Arbor Annie’s Weekday Roundup – August 12-16

Summer is winding down! As I headed up to work on the newsletter last night, I commented to my husband that there are just 2 more Sunday night newsletters for summer.

Arbor Annie's Weekday Picks - August 12-16

Arbor Annie’s Weekday Picks

After cancelling due to potential rain last Tuesday, Pittsfield’s National Night Out Celebration at Lillie Park is trying again this week.

Both Emagine and Cinemark wrap up their summer movie series this week. Cinemark is showing Despicable Me 3 on Tuesday. Emagine’s movie is An American Tail on Wednesday & Thursday.

Personally, we’re still in recovery mode after a 10 day road trip vacation visiting family – extended by a day after a flat tire as we headed for home. After arriving home Saturday afternoon, we had a busy weekend getting caught up at home. So, this week will be catching up on the website – and hopefully experiencing some of the fun events on the calendar.


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Check out our places to get wet. We went kayaking before our trip, but I really want to head to the Cascades and go tubing. And my husband has Rolling Hills high on his list.

Ann Arbor Swimming Pools & Other Places to Get Wet

It’s also a great week to find a new playground to explore. Check out our weekly Playground Profile series.

Ann Arbor Activities - Visit a Playground

Find more fun ideas for this week in our Wednesday Activity Reviews.

Summer Activity Reviews

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Top Weekday Event Picks

Monday Picks

  • 10:00am-4:00pm Maker Monday: Force & Simple Machines at Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum
  • 10:00am-10:45am Rhythm Kids Summer Drum! at Robinsongs for Kids
  • 10:00am-11:30am Summer 2019 Children's Garden Pop-Up at Matthaei Botanical Gardens
  • 10:00am-12:00pm Tinkering for Tots at Greenfield Village
  • 10:00am-6:00pm Zilke Sunflower Festival at Zilke Vegetable Farm
  • 2:00pm-3:00pm Balloon Cars at Traverwood Branch of AADL
  • 2:00pm-3:00pm Balloon Cars at Westgate Branch of AADL
  • 2:00pm-3:00pm Dinosaur Crafts at Malletts Creek Branch Library
  • 3:00pm-4:00pm Tie Dye Workshop at Malletts Creek Branch Library
  • 6:00pm-8:00pm Family Night at Dexter A&W
  • 7:00pm-7:30pm Pajama Jam Storytime! at Westgate Branch of AADL
  • 7:00pm-8:00pm Tie Dye Workshop at Malletts Creek Branch Library
  • Tuesday Picks

  • 10:00am Summer Movie Clubhouse - Despicable Me 3 at Rave Motion Pictures
  • 10:00am-6:00pm Zilke Sunflower Festival at Zilke Vegetable Farm
  • 10:30am-4:00pm Water Cycle at Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum
  • 2:00pm-3:00pm DIY Dinosaur Balloons at Pittsfield Branch Library
  • 2:00pm-2:45pm Rhythm Kids Summer Drum! at Robinsongs for Kids
  • 6:00pm-8:00pm RESCHEDULED National Night Out at Lillie Park
  • 6:30pm Cow Eye Dissection at Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum
  • 7:00pm-8:00pm Concert | Miss Paula and the Candy Bandits at Downtown Branch of AADL
  • 7:00pm-8:00pm Creativebug Selections: 31 Things to Draw at Malletts Creek Branch Library
  • Wednesday Picks

  • 10:00am Emagine Summer Kids Movie - An American Tail at Emagine Saline
  • 10:00am-6:00pm Zilke Sunflower Festival at Zilke Vegetable Farm
  • 2:00pm-3:00pm Knots! at Traverwood Branch of AADL
  • 7:00pm Sing Along Sound of Music at Michigan Theater
  • Thursday Picks

  • 10:00am Emagine Summer Kids Movie - An American Tail at Emagine Saline
  • 10:00am-1:00pm Pre-K Learning: Senses at Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum
  • 10:00am-10:45am Rhythm Kids Summer Drum! at Robinsongs for Kids
  • 10:00am-6:00pm Zilke Sunflower Festival Kids Day! at Zilke Vegetable Farm
  • 11:30am-1:00pm Sonic Lunch - TBA with special guest Amy Petty at Liberty Plaza
  • 2:00pm-3:30pm CANCELLED - Build Your Own Rube Goldberg Machine at Downtown Branch of AADL
  • 2:00pm-3:00pm Colorful Wizard of Oz at Malletts Creek Branch Library
  • 3:00pm-7:00pm A2SO Taste of Music at Zingerman’s Roadhouse
  • 5:00pm-8:00pm Summer Fling at Daycroft School
  • Friday Picks

