Preschool, Baby & Toddler Activities Calendar: Storytimes, Open Gyms, Play Area Schedules, Classes & More

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Preschool, Baby & Toddler Activities

When your little one – baby, toddler, or preschooler – is on the move and ready to play, sometimes it’s hard to know just where to take them!

So we’ve compiled a list of toddler activities and play areas near Grand Rapids that preschoolers and babies will love to visit, too.

This article includes:

Whether you have an adventurous child who is looking to climb and explore or a reserved child who loves to sing songs and read books, there are options for everyone!  And if you have a favorite spot you love to visit with your toddler, please share in the comments.

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PRESCHOOL/TODDLER/BABY CALENDAR

Is your family looking for storytimes in Grand Rapids and around the Lakeshore?

Use this list of regularly occurring storytimes to plan your day.

The list is organized by day so you can choose events that fit your schedule. Some activities are off during school breaks or public holidays, so check first that they’re happening before you go.

MONDAYS

 9:30 am              

Talk, Read, Sing! Virtual Storytime
» Great Start of Muskegon – A Virtual Storytime with an early childhood educator. Watch the storytime LIVE, and comment, and interact live. Or watch it later at your convenience. (Jun 7-Aug 30, 2021)

 10:30 am              

Children’s Garden Summer Activities: Moving to the Music
» Frederik Meijer Gardens – Whether by clapping your hands, tapping your toes, or lending a voice, follow along with local musicians as we make music. (Jun 14-Aug 16, 2021)

 12 pm              

Junior Jumpers Jam 
» Altitude Trampoline Park – 12pm-3pm. $7.95 per child, ages 6 and under. $2 for parents. Limited capacity, buy passes early to reserve your spot.

 6 pm              

Storytime on the Lawn 🆓
» GRPL West Leonard Branch – Bilingual storytime. Feel free to bring your own blanket for seating. To keep our outdoor storytimes fun and engaging they are limited to the first 20 participants. Weather permitting. For ages 18 months – 5 years old. (Jun 7-Jul 26, 2021 *skip July 5)

TUESDAYS

 9 am              

Mini Movers
» Gymco Sports – Open gym just for little ones and the parents who love them, tots age 0-4 only. $5/tot, pre-registration required.

 10 am              

Munchkin and Me
» Rebounderz – For children ages six and under, and their adult, to enjoy a mellower pace at Rebounderz. $10/child

 10:30 am              

Children’s Garden Summer Activities: Summer Storytime
» Frederik Meijer Gardens – Experience stories by using your imagination to travel through imaginary landscapes, jumping like frogs onto pretend lily pads or chanting and cheering for your favorite story characters. (Jun 15-Aug 17, 2021)

  12 pm              

GRG Babies 🆓
» Grand Rapids Gymnastics: Every Tuesday Pre-crawlers and Pre-walkers can enjoy FUN tummy time, sensory exposure, and varying movements.

Junior Jumpers Jam 
» Altitude Trampoline Park – 12pm-3pm. $7.95 per child, ages 6 and under. $2 for parents. Limited capacity, buy passes early to reserve your spot.

  6 pm              

Storytime in the Park with StorytimeGR (Garfield Park) 
» Grand Rapids Public Library – 6:30-7:30pm. Stories, free books and ice cream, special guests, and a whole lot of fun! (Jun 1-Aug 31, 2021)

  6:30 pm              

Children’s Garden Summer Activities: Outdoor Artist Studio
» Frederik Meijer Gardens – Join local artists in the vibrant atmosphere of the Children’s Garden for engaging, informal presentations and demonstrations. (Jun 15-Aug 17, 2021)

  7 pm              

Evening Storytime Livestream
» Kent District Library – Enjoy stories, movement, and rhymes that develop early literacy skills and encourage everyone in the family to share their love of reading. (Jun 1-Aug 3, 2021)

WEDNESDAYS

 10 am              

Outdoor Storytime 🆓
» KDL Krause Memorial/Rockford Branch – Join us outdoors in the lawn south of the library parking lot to read and sing together as a family. (Jun 9-Jul 21, 2021)

