Preschool, Baby & Toddler Activities Calendar: Weekly Open Gyms, Play Area Schedules & More

kalamazoo Preschool, Toddler & Baby Activities

Preschool, Toddler & Baby Activities- the Schedule

When you have young children, it can be hard to find age-appropriate activities for infants, toddlers and preschoolers.

We’ve put together a list of toddler activities and play areas near Kalamazoo that infants and preschoolers will enjoy too.

We’ve included the following:

  • Storytimes
  • Play and Learn activities
  • Baby, toddler, and preschool open gyms
  • Classes for toddlers and preschoolers
  • Preschool and toddler play place list

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PRESCHOOL / BABY / TODDLER CALENDAR

Searching for storytimes near Kalamazoo?

Use this list to find recurring storytimes with some amazing local librarians.

The list is organized by day so you can choose events that fit your schedule. Some activities are off during school breaks or public holidays, so check first that they’re happening before you go.

MONDAYS

TUESDAYS

10 am

KNC Preschool Explorers
» Kalamazoo Nature Center – Explore and play with nature as our teacher while developing critical early childhood skills. Come dressed to explore the outdoors! Masks are recommended, but not required. Free with admission, registration required. (Apr 20-Jun 29, 2021)

Animal Outdoor Explorations
» Otsego District Public Library – Come to the library lawn for animal interactive explorations! Drop in anytime between 10am-12pm for outdoor, social distanced activities lasting 15-30 minutes. (Jun 29-Jul 29, 2021)

Amazing Animal STEAM (Online)
» Otsego District Public Library – Find out what animals have in common with Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math! (Jun 22-Jul 27, 2021)

10:30 am

Wee Ones Storytime
» Comstock Township Library – This storytime features simple stories, songs, and rhymes carefully chosen to build awareness of language and vocabulary, foster a love of books, and provide a fun, interactive experience for babies and parents/caregivers. Please bring a blanket as we will be enjoying stories on the library lawn. (Jun 15-Aug 10, 2021)

WEDNESDAYS

10 am

Family Story Time
» Richland Community Library – Join us for family story time and listen to 3 picture books, two rhymes, songs or activities and a take home craft. These story times will be held outside on our patio, weather permitting. Space is limited and masks will be required for all participants ages 3 and up. Pre-registration is required. (Jun 23-Aug 11, 2021)

Storytime: Wild About Animals (Online)
» Otsego District Public Library – Get excited for online stories and songs about animals! (Jun 23-Jul 28, 2021)

10:30 am

Storytime Live 🆓
» Kalamazoo Public Library – Songs and rhymes, stories, and fun for babies and preschoolers and their caregivers. (Jun 2-Aug 25, 2021)
» Parchment Library – Join us online for a stories, songs and rhymes! (May 19-Jun 9, 2021)

Storytime 🆓
» Ransom Library – In person storytime, limited to 24 people, registration & masks required. (Jun 16-Aug 18, 2021)

7 pm

Bedtime Online Storytime with Kida 🆓
» Portage District Library – We’ll sing songs and read stories that help kids of all ages get ready to settle down and sleep. (Jun 9-Jul 28, 2021)

THURSDAYS

10 am

Animal Tales
» Richland Community Library – In this series of Online Videos, meet some of Ms. Carrie’s animals, learn some animal facts, and listen to a story inspired by the animal of the week. (Jun 24-Aug 12, 2021)

Animal Outdoor Explorations
» Otsego District Public Library – Come to the library lawn for animal interactive explorations! Drop in anytime between 10am-12pm for outdoor, social distanced activities lasting 15-30 minutes. (Jun 29-Jul 29, 2021)

Visits to the Farm and Zoo (Online)
» Otsego District Public Library – A different animal will be featured from the following habitats: safari, desert, arctic, forest, and jungle. A zoo educator will provide many incredible facts about some amazing animals! (Jun 24-Jul 29, 2021)

10:30 am

Family Storytime 🆓
» Comstock Township Library – Ms. Sue will be hosting a Family Storytime at Merrill Park. Social distancing and masks required for ages 4 and up. Bring your own blanket or chair. (Jun 17-Aug 12, 2021)

Just Move Storytime and Family Fun 🆓
» Portage District Library – Live storytime with Miss Heather from Just Move Fitness. Stretch, move, and dance, dance, dance! Register to receive a link to the live program. (Jun 10-Jul 29, 2021)

Storytime in the Park 🆓
» Parchment Library – Join Mrs. B for a socially-distanced storytime, weather permitting! Bring a blanket and masks for children ages 2 and up! (Jun 10-Jun 24, 2021)

FRIDAYS

9 am

Family Online Storytime 🆓
» Portage District Library – Join us for an online storytime for all ages. We will sing songs, play games, and share stories. (Jun 11-Jul 30, 2021)

9:30 am

TK Open Play
» Kids Gym, Inc. – Children ages 6 months to 5.5 years with a parent. Ages 3+ must wear a mask. $10/child, register online.

SATURDAYS

SUNDAYS

10 am

Toddler Time
» Airborne Adventure – With Toddler Time every Sunday morning your littlest flyer (ages 4/under) put their abundance of energy to good use. They get to safely bounce and play with other kiddos for only $7.99/hour.

CLASSES

The following locations offer baby, preschool, and toddler classes. Schedules are likely impacted by COVID-19.

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Crescendo Academy of Music
Epic Center, Suite 12, 359 S Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo, MI 49007


Just Move Fitness
626 Romence Rd Ste 104, Portage, MI 49024


Kalamazoo Nature Center
7000 N Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49009


Santosha Wellness
4341 S Westnedge Ave Suite 2210, Kalamazoo, MI 49008


The Little Gym of Kalamazoo
408 W Centre Ave, Portage, MI 49024


YMCA
1001 W Maple St, Kalamazoo, MI 49008
2900 W Centre Ave, Portage, MI 49024

PRESCHOOL & TODDLER PLAY AREAS

*The open/close status of these locations may change at any time due to COVID-19. Confirm your destination’s status before heading out.


Many local spots designate rooms or exhibits geared just for toddlers. Libraries and bookstores have amazing play areas for kids to enjoy following storytimes. Museums and zoos often have exhibits just for little hands to experience.

We’ve listed some local favorites with inviting spaces for little ones to play in Kalamazoo.

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Air Zoo
6151 Portage Rd, Portage, MI 49002
The Air Zoo is FREE for kids aged four and under and includes a kids’ corner (separate room) with oversized blocks and kids’ seating. They also have indoor amusement-park style rides and hands-on exhibits throughout the museum.


Binder Park Zoo
7400 Division Dr, Battle Creek, MI 49014
Binder Park is a giant, kid-friendly space; younger kids will especially enjoy the Miller Children’s Zoo area where they can feed the goats and brush their fur. Admission to Binder Park is free for two and under.


Kalamazoo Valley Museum
230 N Rose St, Kalamazoo, MI 49007
KVM offers FREE admission for all visitors and features the Burton Henry Upjohn Children’s Landscape. This fun children’s area includes books, puzzles, puppet stations and a coloring station.


The Crossroads
6650 S Westnedge Avenue, Portage, MI 49024
This mall in Portage includes a “Tot Lot” in the food court that offers some soft structures for small children to climb (socks only).