Winter is officially in full swing and we all know that February and March can be the worst with their grey, gloomy, frigid days. Sure, sledding and snowmen are fun – but that only gets you so far (and assumes we even have snow!). Indoor play is a necessity! What’s a mama to do when it’s so cold in The D? Check out our extensive resource list of indoor play areas and activities, updated for 2017, and keep telling yourself ‘spring is almost here’ until it’s true!
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Laurel Park Place | Monday – Saturday: 10am – 9pm Sunday: Noon – 6pm
Very small play area designed for young children only.
37700 Six Mile Rd, Livonia, MI 48152
Great Lakes Crossing | Monday-Satuday: 10am -9pm Sunday: 11am-6pm.
Check here for any monthly hour changes.
Life-sized picnic themed play area located in the food court, near Starbucks between Districts 6 and 7. Carousel and rides also available. Visit the aquarium at Bass Pro Shops for free, too! Check out LegoLand Discovery Center, SeaLife Aquarium or Rainforest Cafe while there for your visit, see website for pricing.
4000 Baldwin Road, Auburn Hills, MI 48326
Briarwood Mall | Monday – Saturday: 10am – 9pm Sunday: 11am – 6pm
Kids soft play area with interactive piano, play house and more.
100 Briarwood Circle, Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Lakeside Mall | Monday – Saturday: 10am – 9pm, Sunday: 12pm – 6pm
Playscape with options for a variety of ages. Mall also features a two-level carousel in the food court.
14000 Lakeside Circle, Sterling Heights, MI 48313
Twelve Oaks | Monday – Saturday: 10am – 9pm, Sunday: 11am – 6pm
Large play area with lots of seating for parents. Coin operated rides are located in the food court.
27500 Novi Road, Novi, MI 48377
Oakland Mall | Monday – Saturday: 10am – 9pm, Sunday: 11am – 6pm
Visit the ride-on train and experience frequent events with the Mall’s exclusive Giggle Gang club. Membership in the Giggle Gang is free for children 10 & under, featuring free events, birthday treats and other discounts.
412 W. 14 Mile Road, Troy, MI 48083
Westland Shopping Center | Monday – Saturday: 10am – 9pm, Sunday: 11am – 6pm
Recently updated Rock Star Savers Play Area featuring themed games and climbers.
35000 W. Warren, Westland, MI 48185
Kids Gotta Play | Monday – Friday: 10am – 5pm
Stop by during the week for open playtime in this product showroom! Several large play structures, multiple trampolines and a small basketball area. Private parties also available for booking.
53535 Grand River, New Hudson, MI
Fort Clarkston | Sunday -Thursday: 10am – 8pm, Friday & Saturday: 10am – 9pm.
A place where children can creatively explore and play while parents can sit back and rest easy. 2,400 square foot playstructure standing 3 levels tall and 2 level bitty playstructure for the tots. The cafe features a full menu, promoting Michigan healthy food choices. An adult bar area features beer and wine.
See calendar for daily adventures like sibling day, Lego lab or family game night.
7127 Dixie Highway, Clarkston, MI
Galaxy Zone | Monday – Friday: 4pm – 9pm, Saturday – Sunday: 12pm – 10 pm
Arcade games, laser tag, food and fun! Private events also available for booking.
12841 Ford Road Dearborn, MI 48126
Detroit Kid City | Monday – Saturday: 9am – 3pm, Sunday: Private Parties
A custom Mini Detroit play city, where the kids have the ability to use their creative imaginations through pretend play. Also features an organic, vegan-friendly café.
Southfield: 29115 Greenfield Rd
Clinton Township: 37051 Gratiot Ave
Sky Zone | Four locations across Metro-Detroit
Taylor | Canton | Shelby Twp | Brighton | Monday: Closed; Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 4pm – 8pm; Friday: 4pm – 11pm; Saturday: 10am – 11pm; Sunday 11am – 8pm
An indoor trampoline park with trampolines as far as the eye can see. Awesome, healthy fun – the weightlessness of bouncing, flipping and landing in a pit filled with 10,000 foam cubes.
