Connect with nature through play!

Big Play Day is a family-friendly and kid-focused event that offers open-ended exploration and guided activities suitable for all ages. This event is free and open to the public.


Join us!  June 23, 2024

10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Nichols Arboretum
1610 Washington Hts
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Getting here - Nichols Arboretum is located at 1610 Washington Hts, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Limited on-site street parking is available. For your convenience, a free shuttle will transport participants from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm from 1900 Fuller Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48105.


Featured Activities and Partners Include:

  • Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum: Discover the wonder of nature with our "Wonder Walks," get creative with "Nature Art," and enjoy spontaneous play at our "Nature Play Pop-Ups."

  • Leslie Science & Nature Center / Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum: Dive into interactive activities that highlight the incredible world of trees and stimulate the mind with STEM-focused tasks.

  • Drummunity: Tap into communal beats at our drum circle and join in the fun with hands-on percussion activities, suitable for all ages and musical abilities.

  • Adventure Leadership: Enhance teamwork with exhilarating parachute games and unwind at a yoga station designed to refresh both body and mind.

  • Ann Arbor District Library (AADL): Challenge yourself and others with oversized versions of classic games like Giant Jenga, perfect for building skills and friendships.

  • Natural Areas Preservation (NAP): Immerse yourself in hands-on experiences that deepen your appreciation and understanding of our local ecosystems.

  • Therese Ojibway:  Put imagination to work constructing fairy houses within the magical setting of our Fairy and Troll Knoll.

Weather Policy

Big Play Day will proceed rain or shine, with the following exceptions:

  • If there is thunder and lightning or a tornado
  • In case of an air quality alert with a high-risk level 
  • If there is an extremely heavy downpour that prevents setup and safe walking conditions in the Arb.
  • In the event of extreme heat

If the event is canceled due to weather, an update will be posted to this page.

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