Arbor Annie’s Weekend Roundup – November 15-17

This is a big weekend for local theater. Plus Santa’s arrival at the mall and plenty of other fun events.

Arbor Annie's Weekend Picks - November 15-17

Arbor Annie’s Weekend Picks

This is the weekend for local theater – there are several performances to choose from that appeal to kids of different ages.

Ann Arbor Theater for Families

Shows this weekend include:


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Thanksgiving is still two weeks off, but Santa arrives to Briarwood Mall on Friday with a Tree Lighting Ceremony. Find more Tree Lightings and Holiday Parades in our Tree Lighting Guide.

Ann Arbor Christmas Tree Lightings and Christmas Parades

There are a couple of Thanksgiving events like Thanksgiving Cookie & Plate Decorating Event at My Urban Toddler and Tiny Turkeys at Ann Arbor Art Center

Ann Arbor Thanksgiving Guide - Events, Closures, Activities

Friday is a great night for family fun with Friday Night Stories at AADL and A Night At Forsythe (Family Movie and Game Night) which is Harry Potter themed. For the teen Harry Potter fans, check out Silhouette Patronus on Sunday.

Top Weekend Event Picks

Friday Picks

  • 5:00pm-10:00pm Parents' Night Out - Night at the Museum at Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum
  • 7:00pm-9:00pm A Night At Forsythe (Family Movie and Game Night) at Forsythe Middle School
  • 7:00pm-8:00pm Friday Night Stories at Downtown Branch of AADL
  • 7:00pm Frozen Jr at Whitmore Lake High School
  • 7:00pm The Hunchback of Notre Dame at Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre
  • 7:00pm The Snowy Day & Other Stories by Ezra Jack Keats at Sponberg Theatre
  • 7:00pm-9:00pm Tree Lighting Ceremony at Briarwood Mall
  • 7:30pm Shakespeare in Love at Skyline High School
  • Saturday Picks

  • 9:00am-10:00am Thanksgiving Cookie & Plate Decorating Event at My Urban Toddler Ann Arbor
  • 10:00am-4:00pm Critters Up Close at Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum
  • 10:00am-5:00pm See a Sloth at Arborland Center
  • 11:00am-12:00pm Frozen 2 Event at Learning Express Toys of Ann Arbor
  • 11:00am-12:30pm Tiny Turkeys at Ann Arbor Art Center
  • 1:00pm-2:00pm Frozen 2 Event at Learning Express Toys of Ann Arbor
  • 1:00pm-4:00pm Screen Printing Lab with Modati Studios at Downtown Branch of AADL
  • 1:00pm The Hunchback of Notre Dame at Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre
  • 2:00pm-3:00pm Frozen 2 Event at Learning Express Toys of Ann Arbor
  • 3:00pm Chow Time at the Farm at Kensington Metropark Farm Center
  • 5:30pm-9:30pm Kids Night Out at Michigan Academy of Gymnastics
  • 7:00pm Frozen Jr at Whitmore Lake High School
  • 7:00pm The Hunchback of Notre Dame at Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre
  • 7:30pm Shakespeare in Love at Skyline High School
  • Sunday Picks

  • 10:00am-5:00pm See a Sloth at Arborland Center
  • 11:00am-12:00pm Thanksgiving Cookie & Plate Decorating Event at My Urban Toddler Ann Arbor
  • 12:00pm-3:00pm Circ Fundays: Glow Kids! Glow at The Circ Bar
  • 12:30pm-1:30pm Girls with Guts - Author Meet & Greet with Debbie Gonzales at McPherson Local
  • 1:00pm-3:00pm Holiday Gnome Workshop at Maker Works
  • 1:00pm Secret Agent 23 Skidoo Concert at The Ark
  • 1:00pm-2:00pm Silhouette Patronus at Downtown Branch of AADL
  • 2:00pm-4:00pm Dandelion Dreams Painting at Paint and Pour
  • 2:00pm Flashback Cinema: Polar Express at Quality 16
  • 2:00pm Frozen Jr at Whitmore Lake High School
  • 2:00pm Shakespeare in Love at Skyline High School
  • 2:00pm The Hunchback of Notre Dame at Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre
  • 3:30pm-5:00pm Mickey Mouse's Birthday Craft at Westgate Branch of AADL
  • 5:00pm-6:00pm Kiddo Pajama Party with Dessa! at Unicorn Feed & Supply
  • 7:00pm Flashback Cinema: Polar Express at Quality 16
  • Movies

    Family movies are in a bit of a holding pattern waiting for the release of Frozen 2 next weekend. If you subscribed to Disney Plus on Tuesday, you can watch Frozen this weekend to get ready for it.