AirTime Trampoline | Westland | Sterling Heights| Troy | Novi | Monday: Closed; Tuesday – Thursday: 3pm – 9pm; Friday: 3pm – 11pm; Saturday: 10am – 11pm; Sunday: 10am – 8pm
Trampoline & Game Park featuring foam pits and dodgeball games.
Rochester Play | Monday – Saturday: 9am – 8pm; Sunday 12pm – 6pm
A healthy, clean, safe, secure, and entertaining location to play, socialize, and gather with family and friends. Northern Michigan themed, soft cushioned climbing structure with a separate toddler area.
380 E. Second St, Rochester
ZapZone | Waterford | Ypsilanti | Canton | Farmington | Brighton | Taylor | Utica Monday – Thursday: 4pm – 10pm; Friday: 1pm – 12am; Saturday: 10am – 12am; Sunday: 11am – 10pm hours vary for special events
Laser tag, arcade, glo golf, bumper cars and more depending on location.
Tiny Town | Monday – Friday: 9:30am – 5:30pm; Saturday: 9:30am – varied closing times; Sunday – private events only
A community inspired play lounge designed specifically to unite parents and children. A cozy environment where children can roam around town and check out the house, supermarket, Veterinarians office and more!
15444 Haggerty Rd, Northville
Ward Church Playscape | Monday – Friday: 10am – 4pm; Sunday: 12pm – 4pm check website, hours may vary
The brand new playscape is open to everyone, and is free of charge. There is also a separate section just for toddlers. The closest entrance doors are #1, 3 or 4.
ReNu Cafe also located inside. 40000 Six Mile Road, Northville
Fuel Playscape at Ignition Church | Monday and Wednesday: 9:30am – 12:30pm
Fill up on fun in the just opened indoor playscape including a toddler area. Open to everyone, free. Fuel cafe also located inside for coffee and snacks.
26505 West Chicago, Redford
The Commons at 2|42 Community Church | Monday – Saturday: 8am – 9pm; Sunday: 8am – 6pm
Café, three story climbing structure, and indoor sports center open to the public.
7526 W Grand River Ave, Brighton
Metro City Church Playscape | Monday – Saturday: 11a – 9p; Sunday: 8a – 9p
Huge indoor playscape for kids 11 and under open to the public. Baxter’s Cafe also located inside.
17760 Fort Street, Riverview
Marvins Marvelous Mechanical Museum | Monday – Thursday: 10am – 9pm; Friday – Saturday: 10am – 11pm; Sunday: 11am – 9pm
Vintage coin operated machines, games and kid rides.
31005 Orchard Lake Rd, Farmington Hills
Natures Playhouse | hours Vary
An all-natural play and wellness center for children and parents.
318 West 9 Mile Rd, Ferndale
Backyard Playroom | Tuesday & Friday: 9:30am – 12pm, check website as more days may be added
A place for parents to take a breath, connect with one another, and enjoy watching their young children learn and grow through imaginative play. There will be a 10 minute story-time at 10am every Friday. 2119 Catalpa, Berkley, Inside Cana Lutheran Church
Jungle Java is an indoor playground/restaurant that offers active play for children as well as a relaxing atmosphere for adults. Sandwiches, specialty coffee drinks, and a variety of other foods and beverages are served, promoting healthy food and active play!
Castaway Play Café | Monday: Closed; Tuesday – Thursday: 10am – 8pm; Friday – Saturday: 10am – 9pm; Sunday: 11am – 6pm
The largest indoor play center in Michigan featuring bounce houses, laser tag, an arcade and a café.
1800 N Burkhart Rd, Howell
Chelsea Treehouse | Monday, Tuesday, Sunday: 10am – 5pm; Wednesday – Saturday: 10am – 7:30pm
A huge climbing and playing structure, five slides, a baby and toddler area, swinging bridges, basketball hoops, and a huge tree house.
1101 S. Main St, Chelsea
Boogie Babies | Monday: Closed; Tuesday – Thursday: 9am – 6:30pm; Friday: 9am – 8pm; Saturday: 10am – 8pm; Sunday: 10am – 4pm
Playground, concerts, story times, puppets and magic.
