Activities for a preschooler

Since Jessica’s swimming lessons have been canceled twice now and we still don’t want to spend the money for gymnastics we’ve been looking in to a few other options for her.
Here’s what we’ve found – links and information – for her age group in Holland, Mi.
Holland Christian is running an Enrichment program for 3 and 4 year olds – each class is only $15 and they’re offering the classes at separate dates at a North and South side location. Jessica will definitely be signed up for some of these. She’s already infatuated with school – what better way to spend a snowy afternoon than learning and playing with other kids IN SCHOOL!?
DeGraaf Nature Center also offers some interactive classes and fun filled afternoons for 3 and 4 year olds – although the 3 year old classes are sparse, there is one in Feb that she could do with an adult on Making a Bird House – I think her and Aaron will be doing that one together.
Have an afternoon and you really want to see a movie – something with or maybe without your child? Celebration – Woodland offers all their movies at a ticket price of $3.50 – a total steal. We’ve taken Jessica to Ratatouille and when the new Veggie Tales movie is offered there we’ll probably venture out there again.
Also Celebration Cinema South offers Monday’s Movie’s for Mom’s – they keep the lights up a bit and turn the volume down so your little one isn’t disturbed and mom’s can catch the new releases without stares from other patrons. We did this often when Jessica was younger, I’m not sure it would work so well now that she knows whats going on in front of her.
Of course there’s always the mall play area, FREE and very entertaining for Jessica – Crazy Bounce, which she loves, but it’s spendy to do often, and the Aquatic Center is a huge hit – for only $3.50 per visit, it’s not too bad to splurge there a couple times a week if the need arises.

I live in Holland, Michigan

It’s true. And I get Midwest Living and devour every issue. I love Michigan and I especially love Holland.

loving this

This has not always been true. For a long time in middle school/high school I wanted to get as far away from this place as I could. That would still be nice for a time but I think our home will always be here. We’re 3 hours away from Chicago, only 20 minutes away from sandy beaches, 45 minutes from a large enough airport that getting anywhere is never hard. I can walk down the road to a local grocery store 6 days a week. There’s a pony farm right up the road from us and we’re 15 minutes away from neighboring towns such as Saugatuck and Douglas. As well as Zeeland, in the other direction.

Jessica downtown

If we hop on the highway we’re 15 minutes away from Grandville, which is a shoppers dream. In the summer Holland has a Farmers Market every week which is absolutely essential to the experience of living in our town. Fresh fruits, produce, breads, homemade goods, organic foodstuffs and more. It’s amazing. Oh and $6 fresh cut boquets. You simply cannot beat it.

Farmers Market downtown Holland, Mi

Farmers Market

More radishes

Just as equally as charming as all the ammenities of this little town are it’s trails for hiking, biking or otherwise being in nature. They abound endlessly. We don’t have mountains here and we don’t have the painted canvas earth like Arizona or Utah – but we’ve got Beech Trees and Sand Dunes and 4 seasons.

Hiking through the dunes

I can’t wait for spring!

Tulips 2009