• Indoor Play Guide – Fun Stuff to do in Grand Rapids for Kids

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Jester's Court

Jester’s Court is West Michigan’s largest indoor child entertainment center, where kids can play and parents can relax!

At Jester‘s Court there is no limit on your play time.  The affordable price of admission allows you to stay and play as long as you want during our regular business hours.

Our indoor facility features action-packed fun for kids 12 years old and younger (during open play), teens (special teen nights), and all ages (during private parties). We offer open play six days a week as well as BIRTHDAY PARTIES, PRIVATE PARTIES, FUNDRAISERS and FIELD TRIPS.

Featuring softplay (enclosed jungle gym), inflatable slides, obstacle courses, jumps, interactive games and more that will keep your kids happy, healthy and active.

Treat your toddler to Toddler Court (for children three years and younger) where they will find a toddler-sized themed inflatable, safe play area, and friends their own age.

Socks are required for everyone.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

3707 Northridge Dr NW | Grand Rapids, MI 49544 | 616-784-5437
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Do Cold, Wet Days Have you Down?

West Michigan certainly has its share of cold, rainy and snowy days, doesn’t it?

Because of our often crazy weather patterns, seasoned parents always have a few indoor play options up their sleeve for those icky outside days when you are stuck inside and your kids are bouncing off the walls. It seems that no matter how many fun activities you can put together at home, cabin fever still sets in eventually.

Don’t let it get you down, though – greater Grand Rapids has fantastic indoor play options at every turn! So put on those rain boots (or snow boots or sandals) and get your energy out at one of the exciting venues below!

Indoor Play Centers Near You

Indoor play centers are like a Michigan-weather parent’s dream come true, aren’t they?

Stay dry and warm and let the kids loose to enjoy all kinds of fun activities!

West Michigan favorite destinations include jumping in the ball pits and racing down slides at Catch Air or getting serious Air at AirTime trampoline park. Play games, eat pizza, dance and more at Chuck E. Cheese’s or race the go-carts at Craig’s Cruisers.

Kids Will Burn Off Energy and Have a Ball at Catch Air

Catch Air is thevery best indoor play area for children 10 and under!

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!

CONTACT INFORMATION:

2978 28th St SE | Kentwood, MI 49512 | 616-200-6956
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The Kids Will Get Some Air at AirTime Trampoline & Game Park

AirTime Trampoline & Game Park

AirTime Trampoline & Game Park has been providing a fun place for families since 2012.

Our commitment to safety and high-energy fun is apparent the moment you walk into one of our parks. Each park has open jump areas where families can jump together along with separate mosh pits; dodgeball; a basketball “Jam Session” area; even a special Tweeter section for small children.

In addition to these park staples, we are always adding new attractions leading the way with trend-setting activities. Our newest parks include attractions like a Ninja Warrior course, rock climbing wall, and airbag battle beam.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

3681 28th Street SE | Grand Rapids, MI | 616-773-1563
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Discover the Outdoors at Craig’s Cruisers

“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!

CONTACT INFORMATION:

5730 Clyde Park Ave SW | Wyoming, MI 49509 | 616-530-2900
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Active Fun for the Whole Family

Kids are busy and need some serious action to burn off energy! Thankfully, there are plenty of places around town for them to do just that.

And the best part is – the kids can run around to their heart’s content and you can relax and know they are safe.

Try Grand Rapids Salvation Army Kroc Center for activities galore for all ages. Another young and old fun zone is Battle GR, home of epic laser tag battles.

Skating is a great way to keep active – visit Tarry Hall, Kentwood Fun Spot, Roller Fox Skating Center, or Jumpin’ Jupiter Skate and Fun Center for a day full of fun on skates and blades!

Tumble and cartwheel around all day at R-Athletics, Gymco, or Radiant Sportz.

Kids can jump and do so much more at awesome places like AirTime Trampoline, Crazy Bounce, Sky Zone, Rebounderz, or For the Kidz Gymnastics and Trampoline.

My favorite wet weather activity? Swimming! It smells like summer and brings a smile to everyone’s face. Families love Goldfish Swim School, Salvation Army Kroc Center, Holland Community Aquatic Center, Wealthy Street Pool and Forest Hills Aquatic Center.

