Baby & Toddler Play Places are Great for Socialization, Learning and Energy Busting

When your baby 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 play areas near Grand Rapids that babies and toddlers 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, we have options for everyone!  And if you have a favorite spot you love to visit with your toddler, please share in the comments!

19 Baby & Toddler Play Areas Around Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids Children’s Museum

11 Sheldon Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 | FACEBOOK

Children under 1 are free! 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.

Toddler making music at GRCM

Gymco

2306 Camelot Ridge Court SE Grand Rapids, MI 49546 | FACEBOOK

Infants are free and cost for 1-year-olds is just $1! Mini Movers Open Gym is designed for children ages 0-4 and provides games, movement, and socialization- without being overrun by big kids!

Grand Rapids Gymnastics

1601 Galbraith Ave, STE 301, Grand Rapids, MI 49546 | FACEBOOK

GRG Babies class is FREE every Tuesday from 11:00-11:45 AM.

Renew Mama Studio

5161 Northland Drive, Grand Rapids MI, 49525 | FACEBOOK

Bond with your baby while you take Mom & Baby Yoga or Barre class (baby-wearing friendly) at Renew Mama Studio and meet other mamas all at the same time!

Frog Hollow Playground

2050 Metro Court, Wyoming, MI 49509 | FACEBOOK

The park has three different play areas to accommodate different ages, is fully fenced-in with only one entrance/exit, and has padding under the play equipment.

Tanger Outlet Playground

350 84th Street SW, Byron Center, MI 49315 | FACEBOOK

Fenced in play area with child-proof gates and shade-sails overhead. Tanger also features family restrooms and a separate nursing mother’s room.

Imagination Station Playground

1 Y Dr, Grand Haven, MI 49417 | FACEBOOK

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.

GR Kroc Center

2500 S. Division Ave, Grand Rapids, MI 49507 | FACEBOOK

Toddler Tuesdays are free for members ($5.50 for non-members) and offer drop-in playtime for your your little one to splash in the wading pool or play in the gym with foam toys, balls, scooters and other play things.

Kent District Libraries

BRANCH LOCATIONS | FACEBOOK

KDL offers Babytime, Toddler Time, Rhyme Time Music & Movement and Family Storytime. Check your local branch for times. Or stop by your library ANY time to enjoy the numerous books, toys and puzzles provided to encourage play time and learning for your little one.

Grand Rapids Public Libraries

BRANCH LOCATIONS | FACEBOOK

GRPL provides safe, fun environments where you and your young child can read, play and learn. These specially-designed spaces feature materials for children and parents including board books, picture books, toys, puzzles, blocks and drawing stations. They are a fun place for your little one to explore.

GRPL Main library baby play area

GRPL – Main

Woodland Mall

3195 28th Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512 | FACEBOOK

Offers a play area with soft play structures and high visibility.

Woodland Mall

Rivertown Crossings

3700 RiverTown Parkway, Grandville, MI 49418 | FACEBOOK

Soft play structures located near kids’ clothing stores & pretzel shop.

Girl on ladybug at Rivertown Crossings

Catch Air

2978 28th Street SE, Kentwood, MI 49512 | FACEBOOK

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

Toddler playing at Catch Air

Jester’s Court

3707 Northridge Dr NW, Grand Rapids Charter Township, MI 49544 | FACEBOOK

Admission is free for children 9 months and under, $5 for children 2 and under. Children 3 and under can visit Toddler Court, where they will find a toddler-sized themed inflatable, safe play area, and friends their own age.

Playworld

3478 Fairlanes Ave, Grandville, MI 49418 | FACEBOOK

No charge for parents and children under 1 year! There is a Toddler Section designed specifically for children 0-4.

Holland Playland

446 W. 40th St. Holland, MI 49423 (enterance D) | FACEBOOK

Admission is free for everyone and it has an area for children 6 months to 2 years of age.

SquarePlay Cafe

436 Washington Ave, Holland, MI 49423 | FACEBOOK

This coffee shop was designed with families in mind! With all sorts of toys and play opportunities (along with a full coffee bar) littles can play and mom or dad can relax. Grown-ups and babies 12 months and younger are free.

Kangaroo Palace

3524 Green St, Norton Shores, MI 49444 | FACEBOOK

Children under 3 years old are free with paid adult. “Jumping Joeys” is a toddler time for ages 5 and under. Baby changing stations are available in the restrooms.

The PlayStation

870 74th Street, Suite A Byron Center, MI 49315 | FACEBOOK

Free open play times at their enclosed, indoor play area during the week, especially geared for the 4 and under crowd.

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