Arbor Annie’s Weekday Picks June 11-15

It’s the last week of school for most local students (I know Ann Arbor Public Schools runs through Friday). Fortunately, school is in the wind-down since there are lots of great events happening in evenings this week. Plus a few daytime events if your kids are already out of school.
Arbor Annie's Weekday Picks - June 11-15, 2018While most local schools run through June 15, we have switched to our summer newsletter/weekend roundup schedule.

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Arbor Annie’s Weekday Picks

The biggest event this week is Top of the Park which kicked off on Friday. Some highlights this week are Tuesday’s Making Masks from Recycled Materials, Wednesday’s KidZone: Apple Playschools: Make Recycled Instruments, and Friday’s KidZone: Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra Petting Zoo.

Top of the Park 2018 Kids Guide - Ann Arbor Summer Festival

Ann Arbor Restaurant Week kicked off yesterday (Sunday) and runs through Friday. We will have to pick a restaurant to visit.

Ann Arbor Restaurant Week - Summer 2018

Strawberry Season started last week and continues this week. Be sure to check with the farms for picking conditions before heading out.

Ann Arbor Strawberry Picking

The outdoor pools are open, but operating on a limited schedule until Saturday.. Check out our 11 Places to Get Wet this Summer – Ann Arbor Pools, Water Parks, Spray Grounds, and more.

Ann Arbor Swimming Pools & Other Places to Get Wet

With a half-day on Friday for the last day of school (for AAPS), there are several great choices that afternoon. The annual A2 Tech Trek starts at 3p. Saline is offering their Mini Mastodon challenge. Or, head to Canton Liberty Fest for ride fun.

Top Weekend Event Picks

Monday Picks

  • 10:00am Despicable Me 3 - Free Morning Movies at Quality 16
  • 3:00pm-7:00pm Ann Arbor Children's House Montessori Pre-school Open House at Ann Arbor Children’s House Montessori
  • Tuesday Picks

  • 10:00am Despicable Me 3 - Free Morning Movies at Quality 16
  • 5:00pm-8:00pm KidZone: UM North Campus Children’s Center – Exploring Loose Parts at Top of the Park
  • 5:00pm-11:00pm Top of the Park Music at Top of the Park
  • 5:30pm Making Masks from Recycled Materials at Top of the Park
  • 10:00pm-11:59pm Dreamgirls: Top of the Park Movie at Top of the Park
  • Wednesday Picks

  • 10:00am Despicable Me 3 - Free Morning Movies at Quality 16
  • 10:00am Emagine Summer Kids Movie - The Wild Life at Emagine Saline
  • 10:00am-11:00am Nature Storytime - Animal Homes at Leslie Science & Nature Center
  • 10:30am-11:15am Sensation Stations at Westgate Branch of AADL
  • 5:00pm-8:00pm KidZone: Apple Playschools: Make Recycled Instruments at Top of the Park
  • 5:00pm-11:00pm Top of the Park Music at Top of the Park
  • 10:00pm-11:59pm Lion: Top of the Park Movie at Top of the Park
  • Thursday Picks

  • 10:00am Despicable Me 3 - Free Morning Movies at Quality 16
  • 10:00am Emagine Summer Kids Movie - The Wild Life at Emagine Saline
  • 11:30am-1:00pm Sonic Lunch - ZZ Ward with special guest Jill Jack at Liberty Plaza
  • 1:00pm-10:00pm Canton Liberty Fest at Heritage Park
  • 5:00pm-8:00pm KidZone: Children's Center for Growth & Development - Garden Play Center at Top of the Park
  • 5:00pm-11:00pm Top of the Park Music at Top of the Park
  • 6:30pm-8:30pm Musical Coding with Sonic Pi at Downtown Branch of AADL
  • 10:00pm-11:59pm The Sting: Top of the Park Movie at Top of the Park
  • Friday Picks

