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.
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.
Grand Rapids Public Library Play Areas
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Reader Recommended Library Play Areas
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’.
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.”
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.”
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).”
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