The 8 Best Indoor Playgrounds in Grand Rapids (Ranked by a Local Parent)

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It’s happened.

Michigan’s notoriously fickle weather has frowned upon you, and you’ve been trapped indoors for the last several days. As you descend the staircase into your living room (after stepping on a lego – ow!), you survey the chaos before you. Dirty dishes are stacked precariously in the sink, half-clothed children are barreling through your home, and a membrane of toys covers every surface.

Then one of your kids bellows out an all-timer. “I’m boooooorrrreeed!”

Fear not! I’ve got you covered.

Escape the insanity of your home by checking out the best indoor playgrounds in Grand Rapids. Ranked by yours truly, a local Grand Rapids parent!

Map of the Best Indoor Playgrounds in Grand Rapids, MI

The best indoor playground in Grand Rapids: Craig’s Cruisers

It will set you back a few bucks, but Craig’s Cruisers is the best indoor playground in Grand Rapids.

Playground might be underselling it. Craig’s Cruisers has a sprawl of arcade games, a trampoline park, and laser tag. Prove your mettle in the arcade and cash in your tickets for prizes.

There are also indoor go-carts and bumper cars.

And if you’re hungry, the pizza/pasta/salad bar is quite tasty. The all-you-can-eat passes include unlimited soda and soft-serve ice cream, too.

The Best Place Where Your Kid Might Accidentally Read A Book: The East Grand Rapids Library

I’m not sure if you know this, but every library in the KDL (that’s short for Kent District Library if you’re new here) has kids’ activities and programming.

The EGR library is my go-to since that’s my local branch. But I’ve also heard from non-EGR parents that their kids refer to this as “the GOOD library.” If you’re a KDL member, you can check out books here and return them to your local branch.

The available toys rotate, but staples include a lego room, magnetic tiles, and a wooden train track. Free kids programming happens frequently, so check their website for a schedule.

Enjoy picturesque views of Reed’s lake from the bottom floor of the library while your kids play the day away. Grab yourself a book to make the day that much sweeter.

The Best On A Budget: Woodland Mall

woodland mall play area

Here’s another free option: the forest and monster-themed play area at Woodland Mall. This play area is relatively new, opening in 2019. It replaced the beloved breakfast-themed play area of my childhood (seriously, the oversized bacon and shredded wheat were so cool).

This playground is geared toward younger kiddos, so if your kids are over 12 or so, this might not be the spot for you. The play area offers a two-story twisting slide for kids to go down.

There are also free-standing monsters (not spooky) that kids can climb on and around. The bathrooms and food court a right across the aisle, so you’ll have everything you need.

  • Address: 3195 28th St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512
  • Website: Woodland Mall

The Best For Budding Artists: Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park

frederik meijer gardens

While not strictly a playground, Meijer Gardens boasts enough activities to keep your kids busy for hours.

The butterflies that flutter through the greenhouse in the springtime are an absolute must-see. Ditto for the miniature train that runs through the greenhouse during the holiday season. The train passes over miniature replicas (all made out of plants!) of the most iconic buildings in Grand Rapids.

Besides the fantastic seasonal activities, there’s a playroom where kids can recreate some of the sculptures found throughout the park.

  • Address: 1000 E Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
  • Website: Meijer Gardens

The Best Blast From The Past: Chuck E Cheese

You probably have fond memories of partying down at Chuck E Cheese from your childhood.

The good news is, Chuck E is still around 43 years later, and as fun as ever. There’s a plethora of video games, including driving games, claw machines, whack-a-mole, and my personal favorite: ski-ball.

Chuck E Cheese now operates a card that allows you to play unlimited games for a set amount of time. Put your skills to the test and accumulate as many tickets as possible, and exchange those tickets at the counter for prizes.

  • Address 1: 3108 Alpine Ave NW, Walker, MI 49544
  • Address 2:  3671 28th St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512
  • Website: Chuck E Cheese

The Best Road Trip Playground: Holland Playland

holland playland

Ok, so Holland Playland is a bit of a hike (around 45 minutes) from metro Grand Rapids. But believe me, it’s worth the drive.

Located inside a church, Holland Playland is staffed almost exclusively by volunteers, and it’s completely free. It’s a massive structure that kids can climb on and over. There are slides running everywhere.

There’s a nice little cafe down the hall that has sandwiches and drinks, too.

The Other Best Gymnastics Place: Gymco

Gymco is another Grand Rapids institution, having offered gymnastics in the city since 1980.

Gymco also offers drop in times, so pick a time that works for you and check them out. Most of their offerings are gymnastics related, but there is a rock wall to check out as well.

  • Address: 2306 Camelot Ridge Ct SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
  • Website: Gymco

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Not enough indoor play for ya? Check out some of EverythingMidwest.com’s other guides for indoor fun!