Arbor Annie’s Weekend Picks May 17-19

After a very busy week, we were hoping for a bit of a break this weekend. But, there are so many great events this weekend, that our weekend will still be quite busy.

Arbor Annie's Weekend Picks - May 17-19

Arbor Annie’s Weekend Event Picks

Last Saturday Pioneer was busy with elementary students participating in Science Olympiad. This weekend, it is hosting the AAPS Middle and High School bands for Picnic Pops – and everyone who wants to come hear some great music. It looks like the weather will be great for the performance. We attended last year when it was moved inside due to rain. My daughter is looking forward to playing in the concert this year.

Sunday is Huron River Day.  My daughter had a great time last year kayaking and trying stand up paddleboarding. She was excited to hear they were offering it again this year. Be sure to check out our review of Huron River Day from last year. Hopefully the weather forecast improves – currently there is an 80% chance of rain with a risk of severe thunderstorms.The final A2SO KinderConcerts of the year are Saturday (Dexter & Chelsea Libraries) and Monday (Ypsi Library Whittaker Branch). Friday morning I joined them at the Ann Arbor District Library’s Downtown Branch.

Ann Arbor Still Water Paddles - Kayaking into the Dock

Young People’s Theater is performing Newsies this weekend. Their plays are usually great, so I recommend them.

If you’re looking for an indoor activity in bad weather, check out AACME (Ann Arbor Creativity & Making Expo) at Downtown Branch of AADL.


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All of Arbor Annie’s weekend picks are below:

Friday Picks

  • 5:00pm-7:00pm Eberwhite Play-a-thon: Ann Arbor's Biggest Playdate at Eberwhite Elementary School
  • 5:30pm-7:30pm Spring Mini Session at
  • 6:00pm-8:00pm Keeping a Nature Journal with Clare Walker Leslie at Downtown Branch of AADL
  • 7:00pm-8:00pm WOOF! Doggy Storytime with Therapaws at Downtown Branch of AADL
  • 7:00pm YPT's Newsies at Power Center
  • Saturday Picks

  • 8:00am-1:00pm Walk & Wag and Run at Rolling Hills County Park
  • 8:30am-10:30am Spring Mini Session at
  • 9:00am-2:00pm Auditions for 2019-2020 Ann Arbor Youth Chorale at First Baptist Church of Ann Arbor
  • 9:00am-1:00pm County Clean-Up Day Recycling Event at Chelsea High School
  • 9:30am-3:00pm Y.C.S. Art Department Mom2Mom Sale at Estabrook Elementary School
  • 10:00am-2:00pm Dexter Ice Cream Social at Dexter Crossings
  • 10:00am-1:00pm Fiesta de la Familia at Buhr Park
  • 10:00am-1:00pm Healthy Kids Day at YMCA Camp Birkett
  • 10:00am-12:00pm Parent-Tot PlayDate at Peachy Fitness
  • 10:00am-5:45pm Picnic Pops at Pioneer High School
  • 1:00pm-3:30pm Ann Arbor Youth Art Fair Jury Session at Westgate Branch of AADL
  • 1:00pm-2:30pm Starting a Nature Journal with Clare Walker Leslie at Downtown Branch of AADL
  • 1:00pm YPT's Newsies at Power Center
  • 2:00pm-4:00pm American Hero Meet & Greet at Learning Express Toys of Ann Arbor
  • 2:00pm-5:00pm LGBTQ Fun Day and Resource Fair at YMCA Camp Birkett
  • 4:30pm-6:30pm Goldfish Safety Day at Goldfish Swim School
  • 5:00pm-10:00pm Water Lantern Festival at Milan Beach
  • 7:00pm YPT's Newsies at Power Center
  • Sunday Picks

  • 12:00pm-5:00pm AACME (Ann Arbor Creativity & Making Expo) at Downtown Branch of AADL
  • 12:00pm-4:00pm Huron River Day at Gallup Park
  • 1:00pm-2:30pm LEGO Connection at Pittsfield Branch Library
  • 1:00pm-3:00pm Tuck's Treetop Adventure Climb at Montibeller Park
  • 1:30pm-3:30pm Fairy On The Fly: Fairy Whisperer Workshop at Matthaei Botanical Gardens
  • 2:00pm-5:00pm Journey to Freedom Underground Railroad Bus Tour at Washtenaw Community College
  • 2:00pm YPT's Newsies at Power Center
  • 3:00pm-5:00pm Fairy Door Workshop at Ruby’s Makery
  • 6:30pm-8:00pm Fireside Fun – A Good Old-fashioned Campfire Circle at Leslie Science & Nature Center

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    Movies

    New this weekend in theaters is A Dog’s Journey. Next week is the opening of Aladdin.

