When Farther Away, Kids Still Want to Play!
Kalamazoo is so much fun, all on its own! But sometimes a family outing finds you elsewhere in Michigan and it’s fun to discover indoor play centers or museums you normally wouldn’t visit. We’re here to the rescue with ideas for indoor play places when you are out of town!
We’ve listed 13 of the coolest indoor play places to visit – perfect for a mini road trip with the kids!
We’re always on the lookout for great spots to check out. Let us know any other places worthy of a visit that are within one hour to 90-minute drive of Kalamazoo.
13 Fun Indoor Places Outside of Kalamazoo
Catch Air | 2978 28th St. SE, Kentwood, MI | 616-200-6956
Catch Air is a great indoor play area for children 10 and under. From Tiny Town for the younger kiddos to a 3-story structure with slides and obstacle courses, there is plenty to do and explore. Make sure to bring socks (or they are available for purchase).
Jester’s Court | 3707 Northridge Dr. NW, Grand Rapids Charter Township, MI 49544| 616-784-5437
Jester’s Court is an indoor active play place for kids 12 and under. They have bounce houses, enclosed softplay jungle gyms, obstacle courses, inflatable slides, and enough interactive games to keep your kids active and happy. There’s also a toddler area for kids 3 and under.
Grand Rapids Children’s Museum | 11 Sheldon Avenue Northeast, Grand Rapids, MI | 616-235-4726
The Grand Rapids Children’s Museum is a fun hands-on museum for younger kids. There’s a Little Grand Rapids complete with cars, a Kidstruction Zone, bubbles to play with, and changing exhibits, classes, and events.
Grand Rapids Public Museum | 272 Pearl Street Northwest, Grand Rapids, MI | 616-456-3977
This museum is geared towards older kids and families, but there’s fun to be had for every age. There’s a carousel, old town street with volunteers who demonstrate, fossils and gems, a planetarium, a huge animal exhibit, and traveling exhibits on the 3rd floor that are worth the drive alone. Past exhibits have included microbes, astronauts, mythological creatures, and whales.
Craigs Cruisers | 5730 Clyde Park SW, Wyoming, MI | 616-530-2900
Craig’s Cruisers includes laser tag, go-carts, ropes course, an arcade, and an indoor coaster! For a deal, consider Wristband Wednesdays or their three-hour wristband which includes unlimited activities, and you can even add on the pizza buffet.
Kids ‘N’ Stuff Children’s Museum | 301 S. Superior Street, Albion, MI | 517-629-8023
Kids ‘N’ Stuff is all about exploration and hands-on fun. The museum has a number of exhibits, including a drama area – complete with a kid-sized accessible stage and an abundance of dress-up costumes. Kids will love the water table area and the Messy Art Room – a dedicated space for kids to explore art to the best of their ability. Make sure to keep track of the museum’s FREE Days throughout the year.
Klassic Arcade | 22711 M-40, Gobles, MI | 269-628-4628
Who doesn’t love classic video games such as Pac Man, Donkey Kong, Frogger, and Space Invaders? What about pinball machines and soda pop galore! Only a short drive from Kalamazoo.
Curious Kids’ Museum & Curious Kids’ Discovery Zone | 415 Lake Blvd, St Joseph, MI | 269-983-2543 | 333 Broad St., St. Joseph, MI | (269) 982-8500
Curious Kid’s Museum has over 100 hands-on exhibits and plenty of room kids to explore. Plus, the Curious Kids’ Discovery Zone has some of our favorite activities including a water table, climbing tower, and rock climbing wall. Nearby is the Silver Beach Carousel.
Holland Aquatic Center | 550 Maple Avenue, Holland, MI 49423 | 616-393-7595
A great place to go swimming when you want to try something new. A 50-meter pool, slide, splash zone, AquaTrack, and water toys are highlights of the Holland Aquatic Center. There are family splash times, and a special preschool swim which is a special time for parents and kids under 6 years old.
Impression 5 Science Center | 200 Museum Dr, Lansing Charter Township, MI 48933 | 517-485-8116
Impression 5 has 25,000-square-foot exhibit area and over 150 hands-on activities, perfect for a day of inside fun. Explore a range of science concepts and discover unique exhibits such as the build zone, first impressions room, gigantic eye, and Michigan nature.
Amazing Dinosaurs traveling exhibit (through January 2019) – experience the majestic wonder of dinosaurs through lifelike recreations that immerse visitors in interactive activities and incredible face-to-face encounters For tips on visiting Impression 5, see this handy Lansing Family Fun Parents Guide.
Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum | 220 E. Ann St. Ann Arbor, MI 48104 | 734-995-5439
Little Scientist classes with STEM-related themes, special activities on the weekend, and exhibits galore are just a few reasons to visit this three-story children’s museum. Favorites are the giant water play area, the preschool gallery, and climbing on board a real ambulance!
Forever Curious Children’s Museum | 202 E. Main Street, Fennville, MI 49408 | 269-561-8494
A fun hands-on museum that is educational, fun, and promotes physical activity! Check out their Curious Nature Club with make-and-take nature crafts every month, the Veterinarian area where kids can even “adopt” plush animals, and the rock climbing wall.
Forever Curious Children’s Museum
Allegan Event | 439 River St., Allegan, MI 49010 | 269-430-3961
Great for young and old kids alike, the Allegan Event Center offers an indoor ropes course (and a smaller version for younger kids called Sky Tykes), free fall experiences, and climbing walls. Different packages are available, and it’s best to review the rules and attire requirements before visiting.
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