The Ann Arbor area is full of places to go and things to do! We put together a list of places to take a family “field trip” this fall, so choose your favorites and take the family for a day they won’t forget!
Leslie Science & Nature Center
Leslie Science & Nature Center allows students and communities to establish lifelong connections with the natural world and encourages efforts to support and protect it for future generations. They educate and inspire children and adults to discover, understand, and respect their natural environment. Expect to see frogs, turtles, snakes, rabbits, birds of prey and more!
1831 Traver Rd., Ann Arbor. 734-997-1553. lesliesnc.org
Domino’s Petting Farms
Ponies, goats, pigs, sheep, peacocks, lambs, cows and a donkey are there to be admired by all members of the family. Open seven days a week from 10am-4pm. Pony rides and available most weekends and they also offer birthday parties and picnics.
3001 Earhart Rd., Ann Arbor. 734-998-0182. pettingfarm.com
A diverse, youth-driven teen center is dedicated to helping visitors grow through artistic expression, community leadership and the exchange of ideas. After school and weekend activities make it a great place to visit, learn and make friends.
310 E. Washington, Ann Arbor. 734-214-9995. neutral-zone.org/wp
Music For Little Folks
This music school is based on traditional folk music for children from infancy to 5 years and their grown-ups. Their Sing With Me program meets Tuesday and Wednesday mornings starting in September, January, April and July. Sessions include four CDs, snack & chat, independent instrument time, and Process Art exploration.
205 Pineridge St., Ann Arbor. 734-741-1510. little-folks-music.com
Parents and children of all ages can browse through a warehouse of materials for arts and crafts projects. Birthday parties and workshops are available by appointment. Open Tuesdays through Fridays from 10am-5pm, Saturdays from 10am-2pm.
581 State Circle, Ann Arbor. 734-994-0012. a2scrapbox.wordpress.com.
Michigan Firehouse Museum
Full of fiery treasure, the Michigan Firehouse Museum is the perfect place to learn about fire safety and prevention. Their goal is to preserve and interpret Michigan’s fire fighting history through engaging and informative exhibits kids will love! They’ll be able to explore fire trucks, extinguishers, hats, helmets, ladders and more.
110 W. Cross St., Ypsilanti. 734-547-0663. michiganfirehousemuseum.org
With a goal to help people improve their lives through gardening and healthy food access, students and visitors will be exposed to a plethora of information about nutrition, self-reliance and positive community futures. They offer educational opportunities and encourage people to use them as a resource!
922 West Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti. 734-786-8401. growinghope.net
Ann Arbor Art Center
It’s no secret that kids love opportunities to be creative, and that’s just what they’ll do here. With art classes, exhibitions, parties and more, they’ll love the room they have to express themselves.
117 W. Liberty St., Ann Arbor. 734-994-8004. annarborartcenter.org
Immerse yourself in a world of fiction, action or drama at this Ann Arbor bookstore to encourage reading and the use of the imagination. Let students discover the beauty of books by stepping toward the bookshelf and away from any electronic device.
Westgate Shopping Center, 2513 Jackson Ave., Ann Arbor. Contact Linda at 734-662-0600 for more information on field trips. nicolasbooks.com
Waterloo Farm Museum
With guided tours of the ten-room farmhouse, log cabin, barns, blacksmith and woodworking workshop, bake house, ice house, milk cellar, and windmill, guests will gain a wealth of knowledge. There is also a gift store with books, crafts, toys, collectables and clothing. The Dewey Schoolhouse is just down the road and also gives you a good look into history.
13493 Waterloo Munith Rd., Grass Lake. 517-596-2254. waterloofarmmuseum.org
The Creature Conservancy
Whether they are “bringing the zoo to you” or you’re admiring animals at the conservancy, it is a rare opportunity to interact with these species from all over the world. During educational programs, students may hear a kookaburra laugh, see a kangaroo hop, touch a sloth or watch a raven play catch.
4940 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Ann Arbor. 734-929-9324. thecreatureconservancy.org
Waterloo Recreation Area
The park will keep everyone busy with a wide range of activities including equestrian trails, hiking and swimming pools. Let students take in the outdoors with information about the ecosystem by walking on the trails and observing various organisms.
16345 McClure Rd., Chelsea. 734-475-8307.
The Chelsea TreeHouse
This indoor adventure destination is a child’s dream land with a large climbing and playing structure, five slides, a baby and toddler play area, a large tree house and more. It’s the perfect place to play!
1101 S. Main St., Chelsea. 734-475-1555. thechelseatreehouse.com