Mall Play Areas for Kids in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor

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

Make shopping with your little ones fun – 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.

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

Wisely tucked near the 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

This spot offers a Michigan-themed indoor play area that features soft foam lighthouse and freight boat climbing structures, bridges, tunnels and much more.  This large shopping center also has the Rainforest Café, Sea Life Aquarium, Legoland Discovery Center, Peppa Pig World of Play – 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-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays

Weather-pending, visit this cute outdoor spot, located near center court in front of Lane Bryant 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

This spots area, dubbed “Backyard Adventure,” is custom-designed and features climbing structures and tunnels, sensory-friendly components and soft, anti-bacterial foam structures, too. In the lower level Sears Court.

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.

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