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Family and Kid Fun Around the Lakeshore

The Lakeshore. An idyllic place that brings lazy beach days and exhilarating boat rides to mind. And while lake play is probably the pinnacle of fun for Michiganders, West Michigan lakeshore communities are bursting with spots for indoor and outdoor fun, year round.

So come on out and see what surprises await you along our beautiful lakeshore communities of Holland, Muskegon and Zeeland!

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Discover the Adventures in Holland, Muskegon, Zeeland and Grand Haven

1 – EXPLORE THE OUTDOOR DISCOVERY CENTER

Enjoy the outdoors in all seasons at the Outdoor Discovery Center– it’s open 365 days a year! With hiking trails, a nature preserve, visitor center, live birds of prey, a wildlife enclosure, Imagination Forest, Fillmore Discovery Park and more, there’s always something new to explore.

And don’t forget to check the schedule for community programs and special events!

4214 56th Street, Holland, MI 49423

outdoor discovery

2 – STOCK UP ON FRESH PRODUCE AT THE HOLLAND FARMER’S MARKET

Every Wednesday from 9:30 – 11:30, enjoy a fun educational activity for kids at the Holland Farmers Market. Then grab some lunch at the Food Court and explore the rest of the Market, where you will find a huge variety of fresh fruits and veggies, baked goods, cheese, herbs and spices, eggs, meats and more!

150 W 8th St, Holland, MI 49423

3 – FIND FREE FAMILY FUN AT ZEELMANIA

July 8-July 29, 2019 you can head to Zeelmania! The kids will enjoy new activities and themes each week- all for free!

Zeeland, MI

zeelmania

4 – COOL OFF AT THE ZEELAND SPLASH PAD PARK

Have fun and cool off at the Zeeland Splash Pad! It is open Memorial Day through Labor Day, is barrier free, has public restrooms and water features for all ages!

21 S Elm St, Zeeland, MI 49464

zeeland splash pad

5 – FEED THE GOATS AT THE CRITTER BARN

There’s always lots to do at the Critter Barn! Learn about and interact with rabbits, sheep, goats, hogs, cows, pot-bellied pigs and more! You can even bring a picnic lunch and enjoy eating at the tables near the front pasture.

9275 Adams St, Zeeland, MI 49464

Critter Barn Time

6 – LEARN AND EXPLORE AT HEMLOCK CROSSING

Hemlock Crossing has so much to offer! Go for a walk on the trails, snowshoe in the winter, explore the bird watching area, read nature books inside a tent and check out all the fun activities in the kids area. And then come on back to take one of the free classes they offer or attend a summer day camp!

8115 W Olive Rd, West Olive, MI 49460

hemlock

7 – SPLASH AROUND AT THE HOLLAND COMMUNITY AQUATIC CENTER

They have a 150 foot water slide, water playground, diving boards, floating obstacle course, water basketball, swimming pool, zip line, vortex pool, water cannons, spa, therapy pool and fully equipped fitness room… With all that the Holland Aquatic Center has to offer, your kids will never want to leave!

550 Maple Ave, Holland, MI 49423

Holland Aquatic Center

8 – EXPERIENCE TULIP TIME

You do not want to miss this annual tradition in Holland! Parades, shows, trolley rides, dutch dancers, special events, and of course- tulips!

Holland, MI

9 – ENJOY THE SHOW AT GRAND HAVEN MUSICAL FOUNTAIN

The kids will love the synchronized water and light shows at the Musical Fountain! Each 25-minute show features a variety of well-known music and plays daily at dusk from Memorial Day through Labor Day as well as Fridays and Saturdays in May and September.

101 N Harbor Dr, Grand Haven, MI 49417

10 – RIDE THE PONIES AT TEUSINK’S PONY FARM

Teusink’s Pony Farm offers open hours on Tuesdays and Fridays in the summer and Saturdays in the fall and spring. Treat the kids to pony ring rides, hayrides, the hay maze, fishing, penny hunt, barn animals and exotic birds. And don’t forget to feed the sheep and goats!

1468 32nd St, Holland, MI 49423

11 – CHEER ON THE MUSKEGON LUMBERJACKS

Grab some tickets and head to L.C. Walker Arena for a hockey game! Your family will have a blast!

470 W Western Ave, Muskegon, MI 49440

hockey

12 – EXPERIENCE KIDS DAY AT THE COAST GUARD FESTIVAL

Check out Kids Day at the Coast Guard Festival for games, displays, storytelling, face painting and arts and crafts. And then stick around- because there’s more fun to be had! Parades, fireworks, ship tours, boat races and even a carnival!

Grand Haven, MI

coast guard festival

13 – LEARN HOW TO KLOMPEN DANCE AT NELIS’ DUTCH VILLAGE

Take a step back in time to discover the Old Country! Watch the Dutch dancers and see cheese, candles and wooden shoes being made. Visit the petting zoo, the Old Schoolhouse and the Tulip Farm exhibit. All presentations, demonstrations, petting zoo and rides are included with your admission!

12350 James St, Holland, MI 49424

nelis dutch village

14 – SEE THE STARS AT CARR-FLES PLANETARIUM

Looking for fun, educational and FREE? Located on Muskegon Community College campus, Carr-Fles Planetarium offers state-of-the-art digital projection, sound and lighting systems, modern theater seating, a new domed ceiling and FREE themed planetarium shows every Tuesday and Thursday at 7 PM.

 221 South Quarterline Road, Muskegon, MI 49442

carr-fles Planetarium

15 – RECONNECT WITH NATURE AT DEGRAAF NATURE CENTER

Get the kids outdoors and let them explore this 18 acre nature preserve. Burn off some energy and then educate yourself with informative and hands-on displays and live animal exhibits. And if the kids love it, they can always come back for the Naturalist Classes for preschoolers, summer nature classes or even have their birthday party there!

