The Outdoor Discovery Center (ODC) Network will join the Kids Activities at the Holland Farmers Market tomorrow, Wednesday, July 3 to teach children about conservation fun land and water games! The Kids Activities are held at the Market every Wednesday from 9:30 am – 11:30 am through August 14. The Activities are free to attend and begin with Market Story Time hosted by the Herrick District Library, followed by a fun, educational, and hands-on activity led by a local community partner. The Kids Activities are proudly sponsored by Corewell Health. 


Tomorrow at the Kids Activities, the ODC Network will share how they work to protect land and water quality in and around the Holland area. Children will have the opportunity to participate in fun games and crafts while they learn about pollinators, macroinvertebrates, native plants, and water quality right here in West Michigan. Each child will leave with the knowledge they need to help conserve our important natural resources!


The ODC Network is a non-profit organization that strives to advance outdoor education and conservation in West Michigan. Since 2000, the ODC Network has served more than 1.3 million people through hands-on, outdoor learning experiences and conserved thousands of acres of native habitat through restoration and preservation projects. The network is made up of 12 business divisions, working together to create a better community by connecting people, land and nature. 


The weekly Kids Activities at the Holland Farmers begin with an interactive Market Story Time hosted by the Herrick District Library starting at 9:30 am, followed by a drop-in activity led by a local non-profit organization or business from 10:00 am until 11:30 am. All activities planned are educational, hands-on, and fun and are geared for ages 3-10. The full schedule of activities can be found below and on the Market Kids Activities Facebook event page. Activities are free to attend, but a parent or guardian must remain onsite the entire time to supervise their children. Activities take place in the northwest parking lot outside of the Holland Civic Center Place (150 West 8th Street). 


Upcoming Kids Activities


July 10

Corewell Health 

Stay Safe this Summer

The injury prevention team from Corewell Health, our Kids Activity sponsor, will be here to teach kids all about summer bike and swim safety! Parents can learn how to fit their child’s bike helmet correctly and get important information on water and car seat safety too. Children will have the opportunity to play a fun game together and get a cool pair of sunglasses to take home! 


July 17


Fiesta Time

Celebrate Fiesta Week with Latin Americans United for Progress (LAUP)! Join the Herrick District Library for a bilingual interactive story time, then celebrate Latino culture together with a “frutas y vegetales” activity! Be sure to stay for a chance to get active with the Salserines, who will be here to teach everyone some fun salsa-dancing moves!


July 24

Holland Museum

Michigan Fruit Harvest

Did you know Michigan harvests over 1 billion apples every year?  From Granny Smith to Honey Crisp, Michigan apples just can’t be beat! Join the team from the Holland Museum to design and create a harvesting device to harvest apples from their trees! Children will also have the opportunity to color a map of Michigan and learn about the different fruits grown in each region of our great state! 


July 31

Holland Parks & Recreation

Get Out and Get Active!

Our friends from Holland Recreation will be joining us to help kids get out and get active this summer, with a variety of different yard games and activities to get kids moving! Activities will include corn hole, ladder ball, giant Jenga, and so much more. Learn all about Holland Recreation’s upcoming fall and winter programs and classes too!


August 7

Community Action House

Healthy Eating Habits

The team from Community Action House will be here to help children learn about how to make healthy eating choices and why it’s important to fuel our bodies with the right nutrients!  Children can join in on a fun, interactive activity and get a free temporary fruit or vegetable tattoo to help them remember to eat a rainbow of foods every day!


August 14

Corewell Health

Smoothie Bike

Corewell Health’s popular Smoothie Bike is back!  Children can pedal a stationary bike to blend their own smoothies to sample…both with and without spinach! Will your child taste the “sneaky spinach” difference? Children will have the opportunity to learn about healthy eating and bring home their own smoothie recipes to try, courtesy of the Corewell’s CATCH (Coordinated Approach To Child Health) team, who travel the area teaching healthy eating habits to local schools.


About Corewell Health:

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