Mall Play Areas for Kids in Southeast Michigan

These shopping centers in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties offer surefire fun for your children when they need a retail break.

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Make shopping fun for your little ones – at mall play areas! Metro Parent has sleuthed out some of the coolest, most colorful and entertaining spots in metro Detroit, Ann Arbor and beyond. These fun zones are amped up – and sure to cure your little one’s boredom. Let your tykes blow off some steam at these spots that are a hit with parents and kids alike.

Briarwood Mall

  • Address: 100 Briarwood Circle, Ann Arbor
  • Phone: 734-769-9610
  • Hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday

Situated outside Von Maur, this play space, remodeled as of 2013, features “soft” play structures, plus there’s an interactive piano. Nearby, kids can ride on mechanical cars and other small rides for a fee. Parents, there are cell phone charging stations in the area and a family restroom and nursing room nearby. They’ve also got a PlayLive Nation location adjacent to Sephora. Bring older kids to this premium game lounge to try out some of the games and purchase some gaming-related merch, too.

Eastland Shopping Center

  • Address: 18000 Vernier Road, Harper Woods
  • Phone: 313-371-1501
  • Hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday

Find a jungle-themed side centered around a jumbo tree and a giant dolphin on the “nautical” side. It’s set in the Grand Court across from Burlington Coat Factory.

Fairlane Town Center

  • Address: 18900 Michigan Ave., Dearborn
  • Phone: 800-992-9500
  • Hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday

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Wisely tucked by the Lifestyle Cafe food court, on the upper level, you’ll find several coin-operated rides. This zig-zaggy mall, with its striated levels, also features a funky, step-like water fountain that’s prime for wishes.

Great Lakes Crossing Outlets

  • Address: 4000 Baldwin Road, Auburn Hills
  • Phone: 248-454-5000
  • Hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday; play area closes 2-2:30 p.m. daily for cleaning

Discounts aren’t the only big deal here. Kids can scale mega-sized food items and climb big bugs in the picnic-themed play area, set in the food court (get to it via the District 6 or 7 entrance). Join the Kids Club for discounts and a free gift. This large shopping center also has the Rainforest Café, Sea Life Aquarium, Legoland Discovery Center – and loads more family fun.

Lakeside Mall

  • Address: 14000 Lakeside Circle, Sterling Heights
  • Phone: 586-247-1590
  • Hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday

Find structures to climb on and a two-story carousel across from the mall’s massive food court.

Laurel Park Place

  • Address: 37700 W. Six Mile Road, Livonia
  • Phone: 734-462-1100
  • Hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday

This play area sports oodles of nature-themed climb-on toys and interactive play stations featuring material that’s softer than traditional plastic. Find it across from H&M.

The Mall at Partridge Creek

  • Address: 17420 Hall Road, Clinton Township
  • Phone: 586-226-0330
  • Hours: 10 a.m.- 9p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays and Sundays

Weather-pending, visit this cute outdoor spot, located between center court and Carson’s at this popular open-air shopping center. Kids get active on climbing structures shaped like carrots, a watermelon, strawberries and other heart-healthy produce – in perfect keeping with its full title, the Henry Ford Macomb Hospital’s Children’s Play Park. Food, strollers and dogs aren’t permitted inside the play area.

Twelve Oaks Mall

  • Address: 27500 Novi Road, Novi
  • Phone: 248-348-9400
  • Hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday

At 1,800 square feet, the play area has a park theme and safe soft-foam structures, including a frog, bridge, flowers and nifty S.S. 12 Oaks boat that kids “row” through a duck pond. On the main level across from Sears, it has lots of cushy seating for parents, too, and grub nearby.

Westland Shopping Center

  • Address: 35000 Warren Road, Westland
  • Phone: 734-421-0291
  • Hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday

The Rock Star Savers Play Area, sponsored by Zeal Credit Union is centered on a ginormous play tree, this nook is set up to look like a park, complete with little paths, streams and grassy landscaping covering the carpeting. Find some Rock Star Savers-themed games around, too.

This article was originally published in 2012 has been updated for 2017 by Christina Clark 

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