Grand Rapids Events {4.2.12 – 4.7.12}

Monday, April 2

Monday, April 2

location: Hopscotch Children’s Store

time: 10:30 – 11:15 am

details: Join us as we travel around the world through books.  We’ll read stories set in Tanzania, Mexico, China, and more! Ideal for ages 3-10, but all are welcome.

cost: free

Tuesday, April 3

Tye Dye Party with Camp Newaygo

location: Hopscotch Children’s Store

time: 11:00am – 12:oopm

details: Grab your t-shirt and join Camp Newaygo for a tye-dye extravaganza. Let your child’s creativity shine as they control their colors and swirls. There will be a $5 fee for the craft, and shirts on sale for an additional cost. Enjoy the fun of tye dye – without the mess.

cost: $5.00 (shirts additional)

Wednesday, April 4

Wood Crafts with Hop Scotch

location: Hopscotch Children’s Store

time: all-day drop in 11:00am – 3:00pm

details: Come in and make your own wood toy. Choose from wood yo-yo kit, wood train kit or wooden doll family. You will get to color, paint, and glue your kit together. All supplies provided.

cost: $5.00

Mother-Infant Cosleeping: Evolutionary No Brainer or Prosecutable Offense?

location: 102 Loutit lecture hall, GVSU Allendale Campus

time: 4:00 – 5:00pm

details: Speaker – Dr. James McKenna. Sleeping with one’s baby throughout the night to breastfeed, protect and nurture is normative human behavior, biologically appropriate and inherently beneficial for the overwhelming number of human infants. Why then is it such a controversial practice? Indeed, throughout the U.S., safe infant sleep has become synonymous with mother absence, and some prosecutors warn parents that if their baby dies while sleeping with them, they will be prosecuted for murder. This lecture begins with a biological perspective on infant sleep and moves to the recent cultural setting within which this controversy unfolds. Research provides a discourse to reconcile these two conflicting realities.

cost: free

Herbal Lactation Support

location: Elder and Sage

time: 6:00 – 7:30pm

details: Speaker – Kellie Green from OM Bellies

Breastfeeding is a normal, natural process, but problems sometimes arise. Kellie will discuss common problems encountered during breastfeeding and herbal remedies that can address them. Pregnant and nursing moms, and care providers working with them, are welcome.

cost: $3.00

Thursday, April 5

Paint Your Own Vase with Prints & Printsess

location: Hopscotch Children’s Store

time: 11:00am – 12:00pm

details: Local ceramic artist Teresa of Prints & Printsess pottery will be providing a 5″ ceramic vase along with glazes to paint with. After you decorate your vase she will take it to her studio to fire it. The finished vases will be available to pick up the following week. Keep the vase for yourself or give it as a gift!

cost: $5.00


Friday, April 6

Wild Adventures with Local Author Dan Wright

location: Hopscotch Children’s Store

time: 11:00am – 12:00pm

details: Come visit children’s author Dan Wright as he shares his exciting book “The Wild Adventures of Eli Johnson and Curly Bill” with us. Dan is passionate about encouraging children to develop a love for the great outdoors and the critters that call it home. Dan will be bringing along NINE Michigan animal furs, his exotic pets, as well as stories from his adventures exploring Michigan’s breathtaking wilderness.  You don’t want to miss this!  He will be available following his presentation to sign copies of his book.  Ideal for ages 5-12, but all are welcome.

cost: FREE


Saturday, April 7

Sage Birth Materni-tea

location: Hopscotch Children’s Store

time: 1:00am – 12:00pm

details: If you are expecting a baby, then join us for a time of conversation, information, and tea! Led by Sage Birth Co-op, a group of child birth professionals, birth and post-partum doulas, and mid-wives. A great place to meet doulas, ask questions, and find out how they can support you, your birth partner, and your birth plan!

cost: FREE


Since it’s also Spring Break week for many of you, make sure to check out my friend Melody’s spring break guide at

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Donielle is a natural momma of two, lover of real foods, and owner and editor of Grand Rapids Natural Living and Naturally Knocked Up. You can usually find her in the kitchen whipping up some nourishing foods, cuddled on the couch reading books to the littles, avoiding the laundry and Mt. Saint Dishes, or tapping away on the laptop. Her husband puts up with her sometimes crazy "hippie" ways, but loves her regardless. Welcome to my home away from home.