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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Highlighted Grand Rapids Events
BRICKLIVE Supersized! at John Ball Zoo 2021
John Ball Zoo

BRICKLIVE Supersized JOhn Ball Zoo

1300 Fulton St W
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
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March 27-September 26

If you enjoyed last year’s brick toy Zoo Takeover, you’re going to love BRICKLIVE Supersized!

This traveling exhibit is making its first US stop (straight from Great Britain!) to bring over 30 astonishing larger-than-life toy brick animal sculptures right here to West Michigan.

BRICKLIVE Supersized! will be on display at John Ball Zoo from March 27-September 26 and is included with general admission.

11:00 AM
Green Space

GreenSpaceBuns

6509 Fricke Ct NE
Rockford, MI 49341
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March 30-April 30, 2021

Come interact and learn about our bunnies! Indoor or outdoor, weather permitting. By appointment only. $5 per child, $15 per adult, discounts offered.

Hands on interaction. Offering a cozy indoor setting to spend time petting, feeding, and learning about our bunnies. Outdoor visits too! Extra hours available during Spring Break 4/3-4/10!

6:00 PM
Virtual Zoom Event

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Virtual Zoom Event, MI
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April 20, 2021

Grand Rapids Public Schools is proud to offer the region’s largest, most comprehensive selection of school choices in all of West Michigan including neighborhood schools, theme schools, and more.

Learn more at the GRPS Virtual School Choice Expo scheduled for Tuesday, April 20 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM! Meet our principals and request a virtual tour. PLUS be entered to win a $50 or $100 gift card to Meijer. Winners will be chosen during the virtual event. Must register and attend to win.

Highlighted Grand Rapids Events
Reimagine Trash: Virtual Recycling Center Tour
1:30 PM
Virtual Event

Recycling Center Plastics line

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Mondays, April 5-June 28, 2021 | 1:30-3:00pm

A FREE weekly virtual tour on Facebook Live!

Learn about the recycling process and machines, get behind-the-scenes views, access a craft video with simple instructions, ending with an interactive question and answer time.

9:00 AM
West Side Christian School

Spring Fling

955 Westend Ave NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
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May 1, 2021 | 9am-3pm

HUGE outdoor Spring Fling event featuring a marketplace with 70+ vendors, a Super Royal Party with 12 Disney characters from Olivia Grace & Company, a petting zoo, pony rides, and five food trucks! Reserve your Super Royal Party tickets today!

Super Royal Party: Adults - free; Kids (2-17) - $25; Petting zoo is free; Pony rides are $5; Admission to food trucks and outdoor marketplace area is free

Highlighted Grand Rapids Events
Tri Greenville Kids Triathlon
11:00 AM
Baldwin Lake Beach

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Greenville, MI 48838
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June 5, 2021

SWIM, BIKE & RUN your way into summer with the TRI Greenville Kids Triathlon!

This beginner-friendly sprint distance event is for kids ages 7-15. Kids can celebrate their accomplishments with an official event shirt and finisher medal. Give it a ‘TRI’!

$33, register today! A $10 late fee will be added after May 17.

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

 10 am              

Family Storytime Live 🆓
» Kent District Library – Enjoy stories, music, movement and rhymes that develop early literacy skills and encourage everyone in the family to share their love of reading. Tune in on the KDL Facebook page or at YouTube.com/KentDistrictLibrary. (Mar 1-May 24, 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.

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              

Toddler Storytime Live 🆓
» Herrick District Library – Learn new songs, rhymes, and activities to support your child’s early literacy growth. (Apr 6-May 25, 2021)

 10 am              

Family Storytime Live 🆓
» Kent District Library – Enjoy stories, music, movement and rhymes that develop early literacy skills and encourage everyone in the family to share their love of reading. Tune in on the KDL Facebook page or at YouTube.com/KentDistrictLibrary. (Mar 2-May 18, 2021)

Storytime Live 🆓
» Cedar Springs Public Library – Enjoy a book, songs and a craft virtually. (Apr 6-Apr 27, 2021)

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

 11 am              

Virtual Storytime 🆓
» Fruitport District Library: Featuring stories, songs, crafts, and play activities geared for family fun. (Feb 23-Apr 27, 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.

WEDNESDAYS

 9:30 am              

Baby Storytime Live 🆓
» Herrick District Library – Learn new songs, rhymes, and activities to support your child’s early literacy growth!  (Apr 7-May 26, 2021)

 10 am              

Family Storytime Live 🆓
» Kent District Library – Enjoy stories, music, movement and rhymes that develop early literacy skills and encourage everyone in the family to share their love of reading. Tune in on the KDL Facebook page or at YouTube.com/KentDistrictLibrary. (Mar 3-May 19, 2021)

Bright Beginnings Virtual Playgroup 🆓
» Kent ISD – A virtual playgroup where kids will Play, Learn, Explore, and Have tons of fun together!  (Mar 3-Apr 28, 2021)

 10:30 am              

Storytime Online 🆓
» Saranac Public Library – Stories, activities, and fun for ages 0-5! Join the Storytime Facebook Group to share your thoughts, inspirations, and projects with other families.  (Feb 3-Apr 28, 2021)

 11 am              

Great Start Zoom Play and Learn 🆓
» Great Start of Muskegon – Gather with community leaders and local Early Childhood professionals for “Play and Learn” fun! Children can participate in “Show and Tell, ” sing, move, and visit with familiar friends and local early childhood educators. (Feb 3-May 26, 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.

 9:30 am              

Preschool Storytime Live 🆓
» Herrick District Library: Learn new songs, rhymes, and activities to support your child’s early literacy growth.  (Apr 8-May 27, 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

 10:15 am              

Virtual Yoga Story Time
» Gary Byker Memorial Library – This program combines simple yoga poses, breathing exercises, and stories on Facebook Live. (Mar 4-Apr 29, 2021)

 10:30 am              

Toddler Story Time 🆓
» Hackley Public Library: Enjoy all the best parts of story time from the convenience of your home! Join us for songs, stories, and movement activities. (Mar 25-Apr 29, 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. 

 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. (Mar 4-May 27, 2021)

FRIDAYS

  9:30 am              

Babytime Livestream 🆓
» Kent District Library: Delight and engage your baby with songs, a story and playtime. (Mar 5-May 28, 2021)

  10 am              

Streaming Storytime with Miss Elizabeth 🆓
» Loutit District Library: Join Miss Elizabeth for stories, songs, rhymes and more! (Mar 26-May 28, 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              

Preschool Story Time 🆓
» Hackley Public Library: Enjoy all the best parts of story time from the convenience of your home! Join us for songs, stories, and movement activities. (Mar 26-Apr 30, 2021)

  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

12 pm          

One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure Planetarium Show 
» Grand Rapids Public Museum – Elmo’s friend, Hu Hu Zhu, visits from China and the three of them take the audience on an exciting journey of discovery to learn about the Sun, stars, and Big Dipper. (Jan 9-Jun 5, 2021)

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 13-May 29, 2021)

SUNDAYS

12 pm          

One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure Planetarium Show 
» Grand Rapids Public Museum – Elmo’s friend, Hu Hu Zhu, visits from China and the three of them take the audience on an exciting journey of discovery to learn about the Sun, stars, and Big Dipper. (Jan 10-Jun 6, 2021)

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
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
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
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.

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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 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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