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. (Aug 23-Nov 29, 2021)

Babytime 🆓
» KDL: East GR Branch – 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. (Sept 13-Nov 15, 2021)

 10 am              

Babytime 🆓
» KDL: Byron Township Branch – 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. (Sept 13-Nov 22, 2021)

» KDL: Cascade Township Branch – 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. (Sept 13-Nov 15, 2021 *skip Nov 1)

» KDL: Rockford Branch – 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. (Sept 13-Nov 15, 2021)

» KDL: Walker Branch – 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. (Sept 13-Nov 15, 2021)

Toddler Time 🆓
» KDL: Caledonia Branch – Nurture your toddler’s love of books through music, movement and stories while helping to develop their language, motor and social skills. (Sept 13-Nov 15, 2021)

Storytime 🆓
» KDL: Comstock Park Branch – Nurture your child’s love of books and build early literacy skills through stories, rhymes, music and movement. (Sept 13-Nov 15, 2021)

Outdoor Storytime 🆓
» Allendale Township Library – We’ll read stories, sing songs, practice early literacy skills, and have fun! For ages 6 and under with a caregiver. This program will take place at the bandshell in the Allendale Community Park. (Sept 13-Sept 27, 2021)

Storytime 🆓
» Allendale Township Library – We’ll read stories, sing songs, practice early literacy skills, and have fun! For ages 6 and under with a caregiver. For ages 6 and under with a caregiver. (Oct 4-Oct 25, 2021)

Family Storytime 🆓
» KDL: Plainfield Township Branch – Read and sing together as a family. Enjoy stories, music, movement and rhymes that develop early literacy skills. (Sept 13-Nov 15, 2021)

 10:30 am              

Family Storytime 🆓
» KDL: Alto Branch – Read and sing together as a family. Enjoy stories, music, movement and rhymes that develop early literacy skills. (Sept 13-Nov 15, 2021)

Babytime 🆓
» KDL: East GR Branch – 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. (Sept 13-Nov 15, 2021)

Fall Story Time
» Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park Join us for fun, fallinspired, interactive stories like There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves, Leaf Jumpers, Fall Is Not Easy, Countdown to Fall, and Tap the Magic Tree. Free with admission. (Sept 6-Oct 25, 2021)

Family Time 🆓
» GRPL: Main Library – A storytime for children ages 18 months to 5 years featuring great books, songs, fingerplays, and hands-on fun. (Oct 4-Dec 6, 2021 *skip Nov 22)

 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              

Babytime 🆓
» KDL: Ada Branch – 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. (Sept 13-Nov 15, 2021)

 6:30 pm              

Yoga Storytime 🆓
» KDL: Grandville Branch – Enjoy stories and songs, while practicing simple yoga poses and movements. Please dress in comfortable clothing, ready to move. A limited number of mats will be available. (Oct 11-Nov 15, 2021)

Family Storytime 🆓
» KDL: Walker Branch – Read and sing together as a family. Enjoy stories, music, movement and rhymes that develop early literacy skills. (Sept 13-Nov 15, 2021)

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.

 9:30 am              

Babytime 🆓
» KDL: Wyoming Branch 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. (Sept 7-Nov 16, 2021)

 10 am              

Munchkin and Me
» Rebounderz – For children ages six and under, and their adult, to enjoy a mellower pace at Rebounderz. $10/child (returning August 31, 2021)

Rhyme Time Music and Movement 🆓
» KDL: Alpine Branch – Move and groove together with action rhymes, songs, games and hands-on musical activities that will help children develop motor, listening and literacy skills. (Sept 7-Nov 16, 2021)

Family Storytime 🆓
» KDL: Ada Branch – Read and sing together as a family. Enjoy stories, music, movement and rhymes that develop early literacy skills. (Sept 7-Nov 16, 2021 *skip Nov 2)

Storytime at Schwallier’s Country Basket 🆓
» Schwallier’s Country Basket – Story Time on the Farm with KDL librarians! Free, and open to all ages, but geared for the preschool crowd.  (Sept 7-Oct 26, 2021)

Storytime 🆓
» KDL: Cascade Township Branch – Nurture your child’s love of books and build early literacy skills through stories, rhymes, music and movement. (Sept 7-Nov 16, 2021 *skip Nov 2)

» KDL: Gaines Township Branch – Nurture your child’s love of books and build early literacy skills through stories, rhymes, music and movement. (Sept 7-Nov 16, 2021 *skip Nov 2)

