Toddler and Baby Playgroups, Toddler Play Places in Southeast Michigan

Parents with infants and tots searching for 'playgroups in my area' trying to find local mom and baby playgroups or toddler playgroups. Look no further!

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Feeling a little isolated with a new baby at home? You’re not alone – or at least you don’t have to be for long. Joining a play group is a great way to meet other parents, entertain your baby and start making those much-needed “mom friends.” Whether your little guy or girl is 6 weeks old or 6 months old, you’ll probably feel the need for some adult interaction at some point. When you do, consider one of these southeast Michigan clubs, groups and toddler play places.

Clubs and Groups

Offer play groups among membership perks. Most have small fees; meeting frequency may vary. Some also offer free trials, so be sure to ask.

Brighton Moms and Tots

  • Location: Brighton and surrounding area

Open to at-home and working moms. Play dates, occasional nights out.

Clarkston Area Moms

Energetic group open to working and at-home parents. Play groups, park days, outings to indoor play places, book club and more.

Cutie-Patooties! Rochester Area Mom & Tots Playgroup

  • Contact: Facebook.com (search group title)
  • Locations: Rochester and surrounding areas

Hosts variety of monthly activities for all ages, including stroller exercising at the mall, park meet-ups, zoo trips, themed parties, “mom-only” outings and more.

Detroit Dads Group

  • Location: Metro Detroit area

Open to all dads and dads-to-be. Monthly play dates, park/museum outings, classes, dads nights out, charity events and more. Part of national City Dads Group. No dues.

Farmington Area Mothers’ Club

  • Location: Farmington, Farmington Hills, surrounding areas

Three to five events per week for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, elementary kids and moms. Welcomes new members; find at facebook.com/famcmi.

Greater Oakland Mothers of Multiples (goMOMS)

  • Location: Oakland County area, Lutheran Church of Abiding Presence, 1550 Walton Blvd., Rochester Hills

This group for mothers (and expecting moms) of twins, triplets or more meets monthly and offers informal play dates September-June. Not religiously affiliated.

Huron Valley Moms’ Club

  • Location: Commerce Township, Highland, Milford, White Lake

For moms and young kids (birth-6) who’d like to meet new friends. Offers play groups, field trips, family events, moms nights out and monthly mixers.

Huron Valley Parents of Multiples

  • Location: Ann Arbor, surrounding areas

Parents of twins and multiples can join. Has 170-plus members; offers play dates, family events and more.

‘It Takes A Village’ Early Motherhood Group

  • Location: 703 Livernois Ave., Ferndale
  • Contact: 248-955-3219

Mothers share the tools they’ve learned to manage the first months. Ongoing, weekly. Lap babies welcome.

Macomb County Mothers of Multiples

  • Location: Macomb County, surrounding communities; Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 30003 Ryan Road, Warren
  • Contact: mcmominfo@yahoo.com

Parents of twins-plus welcome. Play groups meet year-round. Serving moms of in the area for 50-plus years.

Macomb Moms Meetup

  • Location: Macomb, Oakland, Wayne counties

Most kids are under 4. Lots of activities, play dates. Locations chosen by members.

Late Bloomer Moms

  • Contact: 734-719-0403

Open to women who became a first-time mom after age 35. Play dates and other activities around metro Detroit.

Macomb Moms Meetup

  • Location: Macomb, Oakland, Wayne counties

Most kids are 5 and under. Lots of activities, play dates. Locations chosen by members.

MOMS Club (Moms Offering Moms Support)

Designed for at-home moms, this international group has many local spots. Play groups are for members; host homes rotate. Chapters also do service projects to help kids. Learn more at momsclub.org, and check these out:

Berkley, Beverly Hills, Bingham Farms, Franklin, Huntington Woods, northern Oak Park

Play groups, outings, holiday parties, service projects and more.

Canton, Garden City, Livonia, Plymouth, Redford, Westland

Play groups meet weekly. All ages.

Chesterfield Township, New Baltimore, New Haven, surrounding areas

  • Contact: Via website

Age-appropriate activities, infants-school age. Field trips, play dates, public service events, mom nights out.

