5 Big Kid Free Activities – Wednesday Activity Review

This is part of our Wednesday Activity Review series.

Most of the Wednesday Activity Review series focus on activities for elementary aged students. Today. I’m changing things up and focusing on activities just for preschoolers and toddlers where they can have a break from the big kids who are home for the summer. As a toddler especially, my daughter was very intimidated by the crowds of big kids and the noise and activity level that they brought to her favorite places. I was always on the lookout for places that I could take her that would be filled just with kids her own age.

Escape the Big Kids This Summer

Below is a list of my Top 5 Big-Kid Free Activities This Summer in the Ann Arbor area that are reserved for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers.

1 – Tot Splash

The City of Ann Arbor offers Tot Splash at both Buhr Park Pool and Veterans Memorial Park Pool during the summer. Tot Splash is just for kids age 7 and under. In my experience it is mostly babies through preschoolers as the 5-7 age is usually more interested in swimming in the big pool. Veterans Memorial Pool offers Tot Splash from noon-1p every weekday. Buhr Park Pool offers Tot Splash from 10a-1p on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and noon-1p on Tuesday and Thursday.


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2 – Baby Playgroup and Preschool Story Times

Ann Arbor District Library offers Baby Playgroup, a one hour program just for kids under the age of 2 and a parent/caregiver, several times during the week. We were regulars at the Baby Playgroup when my daughter was between 6 and 20 months. Preschool Story Time offers a 30 minutes storytime geared towards preschoolers. While there may be some younger elementary students there, the story is designed with a preschool audience in mind.

Baby Playgroup at AADL (Ann Arbor District Library)

Enjoying a Story at Baby Playgroup (in 2006)

The last couple of days I have been working at the library while my daughter has been at an activity. While there, I have seen both the Baby Playgroup and Preschool Storytime meeting. They both brought back memories, particularly the mom giving her daughter a snack after playgroup in case she fell asleep on the way home. I used to do the same thing since she would take a long nap if she had eaten but only a short nap if she hadn’t and would then refuse to eat later.

Other local libraries also offer story time just for toddlers and preschoolers, so be sure to check their schedules as well.

3 – Preschool Gallery at Hands-On Museum

The Preschool Gallery at Hands-On Museum was always a favorite spot of my daughterโ€™s. Since she has aged out of the Preschool Gallery (ages 4 and under), it has continued to improve. My daughter has always been disappointed that โ€œEngineers on a Rollโ€  opened about a year after she was too old for the Preschool Gallery. I was able to get reacquainted with the Preschool Gallery in January when Arbor Annie and I visited the museum. My daughter was also treated to a visit to the Preschool Gallery in February helping to supervise her cousin. AAHOM’s Little Scientist Club is held in the Preschool Gallery every Tuesday at 9:30a.

Arbor Annie Visits Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum - Preschool Gallery

4 – Kidopolis

With the hot temperatures we have been experience this summer, it is always nice to have some indoor options for play. The new Kidopolis indoor play ground. Preschoolers and Toddlers are the perfect age to explore Kidopolis. While there are some activities that will appeal to younger elementary students, older toddlers and preschoolers are the perfect age! 

Introducing Kidopolis

5 – Briarwood Mall Play Area

The play area at Briarwood Mall is a perfect spot for toddlers and preschoolers. The play area is sized perfectly for toddlers and preschoolers. It is also fairly contained making it more difficult for kids to escape (especially compared to the former play area). However, I have heard reports of big kids in the play area. As the parent of a big kid when it opened, there is nothing there to entice her into the play area. I wish he mall would open a second larger area for big kids.

Upcoming Events Just for Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers

Monday, February 19, 2018

Date/Time Event
๐Ÿ†“
02/19/2018
10:30am-11:30am
Baby Playgroup
at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Date/Time Event
๐Ÿ†“
02/20/2018
10:00am-11:00am
Baby Playgroup
at Malletts Creek Branch Library, Ann Arbor MI

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Date/Time Event
๐Ÿ†“
02/21/2018
10:00am-12:00pm
Mama & Me Coffee Meetup
at Cultivate Coffee & TapHouse, Ypsilanti Michigan
๐Ÿ†“
02/21/2018
11:00am-12:00pm
Baby Playgroup
at Pittsfield Branch Library, Ann Arbor Michigan

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Date/Time Event
๐ŸŽŸ
02/22/2018
11:00am-12:00pm
Suzuki Baby/Toddler Music Class
at Suzuki Music Classes, Ann Arbor Michigan
๐Ÿ†“
02/22/2018
2:00pm-3:00pm
Baby Playgroup
at Westgate Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
๐Ÿ†“
02/22/2018
6:30pm-7:30pm
Baby Playgroup
at Malletts Creek Branch Library, Ann Arbor MI

