• 10 Things Under $5 To Do With Kids In Michigan's Great Southwest

    Silver Beach is an awesome destination for kids in the summer, but what about when it starts to cool? Just in time for Labor Day, we've got a list of 10 things to do with kids in Michigan's Great Southwest. All activities are under $5, so you won't break the bank for fun! 

    Ava and Clementine at the Silver Beach Carousel; lots of fun and games off the carousel, too! 


  • Chalk the Block: Next Generation

    For the 20th Annual Chalk the Block, a chalk workshop was offered by Nate Baranowski to inspire the next generation of chalk artists. Offering in the Box Factory for the Arts on Friday night, this workshop was filled, and created more eager chalk artists for our growing festival (hopefully!). Even beyond the workshop, young artists were more engaged than ever in Chalk the Block. Here's a look at a family piece, and more! 

    Beth Mandarino (center) has participated in Chalk the Block for a few years. This year, her grandsons came to the Chalk Workshop on Friday alongside her, and used their skills to help Beth create her piece! 

    Read on to see Beth's final piece, and more students in action!

  • Exploring Fall: Apple Picking at Nye's!

    "Mama! It’s an enchanted garden!" 


    My three year old hasn’t been around many fruit trees before moving to the Fruit Belt, so when we rolled up to Nye’s U-Pick, her thoughts were with her favorite Daniel Tiger story. 

  • Family Fun and Holiday Happenings: December 2nd-4th

    It’s a weekend of family fun in Michigan’s Great Southwest! The first weekend of December brings lights on bluffs and lights on trains, Santa in many, many places, mannequins, and music. Check out all the family holiday happenings, starting Friday, December 2nd through Sunday, December 4th!


  • Flora, Fauna, and Fernwood: Exploring Southwest Michigan's Botanical Garden

    Spring has bloomed in Southwest Michigan! In celebration, I ventured to Fernwood Botanical Garden with Clementine for our first exploration of the season. Sunday, April 23rd was perfect; we had weather in the mid sixties, and I had a 3 year old that was ready to be outside.   



  • Halloween Happenings in Michigan's Great Southwest

    October is upon us, leaves are in the air, and we’re ready for Halloween fun! Check out our guide for all things Halloween, with trick-or-treating, family festivals, fun for kids, theater and tours, and somethings for the grownup ghouls, too!


    (and Trunk-or-Treat)

    We’re ready for a spooktacular trick-or-treat in the Benton Harbor Arts District on Halloween! On Monday, October 31st, little goblins and ghouls can visit galleries, studios, restaurants and shops for treats. The event, generously sponsored by Holt Bosse, runs from 4:30-6:00pm. You can find more information here; get there early to claim your bag! 

    Downtown St. Joseph offers trick-or-treating on Halloween, too. From 4:30-6:00 (just before the city trick or treat!) downtown merchants will be ready to hand out treats…and maybe a few tricks! 

  • Member Monday: Chocolate Cafe

    Each Monday, we'll blog about our members! Our Member Monday posts will feature stories, pictures and ideas from the members that make up St. Joe Today. 

    Chocolate Cafe
    300 State Street St. Joseph, MI 49085
    Website   |   Facebook


    The South Bend Chocolate Company is 25 years old this year! The company started making chocolate in 1991, and have expanded all over Indiana, Ohio, and finding another home in St. Joseph, MI.


  • Member Monday: Curious Kids' Museum

    Each Monday, we'll blog about our members! Our Member Monday posts will feature stories, pictures and ideas from the members that make up St. Joe Today.  

    Curious Kids Museum
    415 Lake Boulevard St. Joseph, MI 49085
    Website  |   Facebook


    Spring Break was not necessarily a beach week…in fact, it wasn’t even an “outside” week! By the time Sunday rolled around, I was feeling the walls close in, and my nearly 3 year old was close behind.


  • Member Monday: Sarett Nature Center

    Each Monday, we'll blog about our members! Our Member Monday posts will feature stories, pictures and ideas from the members that make up St. Joe Today.  

    Sarett Nature Center
    2300 Benton Center Rd. Benton Harbor, MI 49022
    Website   |   Facebook

    The landscape in Michigan’s Great Southwest is more than just beautiful beaches. Heading north on Red Arrow Highway, you’ll find the Sarett Nature Center. Here in the Paw Paw River valley, there’s trails to discover, incredible birdwatching, and lots of programs about forest and river life.

    FrontofSarettNatureCenter  Entrance to the Sarett Nature Center; photo from their Facebook page. 


  • Tricks, Treats and Fun: 5 Games for Halloween

    Julie Smiy is a wedding and party coordinator based in Southwest Michigan, pulling in her past creative experiences to facilitate unique celebrations. In today’s blog post, she shares some awesome Halloween party game ideas…for kids and grownups! 

  • Wednesday Round Up: Summer Camps

    On Wednesdays, we "round up" some of our favorite things in Michigan's Great Southwest. This week, let's talk summer camp!

    3rdCoastGroupShotThird Coast Surf Camp on the shores of Lake Michigan


  • Where To Find Santa in Michigan's Great Southwest!


    Ho ho ho! Santa has arrived in Michigan’s Great Southwest! Interested in visiting the man in red? Here’s a list of where he can be found until Christmas Day; you can even visit a few times if those wish lists change.