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

Escape the Big Kids – 7 Big Kid Free Activities

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.

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

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/Time Event
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07/08/2020
10:00am-10:30am
Preschool Storytime
at Malletts Creek Branch Library, Ann Arbor Michigan
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07/15/2020
10:00am-10:30am
Preschool Storytime
at Malletts Creek Branch Library, Ann Arbor Michigan
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07/22/2020
10:00am-10:30am
Preschool Storytime
at Malletts Creek Branch Library, Ann Arbor Michigan
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07/29/2020
10:00am-10:30am
Preschool Storytime
at Malletts Creek Branch Library, Ann Arbor Michigan
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08/05/2020
10:00am-10:30am
Preschool Storytime
at Malletts Creek Branch Library, Ann Arbor Michigan
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08/12/2020
10:00am-10:30am
Preschool Storytime
at Malletts Creek Branch Library, Ann Arbor Michigan
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08/19/2020
10:00am-10:30am
Preschool Storytime
at Malletts Creek Branch Library, Ann Arbor Michigan
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08/26/2020
10:00am-10:30am
Preschool Storytime
at Malletts Creek Branch Library, Ann Arbor Michigan

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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 “Engineers 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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4 – Kidopolis

With the hot temperatures we have been experience this summer, it is always nice to have some indoor options for play – Kidopolis is a great choice. 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!

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.

Fit4Mom Ann Arbor

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.


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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.

 

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.


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Upcoming Events Just for Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Date/Time Event
07/07/2020
12:00am
Beans & Babies
at Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea Plymouth Green, Ann Arbor Michigan

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Date/Time Event
08/04/2020
12:00am
Beans & Babies
at Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea Plymouth Green, Ann Arbor Michigan

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Date/Time Event
08/27/2020
10:00am-12:00pm
Gym Playgroup
at Saline Rec Center, Saline MI

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Date/Time Event
09/01/2020
12:00am
Beans & Babies
at Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea Plymouth Green, Ann Arbor Michigan

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Date/Time Event
09/03/2020
10:00am-12:00pm
Gym Playgroup
at Saline Rec Center, Saline MI

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Date/Time Event
09/10/2020
10:00am-12:00pm
Gym Playgroup
at Saline Rec Center, Saline MI

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Date/Time Event
09/17/2020
10:00am-12:00pm
Gym Playgroup
at Saline Rec Center, Saline MI

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Date/Time Event
09/24/2020
10:00am-12:00pm
Gym Playgroup
at Saline Rec Center, Saline MI

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Date/Time Event
10/01/2020
9:00am-10:00am

Stroller Barre


at Briarwood Mall, Ann Arbor Michigan
Stroller Strides® is a functional, total-body conditioning workout designed for moms with kids in tow. Each 60-minute workout is comprised of strength training, cardio and core restoration, all while entertaining little ones with songs, activities and fun! Each Stroller Strides instructor is skilled to meet you where you are mentally and physically.
10/01/2020
10:00am-12:00pm
Gym Playgroup
at Saline Rec Center, Saline MI

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Date/Time Event
10/06/2020
12:00am
Beans & Babies
at Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea Plymouth Green, Ann Arbor Michigan
10/06/2020
9:00am-10:00am

Stroller Barre


at Briarwood Mall, Ann Arbor Michigan
Stroller Strides® is a functional, total-body conditioning workout designed for moms with kids in tow. Each 60-minute workout is comprised of strength training, cardio and core restoration, all while entertaining little ones with songs, activities and fun! Each Stroller Strides instructor is skilled to meet you where you are mentally and physically.

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Date/Time Event
10/08/2020
9:00am-10:00am

Stroller Barre


at Briarwood Mall, Ann Arbor Michigan
Stroller Strides® is a functional, total-body conditioning workout designed for moms with kids in tow. Each 60-minute workout is comprised of strength training, cardio and core restoration, all while entertaining little ones with songs, activities and fun! Each Stroller Strides instructor is skilled to meet you where you are mentally and physically.
10/08/2020
10:00am-12:00pm
Gym Playgroup
at Saline Rec Center, Saline MI

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Date/Time Event
10/13/2020
9:00am-10:00am

Stroller Barre


at Briarwood Mall, Ann Arbor Michigan
Stroller Strides® is a functional, total-body conditioning workout designed for moms with kids in tow. Each 60-minute workout is comprised of strength training, cardio and core restoration, all while entertaining little ones with songs, activities and fun! Each Stroller Strides instructor is skilled to meet you where you are mentally and physically.

