5 Things to Do in Holland, Michigan This September

5 Things to Do in Holland, Michigan This September

September is a month of comfortable weather and new beginnings, and it’s also a month packed full of fun, Holland events. Between back-to-school and raking your leaves, make sure you leave a little time to enjoy these upcoming, family-friendly activities and festivals.

Labor Day BoardWALK

September 2, 2019 

Celebrate Labor Day with a fun walk and pancake breakfast. Participants will meet at the Heinz Waterfront Walkway at 8:00 am and enjoy a beautiful, 4-mile walk along the water, followed by a pancake breakfast at the Windmill Island Gardens. The cost is just $5 per adult and $3 per child. What a nice way to get some exercise and enjoy the fall air.

Rock, Mineral, and Jewelry Show

September 13 – 15, 2019

If you have a child who is interested in rock collecting, this is the event for you. The show is being held at the Soccer Stop Sportsplex on River Hills Drive. You’ll browse unique displays of minerals, fossils, and unique rocks. There will be hands-on games for the kids and educational demonstrations throughout the day.

Live Mannequin Night

September 13, 2019

There’s something so interesting about mannequins. They just seem so real… and on this night, they will be. On Live Mannequin Night, downtown Holland will be taken over by real-life mannequins standing in the windows of the local shops. The mannequins will be recreating scenes from comic books and cartoons. Stroll down the street and admire this unique art form while also enjoying the fresh air. The event lasts from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m., and all in attendance are invited to vote for the best mannequin.

Van Raalte Farm Civil War Muster

September 21 – 22, 2019

This reenactment will give you an up-close look at what life during the Civil War was like. You can watch live portrayals of battle scenes and medical scenarios. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase on-site, and admission is free for children and adults. This is a great way for your kids to learn about history, perhaps in preparation for the upcoming school year.

Holland Hospital Park Half-Marathon & 5K Race

September 28, 2019

Start getting in shape now for this fun race to benefit Holland Hospital. September’s cool weather makes it a great time for running. The half marathon course winds through Holland College Park, the Ottawa County Fairgrounds, and downtown Holland. The 5K course traverses Waukazoo Woods and the Ottawa County Fairgrounds. There will be overall awards as well as age group awards. Children under the age of 12 must run with an adult. The half marathon starts at 8:00 am, and the 5K at 8:30 am.

Whether you love admiring gems, walking along the waterfront, or running through town, these Holland events offer something for everyone. Get out there and have fun this September! And if you do attend one of these Holland events, let us know what you thought.

July 2019: 5 Family Friendly Events in Holland, Michigan

July 2019: 5 Family Friendly Events in Holland, Michigan

Looking for fun upcoming events in Holland, Michigan? July is a beautiful month marked by warm weather, green grass, and plenty of sunshine. What better time to get outside and enjoy life with your family? Luckily, the Holland area has a lot of fun, family-friendly events planned for July. Here are five you may want to check out with your family.

1. Remember When Cruise & Car Show

Do you have some car buffs in the family? This cruise and car show is scheduled for 5 – 9 pm on July 7th. Hosted by the Holland Vintage Care Club, the event begins with a car show in Downtown Holland, followed by a cruise down 8th Street at 8:00 pm.

2. Holland Farmers Market

Discover what local farmers have been growing at the Holland Farmers Market on 8th Street. The market is open every Wednesday and Saturday from 8 am – 3 pm, and Monday nights from 5 pm – 8 pm. July is one of the best months to visit since so many fruits and veggies are in season.

Each Wednesday, the market offers events in Holland, Michigan planned especially for kids! On July 17th, the kids can decorate a bag, and on July 3rd, they’ll learn about keeping water supplies clean.

3. Celebration Freedom

Celebrate Independence Day on July 4th in Kollen Park. The event begins at 4 pm with kids’ games, live music, and food vendors on-site. At dusk, fireworks will be lit off over Lake Macatawa as patriotic music plays in the background.

4. Wednesday Concerts in the Park

Every Wednesday throughout the month of July, there will be live concerts in GDK Park in downtown Holland. The concerts last from 12:00 – 1:00 pm and feature family-friendly performers including:

  • El Brandino: July 3
  • Dylan Tolbert: July 10
  • Sandra Effert: July 17
  • Evolucion: July 24
  • Serita Black Rose Due: July 31

5. Ice Cream Bike Ride

Take a bike ride through downtown Holland with Velo City Cycles on July 30th. The crew will depart from the bike shop at 6:30 pm, with the ride lasting about an hour. Following the ride, Hudson Ice Cream and the Holland Police Department will provide ice cream for everyone. All ages are welcome, and admission is free, but please remember to wear your helmet.

