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

Building Community and Friendships this Summer at Van Buren Youth Camp

A Summer to Remember What did you do this summer? In classrooms everywhere, this question is repeated as kids settle into the first day of the new school year. What if your child’s answer was “I had an amazing time at summer camp,” or “I made a new best friend”? Along the shores of Great Bear Lake, a [...]

20+ Fun Tours to Experience with Kids around Michigan

Be a Tourist in Michigan Spring and summer is a wondeful time for field trips and family excursions to learn more about Michigan: our food, our culture, and our history. The Great Lakes State offers a bounty of tour opportunities - with everything from formally registered tours to drop-in style tours. You'll get to see firsthand the inner workings [...]

60+ Things To Do In Kalamazoo Before Your Kids Grow Up

Bucket List of Experience for Kids in Kalamazoo We are all too familiar with the expression, "The days are long, but the years are short", right? Before we know it, our kids are in school and "too cool" for things they once loved. So, what are some of the unique things to do around Kalamazoo before your kids grow [...]

All Aboard! Thomas The Steam Engine™ Returns to Greenfield Village

FULL SPEED AHEAD with Thomas the Train™ Calling all Thomas the Train™ fans and locomotive lovers. Greenfield Village has brought the Island of Sodor right to Dearborn, Michigan. Join Thomas the Tank Engine™, Sir Topham Hatt™ and more during A Day Out With Thomas™. The special Day Out With Thomas™ event is a yearly tradition at Greenfield Village that brings [...]

Train-tastic Adventures for Kids Around Kalamazoo

All Aboard! If your child loves building train tracks all over the house and is on a first-name basis with Thomas the Train™ and friends, you will be grateful to know that the Kalamazoo area (and beyond) is full of opportunities for a family to experience all things locomotive in person. We've compiled a list of trains to ride, [...]

15 Rainy Day Activities for Kalamazoo Kids

Beat the Rainy Day Blues in Kalamazoo It's raining, it's pouring... When the weather doesn't cooperate, that means it's time to discover all of the fun indoor options that will keep the kids entertained through the mucky weather. We've got ideas to help - with a listing of 15 options to explore around Kalamazoo and ideas for at home if [...]

Michigan Children’s Museums Worth Exploring

Inspire Big Imaginations Can I hit the rewind button and go back to my childhood for a minute? I have a bit of museum exploration to do. It turns out, I don't have to wish this. The entire family can enjoy, pretend, create, explore, learn and play your way across 12+ children's museums in Michigan.  The medley of museums [...]

Ultimate Kalamazoo Area Spring Break Activity Planner

Spring Break Staycation Fun around Kalamazoo After surviving record low temperatures (hello, polar vortex!) and ice storms, you may have wondered if winter was ever going to end. Have no fear: Spring Break is around the corner. Pack away the snowpants and mittens and get excited for the many fun things happening in our area. No plane tickets booked? No [...]

St. Patrick’s Day Family Activities and Parades in Greater Kalamazoo

St. Patrick's Day Fun Around Kalamazoo Leapin' Leprechauns! Spring is right around the corner, and so is everyone's favorite holiday on Sunday, March 17 - filled with rainbows, leprechauns, and smiles! We've compiled a list of St. Patrick's family events and parades in Southwest Michigan. Don't forget to wear your green.   Leprechaun-Approved Activities for Kids #_EVENTLINK [...]

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

Thanks to our sponsor the Air Zoo. The Air Zoo is a world-class, Smithsonian-affiliated aerospace and science museum with over 100 rare and unique aircraft and spacecraft; inspiring interactive, multi-sensory, exhibits; full-motion flight simulators; indoor amusement park rides; and hands-on, science-based camps and classes. The NEW Game Changers exhibit is open Registration for Spring Break Day Camps is open 6151 Portage Road, Portage, MI 49002 WEBSITE | [...]

5 Ways To Take The Michigan State Capitol Self-Guided Tour

Don't Wait for a Field Trip to Explore the Michigan State Capitol Building When was the last time you toured The Michigan State Capitol Building? I asked myself this question and realized that my most recent visit was during a time I barely remember. Since I've added this fun tour to many of our guides [...]