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Illustrations in a child’s bedtime story shouldn’t be someone’s only brush with art. Keeping in theme, the parent might head to an exhibit filled with 31 artists and 120 drawings from the print drawers of some of the world’s best-known children’s book illustrators. If you drag the kids along, there are book displays and a reading nook. “There’s more of an art element to it for adults,” said Marketing and Public Relations Coordinator Phil Meade. An opening-day event is held with illustrator Matt Faulkner.
Fantastic Rumpus: 50 years of Children’s book illustration
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
Dec. 14–Feb. 9
$5, kiarts.org, (269) 349-7775
The parent requires a stiff drink — something to transport them to another place — away from the soccer fields or two-hour tantrums. The Hemingway Daiquiri does this. Made up of Clement Martinique Rum that only comes from Martinique Island and Maraschino Liqueur out of Italy, every sip feels like you’re going places. Add some fresh-squeezed lime juice and seasonal fruits like strawberry or watermelon and you get a taste of “clean but sweet notes,” according to bartender Rob Hanks, who provides a little history. Ernest Hemingway would go to a bar in Cuba where only a certain bartender was allowed to make his drink. Score for liquor that teaches a lesson.
201 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids
reservegr.com, (616) 855-9463
The band’s bio reads “From Midwestern landscapes of Michigan, and the vinyl collection parents' basements." Valentiger knows where to spot the cool factor from mom and dad. Both parents and kids can rock out to Oh, to Know! and not feel like the other is stepping on anybody’s music tastes. Take in a show on Dec. 19 at Rockford Brewing Company or raid your parents' own song stash.
Bringing a tradition of goodness since 1916, Crane’s has that wholesome, family friendly appeal and after a day of shopping in downtown Holland the ‹rents need to take a break someplace where the kids are amused, too. It’s all about bringing a homemade, country taste to you with items such as the famous City Cristo sandwich made with apple butter bread or the Open-Faced AppleBerry Sandwich. Slacker moms will appreciate the baked pies on-hand.
Crane’s In The City
11 East 8th St., Holland
cranesinthecity.com, (616) 796-2489
Get a front row seat to somebody else’s dysfunctional family for a change. The Addams Family Musical is a dark comedy featuring the zany characters of Morticia, Uncle Fester and that creepy little girl Wednesday. “Families are funny and have unique characters within them,” said Meggan George, manager of the Forest Hills Fine Arts Center, so this show will certainly speak to quirky family dynamics. This slaphappy production is held Jan. 26 at 3 p.m. with ticket prices ranging from $42 to $56.
Forest Hills Fine Arts Center
600 Forest Hill Avenue SE, Grand Rapids
fhfineartscenter.com, (616) 493-8965