Top 6 Things To Do In Ann Arbor With Your Kids

While Ann Arbor is certainly a typical college town, given that it houses the University of Michigan and features plenty of bars and affordable eating options, there's also a lot for families to do. Whether you have an animal lover, a budding scientist or a child who loves sweet treats, there are plenty of exciting activities for the whole family to enjoy in Ann Arbor.

  1. Ann Arbor Hands on Museum, 220 E. Ann St.

This children's museum is large and airy and provides plenty of opportunities for hands-on investigations and learning through play. The Ann Arbor Hands on Museum provides 250 exhibits for all ages, including Michigan Nature, which features a soundscape and interactive nature wall; the Lyons Country Store, which mimics a shop from the 1930s; and a Preschool Gallery, where young visitors can splash in water tables, dress up like firefighters and play on child-sized emergency vehicles. Older kids may enjoy the DTE Energy Foundation exhibit on light and optics.

  1. Michigan Stadium, 1201 S. Main St.

Nicknamed “The Big House,” family football fans will want to make sure to visit the home of UM's football team and cheer on the Wolverines during rival matchups. Its official capacity is 107,601, so older kids who don't mind crowds are sure to enjoy the experience. Tickets can be difficult to secure at the last minute, so be sure to reserve ahead of time.

  1. The Petting Farm at Domino's Farms, 3001 Earhart Rd.

Kids will be delighted to pet the usual assortment of farm animals at this 20-acre farm, including alpaca, barn cats, cattle, chickens, ducks, horses, goats, llamas, pigs, rabbits and sheep. The farm accommodates family visits, field trips and birthday parties. The Petting Farm lets families hitch a hayride, experience hands-on animal feeding and explore the antique railroad caboose and education center.

  1. Planet Rock, 82 Aprill Dr.

This family-friendly facility provides indoor rock-climbing opportunities for kids and parents. Over 25,000 square feet of climbing surface is available at Planet Rock's Ann Arbor location, with walls up to 50 feet high and 70 feet long. Planet Rock is suitable for both experienced and beginner climbers as many walls have challenging features and interesting topography. Programs are available for children 4-19 that encourage skills such as body awareness, coordination and problem-solving.

  1. Gallup Park, 3000 Fuller Rd.

Boasting 69 acres of recreation area for families, Gallup Park is one of the most popular places in Ann Arbor for outdoor enthusiasts. It's located along the Huron River and Geddes Pond, with scenic walkways that traverse small islands. Within Gallup Park, families will find two playgrounds, a canoe livery and picnic areas and grills scattered throughout the grounds, so it's easy to make a day of it. It also has three miles of asphalt trails for biking, rollerblading, walking and running.

  1. The Cupcake Station, 116 E. Liberty St.

Even though downtown Ann Arbor has plenty of great restaurants, one of the biggest highlights for kids (and maybe parents too) is dessert, and that's where the Cupcake Station shines. The made-from-scratch cupcakes are baked fresh daily and come adorned with kid-friendly names such as Party Time and What's Up Doc with Nuts. Special types and seasonal flavors are also available in addition to regular menu choices. Don't forget to ask for a free mini cupcake if there's a birthday in your family when you stop by.

Contact Matt Dejanovich At Real Estate One Ann Arbor To Buy A New Home or Sell Your Existing Property

If you're considering a move to Ann Arbor, it's a great place to raise a family with plenty for everyone to enjoy, whether your kids are preschoolers or growing into teenagers. Contact Matt Dejanovich for professional real estate assistance with buying or selling your home at 734-476-7100.

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