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Planning a Disney World Vacation? 6 Tips from a Parent

Planning a Trip to Walt Disney World? How to Make it Stress-Free for your Family Disney World truly is the “happiest place on earth” but planning a Disney trip can be anything but magical. It’s hard to know where to start. When should you go? Where should you stay? How [...]

Favorite Family Campsites in Michigan – Book Now for 2019

Thanks to our sponsor, Paramount Charter Academy At Paramount Charter Academy we never set limits on how much your child can achieve. We create endless opportunities for your child to become their best and shape instruction to build on the strengths and abilities of each child. 3624 [...]

Easy Day Trips for Families + Destinations Under 2 Hours from Kalamazoo

Looking for a Mini Getaway? ....but still want to sleep in your own bed tonight? As a parent, I have struggled with planning vacations- especially in the toddler and infant stages. The idea of “getting away” or an "easy day trip" to explore a new town with kids sounds good [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Fall Color Tour Ideas For Kalamazoo Area Families

Fall Color in Southwest Michigan Whether you see it from a scenic roadway, a gorgeous hiking trail, or aboard a locomotive, the vibrant fall leaves of Michigan signal the sign of changing seasons. Living in Southwest Michigan, we are treated to quite a show every year when the leaves change. The color change [...]

Family Road Trip Ideas 2 – 5 Hours From Kalamazoo

Road Trip Destinations with Kids Where would you travel with your family if you only had time for a day trip or a short weekend stay? Children’s museums, zoos, and local restaurants all made our list as we compiled our favorite drivable locations. Our picks are all reachable in less [...]

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 centers or museums you normally wouldn't visit. We're here to the rescue with ideas for indoor play [...]

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 and constructing a castle with cushions and leftover boxes. Or, a tween who loves to play Dungeons [...]

Visiting Traverse City With Kids in the Winter: 5 Fun Things To Do

by Jill P   When the winter wind chills Traverse City, you don’t have to stay bundled up in your house. Actually, northern Michigan’s winter can offer a lot of fun for families in Traverse City! This beautiful region is a great place for outdoor enthusiasts, and the downtown area offers [...]

Tips For Visiting Grand Haven With Kids

  by Jill P Located by both the Grand River and Lake Michigan, this beautiful area has endless fun things to do with the whole family. From chocolate factory tours to exciting festivals, Grand Haven is the perfect vacation spot for summer. With Grand Haven voted as Coastal Living's America's Happiest [...]

Traveling with Kids to Petoskey: Fun Things To Do

by Jill P and Robin B Ernest Hemingway spent a couple dozen summers walking the streets and wandering the natural environs of Petoskey, Michigan. Today, this is still the perfect place to take a slow-paced vacation with your family! Enjoy the historic downtown, timeless lakeside, and exciting modern attractions you can [...]

No Minivan Means No Problem on our Latest Family Road Trip: Mackinac Island

By: Robin B.       Editorial note: Stay tuned for our full Mackinac Island with kids review coming later this summer. There is so much more to explore on the island! A portion of our hotel stay was provided by Grand Hotel to accommodate this review, we thank them for their [...]

Traverse City with Kids: Tips For Your Next Family Adventure

(Sleeping Bear National Park) by Jill P Summer is an extraordinary season for kids and familes who visit Traverse City! This is one of our favorite places to visit during the summer. Sugar sand beaches make for ideal sandcastle building, and the crystal clear waters of Grand Traverse Bay and the area’s [...]

Michigan’s Adventure: Family Fun Park Worth The Drive

  by Jill P Wondering if Michigan's Adventure is right for your family this summer? We love this fun amusement park, the only one in Michigan of it's kind. Each year, we make the trip to Michigan's Adventure as one of our summer family traditions. The drive is just about one [...]

Five Fun Overnight Michigan Adventures Your Family Will Love

by Jill P Family fun and adventure can last all day, into the night, and spill over into the following day with a stay in one of Southwest Michigan and West Michigan’s family slumber party locales.   1. Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek Enjoy a safari inspired family slumber party [...]

Stops & Shops Along the Magnificent Mile: Trip Tips For Families

by Robin B  Overnight accommodations for this review was provided by Hotel Cass - Holiday Inn Express at the Magnificent Mile. All opinions are my own. We thank them for their hospitality. The idea of exploring a mile worth of shops and attractions in a large metropolitan city, with kids in [...]

Cherry Tree Inn in Traverse City: 3 Reasons To Book Your Next Stay Now

Our hotel stay was provided by Cherry Tree Inn to accommodate this review. All opinions are my own. Photos for this review were provided by the Cherry Tree Inn.  by Jill P We love to vacation in Traverse City. Traverse City is just a 3-hour drive from Kalamazoo, but feels like [...]

Family Fun With a Road Trip to Lansing: Discover, Dine, and Play!

by Robin Updated March 2017 With only a little over an hour’s drive from the Kalamazoo area, Lansing is a great destination to consider for a family day trip. In addition to the automobile museums, the State Capitol Building, Potter Park Zoo, MSU campus, Lansing offers a multitude of areas to [...]

Funland Farm – A New Addition to Michigan’s Adventure This Summer

by Jill P  Michigan’s Adventure will be celebrating six decades of family fun, thrills and memories in 2016 with new events and a special attraction. To commemorate the park’s 60th Anniversary, Michigan’s Adventure will be bringing back a petting farm. Funland Farm will be the name of the new area with [...]

7 Tips for Planning a Trip To Walt Disney World From A Local Travel Expert

[note] We want to thank Nikki Miller, Travel Consultant, for sponsorship of this post. For more information for planning your vacation visit VacationsByNikki.com and Nikki.MouseEarVacations.com.[/note] by Nikki Miller, guest contributor and Travel Consultant   The children have been begging you for months, or years, to go to Disney World. You decide it [...]