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7 Big Kid Free Activities - Ann Arbor Activities for Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers

Escape the Big Kids – 7 Big Kid Free Activities

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This is part of our Wednesday Activity Review series.

Today’s Activity Review changes things up and focuses 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, 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.

Note: This article was originally published in 2016 and updated for 2019.

Below is a list of my Top 7 Big-Kid Free Summer Activities in the Ann Arbor area that are reserved for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers.


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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 and Buhr Park Pool both offer Tot Splash.

Ann Arbor Pools - Buhr Park Pool Tot Splash
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2 – Baby Playgroup and Preschool Story Times

Ann Arbor District Library offers both Baby Playgroup and Preschool Story Time throughout the week. Baby Playgroup is 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 nap later.

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

Date/TimeEvent
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02/10/2023
1:00pm-1:30pm
Preschool Storytime
at Westgate Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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02/17/2023
1:00pm-1:30pm
Preschool Storytime
at Westgate Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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02/21/2023
7:00pm-7:30pm
Evening Preschool Storytime
at Westgate Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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02/24/2023
1:00pm-1:30pm
Preschool Storytime
at Westgate Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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03/03/2023
1:00pm-1:30pm
Preschool Storytime
at Westgate Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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03/10/2023
1:00pm-1:30pm
Preschool Storytime
at Westgate Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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03/17/2023
1:00pm-1:30pm
Preschool Storytime
at Westgate Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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03/24/2023
1:00pm-1:30pm
Preschool Storytime
at Westgate Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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03/31/2023
1:00pm-1:30pm
Preschool Storytime
at Westgate Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan


3 – Preschool Gallery at Hands-On Museum

The Preschool Gallery at Hands-On Museum was always a favorite spot of my daughter’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 β€œEngineers on a Roll” opened about a year after she was too old for the Preschool Gallery. She was thrilled to introduce her cousin to the Preschool Gallery.

AAHOM - Preschool Gallery- Engineers on a Roll

AAHOM’s Little Scientist Club is held in the Preschool Gallery every Tuesday at 9:30a and Saturdays at 10:30a.

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4Β – Kidopolis – CLOSED

Closed – Due to the pandemic, Kidopolis has closed.

With the hot temperatures we have been experienceΒ this summer, it is always nice to have some indoor options for play – KidopolisΒ is a great choice. Preschoolers and Toddlers areΒ theΒ perfect age to explore Kidopolis. While there are some activities that will appeal to younger elementary students, older toddlers andΒ preschoolers are the perfect age!

Kidopolis - Fire & Police

This summer they are open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

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5 – Fit 4 Mom

Fit4Mom offers Stroller Strides and Stroller Barre classes this summer. They’re just for moms and kids in strollers, so they are almost guaranteed to be big-kid free.

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6 – Other Classes and Support Groups

With some preplanning, you can register your child for classes geared towards their age. Check out First Steps Ann Arbor and various Music Classes for their summer schedule.

There are also several support groups designed for the parent and child like Breastfeeding Cafe and MomShare Group. There are a few of these on our calendar, but if you know of other drop-in options let us know and we can add them.


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7 – 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 the mall would open a second larger area for big kids.

Upcoming Events Just for Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers

Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Date/TimeEvent
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02/07/2023
9:30am-10:00am
Book Babies Storytime
at Saline District Library, Saline Michigan
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02/07/2023
10:30am-11:00am
Baby Time
at Ypsilanti District Library – Superior, Ypsilanti Michigan
πŸ†“
02/07/2023
10:30am-11:15am
Babytime
at Chelsea District Library, Chelsea Michigan
πŸ†“πŸŽŸ
02/07/2023
10:30am-11:00am
Book Babies Storytime
at Saline District Library, Saline Michigan
πŸ’™πŸ†“
02/07/2023
10:30am-11:15am
Sensation Stations
at Pittsfield Branch Library, Ann Arbor Michigan
πŸ†“
02/07/2023
11:00am-12:00pm
Baby Playgroup
at Traverwood Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan

Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Date/TimeEvent
πŸ†“
02/08/2023
10:30am-11:30am
Baby Playgroup
at Westgate Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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02/08/2023
11:00am
Sprouts Story Time
at Northfield Township Area Library, Whitmore Lake Michigan

Thursday, February 9, 2023

Date/TimeEvent
02/09/2023
10:00am-12:00pm
Gym Playgroup
at Saline Rec Center, Saline MI

Friday, February 10, 2023

Date/TimeEvent
πŸ†“
02/10/2023
10:30am-11:00am
Tummy Time Playgroup
at Ypsilanti District Library – Michigan Ave Branch, Ypsilanti Michigan
πŸ’™πŸ†“
02/10/2023
11:00am-12:00pm
Sensory Stations
at Ypsilanti District Library – Whittaker Rd, Ypsilanti Michigan

Saturday, February 11, 2023

Date/TimeEvent
πŸ’™πŸ†“
02/11/2023
11:00am-12:00pm
Sensory Stations
at Ypsilanti District Library – Whittaker Rd, Ypsilanti Michigan
πŸ’™πŸ†“
02/11/2023
1:00pm-1:45pm
Dancing Babies with Monica Higman
at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan

Monday, February 13, 2023

Date/TimeEvent
πŸ†“
02/13/2023
10:30am-11:30am
Baby Playgroup
at Malletts Creek Branch Library, Ann Arbor Michigan

Tuesday, February 14, 2023

Date/TimeEvent
πŸ†“
02/14/2023
10:30am-11:00am
Baby Time
at Ypsilanti District Library – Superior, Ypsilanti Michigan
πŸ†“
02/14/2023
10:30am-11:15am
Babytime
at Chelsea District Library, Chelsea Michigan
πŸ†“
02/14/2023
11:00am-12:00pm
Baby Playgroup
at Traverwood Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan

Wednesday, February 15, 2023

Date/TimeEvent
πŸ†“
02/15/2023
10:30am-11:30am
Baby Playgroup
at Westgate Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
πŸ†“
02/15/2023
11:00am
Sprouts Story Time
at Northfield Township Area Library, Whitmore Lake Michigan

Thursday, February 16, 2023

Date/TimeEvent
02/16/2023
10:00am-12:00pm
Gym Playgroup
at Saline Rec Center, Saline MI
πŸ†“
02/16/2023
1:00pm-2:00pm
Baby Playgroup
at Malletts Creek Branch Library, Ann Arbor Michigan

Friday, February 17, 2023

Date/TimeEvent
πŸ†“
02/17/2023
10:30am-11:00am
Tummy Time Playgroup
at Ypsilanti District Library – Michigan Ave Branch, Ypsilanti Michigan
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02/17/2023
11:00am-12:00pm
Tummy Time
at Ypsilanti District Library – Whittaker Rd, Ypsilanti Michigan

Saturday, February 18, 2023

Date/TimeEvent
πŸ†“
02/18/2023
11:00am-12:00pm
Tummy Time
at Ypsilanti District Library – Whittaker Rd, Ypsilanti Michigan

Monday, February 20, 2023

Date/TimeEvent
πŸ†“
02/20/2023
10:30am-11:30am
Baby Playgroup
at Malletts Creek Branch Library, Ann Arbor Michigan

Tuesday, February 21, 2023

Date/TimeEvent
πŸ†“
02/21/2023
10:30am-11:15am
Babytime
at Chelsea District Library, Chelsea Michigan
πŸ†“
02/21/2023
11:00am-12:00pm
Baby Playgroup
at Traverwood Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan

Wednesday, February 22, 2023

Date/TimeEvent
πŸ†“
02/22/2023
10:30am-11:30am
Baby Playgroup
at Westgate Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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02/22/2023
11:00am
Sprouts Story Time
at Northfield Township Area Library, Whitmore Lake Michigan

Thursday, February 23, 2023

Date/TimeEvent
02/23/2023
10:00am-12:00pm
Gym Playgroup
at Saline Rec Center, Saline MI

Friday, February 24, 2023

Date/TimeEvent
πŸ’™πŸ†“
02/24/2023
11:00am-12:00pm
Little Ones Play
at Ypsilanti District Library – Whittaker Rd, Ypsilanti Michigan

