Here in Pure Michigan, it’s hard to know whether wild spring weather will mean light and lovely rainstorms or golf-ball sized hail and heaping mounds of snow. Either way, it’s best to be prepped with a pocketful of ideas to entertain your kids indoors. Keep in mind a few of our favorite places for indoor play in Grand Rapids and you’ll be smiling and laughing together, rain or shine!
A trip to the library is always a great way to keep the kids entertained, educationally. But a visit to any of Kent District Library’s 18 West Michigan locations means even more rainy day fun than you can imagine. Sit in for family storytime, sing and dance during a special class, or swing by one of the ever-changing KDLville stations, complete with opportunities for dress up, pretend play, and more!
Family Fun Centers
Whether you’re finding all kinds of family fun inside West Michigan’s largest indoor child entertainment center – Jester’s Court, dropping by A.J.’s Family Fun Center for a few rounds of skee-ball, or making a day trip to Dave & Buster’s for more arcade games than your kids can imagine, family fun centers provide the perfect place to play on dreary spring days.
Freestyle jumps and foam zones for your older kids, toddler time for the little ones: whatever their ages, endless fun awaits at Kentwood’s Sky Zone Trampoline Park. Or, for kiddos under 12, try CatchAir in Kentwood, where everything from a three-story soft play castle to Tiny Town padded rides, games, and swings will keep your kids entertained all day long, regardless of the weather!
Pools & Swim Schools
From open swim at local favorites like Forest Hills Aquatic Center and the GR Kroc Center – Aquatic Center to age and skill tailored lessons (plus family swim!) at Goldfish Swim School, there are plenty of places to let your water babies play on bad weather days.
From rides on the Cook Carousel to starry shows inside the Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium and always-changing exhibits throughout (think: dinosaurs, dragons, and mermaids… oh my!), the Grand Rapids Public Museum is a rainy day haven for parents and kids alike. Or, stop by the always-adored Grand Rapids Children’s Museum, where your kids can take a trip to Aunt Daisy’s Farm, experience and explore a pint-sized version of Grand Rapids, and even build a fort, just for fun!