So you’re staying in the area and still want to make Spring Break memorable for you and your family? Try out some of these ideas that are sure to make memories and into your kid’s Snapchat stories.
1. Go on a fairy door hunt around downtown Ann Arbor. Scattered around Ann Arbor are many whimsical fairy doors. A quick internet search will provide a list of door locations. Some favorites include the fairy door at The Peaceable Kingdom and the door located in the children’s section at the Ann Arbor downtown public library. Both of these door provide windows that give a peek into fairy interior design.
2. If the weather is good go play at Ford Heritage Park in Ypsilanti. The ball fields and paved paths are nice, but the real gem of this park is the universally accessible playground that features lots of ramps. If your child is just learning to walk or struggles with stability, this park is a great option. There are elements that will appeal to a wide range of ages as well.
3. Choose a country and “visit” it virtually. You don’t need a passport to learn about and sample the cuisine from a distant country. Watch a video and listen to music from that country. Ann Arbor boasts many restaurants that serve ethnic dishes, or try making your own with a recipe and ingredients available in grocery stores and markets throughout the area.
4. Does your family enjoy animals? Go visit some local ones! The Leslie Science Center houses raptors in outdoor homes as well as smaller critters inside the buildings. The Creature Conservancy offers open houses and programs that feature animals from around the world. Dominos Farm makes a fun petting farm experience for young children. And if the weather is cold and fish will do, visit the Matthaei Botanical Garden’s indoor conservatory and stop by the koi pond.
5. Learn more about things in the sky! Check out binoculars or a telescope from the Ann Arbor District Library and then going bird watching or stargazing. Some great local areas for birding are Kensington Metropark and Nichols Arboretum. Stargazing in urban areas can be tricky, so joining up with the University of Michigan’s Lowbrow Astronomers group at their monthly open houses is a great option. (There’s one on Saturday, April 1st!) They meet at the U of M Peach Mountain Observatory near Dexter and have a telescope that guests are able to look through. And if you’d rather not venture too far you can always go see a planetarium show at the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History Planetarium.
Planning something fun for Spring Break can help the week be a one memorable for everyone in the family!