5 Big Kid Free Activities – Wednesday Activity Review

This is part of our Wednesday Activity Review series.

Most of the Wednesday Activity Review series focus on activities for elementary aged students. Today. I’m changing things up and focusing 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 especially, 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.

Escape the Big Kids This Summer

Below is a list of my Top 5 Big-Kid Free Activities This Summer in the Ann Arbor area that are reserved for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers.

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 offers Tot Splash from noon-1p every weekday. Buhr Park Pool offers Tot Splash from 10a-1p on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and noon-1p on Tuesday and Thursday.


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2 – 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 (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 eat later.

Other local libraries also offer story time just for toddlers and preschoolers, so be sure to check their schedules as well.

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 β€œEngineers 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 in January when Arbor Annie and I visited the museum. My daughter was also treated to a visit to the Preschool Gallery in February helping to supervise her cousin. 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

4 – Kidopolis

With the hot temperatures we have been experience this summer, it is always nice to have some indoor options for play. 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

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). 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 he mall would open a second larger area for big kids.

Upcoming Events Just for Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers

September 24, 2017

Date/Time Event
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09/24/2017
1:00pm-1:40pm
Dancing Babies with Monica Higman
at Westgate Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan

September 25, 2017

Date/Time Event
09/25/2017
9:00am-10:30am
Preschool Swim
at Whitmore Lake High School, Whitmore Lake Michigan
πŸ†“
09/25/2017
10:30am-11:30am
Baby Playgroup
at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan

September 26, 2017

Date/Time Event
πŸ†“
09/26/2017
10:00am-11:00am
Baby Playgroup
at Malletts Creek Branch Library, Ann Arbor MI

September 27, 2017

Date/Time Event
πŸ†“
09/27/2017
11:00am-12:00pm
Baby Playgroup
at Pittsfield Branch Library, Ann Arbor Michigan

September 28, 2017

Date/Time Event
πŸ†“
09/28/2017
2:00pm-2:30pm
Baby Playgroup
at Westgate Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
πŸ†“
09/28/2017
6:30pm-7:30pm
Baby Playgroup
at Malletts Creek Branch Library, Ann Arbor MI

September 29, 2017

Date/Time Event
09/29/2017
9:00am-10:30am
Preschool Swim
at Whitmore Lake High School, Whitmore Lake Michigan
πŸ†“
09/29/2017
10:30am-11:30am
Baby Playgroup
at Traverwood Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan

October 2, 2017

Date/Time Event
10/02/2017
9:00am-10:30am
Preschool Swim
at Whitmore Lake High School, Whitmore Lake Michigan
πŸ†“
10/02/2017
10:30am-11:30am
Baby Playgroup
at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan

October 3, 2017

Date/Time Event
πŸ†“
10/03/2017
10:00am-11:00am
Baby Playgroup
at Malletts Creek Branch Library, Ann Arbor MI
πŸ†“
10/03/2017
10:00am-11:00am
Tummy Times
at Westgate Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan

October 4, 2017

Date/Time Event
πŸ†“
10/04/2017
11:00am-12:00pm
Baby Playgroup
at Pittsfield Branch Library, Ann Arbor Michigan

October 5, 2017

Date/Time Event
πŸ†“
10/05/2017
2:00pm-2:30pm
Baby Playgroup
at Westgate Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
πŸ†“
10/05/2017
6:30pm-7:30pm
Baby Playgroup
at Malletts Creek Branch Library, Ann Arbor MI

October 6, 2017

Date/Time Event
10/06/2017
9:00am-10:30am
Preschool Swim
at Whitmore Lake High School, Whitmore Lake Michigan
πŸ†“
10/06/2017
10:30am-11:30am
Baby Playgroup
at Traverwood Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan

October 8, 2017

Date/Time Event
πŸ†“
10/08/2017
1:00pm-1:40pm
Dancing Babies with Melissa Hudson
at Pittsfield Branch Library, Ann Arbor Michigan

October 9, 2017

Date/Time Event
10/09/2017
9:00am-10:30am
Preschool Swim
at Whitmore Lake High School, Whitmore Lake Michigan

October 10, 2017

Date/Time Event
πŸ†“
10/10/2017
10:00am-11:00am
Baby Playgroup
at Malletts Creek Branch Library, Ann Arbor MI
πŸ†“
10/10/2017
10:00am-11:00am
Tummy Times
at Westgate Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan

