9 Best Kids’ Play Centers in Michigan

When the weather doesn’t cooperate and you have a child that’s filled with energy, Michigan’s play centers have you covered. From treehouses in Chelsea to indoor water parks in Boyne Falls, there’s a place for your little one’s imagination to run free. Here are our favorite kids’ play centers in the state! 

Play., East Lansing, MI

Play in East Lansing is about as simplistic a concept as you can get. This play center is built around a 2,600-square-foot indoor playground/party space for children under six. Whether you're looking for parent-baby classes or open play to socialize the young child, there's plenty to do here. Play is a membership-based facility, so be sure to sign up if you're interested. However, there's always a one-time trial and tour available, so if you're unsure, take advantage of that first.

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The Chelsea Treehouse, Chelsea, MI

The Chelsea Treehouse, found not surprisingly in Chelsea, has taken home some impressive awards to its credit, including AnnArbor.com, Ann Arbor Family, and even Nickelodeon. With a massive play structure, five different slides, and the eponymous tree house all on tap, it's clear that even the most active and rambunctious of youth will do well here. There's even a meal service available, which boasts absolutely nothing fried.

Jungle Joe's Family Fun Center, Portage, MI

Portage is home to Jungle Joe's Family Fun Center, a place that seems to specialize in active kids. It's the largest indoor inflatable park in the area, housed in its own massive steel building. An array of inflatables, a fairly substantial arcade, and a range of food options round out the presentation here, offering a little something for just about everybody.

Kidopolis, Ann Arbor, MI

If you're looking for something different from the “we put a playground in a big room” concept, then check out Ann Arbor's Kidopolis. Kidopolis focuses on imaginative, role-playing fun that puts kids in different themed rooms and lets them go nuts accordingly. One room is designed to approximate a space shuttle, though adults know it's basically an ergonomic keyboard, calculator, dimmer switch and other assorted gewgaws strapped to a table. 

Playworld, Grandville, MI

With a name like “Playworld,” which you'll find in Grandville, you expect the place to be heavy on the play. It will not disappoint, which should be obvious when you get a look at it. Packed with both inflatable and more permanent structures—including scaled-down versions for the younger set—the end result is a great place to run and play. There are even some skill-based arcade games for a completely different kind of play that can be welcome after a lot of running around.

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Jester's Court, Grand Rapids, MI

Jester's Court in Grand Rapids has been around for six years, so it knows a lot of the ins and outs of putting on a good day of play for the kids. They actually sanitize the play structures to help cut down on ambient germs, which is great, because no one wants to deal with a sick kid the day after a big day of fun. With inflatable slides and structures, obstacle courses, an enclosed jungle gym system and more on hand—there's even a section devoted to the toddler—Jester's Court is going to deliver a great time in Grand Rapids.

Holland Playland, Holland, MI

Part of the Central Wesleyan Church in Holland, the Holland Playland has an unusual approach to things. It's got a lot of the indoor play structures that kids love, and you'll be able to get in here at some odd times. It's closed Thursdays and Sundays, but the rest of the week it's open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., except for Tuesday. Tuesday is 3-7. It's also completely free of charge, so for those who want to “meet and do life together,” as the Holland Playland staff puts it, you'll have one great option right here.

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Spring Break Family Fun Center, Birch Run, MI

Spring Break Family Fun Center, part of the Premium Outlets at Birch Run, offers an exciting time for children 12 and under. With over 7,000 square-feet of inflatable mazes and bounce objects, as well as arcade space complete with the EyePlay system—it projects an image onto the floor and allows users to interact accordingly, including things like a soccer pitch—it's an excellent opportunity for the kids to run around and blow off steam.

Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark, Boyne Falls, MI

Avalanche Bay is actually Michigan's largest indoor waterpark, which makes it an exciting destination at just about any time of year. If you go in winter, you'll enjoy the unique and thrilling dichotomy of a water slide in January. With 88,000 square-feet of rides and slides, as well as pools, hot tubs, an arcade, and even an arts-and-crafts operation, you'll have no shortage of things to do herein.

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