Arbor Annie’s Weekend Roundup – November 16-18

This weekend is highlighted by Pre-Thanksgiving Events, the release of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, the latest movie in the Harry Potter universe, and Christmas kickoff events.

Arbor Annie's Weekend Picks - November 16-18 Sponsored by Early Learning Center

Arbor Annie’s Weekend Picks

This weekend’s events mostly fall in a few categories: Thanksgiving, Harry Potter, and Christmas with a few other special events.


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Thanksgiving Events

Arbor Annie’s Top Thanksgiving Pick is Sunday’s Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Feast & Watching Party at Downtown Branch of AADL. We love all of the Charlie Brown Holiday Specials. Don’t miss our Thanksgiving Guide for more Thanksgiving events, Holiday Closures, and more.

Ann Arbor Thanksgiving Guide - Events, Closures, Activities

Christmas Events

The weekend kicks off Christmas celebrations around town. Santa has his grand arrival to Briarwood Mall Friday night. Sunday Ypsilanti’s Depot Town has a tree lighting celebration. There are also a couple of holiday movies with  Autism Friendly Film – The Grinch and Quality 16’s Flashback Cinema: Home Alone.


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Find more Christmas events in our Christmas Guide.

Ann Arbor Christmas Guide

Harry Potter

This weekend is the opening of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. We have our tickets for Saturday. My daughter is starting the celebration of Harry Potter with an event at her school. Unfortunately, our tickets conflict with AADL’s Harry Potter Release Party.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Other Events

There are a few other big events on the calendar this weekend. Young People’s Theater is performing The Addams Family. Leslie Science Center hosts Owl Prowl this weekend (an adult version on Friday and a family version on Saturday).

Please note that Huron High School’s Kids’ Superhero Night which was advertised and was one of Arbor Annie’s picks looking forward for this weekend has been postponed until spring.


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Top Weekend Event Picks

Friday Picks

  • 5:00pm-9:00pm Pets and Pajamas Movie Night at Humane Society of Huron Valley
  • 5:00pm-7:00pm SantaCon 5K Walk for Change at Briarwood Mall
  • 5:30pm-7:30pm Family Paint Night at Pittsfield Township Community Center
  • 5:30pm-10:00pm Parents' Night Out - Pop, Fizz, BANG! at Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum
  • 7:00pm-8:30pm Paper Quilling at Malletts Creek Branch Library
  • 7:00pm The Addams Family at Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre
  • 7:00pm-9:00pm Tree Lighting Ceremony at Briarwood Mall
  • Saturday Picks

  • 10:00am-12:00pm Kids Club: Penguin Craft at Michaels
  • 10:00am-10:00pm Plastic Bag Pollution & Recycled T-Shirt Bags - Saturday Recycling Crafts at Westgate Branch of AADL
  • 10:00am-12:00pm Woodland Wonderland at Matthaei Botanical Gardens
  • 10:30am Autism Friendly Film - The Grinch at Emagine Saline
  • 10:30am-11:30am Let's Talk About it: Immigration at Malletts Creek Branch Library
  • 11:30am Holiday Craft Party at Learning Express Toys of Ann Arbor
  • 1:00pm-4:00pm Mother & Son Rock N Bowl at Maplewood Lanes
  • 1:00pm-4:00pm Splatoon 2: Hyperlocal Splatfest at Downtown Branch of AADL
  • 1:00pm The Addams Family at Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre
  • 2:00pm-5:00pm Amigurumi Crochet Critter Joy at Traverwood Branch of AADL
  • 2:00pm-3:00pm DIY Slime at Pittsfield Branch Library
  • 2:00pm Holiday Craft Party at Learning Express Toys of Ann Arbor
  • 3:00pm-5:00pm Harry Potter Release Party! at Downtown Branch of AADL
  • 7:00pm-9:00pm Owl Prowl at Leslie Science & Nature Center
  • 7:00pm The Addams Family at Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre
  • Sunday Picks

  • 10:00am-11:00am Nature Storytime - Super Senses: Touch! at Leslie Science & Nature Center
  • 10:00am-11:00am Preschool Senses with the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum at the JCC at Hebrew Day School at the JCC
  • 12:30pm-1:00pm "Bear Says Thanks" Storytime & Craft at Downtown Branch of AADL
  • 1:00pm-4:00pm All-Ages Mario Kart 8 DELUXE Tournament at Downtown Branch of AADL
  • 2:00pm-3:30pm Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Feast & Watching Party at Downtown Branch of AADL
  • 2:00pm Flashback Cinema: Home Alone at Quality 16
  • 2:00pm The Addams Family at Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre
  • 6:00pm-7:00pm Depot Town Tree Lighting at Depot Town
  • 7:00pm Flashback Cinema: Home Alone at Quality 16

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    Movies

    As mentioned above, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald opens this week. Then, Ralph Breaks the Internet opens on Wednesday for Thanksgiving.

