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The Ultimate Ann Arbor Toddler Activity Guide

Are you wondering what to do with your toddler today? Great news, we have rounded up some of the best, fun things to do with toddlers in Michigan – specifically Ann Arbor and surrounding towns. Take a look at our any time suggestions, seasonal suggestions, and plan the best day for toddlers in Ann Arbor!

Featured Ann Arbor Toddler Activities

Check out these amazing activities for 2-3 year olds from our sponsors.

Humane Society of Huron Valley

“Love starts here” is the Humane Society of Huron Valley’s motto, and they offer lots of youth activities to foster compassion—not to mention entertain! Both animal-loving and animal-fearing kiddos can benefit from a variety of programs at the modernized shelter.

Tiny Lions lounge and adoption Center

Ann Arbor’s cat café, the Tiny Lions lounge and adoption Center (or “TLC” for short!) is an offshoot of the Humane Society of Huron Valley—a place where kids young and old can visit with kittens and cats in a comfy space. While all the felines there are available for adoption, there are no strings attached!

Finding Toddlers Activities Near Me

Did you know this topic was the very start of Ann Arbor with Kids back in 2008-2009?

Back in 2007-2008, I was in charge of a play groups for toddlers near me. I was looking for toddler group activities near me so I could plan group outings. With some research, I started keeping a list for parents in the group of fun activities near me from toddlers.

In early 2009, I enrolled my daughter in a cooperative preschool for the fall. Starting in early summer, we went on playdates to meet her future classmates. Those parents heard about my list of activities for 2 & 3 year olds near me and wanted a copy too.

So, I moved my list online and “Ann Arbor Area Events and Activities for Toddlers & Preschoolers” was born – what a mouthful! When my daughter started Kindergarten, the site was rebranded to Ann Arbor with Kids. Fourteen years after starting. the initial site, we now cover activities for kids of all ages.

Playgrounds for Toddlers in Ann Arbor

Playgrounds are a great year-round option for your toddler! Yes, even in winter bundle everyone up and get out on the playground. Our playground profiles will help you find the best fit for kids who love to play outdoors.

Ann Arbor Activities - Visit a Playground

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Check out our list of playgrounds with baby swings – perfect for your younger toddler.. Or if you just can’t bear the thought of pushing the swing one more time, check our list of Playgrounds without swings.

Ann Arbor Playgrounds with Baby Swings
Ann Arbor Playgrounds without Swings

And, as your toddler starts to potty train be sure to check the all important list of Playgrounds with Bathrooms.

Ann Arbor Playgrounds with Bathrooms

Year-Round Toddler Activities in Ann Arbor

There are so many year-round activities for toddlers in Ann Arbor. there are story times, the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, the children’s garden at Matthaei (or the indoor Conservatory when the weather isn’t good), family-friendly hikes, and more. Sadly, indoor play spaces have struggled in the Ann Arbor area.

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Seasonal Activities for Toddlers

Summer Activities Near Us for Toddlers

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Your child who loves Thomas the Train will have a blast at Crossroads Village Day Out with Thomas! At this family event, they will get to ride a train pulled...

Fall Toddler Activities in Ann Arbor Area

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Ann Arbor Parks for Splashing

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Winter Things to Do with Toddlers in Michigan

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Spring Activities for Toddlers

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Toddler Classes & Camps Near Me

Does your toddler or preschooler want to attend camp like their older siblings? We’ve got a list of Camps just for them!

2023 Ann Arbor Preschool Camps - Preschool aged kids sitting on a gym mat while wearing leotards & masks

Coming Soon is our classes guide which will have a special section just for children aged 1-2! This will help you find a music class, a play group, an introductions to sport, and more for your toddler! These classes will focus on building both their gross and fine motor skills.

