What's On This Weekend: Mar 31-Apr 2

Spring break is here! Those of us not jetting off to warm, sunny places might want to head to the warm, lush confines of the tropical butterfly exhibit at the Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids or frolic in the pool at the Holland Aquatic Center this weekend for a mini-getaway. Read on for more, and be sure to check out our calendar for the skinny on what's happening over spring break. FRIDAY Get the kids out of the house and in the pool at the Holland Aquatic Center, with a splash zone, water slide and more (through April 7) Glimpse the colorful butterflies in the tropical observatory at the Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids (through April 30) SATURDAY Do some real-life sleuthing at the Holland li

Color, Hunt, Eat: 6 Fantastic Ways To Celebrate Easter

1. Head to an all-day celebration in South Bend. The Egg-Stravaganza includes a scavenger hunt, petting zoo, crafts, competitions, cookie decorating and horse-drawn wagon rides on April 8. 2. Visit the rabbit. Grab your camera and capture a sweet moment with the Easter Bunny at Tip Toes in Holland on April 8 and 15. Photos with the Easter Bunny (bring your camera), a treat-filled egg and one hour of jump time are included in a special morning Toddler Time at Sky zone in Kalamazoo on April 9. 3. Dye eggs in all sorts of fabulous ways. Several stations will be set up for coloring eggs in a variety exciting ways at the Forever Curious Children's Museum in Fennville on April 8. Use whipped cream

What's On This Weekend: Mar 24-26

You can have breakfast with Rapunzel, wander through a tropical butterfly paradise, watch fairy tales come to life, eat maple syrup ice cream, take your pup to a special story time and gaze at the starry sky -- all in a single day. It doesn't get much better than that. Read on before sussing out your plans for the weekend. FRIDAY Glimpse the colorful butterflies in the tropical observatory at the Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids (through April 30) SATURDAY Meet majestic raptors and learn about the birds of prey at the Sarett Nature Center in Benton Harbor Tuck into a delicious breakfast with your favorite princesses and tuck into a delicious breakfast at Burdick's in Kalamazoo Celebrate the sw

What's On This Weekend: Mar 17-19

The hardcore St Patty's Day revelers will bundle up and head to the parade in Holland on Saturday, while the rest of us might be looking for something...er...warmer to do. Wait out the tail end of winter indoors with the kid-friendly movie festival, tropical butterflies, LEGO creations, Odd Squad Live and more. Read on before making your weekend plans. FRIDAY Check out a slew of kid-friendly flicks during the Coastline Children's Film Festival (through March 19) Glimpse the colorful butterflies in the tropical observatory at the Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids (through April 30) Make your own LEGO masterpiece and check out jaw-dropping exhibits at the citywide build in St Joe (through March 2

No-Stress Birthday Bashes That Are A Crazy Good Time: Part 1

We are just going to cut to the chase here: A kids' birthday party that doesn't require you to clean your house or go grocery shopping is a beautiful thing. Pizza and cake in the nearest park is simple and sweet, but we did a little investigating on the interwebs and found some seriously amazing, no-fuss options across Southwest Michigan, for your consideration. Plus, did we mention that you won't have to clean your house? NATURE CENTERS DEGRAAF NATURE CENTER 270 S River Ave, Holland, MI | 616-355-1057 Fee $95 for up to 12 children ($65 for members) | $25 non-refundable deposit required Includes Free admission to the nature center Hour-long program with a trail exploration Use of party room

What's On This Weekend: Mar 10-12

This weekend is all about the area's sweet liquid gold: maple syrup. So bundle up, think spring, and head to your closest sugar shack to celebrate this delicious local treat. FRIDAY Kick off the Coastline Children's Film Festival with a pajama party in St Joe (through March 19) Dance, ride the carousel and play to your heart content's during the Daddy-Daughter Dance at Silver Beach in St Joe Glimpse the butterflies in the tropical observatory at the Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids (through April 30) Make your own LEGO masterpiece and check out jaw-dropping exhibits at the citywide build in St Joe (through March 23) SATURDAY Enjoy all things maple syrup, plus a petting zoo, kids' activities an

Walking Among The Butterflies

Inside the observatory at the Frederik Meijer Gardens is about as close to a tropical paradise as West Michigan is ever going to get. It's also one of the best antidotes to the long winter, especially if the butterflies are "in bloom." From early March through the end of April, the lush Grand Rapids venue lets loose hundreds of colorful butterflies. They flit about in every direction, prompting even the adults to chase them around in wide-eyed wonder with cameras poised for the perfect, elusive encounter. You can watch them feed on nectar and fruit and even observe some emerging from their chrysalis and unfolding their wings. It's pretty freaking cool. My kids walked along the paths with

What's On This Weekend: March 3-5

Just as many of us might be struggling with a touch of cabin fever, our calendar has exploded with all sorts of exciting events that will get your family out of the house and having fun. Check below for the scoop on this weekend, but make sure to plan ahead for all the good stuff -- the children's film festival and maple syrup festivals are just two -- in the much-awaited lead up to spring. FRIDAY Watch as colorful butterflies flutter around the tropical observatory at the Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids (through April 30) Compete in competitions and check out jaw-dropping exhibits at the LEGO cityscape build around St Joe (through March 23) Catch an enchanting performance by Tiana, Rapunzel

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