October 11, 2017

Date/Time Event
πŸ†“
10/11/2017
11:00am-12:00pm
Baby Playgroup
at Pittsfield Branch Library, Ann Arbor Michigan

October 12, 2017

Date/Time Event
πŸ†“
10/12/2017
2:00pm-2:30pm
Baby Playgroup
at Westgate Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
πŸ†“
10/12/2017
2:00pm-2:45pm
Sensation Stations
at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
πŸ†“
10/12/2017
6:30pm-7:30pm
Baby Playgroup
at Malletts Creek Branch Library, Ann Arbor MI

October 13, 2017

Date/Time Event
10/13/2017
9:00am-10:30am
Preschool Swim
at Whitmore Lake High School, Whitmore Lake Michigan
πŸ†“
10/13/2017
10:30am-11:30am
Baby Playgroup
at Traverwood Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan

October 16, 2017

Date/Time Event
10/16/2017
9:00am-10:30am
Preschool Swim
at Whitmore Lake High School, Whitmore Lake Michigan
πŸ†“
10/16/2017
10:30am-11:30am
Baby Playgroup
at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan

October 17, 2017

Date/Time Event
πŸ†“
10/17/2017
10:00am-11:00am
Baby Playgroup
at Malletts Creek Branch Library, Ann Arbor MI
πŸ†“
10/17/2017
10:00am-11:00am
Tummy Times
at Westgate Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan

October 18, 2017

Date/Time Event
πŸ†“
10/18/2017
11:00am-12:00pm
Baby Playgroup
at Pittsfield Branch Library, Ann Arbor Michigan

October 19, 2017

Date/Time Event
πŸ†“
10/19/2017
2:00pm-2:30pm
Baby Playgroup
at Westgate Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
πŸ†“
10/19/2017
6:30pm-7:30pm
Baby Playgroup
at Malletts Creek Branch Library, Ann Arbor MI

October 20, 2017

Date/Time Event
10/20/2017
9:00am-10:30am
Preschool Swim
at Whitmore Lake High School, Whitmore Lake Michigan
πŸ†“
10/20/2017
10:30am-11:30am
Baby Playgroup
at Traverwood Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan

October 21, 2017

Date/Time Event
πŸ†“
10/21/2017
10:00am-10:40am
Dancing Babies with Dianne Dudley
at Traverwood Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan

October 23, 2017

Date/Time Event
10/23/2017
9:00am-10:30am
Preschool Swim
at Whitmore Lake High School, Whitmore Lake Michigan
πŸ†“
10/23/2017
10:30am-11:30am
Baby Playgroup
at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan

October 24, 2017

Date/Time Event
πŸ†“
10/24/2017
10:00am-11:00am
Baby Playgroup
at Malletts Creek Branch Library, Ann Arbor MI
πŸ†“
10/24/2017
10:00am-11:00am
Tummy Times
at Westgate Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan

October 25, 2017

Date/Time Event
πŸ†“
10/25/2017
11:00am-12:00pm
Baby Playgroup
at Pittsfield Branch Library, Ann Arbor Michigan

October 26, 2017

Date/Time Event
πŸ†“
10/26/2017
2:00pm-2:30pm
Baby Playgroup
at Westgate Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
πŸ†“
10/26/2017
6:30pm-7:30pm
Baby Playgroup
at Malletts Creek Branch Library, Ann Arbor MI

October 27, 2017

Date/Time Event
10/27/2017
9:00am-10:30am
Preschool Swim
at Whitmore Lake High School, Whitmore Lake Michigan
πŸ†“
10/27/2017
10:30am-11:30am
Baby Playgroup
at Traverwood Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan

October 30, 2017

Date/Time Event
10/30/2017
9:00am-10:30am
Preschool Swim
at Whitmore Lake High School, Whitmore Lake Michigan
πŸ†“
10/30/2017
10:30am-11:30am
Baby Playgroup
at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan

October 31, 2017

Date/Time Event
πŸ†“
10/31/2017
10:00am-11:00am
Baby Playgroup
at Malletts Creek Branch Library, Ann Arbor MI
πŸ’™πŸ†“
10/31/2017
10:00am-10:30am
Halloween Party!
at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
πŸ’™πŸ†“
10/31/2017
11:00am-5:00pm
Halloween Treat Parade

