Sightseeing in East Grand Rapids

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The Kalamazoo Wedding Affair sets brides-to-be and their fiancés loose to explore, meet, and bounce ideas off some of west Michigan's most sought-after wedding experts. Dozens of exhibitors converge to create a buffet of possibilities that range from bridal fashions, cakes, and catering to gift registries and photographers. Couples can also scope out postceremony services, including reception halls and honeymoon destinations.

272 Pearl St NW
Grand Rapids,
MI
US

Armed with a variety of art-, sensory-, and experience-based programming, Grand Rapids Children's Museum plots a plethora of strategies for holding the attentions of unruly tots. Permanent exhibits include a hands-on bubbles display; a construction site made of Legos, building blocks, and more; and an interactive play-banking site complete with cash registers, ATMs, and legally binding loans. Beginning January 27, the temporary exhibit Izzy's World of Shapes will entice creative kiddos with three-dimensional stacking puzzles, drawing activities, and an enormous light-bright structure.

22 Sheldon Ave
Grand Rapids,
MI
US

The Children's Museum of Fennville

The not-for-profit Children’s Museum of Fennville sprang from a simple philosophy: children learn best by doing. The museum’s labyrinthine series of exhibits embodies that philosophy with its myriad opportunities for interactive play, exploration, and experimentation.

Casual visitors, birthday-party guests, and students on field trips can huddle inside the life-size wigwam and wooden canoe at the First People exhibit, which introduces young ones to America’s earliest inhabitants. Replicas of Egyptian and Mayan relics similarly bring to life ancient civilizations through their harvesting tools and pre-modern Nintendos. Science exhibits encourage children to suit up in doctors’ coats and study the human body or take a wheelchair for a spin to better empathize with disabled people. Learning begins at an early age, and the museum’s penned-in toddler area fascinates the youngest of minds with mini home furniture such an easy chair and a bed, beneath which lurks a disarmingly pintsize boogeyman.

202 E Main St
Fennville,
MI
US

Art is both a passion and profession for Michelle Calkins, one of Four Corners Framing Company's experienced artisans. Michelle earned her full certification from the Professional Picture Framing Association after mastering its meticulous techniques for framing pictures, textiles, and memorabilia. The plethora of framing methods and materials—imported from more than 25 vendors—enables any artwork to find its match, be it in a traditional wood frame or a contemporary metal one. Unable to limit her creative talents to the realm of custom framing, Michelle creates vibrant artwork of her own inspired by still lifes, outdoor scenery, and police descriptions.

232 N River Ave
Holland,
MI
US

A paint your own pottery shop.

385 E 8th St
Holland,
MI
US

Skilled artist Regina Marie Johandes employs more than 30 years of experience working with fused glass as she creates original pieces and enlightens budding artisans. Regina's vibrant, full-service studio brims with chromatic creations including jewelry, home decorations, and celestial road maps. Informative workshops taught by Regina and a team of talented instructors bestow glass-fusion knowledge upon nascent creators, teaching each step from cutting and coloring to fusing and tossing into a wishing well. Students leave with a one-of-a-kind bauble, and local artists working at the studio are available to enhance custom pieces with their wire- or metal-manipulating prowess.

525 Michigan Ave
Holland,
MI
US