With these awesome events in Holland, Michigan, there’s no reason not to get out and have fun this July. Invite a few friends along, and make a day of it. Local events are an important component of community and health.

Holland February 2018 Activities

Holland February 2018 Activities

Although we’re in the middle of winter, Holland never has a shortage of fun activities for your family to participate in. We have some exciting and affordable events that your kids are sure to love!

 

Family Fort Night

Herrick District Library (300 S. River Ave. Holland, MI 49423)
Saturday, February 24, 2018
5:45pm-7:00pm

Building forts is one of life’s simple pleasures. Kids love building them, and to be honest, so do adults! The Herrick District Library is hosting a family fort night for all to attend. They ask that you take your own, blankets, pillows, flashlights, and any other fort making materials you need along with you. They will start off by reading some stories, and then release you and your kids to get creative and make your own reading forts. Snacks will be provided.

Head to their website below to register for this exciting night!

Herrick District Library

 

Open Swim

Holland Community Aquatic Center (550 Maple Ave. Holland, MI 49423)
Saturday February 24, 2018
12:00pm-7:00pm

Swimming is something you think of as a summer activity. In Holland it’s a spring, summer, fall, and winter activity! The Holland Aquatic center is the perfect place to take your kids to blow off some steam. They offer an open swim on certain days each month for you and your kids to enjoy their indoor splash pad. Prices vary depending on where you live and age.

Head to their website below for more information

Holland Aquatic Center

 

Snowshoe Hike

Outdoor Discovery Center Macatawa Greenway (4214 – 56th St. Holland, MI 49423)

Actual event will take place at:
Bysterveld Park (4171 – 14th St. Wayland, MI 49348)

Established in 2000, this organization has helped preserve and protect over 1,200 acres. Their mission is to teach adults and children the importance of being caretakers of nature. Hundreds of people each year visit their nature preserves for the adventure and scenery. During the winter they host a free snowshoeing hike. All participants will get the chance to explore Bysterveld County Park walking on Ojibwa-style snowshoes in search of local animals and plants. Snow shoes are ideal for children 8 and up but you’re more than welcome to bring a sled to pull your little ones.

Visit their website below for registration and directions.

Outdoor Discovery Center

 

We hope you can get out of the house and enjoy all of these fun activities for February!

West Michigan January Events 2018

West Michigan January Events 2018

The Holidays may be over but the fun doesn’t have to be!

January may be a blistery month but there are still plenty of things to do in the area that will be fun for your whole family!

 

Pigeon Creek Park

12524 Stanton Rd.

West Olive, MI 49460

This park has a wide range of activities for all ages. Pigeon Creek lies on 282 acres and has over 10 miles of winding trails for hiking, cross country skiing and snow shoeing. They have a well maintained lighted slope for daytime and nighttime sledding, and they offer three different levels of ski lessons.

There is something here for everyone so check out their website below for more information

Pigeon Creek Park

 

Winter Market

150 West 8th St. Holland MI 49423

January 6 – April 21, 2018 on the first and third Saturdays

The farmers market in Holland doesn’t just come around in the summer! From the months of January to April local farmers come to showcase their winter crops, breads, and produce. You are invited to bundle up tight with a cup of coffee and enjoy all these hard workers have to offer.

Head over to their website to see what is in season.

Holland Winter Market

 

Griff’s Icehouse Public Skating

4444 Holland Ave. Holland, MI 49424

Admission $5.50/adult and child

Skate rental $2.50/pair

Do you love ice skating but hate winter weather? If so Griff’s Icehouse is the perfect place for you! They offer an open public skate during different times throughout the week. This is such a fun activity for you and your whole family to enjoy together. You’re able to rent skates and trainers for those firs timers. Not into spending your day on the ice? No problem! They have bleachers that you can comfortably sit in while the rest of the family races around on the rink.

Head to their website below for more information on days and times.

Griff’s Icehouse

 

Winterfest Grand Haven

Thursday, January 25 – Sunday, January 28, 2018

Winterfest in Grand Haven takes place at the end of January and there is something during this extended weekend for everyone in the family. Winterfest began in 1979 and has grown every year since. Here you can enjoy a large variety of events such as Sleepwalker run (run in your pajamas), photo contest, human sled, bonfire bash and so much more!

This event will help break up the winter blues by getting everyone out of the house and be active!

Check out their website below for a full list of events and times.

Winterfest Grand Haven

 

We hope you are able to get out and about this winter and enjoy all that our gorgeous state has to offer!

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!