Vacation Storytime Livestream 🆓
» Kent District Library – Storytimes from around the country. Join us for stories and songs from unique locations. (Jun 9-Aug 11, 2021)

Spanish Storytime Live 🆓
» Cook Library Center – These Spanish storytimes will feature books and string stories read by members of the community. Let your imagination soar and have some fun en español. (Jun 15-Jul 20, 2021 *skip July 6)

 10:30 am              

Storytime on the Lawn 🆓
» GRPL West Side Branch – Bring your own blanket for seating. To keep our outdoor storytimes fun and engaging they are limited to the first 20 participants. Weather permitting. For ages 18 months – 5 years old.  (Jun 9-Jul 28, 2021 *skip July 7)

Storytime on the Lawn 🆓
» GRPL Seymour Branch – Join us for a physically distanced outdoor storytime at John Collins Park. Enjoy stories, music, movement and rhymes that develop early literacy skills.  (Jun 9-Jul 28, 2021 *skip July 7)

Children’s Garden Summer Activities: Weaving Patterns in Nature
» Frederik Meijer Gardens – Listen to stories about trees, go on a leaf color hunt, and enjoy a weaving demonstration with a professional fiber artist as she combines these colors and patterns in unique ways. (Jun 16-Aug 18, 2021)

 12 pm              

Junior Jumpers Jam 
» Altitude Trampoline Park – 12pm-3pm. $7.95 per child, ages 6 and under. $2 for parents. Limited capacity, buy passes early to reserve your spot.

THURSDAYS

 9 am              

Open Gym 
» For the Kidz: Open gym every Thursday for ages 0-5, $10 for 2 hours of fun. Children 3 and younger are $5, and crawlers are free.

 10 am              

Munchkin and Me
» Rebounderz – For children ages six and under, and their adult, to enjoy a mellower pace at Rebounderz. $10/child

Babytime Livestream
» Kent District Library – Delight and engage your baby with songs, a story and playtime. Get to know other families and help your baby develop listening and language skills. For babies from birth to 18 months with a caregiver. (Jun 3-Aug 5, 2021)

 10:30 am              

Storytime on the Lawn 🆓
» Yankee Clipper Branch – Bring your own blanket for seating. To keep our outdoor storytimes fun and engaging they are limited to the first 20 participants. Weather permitting. For ages 18 months – 5 years old.  (Jun 10-Jul 29, 2021 *skip July 8)

Children’s Garden Summer Activities: Topiary Tales
» Frederik Meijer Gardens – Discover the Children’s Garden through whimsical, story-themed topiaries in fun, family-friendly ways.  (Jun 17-Aug 19, 2021)

Outdoor Story Time 🆓
» Hackley Public Library: Join us outside on the patio between the art museum and the library. Don’t forget something soft to sit on! (Jun 11-Aug 27, 2021)

  12 pm              

Junior Jumpers Jam 
» Altitude Trampoline Park – 12pm-3pm. $7.95 per child, ages 6 and under. $2 for parents. Limited capacity, buy passes early to reserve your spot.

  1 pm              

Open Gym
» Grand Rapids Gymnastics – Our supervised open gym format offers safe and fun physical activity for your children. $6/child, $18 max per family. 

FRIDAYS

  10 am              

Outdoor Storytime 🆓
» KDL Krause Memorial/Rockford Branch – Join us outdoors in the lawn south of the library parking lot to read and sing together as a family. (Jun 11-Jul 23, 2021)

Celebrating Your Community Storytime Livestream 🆓
» Kent District Library – A special rebroadcast of storytimes featuring community guests including artists, community helpers and those who hail from all over the world. (Jun 4-Aug 6, 2021)

Toddler Time
» Craig’s Cruisers: A chance for your little one (ages 5 and under) to freely explore our Trampoline Park and unleash their energy! $4.99/person 