  • 10:00am-10:00pm Belleville Strawberry Festival at Downtown Belleville
  • 10:00am Despicable Me 3 - Free Morning Movies at Quality 16
  • 1:00pm-11:00pm Canton Liberty Fest at Heritage Park
  • 2:00pm-3:30pm Mini Mastodon at Mill Pond Park
  • 3:00pm-7:00pm A2 Tech Trek at SPARK Central
  • 5:00pm-8:00pm KidZone: Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra Petting Zoo at Top of the Park
  • 5:00pm-9:00pm Pets and Pajamas Movie Night at Humane Society of Huron Valley
  • 5:00pm-11:00pm Top of the Park Music at Top of the Park
  • 7:00pm AFC Ann Arbor vs Kalamazoo FC - Superheroes and Soccer Stars at Skyline High School
  • 7:00pm-8:30pm Artist Talk with Maris Wicks: Gorillas, Guts, and Gastropods (A2CAF Opening Event) at Downtown Branch of AADL
  • Movies

    This is a big week for movies! Incredibles 2 opens on Friday. We’ll have a review mid-week since we are seeing a screening on Monday night.Incredibles 2 - Bob & Jack-JackAlso this week, Quality 16 and Emagine kick off their kids summer movie schedule. Cinemark starts next week. Quality 16 is playing Despicable Me 3 from Monday-Friday. Emagine is playing The Wild Life on Wednesday and Thursday.

    Solo: A Star Wars Story continues as a big movie release. Check out our review and Parental Guidance before buying your tickets. 

    SOLO: A Star Wars Story - Qi'ra & Han Solo

    Emilia Clarke is Qi’ra and Alden Ehrenreich is Han Solo in SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY.

    If you still haven’t seen Avengers: Infinity War, we definitely recommend it. Check out our review and parental guidance. My daughter was actually contemplating a repeat viewing last weekend

    Avengers Infinity War - Doctor Strange, Tony Stark, Bruce Banner & Wong

    Marvel Studios’ AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR..L to R: Doctor Strange/Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), Iron Man/Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), Bruce Banner/Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and Wong (Benedict Wong)..Photo: Chuck Zlotnick..©Marvel Studios 2018

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    Looking Forward to Next Weekend

    Date/Time Event
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    06/16/2018
    9:00am-11:00am
    Autism Swim Day
    at Rolling Hills County Park, Ypsilanti Michigan
    💙🎟
    06/16/2018
    10:00am-10:00pm
    Belleville Strawberry Festival
    at Downtown Belleville, Belleville Michigan
    💙🎟
    06/16/2018
    10:00am-11:00pm
    Canton Liberty Fest
    at Heritage Park, Canton Michigan
    💙
    06/16/2018
    10:00am-12:00pm
    Kids Club: Father's Day Card
    at Michaels, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓
    06/16/2018
    10:00am-12:00pm
    Summer Celebrations without Styrofoam
    at Westgate Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓
    06/16/2018
    11:00am-8:00pm
    Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival (A2CAF) 2018
    at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓
    06/16/2018
    11:00am-2:00pm
    Get Outside Day
    at Rolling Hills County Park, Ypsilanti Michigan
    💙🆓🎟
    06/16/2018
    1:00pm-4:00pm
    The Second Annual GrieveWell Kite Festival
    at Pioneer High School, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓
    06/16/2018
    5:00pm-8:00pm
    KidZone: Summers-Knoll School - Connect with Nature
    at Top of the Park, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓
    06/16/2018
    5:00pm-11:00pm
    Top of the Park Music
    at Top of the Park, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🎟
    06/17/2018
    9:00am-8:00pm
    Belleville Strawberry Festival
    at Downtown Belleville, Belleville Michigan
    💙
    06/17/2018
    11:00am-2:30pm
    Free Lunch for Dad
    at Miss Kim, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓
    06/17/2018
    12:30pm-5:30pm
    Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival (A2CAF) 2018
    at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓
    06/17/2018
    1:00pm
    Japan Week: A Letter to Momo
    at Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor MI
    💙🆓
    06/17/2018
    5:00pm-8:00pm
    KidZone: Spectrum Therapy Center - Bubbles, Boats & Buried Treasure
    at Top of the Park, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓
    06/17/2018
    5:00pm-11:00pm
    Top of the Park Music
    at Top of the Park, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓
    06/17/2018
    10:00pm-11:59pm

