Indoor Play Areas are in Demand Year-Round in Michigan
Living in Michigan, we experience everything from sub-zero wind chills to excessive heat warnings, which means as parents, we have to get creative when it comes to planning activities for our families.
While Michigan weather can make outdoor play a challenge at times (or also super fun), it doesn’t have to affect your family’s ability to spend time together.
Indoor play is a great option for the rainy days of spring, the hot humid days of summer or the bitter cold days of winter. Start having fun this year at one or several of these exciting indoor play options below.
Indoor Play Centers Near Grand Rapids Keep the Entire Family Busy
Having indoor play centers on your radar is a must! A room filled with inflatables and trampolines are what dreams are made of for most kids. (And even some moms and dads…)
Defy gravity at Altitude Trampoline Park, Sky Zone Trampoline Park or Rebounderz Indoor Trampoline.
If your kid loves arcade games try Chuck E Cheese or AJ’s Fun Center. And if you are looking for a stop that has arcade game plus a few more attractions, plan a trip to Craig’s Cruisers to race each other on go-karts or head over to Great Lakes Glow Golf to putt the ball under black lights for a unique miniature golf experience.
Do it all, virtually, at Amped Reality. Where else could you explore the ocean and ride a roller coaster, all in one spot?
Catch Air can provide hours of fun for children and caretakers alike! From Tiny Town, for our younger guests, to a three-story structure with slides and obstacle courses and even a Nerf ball shooting area! Additionally, there is a bouncy house maze and a bouncy castle slide. We encourage parents to safely play with their children on most of the toys!
We have walk-in hours from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM Monday-Thursday, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM Friday and Saturday and 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM on Sundays. We also specialize in parties which can be held during business hours or after business hours for a private experience for you and your guests!
Our membership programs make this one of the most affordable options for your children and friends to have fun all winter long.
We offer BIRTHDAY PARTIES, CORPORATE EVENTS, STEM EDUCATION, and FUNDRAISERS, too.
With 14,000 square feet of indoor trampolines and other awesome amenities, this place is jumping! It is our hope that parents and children alike will appreciate a new destination for active, family entertainment in a safe and clean environment!
“Where the fun never ends!”
Craig’s Cruisers is West Michigan’s Largest Family Fun Center with 120,000 square feet of indoor fun! Attractions and offerings include:
- Indoor Go-Karts
- Laser Tag
- Ninja Course
- Cruiser Coaster
- Bumper Cars
- Trampoline Park
- Huge Arcade
- Buffet with menu featuring salad, pasta, pizza, dessert and beverages
Craig’s Cruisers offers fun for all ages. Contact us or visit our website to learn about our specials and packages!
Great Lakes Glow Golf is your place for fun! We feature 18 holes of miniature golf played under black light utilizing ultraviolet visual artistry. We also have party rooms for private parties, a modest arcade of approximately 25 games, concession style food and drink options, and novelties for redemption and purchase.
Active Fun Near You
Nothing beats cabin fever better than some action-packed play.
If your kids like to tumble, jump or swing, try out R-Athletics, Gymco or For the Kidz for unending open gym fun.
Check out Tarry Hall, Jumpin Jupiter Skate Center, Kentwood Fun Spot or Roller Fox Skating Center for some roller-skating fun. Or if you feel like cooling down on a hot summer day, stop in at Walker Ice and Fitness, Southside Ice Arena or Griff’s Icehouse and practice your ice-skating skills.
When adventure calls, climb the rock wall at Grand Rapids Salvation Army Kroc Center or try an indoor ropes course at Allegan Event Center.
Be active and have a little friendly competition playing laser tag at Battle GR or at The Lost City in Holland.
If winter weather has you dreaming of summer, you can relive some of those summer memories at an indoor swim facility. Holland Community Aquatic Center will keep kids entertained with their splash pad, zip line and water slide. Or splash around at Goldfish Swim School’s family swim time, Kentwood Public Schools Aquatic Center, Salvation Army Kroc Center or Forest Hills Public School Community and Aquatic Center.