Dearborn

Weekly kid-friendly activities include park play dates, group outings, moms nights out. At-home, part-time working moms.

Lake Orion, Orion Township, Oxford, Oxford Township

  • Contact: Via website

Weekly daytime play groups at members’ homes, moms night out, outings to the zoo/local parks/libraries, more.

Madison Heights, Hazel Park, Troy

  • Contact: Via website

Mom-and-child events monthly including park days, coffee meet-ups and play dates

Northville

  • Contact: Via website

Kids ages 0-5 welcome. Weekly play groups, plus other activities.

Novi

  • Contact: Via website

Daytime play groups plus outings to parks, museums, more; moms nights out, too. Moms of infants-plus welcome.

Ortonville, Goodrich

  • Contact: Via website

Monthly meetings, park play days, play groups and more for moms in 48462 and 48438 ZIP codes.

Royal Oak

  • Location: North of 12 Mile Road: Clawson, Royal Oak; South of 12 Mile Road: Ferndale, Pleasant Ridge, Royal Oak
  • Contact: Via website

Play dates at parks, the zoo, member homes and more. Group includes full- and part-time stay-at-home moms.

Shelby Township, Sterling Heights, Utica

Age-split play groups, monthly general meetings with guest speakers, outings to parks and more.

South Lyon

  • Contact: Via website

Members live in South Lyon and New Hudson south of I-96. Fun activities, play groups, meet-ups at indoor play places, book club, holiday parties.

Warren

  • Contact: Via website

Open to Center Line, Fraser, Roseville, St. Clair Shores and Warren at-home moms. Play groups and fun activities.

Waterford – North

  • Contact: Via website

Weekly age-specific play groups, park days, moms nights out and more.

Waterford – South

  • Contact: Via website

Open to families south of M-59. Multiple weekly play groups, crafts, recipe club, outings, more.

Wixom, Commerce Township, Milford, Walled Lake, Wolverine Lake Village

  • Contact: Via website

Fun events including age-divided play groups and community activities.

Ypsilanti, Belleville, Milan, Saline, Superior Township, Willis

Monthly social meetings, backyard/park play dates, more.

Moms of Toddlers

  • Location: Rochester and surrounding areas

This group for moms of babies and toddlers usually meets weekly. Activities include park visits, at-home play dates, indoor play areas and moms nights.

Momtourage

  • Location: Detroit and surrounding areas

Open to moms and children (ages 5 months-8 years). Activities include movie dates, laser tag, lunch outings and more.

MOPS International (Mothers of Preschoolers)

Got kids from birth to kindergarten? Belong to a faith community? Check if your church has a MOPS. Moms meet while kids play and socialize nearby with child care; added activities often available. They’re Christian-based, but all faiths typically welcome. National dues are $31.95 but totals vary by group (some have fees per semester and some offer child care at extra cost). Typically meeting during the school year (check for schedules by group). Here are a few (more at mops.org):

Birmingham, Our Shepherd Lutheran

  • Location: 2225 E. 14 Mile Road
  • Contact: 248-646-6100

Moms nights out, play dates, Bible study.

Brighton and Plymouth, NorthRidge Church

  • Location:
    • 7555 Brighton Road, 517-579-9525
    • 49555 N. Territorial Road, 734-414-7777

Clinton Township, Trinity Lutheran

  • Location: 38900 Harper Ave., Clinton Township; surrounding Macomb County cities

For township moms and surrounding Macomb County cities. Structured playtime for kids. Also meets in summer at local parks.

Lake Orion and Troy, Kensington Church

  • Location:
    • 4640 S. Lapeer Road, Lake Orion, 248-786-0700
    • 1825 E. Square Lake Road, Troy, 248-786-0600

Open to moms of infants through kindergarteners.

Livonia, Bell Creek Community Church

  • Location: 30000 Five Mile Road, Livonia
  • Contact: 734-367-4632

Also offers summer play dates at local parks. Scholarships available.

