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Unleash the Fun: Indoor Activities for Kids Near Ann Arbor

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Are you looking for indoor fun for kids near Ann Arbor? We’ve got you covered whether it is a rainy day, cold wintry day, or super hot summer day. These indoor children’s activities near us are also great for the smoky days with the Canadian wildfires this week.

Our events calendar includes all of the great indoor events near Ann Arbor. Addtitonally, there are plenty of Indoor Family Activities near Ann Arbor that you can enjoy anytime.

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

Indoor Playgrounds

Playgrounds are the perfect indoor thing to do with toddlers near us – they’re also great indoor fun for preschoolers. Unfortunately, indoor playgrounds have struggled to survive in Washtenaw County. Chelsea Treehouse has been the only one to endure through the years.

The Jungle Java near us is now in Canton. The Ann Arbor location closed many years ago.

A few options are:

  • Chelsea Treehouse – 1101 S. Main St, Chelsea
  • McDonalds*
    • 3001 Lohr Rd, Ann Arbor
    • 7848 E Michigan Avenue, Saline
    • 1535 S Main St, Chelsea (I am less sure about this one)
    • 5550 W Michigan Avenue, Pittsfield Township (by Sam’s Club)
  • 2|42 Community Center* – see our report from their Grand Opening

* McDonald’s website does not list any locations near us as having indoor play places. These are ones that used to have indoor play places. I have it on my schedule to drive by a couple locations and verify
** Editor’s Notes:
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. We are listing it as one of the few indoor playground options in Ann Arbor. Each family can 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. As of June 2023 there is one inflatable location and two trampoline parks.

Visit a Museum

Visiting a museum is great indoor fun for family near Ann Arbor. There are so many options to choose from. I love that there are also several we can visit for free

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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

Are you looking for indoor activities near you for teens? Indoor sports are great for teens – and kids of all ages. Check out bowling alleys, fowling, swimming, and skating.

Bowling

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

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Ice Skating

There are several indoor ice rinks in the Ann Arbor area plus the Buhr Park rink which is outdoor but covered. Several operate year round, others are only open in the colder months. Check out our Ice Skating Guide for more details.

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Swimming

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

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Other Sports

Gaming Fun

Growing up in the 80s, the arcade was always a hit indoor activity for teens near us. Here in Ann Arbor, we have our own Retro arcade in Pinball Pete’s.

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Just down the road is the UM Video Game Archive. There you can check out a game on the latest system, or a wide variety of classic systems.

Amaze the Kids (& Yourself) at the UM Video Game Archive

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Another great choice is Best in Games (BIG). They offer an arcade, Laser Tag, Go Karts, Adventure Course, and so much more. BIG is located at 4095 Carpenter Rd.

You can also find a great arcade at Revel & Roll Bowling Alley.

Or, go less tech heavy and check out one of the escape rooms in the area!

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Or check out one of the other escape room locations

Movies

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 – Discounted Tuesday. $5.50 tickets all day. A premium is applied for 3D, IMAX & DBOX. Does not apply to certain special showings or on holidays
  • Emagine – Free Popcorn Tuesdays for Emagine Rewards members, $5 Ticket Tuesdays for Emagine Rewards Members

Summer Movies This Week

New in theaters is Blue Beetle. There are plenty of kid-friendly movies at the theater this week:

  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem – PG
  • Haunted Mansion – PG-13
  • Barbie – PG-13
  • Mission Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One – PG-13
  • Meg2 – The Trench – PG-13
  • The Hill – PG

We saw Oppenheimer (rated R) and we do recommend it for older teens and adults.

It’s the last weekend for the drive-in at USA Hockey Arena.

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Nature Indoors

You can still experience nature indoors.

Check out Matthaei Botanical Gardens – note the linked review covers both the indoor conservatory and outdoor children’s garden.

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Spend a couple hours with the Cats at Tiny Lions Cat Cafe.

Tiny Lions lounge and adoption Center

Ann Arbor’s cat cafΓ©, the Tiny Lions lounge and adoption Center (or “TLC” for short!) is an offshoot of the Humane Society of Huron Valleyβ€”a place where kids young and old can visit with kittens and cats in a comfy space. While all the felines there are available for adoption, there are no strings attached!

