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10 Smart Questions to Ask when Buying a Trampoline

May 8th, 2018|1 Comment

Spring into Summer with a Trampoline This article brought to you by Backyard Fun Zone. Summer is around the corner, and kids will be spending a lot more of their time outdoors. Lately, [...]

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BEST Mess-Free Playgrounds That Won’t “Rain” on Your Outdoor Fun

May 7th, 2018|Comments Off on BEST Mess-Free Playgrounds That Won’t “Rain” on Your Outdoor Fun

Don't Let a Little Drizzle Keep You Inside Spring showers may bring flowers, but they can also bring mud and mess. Don't let that ruin your fun! We've compiled a list of our favorite [...]

Ten Family Game Night Games You’ve Never Played But Need To

April 19th, 2018|Comments Off on Ten Family Game Night Games You’ve Never Played But Need To

 Ten Board Games to Level Up Family Game Night Move over movie night, family game night is back! Game night used to be about Chutes and Ladders, The Game of Life and Monopoly, however, [...]

FREE Museum Admission to Kingman Museum

April 18th, 2018|0 Comments

Looking for some free, weekend fun? Gather the family and friends and head out to explore the Kingman Museum in Battle Creek. Better yet, it doesn't have to drain your wallet! Did you know [...]

Guide to Kalamazoo Music Lessons for Kids

April 12th, 2018|0 Comments

Music to our Ears Has your child expressed an interest in playing the piano or do you find them cranking up the iPod to belt out a show tune? If you are thinking of [...]

Investing in Our Youth – Dollars & Sense Finance Camp

April 9th, 2018|0 Comments

Manage Money and Make Friends at WMU’s Dollars & Sense Finance Camp If there’s one thing foremost on a teenager’s mind, it’s money. Though parents hear their children asking for money all the [...]

Kalamazoo Spring Break Day by Day Planner

March 22nd, 2018|Comments Off on Kalamazoo Spring Break Day by Day Planner

Day-by-Day Spring Break Staycation Fun Staying home for spring break? Good idea! Hearing the phrase, "I'm bored" - not so good! If your family is choosing to stay-cation this year, our guide offers some [...]

A Kalamazoo Spring Break Staycation Guide to Family Fun

March 19th, 2018|Comments Off on A Kalamazoo Spring Break Staycation Guide to Family Fun

This post brought to you by Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark. Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark Avalanche Bay at Boyne Mountain Resort is Michigan’s largest indoor waterpark hotel. With over 88,000 square feet of slides, rides, pools, [...]

Open Swim Pools for the Kalamazoo Area

February 20th, 2018|Comments Off on Open Swim Pools for the Kalamazoo Area

Places to Swim Indoors with Kids Although the weather may state otherwise, it is still possible to have a fun day at the pool. There are plenty of indoor pools in the Kalamazoo area that [...]

Indoor Waterparks – Fun Adventures For Families

February 12th, 2018|2 Comments

  If you need a surefire way the weather won't spoil a planned trip, head to an indoor waterpark where the raging waves and swirling slides will guarantee hours of fun for the entire family. [...]

Kalamazoo Area Ice Skating Guide 2018

February 6th, 2018|Comments Off on Kalamazoo Area Ice Skating Guide 2018

by Leslie P  Grab the gloves and lace up your skates for an essential winter season activity - ice skating! Check our listings below to get in on the frozen fun in and around Kalamazoo. [...]

Kalamazoo Cooks: Places to Find Cooking Classes for Adults

January 24th, 2018|Comments Off on Kalamazoo Cooks: Places to Find Cooking Classes for Adults

by Laura R Whether you are a seasoned cook or a parent looking to encourage better eating habits with your child, a cooking class is a great place to start to shake up your meals [...]

Winter Skiing with Kids in SW Michigan

January 16th, 2018|Comments Off on Winter Skiing with Kids in SW Michigan

*This article has been updated for 2018.   by Julie S   There is a lot of snow on the ground this year, which is perfect for skiers. Grab those skis and your family, because [...]

Imagine That! Top Picks for Pretend Play Places For Kids in Southwest Michigan

November 14th, 2017|Comments Off on Imagine That! Top Picks for Pretend Play Places For Kids in Southwest Michigan

by Julie S Do you have children who want to wear their Wonder Woman costume or Astronaut costume every time you go to the store? Do you have princess tea parties or have little chefs [...]

