Do you love buying DVDs? We do - and with Movie Gallerys buy 2 get 2 free promotion, we are able to get everything we want at an affordable price. Their previously video selections are guaranteed to work and their staff is super friendly. On occassion, you can even get free samples from the Papa Murphy's next door - YUM! Rentals are also fairly priced and coupons are sent out often. Be sure to grab that pizza from next door before heading home with your movies!
MVP has a huge selection of workout equipment - state of the art items! They also have a terrific childrens program and ample parking. There is a large outdoor waterslide, indoor and outdoor pools, lockers, everything you could want in a gym. Convenient location and a great staff make this the number one choice.
My husband decided to attend OCTI and had a horrible experience. The teachers were not qualified, he did not learn what was promised, he was not able to find a job in the field he went to this school for, and has incurred a tremendous debt because of it. The school did not give him any marketable skills and wasted a year of his life. My suggestion, look deep before you leap.
The kids enjoy the Childrens Museum, however, I've found that it doesn't hold their attention for long. There are several things to do, but not a large amount and when it is busy, it is a horrible experience. Their special themes change often though and are very in tune with what the kids like. They encourage active thinking and play and it is usually a good time for all.
The Grand Rapids Art Museum has many great exhibits from local and non-local artists. They also have a great kids area with crafts and neat sitting areas. There are often many special events available with unique viewing times and abilities. The admission price is fair and is free one day each week to city residents.
This store has lots of variety! It's always fun to go and look around at all of the unique furniture available at second time around. You never know what you're going to find. Their prices are a little steep for used items, but the atmosphere is calm and the furniture is clean. Staff is not pushy but quite easy to find.
Mel Trotter has been helping the area's homeless and helpless for years. Now they've opened a new store to fund their cause on Broadmoor near 28th Street. The new store is not your normal Goodwill type store. It has seating arrangements for taking a rest, free donuts and coffee, tables, crayons and books to keep the children busy and clean, gently used items at great prices to shop for. A real gem in the used item industry thats working for a wonderful cause.
We love going to the Van Andel Museum. They have so many fun things to do and offer children a rare look at what life was like "way back when." They have a real working ancient printing press and a great wardrobe of old clothes. A doll room with lots of old dolls, but...the most exquisite of all is the grand carousel overlooking the Grand River. Hope aboard for a one of a kind experience as you ride a horse whose hair was painstakingly created from real horsehair. The only downside to the museum is the downtown parking.
John Ball Zoo offers a look at many different animals any time during the year. The zoo does not have much else to do. The only thing we find really fun is watching the BIG monkeys in their habitat. Other than that, the zoo is a one time destination. They do have some special events throughout the year that may be worth going to though if you like animals.
Blandford Nature Center is a terrific way to get away from the city without ever leaving it. Tucked away just off Leonard Street, the nature center has lots to do. They often have special tours and the staff is very helpful, knowledgeable and friendly. The animals that you see are amazing - it's almost better than the zoo. It's very peaceful at Blandford and the cost for this peace is very affordable.