The Children’s Healing Center is open for free play & special programs hosted by generous community members and businesses. Whether you are looking for a place where your child can meet up with friends at a weekly class, or where you can pop in for a few hours of family fun, we have something for your whole family- come and play with us!

***New Summer Hours effective June 5th***

Monday:        9:30am – 12:00pm
Tuesday:        9:30am – 12:00pm &   5:30pm – 8:00pm
Thursday:      9:30am – 12:00pm
Friday:           9:30am – 12:00pm  *camp weeks only*

2017 summer camps are here!  Click here to view the flyer.  Camps will be held on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

Monday: May 29nd, 2017 | CLOSED FOR MEMORIAL DAY

Tuesday: May 30th, 2017 | Happy Henna
6:00pm – 7:30pm
Join special guest, Amanda Joy Gilbert and the Center for a night of Happy Hennas! Amanda has been a henna artist since 2010 and has experience with a diverse culture of henna designs for any event! She uses henna as a form of healing.

Thursday, June 1st, 2017 | Wander with Whitney
Join Miss Whitney as she guides the children in dance, movement and fitness games with a focus on getting the children moving!

Thursday, June 1st, 2017 | Free Play
Free play is when the kids run the show for the night!

Saturday: June 3rd, 2017 | Parent Night Out
5:30pm – 8:00pm
Drop the kids off at the Center and enjoy a few hours to yourselves while we watch your children!  We’ll have a blast watching Moana and creating our very own island inspired wind chimes and wind spinners!



Monday: June 5th, 2017 | Storytime – Teddy Bear
Join Miss Samantha and Miss Deb on Monday mornings and go on a literary adventure with your Center buddies!  Bring your Teddy Bear and read and sing along with us to the Teddy Bear Picnic.

Monday: June 5th, 2017 | AYA Mindfulness
6:00pm – 7:30pm
Get yourself centered and start your summer off right by joining your AYA friends to practice a mindfulness meditation of inner peace vs. happiness. Led by Claire, a GVSU meditation professor and a practicing therapist in her East Grand Rapids clinic.

 Tuesday, June 6th, 2017 | New Member Open House
5:30pm – 7:30pm
Bring your kids or come solo, to take a tour and ask any questions you may have. We will have crafts, toys and games to keep the children and you laughing! 

Thursday: June 8th, 2017 | Wander with Whitney
Join Miss Whitney as she guides the children in dance, movement and fitness games with a focus on getting the children moving!

Animal Camp week

Monday: June 12th, 2017 |  Animal Camp – Animal Rescue
9:30am – 12:00am
Meet Marcy and Penny an animal foster mom and her puppy! Learn about how to help rescue animals in your community and learn about caring for special needs puppies!

Tuesday: June 13th, 2017 |  Animal Camp – A visit from the zoo
9:30am – 12:00pm
John Ball Zoo is bringing some furry, hairy or scaly friends to meet our campers and teach them about habitats!

Tuesday: June 13th, 2017 | iPad Art
5:30pm – 7:30pm
Ipad Art is Back! Join Miss Judy on Tuesday, June 13th at 6:00pm. This is an opportunity to design, create and print your very own artwork! A place where technology meets artistry and the possibilities are endless. Suggested age is 6 and up. RSVP to Deb Winn at

Thursday: June 15th, 2017 | Animal Camp – Wildlife Rescue
9:30am – 12:00pm
Blandford Nature Center is joining us for the morning with some of their rescued birds! Learn about owls and other birds!

Friday: June 16th, 2017 | Animal Camp – Farm Day
9:30am – 12:00pm
Miss Janna will be bringing in her horses to join us for the morning! Suzy and Spock can’t wait to see all their Center friends again :)

Monday: June 19th, 2017 | Story Time
Join Miss Samantha and Miss Deb on Monday mornings and go on a literary adventure with your Center buddies!

Tuesday: June 20th, 2017 | Dinner & Parent Time Summer Survival Tips
5:30 pm – 7:30pm
Join us for dinner at 5:30pm as our staff creates a scrumptious cuisine, followed by some parent time at 6:00pm as Miss Claire from Gilda’s Club of Grand Rapids leads us with sharing experiences to prepare for summer family fun.

Thursday: June 22nd, 2017 | The Page Turners
Introducing the first ever CHC book club! Every other Thursday afternoon, starting June 22, we will have a blast diving into the best adventures in some of your favorite chapter books!   Following book club there will be time for play as well as arts & crafts.

Retro Camp week

Monday: June 26th, 2017 | Retro Camp – 30s/40s
9:30am – 12:00pm
Kickin’ it wayyy old school visiting the decades of the 30s and 40s. Yoyos, pick up sticks, bolo bats and more!

Monday: June 26th, 2017 | AYA – Whitecaps Game
Don’t miss the fun this June when the AYA group gets our own private box at the White Caps! We can’t wait to enjoy the fun of a night at the ball park!

Tuesday: June 27th, 2017 | Retro Camp – 50s/60s
9:30am – 12:00pm
The era of the baby boomers and rock and roll! The 50s and 60s are a time to be remembered and celebrated! Come play rock and roll with us!

Tuesday: June 27th, 2017 | Teen TYE DYE Session
6:00pm – 7:30pm
Teens! Come get groovy and tye dye with us! Shirts will be provided. Please RSVP to Janna by June 22 with number of attendees and shirt size. Feel free to bring an extra accessory to dye! (ages 13+)

Thursday: June 29th, 2017 | Retro Camp – 70s/80s
9:30am – 12:00pm
The 70s and 80s were just weird… but fun! Join us to tye dye shirts and learn the era’s dances with Lizzy!

Friday: June 30th, 2017 | Retro Camp – 90s/2000s 
9:30am – 12:00pm
Let your kids revisit your youth (but not your myspace) on our 90s-2000s era day!