The Air Zoo: Five Fun Ways to Play!

November 6th, 2017|Comments Off on The Air Zoo: Five Fun Ways to Play!

by Julie S The Air Zoo is one of our favorite field trips. No matter how many times we go, there is always something new to see, and something new to experience, and that’s not [...]

Fun Happenings with the Kalamazoo Wings This Season!

October 12th, 2017|Comments Off on Fun Happenings with the Kalamazoo Wings This Season!

by Jill P The Kalamazoo Wings, proud ECHL affiliates of the Vancouver Canucks, have announced the promotional schedule for the 2017-18 season, marking the 44th season of professional hockey at Wings Event Center. FUN THINGS [...]

2017 Fire Station Open Houses Around Kalamazoo & Fire Safety Prevention Month

October 4th, 2017|Comments Off on 2017 Fire Station Open Houses Around Kalamazoo & Fire Safety Prevention Month

  by Robin B October is National Fire Prevention Month. From Fire Station Open Houses to events with a focus on fire prevention education, there are numerous opportunities around Kalamazoo for families to learn about fire safety. [...]

Get Outside and Play: The BEST Parks & Playgrounds Around Kalamazoo 2017

September 18th, 2017|Comments Off on Get Outside and Play: The BEST Parks & Playgrounds Around Kalamazoo 2017

  by Leslie P 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 [...]

11 Boat Experiences Around Michigan To Top Off Your Summer Fun

August 23rd, 2017|Comments Off on 11 Boat Experiences Around Michigan To Top Off Your Summer Fun

by Jill P You may not be able to sail the high seas, but right here in West and Southwest Michigan there are many exciting ways to take to the waters. Whether it’s cruising Lake Michigan [...]

Early Childhood Literacy: 5 Tips For Leading Kids to Love Reading

August 14th, 2017|Comments Off on Early Childhood Literacy: 5 Tips For Leading Kids to Love Reading

by Amy L   As a Kindergarten teacher, I often have families ask me how they can help their children learn to be better readers or how to help their children enjoy reading more. Studies [...]

Let’s Go Tubing! Places to Go Tubing Around SW Michigan

July 18th, 2017|Comments Off on Let’s Go Tubing! Places to Go Tubing Around SW Michigan

by Marina H   Are you looking for a new fun and exciting adventure this summer? Summer tubing may just be the adventure that you’re looking for. We’ve got several great summer tubing options in [...]

10 Great Toddler-Friendly Parks Around Kalamazoo & Portage

July 12th, 2017|Comments Off on 10 Great Toddler-Friendly Parks Around Kalamazoo & Portage

by Leslie P   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 [...]

Fun Tours With Kids Around Michigan

July 11th, 2017|Comments Off on Fun Tours With Kids Around Michigan

by Julie S   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, [...]

Places to Get Wet Around Kalamazoo-Swim Spots, Splash Pads, & Pools

July 3rd, 2017|Comments Off on Places to Get Wet Around Kalamazoo-Swim Spots, Splash Pads, & Pools

  *This article has been updated for 2017. by Kristine F On those hot summer days when you are looking for something to do and your kids are begging to play in the water, it [...]

Notable News: W.K. Kellogg Farm’s Pasture Dairy Center Open House on June 13

June 6th, 2017|Comments Off on Notable News: W.K. Kellogg Farm’s Pasture Dairy Center Open House on June 13

by Jill P Visit the W.K. Kellogg Farm’s free Pasture Dairy Center Open House on June 13 from 4 – 8 p.m. to celebrate 90 years since W.K. Kellogg deeded the Farm’s land to MSU. [...]

Help! There’s a Dinosaur Lover in My House, What Do I Do?

June 1st, 2017|Comments Off on Help! There’s a Dinosaur Lover in My House, What Do I Do?

by Julie S   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 [...]

Best Trails for Bike Riding With Kids Around Kalamazoo

May 23rd, 2017|Comments Off on Best Trails for Bike Riding With Kids Around Kalamazoo

by Amy L   Get ready to ride this summer with KzooKids.com’s list of the best bike riding trails in the Kalamazoo area. Check out these trails below and let us know what you think! [...]

Notable News: Dinosaurs are Coming to the Kalamazoo Valley Museum This Summer!

April 20th, 2017|Comments Off on Notable News: Dinosaurs are Coming to the Kalamazoo Valley Museum This Summer!