    If you haven’t seen Avengers Endgame, it now includes a post-credit scene that is basically a trailer for Spider-Man Far From Home.

    Avengers Endgame

    Want more Marvel? Be sure to check out our Captain Marvel review and parental guidance suggestions.

    Captain Marvel - Captain Marvel uses her powers on top of a train

    Other Movies in theater are

    • Pokemon Detective Pikachu
    • UglyDolls
    • Tolkien
    • Breakthrough

    Upcoming Family Friendly movies are (updated from last week since Disney/Fox/Marvel changed some dates after their merger closed):

    • May 24 – Aladdin
    • May 31 – Godzilla King of the Monsters
    • June 7 – Dark Phoenix
    • June 7 – Secret Life of Pets 2
    • June 14 – Men in Black International
    • 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
    • April 3, 2020 – The New Mutants (was August 2, 2019)
    • May 29, 2020 – Artemis Fowl (was August 9, 2019 )

    Upcoming Sponsored Events

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    September 21, 2019

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    Looking Forward to Next Week

    Wednesday is an early release day for Ann Arbor Public Schools. Then, next weekend is Memorial Day – the unofficial kickoff to summer.

    Date/Time Event
    💙🆓
    05/21/2019
    5:00pm-7:00pm
    Ann Arbor Youth Art Fair Jury Session
    at Westgate Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓
    05/21/2019
    5:15pm-6:45pm
    Meet the Providers
    at IHA Child Health West Arbor, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓
    05/21/2019
    7:30pm-9:00pm
    A Celebration of 40 Years Concert
    at Morris Lawrence Building, Ann Arbor MI
    💙🆓
    05/22/2019
    12:00pm-6:00pm
    Zingerman's Creamery 18th Birthday
    at Zingerman’s Creamery, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓
    05/22/2019
    1:00pm-2:00pm
    Knitting Nancies
    at Traverwood Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓
    05/22/2019
    2:00pm-3:00pm
    Simple Duct Tape Beads
    at Pittsfield Branch Library, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🎟
    05/22/2019
    7:00pm-8:30pm

    Mullin & Friends LIVE! at the Riverside Arts Center


    at Riverside Arts Center, Ypsilanti MI
    Join Mister Mullin and his magical house full of puppet critters in an adventure where the unique and unusual all belong! On a whimsical journey filled with songs and games, Mister Mullin leads the way, unlocking a world of imagination for kids and families to explore. As the story unfolds,...Read More
    💙🎟
    05/23/2019
    10:00am-11:00am
    Preschool Hike- Backyard Fairies
    at County Farm Park, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓
    05/23/2019
    2:00pm-3:00pm
    Author Event | Contact High: A Visual History of Hip-Hop
    at Traverwood Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓
    05/23/2019
    5:00pm-7:00pm
    Safety Night
    at Aubree’s Dexter, Dexter Michigan
    💙🆓
    05/23/2019
    7:00pm-9:00pm
    Ann Arbor Youth Poet Laureate Commencement Performance!
    at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓
    05/23/2019
    7:00pm-8:30pm
    Author Event | WWE Wrestler Zach Gowen
    at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🎟
    05/23/2019
    7:00pm-8:30pm

    Mullin & Friends LIVE! at the Riverside Arts Center


    at Riverside Arts Center, Ypsilanti MI
    Join Mister Mullin and his magical house full of puppet critters in an adventure where the unique and unusual all belong! On a whimsical journey filled with songs and games, Mister Mullin leads the way, unlocking a world of imagination for kids and families to explore. As the story unfolds,...Read More
    💙🆓
    05/24/2019
    5:00pm-11:59pm
    Sumpter Country Fest
    at Sumpter Township Fairgrounds, Belleville Michigan
    💙🎟
    05/24/2019
    7:00pm-8:30pm

    Mullin & Friends LIVE! at the Riverside Arts Center


    at Riverside Arts Center, Ypsilanti MI
    Join Mister Mullin and his magical house full of puppet critters in an adventure where the unique and unusual all belong! On a whimsical journey filled with songs and games, Mister Mullin leads the way, unlocking a world of imagination for kids and families to explore. As the story unfolds,...Read More
    💙
    05/25/2019
    10:30am
    Autism Friendly Film: Pokemon Detective Pikachu
    at Emagine Saline, Saline Michigan
    💙
    05/25/2019
    12:00pm-1:30pm
    Kids Paint
    at Paint and Pour, Ypsilanti MI - Michigan
    💙🆓
    05/25/2019
    12:00pm-11:59pm
    Sumpter Country Fest
    at Sumpter Township Fairgrounds, Belleville Michigan
    💙🆓
    05/25/2019
    1:00pm-2:30pm
    Scratch 3.0
    at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓
    05/25/2019
    1:30pm-3:00pm

