What's On This Weekend: Apr 28-30

Another month is coming to a close, which means it's the last weekend to see the Butterflies in Bloom at the Meijer Gardens. Did you make it there yet? The weekend lineup also includes a Jedi Academy, tulips and toys, a boxcar movie drive-in, a boardgames marathon and live classical music. FRIDAY Drop the kids off for a night of recreation in Holland while you enjoy some adult time SATURDAY Savor a day of epic tabletop gaming at Out of the Box in Zeeland Learn to read the skies and make plans to play outdoors rain or shine at the Kalamazoo Nature Center Hone your fantastical Jedi skills at the Herrick District Library in Holland's Jedi Academy Pull up a cardboard boxcar for a "drive-in" movi

Recipe: Unicorn Milk Shake

My kids' lips (nor my own) were going nowhere near the unicorn frappuccino while it was a thing, but it did look so very pretty. On a whim today, since it was blazing hot and called for ice cream of some sort or another, I whipped up a magical frozen concoction of my own. They were wowed. It tasted delicious. There were sprinkles. What more could anyone want? The best part: It's not chock full of artificial colors and flavors. The other best part: It takes about 5 minutes to make. If you are really going for the unicorn effect, you could probably sub in Blue Moon and strawberry ice cream :) Unicorn Milk Shake Makes 2 servings 2 c vanilla ice cream 1 c plain or vanilla yogurt 1/2 c milk (we u

What's On This Weekend: Apr 21-23

This weekend is all about paying homage to this beautiful spinning sphere on which we live. So take a few minutes -- or the whole weekend -- to connect with nature and celebrate the gloriously diverse landscapes of Southwest Michigan. We'll see you out there! Photo via Kalamazoo Nature Center FRIDAY Celebrate the season opening of Earl's Farm Market in Fennville with BOGO ice cream, local fire trucks and more Catch the tropical butterflies (not literally!) at the Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids before they leave town at the end of the month SATURDAY Partake in guided hikes, kids' crafts, creature encounters and other activities at the Kalamazoo Nature Center's Earth Day Celebration Make print

8 Ways To Celebrate Earth Day With Kids

OK, you probably already know that April 22 is Earth Day. But what are you going to do? We've rounded up a bevy of kid-friendly options to mark the occasion. 1. Honor our Mother Earth. Enjoy guided hikes, kids' activities and crafts, critter encounters, upcycled art demo and a kid-friendly race -- plus free admission -- at the Kalamazoo Nature Center. While you're in town, swing by the Kalamazoo Earth Day Festival to check out games, music, art and more for all ages. 2. Plant something. Grab some wildflower or vegetable seeds from the store or visit a local nursery and pick up some lush greenery to add to your yard, then get dirty. 3. Take a trip back to prehistoric times. Get some perspecti

*Easter Edition!* What's On This Weekend: Apr 14-16

It's Easter weekend! If you've got young kids (and why else would you be reading this?), you've probably got an egg hunt on the agenda. While we are partial to the backyard variety after a couple of semi-disastrous goes, there are lots of local scrambles to check out this weekend. And a parade. And a petting zoo. And brunches. Read on and have a lovely Easter, everyone! FRIDAY Check into the Inn at Harbor Shores in St Joe for a yummy dinner, special viewing of Trolls and lots of fun Catch the tropical butterflies (not literally!) at the Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids (through April 30) SATURDAY Enjoy crafts, games, cookie decorating, snacks and an egg hunt at Golden Orchard in Fennville Take

What's On This Weekend: Apr 7-9

Our calendars have been marked for Saturday's South Bend Eggstravaganza for months. My mom and I took the kids last year and we all had a blast bouncing around from one activity to the next. The activities are seemingly endless, but it doesn't feel overwhelming. Except for when your toddler dumps over an entire basket of ceramics and they shatter across the floor. That part -- not so fun. Whatever you get up to this weekend, enjoy the glorious weather ahead. 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 Come explore an enchanting life-size Candyland game at the Fennville library (through Saturday) Explore the Kala

14 Spring Break Boredom Busters!

Seven glorious days of open possibilities and no particular lay ahead for those of us with kids in school and a penchant for waiting till the last minute to plan stuff. Make the most of the break -- and keep your sanity intact -- with a smattering of exciting events scheduled around Southwest Michigan. Holland Aquatic Center | April 3-7 A splash zone, water slide and more will keep the kids busy for hours. Hours: Mon-Fri: 11 am-4 pm & 5-8:30 pm | Sat: 12-7 pm | Sun: 1-5 pm Admission: $6.50 per person. Kalamazoo Nature Center Spring Break Camp | April 3-7 Campers will explore nature with stories, art, games, activities, journaling/observation time, and hikes centered around a different them

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