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Local Parks & Recreation

Story Times

Many community libraries and local bookstores often have book readings and short plays for children.  These events are opportunities to practice attending, following directions, maintaining personal space, and asking and responding to questions in a group setting.  It is important to plan for how long the event is since you will want your child to be successful.  You may want to start by attending shorter events in the beginning of the summer and gradually increase the length of time. You may call ahead and ask for how long the event is and what the schedule of activities might be. This can help you to determine how long your stay will be for each event you and your child attend.


Local libraries in our area include, but are not limited to:


Spring Lake District Library
123 E. Exchange St.
Spring Lake, MI 49456

Loutit Library
407 Columbus Ave
Grand Haven, MI 49417

Herrick District Library
300 S. River Ave.
Holland, MI 49423


North Side Branch
155 Riley St. 
Holland, MI 49424


Grand Rapids Public Library
111 Library Street NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Local Parks, Playgrounds and Beaches
Playgrounds, parks, and beaches offer up a wonderful place to learn about and practice conflict resolution, problem solving, and communication skills.  Your child can practice asking to join an activity, helping peers, and working with friends to create and resolve game rules.  Your child can practice patience while waiting for the swing or the slide. This is also a great destination site for play dates as well! Getting the family outdoors can help with developing a healthy lifestyle during any season.  

Imagination Station

1 Y Drive

Grand Haven, MI  49417

Sensory Trail at Grand River Park

9473 28th Avenue

Jenison, MI  49428

Action Wake Park

3320 Hudson Trails Drive

Hudsonville, MI  49426


Community Parks and Recreation Centers
Community parks and recreation centers often have summer baseball, soccer, or basketball teams.  For our children with ASD team sports are great opportunities learning good sportsmanship, meeting with children their own age, and learning how to follow rules and regulations associated with a sport/activity.  Community and recreation centers also offer art, science, and other camps that teach fun skills while providing social interactions.  This is a great opportunity for your child to learn to work collaboratively with children their own age on projects or share materials in order to complete an activity.

North Ottawa Recreation Authority (NORA)
1415 Beechtree St.
Grand Haven, MI 49417

Spring Lake Community Fitness & Aquatic Center
16140 148th Ave.
Spring Lake, MI 49456

Holland Community Aquatic Center
550 Maple Ave.
Holland, MI 49423

Tri Cities Family YMCA
1 Y Drive
Grand Haven, MI 49417

Smallenberg Park
16th St. and Fairbanks Holland, MI 49422

Frog Hollow Playground
2050 Metro Court Wyoming, MI

Outdoor Discovery Center

Crazy Bounce

Critter Barn

Degraaf Nature Center

Nelis’ Dutch Village

Windmill Island

Millenium Park 

John Ball Zoo


Fredrick Meijer Gardens

Grand Rapids Children’s Museum


Grand Rapids Public Museum


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