Northville, Ward Evangelical Presbyterian Church

  • Location: 40000 Six Mile Road, Northville
  • Contact: 248-374-7400

Two monthly gatherings.

Novi, Oak Pointe Church

  • Location: 50200 W. 10 Mile Road
  • Contact: 248-912-0043

Twice-monthly meetings.

Mothers of Multiples of South Lyon

Monthly meetings at Witch’s Hat Depot in South Lyon plus play dates, mom-to-mom sales and more. Moms of twin/multiples.

No Nuts Moms Group

  • Location: All Michigan
  • Contact: Via website

Its 50-plus peanut/tree-nut free groups serve kids of all ages with life-threatening food allergies. Support and play groups at venues, parks.

Play Venues

These fun spots are popular for play groups. Bring yours (call ahead to schedule; discounts may apply!) – or drop-in to socialize sans commitment (check ahead for hours and rates).

Aqua-Tots Swim Schools

  • Locations:
    • Auburn Hills: 750 Brown Road, 248-537-4005
    • Canton: 43335 Joy Road, 734-828-2000
    • Farmington Hills: 31221 W. 14 Mile Road, 248-537-4004
    • Novi: 44225 W. 12 Mile Road, Suite C103, 248-845-4544
    • Sterling Heights: 44891 Hayes Road, 586-884-3633
    • Troy: 846 E. Big Beaver Road, 248-845-4545
    • Auburn Hills, Rochester Hills: coming soon

Open family swim times for all ages could be a great way to mingle with other parents (lessons here are for ages 4 months-plus). Call ahead about free Tiny-Tot Time open swim for parents with infants ages 0-6 months.

Boogie Babies

  • Location: 1928 Star-Batt Drive, Suite B, Rochester Hills
  • Contact: 248-852-6288

One-stop sibling fun for toddlers and the family, from play structures and disco dancing to doll house tea parties and a café. Baby zone, live music, music classes, puppet/magic shows, parties and more.

Canton Leisure Services Summit on the Park

  • Location: 46000 Summit Parkway, Canton
  • Contact: 734-394-5460

Kids ages 0-5 and parents can enjoy drop-in play and swim select Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings during the school year.

Detroit Kid City

  • Locations:
    • Clinton Township: 37051 Gratiot Ave., 248-440-7458
    • Southfield: 29115 Greenfield Road, 248-443-5300

Features a hands-on “Mini Detroit” play city geared toward infants to age 8.

Ferndale Recreation – Kids Corner

  • Location: Gerry Kulick Community Center, 1201 Livernois Ave., Ferndale
  • Contact: 248-544-6767

Find toys, mats and a bounce house for children 9 months and older at this community center.

Fort Clarkston

  • Location: 7127 Dixie Highway, Clarkston
  • Contact: 248-297-5453

Kids creatively explore 2,400 square feet of play area. A smaller two-level play structure is for little ones.

Funtastic Play Centers

  • Locations:
    • Canton: 43337 Joy Road, 734-335-7402
    • Woodhaven: 20372 Van Horn Road, 734-692-3867

Babies can play on plush mats and toddlers on modular soft play equipment. Open play offered for ages 0-8.

Goldfish Swim School

  • Locations:
    • Ann Arbor: 2107 W. Stadium Blvd., 734-864-5555
    • Birmingham: 2388 Cole St., Suite 101, 248-644-1914
    • Canton: 225 Sheldon Road, 248-596-1914
    • Clarkston: 6340 Waldron Center Drive, 248-795-2252
    • Farmington Hills: 22710 Haggerty Road, Suite 200, 248-596-1914
    • Macomb Township: 18377 Hall Road, Suite 1, 248-596-1914
    • Rochester: 550 South St., 248-596-1914

Besides its swim lessons starting at 4 months, these venues host family swim and pool play dates.

Jack E. Kirksey Recreation Center – Tree Fort

  • Location: 15100 Hubbard St., Livonia
  • Contact: 734-466-2410

Its indoor tree fort for ages 12 and under has toddler-friendly fun seven days a week.

