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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The following locations offer baby, preschool, and toddler classes. Schedules are likely impacted by COVID-19.
Children’s Garden Summer Activities: Move 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 every Monday. (June 14-August 22)
Rhyme Time Music & Movement Live 🆓 » Kent District Library – Move and groove together with action rhymes, songs, games and hands-on musical activities. (June 1-Aug 3)
Children’s Garden Summer Activities: Summer Storytime » Frederik Meijer Gardens: Experience stories by jumping like frogs onto pretend lily pads, or chanting and cheering for your favorite story characters. There will be a variety of sensational stories all summer long. (June 14-August 22)
Virtual Storytime 🆓 » Fruitport District Library: Join us for a video Story Time featuring stories, songs, crafts, and play activities geared for family fun. (Aug 4-Sept 15)
Babytime Live 🆓 » Kent District Library – Delight and engage your baby with songs, a story and playtime. (June 2-Aug 4)
Children’s Garden Summer Activities: Outdoor Artist Studio » Frederik Meijer Gardens: Explore the out-of-doors with an artist’s eye! Join local artists in the vibrant atmosphere of the Children’s Garden for engaging, informal presentations and demonstrations. (June 14-Aug 22)
Storytime Live 🆓 » Kent District Library: Enjoy stories, rhymes, and music to build early literacy skills and develop a love of reading. (June 3-Aug 5)
Children’s Garden Summer Activities: Weaving & Spinning Tales » Frederik Meijer Gardens: Gather around for fun-filled stories about silly sheep, busy spiders, colorful clouds and brilliant rainbows all that all highlighting weaving and spinning. Then enjoy weaving demonstrations with a professional fiber artist. (June 14-August 22)
Summer Wonder: Curiosity Lab 🆓 » Kent District Library: Go online in the Curiosity Lab featuring a new, fun STEAM presenter or activity each week. (June 3-Aug 5)
TALK, READ, SING Virtual Storytime 🆓 » The Read early. Read often. Facebook Page: Watch the storytime LIVE, comment and interact live with us in the moment or watch it later at your convenience. (Aug 6-Sept 24)
Children’s Garden Summer Activities: Sculpture Tales » Frederik Meijer Gardens: These walks will highlight sculptures throughout the Children’s Garden in fun ways that will have guests exploring their imaginations through interactive stories, games and activities. (June 14-August 22)
Toddler Time Live 🆓 » Kent District Library: Music, movement and stories that help to develop language, motor and social skills. (June 4-Aug 6)
Children’s Garden Summer Activities: Garden Helpers » Frederik Meijer Gardens: Learn how to care for a garden like little garden helpers—squirmy worms, lovely ladybugs and other helpful creatures! Investigate how these tiny animals help in big ways through activities such as up-close observations and interactive stories. (June 14-August 22)
Fridays at the Farm » Frederik Meijer Gardens: Work together on a unique cooperative quilting project and with a variety of “chore-challenges.” Special farm inspired stories, games, music and more. (June 19-August 21)
Bedtime Storytime Live 🆓 » Kent District Library: Join your favorite librarians for an evening bedtime story. (June 5-Aug 7)
Bike Clinic » Gymco – An effective, safe, fun way for kids to learn how to ride their own two-wheeler without training wheels! Registration required. (June 20-Aug 29 *skip July 4)
Storytime Live 🆓 » Schuler Books: Sing songs, make a craft and go on a new adventure. (June 6-August 1)
Children’s Garden Summer Activities: Science Saturday » Frederik Meijer Gardens: Explore fascinating facts about insects, birds, mammals and more, and participate in family-friendly activities. (June 14-August 22)
Bike Clinic » Gymco – An effective, safe, fun way for kids to learn how to ride their own two-wheeler without training wheels! Registration required. (June 27-Aug 29 *skip July 4)
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.
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-acrepark 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 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! FACEBOOK
GR Kroc Center 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 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.
Jester’s Court 3707 Northridge Dr NW, Grand Rapids Charter Township, MI 49544 FREE for children 9 months and under. Toddler play area for ages 3 and under.
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.
Playworld 3478 Fairlanes Ave, Grandville, MI 49418 FREE for parents and children under 1. Toddler play area for children 0-4.
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).
Square Play Cafe 436 Washington Ave, Holland, MI 49423 Coffee shop with toddler play area. Adults and babies up to 12 mo are FREE.
The Mud Room 1971 E Beltline Avenue NE, Grand Rapids, MI Pottery paintingis 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.
Keri is a mom of four who enjoys "pizza and movie nights" at home with the family. When she is not managing ads for grkids, chauffeuring children, or trying out a new crockpot recipe, you can probably find her attempting to enjoy a cup of coffee before it gets cold.