  Photo: Triceratops with young from Dinosaur Discovery   *Information for this article is from a Press Release provided by the Kalamazoo Valley Museum.  Dinosaurs are coming to the Kalamazoo Valley Museum this summer! “Although [...]

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Horseback Riding Lessons Around The Kalamazoo Area

April 18th, 2017|Comments Off on Horseback Riding Lessons Around The Kalamazoo Area

by Robin B Horses are gentle animals and riding them can be both fun and educational. Does your child ask for riding lessons every time you drive past a riding stable or farm?  If so, [...]

Guide To Gymnastics Classes Around Kalamazoo-2017

March 28th, 2017|Comments Off on Guide To Gymnastics Classes Around Kalamazoo-2017

This guide is brought to you by Branch Gymnastics. At Branch Gymnastics it's our privilege to have the opportunity to work with your child. Our staff is selected on their ability to interact and communicate [...]

Wandering Great Wolf Lodge – Four Tips for a Great Adventure

March 6th, 2017|Comments Off on Wandering Great Wolf Lodge – Four Tips for a Great Adventure

photo courtesy of Great Wolf Resorts A portion of our stay was subsidized by the Great Wolf Resorts. We want to thank them for their hospitality. All opinions are my own.  by Robin B Do [...]

Kalamazoo Area Ice Skating Guide -2017

January 11th, 2017|Comments Off on Kalamazoo Area Ice Skating Guide -2017

by Julie S Grab your gloves and welcome the winter season with frozen fun in Kalamazoo and Portage! We suggest that you call ahead or confirm skate times before you head out. Many of the [...]

Kalamazoo Cooks: Places to Find Cooking Classes for Adults

January 4th, 2017|Comments Off on Kalamazoo Cooks: Places to Find Cooking Classes for Adults

by Marina H With the holidays over and the new year just begun, are you looking for some fun ideas on how to “spice” up the rest of winter? With lots of us making new [...]

Life-Size Candyland Game at Otsego District Public Library: Fun Your Kids Will Love

January 1st, 2017|Comments Off on Life-Size Candyland Game at Otsego District Public Library: Fun Your Kids Will Love

by Leslie P Looking for a fun outing during this cold January? Take a trip to the Otsego District Public Library where you and your kids can play a life-size version of the game Candyland, [...]

Get Artsy: Art Classes for Kids

December 29th, 2016|Comments Off on Get Artsy: Art Classes for Kids

  by Leslie P and Robin B Do your children enjoy sculpting with Play-Doh, coloring and creating? We are lucky to live in a city that supports the arts! Including our very own Kalamazoo Institute [...]

Hot Wheels: Race to Win Exhibit at Impression 5 Science Center

October 11th, 2016|Comments Off on Hot Wheels: Race to Win Exhibit at Impression 5 Science Center

*Passes to Impression 5 Science Center were provided by the museum for review purposes. All opinions are my own.  by Leslie P Impression 5 Science Center in Lansing, Michigan is designed to give kids of [...]

Fire Station Open Houses Around Kalamazoo & Fire Safety Prevention Month

October 4th, 2016|Comments Off on Fire Station Open Houses Around Kalamazoo & Fire Safety Prevention Month

by Robin B October is National Fire Prevention Month. From Fire Station Open Houses to events with a focus on fire prevention education, there are numerous opportunities for kids and families to attend one of the following events [...]

St. Luke’s Animal Fair – Why You Won’t Want To Miss This FREE Event on October 2nd

September 13th, 2016|Comments Off on St. Luke’s Animal Fair – Why You Won’t Want To Miss This FREE Event on October 2nd

[note] This is a sponsored post brought to you by St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. [/note]   Come, watch the herd assemble downtown! St. Luke's will hold its annual St. Luke's Animal Fair Oct. 2 from 2:00 [...]

2nd Annual Girls Can! Collaborative at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts

September 2nd, 2016|Comments Off on 2nd Annual Girls Can! Collaborative at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts

by Jill P Area girls are invited to Girls Can! Collaborative experience September 9, 2016, during September’s Art Hop festivities at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. Hosted by the Merze Tate Explorers and the KIA, the [...]

Nickelodeon’s “ROAD TO WORLDWIDE DAY OF PLAY” Coming to Kalamazoo on August 31

August 29th, 2016|Comments Off on Nickelodeon’s “ROAD TO WORLDWIDE DAY OF PLAY” Coming to Kalamazoo on August 31

by Jill P  Nickelodeon will bring its third annual “Road to Worldwide Day of Play” campaign to Kalamazoo where the network will team up with Derek Jeter’s Turn 2 Foundation to host an event encouraging [...]

