Baby & Toddler Events at Ann Arbor District Library

If you are looking for activities to do with your baby or toddler in Ann Arbor, a great place to start is the Ann Arbor District Library (AADL). They offer a baby playgroup session each weekday plus additional programs throughout the year. Not only are these events fun, they are FREE!

Baby Playgroup at AADL (Ann Arbor District Library)

Enjoying a Story at Baby Playgroup

Baby Playgroup at AADL

Baby Playgroup is held each weekday at one of 4 AADL Branches (the 5th Branch, West does not have program space). Baby Playgroup is for babies from birth through 24 months. They request no older siblings so that the event can focus on the babies and toddlers.

Currently (Spring 2015), the baby playgroup schedule is:

  • Mondays – 10:30a at Downtown Branch
  • Tuesdays – 10a at Malletts Creek Branch
  • Wednesdays – 11a at Pittsfield Branch
  • Thursdays – 6:30p at Malletts Creek Branch
  • Fridays – 10:30a at Traverwood Branch

The schedule has not changed for a couple of years, so I’m not expecting any major changes for summer.

My daughter and I were regular attendees at Baby Playgroup from the time she was 5 months old until about 20 months old. She loved the interactive songs and storytelling for the first 15 minutes of the session followed by 30 minutes of play and concluding with cleanup and a final song. Typically we attended a couple of sessions each week. We would also see other families rotating through the various sessions. It was a chance to meet others with kids the same age as yours. We stopped attending at 20 months because my daughter didn’t like the younger kids and was more interested in exploring the library than hanging out with the babies.

Eggplant Rocker at Baby Playgroup

At Baby Playgroup

Preschool Storytime at AADL

There are 8 Preschool Storytime Sessions at AADL from Tuesday-Friday. There are no story times on Monday or the weekends. Preschool Storytime is for ages 2-5 and siblings are welcome.

Currently (Spring 2015), the preschool Storytime schedule is:

  • Tuesdays – 10-10:30a – Downtown Branch
  • Tuesdays – 11-11:30a – Traverwood Branch
  • Wednesdays – 10-10:30a – Malletts Creek Branch
  • Wednesdays – 11-11:30a – Downtown Branch
  • Wednesdays – 6-6:30p – Traverwood Branch
  • Thursdays – 10-10:30a – Traverwood Branch
  • Thursdays – 7-7:30p – Pittsfield Branch
  • Fridays – 10-10:30a – Pittsfield Branch

We did not attend many Preschool Storytimes when my daughter was young. When she first outgrew the Baby Playgroup, she wasn’t ready to sit and listen to 30 minutes of stories. She would last maybe 10 minutes and then be ready to explore the library. I found it easier to just bring her to the library at another time when it would be less crowded than right before or after story time. By the time she was old enough to sit for story time, our schedule was busier with classes and preschool.

Other Baby & Toddler Events at AADL

There are several recurring series of events that AADL holds throughout the year for kids of various ages.

Dancing Babies

The Dancing Babies are weekend programs for kids ages 0-5. Each session features a guest host (typically a local music teacher) and includes music and motion.

KinderConcerts

KinderConcerts are an outreach program by the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra that are held 3 times each year. These programs are just for kids ages 2-5. During the program a musician from the symphony brings their instrument for the kids to learn about. In addition, there will be stories, songs, and motion with Kathryn Goodson on piano and Gari Stein leading the stories and motion.

Other Programming

Ann Arbor District Library also holds other programming for babies and toddlers. Some upcoming examples include First Six Months, Just Babies!, and Sensation Stations. Be sure to check the Ann Arbor with Kids Event Calendar or the Events List on AADL’s website.

Upcoming AADL Events for Babies & Toddlers

Date/Time Event
06/26/2017
10:30am-11:30am
Baby Playgroup
at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
06/27/2017
10:00am-10:30am
Preschool Storytime
at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
06/27/2017
11:00am-11:30am
Preschool Storytime
at Traverwood Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
06/28/2017
10:00am-10:30am
Preschool Storytime
at Malletts Creek Branch Library, Ann Arbor Michigan
06/28/2017
11:00am-12:00pm
Baby Playgroup
at Pittsfield Branch Library, Ann Arbor Michigan
06/28/2017
11:00am-11:30am
Preschool Storytime
at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
06/28/2017
6:00pm-6:30pm
Preschool Storytime
at Traverwood Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
06/29/2017
10:00am-10:30am
Preschool Storytime
at Traverwood Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
06/29/2017
6:30pm-7:30pm
Baby Playgroup
at Malletts Creek Branch Library, Ann Arbor Michigan
06/29/2017
7:00pm-7:30pm
Preschool Storytime
at Pittsfield Branch Library, Ann Arbor Michigan
06/30/2017
10:00am-10:30am
Preschool Storytime
at Pittsfield Branch Library, Ann Arbor Michigan
06/30/2017
10:30am-11:30am
Baby Playgroup
at Traverwood Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
07/07/2017
2:00pm-2:45pm
Sensation Stations
at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
07/09/2017
1:00pm-1:40pm
Dancing Babies with Monica Higman
at Traverwood Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
07/23/2017
1:00pm-1:40pm
Dancing Babies with Dianne Dudley
at Malletts Creek Branch Library, Ann Arbor Michigan
07/24/2017
10:30am-11:00am
Preschool Art Start
at Traverwood Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
07/24/2017
10:30am-11:00am
Preschool Art Start
at Pittsfield Branch Library, Ann Arbor Michigan

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