Toddler Activities in Brighton, Michigan

by Candice Coleman

    No matter the time of year, Brighton, Michigan offers numerous opportunities to entertain the toddling set. Parents and older siblings might also enjoy Brighton's toddler-friendly activities. Whether you live in Brighton or are just planning a visit, you'll plenty of ways to keep the little ones happy and busy here.

    Skating and Sports

    If you're looking for physical activities for your toddler, the South Eastern Livingston County Recreation Authority has some options available including gymnastics classes, as well as swimming lessons for ages 3 and up. SELCRA offers these classes at several Brighton locations. If an afternoon at a roller rink seems more enticing, Rollerama in Brighton might hold appeal. Skate trainer equipment is available to help your toddler learn to skate as are skating lessons, or you can hold his hand as you circle the rink. Your tot can also celebrate his birthday at Rollerama as party packages are available.

    Playgrounds and Treats

    If your tyke is looking for a bigger playground, the Imagination Station in Brighton might be the way to go. This 10,000-square foot playground is actually a series of wooden, interconnected play structures. There's also a nature walkway around Mill Pond, right near the Imagination Station if your toddler grows tired of playing. And across the street, you'll find Oh My Lolli, where you and your toddler can buy sweet treats as well watch them being made by hand. If allergies are a concern, Oh My Lolli's products are soy, nut and dairy-free.

    Leisure Activities

    On a warm, sunny day, your toddler might enjoy a visit to Island Lake Recreation Area in Brighton. In addition to the beach, you can also enjoy picnic areas, biking and discovering wildlife. Boat rentals are available as well. The Brighton Recreation Riding Stable introduces toddlers to the world of ponies and horses. Pony and family hayrides are available for children of all ages, while children ages 2 and up can participate in family trail rides.

    Indoor Activities

    It is never too early to teach your little one about the literary world. The Brighton District Library hosts programs and events, like face-painting, magic shows and playtime, throughout the year for toddlers. A summer reading program is also available for toddlers ages 2 and up. If you're looking for a less structured way to spend an afternoon, the Brighton Center for the Performing Arts features different shows year round including some kids' favorites like Beauty and the Beast. Check their calendar for toddler-friendly performances.

    About the Author

    Candice Coleman worked in the public school system as a middle school and high school substitute teacher. In addition to teaching, she is also a tutor for high school and college students.

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