Indoor Events for Today

Date/TimeEvent
12/04/2023
All Day
Everyday Indoor Activities
🎟
12/04/2023
8:45am-9:30am
Pre-School Playtime
at Gym America, Ann Arbor Michigan
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12/04/2023
10:30am-11:30am
Baby Playgroup
at Malletts Creek Branch Library, Ann Arbor Michigan
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12/04/2023
10:30am-11:00am
Preschool Art Start
at Traverwood Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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12/04/2023
10:30am-11:00am
Preschool Storytimes
at Pittsfield Branch Library, Ann Arbor Michigan
12/04/2023
11:00am-12:00pm
Tot Time
at PAX Gymnastics, Chelsea Michigan
πŸ†“πŸŽŸ
12/04/2023
4:30pm-6:00pm
B-Side Venue Promotion Team
at Neutral Zone, Ann Arbor Michigan
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12/04/2023
4:30pm-6:00pm
Kitchen Savvy
at Neutral Zone, Ann Arbor Michigan
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12/04/2023
4:30pm-6:00pm
Visual Arts Council
at Neutral Zone, Ann Arbor Michigan
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12/04/2023
6:00pm
Arthur Christmas
at Cinemark Movie Theater, Ypsilanti Michigan
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12/04/2023
6:00pm-6:30pm
Screening | What Are Your Names, Asia(n)?
at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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12/04/2023
6:00pm-7:30pm
Sewing Lab: Pattern Cutting with Rae Hoekstra
at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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12/04/2023
6:00pm-7:00pm
Soft & Cozy Fox Cup Warmers
at Pittsfield Branch Library, Ann Arbor Michigan
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12/04/2023
6:30pm-7:30pm
DIY Party Popper
at Malletts Creek Branch Library, Ann Arbor Michigan

Indoor Events for Tomorrow

Date/TimeEvent
12/05/2023
All Day
Everyday Indoor Activities
🎟
12/05/2023
10:00am-10:45am
Marbear Yoga: Storytime Yoga (ages 2-6)
at Studio Studio, Ann Arbor Michigan
πŸ†“
12/05/2023
11:00am-12:00pm
Baby Playgroup
at Traverwood Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
πŸ†“
12/05/2023
11:00am-11:30am
Preschool Storytimes
at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
πŸ†“
12/05/2023
11:00am-11:30am
Preschool Storytimes
at Malletts Creek Branch Library, Ann Arbor Michigan
12/05/2023
11:00am-12:00pm
Tot Time
at PAX Gymnastics, Chelsea Michigan
🎟
12/05/2023
1:15pm-2:15pm
Kids Play Time
at Michigan Academy of Gymnastics, Ann Arbor Michigan
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12/05/2023
4:30pm-6:00pm
Future Corps HS
at Neutral Zone, Ann Arbor Michigan
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12/05/2023
4:30pm-5:30pm
LEGO Club
at Dexter District Library, Dexter Michigan
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12/05/2023
4:30pm-6:00pm
Songwriting
at Neutral Zone, Ann Arbor Michigan
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12/05/2023
4:30pm-5:30pm
Teen Great Stories Book Club
at Spark East, Ypsilanti Michigan
πŸ†“πŸŽŸ
12/05/2023
4:30pm-6:00pm
Theater
at Neutral Zone, Ann Arbor Michigan
πŸ’™πŸŽŸ
12/05/2023
5:00pm-6:00pm
PJs & Stories with Santa
at Saline Rec Center, Saline MI
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12/05/2023
5:30pm-7:30pm
Block Printing Workshop
at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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12/05/2023
6:00pm-7:30pm
Folk Song Jam Along
at Westgate Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
πŸ’™πŸŽŸ
12/05/2023
6:30pm-7:30pm
PJs & Stories with Santa
at Saline Rec Center, Saline MI
πŸ’™πŸ†“
12/05/2023
6:30pm-7:00pm
Screening | What Are Your Names, Asia(n)?
at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
πŸ†“
12/05/2023
7:00pm-8:00pm
Meditation with Ease
at Ypsilanti District Library – Superior, Ypsilanti Michigan
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