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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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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.
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).