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Leslie is passionate about promoting everything the Kalamazoo area has to offer. A mother of two, she enjoys reading mystery novels, trying out new recipes and browsing Pinterest for new ideas.


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Halloween Happenings For Kalamazoo: The ULTIMATE Guide To Halloween Event For Kids and Families

  Happy Halloween season! We’ve updated our annual list for 2017 of events in the greater Kalamazoo & SW Michigan area for Halloween. Once again, there are so many to choose from! Get your kids dressed up, and even dress up yourself, there’s something for everyone! Whether you’re looking for trick-or-treating, Halloween crafts, pumpkin carving, or parades, there are so many fun events that
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Get Outside and Play: The BEST Parks & Playgrounds Around Kalamazoo 2017

  With options such as a splash pad, beaches, playgrounds, trails and more, the best parks in Kalamazoo offer something for all outdoorsy pursuits. Thanks to the help of our KZOOkids.com readers, we have put together a list of some of our favorite parks (with amenities) around town. This park guide will help you find the perfect park for your family to spend the day
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Go On An Adventure at Dutch Creek Farm Animal Park in Shipshewana

  If you love animals and are looking for a real adventure, we have found just the place for you. Less than an hour away, you will find Dutch Creek Farm Animal Park in Shipshewana, Indiana. We recently took our kids (ages five and three) and had an exciting day! The animal farm is run by an Amish family who greets you warmly and
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Kid-Friendly Outdoor Dining Around Kalamazoo

Outdoor dining in the summer is one way to enjoy the beautiful Michigan weather. While patio dining may only be an option for a few months out of the year, we have great, kid-friendly locations right here in Kalamazoo. *This guide has been updated for 2017. Check out the list of our top choices:   OUTDOOR DINING FOR KIDS & FAMILIES   Arcadia Brewery
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Five Michigan Drive-In Movie Theaters Your Kids Will Love

Taking the kids out to a drive-in movie is a truly unique experience. They can play on the playground while the sun goes down, and then take a walk to the concession stand for treats. The concession stand features standard fare, like hot dogs, nachos, french fries, pizza, and popcorn. When the movie starts they get the exciting experience of hearing the movie come
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10 Great Toddler-Friendly Parks Around Kalamazoo & Portage

  Now that the warm weather is here to stay, it’s time to get outside! Interested in exploring some of the area parks? We asked our Facebook followers to tell us their favorite toddler-friendly parks. Here is what you recommended to other parents: Here is what you recommended to other parents:   TODDLER-FRIENDLY AREA PARKS   (West Lake Nature Preserve)  1. West Lake Nature
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Where To Rent Canoes and Kayaks In SW Michigan

    With over 80 lakes and multiple rivers in Kalamazoo County alone, Southwest Michigan is the perfect place to spend some time out on the water. Do you love to kayak? Or have you always wanted to take your family on a canoe trip? The Greater Kalamazoo area has several locations where you can rent both!   PLACES TO RENT CANOES OR KAYAKS  
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Farm Fun at Critter Barn in Zeeland

    Looking for a great way to teach your kids about farm animals? Whether you are teaching animal sounds to younger kids, or looking for farm activities for older kids, Critter Barn in Zeeland has opportunities for all ages. You can visit a horse, cows, calves, chickens, sheep, pigs, goats and many more. Here are five reasons to spend a day on the
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Why You’ll Want to Spend a Day Out With Thomas™ at Greenfield Village

  Full speed ahead! For the past 16 years, Greenfield Village has brought the Island of Sodor right to Dearborn. Join Thomas the Tank Engine™, Sir Topham Hatt™ and more during A Day Out With Thomas™.  Tickets for a Day Out With Thomas™ are available April 29-30, May 6-7 and May 13-14. Book your tickets online and enjoy the train ride along with all of
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Michigan Children’s Museums: Exploring & Playing Your Way Across Michigan

Exploring, creating, pretending, learning and playing are just some of the ways to enjoy a visit to one of the many children’s museums in Michigan. While there are museums all across our state, we have compiled a list of some of our favorites close to home. With attractions featuring dinosaurs, fossils, grocery stores, transportation, water tables, art stations, sensory tables, and so much more, there
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