5 Ways to Keep Cool in Ann Arbor

We (hopefully) have hit the hottest part of summer. With forecast highs of the upper 80s and even 90 this week, I have compiled a list of five ways to keep cool in Ann Arbor. IMG_4471-0.jpg

1 – Get Wet

Getting wet is always a great way to stay cool. Be sure to check our Top 10 Places to Get Wet around Ann Arbor. Of course, with temperatures of 90, it won’t be much fun for the adults unless they are getting wet with the kids.
ann-arbor-places-to-get-wet

2 – See a Movie

Movie theaters are traditionally well air conditioned. There are quite a few kid-friendly new release movies in theaters.
Movies In Theaters and Coming Soon

Plus, Quality 16 is showing The Nut Job as their Dollar Movie this week (10a each day). Appropriately, Rave’s Summer Movie Clubhouse movie this week is Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days.
Dollar Summer Movies

3 – Visit a Museum

There are several great museums in and around Ann Arbor. All of them are air conditioned! Our Top 5 Museums guide offers some great museum suggestions.
Top 5 Ann Arbor Area Museums for Kids


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4 – Visit the Library

The Ann Arbor District Library offers five great places to spend a warm afternoon. Each branch offers books, movies, magazines, and CDs. The library offers a number of fun activities: both programming as well as toys and computer programs. Visit different branches to find all of the  codes for the summer reading game. Plus be sure to checkout new books to help your child complete their summer reading list.

Date/Time Event
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01/19/2019
10:00am-12:00pm
Making Mini Musical Mechanisms - Saturday Recycling Crafts
at Westgate Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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01/19/2019
12:30pm-2:30pm
Make a Kitty Castle
at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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01/19/2019
2:00pm-3:30pm
Broadcast Bootcamp
at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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01/19/2019
3:30pm-5:30pm
Cardboard Cat Castles
at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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01/20/2019
1:00pm-3:00pm
AADL Upcycles | Storage Tote
at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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01/20/2019
1:00pm-4:00pm
Chesstastic
at Traverwood Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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01/20/2019
1:00pm-1:40pm
Dancing Babies with Monica Higman
at Westgate Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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01/20/2019
1:00pm-2:00pm
Drawing for Kids
at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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01/20/2019
1:00pm-4:00pm
Klub Kito's Minecraft Masters
at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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01/20/2019
2:00pm-2:45pm
Friends in Song and Story
at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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01/21/2019
10:30am-11:30am
Baby Playgroup
at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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01/21/2019
11:00am-11:30am
Preschool Storytime
at Westgate Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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01/21/2019
2:00pm-3:00pm
Dragon Storytime and Craft
at Westgate Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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01/21/2019
2:00pm-3:00pm
MLK Day Concert: GOREE Drum & Dance
at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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01/21/2019
3:00pm-4:00pm
The Big Umbrella Storytime and Craft
at Traverwood Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan

5 – Hang out at Home

Obviously this option only works if you have air conditioning. If you have a basement too it works even better. Here are some ideas for staying cool indoors:

    • Have a movie afternoon (check the library for movies or check Netflix or Amazon Prime)
    • Spend an hour or two reading to make progress on summer reading
    • Work on your entry for the AADL LEGO contestAADL LEGO Contest

 


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  • Break out the board games, and have a game afternoon

Finally, don’t forget to stop at one of the ice cream shops recommended by Ann Arbor with Kids readers.Readers Recommend Ann Arbor Ice Cream Shops

What other suggestions do you have for keeping cool?

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Anna Mae

Anna Mae owns & operates Ann Arbor with Kids, a website dedicated to Family Activities in Ann Arbor. My husband and I moved to Ann Arbor in 2003 and our daughter joined the family in 2006.

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