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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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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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Candy and Ice Cream Tours Around Michigan

  Have a sweet tooth? We do too! But eating candy is only half the fun. Figuring out how they mold those delicious chocolates, stuff peanut butter inside, or make that crunchy coating is a ton of fun too. We’ve put together a great listing of places to find candy and ice cream tours around Kalamazoo and Michigan. If you choose to go on
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2017 Ultimate Summer Fruit U-Pick Guide: Berry Picking and More!

  Is a family trip to a berry patch a family favorite? If so, we have a huge list of berry picking farms in the area so you can take care of your berry cravings all summer long! We’ve put together a great list of places to pick strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and even peaches and grapes around Kalamazoo! This is Kalamazoo’s most complete guide to
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Help! There’s a Dinosaur Lover in My House, What Do I Do?

  Roar! Stomp! Our children love to pretend to be dinosaurs, to discover them, and they learn how to say the long names of them often before they can say a complete sentence. If you have a dinosaur lover in the house, or maybe you are one yourself, there are so many opportunities both near and far to learn and discover these fascinating reptiles!
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