Arbor Annie's MLK Weekend Picks - January 17-20

Arbor Annie’s MLK Weekend Roundup – January 17-20

Usually the main talk of this weekend’s roundup would be the 3 day weekend for MLK Day. However, a snow storm looming on Friday night bringing 5-8″ of snow is going to have a big effect on the weekend.

Arbor Annie's MLK Weekend Picks - January 17-20

Arbor Annie’s Weekend Picks

Last weekend we were worried about rain and subsequent freezing. This weekend seems to be the opposite – snow then possibly rain. The snow is accompanied by high winds, so I would still prepare for possible power outages.


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It looks like we got on the lower end of the forecast (at least on the south side of Ann Arbor where I am. Check out our Snow Day List for closures and late openings on Saturday.

Ann Arbor Snow Day January 18

Ann Arbor Restaurant Week concludes on Friday. We enjoyed lunch on Sunday at Bigalora (where their 2/$28 was almost enough for my family of 2 adults and a teen). Wednesday night, we visited the newly rennovated bds Mongolian Grill. I recommend both.

Ann Arbor Restaurant Week Winter 2020

If we get the snow totals that are predicted for late Friday night/Saturday morning, plan to verify any events listed with the organizer before heading out and travel with caution. I wonder if the Dexter Ice Fest will be cancelled for the weather.

Monday is Martin Luther King Jr Day. We’ve assembled a list of local events for Monday as well as started a list of events for Black History Month.

Ann Arbor Events for Martin Luther King Jr Day & Black History Month

Of course if we have significant snowfall, sledding will be a great activity. Check out our list of favorite sledding hills.

Ann Arbor Sledding Hills

Top Weekend Event Picks

Friday Picks

  • 8:30am High School Open House at Rudolph Steiner High School Campus
  • 10:00am-11:00am Emerson K-1 Information Meeting at Emerson School
  • 7:30pm FutureStars Preliminary at Pioneer High School
  • 9:30pm Shrek at Michigan Theater
  • Saturday Picks

  • 11:00am-5:00pm Dexter Ice Fest at Monument Park
  • 1:00pm-2:00pm Drag Bingo with Jadein Black at Downtown Branch of AADL
  • 1:00pm-2:00pm Popsicle Stick Paper Dolls at Westgate Branch of AADL
  • 2:00pm Scholarship Open House at Ypsilanti District Library – Downtown
  • 4:00pm-6:00pm Reuse Collage Buttons at the Scrap Box
  • 7:30pm FutureStars Preliminary at Pioneer High School
  • Sunday Picks

  • 12:00pm-1:00pm Hedgehog Day Crafts at Westgate Branch of AADL
  • Monday Picks

  • 8:30am-3:00pm UM MLK Children & Youth Day at Modern Languages Building
  • 9:30am-11:30am Diversity Day at Jewish Community Center
  • 10:00am-4:00pm MLK Day - Discounted Admission at Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum
  • 10:00am-10:00pm MLK Unlimited Play Day at Zap-Zone
  • 11:00am-12:00pm Animals of the Rain Forest at Dexter District Library
  • 11:00am-12:30pm Black Writers Matter at Ypsilanti District Library – Downtown
  • 11:00am-3:00pm MLK Day – Free Family Drop-In at Ann Arbor Art Center
  • 11:00am-12:00pm MLK Day Event at Learning Express Toys of Ann Arbor
  • 11:00am-1:00pm MLK Jr Day Skate and Tribute at Veterans Ice Arena
  • 12:30pm-8:30pm Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Speaks at Malletts Creek Branch Library
  • 12:30pm-8:30pm Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Speaks at Pittsfield Branch Library
  • 12:30pm-9:00pm High School Exam Study Space at Westgate Branch of AADL
  • 1:00pm-3:30pm Family Plank & Canvas Workshop at AR Workshop
  • 1:00pm-5:00pm Martin Luther King Jr. Day Community Sculpture at Downtown Branch of AADL
  • 1:30pm-8:15pm MLK Day Film Marathon at Ypsilanti District Library – Downtown
  • 2:00pm-8:00pm Knockerball Open Play at Knockerball Saline
  • 2:00pm Martin Luther King, Jr Day Activities at Ypsilanti District Library – Superior
  • 6:30pm-7:30pm MLK Day Celebration at Ypsilanti District Library – Whittaker Rd
  • 7:00pm Selma at Michigan Theater

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    Movies

    The first big family-friendly movie of the year is Dolittle this weekend. The initial reviews don’t look very good for the movie.

    Just in time for the snow storm is a Sing Along version of Frozen 2 this weekend.

    Friday night Michigan Theater is showing Shrek (although I expect a lot of college students in the audience).