1928 Star-Batt Dr, Rochester Hills
Bounce House | hours vary
Moon walks, giant inflatables, giant slides, inflatable obstacle courses, free play arcade games and more.
Detroit: 9800 E 8 Mile Rd
39080 Van Dyke, Sterling Heights
CJ Barrymores | Monday – Thursday: Closed; Friday: 4pm – 12am; Saturday: 11am – 12am; Sunday: 11am – 10pm (through March)
Arcade, bumper cars, bowling, miniature bowling, laser tag, golf dome and restaurant.
21750 Hall Rd, Clinton Twp
Joe Dumars Fieldhouse | Monday – Friday: 5pm – 10pm; Saturday – Sunday: 12pm – 10pm
Basketball, volleyball, floor hockey, roller hockey, golf simulator, soccer, whirly ball. Also features the ‘Bayou Adventure’ with miniature golf, laser tag, trampoline, ropes course, climbing wall, slot cars, arcade and inflatable slide.
Shelby Twp: 45300 Mound Rd
Detroit: 1120 W State Fair Ave (basketball only)
Extreme Fun Center | Monday – Saturday: 10am – 9pm; Sunday: 11am – 6pm
Huge bounce houses, moonwalks, video games, pizza, snacks, music, and a little kids’ play zone.
32233 Gratiot Ave, Roseville
PlayTime Family Fun Center | Monday – Saturday: 10am – 7pm; Sunday: 10am – 6pm
Children will have unbridled FUN and engage in healthy physical exercise while you use our free wi-fi to complete a project or chat with friends or other parents. 2230 Mall Drive, Waterford
Funtastic Play Center | Monday – Friday: 9am – 8pm; Saturday – Sunday: Private Parties only
Many exciting and imaginative “soft play” activities in a safe and clean indoor playground environment. Also a cafe and comfortable seating area.
Canton: 43337 Joy Rd.
Woodhaven: 20372 Van Horn Rd.
Bounce It Up | Monday – Thursday: 12pm – 8pm; Friday: 12pm – 9pm; Saturday: 10am – 9pm; Sunday: 10pm – 8pm
Gigantic Fun Inflatables, Slides, Jumps and Obstacle Courses along with the latest coolest FREE Arcade Video Games.
30276 Plymouth Rd, Livonia
Paradise Park | Winter Hours: Monday – Tuesday: Closed; Wednesday – Thursday: 4pm – 9pm; Friday: 4pm – 11pm; Saturday: 11am – 11pm: Sunday: 11am – 9pm
Laser tag and family game room, more activities as the weather warms up.
45799 Grand River Ave, Novi
Safari Playground | Monday – Thursday: 10am – 9pm; Friday – Saturday: 10am – 10pm; Sunday: 10am – 9pm
Play area, climbing structure, arcade, bowling, ticket games with a restaurant and free wi-fi. Laser Tag coming soon.
700 N Pontiac Trail, Walled Lake
Pump It Up | hours vary by location
Massive inflatables and other games and attractions for your child to jump, slide and expand their imaginations.
Auburn Hills: 1720 Opdyke Ct.
Canton: 46090 Michigan Ave.
Shelby Twp: 15117 Commercial Dr.
Taylor: 25710 Northline Dr.
Wixom: 28373 Beck Rd., Unit H
Laser Warp | hours vary
One of Michigan’s largest laser tag facilities. They have four towers, two stories and 10,000 square feet to cover.
31401 John R Rd. Madison Heights
Inflatable Playspaces | Wednesdays 10am – 12pm
Inflatable adventure room with 6 large inflatables.
5160 Meijers Drive, Royal Oak, 48073
Kidz Kingdom| Tuesday – Thursday: 11a – 6p; Friday & Saturday: 11a – 7p
An imagination inspired place where kids can play and explore the world around them featuring a custom-designed treehouse and a bounce castle.
18602 Fenkell, Detroit
Warren Community Center | Monday – Saturday: 10am – 8pm; Sunday: 9am – 5pm $5 Warren Residents, $10 all others
Water play structure, multiple slides, swimming pools, sauna, hot tub and a lazy river. Open to non-residents.