11 Boat Experiences Around Michigan To Top Off Your Summer Fun

August 23rd, 2016|Comments Off on 11 Boat Experiences Around Michigan To Top Off Your Summer Fun

by Jill P You may not be able to sail the high seas, but right here in West and Southwest Michigan there are many exciting ways to take to the waters. Whether it’s cruising Lake Michigan [...]

Top 12 Parks & Playgrounds Around Kalamazoo

August 11th, 2016|Comments Off on Top 12 Parks & Playgrounds Around Kalamazoo

by Leslie P With options such as a splash pad, beaches, playgrounds, trails and more, we are lucky to be surrounded by so many parks. Thanks to the help of our KZOOkids.com readers, we have put [...]

6 Ways To Beat The Heat Around Kalamazoo

July 21st, 2016|Comments Off on 6 Ways To Beat The Heat Around Kalamazoo

by Jill P We're heading into a heat wave and the next few days are going to be HOT. I've seen where the heat index will top 100 degrees. Wow! We have six ideas for you [...]

Places to Get Wet Around Kalamazoo-Swim Spots, Splash Pads, & Pools

July 20th, 2016|Comments Off on Places to Get Wet Around Kalamazoo-Swim Spots, Splash Pads, & Pools

by Holly L When the hot summer months hit Southwest Michigan we are all looking for a nice place to take the kids to cool off. Thankfully the Kalamazoo area has a lot of great [...]

What Kalamazoo Parents Should Know About Pokemon Go

July 19th, 2016|Comments Off on What Kalamazoo Parents Should Know About Pokemon Go

by Julie S  You may have heard your kids clamoring to play it, or you may have a mom in your mom’s group who has confessed to hunting Pikachu while at the nearby park during [...]

Great Baseball Clinics Offered By The Kalamazoo Growlers

June 23rd, 2016|Comments Off on Great Baseball Clinics Offered By The Kalamazoo Growlers

[note] This is a sponsored post brought to you by our friends at the Kalamazoo Growlers. [/note] If you’re looking for affordable family fun, the place to be this summer is the Kalamazoo Growlers. For the [...]

Take a Lego Travel Adventure at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum

May 18th, 2016|Comments Off on Take a Lego Travel Adventure at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum

by Jill P A special exhibit, Lego Travel Adventure, will be on display at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum from May 21 to September 11. The LEGO Travel Adventure, on display at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum [...]

7 Things Moms of Toddlers Know

April 6th, 2016|Comments Off on 7 Things Moms of Toddlers Know

by Jill P As soon as your little one takes their first steps, it is the official mark that your baby is now toddling into toddlerhood. While this is an exciting time, it does make [...]

Michigan Museums, Gardens & Zoos With Reciprocal Membership Agreements

April 5th, 2016|Comments Off on Michigan Museums, Gardens & Zoos With Reciprocal Membership Agreements

by Kristine F If you have a local membership, to a museum or zoo for example, we want to help you know about a fantastic benefit that may come with that membership. Many museums, zoos, [...]

Rebounderz- An Indoor Play Place near Grand Rapids

April 4th, 2016|Comments Off on Rebounderz- An Indoor Play Place near Grand Rapids

by Jill P Our Expenience We're always excited to check out new play places in the area and took the opportunity to head up to Jension (near Grand Rapids) to check out the new Rebounderz [...]

Grand Rapids Children’s Museum – A Fun Place Your Kids Will Love

March 17th, 2016|Comments Off on Grand Rapids Children’s Museum – A Fun Place Your Kids Will Love

[note] Tickets for this review were provided by the Grand Rapids Children's Museum. All opinions are my own. [/note] by Leslie P  We recently made the 50 minute drive to check out the Grand Rapids Children's [...]

Guide To Gymnastics Classes Around Kalamazoo

February 29th, 2016|Comments Off on Guide To Gymnastics Classes Around Kalamazoo

by Leslie P  Gymnastics can be a fun way for your child to develop muscle strength, coordination and confidence. From preschool programs to competitive teams, there are many different options in Kalamazoo and the surrounding area. [...]

Maple Sugar Festival – A Sweet Family Event!