» KDL: Kentwood Branch – Nurture your child’s love of books and build early literacy skills through stories, rhymes, music and movement. (Sept 7-Nov 16, 2021 *skip Nov 2)

Toddler Time 🆓
» KDL: Grandville Branch – Nurture your toddler’s love of books through music, movement and stories while helping to develop their language, motor and social skills. (Oct 12-Nov 16, 2021)

» KDL: Rockford Branch – Nurture your toddler’s love of books through music, movement and stories while helping to develop their language, motor and social skills. (Sept 14-Nov 16, 2021)

  10:15 am              

Wee Ones Storytime 🆓
» Georgetown Township Public Library – Join Miss Kaelyn for books, songs, fingerplays, and more! Developmentally geared for kids age 18 months to 3 years. (Sept 14-Nov 23, 2021)

 10:30 am              

Storytime 🆓
» Dorr Township Library – Join Ms. Karen on Tuesdays for a fun Storytime with books, activities, crafts, and more! (Jul 27-Dec 28, 2021)

Family Storytime 🆓
» KDL: Wyoming Branch Read and sing together as a family. Enjoy stories, music, movement and rhymes that develop early literacy skills. (Sept 7-Nov 16, 2021)

Backpack Adventures
» Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park These discovery walks, led by Art & Garden Play Activity Leaders, conclude with a story time and provide a fun way to explore art and horticulture with “Big Kid” backpack tools. (Sept 7-Oct 26, 2021)

  11 am              

Preschool Storytime 🆓
» Georgetown Township Public Library – Join Miss Kaelyn for books, songs, fingerplays, and more! Developmentally geared for kids age 3 to 5 years. (Sept 14-Nov 23, 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. (Sept-May only)

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              

Family Storytime 🆓
» KDL: Grandville Branch – Read and sing together as a family. Enjoy stories, music, movement and rhymes that develop early literacy skills. (Oct 12-Nov 16, 2021)

  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              

Toddler Time 🆓
» KDL: Lowell Branch – Nurture your toddler’s love of books through music, movement and stories while helping to develop their language, motor and social skills.  (Sept 14-Nov 16, 2021)

Family Storytime 🆓
» KDL: Wyoming Branch Read and sing together as a family. Enjoy stories, music, movement and rhymes that develop early literacy skills. (Sept 7-Nov 16, 2021)

WEDNESDAYS

 10 am              

Toddler Laptime 🆓
» Howard Miller Public Library – This program includes listening to stories, fingerplays, music & motion and multisensory learning. Geared for children ages 18 months to 3 years old. (Sept 8-Nov 10, 2021)

Toddler Time 🆓
» KDL: Byron Township Branch – Nurture your toddler’s love of books through music, movement and stories while helping to develop their language, motor and social skills. (Sept 8-Nov 17, 2021)

» KDL: East GR Branch – Nurture your toddler’s love of books through music, movement and stories while helping to develop their language, motor and social skills. (Sept 8-Nov 17, 2021)

» KDL: Rockford Branch – Nurture your toddler’s love of books through music, movement and stories while helping to develop their language, motor and social skills. (Sept 15-Nov 10, 2021)

» KDL: Plainfield Township Branch – Nurture your toddler’s love of books through music, movement and stories while helping to develop their language, motor and social skills. (Sept 8-Nov 17, 2021)

Preschool Storytime 🆓
» KDL: Caledonia Branch – Preschoolers enjoy stories, rhymes, music, movement and more as they build their early literacy skills and develop a love of reading. (Sept 15-Nov 17, 2021)

» KDL: Plainfield Township Branch – Preschoolers enjoy stories, rhymes, music, movement and more as they build their early literacy skills and develop a love of reading. (Sept 8-Nov 17, 2021)

Yoga Storytime 🆓
» KDL: Cascade Township Branch – Enjoy stories and songs, while practicing simple yoga poses and movements. Please dress in comfortable clothing, ready to move. A limited number of mats will be available. (Sept 8-Nov 10, 2021 *skip Sept 22, Oct 13 & 27, and Nov 3)

Storytime 🆓
» KDL: Comstock Park Branch – Nurture your child’s love of books and build early literacy skills through stories, rhymes, music and movement. (Sept 8-Nov 17, 2021)

