Indoor Play Areas that Deserve Your Attention

Looking for a break from the outdoors when our Michigan weather isn’t playing nice?

Nothing puts a damper on the day when outdoor plans fall apart due to the weather. Or, sometimes we simply prefer an indoor play space due to the welcoming atmosphere and a chance for our kids to meet new friends.

Visit one of these great kids’ indoor play places near Kalamazoo. We have compiled a list of some of our readers’ favorite indoor play spots to have a delightful time indoors when skies are gray.

These spaces are perfect for running, jumping, sliding and swinging, and options are endless—whether your child wants to tackle an obstacle course or have fun in a gym class.

Which venue will you visit first?

We do our best to provide accurate information, however, it is best to call ahead to confirm hours/pricing as listings are subject to change.

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Find Indoor Fun Inspiration at these Play Centers Near Kalamazoo

If you’re looking for indoor play for toddlers and big kids alike, you’ve come to the right place.

We’ve assembled a list that includes indoor playgrounds, libraries, toddler play spots, as well as free and paid options. Venture out to cross one of these cool places off your list (and no doubt make plans to return).

*The Following are Sponsored Listings

The Little Gym of Kalamazoo

Find Unique, Educational Classes + Camps that Revolve Around Active Play

The Little Gym of Kalamazoo offers progressively structured classes and a positive learning environment to create opportunities for your child to try new things and build self-confidence, all with a grin that stretches from ear to ear.

Trained instructors nurture happy, confident kids through a range of classes for ages four months to 12 years, plus fun extras like parties, camps and more.

“The Little Gym of Kalamazoo was our first experience outside the house for our 2 and 3 year old boys. We are fairly new to the area and are a bilingual household so venturing out was intimidating for us. EVERYONE at The Little Gym welcomed us and loved on our boys. The boys have grown so much(physically, emotionally and socially) through their first session, we are so thankful and thrilled. It’s so much more than a gym, my boys truly love their teachers and classes! We very much look forward to our future sessions at The Little Gym for years to come!”

Stephanie

408 W. Centre Avenue, Portage, 49024 | 269-321-8799
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The Little Gym of Kalamazoo
Air Zoo

Fly Through a Cloud Tunnel, Ride Simulators, Touch Airplanes + More at the Air Zoo

The Air Zoo is a world-class, Smithsonian-affiliated aerospace and science museum with over 100 rare and unique aircraft and spacecraft, inspiring interactive exhibits for visitors of all ages, full-motion flight simulators, indoor amusement park rides, and hands-on, science-based camps and classes.

The Air Zoo is an exciting place for children of all ages (and adults) to imagine, explore and discover. Come fly through our cloud tunnel and see what adventures await. Marvel at the giants of flight as you enjoy hands-on, multi-sensory, STEAM-based interactives that are sure to thrill aspiring scientists and tinkerers of all ages and abilities.


6151 Portage Road, Portage, 49002 | 269-382-6555
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Air Zoo
Allegan Event

Kids Can Climb Walls, Tackle Ropes Courses and Experience Zip Rails at Allegan Event

Looking for a destination with a major “wow!” factor for your next birthday party or group outing? Allegan Event is Michigan’s largest indoor ropes course and offers endless adventurous activities for guests of all ages to explore, get active, and make lasting memories.

Attractions include the heart-pumping bi-level Sky Trail® & Sky Rail™ ropes course with zip rails, Sky Tykes® course for small children, QUICKjump free-fall simulation, Vertical Drop Slide, Clip ‘n Climb® walls, and outdoor zip line spanning the Kalamazoo River! Contact us today for pricing & information to build your next adventure.

“Went with three kids and all of us had fun! The facility was very clean, the staff was super friendly, and the attractions were very safe. I highly recommend this for people of ALL ages!”

Liz Peot, Facebook Review

439 River Street, Allegan, MI 49010 | 269-430-3961
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Allegan Event
Kingdom Sports

Find Open Toddler Play and More at Kingdom Sports

Kingdom Sports has year round sports programming from ages 2 through adult. Their family friendly 60,000 square foot indoor sports complex, Kingdom Indoor Center (KIC), is the areas leader in youth sports training and leagues.

