⇒Forest Hills Youth Football League is the official youth development football league for all Forest Hills Central, Eastern, and Northern elementary and middle school students. This league features coaching and safety training certification of USA Football. Registration is now open for fall flag and tackle football programs. Flag teams are available for grades K-6 and tackle teams are available for grades 3-8. For more information and to register your child, please go to https://www.fhyfl.com/fhyfl. The league’s Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/
⇒Forest Hills Youth Sideline Cheer for students in grades three through eight has been separated into three sideline cheer groups based on attendance area for Forest Hills Public Schools. Forest Hills Youth Sideline Cheer helps younger students learn and love the sport of cheerleading. Qualified athletes are in third through eighth grades in the FHC, FHN, or FHE school district. Whether, through state-sanctioned competitions or football games, we support as many athletic events as possible and promote a positive game-day atmosphere for Forest Hills Youth Football League (FHYFL). Our program is meant to prepare athletes for high school cheer teams and strengthen the overall cheer program at all three high schools. We have one of the best youth cheer programs in the area – both in competitiveness and values. Our success depends on a commitment to excellence from our coaches, our support staff, our athletes and their extended family members.
- The three include FHN Jr. Huskies, FHE Youth Cheer, and Ranger Youth Cheer. (Visit the youth cheer websites for more information about enrollment.)
- Thornapple Valley Baseball League: For more, visit www.tvbl.net.
- Northeastern Little League: For more, visit, www.nellgr.com.
- FHE Wrestling K-8 students (K-8, boys and girls): Nov. -March. For more information, visit, FHEWC.com.
- Grand Rapids Amateur Hockey Association: The GRAHA provides many opportunities for youth. From learn to skate programs to hockey leagues and teams for children and youth, they have something for everyone. To learn more, visit their website: https://www.graha.org/.
- Forest Hills Girls’ Lacrosse Club: Northern, Central, and Eastern leagues for Grades K-2, 3-4, and 5-8.
- FHN Husky Youth Boys’ Lacrosse for grades 1-8. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or register online, www.fhnhuskylax.com.
- FHC Youth Wrestling (K-8)
- FHE Dance Team Clinic: to register and for more information: email@example.com
- FHE Hawks Youth Boys’ Lacrosse
- FHC Youth Wrestling: Youth wrestling is for students in K-8 grade. For more information, go to fhcyouthwrestling.com.
- Girls’ Forest Hills Softball League now forming, for grades 6-7, if you’re interested in participating, please email Melisa Longo: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- West Michigan Archery Centers
- Equest Center for Therapeutic Riding: Upcoming events and camps.
- West Michigan Coyotes Mountain Bike Team: Grades 6-12, www.facebook.com/wmcoyotes or www.wmcoastriders.org.
- Grand Rapids Symphony has numerous ticket options and programs for families. Take a look at the following ticket programs:
- Student Ticket Program: Experience orchestral performances for only $5. For more info., visit the Student Ticket page with the Grand Rapids Symphony.
- Free for Families Program: With the Free for Families program, students ages 7-18 are able to attend select GR Symphony concerts for free with the purchase of an adult ticket. For more info., visit the Free for Families ticket page with the Grand Rapids Symphony.
- Symphony Scorecard Program: Members of our community receiving financial assistance from the State of Michigan and active, reserve or guard military households can receive up to four free tickets for selected Grand Rapids Symphony performances. For more info., visit the Symphony Scorecard Program page with the Grand Rapids Symphony.
- GVSU Kaufman Interfaith Institute
- Ada Historical Society
- Ada Township Parks and Recreation: Spring and Summer Programs
- Boy Scouts of America, Michigan Crossroads Council: Local troops in the Grand Rapids area. FIND A SCOUTING GROUP Based on Location.
- Bright Beginnings (a program for children birth through kdg.)
- Calvin College Math Circle: An opportunity for 6th- through 8th-grade students (typically 11-13 years old) to engage with exciting problems and topics in mathematics. Meetings are led by a professor in the Calvin math department and typically begin with a warmup activity or game that leads into the day’s problem or topic. The Math Circle seeks to generate enthusiasm for problem-solving in mathematics. Students also discover applications of mathematics and participate in a community that nurtures critical thinking, communication, and abstraction. Information and Registration: https://calvin.edu/go/mathcircle Please direct questions to Prof. Mike Bolt (email@example.com) or Prof. Jan Koop (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Creative Youth Center
- Girl Scouts of Michigan: Forest Hills Girl Scouts Interest Form: (Daisies: K-1st Grade; and Brownies; Juniors; Cadettes; Seniors; Ambassadors)
- Great Start Readiness Program for 4-year-olds
- GVSU Writing Camps: Grades 3-12; many different sessions during the summer and many locations.
- Northeast Grand Rapids Young Life
- Quota Grand Rapids: Quota serves people who are hard of hearing or deaf. They work with the community to remove communication barriers and believe that a meaningful life is one that opens opportunities for all.
- Camp Roger: For more information, please go to camproger.org.
- Wittenbach Center: Summer Camps for Master Junior Gardener and Master Junior Naturalist.
- Adventure Point Day Camp: A summer day camp run by the Boy Scouts of America, for scouts and nonscouts, boys and girls. Monday through Friday, June 17-Aug. 16, open to all youth ages 6-12.
- GVSU Teen Entrepreneur Summer Academy (TESA): A week-long summer program for high school students that focuses on cultivating an interest in entrepreneurship and business.
- YMCA Hayo-Went-Ha Camps
- YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin
Other Local Non-Profit Organizations/Events/and/or Volunteer Opportunities
- Kent Conservation District: Volunteers make the tree & native plant program happen. Each year the Conservation District sells a variety of trees, shrubs, wildflowers and prairie grasses which are intended for conservation uses, such as: reforestation, soil erosion control, windbreaks and screens, wildlife habitat improvements, landscaping naturalizing. Additional information is online if you’re interested in volunteering at the Kent Conservation District office, 3260 Eagle Park Drive NE, Grand Rapids, or visit their website.
- Bethematch.org and Michigan Blood
- Equest Center for Therapeutic Riding
- Down Syndrome Assoc. of West Michigan
Additional Educational Resources and Child Information
- Kent County Bright Beginnings: promotes the early development, learning and health of young children by supporting and engaging their parents and caregivers. Bright Beginnings serves families in Kent County with children prenatal to kindergarten entry.
- Great Start Readiness Program for 4-year-olds
- MI Child Healthy Kids
- A Guide to Michigan Medicaid Health Plans
- Medicaid Outreach