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Date/Time Event
10/15/2020
9:00am-10:00am

Stroller Barre


at Briarwood Mall, Ann Arbor Michigan
Stroller Strides® is a functional, total-body conditioning workout designed for moms with kids in tow. Each 60-minute workout is comprised of strength training, cardio and core restoration, all while entertaining little ones with songs, activities and fun! Each Stroller Strides instructor is skilled to meet you where you are mentally and physically.
10/15/2020
10:00am-12:00pm
Gym Playgroup
at Saline Rec Center, Saline MI

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Date/Time Event
10/20/2020
9:00am-10:00am

Stroller Barre


at Briarwood Mall, Ann Arbor Michigan
Stroller Strides® is a functional, total-body conditioning workout designed for moms with kids in tow. Each 60-minute workout is comprised of strength training, cardio and core restoration, all while entertaining little ones with songs, activities and fun! Each Stroller Strides instructor is skilled to meet you where you are mentally and physically.

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Date/Time Event
10/22/2020
9:00am-10:00am

Stroller Barre


at Briarwood Mall, Ann Arbor Michigan
Stroller Strides® is a functional, total-body conditioning workout designed for moms with kids in tow. Each 60-minute workout is comprised of strength training, cardio and core restoration, all while entertaining little ones with songs, activities and fun! Each Stroller Strides instructor is skilled to meet you where you are mentally and physically.
10/22/2020
10:00am-12:00pm
Gym Playgroup
at Saline Rec Center, Saline MI

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Date/Time Event
10/27/2020
9:00am-10:00am

Stroller Barre


at Briarwood Mall, Ann Arbor Michigan
Stroller Strides® is a functional, total-body conditioning workout designed for moms with kids in tow. Each 60-minute workout is comprised of strength training, cardio and core restoration, all while entertaining little ones with songs, activities and fun! Each Stroller Strides instructor is skilled to meet you where you are mentally and physically.

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Date/Time Event
10/29/2020
9:00am-10:00am

Stroller Barre


at Briarwood Mall, Ann Arbor Michigan
Stroller Strides® is a functional, total-body conditioning workout designed for moms with kids in tow. Each 60-minute workout is comprised of strength training, cardio and core restoration, all while entertaining little ones with songs, activities and fun! Each Stroller Strides instructor is skilled to meet you where you are mentally and physically.
10/29/2020
10:00am-12:00pm
Gym Playgroup
at Saline Rec Center, Saline MI

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Date/Time Event
11/03/2020
12:00am
Beans & Babies
at Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea Plymouth Green, Ann Arbor Michigan
11/03/2020
9:00am-10:00am

Stroller Barre


at Briarwood Mall, Ann Arbor Michigan
Stroller Strides® is a functional, total-body conditioning workout designed for moms with kids in tow. Each 60-minute workout is comprised of strength training, cardio and core restoration, all while entertaining little ones with songs, activities and fun! Each Stroller Strides instructor is skilled to meet you where you are mentally and physically.

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Date/Time Event
11/05/2020
9:00am-10:00am

Stroller Barre


at Briarwood Mall, Ann Arbor Michigan
Stroller Strides® is a functional, total-body conditioning workout designed for moms with kids in tow. Each 60-minute workout is comprised of strength training, cardio and core restoration, all while entertaining little ones with songs, activities and fun! Each Stroller Strides instructor is skilled to meet you where you are mentally and physically.
11/05/2020
10:00am-12:00pm
Gym Playgroup
at Saline Rec Center, Saline MI

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Date/Time Event
11/10/2020
9:00am-10:00am

Stroller Barre


at Briarwood Mall, Ann Arbor Michigan
Stroller Strides® is a functional, total-body conditioning workout designed for moms with kids in tow. Each 60-minute workout is comprised of strength training, cardio and core restoration, all while entertaining little ones with songs, activities and fun! Each Stroller Strides instructor is skilled to meet you where you are mentally and physically.

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Date/Time Event
11/12/2020
9:00am-10:00am

Stroller Barre


at Briarwood Mall, Ann Arbor Michigan
Stroller Strides® is a functional, total-body conditioning workout designed for moms with kids in tow. Each 60-minute workout is comprised of strength training, cardio and core restoration, all while entertaining little ones with songs, activities and fun! Each Stroller Strides instructor is skilled to meet you where you are mentally and physically.
11/12/2020
10:00am-12:00pm
Gym Playgroup
at Saline Rec Center, Saline MI

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Date/Time Event
11/17/2020
9:00am-10:00am

Stroller Barre


at Briarwood Mall, Ann Arbor Michigan
Stroller Strides® is a functional, total-body conditioning workout designed for moms with kids in tow. Each 60-minute workout is comprised of strength training, cardio and core restoration, all while entertaining little ones with songs, activities and fun! Each Stroller Strides instructor is skilled to meet you where you are mentally and physically.

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Date/Time Event
11/19/2020
9:00am-10:00am

Stroller Barre


at Briarwood Mall, Ann Arbor Michigan
Stroller Strides® is a functional, total-body conditioning workout designed for moms with kids in tow. Each 60-minute workout is comprised of strength training, cardio and core restoration, all while entertaining little ones with songs, activities and fun! Each Stroller Strides instructor is skilled to meet you where you are mentally and physically.
11/19/2020
10:00am-12:00pm
Gym Playgroup
at Saline Rec Center, Saline MI

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Date/Time Event
11/24/2020
9:00am-10:00am

Stroller Barre


at Briarwood Mall, Ann Arbor Michigan
Stroller Strides® is a functional, total-body conditioning workout designed for moms with kids in tow. Each 60-minute workout is comprised of strength training, cardio and core restoration, all while entertaining little ones with songs, activities and fun! Each Stroller Strides instructor is skilled to meet you where you are mentally and physically.