    Sensory Friendly Saturday


    at Pease Auditorium, Ypsilanti Michigan
    Join us on May 25th, 2019 for sensory-friendly programming with the Ann Arbor Symphony! “Sensory Friendly Saturday” offers accessible programming opportunities to patrons and their families needing special accommodations. The event starts at 1:30 pm and features a hands-on experience with brass instruments through our Instrument Petting Zoo program. Following...Read More
    💙🆓
    05/25/2019
    2:00pm
    Pops in the Park
    at Riverside Park, Ypsilanti Michigan
    💙🆓
    05/25/2019
    3:00pm-4:30pm
    YA Author Talk and Signing with Tracy Richardson
    at Nicola’s Books, Ann Arbor MI
    💙🎟
    05/25/2019
    7:00pm-8:30pm

    Mullin & Friends LIVE! at the Riverside Arts Center


    at Riverside Arts Center, Ypsilanti MI
    Join Mister Mullin and his magical house full of puppet critters in an adventure where the unique and unusual all belong! On a whimsical journey filled with songs and games, Mister Mullin leads the way, unlocking a world of imagination for kids and families to explore. As the story unfolds,...Read More
    💙🆓
    05/26/2019
    10:00am-4:00pm
    Flower Day
    at Ann Arbor Farmers Market, Ann Arbor MI
    💙🆓
    05/26/2019
    12:00pm-11:59pm
    Sumpter Country Fest
    at Sumpter Township Fairgrounds, Belleville Michigan
    💙🆓
    05/26/2019
    2:00pm
    Memorial Day Ceremony
    at Arborcrest Memorial Park, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙
    05/27/2019
    7:00am-10:00am
    Pancake Breakfast
    at Saline Firehouse, Saline Michigan
    💙🆓
    05/27/2019
    10:00am
    Dexter Memorial Day Parade
    at Monument Park, Dexter Michigan
    💙🆓
    05/27/2019
    10:00am-11:30am
    Memorial Day Parade
    at Glacier Highlands Park, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓
    05/27/2019
    10:00am
    Saline Memorial Day Parade
    at Downtown Saline, Saline Michigan
    💙🆓
    05/27/2019
    12:00pm-10:00pm
    Sumpter Country Fest
    at Sumpter Township Fairgrounds, Belleville Michigan

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    All Weekend Events

    Friday, May 17, 2019

    Date/Time Event
    05/17/2019
    All Day
    Everyday Indoor Activities
    05/17/2019
    9:30am-10:30am

    Stroller Strides


    at County Farm Park, Ann Arbor Michigan
    Stroller Strides® is a functional, total-body conditioning workout designed for moms with kids in tow. Each 60-minute workout is comprised of strength training, cardio and core restoration, all while entertaining little ones with songs, activities and fun! Each Stroller Strides instructor is skilled to meet you where you are mentally and physically.
    05/17/2019
    10:00am-11:00am
    Open Swim
    at Meri Lou Murray Recreation Center, Ann Arbor Michigan
    🆓
    05/17/2019
    10:00am-11:30am
    The Breastfeeding Cafe- Group for mothers and babies
    at The Breastfeeding Center of Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor Michigan
    05/17/2019
    10:30am-3:30pm

    Open Play


    at Kidopolis, Ann Arbor Michigan
    Have fun enjoying open play time at Kidopolis. Starting in May they are open Thursday through Saturday. It's the perfect place for indoor fun on hot or rainy days.
    05/17/2019
    12:00pm-2:00pm
    Public Swim
    at Mack Pool, Ann Arbor Michigan
    05/17/2019
    1:00pm-5:00pm
    Open Swim
    at Meri Lou Murray Recreation Center, Ann Arbor Michigan
    05/17/2019
    4:00pm-8:00pm
    Open Swim
    at Mack Pool, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓
    05/17/2019
    5:00pm-7:00pm
    Eberwhite Play-a-thon: Ann Arbor's Biggest Playdate
    at Eberwhite Elementary School, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🎟
    05/17/2019
    5:30pm-7:30pm

