Take a break from the beach and head over to Lost City for a few games of laser tag.
Your group will be led into a prep group where you’ll be outfitted with a vest, headset and laser gun. A Lost City employee will review the rules and you’ll split into two teams, red and green. The play arena is dark, with low neon lighting and fast music. It’s split into two areas, one for each team, with plenty of places for players to hide while they shoot lasers at members of the opposing team. The headset alerts you when you’ve been hit, and after three hits you must recharge your gun at a charging station. At the end of the game you’re given a printout of your stats.
Lost City recommends groups of at least five people for laser tag, but I’ve seen them add smaller groups to a larger group that’s playing.
In addition to laser tag, Lost City offers an arcade where players earn tickets they can redeem for prizes, indoor glow-in-the-dark mini golf, miniature bowling and a snack bar.
Lost City is easy to get to, located off US 31 by the Star Theater cinema in the Holland Town Center Outlet Mall.
The Lost City Laser Tag
12330 James St.
Holland, MI 49424
When the weather outside is gloomy and gray, head to the Holland Aquatic Center for fun in the water.
Here you’ll find a variety of swim facilities for all ages and skill levels. The little ones can romp around in the shallow Splash Zone, while bigger kids can head down the Yellow Streak Slide, climb the Saturn or test themselves on the Aqua Challenge obstacle course. More serious swimmers can lane swim.
Please check the Holland Aquatic Center’s schedule for pool open hours. Daily admission for non-residents is $5.50 per person.
Holland Aquatic Center
550 Maple Avenue
Holland, MI 49423
When the weather refuses to cooperate, families can head to the Spring Lake Aquatic Center’s indoor family pool for some fun in the water.
The family pool is more of a small indoor water park, with a lazy river, big water slide, splash pool, lily pads and more. Adults can relax in the soothing hot tub, or join in the fun in the pool. Kids under age 13 must be accompanied by an adult.
The daily admission price ($10 per person in 2012) includes access to the exercise facilities, so if you prefer, one parent can work out while the other stays in the pool with the kids.
The open hours for the family pool vary, so be sure to check the schedule before going.
The Spring Lake Aquatic Center is located within Spring Lake High School.
Spring Lake Aquatic Center
16140 148th Avenue
Spring Lake, MI 49456
Whether there’s snow on the ground or a steady rainfall has ruined your plans to hit the beach, you can slip on some skates and glide around the ice at The Edge Ice Arena in Holland.
The Edge opened its doors in 1999 and is the home rink for hockey teams from Hope College, local high schools and children’s and adult leagues. Area visitors might want to take advantage of the arena’s public skating hours, or join a scheduled adult pick-up game.
The Edge is open year round and hosts public skating hours every day. Please check the website for hours and prices.
The Edge Ice Arena
4444 Holland Ave
Holland, MI 49424