Start Exploring, Bouncing, and Twirling Your Way through Kalamazoo

Kalamazoo is easy to navigate and packed with attractions. It’s time to start making memories with your preschooler.

My 4-year old and I enjoy the change of scenery at Kalamazoo Nature Center and the unique animals and wildlife that each season brings. 

If you have kids, you’re probably well-versed in the perennially excellent educational exhibits at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum. It’s one of our favorite field trips with plenty of hands-on fun. 

When I need a break from the endless amounts of glitter and glue that come with a day stuck inside at home, we head to one of the many indoor playtimes at The Point, Just Move Fitness or Kids Gym. 

Whether or not the weather cooperates, you’ll have plenty to do indoors and out.

Here are 10 of the best Kalamazoo outings for kids in the preschool and younger set.

Inspire Awe and Curiosity with Indoor Play

There’s nothing like the look of wonder on your child’s face when they discover something new. 

1. The Point Playtime | 2595 10th St N, Kalamazoo | 269-350-5496

We love meeting friends here for playdates, especially in the winter when we can’t just head to a park to burn off energy. On Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM bring your preschooler for playtime at The Point. They have toys, slides, balls, a bounce house and ride-ons for your kiddo to choose from in their open gym. Plus, Wi-Fi and a cafe for you to grab a cup of coffee or snack. 

2. Air Zoo |  6151 Portage Rd, Portage | 269-382-6555

When we have a free day to spend together I love to bring my preschooler to the Air Zoo. We spend the morning exploring the engaging exhibits and enjoying the rides, then have lunch in the cafe. After lunch, we make sure to visit the Flight Discovery Center where my kids pretend to fly the many different kinds of airplanes and spacecraft they have on exhibit.

For parents of preschoolers, try the interactive STEAM event on the first Wednesday of every month – make sure to register for this event. 

Kids playing Preschool room at Air Zoo

3. Sky Zone | 5103 Portage Rd, Portage | 269-459-9243

One of the most memorable gifts we’ve ever been given was our yearly family pass to Sky Zone. The entire family enjoys the recent updates to Sky Zone, specifically the ninja warrior course and zip line.

Sky Zone offers a dedicated Toddler Time which gives preschoolers the opportunity to discover the joy of jumping and bouncing, without interference from older kids.  

4. Kalamazoo Valley Museum | 230 North Rose Street, Kalamazoo| 269-373-7900

The Kalamazoo Valley Museum is one of our preferred indoor field trips because of all the interactive exhibits throughout the museum. My daughter appreciates the quiet one-on-one time we share in the area just for preschoolers. Be sure to try the literacy-based circle time for preschoolers

5. Barnes and Noble Storytime | 6134 South Westnedge Ave, Portage | 269-324-1433

One of my favorite field trips with our preschooler is Barnes and Noble for storytime. I’ll order a Pumpkin Spice Latte and enjoy a few moments of peace while my kids listen to the story and do a craft, and play with the trains or Legos. 

preschool kids storytime Kalamazoo

6. Just Move Fitness Playdates | 626 Romence Road, Ste. 104, Portage | 269-425-2387

Preschoolers love running and jumping through the obstacle course, singing songs, playing games, and shaking pom-poms under the disco lights at Just Move Fitness playdates. They have just the right amount of free play and adult-led activities to keep the kids entertained. The instructors are engaging and fun.

Preschooler Places to go in Kalamazoo

7. Library Storytimes | various locations

If you haven’t taken your little one to “big kid” storytime, you’re missing out. We love the Portage District Library storytime because it helps our preschooler prepare for being away from us next year in Kindergarten. She enjoys entertaining stories, dance-time, and educational activities; all while I get to relax in the adjoining room.  

The Kalamazoo Public Library boasts a number of options for preschoolers as well. They’ll be delighted by the songs, stories, rhymes, and activities.

8. Kids Gym | 9027 Portage Industrial Dr., Portage | 269-323-7657

When it’s time to burn off tons of energy, we head to Kids Gym for open play. Our preschooler can enjoy the climbing wall, bounce her wiggles out on the trampoline, and even pick up a new skill on the gymnastics equipment. We love to meet friends here so she has someone to play with and I can sit and catch up with my friend in the adjoining room for parents.

Preschooler on balance beam - open gym time

Preschoolers Can Burn Off the Winter Stir-Crazies with Outdoor Fun

The cold, dark days of winter can be challenging with kids. Make plans to try one of these winter outings in Kalamazoo.

9. Kalamazoo Nature Center | 7000 North Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo | 269-381-1574

Bundle up and get ready for a thrilling adventure at the Kalamazoo Nature Center. You never know what you will see here. On a cold hike one winter day, our preschooler spotted a great horned owl perched in a hole in a tree. She was thrilled to be the one who spotted it.

Head indoors to warm up in the Tropical Sun Atrium. My preschooler loves to spend time here spotting birds, fish, and turtles amidst the large tree and tropical plants.

Family Trail Walk - preschool

10. Ice Rink at Millenium Park | 280 Romence Rd, Portage, MI | 269-324-9200

For a magical outing with your preschooler, head to Millenium Park for ice skating. My first-timer skated his heart out thanks to the walkersthat help young kids stay on their feet

Tell us, what’s your favorite place to take your preschooler?

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