Ann Arbor Toddler Events

Today’s Toddler Events

Date/TimeEvent
07/12/2024
9:00am-12:00pm
Tot Splash
at Buhr Park Pool, Ann Arbor Michigan
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07/12/2024
10:00am-12:00pm
Big Trucks & Emergency Vehicle Day
at Dexter District Library, Dexter Michigan
07/12/2024
10:00am-1:00pm
Tot Splash
at Veterans Pool, Ann Arbor Michigan
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07/12/2024
10:30am-11:30am
Baby Playgroup
at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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07/12/2024
11:00am-12:00pm
Outdoor Sensory Stations: Nature Play for Little Ones
at Ypsilanti District Library – Whittaker Rd, Ypsilanti Michigan
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07/12/2024
12:30pm-1:30pm
Lunch Listen, & Learn
at Ypsilanti District Library – Superior, Ypsilanti Michigan
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07/12/2024
1:00pm-2:00pm
Lunch Listen, & Learn
at Ypsilanti District Library – Whittaker Rd, Ypsilanti Michigan
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07/12/2024
1:00pm-1:30pm
Preschool Storytime
at Westgate Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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07/12/2024
2:00pm-10:00pm
Rolling Sculpture Car Show
at Main Street Area, Ann Arbor MI
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07/12/2024
3:00pm-4:00pm
CANCELED - Concert Music Outreach Collective Performance
at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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07/12/2024
3:00pm-6:00pm
Dixboro Farmers Market
at Dixboro Farmers Market, Ann Arbor Michigan
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07/12/2024
5:00pm-11:59pm

Michigan Celtic Festival


at Washtenaw Farm Council Fairgrounds, Ann Arbor Michigan
The Michigan Celtic Festival, formerly the Saline Celtic Festival, returns to Washtenaw Farm Council Fairgrounds after moving there in 2023. The Michigan Celtic Festival begins at 5p on Friday with an expanded program that is family friendly instead of the traditional beer night. The main event is Saturday. Don't miss...Read More
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07/12/2024
5:30pm-8:00pm
Live from Tolan Square
at Tolan Square, Milan Michigan
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07/12/2024
6:00pm-8:00pm
Sensory Splash Time
at Independence Lake, Whitmore Lake Michigan
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07/12/2024
6:30pm-9:00pm
Dexter Summer Music Series
at Monument Park, Dexter Michigan
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07/12/2024
7:00pm

AFC Ann Arbor (Men's) Final Home Game vs Lansing City Football


at Pioneer High School, Ann Arbor Michigan
The AFC Ann Arbor Men's Team wraps up their 2024 home season against Lansing City Football. AFCAA Practice 6/14 For every game: Free Admission for Kids 13 & Under Expanded Kids' Play Area
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07/12/2024
7:00pm-9:00pm
John E. Lawrence Summer Jazz Concert Series
at Ford Lake Park, Ypsilanti Michigan

Tomorrow’s Events for Toddlers

Date/TimeEvent
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07/13/2024
7:00am-3:00pm
Ann Arbor Farmers Market
at Ann Arbor Farmers Market, Ann Arbor MI
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07/13/2024
8:00am-1:00pm
Chelsea Farmers Market
at Palmer Commons, Chelsea Michigan
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07/13/2024
8:00am-1:00pm
Dexter Farmers Market
at Dexter Farmers Market, Dexter Michigan
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07/13/2024
8:00am-12:00pm
Saline Famers Market
at Downtown Saline, Saline Michigan
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07/13/2024
9:00am-2:00pm
White Lotus Farms Farmers Market
at White Lotus Farms, Ann Arbor MI
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07/13/2024
9:00am-1:00pm
Ypsilanti Farmers Market
at Ypsilanti Farmers Market – Depot Town, Ypsilanti Michian
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07/13/2024
10:00am-11:30pm

Michigan Celtic Festival


at Washtenaw Farm Council Fairgrounds, Ann Arbor Michigan
The Michigan Celtic Festival, formerly the Saline Celtic Festival, returns to Washtenaw Farm Council Fairgrounds after moving there in 2023. The Michigan Celtic Festival begins at 5p on Friday with an expanded program that is family friendly instead of the traditional beer night. The main event is Saturday. Don't miss...Read More
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07/13/2024
11:00am-12:00pm
Storytime in the Park
at Ford Heritage Park, Ypsilanti Michigan

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