Arbor Annie’s Labor Day Weekend Roundup – August 30-September 2

Labor Day weekend is the end of summer. Most Pools and water parks close after Monday. It is also the start of fall activities – cider mills are open and Michigan Football has their first game. Plus, the college students have arrived on campus and most local kids return to school on Tuesday.

Arbor Annie's Labor Day Picks

Arbor Annie’s Weekend Picks

Labor Day Weekend is the last chance to check out local pools and water parks. We finally visited Rolling Hills last week, but have yet to visit our community pool. The weather looks the best for Monday. The other days are below my personal threshold for swimming.

Ann Arbor Swimming Pools & Other Places to Get Wet

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This weekend wraps up both the Saline Fair and Michigan State Fair. We always love the Saline Fair.

AADL wraps up their Summer Game with the Summer Game 2018 GAME OVER Gala Saturday afternoon at the Downtown Branch. 

Sunday is the annual Dancing in the Streets in the Main Street Area.

Saturday is the return of college football. Michigan plays a home night game at 7:30p – so be sure to account for traffic as you make your Saturday plans. If you are attending, be sure to check out our tips for taking kids

6 Tips for Attending a Michigan Football Game with Kids

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With school starting on Tuesday, there is still time to plan some of our 8 Adventures Before School Starts

8 Adventures Before School Starts

Local Cider Mills are open! Some even opened last week and I missed the announcements. U-Pick Apples are not quite ready yet. We’ll be sure to update our list of Orchards and Cider Mills once u-pick dates are announced.

Ann Arbor Outdoor Activities - Ann Arbor Orchards & Cider Mills

Tuesday is Back to School for most local kids. Be sure to check our Back to School Guide for links to updated information.

Ann Arbor Back to School Guide

Top Weekend Event Picks

Friday Picks

  • 9:00am-11:00pm Saline Fair at Washtenaw Farm Council Fairgrounds
  • 10:00am-10:00pm Michigan State Fair at Suburban Collection Showplace
  • 10:00am-4:00pm Slime Time at Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum
  • 2:00pm-2:45pm Dancing Babies with Dianne Dudley at Westgate Branch of AADL
  • 4:00pm-5:00pm LEGO Play Day at Learning Express Toys of Ann Arbor
  • 7:00pm-10:00pm Bike-in : Ice Cream at Ann Arbor Farmers Market
  • Saturday Picks

  • 9:00am-11:00pm Saline Fair at Washtenaw Farm Council Fairgrounds
  • 10:00am-10:00pm Michigan State Fair at Suburban Collection Showplace
  • 12:00pm-3:00pm Back to School Bash at Prospect Park
  • 3:00pm-5:00pm Summer Game 2018 GAME OVER Gala at Downtown Branch of AADL
  • 4:00pm-11:00pm German Park Picnic at German Park
  • Sunday Picks

  • 9:00am-11:00pm Saline Fair at Washtenaw Farm Council Fairgrounds
  • 10:00am-10:00pm Michigan State Fair at Suburban Collection Showplace
  • 1:30pm-6:30pm Dancing in the Streets at Main Street Area
  • 2:00pm-2:30pm Kerry Tales with Mother Goose at Kerrytown Market & Shops
  • 6:00pm-8:00pm Sundays in the Garden: Seth Bernard & Jordan Hamilton at Cultivate Coffee & TapHouse
  • Monday Picks

    Ann Arbor Labor Day Closures
  • 10:00am-9:00pm Michigan State Fair at Suburban Collection Showplace
  • 1:00pm-6:00pm Saline Fair - Rides Only at Washtenaw Farm Council Fairgrounds
  • Movies

    The summer movie season is over with no more kid friendly releases until next month. But, there are still several options in local theaters.