  10:30 am              

Facebook LIVE Story Time Bites 🆓
» Hackley Public Library: Enjoy all the best parts of short live Story Time from the convenience of your home!  Join us virtually for songs, stories, and movement activities (Jun 4-Jun 25, 2021)

Children’s Garden Summer Activities: Garden Helpers
» Frederik Meijer Gardens – Learn how to care for a garden, even on a small scale, just like our little garden helpers —squirmy worms, lovely ladybugs and other helpful creatures! (Jun 18-Aug 20, 2021)

  11:15 am              

Family Storytime
» Cedar Springs Public Library – Family Storytime will be IN-PERSON, OUTSIDE (behind the Library). Enjoy a book, songs and a craft. Blanket or chairs welcome! (Jun 18-Jul 30, 2021, *skip July 2)

  12 pm              

Preschool Playtime 
» Grand Rapids Gymnastics – Open gym set up for Preschoolers only. Enjoy some great indoor fun time with your little ones. $6/member, $8/non-members

Junior Jumpers Jam 
» Altitude Trampoline Park – 12pm-3pm. $7.95 per child, ages 6 and under. $2 for parents. Limited capacity, buy passes early to reserve your spot.

SATURDAYS

9 am          

Little Leapers 
» Sky Zone – 9am-11am. Little Leapers is the perfect time for ages 7 & under to come and jump. $9.99/child

10:30 am          

Children’s Garden Summer Activities: Science Saturday
» Frederik Meijer Gardens – Learn from a guest naturalist what makes Michigan’s fauna and flora so unique with simple identification methods and the importance of conservation by participating in family-friendly activities. (Jun 19-Aug 21, 2021)

SUNDAYS

1 pm          

Weekends with Wimee 
» Grand Rapids Public Library – Join Wimee for songs, rhymes, games, and more on the GRPL’s Facebook page. Wimee, the lovable robot, and his friends will inspire kids to learn through creativity in this limited weekend series! (Feb 14-May 30, 2021)

CLASSES

The following locations offer baby, preschool, and toddler classes. Schedules are likely impacted by COVID-19.

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Curiosity Corner TOTS – Toddlers on Track for School
300 High Street, Lowell, Michigan


Goldfish Swim School
2845 Thornhills Ave, Suite S, Grand Rapids, MI


Grand Rapids Gymnastics
1601 Galbraith Ave, STE 301, Grand Rapids, MI 49546


GR Kroc Center OPEN TO MEMBERS ONLY
2500 S. Division Ave. Grand Rapids, MI 49507


Gymco
2306 Camelot Ridge Court SE Grand Rapids, MI 49546


Hearts In Motion Dance
4336 Plainfield Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525


ISR Self-Rescue Program
1350 Judson Rd, Spring Lake, MI, 49456
7351 12th Avenue Jenison, MI 49428


Joyful Sounds Music Studio
The Blackport Building, 959 Lake Dr, SE Grand Rapids, Michigan


Kids Unlimited Activity Center
596 Baldwin, Jenison MI 49428


Renew Mama Studio
5161 Northland Drive, Grand Rapids MI, 49525


Stroller Strides
Various Locations in West Michigan


The Village
3300 Burton St SE Grand Rapids, MI 49546
291 W. Lakewood Blvd Holland, MI 49424


YMCA
Various Grand Rapids Locations

PRESCHOOL & TODDLER PLAY AREAS

*The open/close status of these locations may change at any time due to COVID-19. Confirm your destination’s status before heading out.

Have you discovered that our local libraries house more than books? Most branches have a designated children’s section filled with toys and fun learning opportunities, so toddler activities are at your fingertips! Kids can play and learn for free (and you can leave with some great books to take home and read together!).In addition to fun free play opportunities, libraries typically offer regular storytimes. Check the above calendar for dates.

» Library Play Areas
» Parks & Playgrounds
» Splash pads
» Indoor Play Guide


Catch Air
2978 28th Street SE, Kentwood, MI 49512
Non-walkers are free! Tiny Town is a toddler area designed especially for little ones.


