Ann Arbor with Kids is a resource for local families to find the latest information about events and activities in and around Ann Arbor. Interspersed with the local content are other topics of interest to parents:
- Movie & Product Reviews
- Parenting thoughts
- Deals on kids clothes and toys
- Movie reviews, crafts, , and more.
Origin of an Events List
In 2008 when my daughter was 2, I was running a playgroup and different members were attending fun events that they had heard about, but the other members had not. I started gathering a list of local activities that the playgroup members had heard of.
Ann Arbor Events & Activities
In 2009 my daughter started preschool. The other parents were excited to hear about my list and started to ask for copies. At that point, I decided to take my list online as Ann Arbor Events & Activities with a focus on activities for preschoolers and toddlers.
Ann Arbor with Kids
In 2011 my daughter started Kindergarten and I wanted to cover events for my daughter’s new age range and continue my existing event coverage for preschoolers and toddlers. I rebranded the site to Ann Arbor with Kids and activities for elementary aged children were added as well. Today, Ann Arbor with Kids covers events and activities for kids from birth through tweens with some teen events.
In the fall of 2014, Ann Arbor with Kids underwent a large site redesign. The site redesign improved the mobile experience, added a new homepage design, and added an interactive events calendar. A weekly newsletter was also added.
About My Family:
I never expected to be a Blogger. Back in high school, I did write for the school paper which came out monthly, but my real interest was in math and science. After an engineering degree with a computer science minor, I did technical programming for nearly 10 years before becoming a stay at home mom after my daughter was born.
About My Daughter
My daughter is 9.5 and in fourth grade in the Ann Arbor Public schools. She loves reading, LEGOs, Star Wars, Marvel, Disney, our Wii U, and roller coasters. She is a big fan of most of the events that she has helped me review and loves testing out products – even ones that she isn’t quite the right age for.
About My Husband
My husband is a UM Professor and like me, he is also an unexpected writer. As a scientist, he spends a lot of time writing grant applications and research papers. Combined with running a lab and teaching commitments, he works a lot of hours so my daughter and I attend a lot of events without him.
Living in Ann Arbor
My husband and I moved to Ann Arbor in 2003 when he got a job at UM. We love living in Ann Arbor and taking advantage of all the fun family-friendly activities around town.
Our family enjoys traveling and take several trips a year. We have family in Pennsylvania and usually visit them once or twice a year. Other recent destinations have included Cedar Point, Toronto, Walt Disney World, Disneyland, San Diego, Niagara Falls, Santa Fe, and more.