Friday, February 23, 2018

Date/Time Event
๐Ÿ†“
02/23/2018
10:00am-11:30am
The Breastfeeding Cafe- Group for mothers and babies
at The Breastfeeding Center of Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor Michigan
๐Ÿ†“
02/23/2018
10:30am-11:30am
Baby Playgroup
at Traverwood Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan

Monday, February 26, 2018

Date/Time Event
๐Ÿ†“
02/26/2018
10:30am-11:30am
Baby Playgroup
at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Date/Time Event
๐Ÿ†“
02/27/2018
10:00am-11:00am
Baby Playgroup
at Malletts Creek Branch Library, Ann Arbor MI

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Date/Time Event
๐Ÿ†“
02/28/2018
10:00am-12:00pm
Mama & Me Coffee Meetup
at Cultivate Coffee & TapHouse, Ypsilanti Michigan
๐Ÿ†“
02/28/2018
11:00am-12:00pm
Baby Playgroup
at Pittsfield Branch Library, Ann Arbor Michigan

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Date/Time Event
๐ŸŽŸ
03/01/2018
11:00am-12:00pm
Suzuki Baby/Toddler Music Class
at Suzuki Music Classes, Ann Arbor Michigan

Friday, March 2, 2018

Date/Time Event
๐Ÿ†“
03/02/2018
10:00am-11:30am
The Breastfeeding Cafe- Group for mothers and babies
at The Breastfeeding Center of Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor Michigan
๐Ÿ†“
03/02/2018
11:00am-1:00pm
Get Outside Group
at Cultivate Coffee & TapHouse, Ypsilanti Michigan

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Date/Time Event
๐Ÿ†“
03/07/2018
10:00am-12:00pm
Mama & Me Coffee Meetup
at Cultivate Coffee & TapHouse, Ypsilanti Michigan

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Date/Time Event
๐ŸŽŸ
03/08/2018
11:00am-12:00pm
Suzuki Baby/Toddler Music Class
at Suzuki Music Classes, Ann Arbor Michigan

Friday, March 9, 2018

Date/Time Event
๐Ÿ†“
03/09/2018
10:00am-11:30am
The Breastfeeding Cafe- Group for mothers and babies
at The Breastfeeding Center of Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor Michigan

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Date/Time Event
๐Ÿ†“
03/14/2018
10:00am-12:00pm
Mama & Me Coffee Meetup
at Cultivate Coffee & TapHouse, Ypsilanti Michigan

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Date/Time Event
๐ŸŽŸ
03/15/2018
11:00am-12:00pm
Suzuki Baby/Toddler Music Class
at Suzuki Music Classes, Ann Arbor Michigan

Friday, March 16, 2018

Date/Time Event
๐Ÿ†“
03/16/2018
10:00am-11:30am
The Breastfeeding Cafe- Group for mothers and babies
at The Breastfeeding Center of Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor Michigan
๐Ÿ†“
03/16/2018
11:00am-1:00pm
Get Outside Group
at Cultivate Coffee & TapHouse, Ypsilanti Michigan

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Date/Time Event
๐Ÿ†“
03/21/2018
10:00am-12:00pm
Mama & Me Coffee Meetup
at Cultivate Coffee & TapHouse, Ypsilanti Michigan

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Date/Time Event
๐ŸŽŸ
03/22/2018
11:00am-12:00pm
Suzuki Baby/Toddler Music Class
at Suzuki Music Classes, Ann Arbor Michigan

Friday, March 23, 2018

Date/Time Event
๐Ÿ†“
03/23/2018
10:00am-11:30am
The Breastfeeding Cafe- Group for mothers and babies
at The Breastfeeding Center of Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor Michigan

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Date/Time Event
๐Ÿ’™
03/24/2018
10:00am-10:40am
Japanese Songs & Storytelling
at Malletts Creek Branch Library, Ann Arbor Michigan

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Date/Time Event
๐Ÿ†“
03/28/2018
10:00am-12:00pm
Mama & Me Coffee Meetup
at Cultivate Coffee & TapHouse, Ypsilanti Michigan

Friday, March 30, 2018

Date/Time Event
๐Ÿ†“
03/30/2018
10:00am-11:30am
The Breastfeeding Cafe- Group for mothers and babies
at The Breastfeeding Center of Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor Michigan
๐Ÿ†“
03/30/2018
11:00am-1:00pm
Get Outside Group
at Cultivate Coffee & TapHouse, Ypsilanti Michigan

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Date/Time Event
๐Ÿ†“
04/04/2018
10:00am-12:00pm
Mama & Me Coffee Meetup
at Cultivate Coffee & TapHouse, Ypsilanti Michigan

Friday, April 6, 2018

Date/Time Event
๐Ÿ†“
04/06/2018
10:00am-11:30am
The Breastfeeding Cafe- Group for mothers and babies
at The Breastfeeding Center of Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor Michigan