  • 10:00am-5:00pm DAY OUT WITH THOMAS™: The Steam Team Tour 2019 at Crossroads Village
  • 10:00am-4:00pm Slime Time at Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum
  • 10:00am-6:00pm Zilke Sunflower Festival at Zilke Vegetable Farm
  • 12:30pm-5:30pm Pioneer Field Hockey Car Wash at Pioneer High School
  • 2:00pm-3:00pm Make Forky at Learning Express Toys of Ann Arbor
  • 2:00pm-3:00pm Polymer Clay Cacti at Downtown Branch of AADL
  • 2:00pm-5:00pm The Mad Hatter's Totally Pretend Tea Party! at Downtown Branch of AADL
  • 6:30pm-10:29pm Movie in the Park: The Greatest Showman at Mill Pond Park
  • 7:00pm-8:30pm From Broadway with Love at Downtown Branch of AADL
  • 8:30pm-10:30pm Night Paddle at Gallup Park
  • Movies

    The summer matinee series at local theaters wrap up this week. Cinemark plays Despicable Me 3 on Tuesday. Emagine has An American Tail on Wednesday and Thursday. Quality 16’s series ended up a couple weeks ago.

    Dora and the Lost City of Gold opened on Friday. Scary Stories To Tell in the Darkalso opened on Friday. It’s rated PG-13, but based on a series of boos for kids in grades 3-7.

    The Lion King opened a couple weekends ago to mixed reviews. We didn’t see it, but I’m in the I’m not sure it needed to be made camp. If you saw it, let us know what you thought.

    Lion King - Pride Rock

    Spider-Man Far From Home opened last month and is a great choice. We’re actually looking forward to an Avengers Endgame movie night since it comes out on BluRay this week.

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

    Toy Story 4 is still going strong. Be sure to check our review and make plans to see it yourself.

    Toy Story 4 Gabby Gabby & Henchmen
    GABBY GABBY – In Disney•Pixar’s “Toy Story 4,” Woody finds himself in Second Chance Antiques, home to an adorable, talking pull-string doll from the 1950s and her crew of voiceless ventriloquist dummies. Unfortunately for Gabby Gabby, a manufacturing defect in her pull-string voice box has left her sounding anything but adorable. Christina Hendricks lends her voice to Gabby Gabby. “Toy Story 4” opens in U.S. theaters on June 21, 2019…©2019 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

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    Monday, August 12, 2019

    Date/Time Event
    08/12/2019
    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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    08/12/2019
    10:00am-4:00pm

    Maker Monday: Force & Simple Machines


    at Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, Ann Arbor MI
    The Hands-On Museum is offering special workshops all summer long. Explore force and simple machines and learn how levers and inclined planes make work easier. For grades 2-3 & a caregiver. Workshop offered at 10a, 11a, noon, 2p, 3p
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    08/12/2019
    10:00am-10:45am
    Rhythm Kids Summer Drum!
    at Robinsongs for Kids, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    08/12/2019
    10:00am-11:30am
    Summer 2019 Children's Garden Pop-Up
    at Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    08/12/2019
    10:00am-12:00pm
    Tinkering for Tots
    at Greenfield Village, Dearborn Michigan
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    08/12/2019
    10:00am-6:00pm
    Zilke Sunflower Festival
    at Zilke Vegetable Farm, Milan Michigan
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    08/12/2019
    12:00pm-12:30pm
    Museum Highlights Tour
    at University of Michigan Museum of Natural History, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    08/12/2019
    2:00pm-3:00pm
    Balloon Cars
    at Traverwood Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    08/12/2019
    2:00pm-3:00pm
    Balloon Cars
    at Westgate Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    08/12/2019
    2:00pm-3:00pm
    Dinosaur Crafts
    at Malletts Creek Branch Library, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓
    08/12/2019
    3:00pm-4:00pm
    Tie Dye Workshop
    at Malletts Creek Branch Library, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    08/12/2019
    6:00pm-8:00pm
    Family Night
    at Dexter A&W, Dexter Michigan
    💙🆓
    08/12/2019
    7:00pm-7:30pm
    Pajama Jam Storytime!
    at Westgate Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓
    08/12/2019
    7:00pm-8:00pm
    Tie Dye Workshop
    at Malletts Creek Branch Library, Ann Arbor Michigan

