4 Fun Ann Arbor Activities with the Grandparents

Today is Grandparents Day! That is a great day for grandparents to head out around town with their grandkids. With grandparents spanning a wide range of ages and physical abilities, what works for one family may be harder for others. I also find that with my in-laws who live out of town, we tend to do more “destination” visits. On the other hand with my parents who live locally, we tend to do more of the everyday activities.

I’ve assembled a list of 4 Fun Ann Arbor activities for kids and their grandparents.

Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum

Do you have an Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum membership? Do you know that your membership includes free admission for grandparents. While the museum is on multiple-levels, they are all accessible by an elevator for strollers or those with limited mobility. There are also plenty of benches or stools throughout the museum to take a break. This summer, we visited the museum with my mom, sister, and my niece. In the picture below, grandma’s head is cut-off, but she’s watching my niece in the Preschool Gallery.

AAHOM - Preschool Gallery- Engineers on a Roll

Matthaei Botanical Gardens

My husband’s parents visited over Memorial Day weekend. My mother-in-law suggested a trip to the Matthaei Botanical Gardens. It’s a great place to explore with all ages. Whether you visit the indoor conservatory or the outside gardens, all ages will enjoy exploring.


Matthaei Botanical Garden - Conservatory - Kaleidoscope

Putterz Miniature Golf

My grandparents loved to take us miniature golfing when we were kids. I remember going almost every summer. Likewise, my parents have taken my daughter to Putterz for miniature golfing. There is not a lot of time left to enjoy Putterz. They will be closing after the 2016 season.

Putterz - Alligator


My parents love taking my daughter to the movies. Whether it’s the Free Morning Movies on Friday through Sunday at Quality 16, or the latest movie, it’s always a great choice. We recently saw Pete’s Dragon with my parents. My daughter will often get to see movies twice – once with us and once with my parents. In addition to the latest kid-friendly movies, both Quality 16 and Rave are showing Labyrinth at 2p this afternoon. That’s a great option for a multi-generational movie.

Other Suggestions

Parks are also a great place to visit with grandparents. With my parents living locally, when my daughter was younger, they would take her to the parks closer to their house which were different than the ones closer to our house. 

My daughter loves to go shopping with my parents. Whether it’s the mall, or even a trip to Target, she enjoys the chance to get out without Mom & Dad (and usually comes home with a few treats).

Do your kids have any special activities in Ann Arbor that they like to do with their grandparents?


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Anna Mae

Anna Mae owns & operates Ann Arbor with Kids, a website dedicated to Family Activities in Ann Arbor. My husband and I moved to Ann Arbor in 2003 and our daughter joined the family in 2006.

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