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Kellogg's Cereal City - In 1894, Dr John Kellogg was Superintendent of Battle Creek Sanitarium and Health Spa in Michigan where he tried to encourage his patients to eat healthy. While producing many products, his ultimate aim was to produce a substitute for bread and in 1906 the Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Co was born, with its star product, the Kellogg's Corn Flake. Discovery Channel has called this tour the second best factory tour for kids anywhere. They not only learn where cereal comes from, but can also follow a stimulated cereal production line. Other highlights here are the museum and breakfast with Tony Tiger. Admission charged.

Grand Rapid's Children's Museum - The museum aims to encourage learning by providing an inter-active, hands-on enviroment that promotes self- exploration. The arrangement of exhibits encourage choices, problem solving and discovery. Museum is closed on Mondays, with Thursday nights being Family nights with a special admission fee.

Binder Park Zoo - The zoo is home to one of the largest herd of giraffes in the States. More than 600 animals live in a lush forest surrounded by beautiful natural surroundings. From children's parties to overnight school and family programmes, the zoo endeavours to provide quality programmes dedicated to the conserving of wildlife. Admission fee.

Grand Rapids Parks & Gardens

Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park - 1000 East Beltline Ave. NE, Grand Rapids, Telephone - (616) 957-1580, toll free number - (888) 957-1580. 125-acres of sculptures, indoor and outdoor gardens, a tropical conservatory, trails and tram rides. Their latest addition is the Children's Garden.

John Ball Zoological Gardens - 1300 W. Fulton St.Grand Rapids, Telephone - (616) 336-4301. An immense park with the John Ball Zoo with over 1,000 animals, an aquarium and a wonderful children's zoo. The chimpanzees are fun to visit.

Grand Rapids Restaurants and Bars

Grand Rapids Restaurants

Big Boy Restaurant 407 Pearl Street. Home to the first double-decker hamburger, this family restaurant has been a Michigan tradition since 1936. It is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and besides the Big Boy hamburger, also offers health-smart choices like their summer salad spectaculars.

Charley's crab 63 Market Street. Part of the Landry's Seafood Restaurants Inc. Charley's is situated on the former site of the Grand Rapids Ice Company overlooking the Grand River. Walls of this restaurant are covered with the 56 names of the original founding local businesses. Its combination of dining and casual atmosphere caters for all with a menu that ranges from the finest fresh fish to aged cut of beef and homemade pastas.

Grand Rapids Brewing Co 3689 28th Street. The original beer brewery was opened in 1893 and became the largest producer of beer in West Michigan. After Prohibition, it went dry and sold its last beer in 1928.It was recreated in 1993 and shows off photographs from the original brewery. Menu covers salads, sandwiches, homemade soups, steaks and chicken with lunch costing between $5 - $10 and dinner $6 - $18.

Bantham's Riverfront Restaurant - 187 Monroe Ave. NW Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, Grand Rapids, Telephone - (616) 774-2000. Overlooking the Grand River, this wonderful restaurant should not be missed. Their creative starters and mouth dazzling desserts are an absolute must. They are open every day of the year from 6.30 am to 11.00 pm.

The Bull's Head Tavern - 188 Monroe Avenue NW Grand Rapids, Telephone - (616) 454-3580. A family restaurant that takes extra care of the kids. The menu is vast and meals are tasty. From seafood and steaks to sandwiches and burgers, while the atmosphere is a relaxing one. In addition there is wireless internet that is available free of charge. For further info log onto bullshead03@yahoo.com

Grand Rapids Bars & Clubs

Billy's Lounge 1437 Wealthy Street. Live entertainment, with the Blues every Friday and Saturday night. They also have jazz, R & B, rock, folk, reggae bands and open mic nights -music to cater for all tastes.

The BOB 20 Monroe Ave. This has something for all in one place. Entertainment complex, comedy club, nightclub,micro- brewery and live music every night.

The Delta Plex Entertainment and Expo 2500 Turner Street. From live entertainment by artists such as Snoop Dogg to Boston, to dance contests, 2 days of continous live bands to the American Senior Life expo and the Gun Collectors and Knife Show. Its diversity of entertainment offers something to all.

Diversions Video Bar & Grill - 10 Fountain St. NW Grand Rapids, Telephone - (616) 451-3800. For the energetic that want to dance the night away! There are dance, video and kareoke bars and there is never a dull moment. The dance floor opens seven nights a week at 10:00 p.m. This club is very popular with the Gay Community.

Friday Nights at the Grand Rapids Art Museum - 155 N. Division Ave.Grand Rapids, Telephne - (616) 831- For live music every Friday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and a cash bar you can enjoy a drink while exploring your cultured side by attending a pastel sketching class. For more info log onto 1000.pr@gr-artmuseum.org

Crush @ the BOB - 20 Monroe Ave. NW Grand Rapids, Telephone - (616) 356-2000. A modern night club with live music, the latest equipment to keep you dancing to the music.

Grand Rapids children's activities

Kellogg's Cereal City - In 1894, Dr John Kellogg was Superintendent of Battle Creek Sanitarium and Health Spa in Michigan where he tried to encourage his patients to eat healthy. While producing many products, his ultimate aim was to produce a substitute for bread and in 1906 the Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Co was born, with its star product, the Kellogg's Corn Flake. Discovery Channel has called this tour the second best factory tour for kids anywhere. They not only learn where cereal comes from, but can also follow a stimulated cereal production line. Other highlights here are the museum and breakfast with Tony Tiger. Admission charged.

Grand Rapid's Children's Museum - The museum aims to encourage learning by providing an inter-active, hands-on enviroment that promotes self- exploration. The arrangement of exhibits encourage choices, problem solving and discovery. Museum is closed on Mondays, with Thursday nights being Family nights with a special admission fee.

Binder Park Zoo - The zoo is home to one of the largest herd of giraffes in the States. More than 600 animals live in a lush forest surrounded by beautiful natural surroundings. From children's parties to overnight school and family programmes, the zoo endeavours to provide quality programmes dedicated to the conserving of wildlife. Admission fee.

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