Moms know that toddlers have a lot of energy and that when the weather isn't ideal for outdoor play, we have to find an indoor alternative. Moms in Lansing, Michigan, know this problem -- the average annual snowfall is 48 inches. Fortunately, moms in Lansing can take their toddlers to several indoor venues to help keep boredom at bay. Remember: A happy toddler equals a happy mom.
1. Jumpin' Jax Bounce Arena
Toddlers can have hours of fun at Jumpin' Jax Bounce Arena (jumpinjaxbouncearena.com) on Lake Lansing Road. This 10,000-square-foot arena was designed for children 12 and younger, with a toddler safe area designated just for toddlers and preschoolers. Your toddler can bounce in a castle, giggle all the way through the laugh-and-learn obstacle course and go down the firetruck-shaped slide. Moms can take their little ones to open bounce Wednesday through Saturday.
2. Capital Area District Library
Moms can visit the Capital Area District Library (cadl.org), downtown Lansing branch, with their toddlers for some indoor entertainment any time of the year. In addition to toddler books, many events are scheduled for children. Movers and Readers playtime is for children ages 1 to 3. On Thursday mornings, moms can take toddlers ages 3 to 5 for preschool storytime. A calendar listing all of the available events and times are available on the website.
In East Lansing, Play East Lansing (playeastlansing.com) is an indoor playground with 2,600 square feet of entertainment designed for children 6 years of age and younger. Thanks to the safety of this facility, moms can relax and catch their breath while watching their toddlers explore and learn. Toddlers use their imaginations to work in a play kitchen or feed a baby in one of the wooden playhouses. Then, cars can be raced down a racetrack and castles can be built at the Lego table. Play East Lansing is open seven days a week for toddlers and preschoolers and can be reserved for private parties, too.
4. Impression 5
Impression 5 (impression5.org) is a place for a mom and her toddler to explore and learn. With a 25,000-square-foot exhibit area and more than 150 indoor activities, toddlers have plenty to do. The name Impression 5 refers to the five senses and how each one is used while there. Toddlers learn through playing at each of the hands-on exhibits. A bubbles room shows how a bubble is created and kids can even stand inside their own giant bubble. The music room is used to teach about vibrations and sound waves through the use of various instruments.
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