    Ralph Breaks the Internet - Ralph & Vanellope get a taste of the internetAlso opening this weekend is Instant Family. I haven’t seen it, but have heard good things (note it is rated PG-13).

    With The Grinch and Nutcracker and the Four Realms opening earlier this month, it is definitely a time for family movies.


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    Plus, be sure to check our Holiday Movie Guide for upcoming showings in Ann Arbor.

    Holiday Movies in the Theater

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    Looking Forward to Next Week

    The big event next week is Thanksgiving on Thursday. Remember school is closed on Wednesday too. Check out our list of Thanksgiving Camps.

    School Break Camps

    Date/Time Event
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    11/19/2018
    10:30am-11:30am
    Thanksgiving Story Time and Craft Hour
    at Nicola’s Books, Ann Arbor MI
    💙🆓
    11/19/2018
    7:00pm-8:30pm
    Wool Gathering
    at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙
    11/21/2018
    10:00am-12:00pm
    Craft Time at Cutlivate
    at Cultivate Coffee & TapHouse, Ypsilanti Michigan
    💙
    11/21/2018
    10:00am-11:00am
    Nature Storytime - Super Senses: Touch!
    at Leslie Science & Nature Center, Ann Arbor MI
    💙
    11/21/2018
    2:00pm
    Flashback Cinema: Home Alone
    at Quality 16, Ann Arbor MI
    💙🎟
    11/21/2018
    6:00pm-10:30pm
    T.Hanksgiving Movie Marathon
    at Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor MI
    💙
    11/21/2018
    7:00pm
    Flashback Cinema: Home Alone
    at Quality 16, Ann Arbor MI
    💙🎟
    11/22/2018
    7:00am-10:00am

    Ann Arbor Turkey Trot - Thanksgiving Day


    at Main Street Area, Ann Arbor MI
    Get into the holiday spirit before your Thanksgiving feast; run or walk with the whole family! Trot or walk 5K or 1K! Hot chocolate at the finish, photos with Turkey Tom and Santa, a run course and a rockin' after-party. All pre-registered participants receive a long sleeve shirt, custom medals...Read More
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    11/22/2018
    8:45am-10:00am
    Huffin for the Stuffin
    at Maybury State Park, Northville MI
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    11/22/2018
    6:00pm-10:30pm
    T.Hanksgiving Movie Marathon
    at Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor MI
    💙🆓
    11/23/2018
    10:00am-4:00pm
    Kids Free Admission
    at Yankee Air Museum, Belleville Michigan
    💙
    11/23/2018
    11:30am
    Warner Bros Cartoons
    at Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor MI
    💙🆓
    11/23/2018
    1:00pm-2:00pm
    Ribbon Bookmark
    at Pittsfield Branch Library, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙
    11/23/2018
    7:00pm
    Sing Along White Christmas
    at Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor MI
    💙
    11/23/2018
    7:30pm-9:30pm
    Family Mew-vie Night
    at Tiny Lions Lounge & Adoption Center, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓
    11/24/2018
    9:00am-12:00pm
    Home Depot Kids Club: Gingerbread Man Ornament
    at Home Depot, Ypsilanti Michigan
    💙🆓
    11/24/2018
    2:00pm-3:00pm
    Balloon Animals Critters
    at Malletts Creek Branch Library, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓
    11/24/2018
    4:30pm-5:30pm
    Duct Tape Palooza
    at Malletts Creek Branch Library, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙
    11/24/2018
    6:30pm-8:30pm
    Dive-In Movie: Little Mermaid
    at Mack Pool, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙
    11/25/2018
    1:00pm
    Gemini Concert
    at The Ark, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓
    11/25/2018
    1:30pm
    The Polar Express - Holiday Classic Film Series
    at Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor MI
    💙
    11/25/2018
    2:00pm
    Flashback Cinema: A Christmas Story
    at Quality 16, Ann Arbor MI
    💙🆓
    11/25/2018
    2:00pm-3:00pm
    WOOF! Doggy Storytime
    at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓
    11/25/2018
    5:00pm-6:00pm
    Annual Tree Lighting Festival
    at Kerrytown Market & Shops, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙
    11/25/2018
    7:00pm
    Flashback Cinema: A Christmas Story
    at Quality 16, Ann Arbor MI

