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One week left for Butterflies are Blooming at Meijer Gardens

One week left for Butterflies are Blooming at Meijer Gardens

GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP, MI – There is only one week left for the popular Butterflies are Blooming exhibition at the Fredrik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park.  This is the largest temporary tropical butterfly exhibit in the nation.  Visitors can escape the Michigan winter and mingle with more than 6,000 tropical butterflies flying free in the 15,000-square-foot Lena Meijer Conservatory.

The exhibition boasts more than 40 different species from the Far East, Africa and Central America. Each week hundreds of chrysalises arrive at Meijer Gardens and are painstakingly sorted, inspected, labeled and pinned in our sealed Butterfly Bungalow.

Speaker at Ford Presidential Museum

Going on right now until noon elementary age children get to learn how to write essays. It's branching off a story of King Arthur and his struggles writing his first essay. It's fun for kids and at the Ford Museum.

Grand Rapids businesses host dirty diaper record attempt

Grand Rapids businesses host dirty diaper record attempt

Two Grand Rapids businesses will host a world record attempt involving dirty diapers.

Hop Scotch Children’s Store and Gymboree Play and Music will welcome babies in need of a change on Saturday, April 23rd.  At noon, parents are asked to change their infant’s cloth diaper, as part of a world record attempt for the most cloth diapers changed simultaneously. The event coincides with Earth Day.

Hop Scotch Children’s Store is located at 963 Cherry St. SE, and the Gymboree Play and Music is located at 1971 East Beltline NE.  You must register prior to the event to count toward the world record attempt.  For information on how to register, visit http://greatclothdiaperchange.com/.

Parkside the Neighborhood Store

Parkside the Neighborhood Store

Parkside Market is located at 1153 Fulton St. NW, just a short walk from John Ball Park. This is a market that has been around for many years to serve the neighborhood.

A couple years ago, the market was purchased and remodeled, making it all fresh & new again. Just recently I stopped there to purchase a few items only to notice that stock in the store seemed to be very sparse. It gave me a bad feeling and I was thinking to myself, “Don’t tell me this is going to be a business of the past soon.”

Parkside probably has one of the best Polish Kielbasas in the entire city of Grand Rapids, along with so many other great fresh meat case offerings. If you have not tried it yet and you like Kielbasa, make a point of stopping in and getting some. You will love it.

The clerks in the store are very friendly to everyone who comes in the door. The store caters to shut-ins, even delivering their groceries to them.

Izzy's World of Shapes

Izzy's World of Shapes
Times: Closed on Mondays, Tuesday 9:30 AM to 8:00 PM, Wednesday 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM, Thursday 9:30 AM to 8:00 PM, Friday & Saturday 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM, Sunday Noon to 5:00 PM
Location: Grand Rapids Children's Museum
Admission: $7 per child or adult, children under 1 are free!

Come Explore shapes in Izzy's World! Children can create things inside and outside of Izzy's house. Also able to create things in Izzy's backyard. A Tangram activity is also located within Izzy's backyard.

Summer Fun for Kids!

Summer is just around the corner!  Are you looking for ways to keep your kids busy and their minds active this summer?  Here's a sampling of camps, classes in the Grand Rapids area.

Grand Rapids Area Camps - Comprehensive listing of available camp programs, including day, sports and theme camps.  This extensive listing is provided by GRKids.com.

Summer Discovery Classes

Heritage Camp 2011 is Coming!

Heritage Camp 2011 is Coming!

Heritage Camp is presented yearly by Families for International Children (FFIC) and will take place during the 3rd full week of June.   Heritage Camp is a day camp experience that provides adopted children an opportunity to learn about their birth cultures and the cultures of others.   A typical camp day includes a multi-cultural assembly, playground time, lunch and music. Classroom time varies based on age, camp and curriculum and includes cultural lessons incorporating books, writing, language, crafts, food, clothing, games, dancing, music and much more.