10 Fun Ways to Give

10 Fun Ways to Give

Most people think of giving around the holiday season. The truth is, giving can be done all year round you just have to find fun and different ways of doing it.

Kids’ Food Basket

They came up with ten different and unique ways your family, friends, and coworkers can contribute to help kids receive the nutrition they need each day.

Kids Food Basket

This charity does amazing things throughout the whole year to make sure kid’s needs are met.

Our favorite is Fill – a -Bag. This is something your whole family can do and have fun with. It really makes you feel more connected to the kids you’re supporting. Knowing you’re giving a child a nutritious dinner that they would otherwise not receive is worth a million dollars.

“There are many ways to donate a combination of money, food and time to Kids’ Food Basket-and each contribution adds up!”

Any way you can help is appreciated!

Holland and GR December Events 2017: Part II

Holland and GR December Events 2017: Part II

 

During the holiday season small towns come alive with bright lights and beautiful holiday décor making it the most perfect time of the year to visit! In this sequel we will be sharing a few more family fun and friendly events everyone is sure to love.

 

Christmas at the Cappon House

Cappon House (228 W. 9th St. Holland, MI 49423)

Saturday, December 9, 12:00 – 4:00pm
Sunday, December 10, 12:00 – 4:00pm
Saturday, December 16, 12:00 – 4:00pm
Sunday, December 17, 12:00 – 4:00pm

$10/non-member
$8/member
Free 5 and under

Take a step back into the 19th century world when you visit the Cappon House. This historic house was home to Holland’s first mayor, Isaac Cappon. He was an influential community leader and was a father to 16 children. The house is still filled with the families personal belongings and furnishing. During the holiday season you and your family can walk through this historical home at your own pace and enjoy Christmas carols, holiday treats, and even decorate your own holiday card or ornament.

Visit this website below for more information and history on this beautiful home.

Cappon House Website

 

Christmas and Holiday Traditions around the World

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park (1000 East Beltline Ave. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525)

November 21, 2017 – January 7, 2018
Normal hours: 9:00am – 5:00pm

Open until 9 pm on December 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

Frederik Meijer Garden’s & Sculpture Park is beautiful all on its own. Add the beauty of sparkling lights and holiday decorations and this is a magical winter wonderland! On display will be Christmas and Holiday Traditions from around the world with the glow of nearly 400,000 thousands lights, rooftop reindeer, and Christmas carolers

They do an excellent job in honoring holiday cultures focusing on the authenticity of each holiday tradition. As you walk through you will see different trees adorned with personalized decorations. For example: Germany’s tree will have handmade glass hanging from its branches and England’s tree with antique Christmas cards.

It’s truly a fascinating event that not only brings educations but a sense of joy as well.

Visit their website below for more information

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

 

Family Friendly Rock & Glow Bowling 

BAM! (478 E. 16th St. Holland, MI 49423)

Sunday, December 31
12:00 – 5:00pm

Two games & shoes $9/person

New Year’s Eve can be tricky to celebrate when you have younger children. Luckily for you BAM! in Holland offers it’s ever popular Rock & Glow bowling. You and your kids can ring in the New Year together by bowling with black lights and big screens playing todays popular (kid friendly) music! It gives you a chance to still celebrate and have the kids in bed on time.

Check out their website below for more information BAM! Rock & Glow Bowling

We hope you enjoy these Christmas/New Year’s Eve events. Wishing you all a magical holiday season from all of us at Port Pediatric Dentistry!

Holland and Zeeland December Events 2017 – Part I

Holland and Zeeland December Events 2017 – Part I

This time of year lights are sparkling and they’re complemented by the beautifully falling white snow. This makes it the most gorgeous time of year to get out with your family and friends and enjoy all that west Michigan has to offer.

Below we’re going to give you a few fun events that everyone is sure to love.

 

Sinterklaas Eve Celebration

Holland Armory (16 W. 9th St. Holland, MI 49423

Friday December 1, 2017
6:00-9:00pm

Free!

You and your family are invited to this traditional Dutch event to celebrate Sinterklaas, also known as St. Nick! Enjoy making lanterns and hearing stories from times past about this gentleman until he arrives on his white horse shortly after 7:00pm. From there on he will lead all of the families to Centennial Park where he will greet the whole crowd and initiate the lighting of the Christmas tree.

After the festivities wrap up at the park Sinterklaas will then head to Holland Museum where there will be photo opportunities, cookies, and more crafts!