    Kubo and the Two Strings: Top of the Park Movie


    at Top of the Park, Ann Arbor Michigan
    Tonight's top of the Park movie is Kubo and the Two Strings Ad: Don't forget to check out the full Top of the Park Movie Lineup. Also, don't miss the KidZone tents earlier in the evening. Each night's KidZone is sponsored by a different local business, organization, or non-profit and provides fun...Read More

    All Weekday Events

    Monday, June 11, 2018

    Date/Time Event
    🆓
    06/11/2018
    All Day
    Everyday Indoor Activities
    06/11/2018
    All Day
    Everyday Outdoor Activities
    06/11/2018
    All Day
    Kids Eat Free
    06/11/2018
    10:00am-12:00pm
    Camp Creativity - Friends Forever
    at Michaels, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙
    06/11/2018
    10:00am
    Despicable Me 3 - Free Morning Movies
    at Quality 16, Ann Arbor MI
    🆓
    06/11/2018
    10:00am-11:30am
    Summer 2018 Children's Garden Pop-Up
    at Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓
    06/11/2018
    3:00pm-7:00pm

    Ann Arbor Children's House Montessori Pre-school Open House


    at Ann Arbor Children’s House Montessori, Ann Arbor Michigan
    Ann Arbor Children's House Montessori Pre-school is holding an Open House on Monday, June 11 from 3-7pm to invite interested parents and students to come visit our school, meet our teachers and see what our traditional Montessori classroom has to offer their child. Additionally, interested parents are invited to schedule...Read More
    🆓
    06/11/2018
    6:00pm-9:00pm
    High School Exam Study Space
    at Westgate Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
    06/11/2018
    7:30pm-9:00pm
    Open Swim
    at Whitmore Lake High School, Whitmore Lake Michigan

    Tuesday, June 12, 2018

    Date/Time Event
    🆓
    06/12/2018
    All Day
    Everyday Indoor Activities
    06/12/2018
    All Day
    Everyday Outdoor Activities
    06/12/2018
    All Day
    Kids Eat Free
    💙
    06/12/2018
    10:00am
    Despicable Me 3 - Free Morning Movies
    at Quality 16, Ann Arbor MI
    06/12/2018
    1:45pm-2:45pm
    Kids Play Time
    at Michigan Academy of Gymnastics, Ann Arbor Michigan
    🆓
    06/12/2018
    2:00pm-6:00pm
    Dexter Farmers Market
    at Dexter Farmers Market, Dexter Michigan
    🆓
    06/12/2018
    3:00pm-7:00pm
    Ypsilanti Farmers Market
    at Downtown Ypsilanti Farmers Market, Ypsilanti Michigan
    🆓
    06/12/2018
    4:00pm-7:00pm
    Cobblestone Farm Market
    at Cobblestone Farm, Ann Arbor Michigan
    06/12/2018
    5:00pm-5:45pm
    Brazilian Martial Arts for Kids
    at Ring of Steel, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓
    06/12/2018
    5:00pm-8:00pm
    KidZone: UM North Campus Children’s Center – Exploring Loose Parts
    at Top of the Park, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓
    06/12/2018
    5:00pm-11:00pm
    Top of the Park Music
    at Top of the Park, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓
    06/12/2018
    5:30pm
    Making Masks from Recycled Materials
    at Top of the Park, Ann Arbor Michigan
    🆓
    06/12/2018
    6:00pm-9:00pm
    High School Exam Study Space
    at Westgate Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
    06/12/2018
    6:45pm-9:30pm
    Board Game Night
    at Cultivate Coffee & TapHouse, Ypsilanti Michigan
    06/12/2018
    7:30pm-9:00pm
    Teens Using Drugs: What To Know and What To Do - Part 2
    at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center, Ypsilanti Michigan
    💙🆓
    06/12/2018
    10:00pm-11:59pm

    Dreamgirls: Top of the Park Movie


    at Top of the Park, Ann Arbor Michigan
    Tonight's top of the Park movie is Dreamgirls Ad: Don't forget to check out the full Top of the Park Movie Lineup. Also, don't miss the KidZone tents earlier in the evening. Each night's KidZone is sponsored by a different local business, organization, or non-profit and provides fun interactive activities for the...Read More