    Tuesday, August 13, 2019

    Date/Time Event
    08/13/2019
    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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    08/13/2019
    10:00am
    Summer Movie Clubhouse - Despicable Me 3
    at Rave Motion Pictures, Ypsilanti Michigan
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    08/13/2019
    10:00am-5:00pm
    Summer of Science
    at Michigan Science Center, Detroit Michigan
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    08/13/2019
    10:00am-6:00pm
    Zilke Sunflower Festival
    at Zilke Vegetable Farm, Milan Michigan
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    08/13/2019
    10:30am-4:00pm

    Water Cycle


    at Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, Ann Arbor MI
    This summer AAHOM is offering extra workshops for visitors. Look beyond the four stages of the water cycle and get a first-hand look at the many paths of a water molecule. Where does the rain come from and where does it go after it hits the ground? With activities and...Read More
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    08/13/2019
    12:00pm-12:30pm
    Museum Highlights Tour
    at University of Michigan Museum of Natural History, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    08/13/2019
    2:00pm-6:00pm
    Dexter Farmers Market
    at Dexter Farmers Market, Dexter Michigan
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    08/13/2019
    2:00pm-3:00pm
    DIY Dinosaur Balloons
    at Pittsfield Branch Library, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    08/13/2019
    2:00pm-2:45pm
    Rhythm Kids Summer Drum!
    at Robinsongs for Kids, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    08/13/2019
    3:00pm-7:00pm
    Ypsilanti Farmers Market
    at Downtown Ypsilanti Farmers Market, Ypsilanti Michigan
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    08/13/2019
    4:00pm-7:00pm
    Cobblestone Farm Market
    at Cobblestone Farm, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    08/13/2019
    6:00pm-8:00pm
    RESCHEDULED National Night Out
    at Lillie Park, Ann Arbor MI
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    08/13/2019
    6:30pm

    Cow Eye Dissection


    at Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, Ann Arbor MI
    Investigate how the eye works by dissecting a real cow eye. Students connect the functions observed to the structures within the eye. Cost: $8 per person in addition to admission. Ages: 5th-8th graders and their caregivers. Time: 6:30pm.
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    08/13/2019
    7:00pm-8:00pm
    Concert | Miss Paula and the Candy Bandits
    at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    08/13/2019
    7:00pm-8:00pm
    Creativebug Selections: 31 Things to Draw
    at Malletts Creek Branch Library, Ann Arbor Michigan

    Wednesday, August 14, 2019

    Date/Time Event
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    08/14/2019
    10:00am
    Emagine Summer Kids Movie - An American Tail
    at Emagine Saline, Saline Michigan
    08/14/2019
    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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    08/14/2019
    10:00am-5:00pm
    Summer of Science
    at Michigan Science Center, Detroit Michigan
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    08/14/2019
    10:00am-6:00pm
    Zilke Sunflower Festival
    at Zilke Vegetable Farm, Milan Michigan
    🆓
    08/14/2019
    12:00pm-12:30pm
    Museum Highlights Tour
    at University of Michigan Museum of Natural History, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓
    08/14/2019
    2:00pm-3:00pm
    Knots!
    at Traverwood Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    08/14/2019
    7:00pm
    Sing Along Sound of Music
    at Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor MI

    Thursday, August 15, 2019

    Date/Time Event
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    08/15/2019
    10:00am
    Emagine Summer Kids Movie - An American Tail
    at Emagine Saline, Saline Michigan
    08/15/2019
    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
    💙
    08/15/2019
    10:00am-1:00pm