    Spring Mini Session



    Disclosure: Brittany Bennion Photography has sponsored this event listing. Sign up for an awesome 15 minute mini photo session of your family! Within 10 days of the session, you can review your images and select your 5 favorite images to receive the digital images with printing rights. A mini session...Read More
    💙🆓
    05/17/2019
    6:00pm-8:00pm
    Keeping a Nature Journal with Clare Walker Leslie
    at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
    05/17/2019
    7:00pm-9:00pm
    Family Fun Night
    at Meri Lou Murray Recreation Center, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓
    05/17/2019
    7:00pm-8:00pm
    WOOF! Doggy Storytime with Therapaws
    at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🎟
    05/17/2019
    7:00pm
    YPT's Newsies
    at Power Center, Ann Arbor Michigan

    Saturday, May 18, 2019

    Date/Time Event
    05/18/2019
    All Day
    Everyday Indoor Activities
    🆓
    05/18/2019
    7:00am-3:00pm
    Ann Arbor Farmers Market
    at Ann Arbor Farmers Market, Ann Arbor MI
    05/18/2019
    7:30am-7:30pm
    Mother's Day Mini Sessions
    at Nichols Arboretum, Ann Arbor Michigan
    🆓
    05/18/2019
    8:00am-1:00pm
    Dexter Farmers Market
    at Dexter Farmers Market, Dexter Michigan
    🆓
    05/18/2019
    8:00am-12:00pm
    Saline Famers Market
    at S. Ann Arbor St Saline, Saline MI
    💙🎟
    05/18/2019
    8:00am-1:00pm
    Walk & Wag and Run
    at Rolling Hills County Park, Ypsilanti Michigan
    💙🎟
    05/18/2019
    8:30am-10:30am

    Spring Mini Session



    Disclosure: Brittany Bennion Photography has sponsored this event listing. Sign up for an awesome 15 minute mini photo session of your family! Within 10 days of the session, you can review your images and select your 5 favorite images to receive the digital images with printing rights. A mini session...Read More
    💙🎟
    05/18/2019
    9:00am-2:00pm
    Auditions for 2019-2020 Ann Arbor Youth Chorale
    at First Baptist Church of Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor MI
    💙🆓
    05/18/2019
    9:00am-1:00pm
    County Clean-Up Day Recycling Event
    at Chelsea High School, Chelsea Michigan
    05/18/2019
    9:00am-10:00am

    Stroller Strides


    at County Farm Park, Ann Arbor Michigan
    Stroller Strides® is a functional, total-body conditioning workout designed for moms with kids in tow. Each 60-minute workout is comprised of strength training, cardio and core restoration, all while entertaining little ones with songs, activities and fun! Each Stroller Strides instructor is skilled to meet you where you are mentally and physically.
    🆓
    05/18/2019
    9:00am-1:00pm
    Ypsilanti Farmers Market
    at Depot Town, Ypsilanti Michigan
    💙
    05/18/2019
    9:30am-3:00pm
    Y.C.S. Art Department Mom2Mom Sale
    at Estabrook Elementary School, Ypsilanti Michigan
    💙🆓
    05/18/2019
    10:00am-2:00pm
    Dexter Ice Cream Social
    at Dexter Crossings, Dexter Michigan
    💙🆓
    05/18/2019
    10:00am-1:00pm
    Fiesta de la Familia
    at Buhr Park, Ann Arbor MI
    💙🆓
    05/18/2019
    10:00am-1:00pm
    Healthy Kids Day
    at YMCA Camp Birkett, Pinckney Michigan
    💙
    05/18/2019
    10:00am-12:00pm

    Parent-Tot PlayDate


    at Peachy Fitness, Ann Arbor Michigan
    Come enjoy this special offering with your young one!  Designed for caregivers and toddler-preschool aged children, this morning will include a variety of activities.  We’ll start with creative movement and games using a collection of fun props. Obstacle course activities will follow with objectives for developing gross and fine motor...Read More
    💙🆓
    05/18/2019
    10:00am-5:45pm

    Picnic Pops


    at Pioneer High School, Ann Arbor Michigan
    Picnic Pops:  Be part of a long tradition!  Come enjoy this city-wide ice cream social featuring music from AAPS bands from Huron, Pioneer, and Skyline High Schools and Clague, Forsythe, Scarlett, Slauson, Tappan, and Ann Arbor Open
    🎟
    05/18/2019
    10:30am-12:00pm
    Family Paint
    at Ruby’s Makery, Dexter Michigan
    05/18/2019
    10:30am-5:00pm