    Wednesday, June 13, 2018

    Date/Time Event
    🆓
    06/13/2018
    All Day
    Everyday Indoor Activities
    06/13/2018
    All Day
    Everyday Outdoor Activities
    06/13/2018
    All Day
    Kids Eat Free
    🆓
    06/13/2018
    7:00am-3:00pm
    Ann Arbor Farmers Market
    at Ann Arbor Farmers Market, Ann Arbor MI
    06/13/2018
    10:00am-12:00pm
    Camp Creativity - Friends Forever
    at Michaels, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙
    06/13/2018
    10:00am
    Despicable Me 3 - Free Morning Movies
    at Quality 16, Ann Arbor MI
    💙
    06/13/2018
    10:00am
    Emagine Summer Kids Movie - The Wild Life
    at Emagine Saline, Saline Michigan
    🆓
    06/13/2018
    10:00am-12:00pm
    Mama & Me Coffee Meetup
    at Cultivate Coffee & TapHouse, Ypsilanti Michigan
    💙
    06/13/2018
    10:00am-11:00am
    Nature Storytime - Animal Homes
    at Leslie Science & Nature Center, Ann Arbor MI
    💙🆓
    06/13/2018
    10:30am-11:15am
    Sensation Stations
    at Westgate Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
    06/13/2018
    1:30pm-2:30pm
    Kids Play Time
    at Michigan Academy of Gymnastics, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓
    06/13/2018
    5:00pm-8:00pm
    KidZone: Apple Playschools: Make Recycled Instruments
    at Top of the Park, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓
    06/13/2018
    5:00pm-11:00pm
    Top of the Park Music
    at Top of the Park, Ann Arbor Michigan
    🆓
    06/13/2018
    6:00pm-9:00pm
    High School Exam Study Space
    at Westgate Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
    🆓
    06/13/2018
    6:00pm-9:00pm
    Minecraft for Kids
    at Cultivate Coffee & TapHouse, Ypsilanti Michigan
    06/13/2018
    6:30pm-8:00pm
    Open Swim
    at Whitmore Lake High School, Whitmore Lake Michigan
    💙🆓
    06/13/2018
    10:00pm-11:59pm

    Lion: Top of the Park Movie


    at Top of the Park, Ann Arbor Michigan
    Tonight's top of the Park movie is Lion Ad: Don't forget to check out the full Top of the Park Movie Lineup. Also, don't miss the KidZone tents earlier in the evening. Each night's KidZone is sponsored by a different local business, organization, or non-profit and provides fun interactive activities for the...Read More

    Thursday, June 14, 2018

    Date/Time Event
    🆓
    06/14/2018
    All Day
    Everyday Indoor Activities
    06/14/2018
    All Day
    Everyday Outdoor Activities
    06/14/2018
    All Day
    Kids Eat Free
    💙
    06/14/2018
    10:00am
    Despicable Me 3 - Free Morning Movies
    at Quality 16, Ann Arbor MI
    💙
    06/14/2018
    10:00am
    Emagine Summer Kids Movie - The Wild Life
    at Emagine Saline, Saline Michigan
    🆓
    06/14/2018
    10:00am-11:00am
    Parent & Toddler Art Adventures
    at Riverside Arts Center, Ypsilanti MI
    💙🆓
    06/14/2018
    11:30am-1:00pm
    Sonic Lunch - ZZ Ward with special guest Jill Jack
    at Liberty Plaza, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🎟
    06/14/2018
    1:00pm-10:00pm
    Canton Liberty Fest
    at Heritage Park, Canton Michigan
    🆓
    06/14/2018
    3:00pm-7:00pm
    Pittsfield Township Farmers Market - Kevin Devine
    at Lillie Park South, Ann Arbor Michigan
    🆓
    06/14/2018
    3:00pm-7:00pm
    Westside Farmers Market
    at Zingerman’s Roadhouse, Ann Arbor Michigan
    06/14/2018
    5:00pm-5:45pm
    Brazilian Martial Arts for Kids
    at Ring of Steel, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓
    06/14/2018
    5:00pm-8:00pm
    KidZone: Children's Center for Growth & Development - Garden Play Center
    at Top of the Park, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓
    06/14/2018
    5:00pm-11:00pm
    Top of the Park Music
    at Top of the Park, Ann Arbor Michigan
    🆓
    06/14/2018
    6:00pm-9:00pm
    High School Exam Study Space
    at Westgate Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓
    06/14/2018
    6:30pm-8:30pm
    Musical Coding with Sonic Pi
    at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
    🆓
    06/14/2018
    6:30pm-8:30pm
    Sounds and Sights on Thursday NIghts
    at Downtown Chelsea, Chelsea Michigan
    🆓
    06/14/2018
    7:00pm-8:30pm
    Manchester Gazebo Concerts - Family Concert Featuring Guy Lewis
    at Wurster Park Manchester, Manchester Michigan
    🆓
    06/14/2018
    7:00pm
    Summer Music Series - Saline Big Band
    at Downtown Saline, Saline Michigan
    💙🆓
    06/14/2018
    10:00pm-11:59pm

