20 Things to do in Byron Center, Wyoming & Wayland
Southwest Grand Rapids is a beloved place for many locals. They love the gorgeous parks and special activities put on by the city, story time at Wyoming library, and exciting fun centers like Craig’s Cruisers and Byron Center Fun Spot.
In southwest Grand Rapids you get the small town feel, with exciting activities for kids hidden around every corner!
Here are 17 fantastic things to do with your kids in Byron Center, Wyoming, Dorr and Wayland. Let us know if you have any to add by leaving a comment below.
What it’s Like to Live on Grand Rapids’ Southwest Side
There’s a lot that people love about living southwest of GR. Read on to see which town speaks to you the most.
Life in Wyoming
Why people love to live here: Nearly every respondent to our survey about Wyoming used the same words to describe it: laid back. Residents love the quiet, chill vibes of Wyoming. The neighborhoods are full of children playing outside. Wyoming neighbors are known to look out for each other, too.
You should know: Wyoming basically sits in the center of GR’s major highways – bound by 131 on the east, M-6 to the south and I-196 to the north and west. If you’re a travel lover, Wyoming is a great spot to live because you have quick access to just about any highway leading into West Michigan and beyond.
Why people love to live here: Locals love the smaller town feel, proximity to Downtown and rural areas, as well as friendly neighbors. Residents are active in their community, with school and local events well attended.
You should know: Byron Center is a fast growing suburb of Grand Rapids, with homes and schools in high demand.
The KDL Wyoming Library is a community hub for kids of all ages and their parents. Not only will you find storytime here, but also Rhyme Time Music and Movement classes and a free play area filled with toys and even a kid’s puppet theater.
02) Spend the Day at Gezon Park
Gezon Park 5651 Gezon Ct.-Gezon Sports Complex (south end) 1940 52nd St SW-Neighborhood Park (north end)
Slated for some exciting improvements, Gezon Park is already a community favorite. Athletic families appreciate the sports complex at the south end of the park and playground lovers can swing away at the north end.
And in 2021, Wyoming plans to develop the center of the park further, with a splash pad, trails and hopefully more parking.
03) Play Laser Tag and Drive Go-Karts at Craig’s Cruisers
Craig’s Cruisers is a Family Fun Center. They have five indoor and four outdoor attractions. Attractions include: Indoor Go-Karts, Laser Tag, Bumper Cars, Ropes Course, Frog Hopper, Outdoor Go-Karts, Kiddie Karts, Bumper Boats and Mini-Golf. *Outdoor attractions are weather permitting.
They also have a huge video arcade with a variety of video games and the chance to win tickets plus a trampoline park. Pizza buffet available as well.
This may be one of the best playgrounds in Grand Rapids for kids. The soft ground coverings and fenced in area are a great way to just let the kids play. Plus, this playground was constructed to be accessible to all. Win, win!
06) Watch for Wildlife at Buck Creek Nature Preserve
Bring the scooters for the short 1/2 mile boardwalk, or grab the hiking shoes for a walk on informal natural paths that cross Buck Creek and wander through a preserve filled with wildlife. Want more fun? Find paths linking to both Lemery and Palmer Parks as well!
07) Score Deals at Tanger Outlet Mall (and Play on the Playground)
Tanger Outlet Mall 350 84th St SW, Byron Center, MI 49315
Tanger Outlets is an open-air mall in Byron Center. In addition to having shops for kids, they also have an outdoor, covered playground that is great for kids up to age 12.
The large community fireplace near the Nike store is a nice place to lounge, too.
08) Get a Gutter Ball and a Cone at Park Center Lanes
Every Tuesday and Thursday (October – April) from 9:30 AM -11:30 AM, parents and guardians may take their child, ages 1- 5, to the Community Center and have some play time to run and be active.
Toddler Time is a drop-in program that allows your child to play and release some energy during the colder months. We provide many items to play with, including gymnastics mats, sports balls, hula hoops, and space to run, jump and play. Preregistration is not required. Children must be supervised by an adult at all times.
Summertime brings out neighbors and the music at Wayland City Park.
The Wayland Summer Concert Series in the Park is held each summer in Wayland City Park at the Corner of W. Maple & Park St. This free, family-friendly concert is open to everyone. Bring your lawn chairs and pack a swimsuit for the kids for the splash area.
14) Bike or Blade Kent Trails from Douglas Walker Park
You really can pick up Kent Trails from many locations in Wyoming and Byron Township, but Douglas Walker Park serves as a southern spur trailhead.
Kent Trails serves as a safe place to bike, run, rollerblade or walk with your family. This 15-mile trail runs from Millennium Park to Byron Center with a connecting route available at Douglas Walker Park.
Much of the connection follows the 76th St corridor. It’s about 3 miles from the Douglas Walker Park trailhead to the junction with Kent Trails.
There’s something for all ages at the Spartan Stores YMCA, located near Metro Health in Wyoming – whether you’re a Y member or not.
Classes include ballet, basketball, floor hockey, football, homeschool PE, and many more – making learning fun and easy. Parent’s Morning Out is a nice respite for moms and dads. This Y is a family favorite destination!
Yes, Palmer Park has a public golf course, but it also has so much more! Hiking trails cross Buck Creek and they’re great for cross-country skiing in the winter, too. Add multiple playgrounds and picnic spots and you’ve got a great community park.
18) Get Glammed Up for the Annual Wyoming Daddy Daughter Dance
Every year, the City of Wyoming puts sparkle into action with their Daddy Daughter Dance. Held in late winter, girls (ages 4-13) are encouraged to spend an evening with their favorite adult date (Dad, Grandpa, Uncle or special friend). The evening includes dancing, refreshments, a picture and special memories. Watch the Wyoming website for signups.
19) Catch a Show at Master Arts Theatre in Byron Center
Lamar Park is home to a popular splash pad. You’ll also find three picnic areas, restrooms, grills, playgrounds, walking trails, fishing, sand volleyball courts, basketball courts, tennis courts, climbing wall, grills, soccer fields and softball fields at this Wyoming community hub.