You don’t want to miss out on this fun night, it will ignite the holiday spirit in everyone!

Head to their website for more information

Sinterklaas Eve Celebration

 

Feel the Zeel of Giving Christmas

Downtown Zeeland

Wednesday, December 6-8, 2017
5:30-8:00pm

Free-Donations accepted

Every year, the city of Zeeland partners up with a local nonprofit to put on a conglomeration of events for adults and children to attend.

Here is a list of activities offered:

Horse Drawn Trolley Rides:

Nothing says holiday spirit like an enchanting trolley ride. They meet in front of Zeeland Hardware (122 E. Main St.) and cost $2/person. Enjoy the glistening lights and holiday spirit strung throughout Zeeland.

Be sure to get your tickets early as rides are first come first serve. You can purchase the tickets online for same day starting at 5:30.

Visit with Santa

All children will be invited to come meet Santa Claus and get their picture taken on his lap. This will take place inside Zeeland Hardware from 5:30-8:00pm.

Pet Santa’s Reindeer

Santa invites your kids to meet and pet two of his reindeer! They will be ready and waiting at the splash pad nestled in by the cozy fire place.

Santa’s Mailbox

This will be going on a bit longer than the previous activities spreading out over the first two weeks of December. All children are invited to write Santa Claus their own personal letter at mail it through a special mailbox located outside of 122 E. Main. Once Santa receives it he will personally respond the each and every child. We can already feel the joy these kids will feel to get a letter from the man himself!

Shields of Hope West Michigan

Although not an activity offered, we felt it was important to mention that a portion of the proceeds from this entire evet will go towards this amazing organization. Local public servants volunteer their time by spreading encouragement and love to those in the community affected by cancer through supportive measures and fund raising.

This whole event is too good to miss as there is something for everyone!

 

Winterfest

Felt Mansion (6597 138th Ave. Holland, MI 49423)

Saturday, December 9
Noon-2:00pm

Free

Why not kick off your holiday season at the Felt Mansion. They are hosting their annual Winterfest which is a family friendly event that doesn’t cost a thing! If you’ve ever wondered about the beautiful estate this is the time to check it out. You and your family can enjoy a horse drawn wagon ride, face painting, self-guided tours, a free lunch, and a special presentation by Outdoor Discovery Center.

The mansion is partnering with Outdoor Discovery Center to teach and talk about birds of prey in our area. Your kids will get a chance to see and touch the animals! You don’t want to miss this event!

Check out their website below for more information about this event and others they host

Winterfest

We hope you’re able to get out and enjoy some of these fun events in our area. Stay tuned for part II!

Local Teen Sets World Record

Local Teen Sets World Record

Have you ever thought about what it would be like to set a world record? Back in the days of being a kid plenty of children dreamed about the possibility of being a world record holder, but for one Holland-based teenager, that dream came true.

“Ian Krueger, an 8th grader at Macatawa Bay Middle School, is the new world record holder for the average solve time for the Redi Cube, which is similar to a Rubik’s Cube. Krueger also holds the second fastest solve time recorded in a competition for the Redi Cube.”

Plans for the Future

Krueger hasn’t stopped there though. He still practices, participates in a local club, and hopes for a future where he can travel the world competing in Redi Cube competitions and participating in promotions. He hopes the community recognizes his accomplishment as a world record holder. He was surprised at his own skill but is now inspired to keep going and never limit himself.

To learn more about Ian Krueger and the Redi Cube refer to Holland teen sets Rubik’s Cube world record.

Holland High Graduate Secures Spot With Red Wings

Holland High Graduate Secures Spot With Red Wings

One dream just came true in Holland, Michigan. West Michigan native, Luke Witkowski won a spot on the legendary team of NHL’s Detroit Red Wings.

“He signed with Detroit on July 1, a two-year deal worth $750,000, after spending the last three seasons with the Tampa Bay Lightning.”

Back to Where It All Began

It was always Witokowski’s dream to end up back in Michigan playing hockey for his home state’s team. While players can flock from all over the country as well as outside of the U.S. it’s particularly special when a player can bring home state pride to a team. As one of the original National Hockey League teams, here’s hoping Luke Witkowski can bring some of Red Wing’s former glory back to the state and secure Michigan a Stanley cup in the future.

To learn more about Luke Witkowski’s rise to the Red Wings refer to Holland native Luke Witkowski battling for spot on Red Wings.