West MI Toddler Activities Guide: Storytimes, Open Gyms, Play Area Schedules, Classes & More

Toddler Activities Guide Grand Rapids

Toddler Activities in West Michigan & Grand Rapids

When your toddler is on the move and ready to play, it’s time to go!

To help you find the best toddler activities in town, we’ve put together a huge list of little kid play areas, activities and classes around Grand Rapids that toddlers will love to visit.

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.

Storytimes & Events for Toddlers

Are you looking for toddler activities or storytimes in Grand Rapids and Lakeshore area?

Upcoming events featuring toddler activities are listed here:

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Classes for Toddlers

The following locations offer baby, preschool, and toddler classes. Check websites for the latest scheduling details.

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Toddler Classes in Lowell, MI

320 Amity, Lowell, MI 49331

Toddler Activities:
Classes offered on Fridays for children ages 18 months to 5 years. Registration required.

Class options include developmental gymnastics, kids in the kitchen cooking class and art class.

Toddler Classes in Zeeland, MI

320 E Main, Zeeland, MI 49464

Toddler Activities:
Splash, float and play with your child at the pool. Parent(s) or guardian(s) must be in the water with their child.

Life jackets, puddle jumpers, infant floats, slide, pool toys, and basketball hoop are all provided

For children ages 0 -5.

Toddler Classes in Muskegon, MI

622 Chatterson Rd, Muskegon, MI 49442

Toddler Activities:
Gonyon's Parent/Tot Preschool Class teaches little ones tumbling, balance beam, bars, trampoline, and rings.

Class is for children ages 18 months to 3 years old.

Toddler Classes in Holland, MI

2424 Van Ommen Dr, Holland, MI 49424

Toddler Activities:
This Mommy and Me age-appropriate gymnasticsclass encourages children ages 18-months to 3-years to develop gross motor skills, cognitive skills, social skills, and spatial concepts.

Toddler Classes in Rockford, MI

724 Byrne Industrial Dr, Rockford, MI 49341

Toddler Activities:
Parent and Tot Gymnastics and Fitness program is for children 18 months to 3 1/2 years.

Children will learn gymnastics, fitness, and early childhood development skills. The class meets once a week for 45 minutes.

Toddler Classes in Grand Rapids, MI

1110 Wealthy Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Toddler Activities:
Explore a family classes at EAU Dance, offered for young children with a caregiver.

Enroll in Broadway Babies, where you and your child, age 2-4, can sing, dance and act out parts from musicals. Relive the excitement of classics like "Annie", "Wizard of Oz", "Mary Poppins", "Sound of Music", "Cinderella", and more!

Parent Child Move & Groove classes, for children ages 1-2, encourages the exploration of music and movement. You and your child will sing, practice yoga, do animal actions, and use fun musical props.

Toddler Classes in Wyoming, MI

1391 Gezon Parkway, Wyoming, MI 49509

Toddler Activities:
You and Me Classes allows children, ages 18 months – 3 years, to improve coordination, agility and sensory integration all with some help from a parent or caregiver.

Toddler Classes in Holland, MI

4214 56th Street, Holland, MI 49423

Toddler Activities:
ODC Network offers opportunities for parents and kids to learn together through outdoor exploration.

Parents and children learn about nature in the Nature for Tykes class. Topics change seasonally, but may include learning about seeds, senses, turtles, flowers, meadows and much more.

Knee High Naturalists Classes give kids many ways to learn, through crafts, activities, books, snacks, live animals, and outside exploration. Parents are encouraged to attend with their 4 to 6 year old - though not required. Parents or guardians are asked to attend with their 3 year old.

Toddler Classes in Grand Rapids, MI

2306 Camelot Ridge Ct SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Toddler Activities:
Parent and Tot classes at Gymco help kids take direction, learn basic gymnastic skills, build social and cognitive abilities, gain physical confidence and develop life skills that will prepare them for school and beyond.

Classes for walking toddlers, ages 1-3, along with parent or caregiver.

Toddler Classes in Grand Rapids, MI

143 Bostwick Avenue NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Toddler Activities:
Parents and caregivers of a child, birth to five years old, can participate in weekly programs throughout Grand Rapids with Play and Learn GRCC. Programs are 90 minutes long and days, times and locations vary.

Play and Learn focuses on reading strategies, child development and discipline. Participants receive free a book!