At BattleGR Tactical Games, our indoor laser tag games are inclusive and do not allow players to get tagged out. We offer several different mission/objective based games to keep the game fun and interesting, much like the video games played today. We also have competitive leagues.
We are unlike any other laser tag in West Michigan and cater group’s needs. Call us or find out more about our monthly specials like wristband days, Fornite/Battle Royale Day Camp, Teen-ish Nights, Adults Only Nights, and Family Specials.
We offer special group pricing as well as we can come set up at your location.
R-Athletics is Grand Rapids’ premier Gymnastics, Ninja Zone, Cheer and Rush facility!
R-Athletics offers programs for athletes ages 2 though 18 years of age, including National Champions earning college scholarships. Your child will love the variety of classes and physical activities.
- Date Night Drop-off – 1st and 3rd Saturday 6:00-10:00 PM
- Fun Friday – 2nd and 4th Friday 6:45-8:45 PM
- Lunch and Learn – Tuesday-Thursday 11:00 AM-1:00 PM
- Open Gym Monday – Thursday 2:00-3:00 PM and Saturday 1:00-2:00 PM
Holiday Events including Turkey Trot, Black Friday, Drop/Shop, Skills and Thrills.
Check out our website for all special events.
Call to Schedule a FREE Trial Class!
Looking for a destination with a major “wow!” factor for your next birthday party or group outing? Allegan Event is Michigan’s largest indoor ropes course and offers endless adventurous activities for guests of all ages to explore, get active, and make lasting memories. Attractions include the heart-pumping bi-level Sky Trail® & Sky Rail™ ropes course with zip rails, Sky Tykes® course for small children, QUICKjump free-fall simulation, Vertical Drop Slide, Clip ‘n Climb® walls, and outdoor zip line spanning the Kalamazoo River! Contact us today for pricing & information to build your next adventure!
Visit the Holland Community Aquatic Center for some fun in the water! Try the Aqua Track, take the Zipline into the pool, or ride the 150 foot water slide! Little ones can enjoy the Splash Zone that includes tumble buckets, a tire swing and lemon drops.
Call ahead for specific times and pricing or check the website. Age and height requirements apply to some features.
Our shiver-free pool and state-of-the-art swimming facility are simply the back drop to our play-based learning experience. Our teaching philosophy, The Science of Swim Play, is used to build lifesaving water skills that are specially designed to make learning fun through guided play for beginners from four months to twelve years old. Our lessons provide your child with lasting skills, respect of the water, and great memories! Family Swims are also a great way to get your families feet wet. Explore our fun, safe, tropical facility and get a glimpse of the experiences we create for our Goldfish Families.
Play and Learn
What do you get when you combine fun and play with a little bit of learning? A win-win for both kids and parents.
Sneak in some learning at the Grand Rapids Public Museum where kids can learn in a fresh and interactive way. Add some fun with a carousel ride and prepare to be amazed with our galaxy after a stop at the planetarium.
Admire the exhibits at the Grand Rapids Art Museum or create art yourself at one of the GRAM studio’s drop-in programs.
Spend a whole day playing at the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum. Build forts, learn about bees or play at the bubble station (where you get to be inside of a bubble!).
Libraries offer so much more than just books. Story times, arts and crafts, and indoor play stations will keep everyone busy on a rainy day. Plan a trip to the Grand Rapids Public Library, Georgetown Township Library, or one of the many branches of the Kent District Library.
Curious about wildlife and plants? View educational displays at the Bunker Interpretive Center at Calvin University’s Ecosystem Preserve and Native Gardens or enjoy indoor learning at the Critter Barn’s big red barn.
Hop in the car and head to Portage to visit the Air Zoo Aerospace and Science Museum. Explore their exhibits, enjoy their amusement park rides, and feel like you are flying with their flight simulators.
Smart kids start here!
Play is one of the five early literacy skills that help kids get ready for school. Stop by any GRPL location and experience our interactive play areas, free programs, and much much more!
