City of GRAND RAPIDS with Kids

Neighborhoods of Grand Rapids

Whether you live in a Grand Rapids neighborhood or are just visiting, here are some of the reasons families love to call neighborhoods of GR home.

Alger Heights Neighborhood

Known for its old school charm, Alger Heights has a walkable downtown with a library (Seymour Branch of the Grand Rapids Public Library) and beloved businesses.

The Old Goat restaurant (sister to Electric Cheetah and Uncle Cheetah’s Soup Shop) and boasts a full lunch and dinner menu and has a great Sunday brunch menu. The laid back atmosphere is perfect for kids and families and the food is tasty.

Shop at Reinspired TreasuresThey have a great selection of vintage finds, furniture, home decor by local artists, and more. Ken’s Fruit Market has a fantastic selection of fruit and flowers- but if you’re stopping by for the day with kids – you’re going to want to check out the fantastic candy selection.

When you’re in Alger Heights, you have a few options when it comes to playgrounds.

Alger Heights Playground
  • There’s one located at the corner of Blaine & Edna (just north of Alger) on north side of the campus of the public middle school – this is for older kids, probably ages 7+.
  • There’s a playground at the old Seymour Elementary/H.I.S. Dance campus on Mayhewwood (just east of Eastern.) This is the playground pictured above and probably the one you’ll visit with little kids.
  • There’s also a tiny playground on the west side of Blaine, south of Burton.

City of Grand Rapids with Kids

Life with kids in the City of Grand Rapids is pretty special. Use these articles to help you navigate.

City of Grand Rapids Kids Calendar

Here’s what’s going on for families and kids in communities and neighborhoods in the city of Grand Rapids!

If you’re looking for things to do with kids in Alger Heights, Ottawa Hills, Garfield Park, Black Hills, Heritage Hill, or other communities in Grand Rapids city limits, this is your event calendar and resource hub.

If you have an event that you’d like to add to our calendar, submit it here

Rosa Parks Circle Spring Grand Rapids Kids
Festival of the Arts