    This weekend’s new releases are Charlie’s Angels and  Ford v. Ferrari. Both are rated PG-13.

    Family friendly films in the theater include:

    • Playing with Fire
    • Arctic Dogs
    • Maleficent Mistress of Evil
    • Addams Family
    • Harriet

    Plus, be sure to check our Holiday Movie Guide for upcoming showings in Ann Arbor – including Polar Express on Sunday.

    Holiday Movies in the Theater

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    Other upcoming Family Friendly movies through next spring:

    • March 6 – Onward
    • March 27 – Mulan
    • March 27 – The Queen’s Corgi
    • April 3 – The New Mutants
    • April 3 – Peter Rabbit 2
    • April 17 – Trolls World Tour
    • May 1 – Black Widow
    • May 15 – Scoob
    • May 22 – The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run
    • May 29 – Artemis Fowl
    • June 5 – Wonder Woman 1984
    • June 19 – Soul
    • July 3 – Minions: The Rise of Gru
    • July 10 – Ghostbusters: Afterlife
    • July 24 – Jungle Cruise
    • August 14 – The One and Only Ivan
    • August 21 – Bill & Ted Face the Music
    • September 4 – Monster Hunter
    • October 2 – Venom 2
    • October 9 – The Witches
    • November 6 – Eternals
    • November 13 – Clifford the Big Red Dog
    • November 20 – Godzilla vs. Kong
    • November 25 – Raya and the Last Dragon
    • December 18 – Dune
    • December 18 – West Side Story
    • December 25 – The Croods 2
    • December 25 – Tom and Jerry

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    Looking Forward to Next Week

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    11/19/2019
    10:00am-10:45am
    Tiny Tails Storytime
    at Tiny Lions Lounge & Adoption Center, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    11/19/2019
    6:00pm
    AAPS STEAM Expo
    at Skyline High School, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    11/19/2019
    6:30pm-7:30pm
    Get into the Zone with Zumba
    at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    11/19/2019
    8:00pm-9:00pm
    A Part of the Sky Called Orion
    at EMU Science Complex, Ypsilanti Mi
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    11/20/2019
    10:00am-11:00am

