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Grandparent and Grandchild Summer Wellness Day Camps

Help your grandchild grow into a confident, strong and caring individual. Build your relationship with your grandchild through an interactive setting with the focus on the 7 Dimensions of Wellness: Physical, Emotional, Spiritual, Intellectual, Social, Environmental and Vocational. Each camp is a four week session for those with grandchildren between 5 and 15 years old. Camps meet every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon.

Adventure Day Camp

July 1 The Beach

Team up with your grandchild and build a sand castle, then enjoy some beach soccer, frisbee and more at Millennium Park! Dress comfortably and bring a swimsuit, towel and sack lunch if you plan to make a day of it. Access to the Millennium Park splash pad and beach are optional. Daily entrance fees are $3 per senior and $2 per child.

Millennium Park,
1415 Maynard Avenue SW
Walker, MI 49534

Week 1 Social/Environmental/Spiritual

July 8 Fishing

Experience a guided journey through the woods at Whistlestop Park and identify late summer flora and fauna, then work on a nature craft together. If you enjoy fishing bring your poles, we will supply the worms!

Whistlestop Park
2120 76th Street
Byron Center MI 49315

Week 2 Social/Environmental/Physical/Spiritual

July 15 Kayaking

Learn to paddle a kayak or paddle board at Millennium Park. The cost to rent the kayak will be $8. Dress comfortably and bring a swimsuit, towel and sack lunch if you would like to make a day of it. Access to the Millennium Park splash pad and beach are optional. Daily entrance fees are $3 per senior and $2 per child.

Millennium Park
1415 Maynard Avenue SW
Walker MI 49534

Week 3 Spiritual/Social/Environmental/Physical

July 22 Blueberry Picking

We will be meeting at Behm Blueberry Farms to pick blueberries and then create a delicious snack with some of our pickings. You will be responsible for the cost of the blueberries you pick.

Behm Blueberry Farms
11101 144th Avenue
West Olive MI 49460

Week 4 Social/Physical/Environmental

Animal Adventure Day Camp

July 29 Wild Animals

We will meet at Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park, a unique, hands-on experience with a collection of exotic animals and reptiles. Cost is $8 per person.

Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park
8313 Pratt Lake SE
Alto MI 49302

Week 1 Environmental/Spiritual/Intellectual

August 5 Farm Animals

Join us at the Critter Barn, a nonprofit educational farm to explore their farm animals, poultry, idea garden, farm crops and fruit trees. We will participate in a class that focuses on promoting an understanding of agriculture, food sources, animal care, animal science, plus volunteer initiatives, and the farmer’s role in feeding the world.

The Critter Barn
9275 Adams Street
Zeeland, MI 49464

Week 2 Physical/Environmental/Intellectual

August 12–Camouflage

Discover how and why animals use camouflage, then explore the trails of Blandford Nature Center in search of hidden critters on a guided program by one of the parks naturalists.

Blandford Nature Center
1715 Hillburn Avenue NW
Grand Rapids MI 49504

Week 3 Physical/Social/Intellectual/Environmental

August 19 Monarch Butterflies

You’ll learn all about Monarch butterflies as we will hunt for caterpillars. Every child will have the opportunity to take a caterpillar home to raise. The location will be determined during the first day of camp.

Week 4 Spiritual/Environmental/Social

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Registration is available online at or (616) 234-3483.

Grandparents of any age from Kent, Allegan, Lake, Mason, Osceola, Mecosta, Newaygo, Montcalm, or Ionia Counties are encouraged to attend both day camps with their grandchildren, ages 5–15.


The cost is listed in the description of each activity. A suggested donation of $20 is asked per pair (one grandparent and one grandchild) for each four-week session. An additional $5 is asked for each additional grandchild and/or second grandparent.


Arrangements have been made for shelter if needed, so each activity will be held rain or shine.

These programs are provided with funding from the Older American’s Act Title IIIE administered by the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan.

Health Education Programs

A number of Health Education programs are being offered to Kent County residents 60 and older can participate in three health education programs. The Health Club and Fitness Program provides opportunities for fitness/wellness through aerobic exercise, strength training, and increased personal fitness. A faster paced Strength and Stretch Class is designed for individuals looking to strengthen and stretch their muscles.

These programs are being made available in part by Kent County Senior Millage and Older Americans Act Title IIID funding from the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan. A small co-payment is required for participation in Kent County Senior Millage funded programs, and a suggested donation is asked from participants of the Older Americans Act funded programming. See the attached brochure located under Downloads for additional details.

Registration is limited, call (616) 234-3400 or online at

Arthritis Foundation Aquatics Program

Get the workout you need without putting stress on your joints! You will get a great cardiovascular and strength workout in the water. Participants are encouraged to work and progress at their own pace while enjoying GRCC's Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse Pool! These classes meet weekly from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. Registration is limited to 30 participants. A suggested donation of $1 per session per participant is strongly encouraged. However, no one will be denied participation based on inability to pay. This program is available to Kent County residents 60 and older thanks to Title IIID Older American's Act funding administered by the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan. Two sessions are being offered over the next year:

Session One is 12 weeks from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. on Monday mornings from October 6, 2014 through December 22, 2014. Suggested donation is $12.

Session Two is 25 weeks from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. on Thursday mornings from January 15, 2015 through July 2, 2015. Suggested donation is $25.

For more information or to register call (616) 234-3400 or online at

Computer Club

This is an opportunity for individual and peer learning, formal computer instruction, socialization, and most of all FUN.

Membership in this club entitles participants to many additional perks and benefits including handouts and instructional materials, and a free annual luncheon banquet. The club meets on Friday afternoons from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. in a second floor computer lab of the Applied Technology Center. Free parking is available to club members under the GRCC Applied Technology Center. Handicapped parking is also available under the building, with easy access from the parking area to the elevators and on to the lab where club sessions are held. Annual membership in the Computer Club is only $50. If you are interested in more information or wish to become a member please contact Don VanOeveren or (616) 234-3684.

Senior Leadership Grand Rapids

Senior Leadership Grand Rapids, now a program of the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan, is proud to announce the following 2015 programming:

Community Resource & Senior Volunteer Fair

Friday, September 11, 2015 – 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Grand Rapids Public Library
Main Library
Ryerson Auditorium Level 3

Free refreshments and parking provided

This event, utilizing an open house type format, will bring together, in one location, as many as 30 different community organizations, featuring information on available community resources and volunteer opportunities. This is a great opportunity to learn about community resources and meaningful senior volunteer opportunities.

The mission of Senior Leadership Grand Rapids is to develop and empower mature adults to assume leadership roles that contribute to the well-being of the community.

Registration Requested

Register by e-mail: (put Senior Leadership in the subject line and include your name, address, and phone number), or register by telephone at 616-222-7042