Get Your Laser Tag On at Battle GR

At BattleGR, our indoor laser tag games are inclusive and do not allow players to get tagged out and have to wait for the next game to start. We offer seven different missions or objective based games to keep the fun interesting and engaging.

We are unlike any other laser tag in West Michigan. Call us or to find out more about our monthly specials like wristband days, Fortnite day camp, teen/tween night, adults only play, and family specials.

We offer special group pricing as well and come set up at your location.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

4735 Lake Michigan Drive NW, Suite E | Grand Rapids, MI 49534 | 616-345-0698
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Splash Around at Holland Community Aquatic Center

Visit the Holland Community Aquatic Center this winter for some fun in the water!

Climb the Alpine challenge, take the Zipline and splash into the pool or ride down the 150-foot water slide! Little ones can enjoy our Splash Zone that includes tumble buckets, a tire swing, and lemon drops.

Call ahead for specific times and pricing. Age and height requirements apply to some features.

CONTACT INFORMATION:
550 Maple Avenue | Holland, MI 49423 | 616-393-7595
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Sharpen Swimming Skills at Goldfish Swim School

Our shiver-free pool and state-of-the-art swimming facility are simply the backdrop 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 4 months to 12 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 family’s feet wet. Explore our fun, safe, tropical facility and get a glimpse of the experiences we create for our Goldfish Families.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

2845 Thornhills Avenue Suite S | Grand Rapids, MI 49546 | 616-259-0725
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Get the Kids Moving at Gymco

Gymco

Kids love to get moving at Gymco!

Mini movers: Tuesday & Wednesday, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Bring your tot to socialize with other toddlers and explore the gym (no siblings age 5+, this playtime is just for little ones ages 0-4!)

Open gym: Monday –Saturday, 12:00 PM-1:00 PM
An hour of playtime for kids of all ages to climb, swing, jump and play.

Lunch bunch: Monday – Friday, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Active lunchtime fun for kids ages 3-12 and 2 hours off for parents! Kids burn off energy under the supervision of our staff for open gym playtime and lunch.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

2306 Camelot Ridge Court SE | Grand Rapids, MI 49546 | 616-956-0586
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Have a Rolling Good Time at Tarry Hall Roller Rink

Family roller skating at an affordable price.  Clean, safe, family fun is what we are all about.  Parents pay just $3.00 to skate with your kids.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

3330 Fairlanes SW | Grandville, MI 49418 | 616-534-8235
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From Cheerleading to Ninja Moves, R-Athletics Has It

R Athletics

R-Athletics is Grand Rapids’ premier Gymnastics, Ninja Zone, Cheer and Rush facility!

R-Athletics offers programs starting for crawlers through 18 years of age, including National Champions earning college scholarships. Your child will love the variety of classes and physical activities.

Special Events:

  • 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!

CONTACT INFORMATION:

2845 Thornhills Avenue SE | Grand Rapids, MI 49546 | 616-957-4900
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Play and Learn

You’ve gotta love when you can sneak in some learning with that play, right? The kids will be having so much fun they won’t even realize how happy we are that they are gaining some serious knowledge!

Visit Grand Rapids Art Museum to see and learn about some amazing art and have a blast doing it.

Hang out for the day at Grand Rapids Public Museum and learn about local history, animals, space and so much more. Get hands on while you learn about the world around you at Grand Rapids Children’s Museum.

Libraries are always an easy hit. Grand Rapids Public Library, Georgetown Township Library, and Kent District Library all offer various story times, play areas and books galore.

Explore the natural world indoors, too! There are many places around town where kids can learn about animals, plants and all things nature while staying warm and dry. The big red barn at The Critter Barn is waiting on those rainy days, and the Wildlife Education Center at Blandford Nature Center has animal friends for you to meet.

Visit The Calvin College Ecosystem Preserve – the Bunker Interpretive Center is an indoor facility housing frogs and turtles, educational displays, a puppet show and more.

Fall in Love With Books and Fun at KDL

Kent District Library

Each of Kent District Library’s 19 branches houses an interactive and educational play space for kids. Activities include train tables, art supplies, costumes, puppets, puzzles and more!