Whether you’re a recreational player looking for a fun, exciting way to get exercise or an elite player interested in honing your skills, you can be confident that you’ll find a program that will work for you. From flag football and lacrosse to youth soccer and skateboarding, Kingdom Sports offers the leagues, camps, and classes that you’ve been searching for!

Toddler Drop-In is available on Mondays and Wednesdays for $5 per child per visit. Buy a punch card for $40 for 10 punches to save $1 per visit! Normal Drop-In Hours are 10:00 AM-11:00 AM.

“Gabriel’s year in Kingdom Academy (U8) was extremely positive for him on so many levels:  For the first time in his life he received expert coaching and training whereby he could really begin to learn the game; he met kids and coaches that shared his love for soccer; he was able to grow in self-confidence and skill through well-organized practice and competition, and he’s made a terrific diverse group of friends that he continues to see on and off the pitch.”

Steve Feffe

8151 Merchant Place, Portage, 49002 | 269-226-2000
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Kingdom Sports
Craig's Cruisers

Kids can Jump, do a Ninja Course, Ride a Coaster, Play Laser Tag + More at Craig's Cruisers

“Where the fun never ends!”

Craig’s Cruisers is West Michigan’s Largest Family Fun Center with 120,000 square feet of indoor fun!

Attractions and offerings include:

  • Indoor Go-Karts
  • Laser Tag
  • Ninja Course
  • Cruiser Coaster
  • Bumper Cars
  • Trampoline Park
  • Huge Arcade
  • Buffet with menu featuring salad, pasta, pizza, dessert and beverages

Craig’s Cruisers offers fun for all ages. Call or visit their website to learn about specials and packages!


5730 Clyde Park SW, Wyoming, 49509 | 616-530-2900
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Craig's Cruisers
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts

Kids and Families Can Play at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts

The KIA is free for children through age 12, who will enjoy our “please touch” interactive gallery on the lower level, where art books and art-making stations encourage learning and play. A monthly Saturday Art Detectives program for kids ages 4-8 is a great way for parents and grandparents to introduce children to the art museum.

Downtown Kalamazoo’s first Friday Art Hop makes a great family night out, with free parking and admission from 5:00-8:00 PM. Plus, check out art classes for kids & teens in the art school (and the grownups!)


435 W. South Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49007 | 269-585-9297
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Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
Jungle Joe's Family Fun Center

Kids can Bounce, Play Mini Golf, Play Arcade Games + More at Jungle Joe's Family Fun Center

Jungle Joe’s is a family fun center that offers bouncing, climbing and sliding fun along with an 18-hole adventure golf course, a variety of arcade games, and one of a kind parties. Fun in any season, fun for any reason.


7255 South Sprinkle Rd, Portage, MI 49002 | 269-324-1992
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Jungle Joe's Family Fun Center
Glitch Gaming Lounge

Kids Can Play Video Games With Their Friends, Experience Virtual Reality + More at Glitch Gaming Lounge

Glitch Gaming is Southwest Michigan’s premiere gaming lounge! Our knowledgeable staff and unique atmosphere work together to create a one of a kind gaming experience.

We specialize in Kids’ Parties, Virtual Reality and PC/Console gaming! Call or visit our website today!


300 E Centre, Portage MI, 49002 | 269-779-5831
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Glitch Gaming Lounge
Kids Gym, Inc

Jump and Tumble + More at Kids Gym Inc

Join us for TK Open Play Tuesdays 10:30-11:30 AM. Ages 6 months-5 years with parent. $5 ages 6-11 months, $10 ages 1-5 years. No pre-registration necessary. Come have some fun with us!  Check our Facebook page during winter school closings for our pop-up Open Gyms!!


9027 Portage Industrial Dr, Portage, MI 49024 | 269-323-7657
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Kids Gym, Inc

Full List of Places Offering Indoor Playgrounds and Activities

Rain or shine, these spots around Kalamazoo are always a good go-to with the family.

Airway Fun Center features includes an arcade, indoor bumper cars, time freak control room, laser tag, and laser maze, balladium.

