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Where To Find The Best Southwest Michigan Beaches

Note: this Southwest Michigan Beach Guide has been updated for 2017.  Let us know if we’ve missed any of your favorite beaches in the comment section below.     Southwest Michigan Beach Guide Michigan’s state nickname is the “Great Lake State” and for good reason. Michigan is the only state that touches four of the five great lakes. There are more than 11,000 inland
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All Aboard! Destination: The Windy City

This guide has been updated July 1, 2017 Driving to Chicago can be a nightmare can’t it? You have to time your departure just right to avoid rush-hour traffic, and even then there is no guarantee you won’t be sitting in construction traffic pulling your hair out listening to the kids ask for the millionth and one time “when will we get there??” There
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Fun Tours With Kids Around Michigan

  Summer offers a wonderful time to get out and explore everything that our area, and Michigan, has to offer. One of the most fun things to do is take a tour, and learn a little bit about our state, our food, our city, and our past. Most of these have been done by a KzooKids writer and are highly recommended, and the rest
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Readers’ Favorite Ice Cream & Yogurt Shops

(Photo courtesy of Tara Fletcher Photography) Ice cream and summer go hand-in-hand. We’re always on the lookout for a new ice cream places to try. We’ve asked our KZOOkids.com readers and here are the top suggestions. We love all of the great options that we have for going out with the kiddos around Kalamazoo. Enjoy! (Photo courtesy of Tara Fletcher Photography) Reader’s Favorites Plainwell
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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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Michigan Library Card – Your Ticket to More Than Books This Summer!

Hurry to the nearest Michigan library if you don’t already have a library card. Considering a visit to Saugatuck Dunes State Park or is a trip to the Kalamazoo Nature Center on the summer bucket list? You can access hundreds of Michigan’s state parks, historic sites, cultural attractions, recreation areas and campgrounds for either free or discounted admission with a library card. Here’s how
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50 FREE Things To Do Around With Kids Around Kalamazoo This Summer

Summer is officially here, which probably means you are looking for ways to entertain and educate your kids. While splurging a little on a trip to the zoo, a museum or even a little vacation is worth the cost, it isn’t for every day. Did you know there are plenty of opportunities here in Kalamazoo for you to explore for FREE? Check out our list of
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Summer Reading Programs That Will Have Your Kids Happily Hitting The Books

Looking to keep the kids engaged and challenged this summer? Sign them up for a great summer reading program!We absolutely love all of the great summer reading programs at our local libraries around Kalamazoo County and SW Michigan. It’s a great opportunity for your kids to earn free stuff, keep them reading over the summer, and allow a chance to unplug (no screentime here).
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101 Things To Do This Summer With Kids Around Kalamazoo: Your ULTIMATE Summer Bucket List

  Summer days are here! If your family needs some help deciding what to do this summer, try picking things off of our summer bucket list! We’ve put together a great list of things to do around Kalamazoo and Michigan this summer. We love to travel over the summer and explore all that our region and the great state of Michigan has to offer.  Don’t
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Free Park Day at Kalamazoo Area Parks on June 21

Free Admission Offered on June 21, 2017   To celebrate the beginning of summer, Comstock Township Parks, Kalamazoo City Parks, Kalamazoo County Parks, and Portage Parks & Recreation have teamed up to offer free admission to all the parks in the county on Wednesday, June 21, 2017. If you haven’t had the opportunity to explore the great parks our county has to offer, this
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