Kids Will Have an Incredible Time Learning and Playing at 15+ Grand Rapids Library Play Areas

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Let Them Fall in Love With the Library Before They can Even Read!

Do you realize how much our local libraries have to offer children these days?

Many local libraries house kid-friendly spaces filled with learning activities, toys, games, and of course, books. With so many different library branches in our city and surrounding communities, there is never a lack of options for fun and learning at the library play areas.

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GRPL – Main

Be sure to ask your local library staff about children’s programming like story time or play groups! Most libraries offer additional educational resources aside from entertaining play areas and great books.

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GRPL – Main

Grand Rapids Public Library Play Areas

Main Branch

111 Library Street NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

This branch offers a separate area for babies with board books, puzzles, blocks and other items to help babies grow and develop.

There is also a large play area for toddlers and older kids, including a play kitchen, dress-up clothes, a puppet theatre, a train table, blocks and LEGO bricks, things that go, and an art station.

Parents can check out the Parenting section right next to the play area.

Seymour Branch

2350 Eastern SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49507

This branch offers children early literacy computer stations, blocks and other building materials, books, puzzles and more. 

Van Belkum Branch

1563 Plainfield NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505

This branch gives children several options for creative play including a kitchen, puppet theatre, an art area, books and puzzles.

West Leonard Branch

1017 Leonard NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

This branch has a play area for kids that includes a train table, a creative play area, things that go, books, puzzles and much more. 

West Side Branch

713 Bridge NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

This branch has a space for creative play, puzzles, books, and other activities related to early literacy.

Yankee Clipper Branch

2025 Leonard NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505

This branch features cozy reading nooks, puzzles, blocks and a play kitchen, as well as early literacy play stations.

Ottawa Hills Branch

1150 Giddings SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506

This branch features toys, early literacy activities, puzzles and books.

Kent District Library Play Areas

Kids will often find something new at KDL branches since they frequently rotate their toys. Because of this, you may not find these exact stations at each branch on your visit. But you can be sure you will find something fun!

Alpine Township Branch

5255 Alpine Ave NW, Comstock Park, MI 49321

This branch features a dramatic play area for pretend play, tablets, and a shelf of toys which includes puzzles, blocks and toy trucks.

Plus a KDL lab for the older kids!

Alto Branch

6071 Linfield Ave, Alto, MI 49302

This branch offers many educational table activities, an imagination station, and a magnet wall.

Amy Van Andel (Ada) Branch

7215 Headley Street SE, Ada Michigan 49301

This branch has fun sensory toys for kids including squishy tiles, balance boards and stepping stones,

There’s also tables with vehicles, gears and other fun toys.

Plus a teen space for the older kids!

Byron Township Branch

8191 Byron Center Ave SW, Byron Center, MI 49315

This branch features a play kitchen, toy bins and magnet board, a play grocery store stocked with pretend produce, a LEGO wall, and a dress-up station.

Caledonia Township Branch

6260 92nd St. SE, Caledonia, MI 49316

This branch offers an iPad and writing center, a large magnet wall, a play counter for puzzles and other educational activities, fine motor toy bins, and a play kitchen.

There are also great outdoor play opportunities on their deck and lawn.

Cascade Township Branch

2870 Jacksmith Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546

This branch offers a spinning dress-up island, several activity bins, a playhouse known as the ‘Space Lab,’ and activity tables to keep your little ones busy. 

Comstock Park Branch

3943 W. River Dr NE, Comstock Park, MI 49321

This branch features a train table, a large activity cube with several options for play, and shelves filled with toys.

East Grand Rapids Branch

746 Lakeside Dr SE, East Grand Rapids, MI 49506

This branch offers a child-sized pirate ship, a magnet wall, a bean bag toss game, a light table, and a shadow puppet screen, as well as many rotating activity center.

Englehardt (Lowell) Branch

200 N. Monroe St, Lowell, MI 49331

This branch features a child-sized log cabin and pretend fire, a fishing hole game, farm toys, an art activity table, and activity bins and magnet wall. 

Gaines Township Branch

421 68th St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49548

This branch offers a space tent, doll tree house, an imagination station, an art cart, a toy barn, and a cozy cube for reading and playing.

Grandville Branch

4055 Maple St SW, Grandville, MI 49418

This branch offers a LEGO table, a technology table, a play tool bench, a car rug, and a shelf stocked with toys.

