What's On This Weekend: June 30-July 2

Warning: You might get exhausted just reading through this list. There is a lot -- A LOT! -- going on in our lovely little corner of the world this Independence Day weekend. Fireworks, parades, hot air balloons, movies under the stars and outdoor concerts are just a sliver of the fun-filled happenings. I want to do it all, though the kids would probably be perfectly content with ice cream and some beach time. The reality will probably be somewhere between the two. Whatever shape your plans take, have a fun, safe holiday weekend! FRIDAY Make your way to New Buffalo for a lakeside weekend of surfing demos, outdoor movies, concerts, fireworks and more (through July 4) Pick blueberries and ras

6 Old-School Yard Games That Need To Come Back

Last summer, I taught my two daughters how to play Red Light, Green Light. It was hilarious and they loved every minute of it. It also got me thinking about the old school games that I played as a kid and yes, a year later, I'm still stuck on them. So, are these still popular? Have you taught your kids any of them? And how mean is Mother, May I? 1. Red Light, Green Light One kid stands on one side of the yard, and everyone else stands on the other. The "It" person calls "Green light" and everyone runs toward him/her, until he/she says "Red light!" and they have to stop. It continues until the first kid reaches whoever is it. 2. Red Rover Two groups stand on opposite sides of the yard in line

What's On This Weekend: June 23-25

The beaches are bustling, farmers markets are spilling over with delicious goods, and county fairs are just around the corner. It is summer, in all its Midwestern glory. This weekend offers up a quintessential taste of the finest local festivities, including plenty of little carnival-type celebrations for the littles to enjoy. Now you'll just have to decide which one(s) to head to. FRIDAY Watch hit animated movie "The Secret Life of Pets" under the stars in Kalamazoo SATURDAY Enjoy a magic show, strawberry eating contest, wagon rides, games and more at Stokes' Strawberry Jamboree in Grand Junction (through Sunday) Check out old-fashioned demonstrations, log cabin tour, kids' activities, hay

Sweet Spots To Use Your MAP To Score Discounts

It had been a while since we last used the Michigan Activity Pass, but I pulled it up recently to get BOGO admission to Nelis' Dutch Village for us and a friend and immediately wondered why I hadn't been taking advantage of it more. If you've got a valid library card and a printer, you can "check out" up to one pass per week. Most are for one free admission, but there are some other perks too. Simply fill in your starting point, how far you want to go and if there are any types of attractions you're looking for (family friendly, cultural, etc). Voila! Tons of fun activities at your fingertips, plus a little discount to sweeten the deal. Here are a few of our favorites: Photo credit: Saugatuc

What's On This Weekend *Father's Day Edition*: June 16-18

I got through this weekend's calendar and quickly realized there wasn't a single Father's Day activity on there. Sorry, Dads, you get nothing. I kid -- actually I went back and found some really fun stuff. So go ahead scroll through the tantalizing options before making your plans for the next three days. Have a great Father's Day weekend, folks! FRIDAY Head to HarborFest in South Haven for dragon boat races, kids' events, arts and crafts and more along the lake (through Sunday) Check out wonderful works of art drawn with chalk in Byron Center (through Saturday) Enjoy bounce houses, face painting, police cars and fire trucks, games and more at the Allegan County Early Childhood Carnival Batt

30 Things To Do This Summer: The 2017 Ultimate Southwest Michigan Bucket List

Welcome back. glorious summer. We've missed you so. To celebrate the sunny arrival of pretty much every kid's favorite season, we've compiled a fresh list of family-friendly activities to check off at your leisure over the coming weeks. Download your printable copy now. Catch a local parade Eat Blue Moon ice cream Watch a movie in the park Compete in the Blueberry Festival pie eating contest in South Haven Watch the Fourth of July fireworks Splash around the Compass Fountain in St Joseph Run down the sand hill at Warren Dunes Pick strawberries Go on a boat cruise Make campfire smores Go to a Whitecaps or Cubs baseball game Take the chain ferry in Saugatuck Set up a lemonade stand Feed the gi

What's On This Weekend: June 9-11

It's Pride Month, which is the perfect opportunity to teach the next generation a lasting lesson about equality, love and tolerance. You can celebrate with a family-friendly parade, check out books at the library, chalk rainbows and messages of love around town, or just talk about how people are not all made the same and that's ok. This weekend also brings a whole slew of summery fun, and strawberries are ripe for the picking. Have a lovely one, friends! FRIDAY Celebrate Kalamazoo's 10th annual pride event with family-friendly festivities (through Saturday) Sing songs, discover instruments and have a toe-tappin' good time at TuneBugs in South Haven Enjoy a pet parade, Art in the Park, Kids'

What's On This Weekend: June 2-4

This weekend is nothing if not fun. Robots, baby animal showers, canoeing, carnival rides, slip 'n' slides and fairy gardens are just some of the activities lined up for the next few days. Scroll down before planning out your weekend. FRIDAY Sing along to fun songs and explore musical instruments at Tunebugs in South Haven Enjoy carnival rides, games, music and more at the Niles Family Fun Fair (through Sunday Play into the night at the Forever Curious Children's Museum in Fennville during its First Friday extended hours SATURDAY Create a fairy garden garden to take home at the Fernwood Botanical Garden in Niles Glide along Holland's Macatawa River to search for wildlife and learn about natu

Recipe: Fluffy, Dreamy Sour Cream Biscuits

My favorite breakfast ever just got some fierce competition. Fresh out of the oven, these pillowy biscuits practically melt in your mouth. Adding a pat of butter and jam is a golden ticket straight to the heavens. Plus they only take 15 minutes to make from start to finish. Get 'em in your belly. INGREDIENTS 2 c all-purpose flour 1/2 tsp salt 1 tbsp baking powder 1/2 c coconut oil or frozen shredded butter 1/4 c sour cream 1/2 c milk DIRECTIONS Preheat oven to 450. Mix dry ingredients, then cut in coconut oil or butter until it is in tiny pieces. Add sour cream and milk, and mix until dough comes together. We use clean hands at the end. Turn dough onto countertop and shape into a 1" thick sq

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