Top 20 Places to Take Kids in the Ann Arbor - Detroit Area
The 2016 Top 20 Places to take children in the Ann Arbor - Detroit Area
The Metro Detroit / Ann Arbor area is rich in fun events and exciting places. It was hard for our readers to select their favorites from the hundreds of choices! The venues listed below are wildly popular with kids and families in Ann Arbor But don’t miss out on ALL the other wonderful places as well! Browse through our site and discover lots more to do!
Heritage Park: Farmington Hills
Heritage Park is the perfect spot to Play, Explore, and Learn! This 211-acre park includes 4.5 miles of trails for hiking and nature study. Other amenities include picnic shelters, a youth playground, sand volleyball courts, horseshoe pits, and in-ground grills. Also located in Heritage Park are the Visitor Center, Day Camp and Nature Center, Stables Art Studio, Amphitheatre, History Center, Splash Pad, and Riley Archery Range. For rental and year-round program information, call (248) 473-1800.
AirTime Trampoline & Game Park
Over 31,000 square feet of wall to wall trampolines, trampoline dodgeball and foam pits for maximum airtime. Powered by great music, DJ and band performances, AirTime is your destination to get amped up.
This zoo is very large and offers a lot for families to do each time they visit. The zoo has amazing habitats to get up close to the animals including the new Polk Penguin Conservation Center, the Arctic Ring of Life, the Australian Outback and the Butterfly House. There are also weeknight concerts throughout the summer, a carousel for kids to ride on, and a number of family friendly events offered throughout the year.
Wide World Sports Center
WideWorld Sports Center is proud to offer indoor soccer and flag football leagues, instructional programs, and camps for children of all ages. Our vision is to make your visit to WideWorld Sports Center a fun and enjoyable experience!
Ann Arbor Hands on Museum
Offering more than 250 interactive exhibits, the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum attracts over 280,000 visitors of all ages annually who discover the wonder of science, technology, engineering, art, and math. In addition to exhibits and public programming, the Museum offers award-winning distance learning and outreach programming to schools, libraries, and community centers statewide and around the world.
Farmington Hills Ice Arena
This 70,000 sq. ft. ice arena offers two ice surfaces that provide skaters with youth and adult hockey programs, public skating, Learn-to-Skate, and figure skating. They also offer competitive skating opportunities for all ages and abilities. The facility is a member of the “Skate with US” basic skills program through U.S. Figure Skating.
Farmington Civic Theater
With its distinctive neon sign and the warm glow of the canopy lights, the Farmington Civic Theater invites you to experience the nostalgia of an old-time theater. Recent movies, vibrant digital projection, dynamic Dolby Surround 7.1 and modern, comfortable seating. All seats just $5.
The Encore Theatre
The Encore Musical Theatre Company is a non-profit musical theatre located in the historic Village of Dexter. Our mission is to bring professional musical theatre to Washtenaw County and beyond.
Pump It Up
With locations in Canton, Wixom, Shelby Township, Taylor, and Auburn Hills, Pump It Up has ranked on this survey for several years. Pump It Up is an indoor play center "where Your Imagination Comes to Play. Entertaining kids at birthday parties, open jump, special events, and group events.
Detroit Institute Of Art
An art museum in Detroit with free admission to residents who live in Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne counties. The museum houses a collection of over 60,000 works of art and offers a number of programs for families including classes and Family Sundays.
University of Michigan Museum of Natural History
A museum known for the dinosaur and mastedon skeletons on display. There is a planetarium and exhibits that include Michigan wildlife and geology.
Farmington Gymnastics Center
An established gymnastics facility in Farmington Hills. We offer Preschool, Recreational classes, and have a Competitive team. Our classes are set and structured age-appropriately, and we always emphasize safety! Book your Field Trip with us!
Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum
A place for families to hike and explore the gardens and nature. There is a specific part of the gardens just for children, where they can get dirty in the digging pit, explore an oversized nest, and go through the winding maze.
Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve features programs and activities for individuals of all ages including popular preschool programs and weekend family programs. In order for the best program possible we do ask that you preregister for our programs.
An indoor play place designed to look like a small community for children ages 6 and under. There is a coffee shop and cafe for parents to drink fresh coffee while their little ones visit the pretend supermarket or library.
Young People's Theater
Just starting your exploration of the world of theater? Theater bug bit you long ago? YPT is a non-profit arts organization which welcomes all young people, pre-school through 12th grade for experience on and off the stage!
Bonaventure Family Skating Center
A roller skating rink that offers family open skate times,lessons, and arcade games. There are always fun activities during the family skate times including races and group dances with Roller Roo. Also available preschool skate times.
Michigan Science Center
The Michigan Science Center (MiSci) is a unique, fun and dynamic hands-on museum, offering programs that inspire curious minds of all ages to discover, explore and appreciate science, technology, engineering and math in a fun, dynamic learning environment.
Bronner's Christmas Wonderland
Bronner's Christmas Wonderland is the world's largest Christmas store, and is a short drive from the Ann Arbor - Detroit area in Frankenmuth, Michigan's "Little Bavaria." The sights, sounds, and spirit of CHRISTmas completely surround you at this store, which is the size of one and a half football fields and overflowing with 50,000 trims and gifts. Season’s Eatings snack area with sandwiches, pizza, soups, hot and cold beverages, ice cream and Christmas cookies. Also has a geocache.
Petting Farm at Domino's Farm
Located in Ann Arbor, families can come and learn about farming and farm animals. Families can come and meet animals at the barn, some of them rare breeds, and then enjoy a hayride. Take a stroll through the 20 acres or feed the ducks at the pond.
Winners in Special CategoriesIn the second part of our survey, we asked readers to select their favorites in seven categories. Here were their choices.
Favorite Kid-Friendly MuseumAnn Arbor Hands on Museum
Favorite Nature CenterFarmington Hills Nature Center
Favorite Performing ArtsFarmington Civic Theater
Favorite Indoor Play CenterAirTime Trampoline & Game Park
Favorite Farm (agri-entertainment)Erwin Orchards & Cider Mill
Favorite Place to have Fun OutdoorsMichigan's Adventure
Favorite Professional Sports TeamDetroit Tigers
Favorite Arts Education CenterCranbrook Academy of Art
Favorite Sports Education CenterFarmington Gymnastics Center