» KDL: Gaines Township Branch – Nurture your child’s love of books and build early literacy skills through stories, rhymes, music and movement. (Sept 8-Nov 17, 2021)

» KDL: Kentwood Branch – Nurture your child’s love of books and build early literacy skills through stories, rhymes, music and movement. (Sept 8-Nov 17, 2021)

Rhyme Time Music and Movement 🆓
» KDL: East GR Branch – Move and groove together with action rhymes, songs, games and hands-on musical activities that will help children develop motor, listening and literacy skills. (Sept 8-Nov 17, 2021)

Family Storytime 🆓
» KDL: Walker Branch – Read and sing together as a family. Enjoy stories, music, movement and rhymes that develop early literacy skills. (Sept 8-Nov 17, 2021)

 10:15 am              

Wee Ones Storytime 🆓
» Georgetown Township Public Library – Join Miss Kaelyn for books, songs, fingerplays, and more! Developmentally geared for kids age 18 months to 3 years. (Sept 15-Nov 24, 2021)

 10:30 am              

Storytime on the Lawn 🆓
» GRPL Seymour Branch – Outdoor storytimes fun and engaging, they are limited to the first 20 participants. Weather permitting. For ages 18 months – 5 years old.  (Aug 4-Sept 29, 2021)

Family Time 🆓
» GRPL Seymour Branch – A storytime for children ages 18 months to 5 years featuring great books, songs, fingerplays, and hands-on fun. (Oct 4-Dec 8, 2021 *skip Nov 24)

Toddler Time 🆓
» KDL: Wyoming Branch Nurture your toddler’s love of books through music, movement and stories while helping to develop their language, motor and social skills. (Sept 8-Nov 17, 2021)

 11 am              

Preschool Storytime 🆓
» Georgetown Township Public Library – Join Miss Kaelyn for books, songs, fingerplays, and more! Developmentally geared for kids age 3 to 5 years. (Sept 15-Nov 24, 2021)

» Howard Miller Public Library – This program includes a story, craft, and literature based activities. Geared for children ages 3 to 6 years old. (Sept 8-Nov 10, 2021)

Outdoor Preschool Storytime 🆓
» Howard Miller Public Library – This program includes a story, craft, and literature-based activities. (Sept 8-Nov 10, 2021)

Rhyme Time Music and Movement 🆓
» KDL: East GR Branch – Move and groove together with action rhymes, songs, games and hands-on musical activities that will help children develop motor, listening and literacy skills. (Sept 8-Nov 17, 2021)

Family Storytime 🆓
» KDL: Rockford Branch – Read and sing together as a family. Enjoy stories, music, movement and rhymes that develop early literacy skills. (Sept 15-Nov 17, 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              

Babytime 
» KDL: Plainfield Township Branch 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. (Sept 8-Nov 17, 2021)

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 (returning Sept. 2, 2021)

Storytime 🆓
» KDL: Alpine Branch – Nurture your child’s love of books and build early literacy skills through stories, rhymes, music and movement. (Sept 9-Nov 18, 2021 *skip Nov 11)

» KDL: Cascade Township Branch – Nurture your child’s love of books and build early literacy skills through stories, rhymes, music and movement. (Sept 9-Nov 18, 2021 *skip Nov 4)

» KDL: Kentwood Branch – Nurture your child’s love of books and build early literacy skills through stories, rhymes, music and movement. (Sept 9-Nov 18, 2021)

Family Storytime 🆓
» KDL: East GR Branch – Read and sing together as a family. Enjoy stories, music, movement and rhymes that develop early literacy skills. (Sept 9-Nov 18, 2021)

» KDL: Lowell Branch – Read and sing together as a family. Enjoy stories, music, movement and rhymes that develop early literacy skills. (Sept 16-Nov 18, 2021 *skip Nov 11)

» KDL: Grandville Branch – Read and sing together as a family. Enjoy stories, music, movement and rhymes that develop early literacy skills. (Oct 14-Nov 18, 2021)

Toddler Time 🆓
» KDL: Plainfield Township Branch – Nurture your toddler’s love of books through music, movement and stories while helping to develop their language, motor and social skills. (Sept 9-Nov 18, 2021)

» KDL: Walker Branch – Nurture your toddler’s love of books through music, movement and stories while helping to develop their language, motor and social skills. (Sept 9-Nov 18, 2021 *skip Nov 11)

