Arbor Annie’s Weekend Roundup – August 24-26

This weekend is highlighted by YpsiFest, Thunder Over Michigan, Day Out with Thomas, Chelsea Fair, and Michigan Football’s Open Practice. Plus, don’t forget to plan around I-94 closures.

Arbor Annie's Weekend Picks - August 24-26

Arbor Annie’s Weekend Picks

It’s a great weekend for kids who love vehicles. See fighter planes at Thunder Over Michigan, Touch a Truck at YpsiFest, and visit with Thomas at Crossroads Village in Flint. My daughter absolutely loved Day Out with Thomas as a preschooler.

2018 Day Out With Thomas at Crossroads Village -

Particularly with big events in Ypsilanti and Chelsea this weekend, many families may be impacted by the closure of WB I-94 and some ramps between I-94 & US-23 ramps.

Ann Arbor I94 Repaving Summer 2018

The Ypsilanti Heritage Festival was one of our favorite yearly events. They’ve rebranded to YpsiFest with less focus on history, and an added focus on local music and arts.

I’ve always wanted to attend the Thunder Over Michigan Air Show, but have never made it. Tickets are fairly expensive, but we can see some flyovers from our house.


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You can also head west for the Chelsea Community Fair. (Just don’t plan to use I-94 until after M14).

Michigan Football’s Open Practice on Sunday evening is the perfect way to wrap-up the weekend. Kids even get to run on the field after practice.

There are only two weekends left to enjoy some of our 11 Places to Get Wet this Summer. Our plans this weekend include both Rolling Hills Water Park and Jump Island – Hopefully the weather cooperates.

10 Places to Get Wet: Ann Arbor Swimming Pools


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Top Weekend Event Picks

Friday Picks

  • 2:00pm-3:00pm Sweet Treat Clay Charms at Traverwood Branch of AADL
  • 2:00pm-3:00pm Sweet Treats Clay Charms at Westgate Branch of AADL
  • Saturday Picks

  • 11:00am-5:00pm Ann Arbor Wayzgoose & Printing Festival at Downtown Branch of AADL
  • 12:00pm-2:00pm End of Summer Moana Meet & Greet at McPherson Local
  • Sunday Picks

  • 1:00pm-2:30pm Two Layer Soda Tab Flower at Pittsfield Branch Library
  • 4:00pm-5:00pm Family Drum Circle at Robinsongs for Kids
  • 6:00pm-7:00pm Open Football Practice at Michigan Stadium
  • Movies

    We have two top movie picks this weekend. First, is Sing Along Beauty & the Beast on Sunday at Michigan Theater. Second, the classic 2001: A Space Odyssey is in theaters at select IMAX screens including the Cinemark in Ypsilanti.

    New this weekend is A.X.L. about a robotic dog. I don’t know much about the film, but it is rated PG.

    We saw Christopher Robin last weekend. While we all enjoyed it, the movie is better for adults and older kids than younger kids.

    Christopher Robin - Trailer

    Continuing in theaters are the animated films Hotel Transylvania 3 and Incredibles 2 – we loved Incredibles 2.

    Incredibles 2 Movie - The Incredible family

    If you haven’t seen Ant-Man and The Wasp, we really enjoyed it. Be sure to check our review and parental guidance before heading to the theater.

    Ant-Man and the Wasp - Cassie & Scott Lang

    Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom continues in limited showings. Check out our review and parental guidance.

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    Looking Forward to Next Week

    Next week is the last week of summer. The events calendar is pretty light, but is highlighted by the Saline Fair.

    Date/Time Event
    💙🆓
    08/28/2018
    7:00pm-8:00pm
    Stenciled Tote Bags
    at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🎟
    08/29/2018
    5:30pm-6:30pm
    Just for Kids: Explore the World of Bread
    at Zingerman’s Deli, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓
    08/29/2018
    7:00pm-8:30pm
    Magnet Boards Workshop
    at Westgate Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓
    08/30/2018
    10:30am-11:00am
    STOREytime with Alison
    at The Little Seedling, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓
    08/30/2018
    11:30am-1:00pm
    Sonic Lunch - Theo Katzman with special guest Jacob Sigman
    at Liberty Plaza, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙
    08/30/2018
    4:00pm-5:15pm
    Free Tinkergarten Class
    at County Farm Park, Ann Arbor Michigan

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    All Weekend Events

    Friday, August 24, 2018

    Date/Time Event
    💙🆓
    08/24/2018
    2:00pm-3:00pm
    Sweet Treat Clay Charms
    at Traverwood Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓
    08/24/2018
    2:00pm-3:00pm
    Sweet Treats Clay Charms
    at Westgate Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
    🎟
    08/24/2018
    6:00pm-9:00pm
    Ann Arbor Euchre Tournament
    at 2|42 Community Church, Ann Arbor MI

    Saturday, August 25, 2018

    Date/Time Event
    💙🆓
    08/25/2018
    11:00am-5:00pm
    Ann Arbor Wayzgoose & Printing Festival
    at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓
    08/25/2018
    12:00pm-2:00pm
    End of Summer Moana Meet & Greet
    at McPherson Local, Saline Michigan
    08/25/2018
    1:00pm-5:00pm
    Creature Encounters - Kangaroos!
    at The Creature Conservancy, Ann Arbor Michigan

    Sunday, August 26, 2018

    Date/Time Event
    08/26/2018
    1:00pm-5:00pm
    Creature Encounters - Kangaroos!
    at The Creature Conservancy, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓
    08/26/2018
    1:00pm-2:30pm
    Two Layer Soda Tab Flower
    at Pittsfield Branch Library, Ann Arbor Michigan
    🆓
    08/26/2018
    3:00pm-6:00pm
    Fall 2018 Open House
    at Ballet Chelsea, Chelsea Michigan
    💙🆓
    08/26/2018
    4:00pm-5:00pm
    Family Drum Circle
    at Robinsongs for Kids, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓
    08/26/2018
    6:00pm-7:00pm
    Open Football Practice
    at Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor Michigan
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