Toddler Classes in Jenison, MI

596 Baldwin St. Ste #2, Jenison, MI 49428

Toddler Activities:
Kids Unlimited begins their gymnastics program with Kangazoo, a program developed using the USA Gymnastics team curriculum. In this preschool program, children develop their hand-eye coordination and flexibility while using the bars, vault, beam, floor and trampoline. Their Baby Bears program is for children 18 months through three years with an adult.

Toddler Classes in Grand Rapids, MI

3300 Burton St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Toddler Activities:
In Kindermusik, children develop their music, cognitive and social skills through singing, moving, playing instruments and listening to stories. The program begins with the Foundations class for babies through 18 months and their caregiver with additional class opportunities as your child grows.

Babies learn with their caregiver in a sensory-rich environment with songs, rhymes, baby-safe instruments and more. They build on these skills in each successive level. Caregivers continue to participate with their children through additional class levels.

Toddler Classes in Grand Rapids, MI

2845 Thornhills Ave SE Suite S, Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Toddler Activities:
Goldfish Swim School offers swim lessons for children ages 4 – 35 months. Babies and toddlers learn basic swim and safety skills and are gently introduced to the water.

Lessons provide a great bonding experience for both parent and child.

Toddler Classes in Grand Rapids, MI

Various Locations, Grand Rapids, MI

Toddler Activities:
Little Feet is a unique caregiver-child movement program for children ages 3 months to 4 years old.

Children and caregiver explore different dance concepts each week and will be given additional information to help support your child's development outside of class.

Toddler Classes in Grand Rapids, MI

864 Crahen AVE NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525

Toddler Activities:
Bright Beginnings Playgroups allows parents and children, ages infancy through Kindergarten entry, to experience play together in a safe and educational setting.

Playgroups and facilitated by a Parent Educator and are offered in many different locations throughout Kent County.

Toddler Classes in Grand Rapids, MI

2500 S. Division Ave, Grand Rapids, MI 49507

Toddler Activities:
The Grand Rapids Kroc Center offers classes in a wide range of topics and interests, including Mommy & Me style classes in the fine arts.

Mommy & Me Gymnastics teaches basic gymnastic skills and is offered by Grand Rapids Gymnastics. Parent and Child Swim Lessons allows children to get comfortable in the water and to learn basic skills. Preschool Arts for the Imagination encourages preschoolers and their parents to work together to develop fine motor and social skills.

Each of these classes is six sessions. You do not need to be a member to take these classes, but members do receive discounted prices.

Toddler Classes in Grand Rapids, MI

959 Lake Dr SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Toddler Activities:
Enjoy a rich musical journey as you sing, dance, play, learn, laugh and love at Joyful Sounds. With classes just for babies and others for kids up to age 8, everyone will find something they love.

Plus Joyful Sounds offers a Generations class at a retirement home so you and your child can spread joy to the residents!

Toddler Classes in Grand Rapids, MI

Various Locations, Grand Rapids, MI

Toddler Activities:
Renew Mama Studio is offering on-location classes at various places around Grand Rapids.

Mommy and Me Yoga Classes, prenatal yoga, and more. Connect with them to see current offerings.

Toddler Classes in Grand Rapids, MI

3300 Burton St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Toddler Activities:
The Village is an early childhood enrichment and parent resource center with locations in Grand Rapids and Holland.

They enrichment classes for children ages 2 months and up – from STEM Toddler classes to music classes to baby sign language classes, and everything in between for kids up to age 7.

Toddler Play Areas

*The open/close status of these locations may change at any time. Confirm your destination’s status before heading out.

Toddler Indoor Play Places

» Complete West MI Indoor Play Guide

Local Libraries

Various Addresses

Most library branches have a designated children’s section filled with toys and fun learning opportunities, so toddler activities are at your fingertips!

Catch Air

2978 28th Street SE, Kentwood, MI 49512

Non-walkers are free! Tiny Town is a toddler area designed especially for little ones.

Grand Rapids Children’s Museum

11 Sheldon Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Wee Discover at GRCM is for children from birth to age four. There’s even a Tummy Time Playspace for not-yet-crawlers. Bonus – Children under 1 are free!

GR Public Museum

2500 S. Division Ave. Grand Rapids, MI 49507

This may not strike you as a place for toddlers, but try it! You can push them in the stroller and they can take in all the sights while you do, too. Plus there are several hands-on places in the museum and a carousel.

Holland Playland

446 W. 40th St. Holland, MI 49423 (entrance D)

Indoor Toddler play area for kids 6 months – 2 years. FREE admission.

