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Dance Classes Around Kalamazoo

February 20th, 2019|0 Comments

Twist and Shout with Dance One of my favorite memories of my kids as toddlers is how early they started dancing. On those little wobbly legs where they tumble time and time again, you [...]

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Cooking Classes for All Ages Around Kalamazoo

January 24th, 2019|Comments Off on Cooking Classes for All Ages Around Kalamazoo

Let's Get Cooking Cereal for dinner again? For many parents, cooking can be a chore. Many of us make the same meals on a regular basis, rarely venturing outside of our culinary comfort zones. Add [...]

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Indoor Water Parks in Michigan

January 9th, 2019|Comments Off on Indoor Water Parks in Michigan

15 + Water Park Getaways Within Driving Distance of Kalamazoo Wet and wild fun is on the agenda when you visit an indoor water park. And, the weather won't spoil a planned trip at [...]

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15+ Ideas for Snow Day Activities and Games

November 28th, 2018|Comments Off on 15+ Ideas for Snow Day Activities and Games

Baby, It's Cold Outside... They've built the snowman, now what? Snow days can be fun if the snow is light and fluffy, and the temperature is warm enough to handle playing outside. Other times [...]

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25 Places to Play Indoors around Kalamazoo

November 20th, 2018|Comments Off on 25 Places to Play Indoors around Kalamazoo

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

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Parenting and Play Groups Around Kalamazoo

October 29th, 2018|Comments Off on Parenting and Play Groups Around Kalamazoo

Finding Your Village Where do you find “mom friends?” As kids, we had soccer practices, story times, and recess to make friends. However, as adults, there is no easy equivalent to make those connections. [...]

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Dental Chair With Care at Portage Pediatric Dentistry

October 8th, 2018|Comments Off on Dental Chair With Care at Portage Pediatric Dentistry

Less Fear and More Fun from the Moment You Walk In Let's face it, parents and caregivers know kids aren't generally thrilled to visit the dentist, but thanks to Dr. Jody and the [...]

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What’s New at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum?

September 26th, 2018|Comments Off on What’s New at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum?

A Virtual Rotating Door of Exhibits and Entertainment The Kalamazoo Valley Museum is a family favorite in Kalamazoo. With interactive and immersive exhibits covering 60,000 square feet of innovative, learning space what better [...]

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Favorite Indoor Play Places Outside of Kalamazoo

August 22nd, 2018|Comments Off on Favorite Indoor Play Places Outside of Kalamazoo

When Farther Away, Kids Still Want to Play! Kalamazoo is so much fun, all on its own! But sometimes a family outing finds you elsewhere in Michigan and it's fun to discover indoor play [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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, [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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, [...]

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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]