What's On This Weekend: April 26-28

We love this change of seasons, and it can be the perfect time to take a beat and check out some fabulous treasures around Southwest Michigan -- from bakeries to rollerskating rinks to nature centers. The calendar is sparse this weekend, but scroll down for what's on and explore our other guides linked above for more options every day. FRIDAY Don't miss your last chance to see the tropical butterflies at the Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids Borrow a backpack, grab a list of questions and hit the trails of Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery for a family scavenger hunt SATURDAY Stop by Nelis' Dutch Village on opening day and bring a canned good to receive a free admission pass SUNDAY Pick a state par

Make It Earth Day Every Day

Every year, we celebrate Earth Day. But do we carry that forward throughout the year? It's an important, interesting conversation to have as a family. Call a family meeting, talk through some options and formulate a plan for the year. Every little bit helps. We've come up with a few ideas to get you started. - Plant native flowers and plants in the garden. - Make a plan to reduce plastic usage. - Get outdoors more often. - Clean up your neighborhood, beach, park or school. - Make a bee shelter or bee waterer in your backyard. - Stop buying bottled water. - Write letters to your congresspeople about protecting the planet. - Do not participate in balloon releases. - Cut down on consumption of

At Last! Celebrate Spring With An Outdoor Nature Hunt

On the off chance that our fellow Southwest Michiganders need any encouragement to get outdoors and soak up the beautiful sunshine after The Winter That Never Ended, we put together a fun little spring scavenger hunt to entice the little ones to explore the blooming world around them. Get the printable right here. Then go enjoy the warmer weather before it snows again. Just kidding. Kind of.

Dine, Dye, Detect: 7 Unique Ways To Celebrate Easter

There have already been myriad egg hunts and other Easter festivities, but the best are maybe yet to come this weekend. So set aside a bit of time this weekend to check out some of our favorite Easter traditions, compiled right here. Rabbit ears are optional. 1. Check out a Peeps show. The South Haven Memorial Library will host a colorful collection of literary-themed dioramas using the popular marshmallow confections. Viewers can vote on their favorites for the People's Choice Award. 2. Visit the Bun. Snap a picture with the Easter Bunny and partake in festive family games aplenty during the Cappon House's annual Bunny Hop in downtown Holland. Kids get a goodie bag to take home. 3. Dye eggs

What's On This Weekend: April 5-7

Spring break is almost over (insert sad/happy face)! Make the most of it with a weekend full of fun for the whole family. We've got the scoop on all the best happenings across Southwest Michigan, from special spring break activities to early Easter celebrations. Scroll down to check them out and have a gorgeous weekend, friends! FRIDAY Delight over dazzling edible book art at the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center before biting into them Cuddle up with newborn chicks, bunnies, lambs and other baby animals born this spring at the Critter Barn (through Saturday) Grab a seat for a kid-friendly ballet for the whole family, pre-show activities, dress-up, and arts and craft courtesy of the Grand Rapids Ba

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