Kentwood (Richard R Root) Branch

4950 Breton SE, Kentwood Michigan 49508

This branch offers children a train table, giant Connect 4, mounted tablets, large magnetic wall, light table, toy bins, a play area filled with toys, and an imagination station for limitless pretend play.

Krause Memorial (Rockford) Branch

140 E. Bridge St, Rockford, MI 49341

This branch gives children many options for play with a LEGO table, puzzles, a light table, and an imagination station, as well as a chance to work on writing skills at the writing center.

Nelson Township / Sand Lake Branch

 88 Eighth St, Sand Lake, MI 49343

This branch gives children the opportunity to participate in several outdoor play activities, but all while they are indoors! They can camp in a tent and play by the pretend fire, walk along the stepping stones or plant a pretend garden. 

Plainfield Township Branch

2650 5 Mile Rd NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525

This branch offers a children’s-sized play house, a puppet theatre, a light-up board with Magna-Tiles, an activity table, a colorful play rug and shelves full of activity bins.

Spencer Township Branch

14960 Meddler Ave, Gowen, MI 49326

This branch features a doll-sized tree house and a dress-up area for children to play make-believe, a car rug to race cars on, and a writing center for children to practice their writing skills.

Tyrone Township Branch

43 S. Main St, Kent City, MI 49330

This branch offers a variety of educational toys for children, such as puzzles, puppets, dress-up clothes, shape sorting buckets and a pretend kitchen.

Children can also practice their fine motor skills at the writing station or at the children’s tables stocked with paper and crayons.

Walker Branch

4293 Remembrance Rd NW, Walker, MI 49534

This branch offers children the opportunity for play with a checkers game a train table.

Wyoming Branch

3350 Michael Ave SW, Wyoming, MI 49509

This branch features a puppet theater, a reading cottage, a train table, a canopy tent, all inside the ‘Toddler Tower.’

Reader Recommended Library Play Areas

Gary Byker Memorial Library (Hudsonville)

3338 Van Buren St., Hudsonville, MI 49426

This branch features a puppet theater, a reading cottage, a train table, a canopy tent, all inside the ‘Toddler Tower’.

Herrick District Library – Main Library (Holland)

300 S. River, Holland, MI 49423 

“The Herrick Library in Holland has a wonderful children’s area. Lots of games, a merry-go-round, and story times all on their own floor.”

Leighton Township Library (Moline)

4451 12th St, Moline, MI  49335

“Leighton Township Library in Moline has a really great play area.”

Loutit District Library (Grand Haven)

407 Columbus Ave, Grand Haven, MI  49417

“The Loutit District Library also has a great children’s area. Books, games, puzzles, a puppet stage and children’s computers.”

Sparta Carnegie Township Library (Sparta) 

80 N Union St., Sparta, MI  49345

“They have a car rug with cars, blocks, kid size furniture, puzzles and games, coloring pages, and a few large motor activities (such as hula hoops).”

Did We Miss a Library?

If you know of a library with a children’s area that should be added to our list, please leave us a comment below. If you have a picture of the children’s area we can include, you can submit it here. Thanks for your help!

14 thoughts on “Kids Will Have an Incredible Time Learning and Playing at 15+ Grand Rapids Library Play Areas”

  1. We like the Sparta library. They have a car rug with cars, blocks, kid size furniture, puzzles and games, coloring pages, and a few large motor activities (such as hula hoops)

  2. Sheryl VanderWagen

    Leighton Township Library in Moline has a really great play area. I dont have a pic but I have been there. Contact Karen McKinnon, the library director. Allegan county, just south of GR.

    1. We love Leighton’s play area, and I like that it’s closed off from the rest of the library so you don’t have to worry about being too loud or your kids wandring off. They also have activities for older kids through out the library.

  3. Jill, thanks so much for all your work on this! We are thrilled that you featured all the KDL branches. Our KDLville areas are always being updated, so some of the featured items may change, but we will always have fun, interactive activities for children at all of our branches. Thanks again!

  4. Loutit District Library in Grand Haven also has a great children’s area. Books, games, puzzles, a puppet stage and children’s computers.

    1. Thanks Kate! Is this the Henika District Library or the Leighton Township Library? Would love to include it in our list.

  5. The Herrick Library in Holland has a wonderful children’s area. Lots of games, a merry-go-round, and story times all on their own floor.

      1. I’ve only been to the one on S River. I’m not sure wha the children’s area is like at the Riley St location, although they do have story time there, too.

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