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106. Neil’s Dutch Village

April 16, 2011

I remember my first trip to Holland as a engineering student at WMU we came to the Holland, MI area to visit local manufacturing plants. We stopped at the Dutch Village to stretch our legs and get lunch before we got back on the road to Kalamazoo. Growing up we always had my Dutch grandmothers plates and other Dutch items throughout the house in Chicago. But a few got chip and even one fell to the floor when we lived in DesPlaines and the Concord flew into O’Hare for a test run, so many years with a missing plate or two. Over the years I have stopped in for a various gift items for my mother and aunt. When I lived in Holland they always wanted to stop by the village. Even if you don’t have a little Dutch in you this is a entertaining spot for the entire family.

I see to kick of the new spring 2011 season Neil’s Dutch Village  they are having a Free Admission spring preview weekend Saturday & Sunday, April 16 & 17.

April 18 – 22, they will be closed and will reopen for our 2011 Season Opening Day on Saturday April 23They will be closed on Easter Sunday, April 24. From Monday, April 25 through mid September will be open EVERY DAY

So what is the Dutch Village? I think they explain it best:
theme park is a step back into the Netherlands of over 100 years ago, complete with authentic Dutch architecture, flowering gardens, canals and windmills. The history and culture of the Dutch come to life as our associates, dressed in native costumes including wooden shoes, demonstrate village life.

Songs from our towering 25-bell carillon greet arriving visitors. While strolling through the park, enjoy the music of our Amsterdam street organs, and watch the klompen dancers kick up their heels with our Dutch folk dance, and then join in on the fun and become an honorary Dutch Dancer for the day! See how a Dutch farm family would have lived in the Frisian farmhouse and barn.

Visit our wooden shoe factory where shoes are carved by hand and with antique automated machinery. Everyone is encouraged to try on a pair of Klompen (wooden shoes).
Children will enjoy feeding the farm animals, sliding down the giant wooden shoe slide, riding our restored antique carousel and taking the big swing on our Zweefmolen (Dutch Swing Ride) – one of our most popular attractions. There is no extra charge for any of our rides.

Adults can step onto our Heksenwaag (a 200-year-old witches’ scale) to find out who is guilty of witchcraft, hand crank an Amsterdam street organ, and sample Dutch specialty foods. Educational movies, enjoyed by both adults and children, are shown throughout the day. Our Klederdracht(costume) Museum features authentic costumes in typical settings and a doll exhibit showcasing 150 provincial costumes. A large diorama depicts a Dutch country scene.

Each year we add new and popular family fun activities. Recently we’ve added a new kids ridePetal Pumper cars. Previously we added Old Dutch Cheese making, International Cheese Tasting, Dutch Delftware Making, The Petting Zoo, Dutch Dancing Lessons, and Walking Our Goat. Click hereto see a preview of these attractions.

There is convenient free parking for any vehicle including busses and motor homes. See our dailyschedule of open hours for our theme park and shops.

For more information visit their website: http://www.dutchvillage.com/

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