Preschool Storytime 🆓
» KDL: Plainfield Township Branch – Preschoolers enjoy stories, rhymes, music, movement and more as they build their early literacy skills and develop a love of reading. (Sept 9-Nov 18, 2021)

 10:30 am              

Storytime on the Lawn 🆓
» GRPL 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.  (Aug 5-Sept 30, 2021)

Family Time 🆓
» GRPL Yankee Clipper Branch – A storytime for children ages 18 months to 5 years featuring great books, songs, fingerplays, and hands-on fun. (Oct 7-Dec 9, 2021 *skip Nov 25)

Fall Story Time
» Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park Join us for fun, fallinspired, interactive stories like There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves, Leaf Jumpers, Fall Is Not Easy, Countdown to Fall, and Tap the Magic Tree. Free with admission. (Sept 9-Oct 28, 2021)

  11 am              

Family Storytime 🆓
» KDL: East GR Branch – Read and sing together as a family. Enjoy stories, music, movement and rhymes that develop early literacy skills. (Sept 9-Nov 18, 2021)

Toddler Time 🆓
» KDL: Walker Branch – Nurture your toddler’s love of books through music, movement and stories while helping to develop their language, motor and social skills. (Sept 9-Nov 18, 2021 *skip Nov 11)

Loutit Littles: Baby Storytime in the Park 🆓
» Loutit District Library – Enjoy stories, rhymes and bounces with your little one! Meet outdoors in Grand Haven’s Central Park. (Sept 16-Oct 21, 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.

FRIDAYS

  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.

  9:30 am              

Babytime 🆓
» KDL: Comstock Park Branch – 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. (Sept 10-Nov 19, 2021)

  10 am              

Toddler Time- RETURNING IN THE FALL
» 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 (returning in the fall, beginning Sept 10, 2021)

Family Storytime 🆓
» KDL: Byron Township Branch – Read and sing together as a family. Enjoy stories, music, movement and rhymes that develop early literacy skills. (Sept 10-Nov 19, 2021)

Rhyme Time Music and Movement 🆓
» KDL: Caledonia Branch – Move and groove together with action rhymes, songs, games and hands-on musical activities that will help children develop motor, listening and literacy skills. (Sept 17-Nov 19, 2021)

» KDL: Walker Branch – Move and groove together with action rhymes, songs, games and hands-on musical activities that will help children develop motor, listening and literacy skills. (Sept 10-Nov 19, 2021)

Yoga Storytime 🆓
» KDL: Comstock Park Branch – Enjoy stories and songs, while practicing simple yoga poses and movements. Please dress in comfortable clothing, ready to move. A limited number of mats will be available. (Sept 10-Nov 19, 2021)

Storytime 🆓
» KDL: Kentwood Branch – Nurture your child’s love of books and build early literacy skills through stories, rhymes, music and movement. (Sept 10-Nov 19, 2021)

  10:30 am              

Rhyme Time Music and Movement 🆓
» KDL: Wyoming Branch Move and groove together with action rhymes, songs, games and hands-on musical activities that will help children develop motor, listening and literacy skills. (Sept 10-Nov 19, 2021)

Backpack Adventures
» Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park These discovery walks, led by Art & Garden Play Activity Leaders, conclude with a story time and provide a fun way to explore art and horticulture with “Big Kid” backpack tools. (Sept 10-Oct 29, 2021)

  11 am              

Preschool Storytime 🆓
» Henika District Library – Join Ms. Becky in the youth area for a themed storytime, singing and silliness. Recommended for ages 1-5. (Sept 10-Nov 19, 2021)

  11:15 am              

Family Storytime 🆓
» Cedar Springs Public Library – Enjoy a book, songs and a craft. It’s a great way to build early literacy, creativity and social skills. (Aug 6-Sept 24, 2021, *skip Sept 3)

  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.

Preschool Playtime
» Grand Rapids Gymnastics – Enjoy some great indoor fun time with your little ones. For babies-preschoolers. $6/member, $8/non-member.

  5:30 pm              

Toddler & Preschool Open Gym
» Horizon Kids Complex – Ages 1-5, $7/participant. No pre-registration required. Members and non-members welcome. (Sept-May)

SATURDAYS

9 am          

Little Leapers 
» Sky Zone – 9am-11am. Little Leapers is the perfect time for ages 7 & under to come and jump. $12.99/child

SUNDAYS

CLASSES

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

Mommy & Me Classes »
Parks and Recreation Classes »


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.

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  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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