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All the Kid Fun in the Southeast Grand Rapids Area

Southeast Grand Rapids is booming. What used to be a more rural, quiet community has seen unprecedented growth in recent years. Yet the Cutlerville, Dutton and Caledonia areas still seem to retain that small-town charm, while having amenities closer than ever before.

If you’re wondering just how much fun your kids can have in Southeast Grand Rapids, here’s your list! Did we miss something special? Tell us in the comments!

 

1 – HAVE A PICNIC AT CALEDONIA LAKESIDE PARK

Pack up a picnic lunch and head to Caledonia Lakeside Park! After lunch, the kids can enjoy the playground, run the bases at the baseball diamond and explore the surrounding wooded areas on the trail.

370 N Lake St SE, Caledonia, MI 49316

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2 – FEED THE ANIMALS AT ORCHARD HILL FARM MARKET

There’s so much to do at Orchard Hill Farm Market! Feed the animals in the petting zoo, hike the nature trail, visit the pumpkin patch, make your way through the corn maze, check out the bee hive and enjoy a hay ride. And don’t forget to visit the fresh produce and bakery while you’re there!

2934 68th St SE, Caledonia, MI 49316

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3 – STOP IN FOR STORY TIME WITH A TWIST 

If you’re looking for FUN and FREE with your toddler during the week, head to Caledonia Dance & Music on Tuesday morning for Story Time With A Twist! Stories, dance, music, rhymes and more.

131 E Main Street SE, Suite E Caledonia, MI 49316

Caledonia dance slide

4 – RIDE THE PONIES AT KARIN’S HORSE CONNECTION

While Karin’s Horse Connection offers numerous horse riding opportunities and classes for all experience levels, the KinderPony Program  is designed specifically for children ages 2-6. A KinderPony ride includes 30 minutes of whatever your child would like to do, including riding your pony indoors or outdoors, learning to feed and care for your pony and meeting other animals on the farm.

8001 Patterson Ave SE, Caledonia, MI 49316

 

5 – TUBE DOWN THE THORNAPPLE RIVER

Hop in at the 84th Street Dam in Caledonia and float your way down the river! This part of the Thornapple River offers calm, shallow waters and beautiful scenery along the 3.1 mile stretch to where you can exit at 68th Street.

tubing down rogue river

6 – EXPERIENCE ALL THE FUN AT CUTLERVILLE DAYS 

Each summer, Cutlerville hosts a fantastic weekend of family-friendly fun! You can always find plenty to do including parades, races, carnival rides, food, train rides, ice cream, animals and fireworks!

7 – GO ROLLERBLADING ON THE PAUL HENRY THORNAPPLE TRAIL

Following along a former railroad corridor and in close proximity to the Thornapple River, the Paul Henry Thornapple Trail is a multi-use recreational trail. Put the little ones in a stroller and take a walk, go rollerblading with your middle schooler or bring the whole family for a bike ride!

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8 – SEE THE DUCKS AT PINE REST DUCK POND

Stop off at Pine Rest for a relaxing visit to see the ducks swimming around their pond and enjoy the beautiful surrounding area.

300 68th St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49548

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9 – HAVE A BLAST AT CATCH AIR 

If it’s raining outside and your kids need to get out of the house, head to Catch Air! There is plenty there to keep them jumping, sliding, bouncing and playing. Their equipment and floors are padded and they even have a separate Tiny Town for the little ones. Plus, if you need to leave for lunch or nap time, you can head back afterward- your stamp is good for the entire day!

2978 28th St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512

Catch Air Field Trips

 

10 – TAKE A BIKE RIDE ON THE M6 BIKE TRAIL 

The Fred Meijer M-6 Trail was built along the course of the M-6 highway and connects Grandville, Wyoming, Cutlerville, Dutton and Kentwood to the Kent Trails and Paul Henry-Thornapple Trail. So whether you’re looking for a short ride with the little ones or a full-day excursion with the older ones, you can do it here!

 

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11 – COOL OFF AT A SPLASH PAD 

Splash Pads are always a fun summer option for kids of all ages. If you’re in the Kentwood area, check out the splash pads at Veteran’s Park (on 48th Street between Eastern and Division) or Pinewood Park (2000 Wolfboro Dr SE, Kentwood, MI 49508). And once the kids have cooled down there, they can head to the playground!

 

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12 – SETTLE IN FOR A STORY AT THE LIBRARY

Story times abound at the Caledonia Township, Gaines Township and Kentwood Branches of Kent District Library! Babytime, Toddler Time, Preschool Storytime, Family Storytime… even Rhyme Time Music and Movement!

6260 92nd St SE, Caledonia, MI 49316
421 68th St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49548
4950 Breton Rd SE, Kentwood, MI 49508

caledonia-library

13 – WATCH THE PARADE AT DUTTON DAYS 

Once a year in June, you can find food, fun, friends and more at Dutton Days. Enjoy a pancake breakfast, parade, vendors, food, music- and a free Kids Zone!

14 – JUMP AT SKY ZONE

Sky Zone trampoline park recently went through a huge transformation. Bring the whole family for Open Jump or show up on Tuesday or Friday morning for Toddler Time with your little one. And on the weekend, don’t forget to send your big kids to GLOW on Friday night or SkyJam on Saturday night!

3636 29th St SE, Kentwood, MI 49512

 

15 – ROLLER SKATE AT KENTWOOD FUN SPOT

With free admission and only $1 skate rental, there’s no excuse not to bring the whole family to skate at Kentwood Fun Spot on Monday evenings! Or check out their other great deals for open skate throughout the week. And don’t forget Skater Babies on Saturdays afternoons- kids 6 and under are free!

14 52nd St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49548

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16 – WALK THE TRAILS AT LEPARD NATURE PRESERVE

With it’s convenient location and trails that are shorter in length and easy to walk, Lepard Nature Preserve is the perfect place to bring the kids to enjoy the outdoors! There are even signs along the way to help point out and explain what nature you will observe.

East of 76th Street and Broadmoor Avenue SE

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17 – ICE SKATE AT KENTWOOD ICE ARENA

Take a spin around the ice! Sundays from 2-4 PM is Open Skate at Kentwood Ice Arena. $5 to skate and only $2 skate rental!

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18 – SPEND THE DAY AT CREEKSIDE PARK

Enjoy the two playgrounds, take a hike on the walking trails, play horseshoes, hop over to the picnic area for lunch or grab some friends for a game of softball!

Creekside Park Dr SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508

 

19 – SPLASH AROUND AT KENTWOOD AQUATICS CENTER

Take advantage of Open Swim at Kentwood Public Schools Aquatics Center! In addition to the large main pool, they have a Kids Pool (only one foot deep)- and a warm water pool as well!

6230 Kalamazoo Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508

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 20 – GRAB LUNCH AND PLAY AT CHICK-FIL-A

Delicious food, beautiful vintage-inspired interior and WiFi for you… Two-story Play Area for the kids… It’s win-win!

1545 Edgeknoll Drive SE, Kentwood, MI 49508

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21 – TREAT YOURSELF TO SWEET REWARDS ICE CREAM

Whether you’re craving ice cream or a hotdog and fries, be sure to check out Sweet Rewards Ice Cream. Family-owned and operated, this little ice cream shop is happy to serve its loyal customers and community. Walk up or drive thru, but make sure you don’t miss out!

6969 Division Ave S, Grand Rapids, MI 49548

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