Where to Play with Toddlers on a Budget
If you have toddlers at home, you know that it’s great to find new and interesting things to do that don’t break the bank. We’ve put together a list of some of our favorite things to do with toddlers that cost under ten dollars, and some of them are even free!
Don’t forget to check out our grkids.com calendar for other great activities each day.
12 Free or Cheap Toddler Play Places Around Grand Rapids
3636 29th Street SE, Kentwood, MI 49512 | Phone: (616) 214-4221
Want to tire your little one out before nap time? Bounce your way over to Toddler Time at SkyZone Grand Rapids! Toddler Time (ages 1-5 only) is on Tuesday and Friday from 10:00 AM – noon. It costs only $7 per toddler!
11 Sheldon Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 | Phone: (616) 235-4726
Enjoy special programs set up for toddlers 3 and under every Tuesday from 10:00 AM – noon. There is so much to see and learn about at Grand Rapids Children’s Museum. Admission is free for those 1 and under or $8.50 for ages 1-64. Stop in on Thursday nights from 5:00 – 8:00 PM for Family Night (and admission of only $1.75 per person)!
2306 Camelot Ridge Court SE Grand Rapids, MI 49546 | Phone: (616) 956-0586
Open gym is Monday – Saturday from noon – 1:00 PM. The cost is $5 for members or $10 for non-members. Children 5 years and younger must have a parent accompany them in the gym. Parents and infants always play free!
1415 Maynard Ave SW, Walker, MI 49534 | Phone: (616) 632-7275
Most of Millennium Park is free to enjoy, but there is a fee to enter the beach and splash pad. Summer hours are 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM. Adults are $4, kids ages 3-15 are $2 and kids under 3 are free!
Various Locations | Phone: (616) 784-2007
Nurture your children’s love of books with various activities, including music, movement and stories. This is geared toward children 3 and under and free to you! Be sure to check different locations for different times.
1391 Gezon Parkway, Wyoming, MI 49509 | Phone: (616) 726-7979
Open Gym is a time where kids can come in and use the equipment without instruction. You do not have to be taking classes to participate in Open Gym. The cost is $10.00 for 2 hours of fun. Children aged 3 and younger are $5.00, and crawlers and parents are always free. Open gym is Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 1:00-3:00 PM, Thursday from 9:00-10:30 AM (ages 5 and younger), and Friday 6:30-8:30 PM.
14 52nd St, Kentwood, MI 49548 | Phone: (616) 534-8106
Get some exercise while you take your little one walking or skating on Saturdays from noon to 1:00 PM. Admission is free for 6 and under and $5 for 7 and up.
Woodland Mall | 3195 28th St. SE Suite B116, Grand Rapids, MI 49512 | Phone: (616) 940-0820
Rivertown Crossings Mall | 3700 Rivertown Parkway, Ste 2058, Grandville, MI 49418 | Phone: (616) 531-1825
Barnes and Noble is a great place to take a book-loving toddler. Surrounding your little one with books is an excellent way to spark their interest in reading. Visit various locations for FREE story times and craft times.
Various Locations | Phone: (616) 365-2276
Bright Beginnings is a FREE service for families in Kent County with children aged birth to Kindergarten entry. You do need to register one time. Playgroups are available at various locations and are a great way for your toddler to learn to socialize with other toddlers. It’s also a great way to meet other fun moms!
Crazy Bounce reserves Mondays and Wednesdays from 9-11:00 AM for kids walking age through 7 years old, for only $8/child. An excellent energy burner, this place is a fan of parents who are fans of hearty afternoon nap time!
12555 Felch St., Holland, MI 49424 | 616-399-8150
Pack a picnic and find your favorite slides and swings! Toddlers love exploring playgrounds, and our mega list of the most popular playgrounds around Grand Rapids can help you find your next lunch date with your pint-sized pal.
12. Splash Pads
Splash pads are my favorite form of water play for toddlers. The swimming pool, while fun, is a little scary for me with tons of kids splashing around while I try to keep an eye on my busy toddler. But a splash pad? Golden. I took three littles to the Aberdeen splash pad last week and it was actually enjoyable to watch them run around, rather than me worrying about them. I’m willing to bet our big list of splash pads has one near you.