    Pre-K Learning: Senses


    at Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, Ann Arbor MI
    The Hands-On Museum is offering special workshops all summer long. Explore the five senses - Can you see a sound? Smell a color? Explore sight, sound, smell, and touch. For ages 3-5. Sessions at 10a, 11a, noon
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    08/15/2019
    10:00am-10:45am
    Rhythm Kids Summer Drum!
    at Robinsongs for Kids, Ann Arbor Michigan
    🆓
    08/15/2019
    10:00am-5:00pm
    Summer of Science
    at Michigan Science Center, Detroit Michigan
    💙
    08/15/2019
    10:00am-6:00pm
    Zilke Sunflower Festival Kids Day!
    at Zilke Vegetable Farm, Milan Michigan
    💙🆓
    08/15/2019
    11:30am-1:00pm
    Sonic Lunch - TBA with special guest Amy Petty
    at Liberty Plaza, Ann Arbor Michigan
    🆓
    08/15/2019
    12:00pm-12:30pm
    Museum Highlights Tour
    at University of Michigan Museum of Natural History, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓
    08/15/2019
    2:00pm-3:30pm
    CANCELLED - Build Your Own Rube Goldberg Machine
    at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓
    08/15/2019
    2:00pm-3:00pm
    Colorful Wizard of Oz
    at Malletts Creek Branch Library, Ann Arbor Michigan
    🆓
    08/15/2019
    2:00pm-6:00pm
    Pittsfield Township Farmers Market
    at Pittsfield Township Offices, Ann Arbor MI
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    08/15/2019
    3:00pm-7:00pm

    A2SO Taste of Music


    at Zingerman’s Roadhouse, Ann Arbor Michigan
    The Ann Arbor Symphony believes that farmers markets help foster healthy communities, and we believe that “feeding the soul” through the arts is part of building strong, healthy, livable communities. They will be at the Westside Farmers Market on August 15. Bow a violin, pluck a cello, buzz a trumpet,...Read More
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    08/15/2019
    3:00pm-7:00pm
    Westside Farmers Market
    at Zingerman’s Roadhouse, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    08/15/2019
    3:30pm-7:00pm
    Manchester Farmers Market
    at Chi-Bro Park, Manchester Michigan
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    08/15/2019
    4:00pm-8:00pm
    Manchester 3rd Thursday
    at Downtown Manchester, Manchester Michigan
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    08/15/2019
    5:00pm-8:00pm
    Summer Fling
    at Daycroft School, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    08/15/2019
    6:30pm-8:30pm
    Sounds & Sights on Thursday Nights
    at Downtown Chelsea, Chelsea Michigan
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    08/15/2019
    7:00pm-9:00pm
    Salty Summer Sounds
    at Downtown Saline, Saline Michigan
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    08/15/2019
    8:38pm
    SRSLY Cinema
    at Main Street Church, Chelsea Michigan

    Friday, August 16, 2019

    Date/Time Event
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    08/16/2019
    10:00am-5:00pm
    DAY OUT WITH THOMAS™: The Steam Team Tour 2019
    at Crossroads Village, Flint Michigan
    08/16/2019
    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
    💙
    08/16/2019
    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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    08/16/2019
    10:00am-7:00pm
    Summer of Science
    at Michigan Science Center, Detroit Michigan
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    08/16/2019
    10:00am-11:30am
    The Breastfeeding Cafe- Group for mothers and babies
    at The Breastfeeding Center of Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    08/16/2019
    10:00am-6:00pm
    Zilke Sunflower Festival
    at Zilke Vegetable Farm, Milan Michigan
    🆓
    08/16/2019
    12:00pm-12:30pm
    Museum Highlights Tour
    at University of Michigan Museum of Natural History, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙
    08/16/2019
    12:30pm-5:30pm
    Pioneer Field Hockey Car Wash
    at Pioneer High School, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    08/16/2019
    2:00pm-3:00pm
    Make Forky
    at Learning Express Toys of Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor MI
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    08/16/2019
    2:00pm-3:00pm
    Polymer Clay Cacti
    at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓
    08/16/2019
    2:00pm-5:00pm
    The Mad Hatter's Totally Pretend Tea Party!
    at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
    🆓
    08/16/2019
    3:00pm-7:00pm
    Dixboro Farmers Market
    at Dixboro Farmers Market, Ann Arbor Michigan
    08/16/2019
    4:30pm-7:00pm
    TGIF Date While We Make
    at MAKE ART STUDIO, Ann Arbor MI
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    08/16/2019
    6:30pm
    Dexter Summer Concerts: Orchestra Jazz Ens
    at Monument Park, Dexter Michigan
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    08/16/2019
    6:30pm-10:29pm
    Movie in the Park: The Greatest Showman
    at Mill Pond Park, Saline Michigan
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    08/16/2019
    7:00pm-8:30pm
    From Broadway with Love
    at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    08/16/2019
    8:30pm-10:30pm
    Night Paddle
    at Gallup Park, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    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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