When the weather outside is more “winter” than “wonderland”, all the hot cocoa promises in the world (even with extra marshmallows) won’t help the kids enjoy playing outside. So, when it’s snowing and blowing and you can’t quite keep them bundled up enough, turn to this list of fun things for kids to do indoors in Grand Rapids!
Plan on indoor play areas
Jester’s Court: West Michigan’s largest indoor entertainment center, made for kids under 12! They’ll love the soft, ouch-free, enclosed jungle gym — plus inflatable slides, obstacle courses, and a Toddler Court for ages three and under.
Craig’s Cruisers: Indoor electric go-karts (and double go-karts), bumper cars, and a trampoline park — not to mention, laser tag, a Ninja Course, and Hologate Virtual Reality.
Catch Air: Inflatable fun zone with giant slides, ball pits, a light-up dance floor for bubble machine glow parties, and an entire play space just for toddlers.
Amp up the adventure
Sky Zone Trampoline Park: A wall-to-wall aerial adventure, featuring everything from a Freestyle Jump Zone to a Foam Zone — even a Toddler Zone. Try their Family Nights on Sundays for extra savings for your crew of four (pizza party included)!
Altitude Trampoline Park: Edge-to-edge trampolines and foam pits, featuring a “dig-down” design that makes the trampolines level to the ground. Try the giant trapeze swing or trampoline basketball!
Make educational memories
Grand Rapids Children’s Museum: Playful, hands-on learning space designed for kiddos two to ten, with interactive exhibits like Aunt Daisy’s Farm and the Kidstruction Zone. Watch for free daily programs, too — like Open Paint, Discovery Studio, and Imagination Laboratory.
Grand Rapids Public Museum: Let your kids be curious as they explore this Museum’s many exhibits, then take a spin on the 1928 Spillman Carousel and catch a show inside the Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium — like Sesame Street’s “One World, One Sky”.
Grand Rapids Art Museum: Check out a Discovery Pack at the Visitor Services desk to transform the GRAM experience for little ones under 5, with custom-designed activities that enhance motor skills, communication, and, of course, play!
Kent District Library: Find the KDL branch closest to you for events from Family Storytime to Toddler Time — even Rhyme Time Music and Movement!
Warm up in the water
GR Kroc Center: An aquatics center with a 28-foot water slide, lazy river, and zero-depth entry area with a play structure. Try the Family Pool & Play Pass to get the whole crew access to this hidden gem all year long!
Goldfish Swim School: Enjoy a 90-degree, shiver-free pool during Family Swim for some tropical fun together, even in the middle of a winter snowstorm!