We love Kalamazoo! But, there are times as a parent that you just need to get out of town. Here are some of our favorite places to take the kiddos when you feel like you just need a change of scenery or a different place to take the kiddos. Half of the places on this list are in the Grand Rapids area, but we’ve also included St. Joseph, Holland, Lansing, and Ann Arbor.
Did we miss any of your favorite indoor play places? We’re looking for reader suggestions that are within one hour to an hour and a half driving distance. Let us know on the comments section if you have any places to add to this list.
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. A favorite of ours is the Nerfball shooting area! Additionally, there is a bouncy house maze and a bouncy castle slide.
Admission: Non walkers-free. Age 2 and under-$6.00, age 3 to 10-$9.00, 2 adults get in free for each child! Extra adults are $3 dollars each. Everyone must wear socks and socks are available for purchase.
3636 29th Street SE, Kentwood, MI | 616-214-4221
Yes, we now have our own Sky Zone in Kalamazoo, but this Sky Zone also has lots of fun options if you’re looking to get out of town. Sky Zone is an Indoor Trampoline Park, complete with dodge ball courts, SkySlam basketball lanes, open jump on the Main Court, or jump into a pit of foam in the Foam Zone. Check out their Toddler Time every Tuesday and Friday morning from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Jumpers must be 5 years of age or younger.
Admission: $10 – 30 Minutes, $14 – 60 Minutes, $18 – 90 Minutes, $21 – 120 Minutes, Sky Socks $1. Toddler Time (ages 1-5 only) is open Tuesday and Friday from 10 am–12pm. $7 per guest or a family of 4 can attend for $16.
11 Sheldon Avenue Northeast, Grand Rapids, MI | 616-235-4726
The Grand Rapids Children’s Museum provides an interactive, hands-on environment that inspires learning and encourages self directed exploration. Popular exhibits include: Kidstruction Zone, Giant Lite Bright, and Mom & Pop store. A KZOOkids.com readers tip: go in the afternoon when the museum is less busy.
Admission: Adults (1-64): $8.00; Seniors (65 and older): $7.00; Children under 1: Free; Thursday evening is Family Night from 5:00pm – 8:00pm with $1.50 admission per person, ages 1 year and above.
272 Pearl Street Northwest, Grand Rapids, MI | 616-456-3977
While this museum is geared more toward older kids, there is still plenty of educational fun to be had for the younger kiddos. Some of the highlights include a planetarium, carousel, riverside strolls, treehouse, and plenty of buttons to push. Some of our favorite exhibits are the traveling exhibits that can be found on the 3rd floor. Check out the Real Pirates! exhibit which runs through mid-April (special exhibits charges are in addition to the normal entry fee).
Admission: Adults: $8, Seniors: $7 (62 and older), Children/Students: $3 (2-17, under 2 free). Free general admission for American Alliance of Museums members with card and free general admission with proof of Association of Science and Technology Center’s reciprocal membership. Note: we’ve purchased our an annual membership at either Kingman Museum in Battle Creek or at the Grand Rapids Public Museum and have used the reciprocal membership benefits often in our travels for free entry into museums around the country.
5730 Clyde Park SW, Wyoming, MI | 616-530-2900
So much indoor fun to be had! Craig’s Cruisers includes laser tag, go carts, ropes course, and arcade. Check out the Wristband Wednesday which runs every Wednesday from 4 pm-9 pm (may not run on holidays) for $22 per wristband and includes unlimited attractions on: Indoor & Outdoor Go-Karts, Laser Tag, Bumper Cars, Mini-Golf, Ropes Course, Bumper Boats and Frog Hopper. Weather permitting on outdoor activities. Plus every wristband gets a free 3 hour access to the Pizza Buffet from 5 pm-8 pm.
Admission: Prices vary by activity.
22711 M-40, Gobles, MI | 269-628-4628
Who doesn’t love the classic video games such as Pac Man, Donkey Kong, Frogger, and Space Invaders? Plus, pinball machines and soda pop galore. A short drive from Kalamazoo and a hidden gem in our area. Admission is $5 per person for all day play.
415 Lake Blvd, St Joseph, MI | 269-983-2543 and 333 Broad St., St. Joseph, MI | (269) 982-8500
Curious Kid’s Museum has over 100 hands-on exhibits and plenty of room for the kiddos to explore. Plus, the Curious Kids’ Discovery Zone has some of our favorite activities including a water table, climbing tower, and rock climbing wall. Also, a must do is the carousal. See our review here for more details on what these museums have to offer. A great way to spend the morning or the day!
Admission: $6 per person, $10 1-Day joint admission tickets, free for guests under 12 months,
550 Maple Avenue, Holland, MI 49423 | 616-393-7595
A great place to have the kiddos go swimming when you want to try something new. A 50 meter pool, slide, splash zone, and water toys are highlights of the Holland Aquatic Center. Also, see their preschool swim which is a special time for parents and kids under 6 years old. Generally, preschool take place on Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays from 10 am – 12 pm.
Admission: $5.50 per person and Splash Pack (per person for groups of 4 or more) – $4.50.
200 Museum Dr, Lansing Charter Township, MI 48933 | 517-485-8116
So much for the kiddos to do in this 25,000-square-foot exhibit area and over 150 activities. Explore a range of science concepts and discover uniques exhibits such as the build zone, first impressions room, gigantic eye, Michigan nature, and more!
Admissions: Adults: $7, Seniors: $6.50, Children, 1 & older: $7 and Children, up to 1 year old are free.
220 E. Ann St. Ann Arbor, MI 48104 | 734-995-5439
There’s plenty to do and see in this three story children’s museum. We love that there is a separate preschool area for the kiddos four and younger. There’s a water table, dress up area, and small fire engine. For the older kids, there’s plenty of hands-on and interactive exhibits such as “Blast Off!” where a rocket you can launch a rocket with pressurized air or “Explore Your World” which allows kids to fly around the globe or zoom in on your home in this exhibit (powered by Google). We generally allocate at least 2-3 hours when we go to this children’s museum.
Admission: Adults and Children: $12, $5 after 5pm on Thursdays only, Babies 0-23 months are free. ASTC Museums within 90 miles: 1/2 Price.