The Air Zoo is a world-class, Smithsonian-affiliated aerospace and science museum with over 100 rare and unique aircraft and spacecraft, inspiring interactive exhibits for visitors of all ages, full-motion flight simulators, indoor amusement park rides, and hands-on, science-based camps and classes.
The Air Zoo is an exciting place for everyone to imagine, explore and discover. Come fly through our cloud tunnel and see what adventures await. Marvel at the giants of flight as you enjoy hands-on, multi-sensory, STEAM-based interactives that are sure to thrill aspiring scientists and tinkerers of all ages and abilities, and kids under four are free!
The Grand Rapids Children’s Museum is a place where children rule and all are welcome to play, imagine and learn. This hands-on museum includes two floors of rotating and permanent exhibits, so there’s always something new to explore!
Perennial favorites include:
• Shop, eat and bank in Little Grand Rapids
• Surround yourself in a giant bubble in Bubbles
• Find the queen bee in The Live Hive
• Toddler Time
• Open Paint
• Imagination Laboratory
$9 general admission; $1.75 admission on Thursday Family Nights from 5-8 PM. Family memberships include one year of free admission, starting at just $75/year.
VISIT THE FARM IN ANY SEASON?
Absolutely! The Critter Barn is home to over 200 farm animals and farm birds. Our farm provides endless hands-on opportunities for teaching, for recreation, for interaction and fun! If the weather is chilly plan to check out the animals who live inside our big red barn…part of it is heated. Enjoy our rabbits, kitty corral, goats and sheep on any day.
Critter Barn is dedicated to teaching about farming while inspiring people of all ages and all abilities through the miracles in nature found at the farm.
Great For Toddlers
Toddlers bring energy and excitement to play time, but also have different needs than preschool and elementary-aged kids. Luckily, many indoor places cater specifically to toddlers.
Grand Rapids Children’s Museum’s Wee Discover exhibit is made just for kids ages five and under (and if you have a baby tagging along with your toddler, there is tummy time space for those who aren’t crawling yet).
Let your toddler jump and climb like the big kids at Playworld, but in their own scaled-down section made just for the smaller kids. Or take your turn in the Toddler Court at Jester’s Court, where kids three and under get to enjoy a safe play area just for them. Catch Air also offers Tiny Town, a special place for those 3 1/2 feet and under.
Splash around in the pool or get the wiggles out during open gym at The Salvation Army Kroc Center’s during special toddler hours.
Take your tumbling toddler to one of For The Kidz Gymnastics open gyms specifically for kids five and under.
Stop in to Square Play Café in Holland to let you toddlers learn and play while you enjoy a hot drink. Perfect on a cold day!
Great For Big Kids
If you are trying to get your big kid out of the house to enjoy some indoor fun, there are plenty of options to keep them entertained.
Kids of all ages love bowling, but it seems to be an especially big hit with the big kids. Bowl a few frames at one of these many bowling centers: AMF Eastbrook Lanes, AMF Lincoln Lanes, Clique Lanes, Hudsonville Lanes, Rockford Lanes, Spectrum Lanes, or Wengers Bowling Center.
Dave and Busters boasts a variety of games that appeal to both little and big kids and yes, even adults. Follow it up with the love language of many big kids – delicious food.
There are endless options for your big kid at Bam! Play arcade games, bowl, complete the high ropes course and try your skills in an escape room.
Craig’s Cruisers is one of the few places kids can ride electric go-karts inside. What big kid wouldn’t love that?
Free Indoor Play Options
Looking for some indoor fun that won’t break the bank?
Several restaurant chains include free indoor play, like Chick-Fil-A, Burger King and McDonald’s. Not all locations have indoor play, so call ahead first.
Stay warm and dry playing at one of our local malls. Try the Magic Tree House at Rivertown Crossings Mall or the new forest-themed play area at Woodland Mall.
Have fun playing and learning at one or several of the amazing libraries on this list.
And don’t forget, many favorite indoor play places offer free admission on special days or with special promotions. For example, the Grand Rapids Art Museum offers free general admission one day and one evening a week and the Grand Rapids Public Museum offers free admission for kids who live in Kent County. Check their websites for more details.