    Open Play


    at Kidopolis, Ann Arbor Michigan
    Have fun enjoying open play time at Kidopolis. Starting in May they are open Thursday through Saturday. It's the perfect place for indoor fun on hot or rainy days.
    05/18/2019
    10:30am

    The Little Scientists Club


    at Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, Ann Arbor MI
    The Ann Arbor Hands-on Museum offers The Little Scientists Club for toddlers and preschoolers. Each week has a different theme. The Little Scientists Club is held in the Green Room on the Lower Level. The Little Scientists Club is currently offered on Tuesday and Saturday mornings Check the AAHOM Event...Read More
    🆓
    05/18/2019
    11:00am-3:00pm
    Community Fun Day
    at Grace Ann Arbor Church, Ann Arbor Michigan
    🆓
    05/18/2019
    11:00am-12:30pm
    Genius of Play
    at Learning Express Toys of Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor MI
    🎟
    05/18/2019
    11:00am-12:00pm
    Suzuki Baby/Toddler Music Class
    at Suzuki Music Classes, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓
    05/18/2019
    1:00pm-3:30pm
    Ann Arbor Youth Art Fair Jury Session
    at Westgate Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
    05/18/2019
    1:00pm-5:00pm
    Open Swim
    at Mack Pool, Ann Arbor Michigan
    05/18/2019
    1:00pm-4:00pm
    Open Swim
    at Whitmore Lake High School, Whitmore Lake Michigan
    💙🆓
    05/18/2019
    1:00pm-2:30pm
    Starting a Nature Journal with Clare Walker Leslie
    at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🎟
    05/18/2019
    1:00pm
    YPT's Newsies
    at Power Center, Ann Arbor Michigan
    05/18/2019
    1:15pm-4:30pm
    Open Swim
    at Meri Lou Murray Recreation Center, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓
    05/18/2019
    2:00pm-4:00pm
    American Hero Meet & Greet
    at Learning Express Toys of Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor MI
    💙🆓
    05/18/2019
    2:00pm-5:00pm
    LGBTQ Fun Day and Resource Fair
    at YMCA Camp Birkett, Pinckney Michigan
    💙🆓
    05/18/2019
    4:30pm-6:30pm
    Goldfish Safety Day
    at Goldfish Swim School, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🎟
    05/18/2019
    5:00pm-10:00pm
    Water Lantern Festival
    at Milan Beach, Milan Michigan
    💙🎟
    05/18/2019
    7:00pm
    YPT's Newsies
    at Power Center, Ann Arbor Michigan

    Sunday, May 19, 2019

    Date/Time Event
    05/19/2019
    All Day
    Everyday Indoor Activities
    💙🆓
    05/19/2019
    12:00pm-5:00pm
    AACME (Ann Arbor Creativity & Making Expo)
    at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓
    05/19/2019
    12:00pm-4:00pm
    Huron River Day
    at Gallup Park, Ann Arbor Michigan
    🆓
    05/19/2019
    1:00pm-4:00pm
    Chesstastic
    at Traverwood Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓
    05/19/2019
    1:00pm-2:30pm
    LEGO Connection
    at Pittsfield Branch Library, Ann Arbor Michigan
    05/19/2019
    1:00pm-6:00pm
    Open Swim
    at Mack Pool, Ann Arbor Michigan
    05/19/2019
    1:00pm-4:00pm
    Open Swim
    at Whitmore Lake High School, Whitmore Lake Michigan
    💙🎟
    05/19/2019
    1:00pm-3:00pm
    Tuck's Treetop Adventure Climb
    at Montibeller Park, Ypsilanti MI
    💙🎟
    05/19/2019
    1:30pm-3:30pm
    Fairy On The Fly: Fairy Whisperer Workshop
    at Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🎟
    05/19/2019
    2:00pm-5:00pm
    Journey to Freedom Underground Railroad Bus Tour
    at Washtenaw Community College, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🎟
    05/19/2019
    2:00pm
    YPT's Newsies
    at Power Center, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🎟
    05/19/2019
    3:00pm-5:00pm
    Fairy Door Workshop
    at Ruby’s Makery, Dexter Michigan
    05/19/2019
    4:00pm-8:00pm
    Open Swim
    at Meri Lou Murray Recreation Center, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓
    05/19/2019
    6:30pm-8:00pm

    Fireside Fun – A Good Old-fashioned Campfire Circle


    at Leslie Science & Nature Center, Ann Arbor MI
    All ages – FREE! Enjoy a campfire with LSNC one Sunday night a month. They'll provide the campfire and marshmallows. Bring your family, camp chairs, and the other fixings for s'mores. The program is free and no registration is needed. Fireside Fun Schedule:
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