Jungle Java

  • Location:
    • Canton: 6481 Canton Center Road, 734-927-6680
    • Clinton Township: 44595 Enterprise Drive, 586-203-0500
    • Farmington Hills: 27658 Middlebelt Road, 248-919-3284

These jungle-themed play structures include toddler areas for kids under 3.

Kidopolis

  • Location: 509 State Circle, Ann Arbor
  • Contact: 734-769-0263

This indoor play space, geared at ages 2-10, emphasizes creative play and features repurposed items.

Kidz Kingdom

  • Location: 18602 Fenkell St., Detroit
  • Contact: 313-296-1741

An imagination-inspired place for ages 12 and under. In fall 2017, it will become a licensed child care center offering open play on weekends.

Little Big World

  • Location: 310 Livernois St., Ferndale
  • Contact: 248-308-5444

A world culture-themed spot offering open play for ages 12 and under or open paint and play for ages 6-plus.

Macomb Township Recreation Center

  • Location: 20699 Macomb St., Macomb Township
  • Contact: 586-992-2900

Indoor playground, including smaller play structure for toddlers, and other activities.

Mega Fun and Fitness

  • Location: 22475 Heslip Drive, Novi
  • Contact: 248-344-9344

Find a gym, trampoline, obstacle courses, a foam pit, balance beams and more. Toddling kids up to 5 can enjoy Preschool Playtime Thursday mornings during the school year.

Metropolitan Speech, Sensory & ABA Center of Saline

  • Location: 7025 E. Michigan Ave., Suite J, Saline
  • Contact: 734-316-2538

Drop-in play offered Monday-Friday for children of all ages and abilities.

Nature’s Playhouse

  • Location: 703 Livernois St., Ferndale
  • Contact: 248-955-3219

All-natural play and wellness center for families with small children. Weekly family support groups. Drop-in play and memberships available.

Paradise Park

  • Location: 45799 Grand River Ave., Novi
  • Contact: 248-735-1050

Tykes 2-plus can try out trampoline and mini golf in summer (plus go-karts and climbing wall for 3-plus). In the winter there’s a bounce house, mini bowling, laser tag.

Play-Place for Autistic Children

  • Location: 41105 Technology Park Drive, Sterling Heights
  • Contact: 586-254-6533

This place for special needs kids ages 2 and older, plus siblings, has swings, a playscape, carousel, movies and more.

Pump It Up

  • Location:
    • Auburn Hills: 1720 Opdyke Court, 248-375-1100
    • Canton: 46090 Michigan Ave., 734-495-1222
    • Shelby Township: 15117 Commercial Drive, 586-416-4386
    • Taylor: 25710 Northline Road, 734-946-2017
    • Wixom: 28373 Beck Road, Unit H, 248-912-1090

Kids under 34 inches can try inflatables with parent. Pop-in times vary by location; check ahead for pre-K specific options.

Rochester Play!

  • Location: 380 E. Second St., Rochester
  • Contact: 248-650-7529

This indoor play center and café is fun for preschoolers, with some active gaming fun and a laser maze for siblings ages 6-12.

Roseville Eastpointe Recreation Authority

  • Location: 18185 Sycamore St., Roseville
  • Contact: 586-445-5480

Drop-in play for ages 10 months-5 years includes Little Tikes toys, slides, small basketball hoops and scooters Tuesday and Thursday mornings, typically October-April.

The Chelsea TreeHouse

  • Location: 1101 S. Main St., Chelsea
  • Contact: 734-475-1555

This indoor playground has an enclosed area for babies and toddlers. Full menu.

The Occupation Station

  • Location: 21984 23 Mile Road, Macomb Township
  • Contact: 586-221-1482

Kids of all ages can explore a veterinarian’s office, police station and other interactive, occupation-inspired play areas.

Tiny Town Play Lounge

  • Location: 15444 Haggerty Road, Northville
  • Contact: 734-667-4965

Crawlers to age 6 can play house, supermarket, vet and more.

This post was originally published in 2015 and is updated regularly.

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