Arbor Annie's Weekend Picks - June 28-30

Arbor Annie’s Weekend Picks June 29-July 1

It’s the weekend before 4th of July. Top of the Park continues this weekend or head to Howell for the Michigan Challenge Balloonfest. Plus, don’t miss fun AADL events.
Arbor Annie's Weekend Picks - June 28-30

Arbor Annie’s Weekend Picks

Summer has finally arrived in Ann Arbor with temperatures forecast to be well into the 80s all weekend and into next week. Of course the warm temperatures come with a chance of storms.

That makes it a great weekend to check out local pools, water parks, and spray grounds.  After a slow start to the summer temperatures, they are likely to be crowded this weekend.

11 Places to Get Wet: Ann Arbor Swimming Pools

Top of the Park continues this weekend. Be sure to check out our Top of the Park Kids Guide for the daily schedule, tips for attending, and more. Sunday’s movie is a summer classic – Field of Dreams. I’m hoping to convince my daughter to go see it. But with a 7:30a swim practice on Monday morning, she probably won’t want to be out that late.

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


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Our other top pick for the weekend is the Michigan Challenge Balloonfest in Howell. It’s been on my summer bucket list for a few years. We’re happy to be working with them to share more about the event. Do you know that in addition to the hot air balloons there are carnival rides, art show, and fireworks?

Michigan Challenge Balloonfest - Balloon Glow

Strawberry picking should continue to be great this weekend, just be aware of the crowds.

Ann Arbor Strawberry PickingPersonally, our other pick of the weekend is seeing Avengers Endgame in theaters with the bonus footage that they have added.

Top Weekend Event Picks

Friday Picks

  • 2:00pm-11:00pm Michigan Challenge Balloon Festival at Howell High School
  • 4:00pm-7:00pm Sundae Social at Zingerman’s Deli
  • 5:00pm-8:00pm KidZone: Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra Petting Zoo at Top of the Park
  • 6:30pm-8:30pm A Magical Night Out at Lillie Park South
  • Saturday Picks

  • 6:00am-11:00pm Michigan Challenge Balloon Festival at Howell High School
  • 10:00am-4:00pm Imagination Take Flight at Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum
  • 10:30am-12:00pm A2SO Instrument Petting Zoo at S. Ann Arbor St Saline
  • 11:00am-3:00pm Independence Day Event at Saline Depot Museum
  • 11:00am-11:45am Magic with Eli at Westgate Branch of AADL
  • 1:00pm-2:00pm Magic Enrichment Lesson at Westgate Branch of AADL
  • 1:00pm-3:00pm MAKEbreak Firecracker Slime at Michaels
  • 1:00pm-3:00pm Skyline High School Robotics: Destination Deep Space at Downtown Branch of AADL
  • 1:00pm-3:00pm Trash Rainbows at the Scrap Box
  • 2:30pm-3:15pm Magic with Eli at Westgate Branch of AADL
  • 4:00pm-11:00pm German Park Picnic at German Park
  • 6:30pm Makeup Breakdown at Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum
  • Sunday Picks

  • 6:00am-11:00pm Michigan Challenge Balloonfest at Howell High School
  • 12:00pm-4:00pm 4th of July Celebration at Cobblestone Farm
  • 12:00pm-4:00pm Imagination Take Flight at Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum
  • 1:00pm-4:00pm Log Cabin Day at Parker Mill Park
  • 1:00pm-5:00pm One-String Electric Guitar Building at Downtown Branch of AADL
  • 1:30pm Summer Classic: The Right Stuff at Michigan Theater
  • 2:00pm-3:00pm DIY Paper Spinner at Malletts Creek Branch Library
  • 2:00pm-4:30pm Kids' Games, Stories, & Face-Painting at Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea Plymouth Green
  • 6:00pm-8:00pm Sundays in the Garden: Al Bettis with Jill Govan at Cultivate Coffee & TapHouse

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    Movies

    With the holiday next week, there are no big family friendly releases this weekend. Spider-Man Far From Home opens on Tuesday and is the next big release.

    Avengers Endgame is taking advantage of the slower weekend to release a version with a couple of extra minutes of bonus footage. They’re trying to boost ticket sales to beat Avatar. We will be helping them hit that goal and seeing it a second time. Emagine is no longer showing Avengers Endgame. Cinemark is playing the version with added scenes. Quality 16 lists Avengers Endgame but does not specify that it has the additional footage.

    Avengers Endgame - Team walks through compound


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    Toy Story 4 opened last weekend. We saw it on Sunday. Be sure to check our review and make plans to see it yourself.

