Top 5 Places to Avoid the “Big Kid Invasion” During Spring Break

As the parent to a toddler or preschooler do you dread the weeks when the “big kids” were home from school and invading your peaceful playgrounds, libraries, and play areas. I know when my daughter was younger I always preferred the times when the big kids were in school. My daughter would be intimidated by their size, noise volume, and the number of them running around “her places”. I was always on the lookout for places that we could go that would be free of big kids.

Below is a list of my Top 5 Big-Kid Free Destinations During Spring Break in the Ann Arbor area that are reserved for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers.

Top 5 Places to Avoid the "Big Kid Invasion" During Spring Break

1 – Baby Playgroup and Preschool Story Times

Ann Arbor District Library offers Baby Playgroup, 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


2 – 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. I was able to get reacquainted with the Preschool Gallery last month when Arbor Annie and I visited the museum. AAHOM’s Little Scientist Club is held in the Preschool Gallery every Tuesday at 9:30a.

Arbor Annie Visits Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum - Preschool Gallery

3 – Kidopolis

Spring Break is the perfect time for families of younger children to visit the new Kidopolis indoor play ground. 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! 

Introducing Kidopolis

4 – My Urban Toddler

My Urban Toddler is another great place for young kids. My Urban Toddler offers a city-themed play area for kids from birth through age 5. Kids will love exploring their library, market, kitchen, fire station, and more. While they offer admission for kids up to age 10, most kids will outgrown their interest by age 5. Open play is offered Monday-Friday from 9a-3p. They have a special $5 Friday Open Play every Friday, making it the perfect day to plan your visit.

5 – 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). I have heard reports of big kids in the play area which always surprises me. As the parent of a big kid when it opened, there is nothing there to entice her into the play area.

All Upcoming Events Just for Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers

Monday, April 4, 2016

Date/Time Event
Fit Mom & Baby
at FitPoint, Ann Arbor Mi

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Date/Time Event
Fit Mom & Baby
at FitPoint, Ann Arbor Mi

Friday, April 8, 2016

Date/Time Event
$5 Friday Open Play
at My Urban Toddler – Saline, Saline Michigan
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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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