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Resolutions to Keep During Your Next Trip to Grand Rapids

Many people kick off the new year with resolutions to get healthier, save money, or learn new things while others eschew the entire notion. As a busy mom, one of my resolutions is to turn “I wish” into “I will” when it comes to fun, family activities. Regardless of where your other hopes are at the…

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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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Take a Tour of Grand Rapids’ Ghostly History

It’s that time of year when things start going bump in the night and people are on the search for spooktacular fall activities in Grand Rapids. Well, the spookiness of the season may find you if you are exploring certain areas downtown. Local legends tell of apparitions wandering the streets of…

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Veen Observatory: A Hidden Gem in The Grand Rapids Area

In Grand Rapids, you don't have to travel far to escape the lights of the city for dark, starry country skies. About a 25-minute drive from Grand Rapids, in Lowell, amateur astronomers and curious members of the public can visit the James C. Veen Observatory to view stars, planets, and other…

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Your Guide to the Grand Rapids Pride Festival

If you have never been to Grand Rapids Pride Festival, you’ll want to check it out on Saturday, June 15 from noon to 10 PM at Calder Plaza in downtown Grand Rapids. One of the largest one-day events in Grand Rapids, the festival continues to grow in popularity each year. In fact, there were more…

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Crafting Candles at Wax Poetic Candle Bar

Tap into your sense of smell and flex your creativity by making a hand-poured, scented candle at Wax Poetic Candle Bar in Grand Rapids. My wife, Laura, and I recently visited this adorable shop nestled in Grand Rapids’ Uptown neighborhood, and we loved creating our one-of-a-kind candles. The whole…

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Grand RAPPids: Apps to Help Make Your Visit Awesome

“Where should I eat?” “What’s fun to do in Grand Rapids?” “Where do I park?” These questions don’t need to weigh you down when you’re adventuring around Grand Rapids. Each question can be quickly and easily answered through numerous mobile apps that aim to make your time in Grand Rapids as enjoyable…

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Historic Cemeteries of Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids’ historical cemetery system is a hidden gem of culture, landscape, and architecture. A cemetery may sound like an odd place to visit, but it’s actually a peaceful way to travel back in time. Cemeteries, as Thomas Dilley, local historian, author, and Grand Rapids Historical Society…

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