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

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Preschool, Baby & Toddler Activities – the Schedule

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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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 🆓
» 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.   (Sept 14-Dec 28, *skip Sept 28)

 10 am              

Family Storytime Live 🆓
» Kent District Library – Read and sing together as a family. Enjoy stories, music, movement and rhymes that develop early literacy skills. Tune in on Kent District Library or at YouTube.com/KentDistrictLibrary. (Aug 31-Nov 30)

 10:30 am              

Music Flows 🆓
» Loutit District Library – Music Flows incorporates stories, songs, and activities designed to offer young children a beginning understanding of basic musical terms and concepts “with a dash of wiggle and giggle.” This program will be streamed on the library’s Facebook page. (Sept 14-Nov 30)

 11 am              

Storytime Live 🆓
» Georgetown Township Library – Join Miss Kaelyn each Monday at 11am for Facebook Live Storytime! This storytime will include books, songs, rhymes, and more! (Sept 28-Nov 23)

 12 pm              

Munch-n-Move 
» Grand Rapids Gymnastics – Bring a lunch and drop off your child to us while you run errands, go to appointments, or just take some much needed time for yourself. $10/member, $12/non-member

TUESDAYS 

 9:30 am              

Toddler Storytime Live 🆓
» Herrick District Library – Songs, fingerplays, stories and more live on Facebook!  (Sept 15-Nov 17)

 10 am              

Family Storytime Live 🆓
» Kent District Library – Read and sing together as a family. Enjoy stories, music, movement and rhymes that develop early literacy skills. Tune in on Kent District Library or at YouTube.com/KentDistrictLibrary. (Aug 31-Nov 30)

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

  11:15 am              

Children’s Garden Activities: Fall Storytime 
» Frederik Meijer Gardens: Fun, fall-inspired interactive stories like Going on a Leaf Hunt, Fall is not Easy, Jaime Planted an Acorn, and The Busy Little Squirrel. Experience how awesome autumn is in the Children’s Garden! (Sept 1-Oct 29)

  12 pm              

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

Munch-n-Move 
» Grand Rapids Gymnastics – Bring a lunch and drop off your child to us while you run errands, go to appointments, or just take some much needed time for yourself. $10/member, $12/non-member

WEDNESDAYS 

 9:30 am              

Baby Storytime Live 🆓
» Herrick District Library – Learn new songs, rhymes, and activities to support your child’s early literacy growth live on Facebook!  (Sept 16-Nov 18)

 10 am              

Family Storytime Live 🆓
» Kent District Library – Read and sing together as a family. Enjoy stories, music, movement and rhymes that develop early literacy skills. Tune in on Kent District Library or at YouTube.com/KentDistrictLibrary. (Aug 31-Nov 30)

Bright Beginnings Virtual Playgroup 🆓
» Kent ISD – A virtual playgroup where kids will Play, Learn, Explore, and Have tons of fun together!  (Oct 7-Nov 18)

Toddler Time
» Craig’s Cruisers – This is a great chance for your little one to freely explore our Trampoline Park and unleash their energy! Ages 6 and under. $4.99  (Oct 28-Nov 18)

 10:30 am              

Storytime Online 🆓
» Muskegon Area District Library – Join the MADL storytime crew every week for books, music, and more. It’s a virtual storytime that’s great for all kids of all ages. (Nov 4-Dec 30)

 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. (Sept 9-Nov 18)

  11:15 am              

Children’s Garden Activities: Fall Storytime 
» Frederik Meijer Gardens: Fun, fall-inspired interactive stories like Going on a Leaf Hunt, Fall is not Easy, Jaime Planted an Acorn, and The Busy Little Squirrel. Experience how awesome autumn is in the Children’s Garden! (Sept 1-Oct 29)

 12 pm              

Munch-n-Move 
» Grand Rapids Gymnastics – Bring a lunch and drop off your child to us while you run errands, go to appointments, or just take some much needed time for yourself. $10/member, $12/non-member

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: Stories, singing, and other activities live on Facebook!   (Sept 17-Nov 19)

 10 am              

Family Storytime Live 🆓
» Kent District Library – Read and sing together as a family. Enjoy stories, music, movement and rhymes that develop early literacy skills. Tune in on Kent District Library or at YouTube.com/KentDistrictLibrary. (Aug 31-Nov 30)

 10:30 am              

Toddler Story Time 🆓
» Hackley Public Library: Space is limited to two families at each story time. Registration & face masks required. All story times will also be available on Facebook Live. (Oct 29-Nov 19)

  11:15 am              

Children’s Garden Activities: Fall Storytime 
» Frederik Meijer Gardens: Fun, fall-inspired interactive stories like Going on a Leaf Hunt, Fall is not Easy, Jaime Planted an Acorn, and The Busy Little Squirrel. Experience how awesome autumn is in the Children’s Garden! (Sept 1-Oct 29)

  12 pm              

Munch-n-Move 
» Grand Rapids Gymnastics – Bring a lunch and drop off your child to us while you run errands, go to appointments, or just take some much needed time for yourself. $10/member, $12/non-member

  1 pm              

Open Gym
» Grand Rapids Gymnastics – Our supervised open gym format offers safe and fun physical activity for your children. No pre-registration necessary. $6/child. $18/max per family

 7 pm              

Evening Storytime Live 🆓
» Kent District Library – Relax and get cozy with bedtime stories. Tune in on Kent District Library or at YouTube.com/KentDistrictLibrary. (Sept 3-Nov 19)

FRIDAYS 

  10 am              

Storytime Live 🆓
» Loutit District Library: Join Miss Elizabeth for stories, songs, rhymes and more! (Sept 18-Oct 30)

  10:30 am              

Preschool Story Time 🆓
» Hackley Public Library: Space is limited to two families at each story time. Registration & face masks required. All story times will also be available on Facebook Live. (Oct 30-Nov 20)

  12 pm              

Munch-n-Move 
» Grand Rapids Gymnastics – Bring a lunch and drop off your child to us while you run errands, go to appointments, or just take some much needed time for yourself. $10/member, $12/non-member

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

SATURDAYS 

 11 am                                     

One World, One Sky: Big Birds 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. (Oct 10-Dec 18)

SUNDAYS 

  11 am              

One World, One Sky: Big Birds 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. (Oct 10-Dec 18)

Curiosity Corner TOTS – Toddlers on Track for School
300 High Street
Lowell, MI 49331


Goldfish Swim School
2845 Thornhills Ave, Suite S
Grand Rapids, MI 49546


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, MI 49506


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


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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John Ball Zoo
1300 W. Fulton St.
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

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 49525

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 thought 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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