Saturday, February 25, 2023

Date/TimeEvent
πŸ’™πŸ†“
02/25/2023
10:30am-11:00am
Japanese Storytime
at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan

Sunday, February 26, 2023

Date/TimeEvent
πŸ’™πŸ†“
02/26/2023
10:30am-11:15am
Dancing Babies Robin Robinson
at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan

Monday, February 27, 2023

Date/TimeEvent
πŸ†“
02/27/2023
10:30am-11:30am
Baby Playgroup
at Malletts Creek Branch Library, Ann Arbor Michigan

Tuesday, February 28, 2023

Date/TimeEvent
πŸ†“
02/28/2023
10:30am-11:15am
Babytime
at Chelsea District Library, Chelsea Michigan
πŸ†“
02/28/2023
11:00am-12:00pm
Baby Playgroup
at Traverwood Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan

Wednesday, March 1, 2023

Date/TimeEvent
πŸ†“
03/01/2023
10:30am-11:30am
Baby Playgroup
at Westgate Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
πŸ†“
03/01/2023
11:00am
Sprouts Story Time
at Northfield Township Area Library, Whitmore Lake Michigan

Thursday, March 2, 2023

Date/TimeEvent
03/02/2023
10:00am-12:00pm
Gym Playgroup
at Saline Rec Center, Saline MI

Saturday, March 4, 2023

Date/TimeEvent
πŸ’™πŸ†“
03/04/2023
10:30am-11:15am
Dancing Babies with Momo Kajiwara
at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan

Monday, March 6, 2023

Date/TimeEvent
πŸ†“
03/06/2023
10:30am-11:30am
Baby Playgroup
at Malletts Creek Branch Library, Ann Arbor Michigan

Tuesday, March 7, 2023

Date/TimeEvent
πŸ†“
03/07/2023
10:30am-11:15am
Babytime
at Chelsea District Library, Chelsea Michigan
πŸ†“
03/07/2023
11:00am-12:00pm
Baby Playgroup
at Traverwood Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan

Wednesday, March 8, 2023

Date/TimeEvent
πŸ†“
03/08/2023
10:30am-11:30am
Baby Playgroup
at Westgate Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
πŸ†“
03/08/2023
11:00am
Sprouts Story Time
at Northfield Township Area Library, Whitmore Lake Michigan

Thursday, March 9, 2023

Date/TimeEvent
03/09/2023
10:00am-12:00pm
Gym Playgroup
at Saline Rec Center, Saline MI
πŸ†“
03/09/2023
6:00pm-7:00pm
Baby Playgroup
at Pittsfield Branch Library, Ann Arbor Michigan

Friday, March 10, 2023

Date/TimeEvent
πŸ†“
03/10/2023
10:30am-11:30am
Baby Playgroup
at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan

Monday, March 13, 2023

Date/TimeEvent
πŸ†“
03/13/2023
10:30am-11:30am
Baby Playgroup
at Malletts Creek Branch Library, Ann Arbor Michigan

Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Date/TimeEvent
πŸ†“
03/14/2023
10:30am-11:15am
Babytime
at Chelsea District Library, Chelsea Michigan
πŸ†“
03/14/2023
11:00am-12:00pm
Baby Playgroup
at Traverwood Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan

Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Date/TimeEvent
πŸ†“
03/15/2023
10:30am-11:30am
Baby Playgroup
at Westgate Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
πŸ†“
03/15/2023
11:00am
Sprouts Story Time
at Northfield Township Area Library, Whitmore Lake Michigan

Thursday, March 16, 2023

Date/TimeEvent
03/16/2023
10:00am-12:00pm
Gym Playgroup
at Saline Rec Center, Saline MI

Saturday, March 18, 2023

Date/TimeEvent
πŸ’™πŸ†“
03/18/2023
1:00pm-1:45pm
Dancing Babies with Monica Higman
at Traverwood Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan

Monday, March 20, 2023

Date/TimeEvent
πŸ†“
03/20/2023
10:30am-11:30am
Baby Playgroup
at Malletts Creek Branch Library, Ann Arbor Michigan

Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Date/TimeEvent
πŸ†“
03/21/2023
11:00am-12:00pm
Baby Playgroup
at Traverwood Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan

Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Date/TimeEvent
πŸ†“
03/22/2023
10:30am-11:30am
Baby Playgroup
at Westgate Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
πŸ†“
03/22/2023
11:00am
Sprouts Story Time
at Northfield Township Area Library, Whitmore Lake Michigan

Thursday, March 23, 2023

Date/TimeEvent
03/23/2023
10:00am-12:00pm
Gym Playgroup
at Saline Rec Center, Saline MI

Friday, March 24, 2023

Date/TimeEvent
πŸ†“
03/24/2023
10:30am-11:30am
Baby Playgroup
at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan

Monday, March 27, 2023

Date/TimeEvent
πŸ†“
03/27/2023
10:30am-11:30am
Baby Playgroup
at Malletts Creek Branch Library, Ann Arbor Michigan

Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Date/TimeEvent
πŸ†“
03/28/2023
10:30am-11:15am
Babytime
at Chelsea District Library, Chelsea Michigan
πŸ†“
03/28/2023
11:00am-12:00pm
Baby Playgroup
at Traverwood Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan

Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Date/TimeEvent
πŸ†“
03/29/2023
10:30am-11:30am
Baby Playgroup
at Westgate Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
πŸ’™πŸ†“
03/29/2023
10:30am-11:15am
Silly Songs with Sharon!
at Chelsea District Library, Chelsea Michigan
πŸ†“
03/29/2023
11:00am
Sprouts Story Time
at Northfield Township Area Library, Whitmore Lake Michigan

Thursday, March 30, 2023

Date/TimeEvent
03/30/2023
10:00am-12:00pm
Gym Playgroup
at Saline Rec Center, Saline MI

Tuesday, April 4, 2023

Date/TimeEvent
πŸ†“
04/04/2023
10:30am-11:15am
Babytime
at Chelsea District Library, Chelsea Michigan

Wednesday, April 5, 2023

Date/TimeEvent
πŸ†“
04/05/2023
11:00am
Sprouts Story Time
at Northfield Township Area Library, Whitmore Lake Michigan

Thursday, April 6, 2023

Date/TimeEvent
04/06/2023
10:00am-12:00pm
Gym Playgroup
at Saline Rec Center, Saline MI

Tuesday, April 11, 2023

Date/TimeEvent
πŸ†“
04/11/2023
10:30am-11:15am
Babytime
at Chelsea District Library, Chelsea Michigan

Wednesday, April 12, 2023

Date/TimeEvent
πŸ†“
04/12/2023
11:00am
Sprouts Story Time
at Northfield Township Area Library, Whitmore Lake Michigan

Thursday, April 13, 2023

Date/TimeEvent
04/13/2023
10:00am-12:00pm
Gym Playgroup
at Saline Rec Center, Saline MI

Tuesday, April 18, 2023

Date/TimeEvent
πŸ†“
04/18/2023
10:30am-11:15am
Babytime
at Chelsea District Library, Chelsea Michigan

Wednesday, April 19, 2023

Date/TimeEvent
πŸ†“
04/19/2023
11:00am
Sprouts Story Time
at Northfield Township Area Library, Whitmore Lake Michigan

Thursday, April 20, 2023

Date/TimeEvent
04/20/2023
10:00am-12:00pm
Gym Playgroup
at Saline Rec Center, Saline MI

Tuesday, April 25, 2023

Date/TimeEvent
πŸ†“
04/25/2023
10:30am-11:15am
Babytime
at Chelsea District Library, Chelsea Michigan

Wednesday, April 26, 2023

Date/TimeEvent
πŸ†“
04/26/2023
11:00am
Sprouts Story Time
at Northfield Township Area Library, Whitmore Lake Michigan

Thursday, April 27, 2023

Date/TimeEvent
04/27/2023
10:00am-12:00pm
Gym Playgroup
at Saline Rec Center, Saline MI

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