Ann Arbor Indoor Activities

Are you looking for fun Ann Arbor Indoor Activities for your kids (or the whole family)? Whether you’re looking for a full-day outing, or an hour long diversion, there are plenty of options for your family.

Ann Arbor Indoor Fun

While our events calendar includes all of the great indoor events that are happening, there are plenty of Indoor Activities you can enjoy anytime.

March-April 2020 Coronavirus Update

With schools closed and social distancing recommended, we are not recommending any of these indoor locations at the current time. In fact, many have made the decision to close to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus. Be sure to check out our list of Coronavirus Cancellations and more updates on the pandemic.

Ann Arbor Coronavirus Cancelations & Activity Updates

Ann Arbor Indoor Activities

Did we miss some of your favorite Ann Arbor Indoor Activities? Let us know in the comments and we’ll be sure to add them to the summary.


Indoor Play Locations


Kidopolis, one of our sponsors, is a great choice for indoor fun! They offer creative indoor play in their themed areas. Your child can blast off to outer space, perform a show, visit a fairy garden, or fight fires. They are open 10:30a-3p on Thursdays and Fridays and 10:30a-4p on Saturdays and Sundays. They do occasionally close for a private party, so be sure to check their website for updates.

Kidopolis Creative Play

Indoor Playgrounds

Indoor Playgrounds have struggled to survive in our area. Chelsea Treehouse has been the only one to endure through the years. There is also a Jungle Java in Canton that has been there for many years. A few options are:

  • Chelsea Treehouse – 1101 S. Main St, Chelsea
  • McDonalds – Their website does not list which ones have indoor play areas, but these are the ones I know of with them
    • 5550 W Michigan Avenue, Pittsfield Township (by Sam’s Club)
    • 3001 Lohr Rd, Ann Arbor
    • 7848 E Michigan Avenue, Saline
    • 1535 S Main St, Chelsea (I am less sure about this one)
  • 2|42 Community Center* – see our report from their Grand Opening
  • Editor’s Note: 2|42 Community Center is run by the 2|42 Church. We recognize that our readership includes both church members and those who object to the church’s stance particularly on LGBTQ issues. It is included here as one of the few indoor playground options in Ann Arbor and leave it to families to decide if it is the right option for their family.

Indoor Bouncing

Similar to indoor play grounds, indoor bounce locations have had a troubled history in Ann Arbor. Currently, there are no places with inflatables. There are a couple of trampoline parks in the area. Personally, I am leery of safety on trampolines.

Visit a Museum

Ann Arbor Indoor Activities - Top 5 Ann Arbor Area Museums for Kids

We have lots of great museum options in the Ann Arbor Area. Just be careful if it’s Monday. Several of the museums are closed that day.

Indoor Sports


Bowling is always a great indoor activity. There are several bowling options in the Ann Arbor area.

Ann Arbor Indoor Activities - Ann Arbor Bowling Alley Guide

Ice Skating

There are several indoor ice rinks in the Ann Arbor area plus the Buhr Park rink which is outdoor but covered. Check out our Ice Skating Guide for more details.

Ann Arbor Ice Skating Guide


You can swim all year with indoor pools. Check out our Indoor Swimming Guide.

Ann Arbor Indoor Pool Guide

Other Sports


Movies are always a great indoor activity. With summer here, there are a number of morning kids series which are perfect for a rainy day.

There are daily movie discounts below:

  • Rave – They just announced discounted matinees at $5.75 every day (premium applied for 3D, IMAX & DBOX not eligible).
  • Rave – Discounted Wednesday – $5 all day (premium applied for 3D, IMAX & DBOX)
  • Quality 16 – Thrifty Tuesday – $7 movies all day Tuesday (3D Premium applies)
  • Emagine – Free Popcorn Tuesdays for Emagine Rewards members, $5 Ticket Tuesdays for Emagine Rewards Members


Wednesday Activity Reviews

Check out our reviews of some fun indoor activities. Note: Our Matthaei Botanical Gardens review covers both the indoor conservatory and outdoor children’s garden so it is included in the list below.


Indoor Events for Today

Date/Time Event
All Day
Kids Eat Free
Fit4Mom Daily Workout
CANCELED - Open Skate
at Veterans Ice Arena, Ann Arbor MI
FestiFool Make & Take Workshop
at Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, Ann Arbor MI


Indoor Events for Tomorrow

Date/Time Event
All Day
Kids Eat Free
Dancing Babies with Dianne Dudley
at Pittsfield Branch Library, Ann Arbor Michigan
Fit4Mom Daily Workout

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