February 23rd, 2016|Comments Off on Maple Sugar Festival – A Sweet Family Event!

by Jill P   The 51st Annual Maple Sugar Festival will be held at the Kalamazoo Nature Center Saturday, March 12 and Sunday, March 13. This is always one of our favorite early Spring family events.   [...]

15 Ideas for an Indoor Snow Day Adventure

January 12th, 2016|Comments Off on 15 Ideas for an Indoor Snow Day Adventure

by Julie S    Snow days can come in two forms: two feet of the soft, white of snow type where kids can be seen playing outside building snowmen and the other type, where the [...]

Kalamazoo Area Ice Skating Guide -2016

January 7th, 2016|Comments Off on Kalamazoo Area Ice Skating Guide -2016

by Jill P It's finally time to go ice skating! Grab your gloves and welcome the winter season with frozen fun in Kalamazoo and Portage! We suggest that you call ahead or confirm skate times [...]

Locations with Free Indoor Play Areas

January 3rd, 2016|Comments Off on Locations with Free Indoor Play Areas

by Leslie P    Winter is here! While the cold and snow may mean staying indoors, that doesn’t mean your kids can’t burn off some energy. Help prevent that “cabin fever” from setting in by [...]

Top STEM Gifts For Kids This Season

December 14th, 2015|Comments Off on Top STEM Gifts For Kids This Season

by Jill P  Looking for great STEM gift ideas for your kids this holiday season? We love STEM in our family. In addition, we asked our writing team to share their favorite STEM gift ideas. [...]

Holiday Special Events That Are Worth The Trip

November 30th, 2015|Comments Off on Holiday Special Events That Are Worth The Trip

by Jill P    Christmas season is here! Yes, we have a ton of stuff to do in our own area, but there are also some super cool things that are within driving distance that [...]

Catch Air- Fun Indoor Play For Little Ones

November 12th, 2015|Comments Off on Catch Air- Fun Indoor Play For Little Ones

[note] Passes for this review were provided by Catch Air. All opinions are my own. [/note]  by Jill P Our Recent Visit My son and I went to Catch Air in Grand Rapids on a Wednesday afternoon. [...]

Cooking in Kalamazoo! – Where To Taking Cooking Classes

November 11th, 2015|Comments Off on Cooking in Kalamazoo! – Where To Taking Cooking Classes

by Jill P     Kalamazoo loves it's food! We've been asked by our readers to find places that are currently offering cooking classes. See our current round-up for a listing. You'll be inspired to try new things [...]

Safe Halloween At Bronson Park – A Fun Event For All Kids

October 21st, 2015|Comments Off on Safe Halloween At Bronson Park – A Fun Event For All Kids

by Jill P      Looking for a fun and FREE Halloween event this weekend? Plan to attend the Safe Halloween event brought to you by the Kalamazoo Parks & Recreation Department this Saturday, October 24th from [...]

17 Things That Teens Will Love To Do This Fall

October 6th, 2015|Comments Off on 17 Things That Teens Will Love To Do This Fall

by Jill P  One of our KZOOkids readers recently asked about places for teens to go around greater Kalamazoo. Where do teens like to go and hang out? Here's some of the ideas that our [...]

What You Want To Know About Read and Write Kalamazoo 

September 30th, 2015|Comments Off on What You Want To Know About Read and Write Kalamazoo 

by Audrey Seilheimer  Did you know there is an organization dedicated to improving the reading, writing and creative skills of students in Kalamazoo County and that YOUR student has access to their programs? There is! [...]

Great Art Classes For Kids

September 9th, 2015|Comments Off on Great Art Classes For Kids

by Leslie P Do your children enjoy sculpting with Play-Doh, coloring and creating? We are lucky to live in a city that supports the arts! Including our very own Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, there are [...]

Fall Sports Options and Leagues For Kids

August 25th, 2015|Comments Off on Fall Sports Options and Leagues For Kids

by Leslie P  Summer may be winding down, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop! For many, going back to school also includes signing up for their favorite fall sports league. Whether it’s [...]

Places To Find Rides For Kids Near Kalamazoo

August 17th, 2015|Comments Off on Places To Find Rides For Kids Near Kalamazoo

by Julie S   County Fair season is upon us and they always do a great job of catering to little kids. Short of taking your child all the way to Cedar Point or waiting [...]

