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Arbor Annie’s Thanksgiving Week Highlights November 22-25

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It’s Thanksgiving week which always disrupts our typical timing of a Thursday night newsletter. This week, we are sending two – one tonight since local schools are mostly closed on Wednesday and one on Thursday night for the weekend.


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Thanksgiving Preparation

With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, the order deadline has passed for many takeout Thanksgiving options. But if you are a late planner, or have a last minute change of plans be sure to check our list and place your order!

Ann Arbor Thanksgiving To Go and Dine In options - Table set with Turkey & Sides - Ann Arbor with Kids

 Also, check out this list of Free Thanksgiving Meals in Washtenaw County that was put together by Perry Early Learning Center.

Families: Here’s a list of Washtenaw County area locations offering Thanksgiving meals, baskets and other support this…

Posted by Perry Early Learning Center on Wednesday, November 16, 2022

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If you have not yet booked your child for camp, check out these options.

Ann Arbor School Break Camps


Be sure to check out our Thanksgiving Guide for some Thanksgiving fun ideas – crafts, games, and recipes – plus Thanksgiving closures. 

Ann Arbor Thanksgiving Guide - Events, Closures, Activities

Arbor Annie’s Event Highlights this Week

Tuesday, November 22 Highlights

  • 10:00am-11:00am Sensory Story Time at Humane Society of Huron Valley
  • 6:00pm-7:00pm Thanksgiving Storytime at Chelsea District Library
  • 6:30pm-8:00pm Chess Club at Dexter District Library
  • 6:30pm-7:00pm Turkey Tales at Saline District Library

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    Wednesday, November 23 Highlights

  • 9:45am-10:30am Gratitude Yoga at Studio Studio
  • 12:00pm-1:30pm Wild Things Feast at Montibeller Park
  • 12:45pm Flashback Cinema: Polar Express at Emagine Saline
  • 1:00pm-1:30pm Preschool Art Start at Pittsfield Branch Library
  • 6:15pm Flashback Cinema: Polar Express at Emagine Saline
  • Thursday, November 24 Highlights

  • 7:00am-10:00am Ann Arbor Turkey Trot - Thanksgiving Day at Main Street Area
  • 9:00am-11:00am Huffin for the Stuffin at Maybury State Park

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    Indoor Activities

    If you are looking for some indoor fun, check out our lists of Indoor Pools and Local Skating Rinks.

    Ann Arbor Indoor Pool Guide
    Ann Arbor Ice Skating Guide

    Outdoor Activities

    Of course you can always brave the outdoors.

    We’ve got a list of the best places to see animals. Both Detroit and Toledo Zoos offer indoor buildings that can let you warm up, or you can check some of the local options which would allow for shorter visits.

    Where to find animals in Ann Arbor

    Or visit some new playgrounds. Either plot a walking tour between several playgrounds or design a driving tour – maybe to hit all the playgrounds with a merry go round – or pick one of the other features we have a roundup for.

    Ann Arbor Activities - Visit a Playground


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    Christmas Preparation

    My daughter and I plan to start preparing for Christmas – first by putting away the Halloween decorations. Hopefully, you’re further along than we are and can enjoy some Christmas fun. 

    We just published a list of local Santa Mailboxes. While some of the boxes aren’t available until after Thanksgiving, the kids can get a jump start by working on their letters.

    Ann Arbor Santa Mailboxes

    Or, make a plan to visit Santa. He hasn’t arrived at Briarwood Mall yet, but we have a few other options.

    Santa Sightings Near Ann Arbor - Santa sleeping on sofa in front of tree as two boys peek over him.

    Many of the drive through and walk through Christmas light displays opened last weekend and some are open during the week if you want to take advantage of the days off of school.