Frog Hollow Park
2050 Metro Court, Wyoming, MI 49509
The two-acre park has three different play areas to accommodate different ages and is packed with plenty of options for play. What makes it so great for toddlers is that it is well contained with only one exit, making it easy to keep on eye on your toddler, especially those that like to wander off.


Grand Rapids Children’s Museum – TEMPORARILY CLOSED
11 Sheldon Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Wee Discover is an area designed for children ages birth to four. A special space for Tummy Time Play is reserved for not-yet-crawlers and there are plenty of opportunities for toddlers to explore shapes, colors, and textures. The Grand Rapids Children’s Museum has almost daily preschool and toddler activities – visit their website for details. Bonus – Children under 1 are free!
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GR Kroc Center – OPEN TO MEMBERS ONLY
2500 S. Division Ave. Grand Rapids, MI 49507
With special toddler hours in the aquatic center and gymnasium, it is a perfect spot for toddler activities.


GR Public Museum
2500 S. Division Ave. Grand Rapids, MI 49507
This may not strike you as a place for preschoolers and toddlers, but some of my favorite visits to this museum were with my toddlers.I could push them in the stroller and they could take in all the sights while I did, too. There are a few hands-on places in the museum, too. Plus, there’s the carousel.


Holland Playland – TEMPORARILY CLOSED
446 W. 40th St. Holland, MI 49423 (entrance D)
Toddler play area for kids 6 months – 2 years. FREE admission.


Imagination Station Playground
1 Y Dr, Grand Haven, MI 49417
Located behind the Tri-Cities Family YMCA in Mulligan’s Hollow park, this newly redesigned playground is fenced in and features a bouncy, rubber play surface, sure to soften any tumbles your crawler or little walker may take.

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John Ball Zoo
1300 W. Fulton St. Grand Rapids, MI
With 250 species and 2,000 individual animals, there is plenty for your toddler to see at the zoo. Plus, with so many trails circling through the zoo, it is a great place to let your active toddler walk around. If they still have energy at the end of the trip, explore one of the John Ball Park Playgrounds on the property.


Lena Meijer Children’s Garden at Frederik Meijer Gardens
1000 East Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
Toddler activities galore! With a treehouse, log cabin, butterfly maze, and a great lakes garden for sailing plastic ships (plus so much more), this garden will seem new each time you visit.


Millennium Park
1415 Maynard Ave SW, Walker, MI 49534
If your toddler loves the water, but the waves and deep waters of nearby Lake Michigan make you uneasy, this is a great option for little ones to get outside and enjoy the water.

This park is home to a 100-acre lake with some shallow areas and no waves, making for a great toddler activity. And as an extra bonus, it has an amazing splash pad, too. Check out the link here for some other amazing splash pads to visit in the area.


Rivertown Crossings Treehouse
3700 RiverTown Parkway, Grandville, MI 49418
Known as the ‘tree mall’ in our family, this free play area looks like a treehouse, with slides, tunnels, and a soft play area. Afterward, your toddler might just be tired enough for you to do a little shopping at one of the mall’s 100+ stores (and don’t forget to check out another toddler activity favorite, the carousel on the second floor).


The Mud Room
1971 E Beltline Avenue NE, Grand Rapids, MI
Pottery painting is a popular preschool & toddler activity at The Mud Room. There is a huge selection of pottery to choose from, like animals, vases, dishes, and so much more.  And, of course, there are tons of paint colors to mix and match! The Mud Room also offers handprint art for little kids as well as pottery painting storytimes.


Woodland Mall
3195 28th Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512
Offers a play area with soft play structures and high visibility.

2 thoughts on “Preschool, Baby & Toddler Activities Calendar: Storytimes, Open Gyms, Play Area Schedules, Classes & More”

  1. Hello I love GR Kids. You save me so much time and research. I used to have time go to websites to find fun, call places, google, print and put into a notebook and calendar, fun events. You’ve made it so easy. I just print or save to my phone. I’ve learned of sooooo many new places. Thank you . I did just click on Jesters Court and unfortunately they closed forever, due to Covid19.

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