Paddle and Play

Parent-Child Programs

Spring & Summer


0-5 Yr Olds + Guardian

A special time in the pool for parents and young children to enjoy playtime with friends. For your convenience, we provide life jackets, puddle jumpers and infant floats for non-swimmers. A guardian must be in the water and provide direct supervision for their child.

  • Aquatics Calendars
  • Registration: No registration needed... just show up!
  • Costs: $3 p/visitor OR Splash Pass | Included in ALL Fitness Memberships
  • Mondays: 10:00am-11:00am (Until May 13)
  • Fridays: 9:30am-10:45am (Until May 17)
  • Location: Zeeland Recreation East Pool

FAMILY Open Swim


Family Open Swim is a great time for all ages to enjoy the pool - from infants to teenagers to seniors and everyone in between! We have diving boards, a youth water slide, basketball hoops and various pool toys and floats, along with life jackets, puddle jumpers and infant floats for non-swimmers. Come join the fun! 


6 Months-3 Yr Olds (+ Adult Guardian)

Learning how to swim can save your child’s life! Join us to learn the following skills: Enter and exit water together | Getting wet with toys  | Front and back holds | Songs and games | Blowing bubbles | Splashing and kicking legs | Splashing and reaching arms | Front and back glides | Water safety rules. Parent-child lessons have a 6-1 student-instructor ratio. 

  • Register Here
  • Swim Lesson FAQ's
  • Cost: $66r/$81nr
  • Apr 13-May 18: Sat | 8:30am-9:00am
  • June 10-26: M & W | 6:30pm-7:00pm
  • July 8-24: M & W | 6:30pm-7:00pm


3-5 Yr Olds + Guardian

Splish Splash Storytime is a great opportunity for your child to socialize with other young children while developing their love of reading, learning, and swimming!  Each day will begin with 30-minutes of on-deck fun where children will listen to stories and sing songs followed by 60-minutes of playtime in the pool with a parent/guardian.

  • Register Here
  • Cost: $3 per person | Register guardian and child(ren) separately
  • Instructor: Julie Russell (Howard Miller Librarian)
  • Session 3: Mon, Apr 15 | 9:30am-11:00am
  • Location: Zeeland Recreation East Warm Pool


2-6 Yr Olds + Guardian

Help your child develop their motor skills and attention span while also making fun memories with a parent or caregiver! Sing Song Yoga® is an international kids musical yoga program in which song lyrics instruct children how to get into the poses. Class includes yoga poses, yoga-based activities and songs to tie it all together. Parents and kids sign up for this yoga class together. It is a fast paced, 30-minute, child-centered class which was created specifically for 2-6-year olds. Enroll based on age at start dates.  Taught by the founder of Sing Song Yoga®.

  • Register for AM Session Here
  • Register for PM Session Here
  • Cost: $49r/$64nr
  • Instructor: Deb Weiss-Gelmi (founder of Sing Song Yoga®)
  • AM Session 7: Thur | 11:10-11:40am| Apr 25-May 23 
  • PM Session 4: Thur | 5:50-6:20pm | Apr 25-May 23
  • AM Location: Zeeland Recreation - Shoreline Sprinkling Studio
  • PM Location: Cityside Middle School - ELA Room 1st Floor

parent-child cupcake decorating

5-9 Yr Olds + Adult

Join us and The Pastry Slayer for a fun cupcake decorating class! Each class will focus on buttercream technique, theme appropriate decorations and learning something new with your favorite adult/child duo. Participants will take home six fully decorated cupcakes! Register the child only for the class.

  • Register Here 
  • Registration Deadline: Two weeks prior to the class (or when full)
  • Cost: $40r/$55nr
  • Instructor: Kaylee Thomas (Owner of The Pastry Slayer)
  • Session 3: Sat, May 4 | Star Wars | Apr 20 deadline
  • Time: 3:00pm-4:30pm
  • Location: New Groningen Elementary Multipurpose Room


6th-12th Gr + Adults

Grab your mom, dad, son or daughter and join us for our Parent-Child Cornhole Tournaments! These will be round-robin tournaments that will be played outdoors on Main Street during the City of Zeeland’s “Music on Main” event. Each team will play every other team in the tournament one time. The team with the best win-loss record at the end of the tournament wins a trophy + gift card to a local restaurant! The children will compete against each other on one side of the board while the adults will compete against each other on the opposite side of the board. Participants should sign up as a team.