    Ann Arbor Christmas Lights

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    Post-Thanksgiving

    Do you plan to shop next weekend? I think we’ll be staying home to focus on our Christmas decorating. But there is plenty on the calendar. Michigan Theater starts Friday with their annual Warner Bros Cartoons near lunch time and Sing Along White Christmas Friday night. Sunday is the Depot Town Tree Lighting (Note, we have not seen any information from Kerrytown about their tree lighting which is historically on Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend).

    Friday, November 25 Highlights

  • 10:00am-2:45pm Santa Train at Southern Michigan Railroad (Tecumseh Station)
  • 11:30am-12:30pm Warner Bros Cartoons at Michigan Theater
  • 1:00pm Preschool Art Start at Traverwood Branch of AADL
  • 1:30pm-4:30pm Mom's Day Out at Peace Lutheran Church
  • 2:00pm-3:00pm DIY Pet Toys at Malletts Creek Branch Library
  • 3:00pm-4:00pm Chow Time at the Farm at Kensington Metropark Farm Center
  • 5:30pm-7:00pm Fireside Fun – A Good Old-fashioned Campfire Circle at Leslie Science & Nature Center
  • 6:00pm-8:00pm Walk Thru Lights at Hamlett Lavender Farm with Santa & Friends at Hamlett Lavender Farm
  • 7:30pm Sing Along White Christmas at Michigan Theater

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    Saturday, November 26 Highlights

  • 8:00am-3:00pm Pop on Main Street at Downtown Milan
  • 9:00am-12:00pm Home Depot Kids Club: Train Ornament at Home Depot
  • 10:00am-12:30pm Block Printed Holiday Cards at Ann Arbor Art Center
  • 10:00am-12:00pm Marsh Meander at Lake Erie Metropark
  • 10:00am-2:45pm Santa Train at Southern Michigan Railroad (Tecumseh Station)
  • 10:00am-12:00pm Tracks & Scat at Oakwoods Metropark
  • 10:00am-11:30am Wonderful Waterfowl at Kensington Metropark
  • 10:00am-4:00pm Yspi Artisans Holiday Market at Ypsilanti Freighthouse
  • 11:00am-12:00pm Makerspace at Dexter District Library
  • 11:00am-6:00pm South Lyon Kiwanis Club Tree Sale & Pictures with Santa at McHattie Park
  • 2:00pm-4:00pm Marsh Meander at Lake Erie Metropark
  • 3:00pm-4:00pm Chow Time at the Farm at Kensington Metropark Farm Center
  • 3:00pm-4:00pm Kinetic Sandbox at Pittsfield Branch Library
  • 6:00pm-8:00pm Evening Owl Prowl at Oakwoods Metropark
  • 6:00pm-8:00pm Lake Erie Owl Prowl at Lake Erie Metropark
  • 6:00pm-8:00pm Walk Thru Lights at Hamlett Lavender Farm at Hamlett Lavender Farm

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    Sunday, November 27 Highlights

  • 10:00am-12:00pm Dazzling Ducks at Lake Erie Metropark
  • 10:00am-5:00pm Private Santa Sessions at Carousel Acres
  • 10:00am-2:45pm Santa Train at Southern Michigan Railroad (Tecumseh Station)
  • 10:00am-4:00pm Yspi Artisans Holiday Market at Ypsilanti Freighthouse
  • 12:00pm Flashback Cinema: White Christmas at Emagine Saline
  • 1:00pm-2:00pm Code Lab: Scratch at Downtown Branch of AADL
  • 1:00pm-4:00pm Critter House Open Hours at Leslie Science & Nature Center
  • 1:00pm-2:00pm Nature Walk with Natural Area Preservation @ Ruthven Nature Area at Ruthven Nature Area
  • 1:30pm Elf - Holiday Classic Film Series at Michigan Theater
  • 2:00pm-4:00pm Dazzling Ducks at Lake Erie Metropark
  • 2:00pm-3:00pm Folded Paper Gift Boxes at Pittsfield Branch Library
  • 5:30pm Depot Town Tree Lighting at Depot Town
  • 6:15pm Flashback Cinema: White Christmas at Emagine Saline

