Experience Summer Online: Play (2013)

PlayDig into summer fun!

Try an activity, attend a program or read a book from the list below, then share your experience in the comments section. Complete at least one of the listed ideas, then ENTER HERE to win gift cards and other prizes!


  • Use stuffed animals, dress-up clothing and toys to promote creative play. You can also visit any branch’s KDLville play area to run a restaurant, be a doctor or anything you can imagine.
  • Put on a play, puppet show or event for your family and tell us about it in the comments section below.
  • Find some fun at the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum.
  • Attend a sporting event like a West Michigan Whitecaps baseball game.



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30 Responses to “Experience Summer Online: Play (2013)”

  1. virginia Says:

    Everyone should visit the Children’s Museum while KIDSCONSTRUCTION is there. My grandson enjoyed it along with all the other fantastic playstations such as bubbles,musical instruments, sand table, and may more.

  2. Hennie, KDL Says:

    Yes, the Children’s Museum is a great place to visit! They seem to have something new every time we stop by.

  3. Hennie, KDL Says:

    The Kentwood Branch just put our a new Duplo Table in their KDLville play area. Be sure to stop by and check it our.

  4. logan Says:

    I love going to the Children’s Museum! They have so many things I can play with!

  5. Hennie, KDL Says:

    What else has everyone been doing for fun this summer? Has anyone been to a Whitecaps game?

  6. Lisa and Lily Says:

    We attended a Whitecaps game. Got to see Lou Whitaker!

  7. Hennie, KDL Says:

    Great night to see a game! And why isn’t Lou Whitaker in the Hall of Fame!?

  8. Anne Marie Says:

    Love going to the Children’s Museum with my nephew always learning something new!

  9. Viola Weber Says:

    I went to Lou Whitaker night at the Whitecaps. I was hoping to get an autograph but my number was not picked.

  10. joe Says:

    I enjoy watching my son have so much fun at the Children’s Museum! Whenever he wants to go there I take him!

  11. Hennie, KDL Says:

    We are lucky that Kent County has so many great places for families to visit. Has anyone been to Frederik Meijer Gardens yet this summer?

  12. Mindy H Says:

    My boys loved playing with all of the legos at CP KDL!

  13. Caitlyn Says:

    I roleplay with my sister by dressing up, or cosplaying, anime characters from Zatch Bell.

  14. Hennie, KDL Says:


    That sounds really creative and fun. Especially if it’s in air conditioning on a hot day like today!

  15. Keyrsten Says:

    Every Monday and Friday my two boys and their cousins get to hang out all day. We have been going to the zoo, visiting local parks and beaches. We have also had a treasure hunt and lots of imaginary play.

  16. Jacquelyn Says:

    Jacquelyn,4, loves to get dressed up as a doctor at Walker KDL. She likes to “fix up” her mom. She also likes to pretend to give shots to her mom. OUCH!

  17. Natalie Says:

    I was the queen of the mermaids and a pirate during a Pirate Island show at Berlin Fair this week. I did the Mermaid Cha Cha, and I was a scary pirate.

  18. Veronica Says:

    Being in a play is so much fun. This summer, I was in a pirate show. The first day I was a mermaid then I was Davey Jones last I was a magic dragon. Those days were very fun. I can’t wait for next year.

  19. Hennie, KDL Says:

    Wow. I love the dramatic play going on out there in KDL land.

  20. Cathy Vorel Says:

    We went to Fredrick Meijer Garden and the kids had a blast making up stories for a puppet show at the wood hut.

  21. Kip, KDL Staff Says:

    The Meijer Gardens is a great place for creative play, glad you had fun.

  22. Jim Miars Says:

    My daugheter put on her own talk show and interviewed each member of the family it was very impressive and a great idea! she asked all about our favorite things to do and dramatic play is defentily one of hers!

  23. Jim Miars Says:

    Our family attended a whitecaps game recently the girls loved the bounce house and food! My youngest even caught a foul ball it was a blast

  24. Courtney Says:

    me and my sisters did a fashion show and pagent! we dressed up stuffed animals that matched each category and our parents watched the final performance!

  25. Fiona Moord Says:

    Me, my mom and my dad, so I guess you could say family, went to a baseball game. Well, the problem was we didn’t get to go on Father’s Day (it was a Father’s Day present for my dad) but it didn’t work out because we have an orchard that had to be sprayed and it took too long. So, we changed the baseball game and went a couple of weeks ago and it was really fun. There were two teams and we got to see them scoring and we got to get food there. The End.

  26. Hennie, KDL Says:

    One of my favorite things to do in the summer…go to a baseball game with my family. I’m glad you had fun.

  27. Fiona Moord Says:

    Thanks, Hennie!

  28. Morgan L. Says:

    I like to play dress up sometimes at home (but only in my bedroom – I don’t like anyone else to see me dressing up!).

  29. Lorelei L. Says:

    I’ve read many of the books on the Pirate’s Life for Me Booklist. The funniest one was “Backbeard and the Birthday Suit: The Hairiest Pirate Who Ever Lived.”

  30. Wendy M Says:

    We went to the Down in the Dirt Nature Craft night a few weeks ago. My son and I had a great time making the various crafts that were set out for us to do. We also enjoyed the book walk outside. It was a great night for the two of us to hang out together. Thanks!

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