The Air Zoo is a world-class, Smithsonian-affiliated aerospace and science museum with over 100 rare and unique aircraft and spacecraft, inspiring interactive exhibits for visitors of all ages, full-motion flight simulatorsindoor amusement park rides, and hands-on, science-based camps and classes.

Try Glitch Gaming Lounge. A modern arcade has a little something for everyone, featuring Virtual Reality for a one-of-a-kind gaming experience.

Jungle Joe’s is a family fun center that offers bouncing, climbing and sliding fun along with an 18-hole adventure golf course, a variety of arcade games, and one of a kind parties.

The Kalamazoo Nature Center features a tropical rain room, exhibits, and even animals including a snake, frogs, fish, and birds.

Kalamazoo Valley Museum has programs for kids and families that are hands-on as well as special performances. The Children’s Landscape area is a designated play and exploration space for children under 5 years old. Admission is free, however, some special events and the planetarium have an admission fee.

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts has programs and options for all ages. Children through age 12 are always free and the Art Detectives program is a great way for caregivers to introduce children to the art museum. On the lower level is the “please touch” interactive gallery, filled with stations to play and make art.

Kids Gym, Inc. has two fully equipped gyms padded and carpeted. There is a separate preschool gym with unique, kid-sized equipment, such as a mini rock wall.

Klassic Arcade is full of arcade games from the 1980s – Frogger, Donkey Kong, Pac Man and more. Play all day for a nominal fee.

Craig’s Cruisers is 120,000 square feet of indoor fun, with Indoor Go-Karts, Laser Tag, Ninja Course, Cruiser Coaster, Bumper Cars, Trampoline Park, Huge Arcade, and a Buffet with menu featuring salad, pasta, pizza, dessert, and beverages.

Climb Kalamazoo is Kalamazoo’s indoor rock climbing gym. Kids will love climbing tons of vertical terrain with fun, easy reaches.

Revel & Roll West is an activity center in Kalamazoo with a bowling alley, laser tag, arcade center, and billiard tables.

Sky Zone Kalamazoo is an indoor trampoline park with dodgeball courts, a ninja warrior course, trapeze & Swing, SkySlam basketball lanes, main court jumping or foam pit. Sky Zone offers special Toddler Time hours during the week.

Just Move Fitness & More Playdates are a great way to get children five and under and their caregivers moving together. Tot-friendly obstacle course, songs and games.

The Little Gym of Kalamazoo offers progressively structured classes and a positive learning environment to create opportunities for your child to try new things and build self-confidence, all with a grin that stretches from ear to ear. Trained instructors nurture happy, confident kids through a range of classes like parent/child classes and gymnastics, plus fun extras like parties, camps and more.

Kingdom Sports has year-round sports programming from ages 2 through adult. Toddler Drop-in available during the week.

Give roller skating a try at Rollerworld with family skate times offering during the week. Skate rentals available. On Tuesdays, bring in the ‘can of the week‘ to skate for a reduced price.

Southland Mall’s Barnes and Noble has a fun, colorful play area in their youth section with a LEGO building table and a train table.

Locally owned book store, Bookbug, has a cozy playhouse reading nook at their store in the Oakwood Plaza.

The Kalamazoo Public Library has five branches, all with areas for kids where toys, puzzles, puppets, dolls are available for play. All of the branches also offer computers loaded with educational games.

Check out the family-themed learn and play area at the Otsego District Public Library. The space is filled with children’s books, Victorian playhouse, and many early literacy toys.

Set a playdate at the Portage District Library preschool room. Children can play educational games on our Early Literacy Computers. The preschool room offers options for dramatic play and puzzles.

Chick-Fil-A. Grab a chicken sandwich and let the kids enjoy the indoor playground structure at the Westnedge Avenue location.

Crossroads Mall has a convenient “Tot Lot” area for kids to play, located in the food court area.

McDonald’s locations with indoor playground areas at several Kalamazoo area locations.

5 KIDS INDOOR PLAY PLACES AND THINGS TO DO AROUND KALAMAZOO