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Date/Time Event
๐Ÿ†“
04/11/2018
10:00am-12:00pm
Mama & Me Coffee Meetup
at Cultivate Coffee & TapHouse, Ypsilanti Michigan

Friday, April 13, 2018

Date/Time Event
๐Ÿ†“
04/13/2018
10:00am-11:30am
The Breastfeeding Cafe- Group for mothers and babies
at The Breastfeeding Center of Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor Michigan
๐Ÿ†“
04/13/2018
11:00am-1:00pm
Get Outside Group
at Cultivate Coffee & TapHouse, Ypsilanti Michigan

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Date/Time Event
๐Ÿ†“
04/18/2018
10:00am-12:00pm
Mama & Me Coffee Meetup
at Cultivate Coffee & TapHouse, Ypsilanti Michigan

Friday, April 20, 2018

Date/Time Event
๐Ÿ†“
04/20/2018
10:00am-11:30am
The Breastfeeding Cafe- Group for mothers and babies
at The Breastfeeding Center of Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor Michigan

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Date/Time Event
๐Ÿ†“
04/25/2018
10:00am-12:00pm
Mama & Me Coffee Meetup
at Cultivate Coffee & TapHouse, Ypsilanti Michigan

Friday, April 27, 2018

Date/Time Event
๐Ÿ†“
04/27/2018
10:00am-11:30am
The Breastfeeding Cafe- Group for mothers and babies
at The Breastfeeding Center of Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor Michigan
๐Ÿ†“
04/27/2018
11:00am-1:00pm
Get Outside Group
at Cultivate Coffee & TapHouse, Ypsilanti Michigan

Friday, May 4, 2018

Date/Time Event
๐Ÿ†“
05/04/2018
10:00am-11:30am
The Breastfeeding Cafe- Group for mothers and babies
at The Breastfeeding Center of Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor Michigan

Friday, May 11, 2018

Date/Time Event
๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ†“
05/11/2018
10:00am-10:30am

A2SO KinderConcert: Clever Clarinet


at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
Music comes alive in KinderConcerts โ€“ free 30-minute concerts designed especially for children 2- to 5-years old. No worries about wiggly tots sitting still for a concert โ€“ theyโ€™ll dance and move while listening to the music. Then theyโ€™ll be mesmerized by hearing a story being told with musical accompaniment....Read More
๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ†“
05/11/2018
11:00am-11:30am

A2SO KinderConcert: Clever Clarinet


at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
Music comes alive in KinderConcerts โ€“ free 30-minute concerts designed especially for children 2- to 5-years old. No worries about wiggly tots sitting still for a concert โ€“ theyโ€™ll dance and move while listening to the music. Then theyโ€™ll be mesmerized by hearing a story being told with musical accompaniment....Read More

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Date/Time Event
๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ†“
05/12/2018
10:00am-10:30am

A2SO KinderConcert: Clever Clarinet


at Dexter District Library, Dexter Michigan
Music comes alive in KinderConcerts โ€“ free 30-minute concerts designed especially for children 2- to 5-years old. No worries about wiggly tots sitting still for a concert โ€“ theyโ€™ll dance and move while listening to the music. Then theyโ€™ll be mesmerized by hearing a story being told with musical accompaniment....Read More
๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ†“
05/12/2018
12:00pm-12:30pm

A2SO KinderConcert: Clever Clarinet


at Chelsea District Library, Chelsea Michigan
Music comes alive in KinderConcerts โ€“ free 30-minute concerts designed especially for children 2- to 5-years old. No worries about wiggly tots sitting still for a concert โ€“ theyโ€™ll dance and move while listening to the music. Then theyโ€™ll be mesmerized by hearing a story being told with musical accompaniment....Read More

Monday, May 14, 2018

Date/Time Event
๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ†“
05/14/2018
10:00am-10:30am

A2SO KinderConcert: Clever Clarinet


at Ypsilanti District Library – Whittaker Rd, Ypsilanti Michigan
Music comes alive in KinderConcerts โ€“ free 30-minute concerts designed especially for children 2- to 5-years old. No worries about wiggly tots sitting still for a concert โ€“ theyโ€™ll dance and move while listening to the music. Then theyโ€™ll be mesmerized by hearing a story being told with musical accompaniment....Read More
๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ†“
05/14/2018
11:00am-11:30am

A2SO KinderConcert: Clever Clarinet


at Ypsilanti District Library – Whittaker Rd, Ypsilanti Michigan
Music comes alive in KinderConcerts โ€“ free 30-minute concerts designed especially for children 2- to 5-years old. No worries about wiggly tots sitting still for a concert โ€“ theyโ€™ll dance and move while listening to the music. Then theyโ€™ll be mesmerized by hearing a story being told with musical accompaniment....Read More
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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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