Spring Dreams are Made of These

Feeling ready for a change of seasons? Spring is soon upon us, and arriving with it are a host of fun opportunities such as Downtown Holland’s annual Girlfriends Weekend, a chance to relax with Spring Break, and the excitement of the upcoming Tulip Time Festival.

If you are interested in a getaway with your girlfriends, you won’t want to miss Girlfriends Weekend. Shops and restaurants around downtown Holland roll out the red carpet and welcome you and your friends in style. We’re talking a fashion show, luau party, shopping, drink specials, shopping, swag bags, in-store specials, giveaways and more. It’s your chance to relax or live it up with your girlfriends! If you haven’t already registered, registration is still open!

Looking for Spring Break family fun? From high-octane indoor recreation to artist workrooms where you can let your creative juices flow, the Holland area has something for everyone. Kids of all ages will love the wide variety of Spring Break activities, while parents will appreciate the kid-centric atmosphere that makes Holland one of the 10 Best Cities for Families. Here are six activities to put on your Michigan staycation Spring Break itinerary:

  1. Generations of kids can have fun splashing around at the Holland Aquatic Center. The Splash Zone features a gigantic 150-foot indoor water slide and lazy river, as well as a zero-entry wading pool for little kids. Older kids will get a kick out of the center’s larger pool with diving boards, zip lining and massive inflatables.
  2. Voted one of the country’s best trampoline parks, Urban Air in the Holland area has much more to do than just jumping. Offering ninja warrior courses, battle beams, a ropes course, tubes playground and a virtual reality gaming center, it’s the ultimate indoor adventure park with play spaces for kids of any age.
  3. If your kids enjoy letting their imaginations run wild, a visit to Paint a Potin Holland provides a fantastic creative outlet. The whole family can pick out a mug, plate, vase, or small figurine to paint however they choose.
  4. For an indoor-outdoor experience that’s safe from the elements yet still gets you in touch with the natural world, visit the Critter Barn. Pet a barn full of sheep, chicks, bunnies, and other baby animals in the spring. You can even play farmer by collecting eggs in the coop or bottle feeding a kid (the baby goat kind!).
  5. Garsnett Beacon Candle Co. provides another creative outlet. You can experiment in the shop’s fragrance studio with more than 85 scents, take your favorite oils and pour them into a container of your choice to create a personalized candle!
  6. Parents can treat the kids to some classic arcade fun and relive their own glory days at Holland’s BAM!, voted the Best Family Entertainment Center in West Michigan. Skee-Ball? Check. Bowling? Yep. There’s also a multi-level laser tag arena, high ropes course, climbing walls, escape rooms, axe throwing and more.

Finally, don’t forget to mark your calendars for the well- known Tulip Time Festival coming up just around the corner! This year’s theme is bikes and blooms in celebration of the 95th anniversary of the festival. Running May 4-12, it’s an exciting week full of Dutch dancing, tulips, parades, carnival faire, music, quilts… and more tulips! Spend the day at the Artisan Market, see the Quilt Show & the beautiful display of tulips at the Immersion Garden. Drive down Tulip Lane or walk thru Centennial Park and admire the colorful blooms. Enjoy shopping and dining in our downtown as you head over to the Window on the Waterfront & Windmill Island Gardens for even more tulips.

With so many fun upcoming events, be sure to visit Holland, Michigan for all we have to offer!