EverPlay Cafe

6886 Cascade Road SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Drop-in play for a small fee. Coffee shop.

Rivertown Crossings Treehouse

3700 RiverTown Parkway, Grandville, MI 49418

A mall play area that looks like a treehouse, with slides, tunnels, and a soft play area. Free. There’s also a carousel on the second level (fee.)

Woodland Mall Play Area

3195 28th Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512

Large climbing play structure located near the food court.

Best Parks for Toddlers

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Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, MI

1000 E Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids MI 49525


John Ball Park in Grand Rapids, MI

1300 W Fulton St, Grand Rapids MI 49504

Playground Description: You have several playgrounds to choose from at this park.

Valley View has a huge structure, shaded picnic tables and a pond.

Picnic Acre is a secluded, woodchip-surfaced area to the south of the park. You'll find slides, swings, climbing fun and lots of picnic tables.

Hilltop Park, known best as The Hidden Playground, is found at the park's south side off Butterworth Ave, just opposite the Kent Trails Bike Path.
Here you'll find a play structure, pretty views, as well as a beautiful stone pavilion to rent.

In 2019, a new accessible playground was unveiled. This playground is located at the southeast side of the park near Sacred Heart Academy on the corner of Park Street SW and Valley Avenue SW. John Ball Park is the perfect stop before, during or after your trip to John Ball Zoo.

The kids will love exploring three different parks, and there are a ton of places for a picnic lunch.

Plan to spend a full and fun-filled day at the zoo and this trio of parks.

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Grand Rapids Township Park in Grand Rapids, MI

1836 East Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids MI 49525

Playground Description: The playground is large and surfaced with woodchips. Play structures are available for toddlers as well. Grand Rapids Township Park is a fun kids park that offers a large playground that kids will love - from toddlers to older kids.

There is also a lot of green space at the park for kids to run around and burn up some energy.

Grand Rapids Township Park Spiral Slide

Imagination Station in Grand Haven, MI

1 Y Drive, Grand Haven MI 49417

Playground Description: The recently updated playground is HUGE!

It features fun details that reflect the city of Grand Haven. Children can find a lighthouse, anchors, familiar street signs, and a Coast Guard boat while playing.

In addition to cool landmarks, there are new slides, rock walls and rope structures.

Perfect for toddlers with a separate structure and the entire playground is fenced in!

It is also handicap accessible.

The ground is soft and bouncy and there are ramps in place of stairs. Imagination Station is a parent's dream.

The huge playground is so unique with its many structures and equipment.

It is also perfect for toddlers and is accessible with adaptive equipment.

The best part: it is fenced in with one way in and out, so it is safe for little wanderers.

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.

The only drawback to this park is trying to get the kids to leave at the end of the day!

Grand Haven Imagination Station

The playground has accessible play equipment.
Stroller-Friendly? Yes, all or most areas

Millennium Park in Walker, MI

1415 Maynard Ave SW, Walker MI 49534

Playground Description: There are three different playground sections at this park, one for the younger kids, one for the older kids, and one ninja warrior course. The playgrounds are outside of the fenced-off beach area and have a nice grassy area nearby.

Kids and families that like to watch American Ninja Warrior on television will love testing their mettle on the new play equipment at Millennium Park.

Multiple obstacles and structures comprise the playground, which is geared toward older kids.

This design is the first in the USA and Millennium Park is excited to debut it here right in Grand Rapids. This sprawling, 1,400 acre park offers endless activities.

Experience 18 miles of trails (both paved and unpaved) for both bikers and hikers, playgrounds, shelter rentals, and expansive water sports fun - including both a beach and a splash pad.

People come here to swim, boat, bike, bird watch, picnic, play volleyball, cross country ski and more.

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.

Millennium Park playground

Frog Hollow Park in Wyoming, MI

2050 Metro Court SW, Wyoming MI 49519

Playground Description: Playground floor is rubber topped, and equipment is good for older kids, toddlers and those with disabilities.

There are plenty of climbing, sliding and swinging opportunities here.

The best part about the playground is that it is fenced in with one entrance/exit - equals peace of mind for parents! Frog Hollow Park is simply a great playground! It is perfect for kids of all ages and abilities and is extra safe with its rubber topped playground and fenced-in area.

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 an eye on your toddler, especially those that like to wander off.

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The playground has accessible play equipment.
Stroller-Friendly? Yes, all or most areas
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2 thoughts on “West MI Toddler Activities Guide: 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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