I dared venture over to the new Tanger Outlet Mall today, now that the crazy opening-weekend traffic has died down. We arrived just a bit past 11am on a Wednesday morning and the traffic wasn’t bad. The parking lot was filling up quickly, though, and I could see how easily traffic could get tangled from those leaving US-131.

I would not recommend going to the outlets with small kids on a weekend day any time soon- I anticipate the next few weekends are going to be crazy there, too. However, if you can get over there during the week sometime, you will like what you find!


…and that outdoor playground has a rubberized floor. It’s geared toward little kids (the sign says ages 5-12, but my 11 year old was almost too big for it.)

Interesting fact- the playground is not listed on the printed maps of the outlet mall, so you may need to ask someone where it is. Or, you can go to the northeast outer corner of the mall (behind the Old Navy Outlet) and you’ll find it there.


I’ve been to many outlet malls over the years and none have the same atmosphere as this one. The mall feels like a small city. My son said he felt like he was walking around a downtown.
In the center of the mall, you’ll find a courtyard with a big fire chimney (in front of the Nike store.) There are also numerous tables and chair spread throughout. Landscaping and other small touches just make it a nice place you want to hang out. I wonder what it will feel like in January, though.

Tanger Outlet mall for kids grand rapids


There are a lot of stores dedicated to kids at Tanger Outlets. Carter’s Gymboree, H&M, Old Navy, The Children’s Place, Justice, OshKosh, Under Armour, to name a few.

I found that the size of some of the stores were smaller than anticipated, especially the Gymboree Outlet. I was impressed with the size of the kids’ department in Under Armour and thought that Nike had the best selection of shoes for kids, along with the Famous Footwear Outlet. Conversely, the Sperry store and the Merrell store had one shelf each with shoes for kids. If you’re going shoe shopping for kids at this mall, check out Nike, Famous Footwear, Converse, Under Armour and Skechers.

Prices are all over the place. Some stores have big sales, some stores accept coupons (be careful if you’re trying to use non-Tanger coupons here- they may not be accepted.) I thought prices were similar to what you’d find in other mall stores, but there were some exceptions, especially when it came to the purchase I made at the Corningware store.


You’ll find many of the children’s stores located near the playground and Old Navy. I call this kid alley. There is even a Toys’R’Us Outlet there.

If I was just interested in just shopping the kid-oriented stores, I’d try to park near the playground and save some walking.


As of August 5, 2015, there is only one restaurant on site and it is Subway. Today, at 12:30 pm, I waited in line for 35 minutes to get my family food. If my kids were younger, that would have been a deal breaker. I suggest bringing lots of snacks along. There are also vending machines and a Ben & Jerry’s ice cream cart, along with an Auntie Anne’s Pretzel shop.

Tanger Outlets Grand RapidsBATHROOM FACILITIES

There are multiple bathroom facilities located around the mall, including family restrooms, but there are no bathrooms near the playground, which is a bummer. The restrooms nearest the playground are located by Subway past Old Navy.


Even though the mall’s design feels compact, you will likely do a lot of walking. I’d suggest a stroller for any child under the age of 5, and then only if your five year old has a lot of stamina.


Tanger has been mailing residents coupons for the past few weeks, so don’t forget to bring those if you have them. You can also get a 20% off coupon for select stores by going to their website.

Another way to get coupons is to visit the Shopper Services office and either buy a coupon book for $5 or become a lifetime member for $10.

You can also rent strollers at this location.

Tanger Outlets Grand Rapids

How did you like Tanger Outlets in Grand Rapids? Any tips to share?

About the Author:

Melody V
INFJ. Mom of three. Idea chaser. People believer. Inspiration seeker. Together, we make this city amazing. Let's go!


  1. Donna VanDyken August 10, 2015 at 8:28 pm - Reply

    I spent $10.00 a few weeks back for the coupon book which I have never received. Is there any way you could check on that for me?
    Thanks, Donna

    • Betsy B
      Betsy B August 11, 2015 at 10:01 am - Reply

      Please check with the customer service office. When you signed up for the $10 coupon book you should have received it at the time that you paid for it. You should have also given them your email address and other personal information. Paying this one-time fee qualifies you to receive a coupon book every time you visit the outlet mall. Just stop in the customer service office and check in again. If you did not sign up at the customer service office for your $10 coupon book I’m afraid a mistake may have been made. You should still check with Tanger Outlets in this case. Please keep in mind that although this article was written about Tanger Outlets it was not endorsed by Tanger nor was Melody’s trip to the mall paid for by Tanger properties.

  2. Lori Baldwin via Facebook August 6, 2015 at 10:36 pm - Reply

    Muy husband says he’s not going until they get a watering hole!

  3. Kerri Chulski Smith via Facebook August 6, 2015 at 9:15 pm - Reply

    Kate Messina

  4. Otto Jay Schlatter via Facebook August 6, 2015 at 9:04 pm - Reply

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  5. Elizabeth Hamm via Facebook August 6, 2015 at 8:29 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the review! I want to go soon!

  6. Word is Starbucks and Cracker Barrel will be there soon. Also on my map there was a play ground. 😉

  7. Angie Kalee Schreur via Facebook August 6, 2015 at 1:10 pm - Reply

    More places will come… Just you wait… I packed a thermal tote by 31 with snacks and drinks! Works out perfect

  8. Kimberly Kwekel via Facebook August 6, 2015 at 9:40 am - Reply

    I hear that there are only 2 places to any kind of food!!! What??? No food court or Pub? This wasn’t thought through very well 🙁

  9. Elizabeth Magee via Facebook August 6, 2015 at 9:15 am - Reply

    Yeah, they need A LOT more food places around there…

  10. Betsy B
    Betsy B August 6, 2015 at 7:08 am - Reply

    If you buy into the lifetime membership stroller rental is free! Also, you can get a free coupon book if you show your AAA card or a valid military ID, or AARP card, if you happen to have one.

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