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  • September Free Fun

Affordable or Free Things for Kids to do in September around Kalamazoo

August 28th, 2018|Comments Off on Affordable or Free Things for Kids to do in September around Kalamazoo

Your September Guide to Fun and Affordable Around Kalamazoo Summer is winding down, the kids are going back to school and the weather is getting cooler, but that doesn't mean the family fun has [...]

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Gymnastics Classes for Kids Around Kalamazoo

August 16th, 2018|Comments Off on Gymnastics Classes for Kids Around Kalamazoo

Gymnastics and Tumbling Around Kalamazoo Summersaulting off the furniture, balance walking along the curb, or making a bee-line for the monkey bars at the park - kids love to tumble. Gymnastics can be a fun [...]

  • homeschool

Kalamazoo Area Homeschool Resource Guide

August 8th, 2018|Comments Off on Kalamazoo Area Homeschool Resource Guide

Homeschool - Full of Opportunities Homeschooling is on the rise. Whether you are a homeschooling veteran, just starting out, or contemplating homeschooling, the Kalamazoo area has an astounding array of support groups, classes, and [...]

  • Outer Space Play

Blast Off! Space Fun for Kids in Kalamazoo and Beyond

July 26th, 2018|Comments Off on Blast Off! Space Fun for Kids in Kalamazoo and Beyond

Space Exploration and Fun Ideas for Future Astronomers  Children love to build rocket ships, stare in wonder at Saturn, and pretend to be astronauts. Even us parents can’t help but gaze in awe at [...]

  • Castle

Medieval Castles, Museums, and Activities for Knights and Princesses

July 24th, 2018|Comments Off on Medieval Castles, Museums, and Activities for Knights and Princesses

Medieval and Fantastical Fun for the Family Imagine this: your Kalamazoo kid dons princess attire and goes in search of a dragon to befriend, while their sibling is busy dressing up as a knight [...]

Water Fun in Southwest Michigan

July 17th, 2018|Comments Off on Water Fun in Southwest Michigan

This post is brought to you by AppleTree & Gilden Woods Early Care and Preschool. Our K-Prep Preschool Program establishes a solid educational foundation for the future. We offer hands-on learning that enhances academic, [...]

  • Backyard Fun Zone

Outdoor Games Made Fun with Backyard Fun Zone

June 25th, 2018|Comments Off on Outdoor Games Made Fun with Backyard Fun Zone

Banish Boredom with Some Springing, Swinging, and Swishing Fun This article brought to you by Backyard Fun Zone. Looking for ways to amp up the fun with these energy-elevating games on a trampoline, [...]

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

June 19th, 2018|Comments Off on Get Outside and Play: The BEST Parks & Playgrounds Around Kalamazoo

Favorite Parks & Playgrounds Around Kalamazoo With options such as splash pads, beaches, small slides, sand boxes, trails and other innovative play structures, there is no shortage of outdoor family fun around Kalamazoo. This park [...]

  • Bounce House Rental

Bounce House Fun – Rental Options around Kalamazoo

May 24th, 2018|Comments Off on Bounce House Fun – Rental Options around Kalamazoo

'Tis the season - the season for outdoor play, parties and fun! The kids will be bouncing off the walls with an inflatable for a birthday party, neighborhood block party or simply an afternoon [...]

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|Comments Off on FREE Museum Admission to Kingman Museum

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|Comments Off on Guide to Kalamazoo Music Lessons for Kids

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|Comments Off on Investing in Our Youth – Dollars & Sense Finance Camp

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, [...]

  • Kalamazoo Indoor Play Guide

Ultimate Guide to Indoor Play in Kalamazoo

February 20th, 2018|Comments Off on Ultimate Guide to Indoor Play in Kalamazoo

Whether it's rain, snow or just too cold, when the weather outside is "frightful," visit one of these great indoor play areas around the Kalamazoo area. We have compiled a list of some of [...]

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 [...]

Kalamazoo Area Ice Skating Guide 2018

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

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. We suggest that [...]

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 [...]

The Air Zoo: Five Fun Ways to Play!

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

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 even counting the [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

Plan a Visit to the Kaleidoscope Garden at Leila Arboretum in Battle Creek

July 26th, 2017|Comments Off on Plan a Visit to the Kaleidoscope Garden at Leila Arboretum in Battle Creek

Kaleidoscope Garden Leila Arboretum’s grounds are sprawling, but two of our favorite areas to visit within it is the unassuming Children’s Garden, now known as the Kaleidoscope Garden, and the Fantasy Forest nearby. Look [...]

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 Toddler-Friendly Parks Around Kalamazoo

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

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 [...]

Fun Tours With Kids Around Michigan

July 11th, 2017|Comments Off on 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 [...]

Candy and Ice Cream Tours Around Michigan

June 29th, 2017|Comments Off on Candy and Ice Cream Tours Around Michigan

Have a sweet tooth? We do too! But eating candy is only half the fun. Figuring out how they mold those delicious chocolates, stuff peanut butter inside, or make that crunchy coating is a [...]

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

Get ready to ride with our list of the best bike riding trails in the Kalamazoo area. Check out these trails below and let us know what you think! Helmet up! Bike Trails Kal-Haven Trail, [...]

Michigan Children’s Museums: Exploring Across Michigan

April 27th, 2017|Comments Off on Michigan Children’s Museums: Exploring 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 [...]

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Horseback Riding Lessons Around The Kalamazoo Area

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

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, below are [...]

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 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 [...]

Get Artsy: Art Classes for Kids

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

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 many opportunities [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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! [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 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 [...]

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 [...]