Originally Posted by cobralily
hi mamas, i am going to be visiting ann arbor in the beginning of june. i am looking for toddler-friendly activities to do during the daytime (museum? parks? kid-friendly restaurants?) any ideas? also, i am still nursing my 2.5 yr. old, and am wondering about the "NIP climate" there. (coming from vermont where it is pretty tolerant...)
hope to hear from someone!
Regarding an NIP climate, since I am pregnant with my first, I can't give firsthand knowledge but AA has to be one of the most laid back places in Michigan, if not the number one. I don't think it should be a problem for you at all. Regarding where to eat, downtown has lots of options. I'm sure the Museum would have great recommendations on kid-friendly places.
I've heard this is a must. I look foward to taking my babes (once they are born
Ann Arbor Hands on Museumhttp://www.aahom.org/
More than 250 interactive science and technology exhibits, including a light and optics gallery, a full-size ambulance, and the Measure Up health station. Sciencepalooza demonstrations first weekend each month, and other Super Science demos other weekends. New and traveling exhibitions, preschool gallery, weekend and summer classes, birthday parties, camp-ins, outreach programs, distance learning, and volunteer opportunities. Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. noon-5 p.m. Closed major holidays. Admission $8. Children under age 2 free.
Ann Arbor Art Center
117 W. Liberty [map]
Year-round classes and workshops in all major media for children and adults. Project parties, workshops, summer camp, and seasonal programs. Its studio ArtVentures, is available for birthday parties, school groups, scout troops, and more; groups learn about the art world while completing a guided project. Call for fees.
Domino's Petting Farm
24 Frank Lloyd Wright [map]
Ponies, llamas, goats, pigs, sheep, chickens, donkeys, and cows. Mon.-Fri. 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat. & Sun. 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Adults $5, children ages 2-12 & senior citizens, $4.50, children under age 2 free. Hayrides included. Open year round. Pony rides on weekends, Apr.-Oct.. Birthday parties and picnics: call for group rates. [email protected]
Gallup Park River Kids
3000 Fuller Rd [map]
Exploratory program for ages 2-4 (with caregiver) using kayaks, paddleboats, and canoes, plus fishing. River Tot Stroll offered for ages newborn-2. Call for dates and times; $40-$64/per child per month.
Leslie Science & Nature Center
1831 Traver [map]
Natural science and environmental education for youth and families. The center comprises the Nature House, the Critter House, Resident Raptors, and the Leslie farmhouse, all on 50 acres of fields, woods, prairies, and ponds. Outdoor, hands-on, and discovery-based programs for groups; birthday parties, weekend events, and festivals. Nature day camps during the summer and school breaks. Hikes on the property are encouraged. Building can be rented. Call for fees and program schedules. [email protected]
581 State Cir. [map]
Children preschool age & older can browse through a warehouse of surplus stuff, filling a bag ($4/small or $6.50/large) with junk and scrap materials to use in craft projects. Birthday parties and field trips by appointment. Tues.-Fri. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Call for holiday hours. www.scrapbox.org