5460 Arden, Warren
Splash Universe | hours vary
Over 100,000 gallons water park fun! From twisting water park slides and 500 gallon splash bucket, to the relaxing lazy river it’s always a summery 84 degrees. Attached to a large hotel which provides accommodations for families.
100 Whitetail Drive, Dundee 48131
Zehnder’s Splash Village | hours and prices vary, half-day passes are $31 – $35; full-day passes are $38 – $42 per person or included with hotel stay
A short drive out of the metro Detroit area, Zehnder’s Splash Village Hotel and Waterpark, offers over 50,000 sq. ft. of aquatic fun indoors with a six-story family raft ride and super loop body slide; zero-entry activity pool with water geysers, water basketball and volleyball, Action River, Splash Landing play area, Dumping Bucket, Giggling Gorge and Perilous Plunge 4 story tube slides, relax in the Whimsical Whirl Hot Tub or just float along the Crooked Brook Creek Lazy River.
1365 S Main St, Frankenmuth
Weekend Getaways Indoor Waterparks
Great Wolf Lodge | hours vary
Featuring a massive, 84-degree indoor water park! Plenty of jaw-dropping thrill rides and water slides along with zero-depth-entry playgrounds for your small children. Swim and splash the day away while creating unforgettable memories.
Traverse City: 3575 N US Highway 31 S, MI 49684
Sandusky: 4600 Milan Rd. (US250), OH 44870
Avalanche Bay | hours vary
At 88,000 square feet, Avalanche Bay is the largest indoor waterpark hotel in Michigan. Fun for every age. 84 degrees and open all year. Midwest Living voted it as part of their “45 Midwest Resorts We Love”.
Boyne Mountain, 1 Boyne Mountain Road Boyne Falls, MI 49713
Soaring Eagle Waterpark & Hotel | visit calendar for hours & monthly specials.
Lazy river, walk climbing wall, Biish Falls – an area for the younger guests – Splash and Dunk, Teen Room, and more! The waterpark is just one of this area’s attractions, and perfect for the cold, winter months!
5665 E Pickard Rd., Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858
Michigan Science Center | Monday – Tuesday: Closed; Wednesday – Friday: 10am – 3pm; Saturday: 1-am – 6pm; Sunday: 12pm – 6pm
$14 Adult; $11/Child 12 & under or Seniors; Under 2 Free
With live stage shows, an IMAX® Dome Theatre, a Planetarium, 250+ hands-on exhibits, lab activities, special exhibits and more, there are approximately two dozen ways to customize your MiSci visit.
5020 John R St, Detroit
Detroit Institute of Arts | Monday: Closed; Tuesday – Thursday: 9am – 4pm; Friday: 9am – 10pm; Saturday – Sunday: 10am – 5pm
Residents of Wayne, Oakland or Macomb counties and children 5 and under: Free; $12.50 Adult; $6 Youth; $8 Seniors; $7 College Student
The DIA has been a beacon of culture for the Detroit area for well over a century. The museum covers 658,000 square feet that includes more than 100 galleries and a 1,150-seat auditorium. Meet in the Great Hall for free guided tours designed just for families Saturdays & Sundays at 1pm through the winter and spring.
5200 Woodward Ave, Detroit
Cranbrook Institute of Science | Monday: Closed; Tuesday – Thursday: 10am – 5pm; Friday – Saturday: 10am – 10pm; Sunday: 12pm – 4pm
$13 Adults; $9.50 Children age 2 – 12; $9.50 Seniors 65+; Free Children under 2
Cranbrook Institute of Science is a natural history and science museum that fosters in its audiences a passion for understanding the world around them and a lifelong love of learning. Moreover, Cranbrook Institute of Science generates the enthusiasm for learning about the natural world that will produce the scientists of tomorrow.
