Doctor Approved Kids and Family Activities
Ann Arbor District Library
343 S 5th Avenue
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104
Ann Arbor’s downtown library was dedicated in 1957. There are also four branch libraries: Malletts Creek, Traverwood, Pittsfield, and West. Children and adults alike will love all of the materials offered by AADL -- including books, DVDs, CDs, magazines, and audio books. A variety of events -- such as storytimes, playgroups, and crafts -- are also offered by AADL.
Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum
220 E. Ann St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
The Hands-On Museum’s mission is to “inspire people to discover the wonder of science, technology, engineering, art, and math.” The fun exhibits and interactive activities are great for all ages and make learning fun. Kid favorites are the water table, whisper dishes, and bubble capsule. Admission is $11 for adults and children, and $5 after 5 p.m. on Thursdays. Babies (0-23 months) get in free.
Ann Arbor YMCA
400 W. Washington St.
Ann Arbor MI, 48103
The YMCA offers a variety of activities for children, including basketball, soccer, gymnastics, and an indoor track. There is also a pool specifically for families and children to enjoy, and programs for all age levels.
3900 Jackson Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103
This jungle-themed indoor play center allows kids to play and parents to relax. Free Wi-Fi and a full menu -- including smoothies, coffee, snacks, and sandwiches -- make it an enjoyable day for all ages.
Leslie Science and Nature Center
1831 Traver Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Your kids will love learning about birds and other critters here -- and the best part? It’s free! Leslie Science Center provides environmental education and experiences to foster respect for nature. Children can also attend nature camps and a variety of public programs for all ages.
The Scrap Box
581 State Circle
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
The Scrap Box promotes creativity and sustainability while teaching eco-friendly ways to recycle -- and your kids will love the unusual, inexpensive recycled materials available for all of their craft projects! They can fill a large bag for $7.50 or a small bag for $5, or attend a workshop where they can make a project with available materials and learn about “reduce, reuse, recycle.”
4177 Carpenter Road
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Let kids get their energy out with the many activities available here, including laser tag, glo golf, arcade, mini bowling, go carts, bumper cars, and more! Day camps are also available and customizable based on the group and number of tickets.
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