Top 20 Places to Take Kids in the Ann Arbor - Detroit Area
The 2017 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!
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.
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.
Wild Swan Theater
Wild Swan Theater is dedicated to producing professional theater of the highest artistic quality for families and to making that theater accessible to everyone including low income, minority and disabled children through low ticket prices and innovative outreach program.
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.
Michigan Renaissance Festival
Join our Queen Elizabeth in a jubilee! Inside our turreted gates, visitors enjoy the sights and sounds of a 17-acre village, complete with building reproductions of Renaissance shops, taverns and a magnificent castle. Continuous entertainment takes place on the streets and on 17 themed stages; featuring full-contact armored jousting, comedy and theater shows, music, games, people-powered rides and so much more!
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.
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.
Leslie Science and Nature Center
Leslie Science & Nature Center educates and inspires children and adults to discover, understand, and respect their natural environment.
The Henry Ford - America's Greatest History Attraction
Five distinct attractions at The Henry Ford captivate and inspire more than 1.5 million visitors annually: Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, Greenfield Village, The Ford Rouge Factory Tour, The Benson Ford Research Center and The Henry Ford Giant Screen Experience.
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.
The MLB team for Detroit, MI. A trip to Comerica Park is fun for the whole family. There is the game to watch, carousel and ferris wheel to ride on, and watch the centerfield wall where a fountain displays liquid fireworks to celebrate home runs.
Alber Orchard & Cider Mill
Only 30 minutes west of Ann Arbor or an hour from Detroit, our beautiful orchard provides a perfect country get-away in the rolling hills of Manchester, Michigan.
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 Toledo Zoo and Aquarium
The Toledo Zoo© is more than just a great value. With a world of animals, from mammoth elephants to tiny toads, it's a trip around the world - from the Arctic to Africa - all in one great day!
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.
Escape with your Family to Splash Universe Indoor Water Park Resorts in Dundee, MI with over 100,000 gallons water park fun! From twisting water park slides and 500 gallon splash bucket, to the relaxing lazy river it’s always a summery 84 degrees.
Nature’s Playhouse is an all-natural play & wellness center for children & families.
In a world that is filled with noise-filled, over-stimulating play options for young children,our space offers a return to the play experiences of yesteryear.
Nature's Playhouse provides valuable resources designed to support and enrich parents, parents-to-be, caregivers and families.
The TreeHouse is an awesome adventure destination located in Chelsea, Michigan. Our 9,000 square foot location boasts a huge climbing and playing structure, five slides, a baby and toddler area, swinging bridges, basketball hoops, and of course, a huge tree house!
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.
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 CenterLeslie Science & Nature Center
Favorite Performing ArtsFox Theatre
Favorite Indoor Play CenterAirTime Trampoline & Game Park
Favorite Farm (agri-entertainment)Petting Farm at Domino's Farm
Favorite Place to have Fun OutdoorsMichigan's Adventure
Favorite Professional Sports TeamDetroit Tigers
Favorite Arts Education CenterCommunity Music School of Ann Arbor (formerly Ann Arbor School for the Performing Arts)
Favorite Sports Education CenterAnn Arbor Hands-on Museum