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Ideas for A Fun Family Winter Weekend

Winter is here and yes, while it is cold outside, it’s a season that ushers in a brand new bunch of fun, unique activities to the Grand Rapids area. As a former California resident, I never thought I’d say I love wintertime, but with all the awesome activities and events to do here in Grand Rapids…

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Navigating Family Fun Time at Van Andel Arena

A live event at Van Andel Arena is a guaranteed good time for ticket holders of any age. After attending several great events at Van Andel with kids, I’ve rounded up some fun ideas for families to enjoy before or after heading to the arena. I’ve found the following attractions that are all within a…

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Your Fall Kid-Friendly Weekend Itinerary

As the hot humid air gives way to crisp cool mornings, Grand Rapids is ready for its glorious transition to all things fall… and so am I. Not only do the colors of the trees change, but so do the types of events and activities the Grand Rapids area has to offer. If you’ve been wondering what there…

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Where to Rent Winter Gear in Grand Rapids

From the heart of downtown to the coast of Lake Michigan, the Grand Rapids area offers all sorts of opportunities for cold-weather play. Some of our favorite winter pastimes require specialized gear in addition to warm coats, hats and gloves. If you don’t own gear – or you don’t want to lug it with…

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Play the Grand Rapids Game of Life: After Dark GR

The Game of Life was hands down my favorite board game to play growing up, I even bought myself the newest version to add to my stash of games during quarantine. Now imagine the joy when my good friend and colleague Hannah Berry created her own version of the Game of Life: After Dark Grand Rapids…

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Revisiting ArtPrize With These 5 Works of Art

When ArtPrize launched in 2009, I was skeptical. I’d never heard of anything like it (because there isn’t anything quite like it) and couldn’t conceive of the entire concept. Nonetheless, I picked up a map, planned a route, and headed downtown to check it out. Amazed isn’t an exaggeration of how I…

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Visit the John Ball Zoo's Red Pandas & More

For more than 125 years, John Ball Zoo has given Grand Rapids locals and visitors of all ages the experience to learn more about animals from around the world. The zoo is home to nearly 2,000 animals representing more than 230 species. As an accredited organization with the Association of Zoos and…

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10 Must-Try Spots Featuring Nonalcoholic Beverages

Being in Beer City, USA, it’s understandable that local breweries, bars, and restaurants focus on craft beer and cocktail options. However, there are quite a few establishments in Grand Rapids that also cater to patrons who might want to enjoy a night out without such a heavy focus on alcohol. The…

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The Sweet Escape: Your Visit to Blandford Nature Center

Blandford Nature Center is located just a half-mile north of Grand Rapids’ thriving West Side Neighborhood, but it’s just far enough to make you feel like you’ve entered a totally different place, a place where you can slow down and forget your to-do lists. Blandford Nature Center is located on 264…

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