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Old 11-10-2009, 05:20 PM   #1
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Grand Rapids, MI! Tell me about it, please.

Do you live in Grand Rapids? Tell me about it. What do you do there? What are people like? What is there to do with kids?
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Old 11-11-2009, 11:58 AM   #2
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Re: Grand Rapids, MI! Tell me about it, please.

Hello, I'm from Grand Rapids, MI. It's a friendly city, for the most part. (Really, as much as a city can be friendly, of course.)

There's the Van Andel Museum (Public Museum) and that has an indoor carousel. Everyone seems to LOVE the carousel. There's a children's museum as well. The new Art Museum is gorgeous and has the ArtPrize winner's piece (until January when it gets shipped to whomever bought it). Actually, this year was the first year of an annual nationwide art contest called ArtPrize. It covered downtown GR in art and was really great to see. Oh, there's John Ball Zoo ...which has actually gotten better. I haven't been in years, but they've been doing better business in the last few years and while it is small, it's a decent zoo. John Ball Zoo also has Nessie (the Loch Ness Monster) in its pond now. Nessie was an ArtPrize entry (it won 6th place!) and the zoo hopes to keep it year round (though, they'll be putting it in storage for the winter). And of course, there are any number of activities (movies, etc) that most cities boast.

Hope this was a little help!
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yes, it was helpful, ty!

anyone else know anything about gr?
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Re: Grand Rapids, MI! Tell me about it, please.

Seems like a nice place for a city. I have family near there and so have been many times. They have just about anything you could want, I suppose. I know there are a couple stores that carry cloth diapers, some good natural goods stores, just about any other type of store you would want, a really nice crafty store in Jenison (right next to Grand Rapids), and as the pp mentioned, lots of stuff to do. It is within easy driving distance of many state parks and Lake Michigan. It's not a bad drive down to Chicago, either, if you want to head there. Oh, and there are several pick-your-own produce farms nearby. You can pick just about everything there -- blueberries, strawberries, peaches, apples, etc.
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I live in Kentwood, which is a suburb of Grand Rapids. I moved here 8 years ago (from NW Ohio).

I rarely go into the city of Grand Rapids, though we do visit the zoo often (I have a picture of the lochness monster the PP mentioned on my phone and can upload it, if you'd like to see it) and we also visit another fairly local zoo (Binder Park in Battle Creek) as often as we can.

I pretty much stick to the 'burbs (Kentwood, Wyoming, Caledonia, Cascade, Byron Center, Grandville, Jenison) though.

ETA - there are 4 other mamas in my general area that I can think of off of the top of my head. I've met one of them.

There's also a cloth diapering store here (Hopscotch) and one of the mamas here (the one I've met) works there teaching cloth diapering classes.

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we drive through there to go to my ILs and our RE has his main office there. So basically all I can tell you is that I hate the S-curves and our Snowbabies lived there for 2 years.
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ty! i think i am going for a visit!
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If you are willing to drive to Ionia (about 30 miles east of GR) I know where you can get raw milk, fresh butter, eggs, and purchase part of a cow or pig.
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I am from Muskegon... about 30-40 minutes from GR and it is a lovely place... my mom lives in Zeeland which is really nice.... I live in CA now, but I miss the Michigan falls... can leave the winter, but love love the fall. It is soooo pretty there. farther west in Freemont they have the Gerber Festival in the summer, and there is tons of things to do with your family there.... I love the zoo.
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