    This weekend Spider-Man Far From Home debuts a new extended cut. We saw the Endgame Extended Cut, but are going to skip the Spider-Man extended version. Be sure to check our review if you haven’t seen it yet. This may be the last chance to see Spidey on the big screen in an MCU movie 

    Spider-Man: Far From Home - Spidey swings across London's Tower Bridge
    Spider-Man in Columbia Pictures’ SPIDER-MAN: ™ FAR FROM HOME

    Disney is also still in theaters with The Lion King and Pixar’s Toy Story 4 both in limited showings. Be sure to check our Toy Story 4 review and make plans to see it yourself.

    Toy Story 4 - Bo Peep at the Carnival

    If you haven’t seen Ant-Man and The Wasp, we really enjoyed it. Be sure to check our review and parental guidance before heading to the theater.

    Other films in the theater include:

    • Angry Birds 2
    • Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
    • Blinded by the Light
    • Overcomer
    • Art of Racing in the Rain
    • Dora and the Lost City of Gold
    • October 11 – The Addams Family
    • October 18 – Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
    • November 1 – Terminator: Dark Fate (rating not released yet)
    • November 22 – Frozen 2
    • November 22 – A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
    • December 6 – Playmobil: The Movie
    • December 13 – Jumanji: The Next Level
    • December 20 – Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
    • December 20 – Cats
    • December 25 – Little Women
    • December 25 – Spies in Disguise
    • January 17 – The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle
    • February 14 – Sonic the Hedgehog
    • March 6 – Onward
    • March 27 – Mulan
    • March 27 – The Queen’s Corgi
    • April 3 – The New Mutants
    • April 17 – Trolls World Tour
    • May 1 – Black Widow
    • May 15 – Scoob
    • May 22 – The SpongeBob Movie: It’s a Wonderful Sponge
    • May 29 – Artemis Fowl
    • June 5 – Wonder Woman 1984

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    Looking Forward to Next Week

    With school back in session starting Tuesday, there are less activities during the week.

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    09/04/2019
    10:00am-1:00pm
    Kids at the Market
    at Ann Arbor Farmers Market, Ann Arbor MI
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    09/04/2019
    5:00pm-8:00pm
    First Wednesday Food Truck Rally
    at Ann Arbor Farmers Market, Ann Arbor MI
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    09/04/2019
    6:00pm-8:00pm
    Musical Instrument Buffet
    at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    09/05/2019
    10:30am-11:30am
    Tiny Tots Turtle
    at Learning Express Toys of Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor MI
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    09/06/2019
    10:00am-11:30am
    Curious George Morning Movie for Toddlers & Preschoolers
    at Dexter District Library, Dexter Michigan
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    09/06/2019
    10:00am
    LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part - Free Morning Movies
    at Quality 16, Ann Arbor MI
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    09/06/2019
    5:00pm-8:00pm
    First Friday at the Farm
    at The Petting Farm at Domino’s Farms, Ann Arbor MI
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    09/06/2019
    5:00pm-10:00pm
    First Friday Ypsilanti - Festival of the Honey Bee
    at Downtown Ypsilanti, Ypsilanti Michigan
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    09/06/2019
    6:00pm-7:30pm
    Gallup Gallop
    at Gallup Park, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    09/06/2019
    6:30pm-8:30pm
    DIY Halloween Props
    at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    09/07/2019
    10:00am-10:40am
    Dancing Babies with Robin Robinson
    at Traverwood Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    09/07/2019
    10:00am-6:00pm
    DeBuck's Sunflower Fest
    at DeBuck’s Family Farm, Belleville Michigan
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    09/07/2019
    10:00am-12:45pm
    Doggy Dip
    at Rolling Hills County Park, Ypsilanti Michigan
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    09/07/2019
    10:00am
    LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part - Free Morning Movies
    at Quality 16, Ann Arbor MI
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    09/07/2019
    10:30am-12:00pm
    Junior Naturalist: Where the Deer & the Mastodon Roam
    at Pittsfield Preserve Southeast, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    09/07/2019
    11:00am-12:00pm
    Layered Necklaces
    at Learning Express Toys of Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor MI
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    09/07/2019
    11:00am-12:00pm
    Playful Finger Puppets
    at Westgate Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    09/07/2019
    11:00am-12:00pm
    Special Story Time Grandparents Day
    at Nicola’s Books, Ann Arbor MI
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    09/07/2019
    1:00pm-2:00pm
    Craft Animal Marionettes
    at Traverwood Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    09/07/2019
    1:00pm-2:00pm
    Grandparent Day Cardmaking
    at Pittsfield Branch Library, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    09/07/2019
    1:00pm-4:00pm
    Screen Printing Lab with Modati Studios
    at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    09/07/2019
    3:00pm
    Chow Time at the Farm
    at Kensington Metropark Farm Center, Milford MI
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    09/07/2019
    4:00pm-5:30pm
    First Saturday Hike
    at Nichols Arboretum, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    09/08/2019
    9:00am-11:00am
    All-Girls Skate Instruction
    at Ann Arbor Skate Park, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    09/08/2019
    10:00am-6:00pm
    DeBuck's Sunflower Fest
    at DeBuck’s Family Farm, Belleville Michigan
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    09/08/2019
    10:00am
    LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part - Free Morning Movies
    at Quality 16, Ann Arbor MI
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    09/08/2019
    11:00am-12:45pm
    Doggy Dip - Day 2!
    at Rolling Hills County Park, Ypsilanti Michigan
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    09/08/2019
    1:00pm-3:30pm
    Monarch Migration Festival
    at Gallup Park, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    09/08/2019
    1:00pm-1:45pm
    Musical Stories
    at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan

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    All Weekend Events

    Friday, August 30, 2019

    Date/Time Event
    08/30/2019
    All Day
    Everyday Indoor Activities
    08/30/2019
    All Day
    Everyday Outdoor Activities
    08/30/2019
    All Day
    Kids Eat Free
    💙
    08/30/2019
    9:00am-11:00pm
    Saline Fair
    at Washtenaw Farm Council Fairgrounds, Ann Arbor Michigan
    08/30/2019
    10:00am-4:00pm

    Hands-On Summer of Space!


    at Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, Ann Arbor MI
    The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum is celebrating Summer of Space! They will have space themed activities each weekday from June 17 through August 30. Themes: June - Fly Into Summer July - Race to the Moon August - Strange Worlds, Stranger Creatures Activities are suitable for all ages and are...Read More
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    08/30/2019
    10:00am-10:00pm
    Michigan State Fair
    at Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi Michigan
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    08/30/2019
    10:00am-10:30am
    Preschool Storytime
    at Pittsfield Branch Library, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    08/30/2019
    10:00am-10:30am
    Preschool Storytime
    at Westgate Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    08/30/2019
    10:00am-4:00pm

    Slime Time


    at Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, Ann Arbor MI
    The Hands-On Museum is offering special workshops all summer long. Join them to investigate the states of matter with slime as you make your own Sessions at 10a, 11a, noon, 2p, & 3p
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    08/30/2019
    10:00am-11:30am
    The Breastfeeding Cafe- Group for mothers and babies
    at The Breastfeeding Center of Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor Michigan
    08/30/2019
    10:00am-1:00pm
    Tot Splash
    at Buhr Park Pool, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    08/30/2019
    10:30am-11:30am
    Baby Playgroup
    at Traverwood Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
    08/30/2019
    10:30am-3:30pm

    Open Play


    at Kidopolis, Ann Arbor Michigan
    Have fun enjoying open play time at Kidopolis. Starting in May they are open Thursday through Saturday. It's the perfect place for indoor fun on hot or rainy days.
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    08/30/2019
    12:00pm-12:30pm
    Museum Highlights Tour
    at University of Michigan Museum of Natural History, Ann Arbor Michigan
    08/30/2019
    12:00pm-1:00pm
    Tot Splash
    at Veterans Pool, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    08/30/2019
    2:00pm-2:45pm
    Dancing Babies with Dianne Dudley
    at Westgate Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    08/30/2019
    2:00pm-2:30pm
    Wonderful World of Whales Tour
    at University of Michigan Museum of Natural History, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    08/30/2019
    3:00pm-7:00pm
    Dixboro Farmers Market
    at Dixboro Farmers Market, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    08/30/2019
    4:00pm-5:00pm
    LEGO Play Day
    at Learning Express Toys of Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor MI
    08/30/2019
    4:30pm-7:00pm
    TGIF Date While We Make
    at MAKE ART STUDIO, Ann Arbor MI
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    08/30/2019
    6:30pm
    Dexter Summer Concerts: Salmagundi
    at Monument Park, Dexter Michigan
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    08/30/2019
    7:00pm-10:00pm
    Bike-in : Ice Cream
    at Ann Arbor Farmers Market, Ann Arbor MI