39221 Woodward Ave, Bloomfield Hills
Outdoor Adventure Center | Monday + Tuesday: Closed; Wednesday – Friday: 10am – 3pm; Saturday: 10am – 5pm; Sunday: noon – 5pm
$5 Adults (13 – 61); $3 Seniors (62 & older) + Children (ages 2 – 12); Free (2 & under)
$50Annual Family Member
You’ll experience exciting outdoor adventures with hands-on activities, exhibits and simulators within the adventure center. Walk behind and touch a waterfall, step into a fishing boat, hit the trail on a mountain bike or vehicle while learning about the DNR.
1801 Atwater St., Detroit 48207
Motown Museum | Sunday – Monday: Closed; Tuesday – Saturday: 10am – 6pm
$15 Adults Friday – Sunday; $12 Adults Tuesday – Thursday; $10 Seniors; $8 Children 12 & Under
Home to an extensive array of Motown artifacts, photographs and other memorabilia, the museum’s mission is to preserve the legacy of Motown Record Company and to educate and motivate people, especially youth.
2648 W Grand Blvd, Detroit
Charles H Wright Museum of African American History | Monday: Closed; Tuesday – Saturday: 9am – 5pm; Sunday: 1pm – 5pm
$8 Adults (13 – 61); $5 Adults (62+) & Youth (3 – 12); Free Children under 3
The world’s largest institution dedicated to the African American experience, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History opens minds and changes lives through the exploration and celebration of African American history and culture.
315 E Warren Ave, Detroit
Arab American National Museum | Monday – Tuesday: Closed; Wednesday – Saturday: 10am – 6pm; Sunday: 12pm
$8 Adults 13+; $4 Students, Educators, Seniors 59+ & Children 6 – 12; Free Children under 6
The first and only museum in the United States devoted to Arab American history and culture. Since opening in 2005, the Museum has shed light on the shared experiences of immigrants and ethnic groups, paying tribute to the diversity of our nation.
13624 Michigan Ave, Dearborn
Rouge Factory Tour | Monday – Saturday: 9:20am – 5pm (last tour leaves at 3pm)
$17 Adult; $12.75 Youth; $15.25 Senior; Free Children 2 & under
Ford Rouge Factory Tour is a self-guided five-part experience that includes: Legacy Theater, Manufacturing Innovation Theater, Observation Deck, Dearborn Truck Plant and the Legacy Gallery. Theater seating is limited to 100 guests per show; shows run continuously until 4:00 PM and are seated on a first come first serve basis. *Public tours begin on the historic grounds of The Henry Ford with busses departing for the Factory Tour every 20 minutes from 9:20am–3pm.*
20900 Oakwood Blvd, Dearborn (tours leave from here, the Henry Ford)
The Henry Ford Museum | Monday – Sunday: 9:30am – 5pm
$21 Adults; $19 Seniors; $15.75 Youth; Free children 4 & under
The ultimate place to explore what Americans past and present have imagined and invented — a remarkable destination that brings American ideas and innovations to life.
20900 Oakwood Blvd, Dearborn
Holocaust Memorial Center | Sunday – Thursday: 9:30am – 5pm; Friday: 9:30am – 3pm; Saturday: Closed
$8 Adults; $6 Seniors 55+; $6 College Students; $5 Middle & High School Students
The Holocaust Memorial Center has been teaching about the Holocaust and its legacy for more than 25 years, by highlighting and disseminating knowledge of the acts of the righteous and their constructive consequences, the HMC serves as a powerful antidote and countervailing force to the hatred and evil forces of destruction.
28123 Orchard Lake Rd, Farmington Hills
Natural History Museum | Monday – Saturday: 9am – 5pm; Sunday: 12pm – 5pm
Four floors of exhibits include the largest display of dinosaurs in Michigan, Michigan wildlife, anthropology, geology, and several changing exhibits. The Planetarium will transport you to the furthest reaches of space.
1109 Geddes Ave, Ann Arbor
Hands-On Museum | Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday: 10m – 5pm; Tuesday: 9am – 5pm; Thursday: 10am – 8pm; Sunday: 12pm – 5pm
$12 adults & children; $5 after 5pm on Thursdays only; Free babies 0 – 23 months
Explore over 250 hands-on exhibits featuring science, technology, engineering, art, and math. Exhibits for all ages and the Little Scientist Club – activities, science-themed stories, and much more, Tuesdays at 9:30am and Saturdays at 10:30am.
