Winter Break Activity Guide for Grand Rapids – 2016

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2016 Christmas & Winter Break Activity Guide
Thanksgiving is over and there’s just a short time before Winter Break is upon us! How are you planning to fill the long days? Use this guide to help you plan your days for make Winter Break 2016 the most memorable one your kids have […]

By |December 24th, 2016|Categories: Christmas, General, SEASONAL, Winter|Tags: , , |0 Comments

WIN! Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown! Family 4 Pack to GRPM

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Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown NOW AT GRPM!
Grand Rapids Public Museum invites your family to “celebrate the anticipation, joy and pitfalls of the holiday season” in the best way America has known how since A Charlie Brown Christmas first aired on CBS in 1965. There are few characters […]

By |December 12th, 2016|Categories: Christmas, General, SEASONAL, WIN, Winter|Tags: , , , , |254 Comments

When and Where to Find Santa Around Grand Rapids 2016

Tall santas, short santas, round santas, thin santas – there’s no shortage of santa sightings in West Michigan this year! With all these options hopefully there won’t be any long lines, wherever you chose to visit this Christmas icon.

If you know of other places Santa will be making an appearance, leave us a comment or submit the […]

By |November 27th, 2016|Categories: Christmas, General, Winter|Tags: , , |3 Comments

Top Pediatric Dentists for Kids Around Grand Rapids – 2016

No one likes going to the dentist… 

Except maybe the kids that see the dentists on this list. We polled our grkids reader family for their favorite dentists and lots of people chimed in. Who knew?

Apparently going to the dentist isn’t that bad if you find the right practitioner! 

If you’re new to Grand Rapids or find […]

By |November 12th, 2016|Categories: Health|Tags: , , |10 Comments

Where You Can Volunteer in Grand Rapids With Kids

Want to Volunteer with Kids in Grand Rapids?

Volunteering with your children is a great way to teach them about giving back while instilling skills and values to last a lifetime. Grand Rapids has a great number of organizations looking for young volunteers.

Please browse through the categories below, keeping in mind your child’s interests, age and abilities.

If […]

By |October 23rd, 2016|Categories: General, Guides|Tags: , , |5 Comments

ARTengage is Where Kids Have all Kinds of Smart Fun

Cooler weather means warm apple cider, cozy sweaters, and beautiful foliage–but it also means it’s time to start brainstorming and exploring indoor play options for those cold, rainy days. That’s why I was especially thrilled to find out about ARTengage, an exciting and unique indoor play space in Grand Rapids.

MORE FROM GRKIDS: Grand Rapids Comic-Con […]

By |October 19th, 2016|Categories: General|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Top Voted Places for Swim Lessons in Grand Rapids

With family and outdoor community pools closing this time of year, now is the perfect time to enroll your kids in swim lessons so that they keep all of those new swim skills they learned over the summer.
Where are the Best Swim Classes for Kids?
Trying to find just the right spot to enroll them? No […]

By |October 6th, 2016|Categories: General, Grandtastic Award|Tags: , , |1 Comment

10 Free/Affordable Things to do in October Around Grand Rapids

The leaves are changing and so are the available activities. It’s getting harder and harder to find fun activities outside, though we have found a few to add to our list! This month we’ve found great opportunities for you at the Veen Observatory, a Harry Potter Event, and even a Fall Festival.

And if you’re desperate for […]

By |September 29th, 2016|Categories: General|Tags: , , |0 Comments

20 Grand Rapids Autumn Activities for Kids

Harvest Fun is Waiting!
School bus traffic, long-sleeved shirts, the changing color of the leaves–all signs that summer has once again come and gone. And while summer may be officially over, the activities for you to enjoy with your family are not!

From carnivals to pumpkins to craft shows, our list will give you plenty of ideas for […]

By |September 11th, 2016|Categories: Autumn, Fall, General|Tags: , , , , , |11 Comments

Fall into Autumn at Koetsier’s First of Fall Play Days

Koetsier’s is a Cure for Autumn Obsession
It’s September, which means I can officially begin basking in my favorite season of the year. HOORAY! Cue the chunky knit sweaters, cozy scarves, pumpkin muffins, crisp apples, hay rides and sugar-dusted doughnuts. Sigh…

I’ve been a fan of autumn since I was a little kid. I remember the first […]

By |September 5th, 2016|Categories: General|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Potty Break! 5 Kid-Friendly Public Restrooms Around Grand Rapids

Desperate for a Kid Friendly Bathroom in Public?

We’ve all probably heard enough stories, or lived through them ourselves, to know that public bathrooms while potty training a kid are both a complete necessity and sometimes a complete disaster.

Who doesn’t know someone whose child was completely paralyzed by fear with one encounter of auto flush? And how do […]

By |August 21st, 2016|Categories: General|Tags: , |2 Comments

WIN! One Month FREE at The Horizon Complex

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Gymnastics, Karate, Dance, Cheer & More
The Horizon Complex in Jenison has got it all! Not only do they have a quality gymnastics facility, but they also offer dance, cheer, karate and Ninja Zone classes.

You can also host birthday parties at The Horizon Complex, sign your kids up […]

By |August 17th, 2016|Categories: WIN|Tags: , , |59 Comments

Fall Family Fun Abounds at Koetsier’s! Reserve Your Early Bird Special Now

Koetsier’s Fall Family Fun Experience Presents:
2016 First of Fall Play Days at Koetsier’s Greenhouse
If you’re new to town, you may not yet be familiar with Koetsier’s Greenhouse.

I remember my first fall living in Grand Rapids, and repeatedly hearing about this magical place called “Koetsier’s.” It was evident that it was a very fun place for […]

By |August 16th, 2016|Categories: Autumn, Fall, Parent Info, Play Date, SEASONAL|Tags: , , |10 Comments

Why Do Families LOVE Internal Medicine and Pediatrics of West Michigan?

Anytime we poll our readers about favorite pediatricians or family doctors, people come out of the woodwork singing praises for Dr. App and his office. So what is it about Internal Medicine and Pediatrics of West Michigan that has the locals so excited? We set out to find out…


By |August 9th, 2016|Categories: General, Health, Parent Info|Tags: , , |0 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