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    All Weekend Events

    Friday, November 16, 2018

    Date/Time Event
    11/16/2018
    9:30am-10:30am

    Stroller Strides


    at 2|42 Community Church, Ann Arbor MI
    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.
    11/16/2018
    12:00pm-2:00pm
    Public Swim
    at Mack Pool, Ann Arbor Michigan
    11/16/2018
    4:00pm-8:00pm
    Open Swim
    at Mack Pool, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙
    11/16/2018
    5:00pm-9:00pm
    Pets and Pajamas Movie Night
    at Humane Society of Huron Valley, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓🎟
    11/16/2018
    5:00pm-7:00pm
    SantaCon 5K Walk for Change
    at Briarwood Mall, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🎟
    11/16/2018
    5:30pm-7:30pm
    Family Paint Night
    at Pittsfield Township Community Center, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🎟
    11/16/2018
    5:30pm-10:00pm
    Parents' Night Out - Pop, Fizz, BANG!
    at Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, Ann Arbor MI
    11/16/2018
    6:00pm-8:00pm

    POSTPONED: Kids' Superhero Night


    at Huron High School, Ann Arbor Michigan
    UPDATE: This event has been postponed until Spring. We will let you know when there is a new date. Families who had already registered have been contacted. Come to Huron High School's Kids' Night in the dome gym to enjoy games, art activities, t-shirts, and prizes! Our goal is to...Read More
    11/16/2018
    7:00pm-9:00pm
    Family Fun Night
    at Meri Lou Murray Recreation Center, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓
    11/16/2018
    7:00pm-8:30pm
    Paper Quilling
    at Malletts Creek Branch Library, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🎟
    11/16/2018
    7:00pm
    The Addams Family
    at Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓🎟
    11/16/2018
    7:00pm-9:00pm
    Tree Lighting Ceremony
    at Briarwood Mall, Ann Arbor Michigan
    11/16/2018
    7:00pm-10:00pm
    Wayne County Lightfest
    at Merriman Hollow Park, Westland Michigan
    11/16/2018
    7:15pm-8:45pm
    Public Skate
    at Buhr Park Outside Ice Arena, Ann Arbor Michigan

    Saturday, November 17, 2018

    Date/Time Event
    11/17/2018
    9:00am-10:00am

    Stroller Strides


    at Briarwood Mall, 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.
    11/17/2018
    9:30am-1:30pm
    Mermaid and Mermen Classes
    at Mack Pool, Ann Arbor Michigan
    11/17/2018
    9:45am-10:30am
    Family Yoga
    at Peachy Fitness, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓
    11/17/2018
    10:00am-12:00pm
    Kids Club: Penguin Craft
    at Michaels, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓🎟
    11/17/2018
    10:00am-10:00pm
    Plastic Bag Pollution & Recycled T-Shirt Bags - Saturday Recycling Crafts
    at Westgate Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
    11/17/2018
    10:00am-4:00pm
    Pop-Up Makerspace: Make It Float
    at Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, Ann Arbor MI
    💙
    11/17/2018
    10:00am-12:00pm
    Woodland Wonderland
    at Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙
    11/17/2018
    10:30am
    Autism Friendly Film - The Grinch
    at Emagine Saline, Saline Michigan
    💙🆓
    11/17/2018
    10:30am-11:30am
    Let's Talk About it: Immigration
    at Malletts Creek Branch Library, Ann Arbor Michigan
    11/17/2018
    10:30am
    The Little Scientists Club
    at Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, Ann Arbor MI
    🎟
    11/17/2018
    11:00am-12:00pm
    Suzuki Baby/Toddler Music Class
    at Suzuki Music Classes, Ann Arbor Michigan
    11/17/2018
    11:00am-12:00pm
    Suzuki Baby/Toddler Music Class
    at Suzuki Music Classes, Ann Arbor Michigan
    🎟
    11/17/2018
    11:30am