We hope to see you soon.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

19 Branches throughout Kent County | 616-784-2007
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Books, Learning and Fun at Grand Rapids Public Library

Grand Rapids Public Library

Smart kids start here!

The Grand Rapids Public Library offers families fun, interactive learning opportunities. Each branch has a play area for children with toys, puzzles, art projects, and more. There are plenty of cozy areas to sit and read a book together.

Little readers can participate in our free storytimes for babies, toddlers, and kids. Come later at night for Pajama Time, which is filled with stories, music, and activities to get the wiggles out before bed.

Be sure to get a free library card to take books, movies, and music home with you.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

111 Library Street NE | Grand Rapids, MI 49503 | 616-988-5400
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Learning Through Play at the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum

Grand Rapids Childrens Museum

Grand Rapids Children’s Museum (GRCM) is dedicated to building minds through play, and with two floors full of hands-on learning and self-guided play, there is something for everyone!

Create a giant bubble, explore Little Grand Rapids and find the queen in the beehive. In addition to perennial favorites, seasonal exhibits such as Kidstruction Zone, Think Tank, and Just Fort Fun rotate in and out of the museum throughout the year, so there’s always something new to explore!

$8.50 general admission; $1.75 admission on Thursday Family Nights

Members receive one year of unlimited admission – starting at just $70/year.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

11 Sheldon Ave NE | Grand Rapids, MI 49503 | 616-235-4726
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Connect With Adorable Animals at The Critter Barn

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.

OUR MISSION

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.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

9275 Adams Street | Zeeland, MI 49464 | 616-218-1582
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Discover the Outdoors at Blandford Nature Center

Blandford Nature Center

Blandford Nature Center is a West Michigan community resource focusing on nature conservation and wildlife preservation. Our mission is to engage and empower our community through enriching experiences in nature. With the newly acquired former Highlands golf course, we have 250+ acres of land including 8 miles of trails and a 2.5 acre working farm.

Blandford offers memberships at various levels, weekly community programs, event rental spaces, live wildlife ambassadors, annual festivals & events, farm animals & farm fields, volunteer opportunities and much more. We encourage families and visitors to explore nature and wildlife in Grand Rapids!

CONTACT INFORMATION:

1715 Hillburn Ave NW | Grand Rapids, MI 49504 | 616-735-6240
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Great For Toddlers

Toddlers are adorable – but also a little bit infamous for getting some boo boos and being a bit clumsy, am I right? Indoor places that are padded and have toddler-sized fun are genuine lifesavers during those icky outside days!

The little ones can run and flop around all they want at Playworld, and you can be assured they will be having a ball in a safe, padded and cushioned space!

Visit Square Play Café for a unique experience – enjoy yummy coffee and relax while the kids play with fun toys in an indoor play space.

Great For Big Kids

Indoor Fun for Big Kids

Big kids need fun, too – and not just video game fun! Keep the big kids happy and active during those inside-only days with these awesome venues.

Bowling is a perfect bigger kid activity for a cold or rainy day! Thankfully, West Michigan has plenty of bowling alleys to choose from. To name a few…

AMF Lincoln Lanes, AMF Eastbrook Lanes, Clique Lanes, Northland Lanes, Northway Lanes, Park Center Lanes, Rockford Lanes, and Wengers Bowling Center.

Bigger kids will love watching sports, playing games, bowling and more at Dave and Buster’s.

At Bam! you can play laser tag, pool, bowl, play arcade games, get on the high ropes course and more.

Craig’s Cruisers offers trampolines, go-karts, a ninja course, an arcade and endless fun for kids!

AJ’s Family Fun Center not only offers outdoor fun, but also some good indoor fun, like arcade games, as well!

Free Indoor Play Options

Many local places offer free indoor play options – McDonald’s, Chik-Fil-A, Burger King, Woodland Mall, and Rivertown Crossings Mall, to name a few. Please be sure to call ahead to specific locations to be sure they include a play area.

By |2018-10-18T22:27:38+00:00October 18th, 2018|Categories: Elementary, Guides, Preschool, THINGS TO DO, Toddler (12-36 months), Tween|0 Comments

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