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Grand Rapids Walking Tours Kids Can Lead


A nonfiction tour book for curious kids, Grand Rapids Walking Tours Kids Can Lead is an interactive guidebook to bustling downtown Grand Rapids. The eight themed walking tours of downtown Grand Rapids include step-by-step directions with checkboxes, illustrations, maps, kid-friendly restaurants, and helpful icons for bathrooms, photo spots, picnic tables, and more.

This travel guide helps kids actively learn and lead with scripts and facts to guide family members, classes, groups and more. It’s intended to be written, taped, and drawn in so that it becomes a memorable collection of items and creative interactions from their tours of downtown Grand Rapids.

Spots like the Van Andel Arena, DeVos Place, and the Grand River make downtown Grand Rapids a magnet for visitors, including many families with children. Grand Rapids Walking Tours Kids Can Lead offers hidden gems for kids to discover and share as they lead.


Tom Mulder

Tom Mulder is an adjunct professor of English and Education and has taught students at elementary, middle, and high school, as well as college. He has volunteered at the Grand Rapids Public Museum for 10 years as a docent, tour guide, educator, and volunteer coordinator. He received the Grand Rapids Community College Excellence in Education Award and the John & Suanne Roueche Excellence Award from the League for Innovation. Luckily, he and his whole family now live in and near the fun and fascinating, artsy and musical, fresh and foodie, walkable and historical river city of Grand Rapids.