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Julie S

Julie is stay-at-home mom who homeschools two beautiful rainbow girls, and a self-professed geek. She enjoys playing video and board games, writing, reading, tennis, traveling, and just about everything else. She never wants to stop learning and loves sharing what she's learned with Kzoo Kids readers.

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Small & Perfect Ways to Say Thank You to Teachers This Holiday Season

Teachers are the most amazing people. They spend so much time with our kids inside the classroom, and continue to work tirelessly after school. This holiday season, you may be searching for a small way to say thank you to those that have enriched, guided, and supported your child, and we have some suggestions on the perfect options to say THANK YOU to educators
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Imagine That! Top Picks for Pretend Play Places For Kids in Southwest Michigan

Do you have children who want to wear their Wonder Woman costume or Astronaut costume every time you go to the store? Do you have princess tea parties or have little chefs constantly whipping you up souffles in their pretend kitchens? There are some great places in the Kalamazoo area and around to take you kids to engage their interests, let them have fun
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The Air Zoo: Five Fun Ways to Play!

The Air Zoo is one of our favorite field trips. No matter how many times we go, there is always something new to see, and something new to experience, and that’s not even counting the rides. Here are some of our favorite spots to check out while at the Air Zoo in Kalamazoo, and maybe one will become yours too! Five Fun Spots at
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Fall Into Autumn Fun – Great Farms & Orchards To Take The Kids This Fall Around Kalamazoo

*This guide was originally published in 2015 and has been updated for 2017.   Fall has arrived, and what better way to spend it than at one of the numerous family farms around Kalamazoo! Whether you only have an hour or you have the whole day, something on this list is sure to become your new family favorite for the autumn season. Gull Meadow
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Where To Go Apple Picking and/or Get Your Pumpkin Around Kalamazoo & SW Michigan – 2017

  There are so many uses for apples! Fresh off of the tree, cider, pies, muffins, and more, apples are one of our favorite fruits, and they herald in the start of fall. If you’re wondering where you can go to pick a peck of apples around the Kalamazoo area, KZOOKids has your updated list right here! Note: We recommend calling ahead to the
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Spectacular September Fun for Free or Cheap Around Kalamazoo

  Are you looking for fun to do with your family as the fall season gets underway, but don’t want to break the bank? Look no further! September is filled with family fun, including some summer events that are still happening for another month, to annual fall festivals.   Lunchtime Live! | Bronson Park, Kalamazoo Fridays in September from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
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A Guide for Train Lovers in Kalamazoo and Beyond

  Do you have a little one who loves Thomas the Train and could spend all day building a train track that circles your house? Well, we have some ideas for you! We’ve compiled a list of fun train rides, train-themed restaurants, and other places for kids to see and interact with trains, both in the Kalamazoo area, and farther out. TAKE A RIDE
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August 21 Solar Eclipse – What You Need to Know &Events for the Kids

  You may have heard…the solar eclipse is coming on August 21! Michigan isn’t fortunate enough this time around to be in the path of totality, but it will experience a partial solar eclipse of 90% around 2:30 pm. If you can’t make the drive to one of the places in totality, here are some things you should know about the eclipse happening here,
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Plan a Visit to the Kaleidoscope Garden at Leila Arboretum in Battle Creek

Leila Arboretum’s grounds are sprawling, but two of our favorite areas to visit within it is the unassuming Children’s Garden, now known as the Kaleidoscope Garden, and the Fantasy Forest nearby. Look for the colorful fence, you can’t miss it as you drive around. Admission is free on normal days, or by a small donation during events that range from dinosaurs to tea parties.
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Teen & Tween – Places to Go and Things to Do in Kalamazoo

If you have a teen or preteen, chances are they’ve uttered the words “I’m bored”. If you, or they, are looking for some fun things to do uniquely for teens, and ones that will keep them safe and happy, check out one of the below. There’s things to do no matter the season! TEENS/TWEENS ONLY FANFARE | 4415 S. Westnedge Ave., Kalamazoo Have a
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