    Toy Story - Bo Peep, Buzz, Woody, Bunny & DuckyAlso still in theaters are:

    • Men in Black International
    • Aladdin
    • Dark Phoenix
    • Secret Life of Pets 2

    Upcoming Family Friendly movies are:

    • 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

    Upcoming Sponsored Events

    Thank you to our advertisers for sponsoring these event listings:

    Looking Forward to Next Week

    Date/Time Event
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    07/01/2019
    10:00am-11:30am
    Summer 2019 Children's Garden Pop-Up
    at Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    07/01/2019
    2:00pm-3:00pm
    Make a Jellyfish
    at Westgate Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    07/01/2019
    2:00pm-5:00pm
    Silhouettes by Chris
    at My Urban Toddler Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    07/01/2019
    6:00pm-8:00pm
    Family Night
    at Dexter A&W, Dexter Michigan
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    07/02/2019
    2:00pm-3:00pm
    Lion King Crafts
    at Westgate Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    07/02/2019
    6:30pm-8:30pm
    Stranger Stitches
    at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    07/02/2019
    7:00pm-11:00pm
    Fireworks
    at Hudson Mills Metropark, Dexter Michigan
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    07/03/2019
    10:30am-4:00pm

    Rockets


    at Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, Ann Arbor MI
    The Hands-On Museum is offering special workshops all summer long. Explore the science of flight by designing and building different types of rockets. Workshop offered at 10:30a, 2p & 3p Upcoming AAHOM Add-On Workshops
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    07/03/2019
    3:00pm-4:00pm
    Colorful Confetti Coasters
    at Pittsfield Branch Library, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    07/03/2019
    7:00pm
    Summer Classic: The Right Stuff
    at Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor MI
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    07/04/2019
    10:00am
    Whitmore Lake Fourth of July Parade
    at Whitmore Lake, Whitmore Lake Michigan
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    07/04/2019
    11:00am-2:00pm
    Washtenaw Dairy's 85th Year Celebration
    at Washtenaw Dairy, Ann Arbor Mchigan
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    07/04/2019
    11:00am
    Ypsilanti Fourth of July Parade
    at Downtown Ypsilanti, Ypsilanti Michigan
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    07/04/2019
    12:00pm-1:00pm
    Firefighter's Spray Park
    at Maynard Parking Structure, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    07/04/2019
    8:00pm-11:00pm
    Fireworks
    at Liberty School, Saline Michigan
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    07/05/2019
    2:00pm-3:00pm
    Make It in Metal!
    at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    07/05/2019
    2:00pm-3:00pm
    Tic Tac Toe Rocks
    at Traverwood Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    07/05/2019
    5:00pm-8:00pm
    First Friday at the Farm
    at The Petting Farm at Domino’s Farms, Ann Arbor MI
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    07/05/2019
    9:30pm
    Whitmore Lake Boat Parade of Lights
    at Whitmore Lake, Whitmore Lake Michigan
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    07/06/2019
    9:00am-4:00pm
    Booksilanti Readers Fair
    at Ypsilanti Freighthouse, Ypsilanti Michigan
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    07/06/2019
    2:00pm-3:00pm
    Scratch Off Art
    at Traverwood Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    07/06/2019
    6:00pm

    S'mores


    at Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, Ann Arbor MI
    The Hands-On Museum is offering special workshops all summer long. Head to the museum for their special summer hours on Saturday Evenings and make some s'mores. While you make the s'mores learn about energy, chemistry, and why crispy marshmallows are the best (or not). Upcoming AAHOM Add-On Workshops
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    07/06/2019
    7:00pm-11:00pm
    Whitmore Lake Fireworks
    at Whitmore Lake, Whitmore Lake Michigan
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    07/07/2019
    5:30pm
    AAFC semi-pro women's soccer game -- help us set a record!
    at Saline High School, Saline Michigan
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    07/07/2019
    6:00pm-8:00pm
    Sundays in the Garden: The Tone Farmers
    at Cultivate Coffee & TapHouse, Ypsilanti Michigan

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    All Weekend Events

    Friday, June 28, 2019

    Date/Time Event
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    06/28/2019
    2:00pm-11:00pm
    Michigan Challenge Balloon Festival
    at Howell High School, Howell Michigan
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    06/28/2019
    4:00pm-7:00pm
    Sundae Social
    at Zingerman’s Deli, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    06/28/2019
    5:00pm-8:00pm

    KidZone: Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra Petting Zoo


    at Top of the Park, Ann Arbor Michigan
    Let the kids explore different instruments with the KidZone Tent - Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra Instrument Petting Zoo Each Tuesday-Sunday during the Ann Arbor Summer Festival, there is a KidZone tent at Top of the Park. Each night a different company/group provides the activities. All sessions are free. Learn more in our...Read More
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    06/28/2019
    6:30pm-8:30pm
    A Magical Night Out
    at Lillie Park South, Ann Arbor Michigan
    06/28/2019
    7:00pm-8:00pm
    Family Swim
    at Goldfish Swim School, Ann Arbor Michigan

