Pella Tulip Time, one of my favorite May events, is right around the corner. The annual event located in you guessed it, Pella, is only a 45 minute drive from Des Moines. This might seem like a little bit of a drive, especially with young kids, but it’s definitely worth it. Besides, where else can you see over 380,000 tulips (Conditions are perfect for the tulips this year says my inside source) and get a Dutch Letter?
This year’s Tulip Time (2015) will take place Thursday, May 7th thru Saturday, May 9th. Each day you can catch either an afternoon or evening parade where you will see floats, marching bands and all other sorts of people marching in the wooden shoes & dutch costumes. Along with the parade there are many other activities planned all day long. Two that might intrigue you are the inflatable rides for kids available and the Grand Stand Shows at 1pm and 7pm each day. Grand Stand shows have lots of great family friendly entertainment ranging from Dutch Dancers to Street Scrubbers. Also for the kiddos there is the de Kinderhoek (Kids Corner) in the Northeast corner of Central Park. Children of all ages will enjoy games, crafts and activities in Central Park. A small fee is charged for some games. (12:00 – 8:00 P.M. Friday
10:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M. Saturday) Another place to check out would be the Dutch Craft Market in West Market Park. You will find a large variety of handmade crafts and items to look through plus food and beverage stands.
So you have all the activities, parades and beautiful tulips, but the real reason I like to go to Tulip Time is for the food. Most importantly the Dutch Letters. I recommend going to Jaarsma Bakery to get this delicious pastry. You might be tempted to go to Vander Ploeg Bakery which is only a few stores down from Jaarsma. You will see there is no line formed outside of Vander Ploeg and think I will just get a Dutch Letter there. But, let me tell you waiting 10 minutes is worth it! If for some reason you don’t like your Jaarsma Dutch Letter, I will gladly come eat it for you! 2 other foods worth trying are the Dutch Tacos and Dutch Nachos. Both items are full of Pella Bologna!
So start planning, take a day off work or school and make sure you visit this year’s Tulip Time. For more info visit www.pellatuliptime.com