    Family friendly films in the theater include:

    • Little Women
    • Spies in Disguise
    • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker  (PG-13) – Check out our review & parental guidance.
    • Frozen 2 (Regular & Sing Along)
    • Just Mercy (PG-13)
    • Jumanji: The Next Level (PG-13)
    • Cats
    • Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
    • Ford v. Ferrari (PG-13)

    Upcoming Family Friendly movies in 2020 are:

    • March 6 – Onward
    • March 27 – Mulan
    • March 27 – The Queen’s Corgi
    • April 3 – The New Mutants
    • April 3 – Peter Rabbit 2
    • April 17 – Trolls World Tour
    • May 1 – Black Widow
    • May 15 – Scoob
    • May 22 – The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run
    • May 29 – Artemis Fowl
    • June 5 – Wonder Woman 1984
    • June 19 – Soul
    • July 3 – Minions: The Rise of Gru
    • July 10 – Ghostbusters: Afterlife
    • July 24 – Jungle Cruise
    • August 14 – The One and Only Ivan
    • August 21 – Bill & Ted Face the Music
    • September 4 – Monster Hunter
    • October 2 – Venom 2
    • October 9 – The Witches
    • November 6 – Eternals
    • November 13 – Clifford the Big Red Dog
    • November 20 – Godzilla vs. Kong
    • November 25 – Raya and the Last Dragon
    • December 18 – Dune
    • December 18 – West Side Story
    • December 25 – The Croods 2
    • December 25 – Tom and Jerry

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    Looking Forward to Next Week

  • 11:30am-9:00pm High School Exam Study Space at Westgate Branch of AADL
  • 6:00pm Washtenaw Technical Middle College Information Session at Washtenaw Community College
  • 6:30pm-8:30pm Soundwalk in Winter at Downtown Branch of AADL
  • 7:00pm-8:00pm Washtenaw Reads Book Discussion | Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen at Pittsfield Branch Library
  • 7:00pm-9:00pm High School Exam Study Space at Westgate Branch of AADL
  • 7:00pm-8:30pm Strategies for Overcoming Climate Eco-Anxiety at Downtown Branch of AADL
  • 10:00am Frog and Toad at Morris Lawrence Building
  • 4:00pm-9:00pm High School Exam Study Space at Westgate Branch of AADL
  • 10:00am Frog and Toad at Morris Lawrence Building
  • 12:30pm Frog and Toad at Morris Lawrence Building
  • 5:30pm-8:45pm Family Night at Kidopolis
  • 6:00pm-8:30pm Free Community Talent Show & Flavor Debut at Go! Ice Cream
  • 6:00pm-8:00pm Mother-Son Luau at Pittsfield Township Community Center
  • 6:00pm-8:30pm Winter Night Hike at Independence Lake
  • 10:00am-10:40am Dancing Babies with Denise Owens at Pittsfield Branch Library
  • 10:30am-11:30am Enrollment Meeting at Honey Creek Community School
  • 11:00am-1:30pm American Girl Doll, Clothing & Accessories Sale at Saline Rec Center
  • 11:00am-12:30pm Black Writers Matter at Ypsilanti District Library – Downtown
  • 11:00am-12:00pm Dig It Up Fun! at Learning Express Toys of Ann Arbor
  • 11:00am Frog and Toad at Morris Lawrence Building
  • 11:00am-12:00pm Preschool Makerspace at Dexter District Library
  • 11:00am-1:30pm Trampoline Extravaganza with Diabetes Youth Services at Airtime Trampoline
  • 12:00pm-3:00pm Snow Much Fun! at Rolling Hills County Park
  • 2:00pm-4:00pm Admissions Open House at Summers-Knoll School
  • 2:00pm James and the Giant Peach at Copeland Auditorium
  • 7:00pm James and the Giant Peach at Copeland Auditorium
  • 7:30pm FutureStars Finale at Pioneer High School
  • 10:00am-11:30am A Taste of HDS: I Spy Kindergarten at Hebrew Day School at the JCC
  • 1:00pm-4:00pm Amigurumi Cocoa Mug with Drew Hill at Pittsfield Branch Library
  • 1:00pm-4:00pm Preschool Expo at Downtown Branch of AADL
  • 2:00pm-5:00pm Build a Square Wave Oscillator at Downtown Branch of AADL
  • 2:00pm James and the Giant Peach at Copeland Auditorium
  • 2:00pm-3:30pm PJ Masks Live! Save the Day at EMU Convocation Center
  • 3:00pm Sing-A-Long Little Mermaid at Michigan Theater
  • All Weekend Events

    Friday, January 17, 2020

    Date/TimeEvent
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    01/17/2020
    8:30am
    High School Open House
    at Rudolph Steiner High School Campus, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    01/17/2020
    10:00am-11:00am
    Emerson K-1 Information Meeting
    at Emerson School, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🎟
    01/17/2020
    7:30pm
    FutureStars Preliminary
    at Pioneer High School, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🎟
    01/17/2020
    9:30pm
    Shrek
    at Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor MI

