Play places your toddlers will love

By: Katie Goncalves | December 7, 2022

Photo courtesy of Kidcadia

As we enter the long stretch of Michigan winter months, parents across the area look for things to keep their kids occupied. On those days when our usual wintertime activities like sledding or building a snowman might not be an option, taking your kids to run around at a local play place is an ideal scenario. The kids get to have a great time running around while the parents can, many times, kick back and relax a bit. Here are some wonderful indoor play options to keep everyone happy this winter. 

Boogie Babies

1928 Star-Batt Road, Rochester Hills

With tons of different play areas plus the option to see a concert, puppet show, or story time, Boogie Babies really does have it all. While most of the attractions here are geared toward little ones, there is fun available for the whole family. They offer a variety of snack, lunch, and beverage options as well. 

Chelsea Treehouse

1101 S. Main Street, Chelsea

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Chelsea Treehouse is the perfect place for the whole family. Featuring 9,000 square feet of play structures, slides, swinging bridges, and a separate baby and toddler area, there’s something for every age. Their full cafe offers healthy food items as well as coffee and espresso. 


26450 Ford Road, Dearborn Heights

Kids will have a blast climbing, crawling, and sliding their way through Dinoland in Dearborn. Complete with free Wifi and a full cafe, parents and kids alike will love spending time here. There is a two-hour time limit on weekends and holidays.

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Jungle Java

Canton, Clinton Township, and Farmington Hills

If you’re looking for a place to get some work done while the kids burn off their energy, Jungle Java is where you want to go. Their huge play place is perfect for kids of all ages, and their cafe area is a great place to check items off your to-do list. 


13939 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn

Kidcadia was founded with two missions: to boost creativity in children through play and to nurture the parents that do the hard work raising their kids. Every area at Kidcadia was built to inspire creative play and the seating area for parents is relaxing and welcoming. 

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Kids Gotta Play 

53535 Grand River Avenue, New Hudson

With both indoor and outdoor play areas, Kids Gotta Play features both play structures and trampolines typically seen in neighborhood backyards. Open play only happens on weekdays and there are two sessions, each two hours long. There are plenty of places for parents to sit and observe, or since everything is full-sized, they can get in on the fun as well.

Peppa Pig World of Play 

Great Lakes Crossing, Auburn Hills

Perfect for preschool-aged kids, Peppa Pig World of Play is a fun, immersive play area themed with all things Peppa Pig. With 14 different areas to explore and play, your kids will have a blast experiencing the things they will immediately recognize from the show. 

Rochester Play 

380 East 2nd Street, Rochester

With its Northern Michigan-themed play area, Rochester Play is a great place for kids to climb, jump, swing, and explore. Parents are more than welcome to play along with their kids, or they can relax in the cafe area which features healthy food items and fair-trade coffee. 

Safari Playground

700 N. Pontiac Trail Road, Walled Lake

You can easily spend the entire day at Safari Playground. Parents can sit back and watch their kids from the cafe as they climb and crawl through the play structure. Safari Playground also features an arcade, bowling, skee ball, and laser tag.