KZOOKIDS Articles2018-05-11T16:29:06-04:00

WIN! Family Prize Package to the Kalamazoo County Youth Fair

This giveaway brought to you by Kalamazoo County Youth Fair. Kalamazoo County Parks & Expo Center | 2900 Lake Street, Kalamazoo Facebook |  Kalamazoo County Youth Fair | 269-383-8778 This giveaway is closed. Congrats to the winner, Kelsey! A Showcase of Talent Awaits at the Kalamazoo County Youth Fair Summer doesn't seem complete without a trip to the Kalamazoo County Youth [...]

Ultimate Kalamazoo Summer Fun Guide – 101 Ideas for Families

Summer is Calling It's a great time to be a kid. Summer is here and the world is full of opportunity and sunshine. When it comes to the ultimate summer list of things to do around Kalamazoo and Southwest Michigan - look no further. You don't have to travel far to have plenty of fun. Explore Kalamazoo for outdoor excursions, art and [...]

Allegan Event: Ultimate Adrenaline Rush for the Whole Family!

Highflying Fun in Southwest Michigan Whether you're in Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, South Haven, or St. Joseph, making the trek over to the Allegan Event Family Adventure Center is worth the drive. Once there, you'll find ropes course and adventure experiences that are hard to come by in other parts of the state. Best Flying Day Ever If your family [...]

It’s Game Time! KZOO Kids Night at the Ballpark with the Kalamazoo Growlers

Looking for a FUN Night the Entire Family will Enjoy? There’s no better way to end the work week than to get outside for fresh air while spending time with your family. Parents, remember the lazy summer days of your childhood -  no electronics or social media to distract you? Pure bliss.  You could just be a kid; [...]

4th of July Fireworks, Parades, and Events around Kalamazoo – 2019

Celebrate the Stars and Stripes this 4th of July The Fourth of July will be here soon and it is not too early to start planning for Independence Day fun with family and friends! Many Southwest Michigan communities have parades, fireworks or other activities planned. There is sure to be a way to celebrate that everyone will enjoy. Read [...]

I had no Idea Petoskey was Such a Family Friendly Vacation Destination

Petoskey Delivers Big on Fresh Air and Family-Friendly Fun The first time I visited the Petoskey area was pre-kids for a work trip. I stayed in a fancy hotel and ate at fancy places and stopped in fancy shops. So when I was asked to write about visiting with kids, I wasn’t sure what there were even things for kids [...]

Affordable or FREE Things for Kids to Do in July Around Kalamazoo

Embark on your Summer Bucket List in July with Low-Cost Fun for Kids July is the month to celebrate red, white, blue and so much to do in Kalamazoo. Between Summer Camps, celebrated Independence Day Parades and Activities, library programs, crafting events, festivals, free movies, and concerts - whew, there isn't enough time in July for kids to utter the [...]

12 Places to Visit With Your Kids in Michigan Before They Grow Up

Experience the Wonder of Michigan Together We just had my son’s first birthday party and it doesn't seem possible that it’s already been a year. I know that in no time at all he will be busy with friends, school and activities. It's made me think about all of the places that our family can visit to experience the [...]

A Sailing Adventure and More in South Haven – Ahoy Matey!

Sand, Shopping and Pirates in South Haven South Haven has it all - close proximity to Kalamazoo, play time in the sand along the shores of Lake Michigan, shopping along the harbor, and pirates. Yes, pirates. We'd seen the tall ship many times while walking out to the lighthouse. What a unique opportunity to experience South Haven standing at [...]

Drive-In Movie Theaters + Old Fashioned Family Fun this Summer

Nostalgic Fun with Drive In's and Diners Remember the good old days? It wasn’t long ago that Frogger and Pinball were played instead of Xbox and Playstation. Movies, hotdogs and root beer were enjoyed at the drive-in, and meeting friends at the roller rink was the highlight of the weekend. Feeling nostalgic, we searched greater Kalamazoo and found a [...]

Readers’ Favorite Ice Cream Shops to Try this Summer Around Kalamazoo

Readers’ Picks to Enjoy the BEST Ice Cream Around Southwest Michigan Blue moon, moose tracks, chocolate gelato, or non-dairy strawberry sorbet, the possibilities are endless in Kalamazoo for everyone to enjoy their favorite treat this summer. We’ve asked our loyal readers for their favorite places to go for frozen yogurt, frozen custard, ice cream, and gelato, and they responded [...]

Favorite Spots to See Animals in Southwest Michigan and Beyond

Animal Encounters - Perfect for the Animal Lover in Your Family Kids and animals go hand-in-hand. Summer is the perfect time to visit and learn more about our furry, scaly, or somewhere in-between friends. Southwest Michigan is home to many amazing places to get up close and personal to a wide variety of animals. We've also covered a few places [...]