    Saturday, January 18, 2020

    Date/TimeEvent
    01/18/2020
    10:30am

    CANCELED - The Little Scientists Club


    at Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, Ann Arbor MI
    CANCELED - This has been canceled due to coronavirus quarantine The Ann Arbor Hands-on Museum offers The Little Scientists Club for toddlers and preschoolers. Each week has a different theme. The Little Scientists Club is held in the Green Room on the Lower Level. The Little Scientists Club is currently...Read More
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    01/18/2020
    11:00am-5:00pm
    Dexter Ice Fest
    at Monument Park, Dexter Michigan
    💙🆓
    01/18/2020
    1:00pm-2:00pm
    Drag Bingo with Jadein Black
    at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓
    01/18/2020
    1:00pm-2:00pm
    Popsicle Stick Paper Dolls
    at Westgate Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓
    01/18/2020
    2:00pm
    Scholarship Open House
    at Ypsilanti District Library – Downtown, Ypsilanti Michigan
    🎟
    01/18/2020
    4:00pm-9:00pm
    Knockerball Open Play
    at Knockerball Saline, Saline Michigan
    💙
    01/18/2020
    4:00pm-6:00pm
    Reuse Collage Buttons
    at the Scrap Box, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🎟
    01/18/2020
    7:30pm
    FutureStars Preliminary
    at Pioneer High School, Ann Arbor Michigan

    Sunday, January 19, 2020

    Date/TimeEvent
    01/19/2020
    10:30am-4:00pm
    CANCELED - Open Play
    at Kidopolis, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    01/19/2020
    12:00pm-1:00pm
    Hedgehog Day Crafts
    at Westgate Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan

    Monday, January 20, 2020

    Date/TimeEvent
    💙🆓
    01/20/2020
    8:30am-3:00pm
    UM MLK Children & Youth Day
    at Modern Languages Building, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓🎟
    01/20/2020
    9:30am-11:30am
    Diversity Day
    at Jewish Community Center, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    01/20/2020
    9:30am-5:00pm
    Martin Luther King Jr Day - Free Admission
    at Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn Michigan
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    01/20/2020
    10:00am-5:00pm
    Martin Luther King Jr Day - Free Family Program
    at The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit Michigan
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    01/20/2020
    10:00am-4:00pm

    MLK Day - Discounted Admission


    at Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, Ann Arbor MI
    The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum is offering $6 admission on Martin Luther King Jr Day. Admission is just $6 for ages 2+. The museum will be celebrating the contributions of black scientists & those who broke barriers with hands-on activities throughout the museum.
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    01/20/2020
    10:00am-10:00pm
    MLK Unlimited Play Day
    at Zap-Zone, Ann Arbor Michigan
    01/20/2020
    10:00am-8:00pm
    MLKDay All You Can Jump
    at Sky Zone Canton, Canton Michigan
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    01/20/2020
    11:00am-12:00pm
    Animals of the Rain Forest
    at Dexter District Library, Dexter Michigan
    💙🆓
    01/20/2020
    11:00am-12:30pm
    Black Writers Matter
    at Ypsilanti District Library – Downtown, Ypsilanti Michigan
    💙🆓
    01/20/2020
    11:00am-3:00pm
    MLK Day – Free Family Drop-In
    at Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓🎟
    01/20/2020
    11:00am-12:00pm
    MLK Day Event
    at Learning Express Toys of Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor MI
    💙
    01/20/2020
    11:00am-1:00pm
    MLK Jr Day Skate and Tribute
    at Veterans Ice Arena, Ann Arbor MI
    01/20/2020
    11:10am-1:10pm
    Open Skate
    at Veterans Ice Arena, Ann Arbor MI
    💙🆓
    01/20/2020
    12:30pm-8:30pm
    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Speaks
    at Malletts Creek Branch Library, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓
    01/20/2020
    12:30pm-8:30pm
    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Speaks
    at Pittsfield Branch Library, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓
    01/20/2020
    12:30pm-9:00pm
    High School Exam Study Space
    at Westgate Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🎟
    01/20/2020
    1:00pm-3:30pm
    Family Plank & Canvas Workshop
    at AR Workshop, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓
    01/20/2020
    1:00pm-5:00pm
    Martin Luther King Jr. Day Community Sculpture
    at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓
    01/20/2020
    1:30pm-8:15pm
    MLK Day Film Marathon
    at Ypsilanti District Library – Downtown, Ypsilanti Michigan
    💙🎟
    01/20/2020
    2:00pm-8:00pm
    Knockerball Open Play
    at Knockerball Saline, Saline Michigan
    💙🆓
    01/20/2020
    2:00pm
    Martin Luther King, Jr Day Activities
    at Ypsilanti District Library – Superior, Ypsilanti Michigan
    💙🆓
    01/20/2020
    6:30pm-7:30pm
    MLK Day Celebration
    at Ypsilanti District Library – Whittaker Rd, Ypsilanti Michigan
    💙🆓
    01/20/2020
    7:00pm
    Selma
    at Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor MI

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