    The Sting: Top of the Park Movie


    at Top of the Park, Ann Arbor Michigan
    Tonight's top of the Park movie is The Sting. I've never seen this classic Robert Redford/Paul Newman movie. Maybe we'll try to make it. Ad: Don't forget to check out the full Top of the Park Movie Lineup. Also, don't miss the KidZone tents earlier in the evening. Each night's KidZone is...Read More

    Friday, June 15, 2018

    Date/Time Event
    🆓
    06/15/2018
    All Day
    Everyday Indoor Activities
    06/15/2018
    All Day
    Everyday Outdoor Activities
    06/15/2018
    All Day
    Kids Eat Free
    💙🎟
    06/15/2018
    10:00am-10:00pm
    Belleville Strawberry Festival
    at Downtown Belleville, Belleville Michigan
    🆓
    06/15/2018
    10:00am-12:00pm
    Camp Creativity - Slime Fridays
    at Michaels, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙
    06/15/2018
    10:00am
    Despicable Me 3 - Free Morning Movies
    at Quality 16, Ann Arbor MI
    🆓
    06/15/2018
    10:00am-10:30am
    Preschool Storytime
    at Pittsfield Branch Library, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🎟
    06/15/2018
    1:00pm-11:00pm
    Canton Liberty Fest
    at Heritage Park, Canton Michigan
    06/15/2018
    1:00pm-11:30pm
    Hamburg Fun Fest
    at Manly Bennet Park, Whitmore Lake Michigan
    💙🆓🎟
    06/15/2018
    2:00pm-3:30pm
    Mini Mastodon
    at Mill Pond Park, Saline Michigan
    💙🆓
    06/15/2018
    3:00pm-7:00pm
    A2 Tech Trek
    at SPARK Central, Ann Arbor Michigan
    🆓
    06/15/2018
    3:00pm-7:00pm
    Dixboro Farmers Market
    at Dixboro Farmers Market, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓
    06/15/2018
    5:00pm-8:00pm
    KidZone: Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra Petting Zoo
    at Top of the Park, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙
    06/15/2018
    5:00pm-9:00pm
    Pets and Pajamas Movie Night
    at Humane Society of Huron Valley, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓
    06/15/2018
    5:00pm-11:00pm
    Top of the Park Music
    at Top of the Park, Ann Arbor Michigan
    06/15/2018
    5:15pm-6:15pm
    Zumba for Tweenz
    at Peachy Fitness, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙
    06/15/2018
    7:00pm
    AFC Ann Arbor vs Kalamazoo FC - Superheroes and Soccer Stars
    at Skyline High School, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓
    06/15/2018
    7:00pm-8:30pm
    Artist Talk with Maris Wicks: Gorillas, Guts, and Gastropods (A2CAF Opening Event)
    at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
    🆓
    06/15/2018
    7:00pm
    Dexter Summer Concerts: Dexter Community Orchestra
    at Monument Park, Dexter Michigan
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