Nine Boredom Busters for August – Ideas To Keep The Kids Busy

August 11th, 2015|Comments Off on Nine Boredom Busters for August – Ideas To Keep The Kids Busy

by Julie S    There’s only one month to go until school begins and some kids (and parents!) are starting to get a bit restless. We’ve compiled a list of nine activities to try and [...]

7 Reasons To Love The 2015 Kalamazoo County Fair

August 9th, 2015|Comments Off on 7 Reasons To Love The 2015 Kalamazoo County Fair

*The Kalamazoo County Fair is a sponsor of KZOOkids.com. All opinions are my own. by Jill P   It’s Kids Day Every Day at the 2015 Kalamazoo County Fair beginning August 10th through August 15th [...]

Take A Tour & Learn Something New! – Tours Around Kalamazoo and Michigan

July 27th, 2015|Comments Off on Take A Tour & Learn Something New! – Tours Around Kalamazoo and Michigan

by Jill P During the summer, we love to be out and about exploring all of the fun things that Michigan has to offer. One of our favorite (and educational) things that we love to [...]

8 Adventures To Try In Michigan This Summer

July 19th, 2015|Comments Off on 8 Adventures To Try In Michigan This Summer

by Jill P  While summer is sneaking away from us, we have 8 ideas of fun adventures to try this summer. We've tried many of these ourselves and have had some thrilling experiences. Let us [...]

Family Fit Festival – A Free Community Event Happening On June 25

June 23rd, 2015|Comments Off on Family Fit Festival – A Free Community Event Happening On June 25

[note] In the spirit of full disclosure, I am committee member of the Champions for Healthy Kids Coalition. I'm excited for this FREE community event to take place. Lots of hard work goes into planning [...]

9 Great Toddler Friendly Parks Around Kalamazoo & Portage

June 16th, 2015|4 Comments

by Leslie P     Now that the warm weather is here to stay, it’s time to get outside! Interested in exploring some of the area parks? As a follow-up from our Toddler Activities and [...]

Horseback Riding Lessons – Where Do You Start?

May 28th, 2015|Comments Off on Horseback Riding Lessons – Where Do You Start?

by Robin B Horses are gentle animals and riding them can be both fun and educational. Does your child ask for riding lessons every time you drive past a riding stable or farm?  If so, [...]

Family Fishing Fair At Ramona Park This Weekend – Fun For the Whole Family

May 11th, 2015|Comments Off on Family Fishing Fair At Ramona Park This Weekend – Fun For the Whole Family

by Jill P Our family has attended the Family Fishing Fair at Ramona Park for a number of years and we've always loved it. We have so much fun fishing and doing all of the activities offered. [...]

Real Pirates Exhibit At The Grand Rapids Public Museum

January 29th, 2015|Comments Off on Real Pirates Exhibit At The Grand Rapids Public Museum

[note] Tickets to the Real Pirate Exhibit were provided by the Grand Rapids Public Museum. All opinions are my own.  [/note]   by Jill P      My son loves pirates! Yes, Jake and The Neverland [...]

Five Fun Ways to Get Kids Moving This Winter

January 28th, 2015|Comments Off on Five Fun Ways to Get Kids Moving This Winter

by Heather Christy, guest contributor and co-owner of Just Move Fitness and More         Start exercise habits young, make it fun, and kids will get hooked! Exercise helps us stay healthy and [...]

Want To Try A Winter Sport? Check Out These Fun Events!

January 15th, 2015|Comments Off on Want To Try A Winter Sport? Check Out These Fun Events!

by Jill P      Winter sports really haven't been our thing over the last few years. Yes, it is definitely harder with kids at home and we've fallen into the grove of being less [...]

Hitting The Slopes With The Kids – Check Out These Fun Options

January 13th, 2015|Comments Off on Hitting The Slopes With The Kids – Check Out These Fun Options

by Marina H       Lace up those skis, winter has arrived early this year! Michigan is a snowy treasure for winter sport fans, and because of that, we’ve compiled a list of all [...]

Kalamazoo Area Ice Skating Guide

January 7th, 2015|Comments Off on Kalamazoo Area Ice Skating Guide

by Jill P It's finally time to go ice skating! Grab your gloves and welcome the winter season with frozen fun in Kalamazoo and Portage! We suggest that you call ahead or confirm skate times [...]

Let’s Get Cooking in Kalamazoo! – Ideas On Where To Taking Cooking Classes

January 5th, 2015|3 Comments

by Robin B      Kalamazoo has no shortage of delicious and diverse cuisine. However, sometimes it’s nice to have a quiet evening at home. With the help of some professionals in the area, there [...]