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    All Events this Week

    All Tuesday, November 22 Events

    Date/TimeEvent
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    11/22/2022
    10:00am-11:00am
    Sensory Story Time
    at Humane Society of Huron Valley, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    11/22/2022
    10:30am-11:15am
    Babytime
    at Chelsea District Library, Chelsea Michigan
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    11/22/2022
    11:00am-12:00pm
    Baby Playgroup
    at Traverwood Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    11/22/2022
    11:00am-11:30am
    Preschool Storytimes
    at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
    11/22/2022
    11:00am-12:00pm
    Tot Time
    at PAX Gymnastics, Chelsea Michigan
    11/22/2022
    1:00pm-2:00pm
    Open Gym
    at Gym America, Ann Arbor Michigan
    11/22/2022
    1:00pm-2:30pm
    Open Skate
    at Veterans Ice Arena, Ann Arbor MI
    11/22/2022
    1:00pm-2:00pm
    Toddler Time
    at Champion Gymnastics, Ann Arbor Michigan
    11/22/2022
    1:15pm-2:15pm
    Kids Play Time
    at Michigan Academy of Gymnastics, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    11/22/2022
    6:00pm-7:00pm
    Thanksgiving Storytime
    at Chelsea District Library, Chelsea Michigan
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    11/22/2022
    6:30pm-8:00pm
    Chess Club
    at Dexter District Library, Dexter Michigan
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    11/22/2022
    6:30pm-7:00pm
    Turkey Tales
    at Saline District Library, Saline Michigan

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    All Wednesday, November 23 Events

    Date/TimeEvent
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    11/23/2022
    7:00am-3:00pm
    Ann Arbor Farmers Market
    at Ann Arbor Farmers Market, Ann Arbor MI
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    11/23/2022
    9:00am-1:00pm
    White Lotus Farms Farmers Market
    at White Lotus Farms, Ann Arbor MI
    πŸ’™πŸŽŸ
    11/23/2022
    9:45am-10:30am
    Gratitude Yoga
    at Studio Studio, Ann Arbor Michigan
    11/23/2022
    10:00am-12:00pm
    Toddler Time
    at Champion Gymnastics, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    11/23/2022
    10:30am-11:30am
    Baby Playgroup
    at Westgate Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    11/23/2022
    10:30am-11:00am
    Preschool Storytimes
    at Malletts Creek Branch Library, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    11/23/2022
    10:30am-11:15am
    Tiny Tails Storytime
    at Tiny Lions Lounge & Adoption Center, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    11/23/2022
    11:00am
    Sprouts Story Time
    at Northfield Township Area Library, Whitmore Lake Michigan
    11/23/2022
    11:00am-12:00pm
    Tot Time
    at PAX Gymnastics, Chelsea Michigan
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    11/23/2022
    12:00pm-1:30pm
    Wild Things Feast
    at Montibeller Park, Ypsilanti MI
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    11/23/2022
    12:45pm
    Flashback Cinema: Polar Express
    at Emagine Saline, Saline Michigan
    11/23/2022
    1:00pm-2:00pm
    Open Gym
    at Gym America, Ann Arbor Michigan
    πŸ’™πŸ†“
    11/23/2022
    1:00pm-1:30pm
    Preschool Art Start
    at Pittsfield Branch Library, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    11/23/2022
    3:00pm-4:00pm
    Open Art for Teens
    at Saline District Library, Saline Michigan
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    11/23/2022
    6:15pm
    Flashback Cinema: Polar Express
    at Emagine Saline, Saline Michigan

    All Thursday, November 24 Events

    Date/TimeEvent
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    11/24/2022
    7:00am-10:00am
    Ann Arbor Turkey Trot - Thanksgiving Day
    at Main Street Area, Ann Arbor MI
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    11/24/2022
    9:00am-11:00am
    Huffin for the Stuffin
    at Maybury State Park, Northville MI


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