    Saturday, June 29, 2019

    Date/Time Event
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    06/29/2019
    6:00am-11:00pm

    Michigan Challenge Balloon Festival


    at Howell High School, Howell Michigan
    Disclosure: Michigan Challenge Balloonfest has sponsored this listing.  Saturday Schedule 6-8a - Balloon Fly-In - Main Stage/Launch Field 10a-11p - Carnival 10a-Close - Arts Festival & Marketplace Noon-5p - Ben the LEGO Man - Landing Zone Noon - Skydivers - Main Stage/Launch Field 1p - Windjammers Stunt Kite Team -...Read More
    06/29/2019
    9:45am-10:30am
    Family Yoga
    at Peachy Fitness, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    06/29/2019
    10:00am-4:00pm

    Imagination Take Flight


    at Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, Ann Arbor MI
    At the Hands-On Museum, let your kid's imagination take flight this weekend! They canto imagine life as a pilot, an astronaut, or an engineer with hands-on activities and design challenges. Free with admission.
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    06/29/2019
    10:30am-12:00pm

    A2SO Instrument Petting Zoo


    at S. Ann Arbor St Saline, Saline MI
    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 Saline Farmers Market on June 29. Bow a violin, pluck a cello, buzz a trumpet,...Read More
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    06/29/2019
    11:00am-3:00pm
    Independence Day Event
    at Saline Depot Museum, Saline Michigan
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    06/29/2019
    11:00am-11:45am
    Magic with Eli
    at Westgate Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    06/29/2019
    11:00am-12:00pm
    Suzuki Baby/Toddler Music Class
    at Suzuki Music Classes, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    06/29/2019
    1:00pm-2:00pm
    Magic Enrichment Lesson
    at Westgate Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    06/29/2019
    1:00pm-3:00pm
    MAKEbreak Firecracker Slime
    at Michaels, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    06/29/2019
    1:00pm-3:00pm
    Skyline High School Robotics: Destination Deep Space
    at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    06/29/2019
    1:00pm-3:00pm
    Trash Rainbows
    at the Scrap Box, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    06/29/2019
    2:30pm-3:15pm
    Magic with Eli
    at Westgate Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    06/29/2019
    4:00pm-11:00pm
    German Park Picnic
    at German Park, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    06/29/2019
    6:30pm

    Makeup Breakdown


    at Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, Ann Arbor MI
    The Hands-On Museum is offering special workshops all summer long. Learn though hands-on creation! Makeup Breakdown, an organization for youth education and empowerment, will be presenting a chapstick making event in partnership with the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum. Participants will be able to create their own chapstick from all natural...Read More

    Sunday, June 30, 2019

    Date/Time Event
    💙🎟
    06/30/2019
    6:00am-11:00pm

    Michigan Challenge Balloonfest


    at Howell High School, Howell Michigan
    Disclosure: Michigan Challenge Balloonfest has sponsored this listing.  Sunday Schedule 6-8a Balloon Fly-In - Main Stage/Launch Field 10a-9p - Arts Festival & Marketplace 11a-9p - Carnival 11a-3p - Kona Ice Fundraiser for Fantasy of Lights Noon-5p - Ben the LEGO Man - Landing Zone 1p Windjammers Stunt Kite Team -...Read More
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    06/30/2019
    11:00am-11:30am
    Science Forum Demo: Fantastic Fluids
    at University of Michigan Museum of Natural History, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    06/30/2019
    12:00pm-4:00pm
    4th of July Celebration
    at Cobblestone Farm, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    06/30/2019
    12:00pm-4:00pm

    Imagination Take Flight


    at Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, Ann Arbor MI
    At the Hands-On Museum, let your kid's imagination take flight this weekend! They canto imagine life as a pilot, an astronaut, or an engineer with hands-on activities and design challenges. Free with admission.
    💙
    06/30/2019
    1:00pm-4:00pm
    Log Cabin Day
    at Parker Mill Park, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓
    06/30/2019
    1:00pm-5:00pm
    One-String Electric Guitar Building
    at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙
    06/30/2019
    1:30pm
    Summer Classic: The Right Stuff
    at Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor MI
    💙🆓
    06/30/2019
    2:00pm-3:00pm
    DIY Paper Spinner
    at Malletts Creek Branch Library, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓
    06/30/2019
    2:00pm-4:30pm
    Kids' Games, Stories, & Face-Painting
    at Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea Plymouth Green, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓
    06/30/2019
    6:00pm-8:00pm
    Sundays in the Garden: Al Bettis with Jill Govan
    at Cultivate Coffee & TapHouse, Ypsilanti Michigan

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