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

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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

Whether your child wants to run, jump and explore or prefers some quieter independent play, we have activities for all personalities and interests. Leave us a comment if we’ve missed one of your family’s favorites!


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CLASSES 

The following locations offer baby, toddler and preschool 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


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


PRESCHOOL/TODDLER/BABY CALENDAR

Searching for storytimes near Kalamazoo?

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

This list is organized by day so you can find what fits your family’s schedule. Please note that these events are often canceled during school breaks, holidays, or inclement weather (snow days).  Check first before heading out.

MONDAYS

 9 am              

Family Storytime Live 🆓
» Portage District Library – Join us for an online storytime for all ages. We will sing songs, play games, and share stories. (Oct 5-Dec 14)

 10 am              

Toddler Open Play: Outdoor Drop-In
» Kingdom Soccer – Join Kingdom Soccer for Toddler Drop-In every Monday and Wednesday. Currently located outdoors due to COVID-19. $5 (September-May)

 10:30 am              

Family Storytime Live 🆓
» Vicksburg District Library – Fun stories, songs, and rhymes online. You can sign up for a story time kit and/or crafts.  (Sept 21-Dec 14)

 11 am              

Storytime Live 🆓
» Paw Paw District Library – Ms. Jeanne is back with a new Monday Storytime. Join us on Facebook LIVE at 11am or watch the recording later.  (Nov 2-30)

TUESDAYS

 8 am              

Preschool Storytime Live 🆓
» Richland Community Library – Join us for a fun, online storytime for 3-5 year olds who can sit through 2-3 longer books and enjoys songs and rhymes. Our storytime also includes and email with 5 or more learning activities you and your child can enjoy together at home. From messy art to a sensory experience, as well as other math, science and literacy activities. (Sept 15-Dec 29)

 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. (Oct 6-Dec 29)

 7:30 pm              

VDBL Online Storytime 🆓
» Van Buren District Library – VBDL is pleased to offer seasonal stories and more online via each branch’s Facebook Page and VBDL’s YouTube Channel! (Oct 27-Nov 24)

WEDNESDAYS

 8 am              

Wednesday Wigglers 🆓
» Richland Community Library – Join online for our Infant and Toddler time! 15 minutes of wiggling, giggling, jumping, dancing, singing, rhyming and of course a book or two! Along with our songs, dances, activities and stories we also have a limited number of *storytime kits* available for families to check out each month to use at home.  (Nov 11-Dec 30, *skip Dec 2 & 9)

 10 am              

ABC Storytime Live 🆓
» Otsego District Library – ABC and all the way to Z…Alphabet letters will be the star of each week! Miss Diane will focus on one letter of the alphabet with books and a song featuring that letter. After you listen to the Storytime, you can pick up a kit to make a craft out of the letter of the week at our curbside window. (Sept 16-Nov 25)

Toddler Open Play: Outdoor Drop-In
» Kingdom Soccer – Join Kingdom Soccer for Toddler Drop-In every Monday and Wednesday. Currently located outdoors due to COVID-19. $5 (September-May)

 10:30 am              

Storytime Live 🆓
» Kalamazoo Public Library – Enjoy silly stories, songs, special guests, and more with a KPL Librarian! Perfect for kids birth-5. Available on KPL’s Facebook Page. (Aug 5-Nov 25)
» Parchment Library – Join Mrs. B online for a stories, songs and rhymes! (Oct 7-Nov 25)

 6 pm              

Bedtime Storytime Live 🆓
» Portage District Library – Enjoy a Bedtime storytime, stay-at-home style. We’ll sing songs and read stories that help kids of all ages get ready to settle down and sleep. (Oct 7-Dec 16)

THURSDAYS

 10 am              

Storytime Live 🆓
» Ransom District Library – Storytime will be offered online this fall. Find us on Zoom on Thursday at 10am. Email [email protected] for the link. (Sept 10-Oct 8)

 10:30 am              

Storytime Live 🆓
» Comstock Township Library – Join Ms. Liz or Ms. Sue for rhymes, songs, fingerplays, games, and of course stories! (Oct 29-Jan 7)

Just Move Storytime and Family Fun Live 🆓
» Portage District Library – Miss Heather from Just Move Fitness and More is live for the Portage District Library! Join her on Zoom as you stretch, move, and dance, dance, dance! Registration required. (Sept 3-Nov 19)

 11 am              

Babytime Live 🆓
» Willard Library – Through nursery rhymes, finger plays, and reading books, you will enjoy a special bonding time with your little one while encouraging early literacy development (Oct 29-Nov 19)

FRIDAYS

 10:15 am              

SATURDAYS

 10:30 am              

Storytime Live 🆓
» Kalamazoo Public Library – Enjoy silly stories, songs, special guests, and more with a KPL Librarian! Perfect for kids birth-5. Available on KPL’s Facebook Page. (Aug 1-Nov 28)

SUNDAYS

 9 am              

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).

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