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    11/20/2019
    2:00pm
    Flashback Cinema: Polar Express
    at Quality 16, Ann Arbor MI
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    11/20/2019
    7:00pm
    Flashback Cinema: Polar Express
    at Quality 16, Ann Arbor MI
    💙🆓
    11/20/2019
    7:00pm-8:30pm
    Soups, Chilis, and Chowders with Keegan Rodgers
    at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    11/21/2019
    10:30am-11:30am
    Tiny Tots Turkey
    at Learning Express Toys of Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor MI
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    11/21/2019
    7:00pm
    Legally Blonde
    at Lincoln High School, Ypsilanti Michigan
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    11/22/2019
    11:00am-12:00pm
    Drop-In Thanksgiving Story Time & Craft
    at Dexter District Library, Dexter Michigan
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    11/22/2019
    5:30pm-6:30pm
    Learn to Skate
    at Veterans Ice Arena, Ann Arbor MI
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    11/22/2019
    7:00pm
    Legally Blonde
    at Lincoln High School, Ypsilanti Michigan
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    11/23/2019
    10:00am-11:30am
    Fall Fireside Storytime
    at Independence Lake, Whitmore Lake Michigan
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    11/23/2019
    10:00am-1:00pm
    Frozen Storytime Event
    at Target, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    11/23/2019
    11:00am-12:00pm
    BMR Kids Club - Blackstone Bookstore
    at Blackstone Bookstore and Cultural Center, Ypsilanti Michigan
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    11/23/2019
    11:00am-12:00pm
    Holiday Craft Party
    at Learning Express Toys of Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor MI
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    11/23/2019
    1:00pm-3:00pm
    Frozen Party!
    at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    11/23/2019
    1:00pm-4:00pm
    Splatoon 2: Hyperlocal Splatfest
    at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    11/23/2019
    2:00pm-3:30pm
    Decoupage Boxes Vases & Tiles
    at Traverwood Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    11/23/2019
    2:00pm-3:00pm
    Paper Bag Stars
    at Malletts Creek Branch Library, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    11/23/2019
    5:30pm-7:30pm
    Family Plank Workshop
    at AR Workshop, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    11/23/2019
    6:30pm-8:30pm
    Owl Prowl
    at Leslie Science & Nature Center, Ann Arbor MI
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    11/23/2019
    7:00pm
    Legally Blonde
    at Lincoln High School, Ypsilanti Michigan
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    11/23/2019
    7:30pm-9:30pm
    Family Mewvie Night
    at Tiny Lions Lounge & Adoption Center, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    11/24/2019
    9:00am-11:00am
    Girls on the Run Fall 5k
    at Girls on the Run, Ypsilanti Michigan
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    11/24/2019
    1:00pm-4:00pm
    All-Ages Mario Kart 8 DELUXE Tournament
    at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    11/24/2019
    1:00pm-4:00pm
    Fantasy Pocket Map
    at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    11/24/2019
    1:00pm
    Legally Blonde
    at Lincoln High School, Ypsilanti Michigan
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    11/24/2019
    1:00pm-3:00pm
    Santa visits Kohl's
    at Kohl’s, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    11/24/2019
    1:00pm-3:00pm
    Stealing Christmas Painting
    at Painting with a Twist, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    11/24/2019
    2:00pm
    Flashback Cinema: Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone
    at Quality 16, Ann Arbor MI
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    11/24/2019
    2:00pm-4:00pm
    Misty Lake Painting
    at Paint and Pour, Ypsilanti MI - Michigan
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    11/24/2019
    3:00pm
    Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp: Toyota Family Friendly Film Series
    at Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor MI
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    11/24/2019
    3:00pm-5:30pm
    Film | Romeo is Bleeding
    at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    11/24/2019
    6:00pm-7:00pm
    Depot Town Tree Lighting
    at Depot Town, Ypsilanti Michigan
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    11/24/2019
    7:00pm
    Flashback Cinema: Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone
    at Quality 16, Ann Arbor MI

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    All Weekend Events

    Friday, November 15, 2019

    Date/Time Event
    11/15/2019
    11:30am-12:30pm
    Kids Play Time
    at Michigan Academy of Gymnastics, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    11/15/2019
    5:00pm-10:00pm
    Parents' Night Out - Night at the Museum
    at Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, Ann Arbor MI
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    11/15/2019
    7:00pm-9:00pm
    A Night At Forsythe (Family Movie and Game Night)
    at Forsythe Middle School, Ann Arbor MI
    💙🆓
    11/15/2019
    7:00pm-8:00pm
    Friday Night Stories
    at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🎟
    11/15/2019
    7:00pm
    Frozen Jr
    at Whitmore Lake High School, Whitmore Lake Michigan
    💙🎟
    11/15/2019
    7:00pm
    The Hunchback of Notre Dame
    at Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓
    11/15/2019
    7:00pm
    The Snowy Day & Other Stories by Ezra Jack Keats
    at Sponberg Theatre, Ypsilanti Michigan
    💙🆓
    11/15/2019
    7:00pm-9:00pm
    Tree Lighting Ceremony
    at Briarwood Mall, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🎟
    11/15/2019
    7:30pm
    Shakespeare in Love
    at Skyline High School, Ann Arbor Michigan

