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Jill is a mom of a busy 8 year old son. KZOOkids.com was started in 2013 to showcase all of the great things to do in and around Kalamazoo. When not working the KZOOkids.com website, Jill likes to hike, cook, and read in her free time.


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Places to See Animals in SW Michigan: Perfect For the Animal Lover in Your Family

Calling all miniature “Dolittles” and animal lovers! We’ve compiled a list of places you will definitely want to bring your animal lovers. *This article has been updated for 2017.    PLACES TO SEE ANIMALS   Binder Park Zoo 7400 Division Drive, Battle Creek, MI  |  (269) 979-1351 What kind of list would be complete without our very own local gem of a zoo? Binder Park
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Visiting Silver Lake with Kids: Trips Ideas Your Family Will Love

*This article has been updated for 2017.  Sand, sun, and tons of summer fun make the Silver Lake area a perfect destination for your next Michigan Road Trip. We are lucky enough to have a family cottage in the area, so we have a lot of great memories of this great Michigan vacation destination! Silver Lake is about 2 and 1/4 hours from Kalamazoo (between Muskegon
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10 Great Places To Visit Before Summer Ends – Michigan Road Trips With Kids From Kalamazoo

Summer is winding down and thoughts are turning to the school year. We all try to squeeze the most out of the summer. Our KZOOkids writing team has had another busy summer experiencing some of the best Michigan towns and destinations. Our KZOOkids writing team had another busy summer experiencing some of the best Michigan towns and destinations. Here is a summary of our
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Weekend Picks for the Kalamazoo Parent: August 11-13

This weekend is loaded with family fun. With so many options, you won’t want to leave town! The Kalamazoo County Youth Fair is in full swing with plenty of options for family-friendly fun. See their full event calendar here. In addition to the fair, this weekend you’ll also find movies in the park, great outdoor concerts, fun area festivals, and other great events to
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The USS Silversides Submarine Museum – A Submarine Tour Worth The Drive & Family Fun

  *This article has been updated for 2017.  We’ve visited the USS Silversides located in Muskegon a number of times over the past few years. My eight year-old son is a lover all all boats and visiting real submarine is just up his alley. You’ll love to tour the submarine and the USS Silversides Museum. It’s definitely worth the trip and makes a great
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JUST UPDATED: New Businesses We Love Around Kalamazoo and Those Coming Soon!

Note: each of the original new sources is linked in this article. For more information, click on the link for further info and local news coverage. *This article has been updated as of 8/16/2017. We recently updated the original article due to the number of new businesses that have made announcements since the original date of publishing.       We love it when
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Weekend Picks for the Kalamazoo Parent: August 4-6

August is here! Summer is moving quickly, but there is so much family fun to be had. Take a look at our Weekend Picks for family fun this weekend. As always, we encourage you to check our full weekend Event Calendar too! There is so much to do this weekend. We are the headquarters for family fun in SW Michigan. See our “More Summer
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Tips For Visiting Grand Haven With Kids

  Located by both the Grand River and Lake Michigan, this beautiful area has endless fun things to do with the whole family. From chocolate factory tours to exciting festivals, Grand Haven is the perfect vacation spot for summer. With Grand Haven voted as Coastal Living’s America’s Happiest Seaside Town, you’ll want to see what all the fuss is about.   DISCOVER The Grand
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10 Best Picnic Spots Around Kalamazoo

There is nothing better in the summer than taking your family to a park with a picnic blanket, some food, and enjoying the outdoors. We asked our readers for their favorite places around town, and this is what they had to say!    1. Prairie View County Park 899 E U Avenue, Vicksburg, MI 49097 This park is the perfect place for a picnic
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Traveling with Kids to Petoskey: Fun Things To Do

Ernest Hemingway spent a couple dozen summers walking the streets and wandering the natural environs of Petoskey, Michigan. Today, this is still the perfect place to take a slow-paced vacation with your family! Enjoy the historic downtown, timeless lakeside, and exciting modern attractions you can find here. The Petoskey area actually encompasses a number of resort communities along Lake Michigan’s Little Traverse Bay –
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