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 - Parking near the Arb can be difficult. On-site street parking is available but very limited. Consider leaving the car at home and enjoy a walk or bike ride to the Arboretum.


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.