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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166 S Kalamazoo Mall
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
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Make-and-Take Sand Candles

Fun, fast, and family-friendly!
Join our Marketplace candle making experts during store hour for make-and-take Sand Candles. ​

We’ll set you up with a socially distanced workstation and everything you need to create your own Sand Candle. Choose from a variety of colors and fragrances and make a candle to take home for just $10. ​

No reservations required. Space is limited. First come, first served.

1300 Fulton St W
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
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BRICKLIVE Supersized! at John Ball Zoo 2021

March 27-September 26

If you enjoyed last year’s brick toy Zoo Takeover, you’re going to love BRICKLIVE Supersized!

This traveling exhibit is making its first US stop (straight from Great Britain!) to bring over 30 astonishing larger-than-life toy brick animal sculptures right here to West Michigan.

BRICKLIVE Supersized! will be on display at John Ball Zoo from March 27-September 26 and is included with general admission.

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

9 am

Family Online Storytime 🆓
» Portage District Library – We will sing songs, play games, and share stories.  (Jan 25-Mar 29, 2021)

10 am

Toddler Open Play
» Kingdom Soccer – Join Kingdom Soccer for Toddler Open Play Monday through Friday. $5 per visit or $40 punch card for 10 visits (September-May)

10:30 am

Online Story Time
» Vicksburg District Library – Lots of fun stories, songs, and rhymes on Facebook! You can pick up the crafts with each week’s story time at the library. (Feb 22-Apr 26, 2021)

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. (Jan 5-May 18, 2021)

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. (Jan 5-Mar 30, 2021)

Toddler Open Play
» Kingdom Soccer – Join Kingdom Soccer for Toddler Open Play Monday through Friday. $5 per visit or $40 punch card for 10 visits (September-May)

VBDL’s Online Story Time & Crafts for Kids
» Van Buren District Library – Pick up a Play Along & Learn pack from any VBDL location! Includes supplies for the Story Time crafts, literacy-building activities, and a BINGO game. (Mar 2-Mar 30, 2021)

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.  (Mar 17-May 19, 2021 *skip Apr 7)

10 am

Toddler Open Play
» Kingdom Soccer – Join Kingdom Soccer for Toddler Open Play Monday through Friday. $5 per visit or $40 punch card for 10 visits (September-May)

10:30 am

Storytime Live 🆓
» Kalamazoo Public Library – Songs and rhymes, stories, and fun for babies and preschoolers and their caregivers. (Mar 3-Apr 28, 2021)
» Parchment Library – Join us online for a stories, songs and rhymes! (Feb 3-Apr 7, 2021)

7 pm

Bedtime Online Storytime 🆓
» 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. (Jan 27-Mar 31, 2021)

THURSDAYS

9:30 am

Storytime Live 🆓
» Parchment Library – Join us online for a stories, songs and rhymes! (Feb 4-Apr 8, 2021)

10 am

Toddler Open Play
» Kingdom Soccer – Join Kingdom Soccer for Toddler Open Play Monday through Friday. $5 per visit or $40 punch card for 10 visits (September-May)

10:30 am

Storytime Live 🆓
» Comstock Township Library – Join Ms. Liz or Ms. Sue for rhymes, songs, fingerplays, games, and of course stories! (Mar 4-Apr 29, 2021)
» Parchment Library – Join us online for a stories, songs and rhymes! (Feb 25-Apr 8, 2021)

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. (Jan 7-Mar 25, 2021)

11 am

Bits of Babytime Live 🆓
» Willard Library – A condensed version of the original Babytime for busy adults and busier babies live on Facebook!  (Mar 4-Mar 25, 2021)

FRIDAYS

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.

10 am

Toddler Open Play
» Kingdom Soccer – Join Kingdom Soccer for Toddler Open Play Monday through Friday. $5 per visit or $40 punch card for 10 visits (September-May)

SATURDAYS

10:30 am

Storytime Live 🆓
» Kalamazoo Public Library – Songs and rhymes, stories, and fun for babies and preschoolers and their caregivers. (Feb 27-Apr 24, 2021)

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.

Mommy & Me Classes »

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.

Parks & Playgrounds »
Splash Pads »
Children’s Museums »
Indoor Play Guide »


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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