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Date/Time Event
11/26/2020
9:00am-10:00am

Stroller Barre


at Briarwood Mall, Ann Arbor Michigan
Stroller Strides® is a functional, total-body conditioning workout designed for moms with kids in tow. Each 60-minute workout is comprised of strength training, cardio and core restoration, all while entertaining little ones with songs, activities and fun! Each Stroller Strides instructor is skilled to meet you where you are mentally and physically.
11/26/2020
10:00am-12:00pm
Gym Playgroup
at Saline Rec Center, Saline MI

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Date/Time Event
12/01/2020
12:00am
Beans & Babies
at Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea Plymouth Green, Ann Arbor Michigan

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Date/Time Event
12/03/2020
10:00am-12:00pm
Gym Playgroup
at Saline Rec Center, Saline MI

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Date/Time Event
12/10/2020
10:00am-12:00pm
Gym Playgroup
at Saline Rec Center, Saline MI

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Date/Time Event
12/17/2020
10:00am-12:00pm
Gym Playgroup
at Saline Rec Center, Saline MI

Thursday, December 24, 2020

Date/Time Event
12/24/2020
10:00am-12:00pm
Gym Playgroup
at Saline Rec Center, Saline MI

Thursday, December 31, 2020

Date/Time Event
12/31/2020
10:00am-12:00pm
Gym Playgroup
at Saline Rec Center, Saline MI

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Date/Time Event
01/05/2021
12:00am
Beans & Babies
at Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea Plymouth Green, Ann Arbor Michigan

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Date/Time Event
01/07/2021
10:00am-12:00pm
Gym Playgroup
at Saline Rec Center, Saline MI

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Date/Time Event
01/14/2021
10:00am-12:00pm
Gym Playgroup
at Saline Rec Center, Saline MI

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Date/Time Event
01/21/2021
10:00am-12:00pm
Gym Playgroup
at Saline Rec Center, Saline MI

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Date/Time Event
01/28/2021
10:00am-12:00pm
Gym Playgroup
at Saline Rec Center, Saline MI

Thursday, February 4, 2021

Date/Time Event
02/04/2021
10:00am-12:00pm
Gym Playgroup
at Saline Rec Center, Saline MI

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Date/Time Event
02/11/2021
10:00am-12:00pm
Gym Playgroup
at Saline Rec Center, Saline MI

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Date/Time Event
02/18/2021
10:00am-12:00pm
Gym Playgroup
at Saline Rec Center, Saline MI

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Date/Time Event
02/25/2021
10:00am-12:00pm
Gym Playgroup
at Saline Rec Center, Saline MI

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Date/Time Event
03/04/2021
10:00am-12:00pm
Gym Playgroup
at Saline Rec Center, Saline MI

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Date/Time Event
03/11/2021
10:00am-12:00pm
Gym Playgroup
at Saline Rec Center, Saline MI

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Date/Time Event
03/18/2021
10:00am-12:00pm
Gym Playgroup
at Saline Rec Center, Saline MI

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Date/Time Event
03/25/2021
10:00am-12:00pm
Gym Playgroup
at Saline Rec Center, Saline MI

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Date/Time Event
04/01/2021
10:00am-12:00pm
Gym Playgroup
at Saline Rec Center, Saline MI

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Date/Time Event
04/08/2021
10:00am-12:00pm
Gym Playgroup
at Saline Rec Center, Saline MI

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Date/Time Event
04/15/2021
10:00am-12:00pm
Gym Playgroup
at Saline Rec Center, Saline MI

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Date/Time Event
04/22/2021
10:00am-12:00pm
Gym Playgroup
at Saline Rec Center, Saline MI

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Date/Time Event
04/29/2021
10:00am-12:00pm
Gym Playgroup
at Saline Rec Center, Saline MI

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Date/Time Event
05/06/2021
10:00am-12:00pm
Gym Playgroup
at Saline Rec Center, Saline MI

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Date/Time Event
05/13/2021
10:00am-12:00pm
Gym Playgroup
at Saline Rec Center, Saline MI

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Date/Time Event
05/20/2021
10:00am-12:00pm
Gym Playgroup
at Saline Rec Center, Saline MI

Thursday, May 27, 2021

Date/Time Event
05/27/2021
10:00am-12:00pm
Gym Playgroup
at Saline Rec Center, Saline MI

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Date/Time Event
06/03/2021
10:00am-12:00pm
Gym Playgroup
at Saline Rec Center, Saline MI

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