Visit Windmill Island Gardens this Monday where Holland Recreation will host the third Books and Blooms activity of the summer on Monday, July 8! Each Books and Blooms will begin with a Story Time hosted by the Herrick District Library at 10:00 am, followed by a fun, educational, and hands on activity at 10:30 am. During the new Books and Blooms series, children can not only enjoy interactive  stories, songs, and activities, but also enjoy our children’s carousel, playground, see our two Frisian horses, and 10 chickens all on Windmill Island Gardens’ park grounds. 

This Monday during Books and Blooms, children will be able to Plant their own seeds in pots, and play  yard games with our friends from Holland Parks & Recreation! Holland Parks & Recreation staff will help  guide children in planting seeds in pots to take home and care for, encouraging a sense of responsibility,  and they will have a variety of yard games set up for families to enjoy. 

Holland Parks & Recreation is all about improving lives by offering high-quality recreation programs. They provide recreational opportunities for community members throughout the Holland area with a wide  variety of leagues, classes, clinics, and special events for both youth and adults. This summer, families  can also visit Bouws Pool where children ages 16 and under can swim free and adults are just $2.00  each! For more details on upcoming events with Holland Recreation, visit 

Families are invited to Windmill Island Gardens every other Monday morning for our new bi-weekly Books  and Blooms series from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm through August 12. The bi-weekly Books and Blooms  series will begin with an interactive Story Time hosted by the Herrick District Library starting at 10:00 am,  followed by a come-and-go style activity led by a local non-profit organization from 10:30 am until 12:00  pm. The full schedule of activities can be found below, and on the Books and Blooms Facebook event  page. Activities are free to attend for Holland residents, with regular admission rates applying to non Holland residents. A parent or guardian must remain onsite the entire time to supervise their children.  Activities take place in the park on the East side of the Posthouse building at Windmill Island Gardens (1  Lincoln Ave, Holland, MI, 49423). 

For more details on Books and Blooms and other upcoming events at Windmill Island Gardens, visit Windmill Island Gardens is open daily from 9:30am – 6:00pm (last admission  sold at 5:00pm) through October 6. 

Upcoming Books & Blooms Dates 

July 8 

Planting Seeds & Yard Games 

Holland Parks and Recreation

Join our friends from Holland Recreation as they guide participants in planting their very own seeds in  pots they can proudly take home. After planting their own pots, there will be a variety of yard games  available for families to enjoy. 

July 22 

Water Conservation Rain Cloud Mobile 

Holland Board of Public Works 

Children can learn all about how water is essential to life! Join us to learn about 5 different water  conservation tips how you can save water in your everyday life by creating and decorating your own Rain  Cloud Mobile to take home! 

August 5 

Dutch Games and Seedlings 

Windmill Island Gardens 

Our very own Windmill Island Gardens staff will show children how to play various Dutch games, try on  Dutch costumes, and more! Children can also decorate biodegradable planters to bring home their very  own plant starts grown right here at Windmill Island Gardens to plant and take care of at home! 

August 12 

Living Necklaces 

MSU Extension 

Children can create their very own Living Necklace with help from the MSU Extension! Learn about plant  germination and take home your very own plant that you can care for, watch grow, and… wear!