Music Classes For Children Five and Under

January 1st, 2015|Comments Off on Music Classes For Children Five and Under

by Leslie P     Does your toddler enjoy making music out of pots, pans and anything that can make a loud noise?! Have you thought of growing their talent of music-making by enrolling them [...]

10 Fun Indoor Places To Play When You Want To Get Out Of Town

December 29th, 2014|2 Comments

by Jill P     We love Kalamazoo! But, there are times as a parent that you just need to get out of town. Here are some of our favorite places to take the kiddos [...]

Volunteer & Giving Opportunities With Your Kids Over Christmas Break

December 17th, 2014|2 Comments

by Jill Piwko     Yes, it's a super busy time of the year. With all of the holiday activities, shopping, family events, Christmas parties, and more! Why try to squeeze in one more family [...]

Ice Skating Lessons & Open Skating Guide 2014

December 8th, 2014|Comments Off on Ice Skating Lessons & Open Skating Guide 2014

by Robin B      Tis’ the season – for ice skating. Winter is approaching and with that comes to mind a fun activity, whether inside or outside, the kids will sure to love. Check [...]

What You Want To Know About The Kalamazoo Symphony In Your Child’s School

November 13th, 2014|Comments Off on What You Want To Know About The Kalamazoo Symphony In Your Child’s School

[note] I want to thank the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra for their willingness to put together this article for our KZOOkids.com website. As a parent, I've had questions about what the KSO was doing with my [...]

Baking Classes With Kids Around Kalamazoo & Battle Creek

November 5th, 2014|2 Comments

by Leslie P     With the Holidays right around the corner, what better way to prepare than by taking a family baking class? Kid-friendly baking and dessert decorating classes have been popping up all [...]

Girls On The Run – What You Need To Know

October 13th, 2014|Comments Off on Girls On The Run – What You Need To Know

    by guest contributor, Audrey Seilheimer, Girls on the Run of Greater Kalamazoo, Marketing and Fund Development Associate Girls On The Run Is, “SO MUCH FUN!” Greater Kalamazoo area girls in 3rd-5th grades are [...]

Fire Safety Prevention Month & Fire Station Open Houses

October 1st, 2014|Comments Off on Fire Safety Prevention Month & Fire Station Open Houses

October is National Fire Prevention Month. From Fire Station Open Houses to events with a focus on fire prevention education, there are numerous opportunities for kids and families to attend one of the following events and learn about [...]

Where To Take Dance Classes Around Kalamazoo

August 27th, 2014|Comments Off on Where To Take Dance Classes Around Kalamazoo

[note] We want to thank Family Center for the Arts for their sponsorship of this post. They offer dance, drama, arts, and music classes and more! The Family Center for the Arts is holding its [...]

Where To Take A Tour With Kids Around Kalamazoo

July 28th, 2014|Comments Off on Where To Take A Tour With Kids Around Kalamazoo

by Jill Piwko     [note] Thanks to Discover Kalamazoo for their help with some of the ideas on our local tour list.  [/note] One of the things that we had one our summer bucket list as a [...]

Summer Arts Activities For Kids in Kalamazoo

June 8th, 2014|2 Comments

[note] Much thanks to Jill Perney of Fontana Chamber Arts for putting this awesome list together of all of the great arts-related activities and events in Kalamazoo this summer. There are a number of hidden [...]

Family Fishing Fair At Ramona Park On May 17

April 28th, 2014|Comments Off on Family Fishing Fair At Ramona Park On May 17

by Jill Piwko     Our family attending the Family Fishing Fair at Ramona Park a few years ago and loved it! We had so much fun fishing and doing all of the activities offered. [...]

Horseback Riding Guide

April 23rd, 2014|Comments Off on Horseback Riding Guide

by Robin B     Has your son/daughter asked about taking horse lessons and you are stumped on where to go for lessons?  If so, below are a few suggestions on places that offer horse [...]

KALAMAZOO and PORTAGE Area Preschool Guide – 2014

January 21st, 2014|Comments Off on KALAMAZOO and PORTAGE Area Preschool Guide – 2014

This year’s preschool guide is brought to you by our title sponsor – Kalamazoo Country Day School. We thank them for support of our preschool guide.  Kalamazoo Area Preschools Are Enrolling NOW for Fall  [note] Kalamazoo [...]