    Saturday, August 31, 2019

    Date/Time Event
    08/31/2019
    All Day
    Everyday Indoor Activities
    08/31/2019
    All Day
    Everyday Outdoor Activities
    08/31/2019
    All Day
    Kids Eat Free
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    08/31/2019
    7:00am-3:00pm
    Ann Arbor Farmers Market
    at Ann Arbor Farmers Market, Ann Arbor MI
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    08/31/2019
    8:00am-1:00pm
    Dexter Farmers Market
    at Dexter Farmers Market, Dexter Michigan
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    08/31/2019
    8:00am-12:00pm
    Saline Famers Market
    at S. Ann Arbor St Saline, Saline MI
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    08/31/2019
    9:00am-11:00pm
    Saline Fair
    at Washtenaw Farm Council Fairgrounds, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    08/31/2019
    9:00am-1:00pm
    Ypsilanti Farmers Market
    at Depot Town, Ypsilanti Michigan
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    08/31/2019
    10:00am-10:00pm
    Michigan State Fair
    at Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi Michigan
    08/31/2019
    10:30am-5:00pm

    Open Play


    at Kidopolis, Ann Arbor Michigan
    Have fun enjoying open play time at Kidopolis. Starting in May they are open Thursday through Saturday. It's the perfect place for indoor fun on hot or rainy days.
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    08/31/2019
    12:00pm-3:00pm
    Back to School Bash
    at Prospect Park, Ypsilanti Michigan
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    08/31/2019
    3:00pm-3:20pm
    Science Forum Demo: Cow's Eye Disection
    at University of Michigan Museum of Natural History, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    08/31/2019
    3:00pm-5:00pm
    Summer Game 2018 GAME OVER Gala
    at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    08/31/2019
    4:00pm-11:00pm
    German Park Picnic
    at German Park, Ann Arbor Michigan

    Sunday, September 1, 2019

    Date/Time Event
    09/01/2019
    All Day
    Everyday Indoor Activities
    09/01/2019
    All Day
    Everyday Outdoor Activities
    09/01/2019
    All Day
    Kids Eat Free
    💙
    09/01/2019
    9:00am-11:00pm
    Saline Fair
    at Washtenaw Farm Council Fairgrounds, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙
    09/01/2019
    10:00am-10:00pm
    Michigan State Fair
    at Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi Michigan
    🆓
    09/01/2019
    1:00pm-2:00pm
    Drawing for Kids
    at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    09/01/2019
    1:30pm-6:30pm
    Dancing in the Streets
    at Main Street Area, Ann Arbor MI
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    09/01/2019
    2:00pm-2:30pm
    Kerry Tales with Mother Goose
    at Kerrytown Market & Shops, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    09/01/2019
    6:00pm-8:00pm
    Sundays in the Garden: Seth Bernard & Jordan Hamilton
    at Cultivate Coffee & TapHouse, Ypsilanti Michigan

    Monday, September 2, 2019

    Date/Time Event
    09/02/2019
    All Day
    Everyday Indoor Activities
    09/02/2019
    All Day
    Everyday Outdoor Activities
    09/02/2019
    All Day
    Kids Eat Free
    💙
    09/02/2019
    10:00am-9:00pm
    Michigan State Fair
    at Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi Michigan
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    09/02/2019
    1:00pm-6:00pm
    Saline Fair - Rides Only
    at Washtenaw Farm Council Fairgrounds, Ann Arbor Michigan
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