Holland resources for families and seniors during extreme heat waves

NETHERLANDS — As spring moves into summer, heat waves are becoming more common along the lake shore. Left in the heat without air conditioning? Here is a list of resources for families, seniors, pet owners, and more:

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Do you want to spend a lot of time indoors without spending a lot of money? There are Holland area options for you, including:

Holland Aquatic Center

The best escape from heat is usually water. Single-visit passes to the Holland Aquatic Center are $11 for non-residents and $6 for city residents. Passes include access to family and preschool splash time, regular swimming, the splash zone, and fitness equipment. Learn more at hollandaquatic.org.

Herrick District Library

This completely free community center is available to families and offers hours of quiet entertainment, including a kids’ section, comfortable reading spots and computers. Visit the main branch at 300 S. River Ave. or the north branch at 155 Riley St. Hours are available at herrickdl.org.

The lost City

In this arcade, you spend as much as you want. Mini bowling is $1 per person, while indoor miniature golf is just $4 per person. There are discount deals available, as well as laser tags, concessions, and of course heat protection. Learn more about The Lost City — 12330 James St. — at the-lost-city.com.

Zeeland Splatter Pad

It’s not indoors, but the Zeeland Splash Pad offers plenty of free, refreshing fun for the whole family. The fenced-in playground offers restrooms, benches, tables, and shade, and is located near food and drink options in central Zeeland. The pad is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 12 noon to 9 p.m. on Sundays. Learn more at cityofzeeland.com/323/City-of-Zeeland-Splash-Pad-Park.

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The fenced-in play area at Zeeland Splash Pad offers restrooms, benches, tables and shade, and is located near food and drink options in downtown Zeeland.


Seniors without home air conditioning systems are encouraged to stay with family, friends and neighbors if possible during extreme heat conditions, the Allegan County Department of Emergency Management said.

People who are elderly or who have certain health conditions, such as poor circulation, are especially vulnerable to heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

If you don’t have a working air conditioner at home, public facilities like libraries and community centers can be good places to escape the heat.