220 E Ann St, Ann Arbor
SEA Life Aquarium | Monday – Thursday and Saturday: 10am – 8pm; Friday: 10am – 6pm; Sunday: 10am – 5pm
$23.50 Adult; $18.50 Child (3 – 12); Free Children 2 and under
Come nose-to-nose with sharks, stingrays, jellyfish, seahorses and over 5,000 underwater creatures. Find out how it feels to touch a sea star, hold a crab and pet a sea urchin in the interactive touchpool Experience.
4316 Baldwin Rd, Auburn Hills in Great Lakes Crossing
Belle Isle Aquarium | Monday – Friday: Closed; Saturday – Sunday: 10am – 4pm
Free admission and parking
One of Detroit’s historic icons, the Belle Isle Aquarium was the first public aquarium to open in the United States. It is a work-in-progress as new exhibits and fish are added and tanks are restored.
900 Inselruhe Ave, Belle Isle State Park, Detroit
Flint Children’s Museum | Tuesday – Saturday: 10am – 5pm, Sunday: 12pm – 4pm, Monday: Closed but group events available upon special request.
The Museum offers hands-on experiences of all types for children from ages 2 to 10, with a mission to inspire a love for learning and awaken imagination through exploration and hands-on play.
Campus of Kettering University, 1602 W. University Ave. Flint, MI 48504
Farmington Gymnastics | hours vary
Classes are designed to promote self-confidence, coordination, courage, physical and mental strength, while learning to socialize with other children in a safe, fun, and creative environment. Known as the areas friendliest, cleanest, and most safety conscious gymnastics center.
23966 Freeway Park Dr., Farmington
Flat Rock Community Center | Monday – Friday: 6am – 10pm, Saturday: 8am – 8pm, Sunday 9am – 6pm
Daily passes available for residents & non-residents: $5 residents, $8 non-residents. Open gym hours vary.
One Maguire Street , Flat Rock
Planet Rock | Monday – Friday: 3pm – 10pm; Saturday: 11am – 8pm; Sunday: 10am – 6pm
All things rock climbing, open evenings and weekend with one earlier day per location.
Ann Arbor: 82 Aprill Dr.
Madison Heights: 1103 W. 13 Mile Rd.
Great Lakes Kids Energy Zone | open gym programs & hours vary
20,000 square foot gym providing fun and challenging activities that enable kids of all ages to learn and develop at their own pace, celebrate achievements, gain confidence, increase fitness and build character in a safe, clean environment.
715 N. Lapeer Rd. Oxford
The Playground | Monday – Sunday: 10am – 9pm
Basketball, pickle ball, soccer, floor hockey, lacrosse, dodgeball, shuffleboard, bocce ball, baseball/softball, and volleyball. Organize a group or just come make up games on your own.
22185 Pontiac Trail, South Lyon
Livonia Recreation Center | open gym hours vary
Daily passes available for residents & non-residents.
Open recreation features include: pool, gymnasium, weight/fitness equipment, walking/running track, climbing wall, tree fort, skate park and game room. Times may vary according to programs/classes and special events.
33000 Civic Center Drive, Livonia
Northville Parks & Recreation |open activities hours vary
Daily passes available for residents & non-residents.
Northville Parks and Recreation offers a variety of drop-in activities such as pickleball, badminton, table tennis, swimming and volleyball.
700 W. Baseline Rd., Northville
The Little Gym | hours vary by location
The Little Gym is the world’s premier experiential learning and physical development center for children ages four months through 12 years. Each week, progressively structured classes and a positive learning environment create opportunities for your child to try new things and build self-confidence, all with a grin that stretches from ear to ear.
West Bloomfield: 4301 Orchard Lake Road
Plymouth: 44717 Five Mile Rd
Mega Fun and Fitness | hours vary
With their first-class facility and professional staff, the goal at MEGA Fun and Fitness is to develop a stronger body and stronger mind through physical activity, fun, and achievement.
22475 Heslip Dr, Novi