowell!

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 […]

By |March 18th, 2016|Categories: Free, General, Travel Grand Rapids|Tags: |0 Comments

Parent’s Guide to NEW LEGOLAND Michigan Discovery Center

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 […]

By |March 17th, 2016|Categories: General, Travel, Travel Grand Rapids|5 Comments