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 are 34 places to play indoors around Lansing and mid-Michigan!

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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:

1) Aim High

The former Aim High building was sold, but the Summit is now working on adding courts.     

2) Al!ve

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

3) 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 for indoor fun here, too. Laser Tag, Arcade, and more.
  • Royal Scot is another family favorite on Lansing’s west side.
  • City Limits on the east side of Lansing and also in Mason.

4) CADL (Capital Area District Libraries) 

Check one of 13 locations for indoor fun.

5) 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. 

6) Community Centers

Indoor activities throughout the year including greenhouse workshops and more!

7) Edru Skate

Blast from the past?! 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.

8) Eli & Edyth Broad Art Museum

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

Eli and Edyth Broad Art Museum Lansing East lansing Indoor Play

9) Extreme Fun

Have extreme fun in Okemos and Lansing

10) 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.

Fenner Nature Center Eagle Kids Play Lansing

11) Gymnastics

Flip, flop, jump, the energy out at open gym times. At some of these locations, parents, you can join in, too (I felt like a kid again at a recent birthday party)!

12) Ice Skating/Open Skate

Munn Ice Arena MSU Ice Skating Kids Indoor Play Lansing

13) Impression 5

Catch their FREE story and playtime 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!

impression 5 lansing indoor play areas

14) Jump the Day Away


15) Lansing Indoor Sports Arena

Drop-in for soccer and kids play dates.

16) Library

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

Downtown CADL Library Lansing Indoor Play

17) The Mall

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

18) McDonald’s Play Place

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

Jolly and Dunkle McDonalds Lansing

19) 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.

Michigan-History-Center-Giveaway-Feature Kids looking at Carl the tree

20) Michigan Justice Building

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

21) Michigan State Capitol

Take a guided or self-guided tour in our beautiful Capitol Building.

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

Here you’ll enjoy indoor storytimes 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.

Butterfly House MSU Childrens Gardens

23) MSU Museum

See the dinos and learn about Michigan’s wildlife. Their permanent 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.

MSU Museum East Lansing Indoor Play Dino

24) See a Family Movie Matinee each month on Saturday morning.

25) play.

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

26) Preuss Pets

Feed the koi fish and visit all of the animals.

Preuss Pets Lansing Indoor Play Koi Fish Kids

27) REACH Art Studio

Get creative and learn different art styles on Wednesday afternoons/evenings.

28) Swim no matter the weather at:

29) Taggart’s Place Playground

This amazing indoor playground at the Portland Church of the Nazarene is a favorite (and FREE) indoor play spot of mid-Michigan parents!

30) TimeOut Play Cafe

Drink coffee and let the kids play.

31) Tree House

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32) Waterparks are so fun!

Visit one of several indoor waterparks less than two hours from Lansing.

Mt Pleasant Soaring Eagle Indoor PlayWater Park

33) Woldumar

We absolutely love this place. They have storytimes 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.

woldumar nature center lansing indoor play kids

34) Zap Zone

Glow golfing, laser tagging, and arcade fun.

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