Halloween Treat Parade

at Main Street Area, Ann Arbor MI
Halloween Treat Parade The Main Street Area Association will hold their 17th annual Halloween Treat Parade on Halloween from 11a-5p. Stop by participating businesses to trick or treat (the list of businesses will be added to the Main Street Area Association's website).  Before the Halloween Treat Parade starts, the Downtown Branch of Ann...Read More
πŸ’™πŸ†“
10/31/2017
11:30am-12:00pm
Halloween Party!
at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan

November 1, 2017

Date/Time Event
πŸ†“
11/01/2017
11:00am-12:00pm
Baby Playgroup
at Pittsfield Branch Library, Ann Arbor Michigan

November 2, 2017

Date/Time Event
πŸ†“
11/02/2017
2:00pm-2:30pm
Baby Playgroup
at Westgate Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
πŸ†“
11/02/2017
6:30pm-7:30pm
Baby Playgroup
at Malletts Creek Branch Library, Ann Arbor MI

November 3, 2017

Date/Time Event
11/03/2017
9:00am-10:30am
Preschool Swim
at Whitmore Lake High School, Whitmore Lake Michigan
πŸ†“
11/03/2017
10:30am-11:30am
Baby Playgroup
at Traverwood Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan

November 5, 2017

Date/Time Event
πŸ†“
11/05/2017
1:00pm-1:40pm
Dancing Babies with Melissa Hudson
at Westgate Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan

November 6, 2017

Date/Time Event
11/06/2017
9:00am-10:30am
Preschool Swim
at Whitmore Lake High School, Whitmore Lake Michigan
πŸ†“
11/06/2017
10:30am-11:30am
Baby Playgroup
at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
πŸ†“
11/06/2017
10:30am-11:15am
Sensation Stations
at Traverwood Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan

November 7, 2017

Date/Time Event
πŸ†“
11/07/2017
10:00am-11:00am
Baby Playgroup
at Malletts Creek Branch Library, Ann Arbor MI

November 8, 2017

Date/Time Event
πŸ†“
11/08/2017
11:00am-12:00pm
Baby Playgroup
at Pittsfield Branch Library, Ann Arbor Michigan

November 9, 2017

Date/Time Event
πŸ†“
11/09/2017
2:00pm-2:30pm
Baby Playgroup
at Westgate Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
πŸ†“
11/09/2017
6:30pm-7:30pm
Baby Playgroup - MOVED
at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan

November 10, 2017

Date/Time Event
11/10/2017
9:00am-10:30am
Preschool Swim
at Whitmore Lake High School, Whitmore Lake Michigan
πŸ†“
11/10/2017
10:30am-11:30am
Baby Playgroup
at Traverwood Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan

November 13, 2017

Date/Time Event
11/13/2017
9:00am-10:30am
Preschool Swim
at Whitmore Lake High School, Whitmore Lake Michigan
πŸ†“
11/13/2017
10:30am-11:30am
Baby Playgroup
at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan

November 14, 2017

Date/Time Event
πŸ†“
11/14/2017
10:00am-11:00am
Baby Playgroup
at Malletts Creek Branch Library, Ann Arbor MI

November 15, 2017

Date/Time Event
πŸ†“
11/15/2017
11:00am-12:00pm
Baby Playgroup
at Pittsfield Branch Library, Ann Arbor Michigan

November 16, 2017

Date/Time Event
πŸ†“
11/16/2017
2:00pm-2:30pm
Baby Playgroup
at Westgate Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
πŸ†“
11/16/2017
6:30pm-7:30pm
Baby Playgroup
at Malletts Creek Branch Library, Ann Arbor MI

November 17, 2017

Date/Time Event
11/17/2017
9:00am-10:30am
Preschool Swim
at Whitmore Lake High School, Whitmore Lake Michigan

November 19, 2017

Date/Time Event
πŸ’™πŸ†“
11/19/2017
1:00pm-1:40pm
Dancing Babies with Robin Robinson
at Malletts Creek Branch Library, Ann Arbor Michigan

November 20, 2017

Date/Time Event
11/20/2017
9:00am-10:30am
Preschool Swim
at Whitmore Lake High School, Whitmore Lake Michigan
πŸ†“
11/20/2017
10:30am-11:30am
Baby Playgroup
at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan

November 21, 2017

Date/Time Event
πŸ†“
11/21/2017
10:00am-11:00am
Baby Playgroup
at Malletts Creek Branch Library, Ann Arbor MI

November 22, 2017

Date/Time Event
πŸ†“
11/22/2017
11:00am-12:00pm
Baby Playgroup
at Pittsfield Branch Library, Ann Arbor Michigan
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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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