    Saturday, November 16, 2019

    Date/Time Event
    11/16/2019
    9:00am-3:00pm
    Holiday Shoppe & Gingerbread Cafe
    at St Matthew’s United Methodist Church, Ypsilanti Michigan
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    11/16/2019
    9:00am-10:00am
    Thanksgiving Cookie & Plate Decorating Event
    at My Urban Toddler Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor Michigan
    🆓
    11/16/2019
    9:30am-11:00am
    MomShare Group
    at Women’s Center of Southeast Michigan, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    11/16/2019
    10:00am-4:00pm
    Critters Up Close
    at Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, Ann Arbor MI
    💙
    11/16/2019
    10:00am-5:00pm
    See a Sloth
    at Arborland Center, Ann Arbor Michigan
    🆓
    11/16/2019
    10:30am-11:30am
    Saturday Morning Physics
    at Weiser Hall, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓🎟
    11/16/2019
    11:00am-12:00pm
    Frozen 2 Event
    at Learning Express Toys of Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor MI
    🆓
    11/16/2019
    11:00am-11:20am
    Science Forum Demo: How to Become a Fossil
    at University of Michigan Museum of Natural History, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🎟
    11/16/2019
    11:00am-12:30pm
    Tiny Turkeys
    at Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor Michigan
    🎟
    11/16/2019
    1:00pm
    Calder Form Tours
    at Calder Farm, Carleton Michigan
    💙🆓🎟
    11/16/2019
    1:00pm-2:00pm
    Frozen 2 Event
    at Learning Express Toys of Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor MI
    11/16/2019
    1:00pm-2:30pm
    Open Gym
    at Champion Gymnastics, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓
    11/16/2019
    1:00pm-4:00pm
    Screen Printing Lab with Modati Studios
    at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🎟
    11/16/2019
    1:00pm
    The Hunchback of Notre Dame
    at Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓🎟
    11/16/2019
    2:00pm-3:00pm
    Frozen 2 Event
    at Learning Express Toys of Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor MI
    💙🎟
    11/16/2019
    3:00pm
    Chow Time at the Farm
    at Kensington Metropark Farm Center, Milford MI
    🆓
    11/16/2019
    4:00pm-4:30pm
    Wonderful World of Whales Tour
    at University of Michigan Museum of Natural History, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🎟
    11/16/2019
    5:30pm-9:30pm
    Kids Night Out
    at Michigan Academy of Gymnastics, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🎟
    11/16/2019
    7:00pm
    Frozen Jr
    at Whitmore Lake High School, Whitmore Lake Michigan
    💙🎟
    11/16/2019
    7:00pm
    The Hunchback of Notre Dame
    at Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🎟
    11/16/2019
    7:30pm
    Shakespeare in Love
    at Skyline High School, Ann Arbor Michigan

    Sunday, November 17, 2019

    Date/Time Event
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    11/17/2019
    10:00am-5:00pm
    See a Sloth
    at Arborland Center, Ann Arbor Michigan
    🆓
    11/17/2019
    11:00am-11:20am
    Science Forum Demo: How to Become a Fossil
    at University of Michigan Museum of Natural History, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🎟
    11/17/2019
    11:00am-12:00pm
    Thanksgiving Cookie & Plate Decorating Event
    at My Urban Toddler Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙
    11/17/2019
    12:00pm-3:00pm
    Circ Fundays: Glow Kids! Glow
    at The Circ Bar, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓
    11/17/2019
    12:30pm-1:30pm
    Girls with Guts - Author Meet & Greet with Debbie Gonzales
    at McPherson Local, Saline Michigan
    11/17/2019
    1:00pm-4:00pm
    Critters Up Close
    at Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, Ann Arbor MI
    💙🎟
    11/17/2019
    1:00pm-3:00pm
    Holiday Gnome Workshop
    at Maker Works, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🎟
    11/17/2019
    1:00pm
    Secret Agent 23 Skidoo Concert
    at The Ark, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓
    11/17/2019
    1:00pm-2:00pm
    Silhouette Patronus
    at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙
    11/17/2019
    2:00pm-4:00pm
    Dandelion Dreams Painting
    at Paint and Pour, Ypsilanti MI - Michigan
    💙
    11/17/2019
    2:00pm
    Flashback Cinema: Polar Express
    at Quality 16, Ann Arbor MI
    💙🎟
    11/17/2019
    2:00pm
    Frozen Jr
    at Whitmore Lake High School, Whitmore Lake Michigan
    11/17/2019
    2:00pm-4:00pm
    Get to Know Greenhills Information Session
    at Greenhills School, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🎟
    11/17/2019
    2:00pm
    Shakespeare in Love
    at Skyline High School, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🎟
    11/17/2019
    2:00pm
    The Hunchback of Notre Dame
    at Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓
    11/17/2019
    3:30pm-5:00pm
    Mickey Mouse's Birthday Craft
    at Westgate Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
    🆓
    11/17/2019
    4:00pm-4:30pm
    Wonderful World of Whales Tour
    at University of Michigan Museum of Natural History, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓
    11/17/2019
    5:00pm-6:00pm
    Kiddo Pajama Party with Dessa!
    at Unicorn Feed & Supply, Ypsilanti Michigan
    💙
    11/17/2019
    7:00pm
    Flashback Cinema: Polar Express
    at Quality 16, Ann Arbor MI
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