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 Travel Guide Grand Rapids – Summer 2017


Summer programming is here once again! Students will spend four days exploring Grand Rapids with our talented CYC teachers. Students entering 3rd-5th grade will search far and wide to find the perfect summer activities. Together they will write travel articles highlighting their favorite activities under the guidance of Matt Baker to create a Grand Rapids Travel Guide.

Rising 6th-8th graders will taste and write their way through town with Brianne Carpenter, the CYC’s Program Manager. Students will explore local eateries, sampling tasty treats and crafting scrumptious reviews of their experiences.

All students will have the opportunity to be published on the CYC blog or in the Rapidian.

Registration Information

Space is limited! Registration for CYC families begins Monday, May 1st. Registration opens to everyone on Monday, May 8th. All sessions begin and end at the Creative Youth Center, 413 Eastern Ave SE, though we will be moving about town in between. Register online by clinking the links below or by calling 616-458-5505.

Entering 3rd-5th:  August 7-10: 9am-12pm  OR   August 14-17: 9am-12pm

Entering 6th-8th:  August 7-10: 1pm-4pm 

Summer programming is free for all students attending GRPS or living in Grand Rapids. A snack will be provided during each session. Transportation is not provided to or from the Creative Youth Center. Questions can be emailed to

Workshop Leaders

Matthew Baker Author Photo 36Matthew Baker is the author of If You Find This, which was nominated for a 2016 Edgar Award and named a Booklist Top Ten Debut of 2015, and his stories have appeared in many noteworthy publications.

Brianne CarpenterBrianne Carpenter is the Program Manager at the Creative Youth Center. She has an MFA from Purdue University where she taught creative writing and served as the Nonfiction Editor for the nationally distributed journal Sycamore Review.



Urban Legends – Summer 2016

Masonic TempleHave you heard that the Michigan Bell Telephone Co. Building downtown might be haunted? What about the guests that may have never checked out of the Amway Grand? Or maybe you’ve heard another weird story about Grand Rapids that sounds like it may or may not be true.

If you’re fascinated by storytelling, myths, mysteries, ghost stories, weird happenings, architecture, and history, then we have the perfect adventure for you!

Come join the CYC this summer as we explore some of Grand Rapids’ urban myths and legends. We’ll look into strange stories about the city and its inhabitants and write some new urban legends of our own. You’ll even get to publish your legends in a chapbook that you can show off to friends and family so they can start spreading the myth around town!