Not only is the southwest area of Greater Grand Rapids filled with fun things to do with kids, it’s also a great place to call home.

Parents all over Byron Center and Wyoming love where they live and take pride in their communities.

Here’s just a glimpse of what they’re saying…

We live in Wyoming and love it! We have beautiful parks, well-equipped playgrounds, and a cheery splashpad. We host the yearly Pumpkin Walk Festival where all the kids get to decorate and take a small pumpkin home for Halloween. Don’t forget the free Tuesday night summer concert series at Lamar Park! We have miles of trails to walk and spend time in nature. There are green spaces everywhere. We also have the Wyoming branch of the public library-my favorite branch to take the littles for story time. It’s bright and cheerful and has cool child-focused play areas and craft spaces. There are even built-in reading nooks in the walls with windows for daydreaming about the places you’re visiting in your books. One of the best things? We’re close enough to get to Grand Rapids and all the wonderful things it offers, but we’re able to maintain that smaller town feel.
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18 Things to do With Kids in Byron Center, Wyoming, Dorr and Wayland

Apart from getting to know your neighbors or going to school, here are 18 fantastic things to do with your kids in Byron Center, Wyoming, Door and Wayland. Let us know if you have any to add by leaving a comment below. Thanks!!

1- Play Make Believe in the Wyoming Library Puppet Theatre

The KDL Wyoming Library is a community hub for kids of all ages and their parents. Not only will you find storytime here, but Rhyme Time Music and Movement classes as well as a free play area filled with toys and even a kid’s puppet theater! 

3350 Michael Ave. SW, Wyoming MI

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2 – CLIMB AND BOUNCE AT FOR THE KIDZ

For the Kidz provides gymnastics and trampoline lessons for all ages and abilities.

They also offer dance and taekwondo classes, Ninja Kidz, Artistic and Trampoline & Tumbling competitive teams, open gyms, and birthday parties!

1391 Gezon Parkway, Wyoming MI

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3 – PLAY LASER TAG AND DRIVE GO CARTS AT CRAIG’S CRUISERS

Craig’s Cruisers is a Family Fun Center. They have five indoor and four outdoor attractions. Attractions include: Indoor Go-Karts, Laser Tag, Bumper Cars, Ropes Course, Frog Hopper, Outdoor Go-Karts, Kiddie Karts, Bumper Boats and Mini-Golf. *Outdoor attractions are weather permitting.

They also have a huge video arcade with a variety of video games and the chance to win tickets. Pizza buffet available as well.

5730 Clyde Park Ave. SW | Wyoming, MI 49509

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4 – GET A GUTTER BALL & A CONE AT PARK CENTER LANES

Find family-friendly bowling and a cone shop all in one at PARK CENTER LANES in Wyoming. Great for year-round indoor fun.

And if you’re a night owl, try out their cosmic bowling on the weekends, complete with glow lights and hot music. Great for teens and their parents.

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5 – GET OUT THE WIGGLES AT MCDONALD’S INDOOR PLAY CENTERS

There are two McDonald’s locations with indoor PlayPlace facilities for kids. Just remember to bring a pair of socks!

  • McDonald’s | 1221 28th St SW, Wyoming, MI 49509-2701
  • McDonald’s 3873 S Division St, Wyoming, MI 49548-3251

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6 – BYRON CENTER TODDLER RECREATION TIME

Every Tuesday and Friday (during the winter) from 9:30am-11:30am, parents and guardians may take their child, ages 1- 5, to the Community Center and have some play time to run and be active.

Toddler Recreation is a drop-in program that allows your child to play and release some energy during the colder months. We provide many items to play with, including gymnastics mats, sports balls, hula hoops, and space to run, jump and play. Preregistration is not required. Children must be supervised by an adult at all times.

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7 – CATCH A FISH AT WHISTLESTOP PARK

2120 – 76th Street, Byron Center, MI 49315

Whistle Stop Park has 59 acres that includes walking trails, play equipment, picnic area, athletic fields, and fishing amenities.

You’ll also find baseball & softball fields, play equipment, a  2.5 acre catch and release fishing pond, walking trail, soccer fields, football fields, pavilion and picnic area, and volleyball court.

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8 – SKATE THE NIGHT AWAY AT BYRON CENTER FUN SPOT

Snowball dance with your crush or groove out to the disco lights at Byron Center Fun Spot. They offer open skate times each weekend and are a great place for private parties, too.

