Arbor Annie's Weekday Picks - June 17-21

Arbor Annie’s Weekday Picks June 17-21

It’s the first week of summer vacation. That means great events like Top of the Park and the Ann Arbor Jaycees Carnival. Plus the kickoff of summer fun at the Ann Arbor Library, Hands-On Museum, Matthaei Botanical Gardens, and more.

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Arbor Annie’s Weekday Picks

The weather this week is a bit more summer like than the weekend. Temperatures are back to the 70s and there is a bit less rain in the forecast.

Top of the Park continues this week (except for Monday). Be sure to check out our Top of the Park Kids Guide for the daily schedule, tips for attending, and more. This week’s Kid Zone activites are Origami, Calligraphy, Puppets, and More on Tuesday, the popular Mo Willems series Elephant and Piggie Series on Wednesday, Japan Week: Games from Around the World on Thursday, and Around the World with American Field Service.

Ann Arbor 2019 Top of the Park Kids Guide

On Wednesday the Ann Arbor Jaycees Carnival starts. It’s an annual tradition for us to attend. They are hosting us this year so that we can share all of the fun with you. Be on the lookout for our roundup and a video walkthrough.

Ann Arbor Jaycees Carnival

Lots of summer event series start this week. Matthaei Botanical Gardens starts their Summer Children’s Garden Pop-Ups on Monday. Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum is doing a Summer of Space and also adding extra workshops. The Ann Arbor District Library has a full slate of fun events all week long.

Strawberry picking should still be great this week. I am hoping to get out one day this week.

Ann Arbor Strawberry Picking

I enjoyed the Peony Garden last week, but couldn’t get my daughter to visit on Friday afternoon. She has a cold on top of allergies so she didn’t want to make the allergies worse.

Arb Peony Garden - Pink Peonies

It is also Japan Week. There are several fun events all week. Last year my daughter enjoyed Japan Week: Japanese Video Games which is on Monday. Other good choices are Japan Week: Family Art Studio: The Six Senses of Buddhism on Thursday plus the Center for Japanese Studies has the KidsZone Tent at Top of the Park.


Summer Movie Series continue this week at Quality 16 and Emagine plus the Cinemark series starts. Quality 16 is showing Smallfoot (Monday-Friday). Emagine is showing Despicable Me (Wednesday & Thursday) and Cinemark is showing The Grinch (Tuesday).

Summer Movie Clubhouse - Dollar Movies at Cinemark

The local pools, water parks, and spray grounds are open regular hours this week – pending the weather. If you have little ones, the Tot Splashes are a great time to visit.

Ann Arbor Swimming Pools & Other Places to Get Wet

Top Weekday Event Picks

Monday Picks

  • 5:00pm-7:00pm Japan Week: Japanese Video Games at James & Anne Duderstadt Center
  • 6:00pm-8:00pm Family Night at Dexter A&W

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    Tuesday Picks

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    Wednesday Picks

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    Thursday Picks

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    Friday Picks

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    In movies this week, Toy Story 4 opens on Friday with showings starting Thursday evening. We can’t wait to see the movie.

    The other big movie highlight is the Summer movie series – Quality 16 has Smallfoot (Monday-Friday), Emagine has Despicable Me (Wednesday & Thursday), and Cinemark has The Grinch (Tuesday).

    Still in theaters are:

    • Men in Black International
    • Aladdin
    • Dark Phoenix
    • Secret Life of Pets 2
    • Avengers Endgame
    • Pokemon: Detective Pikachu

    Upcoming Family Friendly movies are (updated from earlier this month since Disney/Fox/Marvel changed some dates after their merger):

    • June 21 – Toy Story 4
    • July 2 – Spider-Man Far From Home
    • July 19 – The Lion King
    • August 2 – Dora and the Lost City of Gold
    • August 16 – The Angry Birds Movie 2


    Looking Forward to Next Weekend

    Date/Time Event

    A2SO Instrument Petting Zoo

    at Ypsilanti Farmers Market – Depot Town, Ypsilanti Michian
    The Ann Arbor Symphony believes that farmers markets help foster healthy communities, and we believe that β€œfeeding the soul” through the arts is part of building strong, healthy, livable communities. They will be at the Ypsilanti Farmers Market on June 22. Bow a violin, pluck a cello, buzz a trumpet,...Read More
    Big Trucks & Emergency Vehicle Day
    at Dexter District Library, Dexter Michigan
    Michigan Pez Convention - Free General Public Show
    at Wyndham Garden, Ann Arbor Michigan
    Mommy & Me Day on the Farm
    at Fusilier Farms, Chelsea Michigan
    Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office Open House
    at Washtenaw County Sheriff Office, Ann Arbor Michigan

    Movie Night - Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    at Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor Michigan
    Movie Night returns to Michigan Stadium. Get all the details on the date, pre-show activities, and how to get tickets.
    Light Up the Park
    at Ann Arbor Skate Park, Ann Arbor Michigan
    Hunters of the Sky
    at Kerrytown Market & Shops, Ann Arbor Michigan


    All Weekday Events

    Monday, June 17, 2019

    Date/Time Event
    Japan Week: Japanese Video Games
    at James & Anne Duderstadt Center, Ann Arbor Michigan
    Family Night
    at Dexter A&W, Dexter Michigan

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