5 Free Indoor Activities For Rainy Days in Ann Arbor

While playing in the rain can be fun, it is a lot more enjoyable when the temperatures are 70 and not when they are 40. Are you looking for some fun FREE indoor activities to avoid the rain (and possible snow) during spring break? We’ve pulled together 5 Fun FREE indoor activities that are perfect for the rainy days ahead.

5 Fun Free Indoor Activities in Ann Arbor

1 – Visit a Library

Ann Arbor has 5 branch libraries that all offer activities for kids beyond the wonderful selection of books. Spend time at a few branches or check out a new to you branch. A few highlights at the branch are the giant games in the lobby of the Downtown Branch, the reading cubbies at Westgate, and the ball popper at the Pittsfield Branch.

Beyond Ann Arbor, we have enjoyed the Whittaker Rd library in Ypsilanti.

2 – University of Michigan Museums

The University of Michigan Museums offer free admission (a donation is suggested). It’s a great time to visit the Museum of Natural History before they close at the end of the year. My daughter also loves the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology and seeing the mummies and artifacts. You can also visit the University of Michigan Museum of Art.


UM Museum of Natural History Edmontosaurus Mural

3- Matthaei Botanical Gardens

The Conservatory at Matthaei Botanical Gardens now has free admission. Stop by and enjoy the desert – quite a change from cold rainy weather! Or maybe enjoy the warm damp weather in the rain forest area. Admission is free although there is a parking charge.

Matthaei Botanical Garden - Conservatory - Kaleidoscope

4 – Tour the Jiffy Factory

Did you know there are free tours of the Jiffy Factory in Chelsea? Tours are offered 9a-2p on weekdays. Advance reservations are required, but they will accept same day reservations if space allows. Children must be in first grade or older to attend the tour. We have enjoyed the tour twice with my daughter’s Girl Scout troop. Smaller family groups are easier to accommodate on short notice as they can be added to larger groups.

Jiffy Factory Tour - With Corny

5 – Use Your Memberships

Another great “free” activity is to make use of any memberships that you already have – Ann Arbor Hands-on Museum, Henry Ford Museum, fitness center, etc. Also, consider taking a day trip and using your reciprocal memberships. An AAHOM or UMMNH membership will give you free admission to Kalamazoo’s AirZoo and Grand Rapids’ Public Museum. Discounted admission is offered at Detroit’s Michigan Science Center, Toledo’s Imagination Station, and Lansing’s Impression 5.

AAHOM - Second Floor - Bubble Cage

Attend a Free Indoor Event

Additionally, you can always attend a free indoor event. Upcoming Free, Indoor Events from our calendar are listed below:

Today’s Free Indoor Events
Date/Time Event
Preschool Art Start
at Traverwood Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
Sewing Lab: Invisible Zippers with Amber Adams-Fall
at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
Tomorrow’s Free Indoor Events
Date/Time Event
Tummy Times
at Westgate Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
Stories in Spanish with Manzanitas Playschool
at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan

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Do you know about a free indoor activity that we missed? Add it to the comments or message us and we’ll add it here.

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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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