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Things to Do with Kids in Holland, MI
Located in West Michigan along the shores of beautiful Lake Michigan, Holland is a vacation destination with plenty to offer families with kids. The area was settled by Dutch immigrants who held on to their home culture, so much so that at the turn of the last century people from the Netherlands often chose to move to this Michigan town because the knew they could get around perfectly fine without speaking a word of English.
While that is no longer true, the area still celebrates its heritage with Dutch themed tourist attractions and events, like the Tulip Time Festival held each May. Add beautiful beaches and a laid back, family friendly attitude and you've got the makings of a fabulous family vacation.
Holland State Park Beach
The beach is certainly one of Holland's top attractions. Located along the sandy shores of Lake Michigan, the beach is great for picnicing, swimming, skim boarding, sandcastle building, frisbee throwing and long walks along the water's edge. There is a kiosk selling items like snacks and sand pails, and a view of Holland's picturesque lighthouse, nicknamed "Big Red." Camping is available at the state park.
2215 Ottawa Beach Rd, Holland, MI 49424
Kirk Park Beach
If the Holland State Park Beach is a bit too busy for you, or you just want a change of pace, try the Kirk Park Beach, a few minute's drive north of town along Lakeshore Drive. Walk from the parking lot along a wooded path until you emerge standing atop a sand dune, with the sparkling waters of Lake Michigan spread out in front of you - gorgeous.
This beach offers picnic tables and grills, modern bathrooms and vending machines up near the parking lot.
9791 N. Lakeshore Dr. West Olive, MI 49460
Holland, Michigan Aquatic Center
If the weather won't cooperate, you can still treat the kids to a day of swimming at the Holland Aquatic Center. There's water slides, water cannons, diving pool, hot tub and much more!
550 Maple Avenue Holland, MI 49423
Windmill Island in Holland, Michigan
Windmill Island is a Dutch themed attraction. The focal point of windmill island is the 250 year old authentic, working Dutch windmill, the only one in the United States. Guests can tour the windmill, where a guide will demonstrated how the windmill was used to mill grain into flour. There are also gift shops on the island.
7th Street and Lincoln Avenue Holland, MI 49423
Animal lovers will want to head to Critter Barn, a petting farm where families can learn about and interact with a variety of farm animals. Kids can hold baby chicks and ducks, hold rabbits, hang out with goats and get a nice close look at a pig. Kids can go into the chicken coop, and sometimes the Critter Barn will give out fresh eggs for families to take home.
9275 Adams St, Zeeland, MI 49464
You know how at fairs, kids stand in lengthy lines just to spend a few minutes in an inflatable bounce house? Well at Crazy Bounce you've got all the inflatables, none of the lines. Kids can bounce, go through bouncy obstacle courses, play dodgeball and careen down huge inflatable slides. Socks are required, but they sell some at the front desk if you forget.
Holland boasts a vibrant downtown shopping area with plenty of shops for both kids and adults. In particular kids might enjoy
Sandcastle - a children's specialty toy store filled with fun and quirky toys.
Coldstone Creamery - More delicious ice cream.
Kilwin's - Candy store.
Treehouse Books - Bookstore with a good kid's section.
Craig's Cruiser's is geared towards older children but has some activities for the ankle biters as well. There's go-cart racing, bumper boats, pitching machines and mini golf outside and food and video games indoors. You'll be busy for hours!
651 Chicago Dr.
Holland, MI 49423
Lost City Laser Tag
If you've got more than 5 people, head to Lost City for a few games of laser tag. You'll be issued vests, head sets and laser guns, separated into two teams, then led into a dimly lit room filled with ramps and cubby holes. Whoever gets the most hits wins!
12350 James St, Holland, MI 49424
Chuck E. Cheese
The Holland version of this popular chain and kid's favorite is at Holland's Westshore Shopping Mall. Arcade games are all a quarter, pizza and soda are available and there's a climbing structure for kids to play on.
12331 James Street Holland, MI 49424