3651 84th St. SW, Byron Center, MI 49315

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9 – COOL OFF AT THE LAMAR PARK SPLASH PAD

2561 Porter St SW, Wyoming, MI

Lamar Park is home to a popular splash pad. You’ll also find three picnic areas, restrooms, grills, playgrounds, walking trails, fishing, sand volleyball courts, basketball courts, tennis courts, climbing wall, grills, soccer fields and softball fields at this Wyoming community hub.

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10 – ENJOY FOOTSTOMPING FUN WITH CONCERTS IN THE PARK AT WAYLAND CITY PARK

Summertime brings out neighbors and the music at Wayland City Park.

The Wayland Summer Concert Series in the Park is held each summer in Wayland City Park at the Corner of W. Maple & Park St. This free, family-friendly concert is open to everyone. Bring your lawn chairs, and pack a swimsuit for the kids for the splash area.

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11 – DROP IN ON THE KIDS ZOOMING CLASS AT THE DORR LIBRARY

1804 Sunset Dr, Dorr, MI 49323

The small town of Dorr has some big time fun with the kids at KIDZOOMING. Bring the kiddos to this regularly scheduled library event and have them dance…

12 – BIKE OR BLADE KENT TRAILS FROM DOUGLAS WALKER PARK

1195 84th St, Byron Center, MI 49315

You really can pick up Kent Trails from many locations in Wyoming and Byron Township, but Douglas Walker Park serves as a southern spur trailhead.

Kent Trails serves as a safe place to bike, run, rollerblade or walk with your family. This 15-mile trail runs from Millennium Park to Byron Center with a connecting route available at Douglas Walker Park. Much of the connection follows the 76th St corridor. It’s about 3 miles from the Douglas Walker Park trailhead to the junction with Kent Trails.
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13 – TAKE A CLASS AT THE SPARTAN STORES YMCA

5722 Metro Way SW, Wyoming, MI 49519

There’s something for all ages at the new Spartan Stores YMCA located near Metro Health in Wyoming – whether you’re a Y member or not.

Classes include ballet, basketball, floor hockey, football, homeschool PE, and many more – making learning fun and easy. Parent’s Morning Out is a nice respite for moms and dads. This Y is a family favorite destination!

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14 – FROG HOLLOW BOUNDLESS PLAYGROUND

2050 Metro Ct SW, Wyoming, MI

This may be one of the safest playgrounds we have ever visited.  The soft ground coverings and fenced in area are a great way to just let the kids play. Plus, this playground was constructed to be accessible to all. Win Win!

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15 – HIKE OR SKI THE TRAILS AT PALMER PARK

1275 52nd Street SW, Wyoming, MI 49509

Yes, Palmer Park has a golf course, but it also has so much more! Hiking trails cross Buck Creek and they’re great for cross-country skiing in the winter, too. Add multiple playgrounds and picnic spots and you’ve got a great community park.

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16 – GET GLAMMED UP FOR THE ANNUAL WYOMING DADDY DAUGHTER DANCE

Every year, the City of Wyoming puts sparkle into action with their Daddy Daughter Dance. Held in late winter, girls (ages 4-13) are encouraged to spend an evening with their favorite adult date (Dad, Grandpa, Uncle or special friend). The evening includes dancing, refreshments, a picture and special memories. Watch the Wyoming website for signups.

17 – CATCH A SHOW AT MASTER ARTS THEATRE IN BYRON CENTER

75 77th St SW, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Family-friendly stage productions are just the beginning at Master Arts Theatre. Kids can also take summer acting camp, film camp or classes throughout the year.

18 – SHOP THE TANGER OUTLET MALL (AND PLAY ON THE PLAYGROUND)

Tanger Outlets is an open-air mall in Byron Center. In addition to having shops for kids, they also have an outdoor, covered playground that is great for kids up to age 12.

The large community fireplace near the Nike store is a nice place to lounge, too.

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By | 2017-05-20T19:56:40+00:00 December 6th, 2016|Categories: General, Southwest (Wyoming, Byron Center, Wayland, Dorr)|3 Comments

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  1. Ashlee December 7, 2016 at 9:48 am - Reply

    The McDonalds in Wayland also has an indoor play area. Wayland City Park also has a great splash pad area that just opened this past summer 🙂

    • Ashlee December 7, 2016 at 9:48 am - Reply

      Great list by the way! I think we will be trying some of these!!

    • Melody V
      Melody V December 7, 2016 at 10:02 am - Reply

      Oh thank you, Ashlee! We didn’t know about these!

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