600 Graafschap Rd, Holland, MI 49423

16 – RUN AND CLIMB AT IMAGINATION STATION

Introduce your kids to the coolest playground ever! Imagination Station is 10,000 square feet of playground fun that will keep them busy for hours! It was just rebuilt in the fall of 2018 and it’s playground perfection. It offers lots of features that reflect the Grand Haven area and it’s much more accessible for people with special needs.

Mulligan Dr, Grand Haven, MI 49417

17 – EXPLORE MICHIGAN HISTORY AT THE LAKESHORE MUSEUM

Museum exhibits trace over 400 million years of Michigan history in the making, explore animal food webs, and encourage children to participate in hands-on activities in the Science Center and Body Works. The museum is open year-round and admission is free!

430 W Clay Ave, Muskegon, MI 49440

18 – BE AMAZED AT THE KITE FESTIVAL AT GRAND HAVEN

It has a new name in 2019, but it’s the same idea! World-famous stunt kite fliers perform to music on the center flying field while kites larger than a school bus hover above. Don’t forget to bring your own kite to fly on the open flying field!

Grand Haven, MI

kite

19 – SKI FOR FREE AT MULLIGAN’S HOLLOW

If your family likes to ski, head to Mulligan’s Hollow– all parents ski free with a kid’s ticket! They host fun events throughout the winter (Glow Ski Night anyone?), so be sure to check their upcoming events calendar.

600 Y Dr, Grand Haven, MI 49417

girl skiing

20 – TAKE A TOUR OF THE USS SILVERSIDES 

The kids will be fascinated as they tour the USS Silversides, a World War 2 submarine. Maybe they will even want to spend the night aboard! And be sure to come back in the summer as well to enjoy “Movies on Deck”.

1346 Bluff St, Muskegon, MI 49441

USS Silversides Submarine in Muskegon

21 – HAVE SOME CRAZY FUN AT CRAZY BOUNCE

Let the kids burn some off that crazy energy by bouncing around on the 14 huge inflatables you can find at Crazy Bounce! There is Open Bounce every day of the week and Toddler Time for the little ones on Monday and Wednesday mornings.

12255 Felch St, Holland, MI 49424

Bounce Milwaukee

Looking for some more indoor fun? Check out these great places as well!

Meg’s Playhouse
Jester’s Court
The Lost City
Kangaroo Palace

22 – HEAD TO THE BEACH

If you are near the lakeshore… you must head to the beach, of course! There are lots of great options for fabulous beaches in the area, but Tunnel Park is one of our reader favorites. It has a swimming beach, great playground, bathrooms, dunes to climb, volleyball courts and a picnic area with shelters, tables and grills!

66 N Lakeshore Dr, Holland, MI 49424

23 – PICK STRAWBERRIES AT VISSER FARMS

Visser Farms offers u-pick strawberries, flowers, honey and tons of in-season vegetables. If you’re around in June, check out their Strawberry Extravaganza with strawberry picking, hot dogs, face painting and hay rides!

10791 Blair Street, Zeeland, MI 49464

strawberry picking

Other farms and orchards in your area:

Cranes Orchard
Bowerman Blueberry Farms

24 – SETTLE IN FOR A STORY AT THE LIBRARY

Come for story time, play and learn in the kids area and then check out some books to continue the fun at home! Check out these locations near you:

Howard Miller Public Library14 South Church Street, Zeeland, MI 49464
Herrick District Library: 300 S. River, Holland, MI 49423  and  155 Riley St., Holland, MI 49424
Loutit District Library: 407 Columbus Ave, Grand Haven, MI 49417
Muskegon Area District Libraries

25 – HIKE ROSY MOUND

This is a great hike that winds through the woods, up several hundred stairs, over some picturesque dunes, and ends at the lake front! The beach is a public beach, so pack those towels and feel free to cool off when you reach the lake. Perfect for older kids or babies you can wear in a carrier; you may end up carrying a 3 or 4 year old for part of this hike. Parking is free during the off season (Labor Day through Memorial Day) but otherwise it’s $8.00.

13925 Lakeshore Drive, Grand Haven, MI 49417

26 – TOUR A CHOCOLATE FACTORY

Chocolates by Grimaldi in Grand Haven offers factory tours so you can have your very own I Love Lucy moment! Tours must be scheduled in advance and are affordable, family fun at just $4 per person.

219 N 7th Street, Grand Haven, MI 49417

27 – BEST OF BOTH WORLDS AT SQUARE PLAY CAFE

This is a new favorite spot at our house. Square Play Cafe offers coffee drinks for parents and loads of fun for kids. It’s kind of like having a play date without having to clean up! Grab a friend, a latte, and catch up while your kids play with new, different, and educational toys. They also offer special events and story times–be sure to follow along with them on social media for the latest.

436 Washington Avenue, Holland, MI 49423

28 – FREE FAMILY FUN AT HOLLAND’S PLAYLAND

Holland’s Playland is located inside Central Wesleyan Church and it’s serious fun for kids of all ages. Your kids can run, slide, and play the day away. Playland is primarily volunteer run–which means it’s totally FREE to go and play whenever you’d like!

29 – LOOP AROUND OTTAWA SANDS IN FERRYSBURG

Ottawa Sands is the newest Ottawa County Park and it’s a real treat! It’s a simple, sandy path the winds around an inland lake. Both times I’ve visited I’ve spotted a Bald Eagle–so fun! Despite the sand, it’s not too far of a loop (and easy to follow)–perfect for little legs. Dogs are welcome!

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