Indoor Kids Play Places for Lansing Families

Rain or shine, winter or summer, no matter the mood, Lansing has indoor kids play places and options of all sorts. Some of these places I’ve been going to since I was a kid and others are new ideas that have blown up all over the country.

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Play comes in many forms – from chill to bouncing off of the walls. These ideas are tested and proved to be a good time. If I haven’t been to them myself I’ve gotten the close friend approval that these are up to par.

So, drum roll please, here they are!

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Lansing Family Fun’s Top Picks for Fun Indoor Kid Play Places

Here is our list of awesome Indoor Kids Play Places:

Fenner Nature Center

Play indoors with many different interactive science and nature learning stations. Our family loves it here and it’s home to the Apple Butter Festival in the fall and the Maple Syrup Festival in the Spring.


Michigan Historic Center/Museum/Library

Your whole family will love it hereYou know the saying that’s an “Old Faithful”? That’s the term I love to use for this place. I loved it when I was 5 and I love it now. Companies even have their work parties here. It’s a GUARANTEED great time.


Parents like play because it’s an all in one spot. Plus, Play continues to schedule fun events for kids and families.

Red Cedar Gymnastic

Flip, flop, jump, the energy out at  open gym. Parents you can join in too! The kids were literally in heaven at a birthday party here and I felt like a kid again.

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Catch their FREE story and play time with your CADL card. I’ll warn  you, once you go you’ll want to get that membership. It will pay for itself within 2-3 visits. You can even bring guests!

Make a Craft at Where the Wild Things Bloom in Old Town every Saturday.


Jump the Day Away

Downtown CADL Library Lansing Indoor Play


Play games, puzzles, do a puppet show, crafts, and more at any of these local libraries:

Time Out Play Cafe

Drink coffee and let the kids play.

Michigan State Capitol

Take a guided or Self Guided tour in our beautiful Capitol Building.

Michigan Justice Building

Every think about going here? Me either until I heard you can take a guided or self guided tour.

Butterfly House MSU Childrens Gardens

MSU Children’s Garden Center/Horticulture Center and Butterfly House

Here you’ll enjoy indoor story times and their activity center all year long. Stroll through the greenhouses too. Our family loves to go in the Summer but surprisingly in the winter as well! The warm greenhouses feel so nice in the cold weather months and there’s always something new to see.


Kids play and have a blast while you do – whatever you want! From working out to relaxing with a drink the possibilities are endless.

The Mall

Talk with friends as your kids play at the  play areas in Lansing and Okemos

MSU Museum East Lansing Indoor Play Dino

MSU Museum

See the dino’s and learn about Michigan’s wildlife. Their staying exhibits never tire and they always have something new to discover. There are lots of options for young and scavenger hunts for the older kiddos.

Edru Skate

Blast from the past?! Apparently this is still alive and kickin’. Have so much fun bonding with your kids while you remember back to when you were hoping to hold the hand of a cute boy or girl.

Tree House

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Jolly and Dunkle McDonalds Lansing

McDonald’s Play Place

Take all aged kids to the newly renovated play area. Located on Jolly and Dunkle. 2530 E Jolly Rd, Lansing, MI 48911

Castaway Play Cafe

Indoor play structures and bounce houses are such a great idea for those long winter months or to get out of the heat. 

Revival Annex Skate Park

Skateboard for FREE at Revival Skate Shop 735 hazel street Lansing in Eastwood. Great for Teens!

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We absolutely love this place. They have story times and areas to learn about nature in their welcome center. Read, color, explore! Then head outside for a great hike or play in their natural playground.

Extreme Fun

Have extreme fun in okemos and Lansing

Go Bowling

  • MSU Union Building. This is a family favorite. Bowling is always fun but a stroll through campus makes it even better. Don’t forget to stop at the MSU Dairy Store located in the same building!
  • Spare Time Lansing There are many other options of indoor fun her too. Laser Tag, Arcade, and more.
  • Royal Scott is another family favorite on Lansing’s west side.
  • City Limits East on the east side.

Preuss Pets Lansing Indoor Play Koi Fish Kids

Preuss Pets

Feed the koi fish and visit all of the animals.

Lansing Indoor Sports Arena

Drop-in for soccer and kids play dates.

Aim High

Basketball, volleyball, roller derby, futsal – All of your indoor sports fun can be found here.

Munn Ice Arena MSU Ice Skating Kids Indoor Play Lansing

Indoor Ice Skating/Open Skate

Go swimming no matter the weather at:

Mt Pleasant Soaring Eagle Indoor PlayWater Park

Go to an Indoor Waterpark!

Indoor Fun in our communities

Indoor activities throughout the year including greenhouse workshops and more!

Zap Zone

Glow golfing, laser tagging, and arcade fun.

Eli and Edyth Broad Art Museum Lansing East lansing Indoor Play

Eli & Edyth Broad Art Museum

Enjoy their kids area in the lower level and a coffee bar with snacks and treats. They also have a First Saturday monthly Family Day .

Downtown CADL

See a Family Movie Matinee each month on Saturday morning.

Does your family have Favorite indoor kids play places and areas? Comment below and let us know where we should visit next.