    Family Capoeira Class


    at The Phoenix Center, Ann Arbor Michigan
    Capoeira, from Brazil, combines elements of martial arts, acrobatics, music, and dance. Capoeira is great for kids! A fun family friendly atmosphere develops confidence and coordination. Children and adults learn to sing in Portuguese and play traditional instruments.  We are so excited to start our family class! This is a...Read More
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    11/17/2018
    11:30am
    Holiday Craft Party
    at Learning Express Toys of Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor MI
    💙
    11/17/2018
    1:00pm-4:00pm
    Mother & Son Rock N Bowl
    at Maplewood Lanes, Saline Michigan
    🆓
    11/17/2018
    1:00pm-3:00pm
    NaNoWriMo Free Write Session
    at Westgate Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
    11/17/2018
    1:00pm-2:30pm
    Open Gym
    at Champion Gymnastics, Ann Arbor Michigan
    11/17/2018
    1:00pm-2:30pm
    Open Skate
    at Veterans Ice Arena, Ann Arbor MI
    11/17/2018
    1:00pm-5:00pm
    Open Swim
    at Mack Pool, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓
    11/17/2018
    1:00pm-4:00pm
    Splatoon 2: Hyperlocal Splatfest
    at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🎟
    11/17/2018
    1:00pm
    The Addams Family
    at Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓
    11/17/2018
    2:00pm-5:00pm
    Amigurumi Crochet Critter Joy
    at Traverwood Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓
    11/17/2018
    2:00pm-3:00pm
    DIY Slime
    at Pittsfield Branch Library, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓🎟
    11/17/2018
    2:00pm
    Holiday Craft Party
    at Learning Express Toys of Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor MI
    11/17/2018
    2:30pm-4:30pm
    Public Skate
    at Buhr Park Outside Ice Arena, Ann Arbor Michigan
    🆓
    11/17/2018
    3:00pm-5:00pm
    FLY Weekend Edition
    at Riverside Arts Center, Ypsilanti MI
    💙🆓
    11/17/2018
    3:00pm-5:00pm
    Harry Potter Release Party!
    at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
    🎟
    11/17/2018
    5:30pm-8:30pm
    Parents Night Out
    at PLAYlive Nation, Ann Arbor Michigan
    11/17/2018
    6:00pm-10:00pm
    Wayne County Lightfest
    at Merriman Hollow Park, Westland Michigan
    💙
    11/17/2018
    7:00pm-9:00pm
    Owl Prowl
    at Leslie Science & Nature Center, Ann Arbor MI
    💙🎟
    11/17/2018
    7:00pm
    The Addams Family
    at Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, Ann Arbor Michigan
    11/17/2018
    7:15pm-8:45pm
    Public Skate
    at Buhr Park Outside Ice Arena, Ann Arbor Michigan

    Sunday, November 18, 2018

    Date/Time Event
    🆓🎟
    11/18/2018
    9:30am-10:30am
    Caring Santa
    at Briarwood Mall, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙
    11/18/2018
    10:00am-11:00am
    Nature Storytime - Super Senses: Touch!
    at Leslie Science & Nature Center, Ann Arbor MI
    💙🆓🎟
    11/18/2018
    10:00am-11:00am

    Preschool Senses with the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum at the JCC


    at Hebrew Day School at the JCC, Ann Arbor MI
    PJ Library of Ann Arbor and Hebrew Day School of Ann Arbor present "Preschool Senses" with the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum on Sunday, November 18th at 10am at the Jewish Community Center. This event, for preschoolers ages 3 to 5, is free of charge. Space is limited. All families attending will be entered into a...Read More
    11/18/2018
    12:00pm-4:00pm
    Pop-Up Makerspace
    at Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, Ann Arbor MI
    💙🆓
    11/18/2018
    12:30pm-1:00pm
    "Bear Says Thanks" Storytime & Craft
    at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓
    11/18/2018
    1:00pm-4:00pm
    All-Ages Mario Kart 8 DELUXE Tournament
    at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
    11/18/2018
    1:00pm-2:30pm
    Open Skate
    at Veterans Ice Arena, Ann Arbor MI
    11/18/2018
    1:00pm-6:00pm
    Open Swim
    at Mack Pool, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓
    11/18/2018
    2:00pm-3:30pm
    Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Feast & Watching Party
    at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙
    11/18/2018
    2:00pm
    Flashback Cinema: Home Alone
    at Quality 16, Ann Arbor MI
    💙🎟
    11/18/2018
    2:00pm
    The Addams Family
    at Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, Ann Arbor Michigan
    11/18/2018
    3:15pm-5:30pm
    Public Skate
    at Buhr Park Outside Ice Arena, Ann Arbor Michigan
    💙🆓
    11/18/2018
    6:00pm-7:00pm
    Depot Town Tree Lighting
    at Depot Town, Ypsilanti Michigan
    11/18/2018
    6:00pm-10:00pm
    Wayne County Lightfest
    at Merriman Hollow Park, Westland Michigan
    🆓
    11/18/2018
    6:30pm-8:00pm
    Fireside Fun – A Good Old-fashioned Campfire Circle
    at Leslie Science & Nature Center, Ann Arbor MI
    💙
    11/18/2018
    7:00pm
    Flashback Cinema: Home Alone
    at Quality 16, Ann Arbor MI
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