• Attend the Emerging Technology in Art Festival With Kids
    Have you heard about the Emerging Technology in Art (ETA) Festival that is coming to Jackson for a one-day preview on October 14? The Emerging Technology in Art festival is the latest endeavor from the Jackson Young Professionals, who also brought our community Bright Walls, and as seasoned festival planners – you know this is going to be good! We know you have questions (we did too!). Is this festival kid-friendly? How much does it cost? What are
  • Introducing: Peabody Lane – Horton, Michigan
    Note from the editor about Peabody Lane: When I heard about Peabody Lane’s You Pick Day coming up on 9/23/23 from 10 am – 6 pm, I just knew we had to do a feature post! What’s not to love about a family-friendly venue featuring gorgeous flowers, pumpkins, and more, with super reasonable prices? Keep reading for more information about this brand-new Jackson County spot! Welcome to Peabody Lane! We’re a brand new venue ready to
  • Kid-friendly Fun at Jackson Festival for the Arts
    There’s a new festival in town, and the Jackson Festival for the Arts is here to celebrate all of the different types of art throughout our community! Taking place from September 7-11, there is plenty of fun for all ages. While most events are appropriate for everyone, some do come with an “adult’s only disclaimer”. Never fear – Wonder and Wander – Jackson is here to highlight family-friendly and kid-friendly events. Keep reading as we
  • Hot Air Jubilee Tips
    The Hot Air Jubilee will be back in town from July 21-23, 2023, and we dug through the Wonder and Wander – Jackson archives to compile our best tips and tricks for attending with children. The Hot Air Jubilee is one of our favorite events in Jackson County. There is nothing quite like watching the process of a balloon inflating and taking off! Experiencing this joy through the eyes of your child is a core
  • Slayton Arboretum
    Summer has finally greeted us with its presence and the adventuring season is in full bloom. Nestled in Hillsdale (about 30 minutes south of Jackson), right near Hillsdale College’s campus is the Slayton Arboretum. 48 acres of pure beauty. No exaggeration, walking through the gated entrance feels exactly like entering a storybook scenery. Hills of greenery, plants, gazebos, and waterfalls- the Arb is absolutely breathtaking. The perfect place to pack a picnic and spend a
  • Conklin Reed Organ & History Museum
    Nestled in the small town of Hanover, Michigan is one special hidden gem – The Conklin Reed Organ and History Museum. Big and I made our first visit to this museum on Free Museum Day, and we left feeling so happy that we had visited! The Conklin Reed Organ and History Museum is filled with over 100 antique reed organs – many of which were built in Michigan in the 1800s! The volunteer docent was
  • Ahrens Park – From the W&W Archives
    We discovered Ahrens Park thanks to a tip from a Wonder and Wander follower. Nestled in Brooklyn near the Sharonville State Wildlife Management Area, we found what might be the most toddler-friendly park in Jackson County. Keep reading to learn more about this local gem! Editor’s Note: We originally shared this park in a blog post in 2021, and are thrilled to pull it from the archives to share it with you again. This park is still
  • Fairy Festival at Jackson School of the Arts
    Once a year, a small corner of Jackson is transformed into an enchanted kingdom. Thousands of fairies, pirates, elves, and princesses from Michigan, Ohio, and beyond show up for the Fairy Festival hosted by Jackson School of the Arts. We welcome you to join us for a weekend full of marvelous magic! The 16th Annual Fairy Festival will be held on Friday, April 28, and Saturday, April 29, at 135 W. Cortland Street.  The event
  • Kid-friendly Day Trip to Kalamazoo
    Kalamazoo is an excellent town to explore during a day trip. It is about an hour away from Jackson and contains several great activities for families that kids of all ages will enjoy. Here is a list of potential places to visit during a day trip to Kalamazoo. Get Outside: Kalamazoo Nature Center  Nature centers are an obvious, great choice for families to visit during a day trip. It’s a great way to embrace being
  • Kid-friendly Day Trip to Toledo
    Spring has officially arrived on the calendar, and spring break has also arrived for school-aged kiddos. If you are looking for some local day trips, why not consider a trip to Toledo? Just over an hour away, Toledo is filled with plenty of kid-friendly spots. Keep reading to see our top recommendations! The Toledo Zoo The Toledo Zoo is one of our favorite zoos, and the perfect kid-friendly day trip location! I find this zoo

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