Election Day Off

The weather is supposed to be great for today’s day off from school. We’ve got a few ideas to entertain you today. Plus, don’t forget to take a few minutes to vote today. There is an AAPS millage on the ballot.

Arbor Annie's Election Day Picks - May 8, 2018

Outdoor Activities

The nice weather makes it a great day to visit a playground. Check out our Playground Profiles and find a new playground to explore. My daughter and I are planning to visit one or two new ones to add to the list.

Ann Arbor Activities - Visit a PlaygroundTuesday is the perfect day to visit Putterz. They offer all-you-can-play golf from opening at 2p until 5p for just $10. Plus you get 15 game room tokens.

Putterz - Alligator

Spring is the perfect time of year to visit the Matthaei Botanical Gardens (unless you have bad allergies like my daughter).

Matthaei Botanical Garden - Children's Garden - Trail SignWhy not take a day trip to Greenfield Village, Toledo Zoo, or Detroit Zoo?


It’s also a great day for a hike. Check out 5 Family Friendly Ann Arbor Hikes as recommended by Hike it Baby (note that Leslie Science Center has day off camps today, so it may not be the best place for a hike).

5 Family Friendly Ann Arbor Hikes


Days off from school are a good day to enjoy lunch. Lunch is typically less expensive than dinner, so it’s always a great choice.

One of our family’s lunch recommendations is Totoro’s bento boxes. They are only available at lunch on weekdays, so we can only go over the summer, days off, and half-days (for a late lunch).

Totoro Restaurant Review - Sesame Chicken Bento Box

Check out other Restaurant Reviews for more great choices like KouZina Greek Street FoodMiss Kim, and Zingermanโ€™s Delicatessen


Museums are always a great choice for a day off. We always have fun at the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum

AAHOM - Second Floor - Bubble Cage

We spent the November Election Day at The Henry Ford Museum. My daughter loves exploring the museum.

Henry Ford Museum Reagan Presidential Limo

Last year, SEA LIFE Michigan hosted my daughter an I on the May election day. Check out our profile of SEA LIFE Michigan at Great Lakes Crossing in Troy. I suggest pre-booking your tickets since I don’t know how many other schools are off today. Plus, you may be able to fill your child’s summer wardrobe at outlet prices.

Sea Life Michigan Aquarium - In the Walkthrough TunnelIn January we had a great time at the Yankee Air Museum. With the nice weather today, you can also explore the outdoor planes. Make a day of it with breakfast or lunch at The Bomber Restaurant.

Yankee Air Museum - Riveting


Indoor Activities

Of course, our everyday indoor activities are a great choice today. 

Check out our Everyday Indoor Fun

Ann Arbor Indoor FunDon’t forget that Avengers: Infinity War is at the theater. A Tuesday matinee is typically a great price! Be sure to check our Parental Guidance before heading to the theater.

Avengers Infinity War - Falcon flies over Wakanda Battlefield

Marvel Studios’ AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR..Falcon (Anthony Mackie) flying over Wakanda battlefield..Photo: Film Frame..ยฉMarvel Studios 2018


Today’s Calendar Events

Date/Time Event
Creature Camp
at The Creature Conservancy, Ann Arbor Michigan
Day off Outdoors: Bee Keeper Academy
at Leslie Science & Nature Center, Ann Arbor MI
Dexter Farmers Market
at Dexter Farmers Market, Dexter Michigan
Tiny Window Greenhouse
at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
Ypsilanti Farmers Market
at Downtown Ypsilanti Farmers Market, Ypsilanti Michigan
Teens Using Drugs: What To Know and What To Do - Part 2
at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center, Ypsilanti Michigan
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Anna Mae

Anna Mae owns & operates Ann Arbor with Kids, a website dedicated to Family Activities in Ann Arbor. My husband and I moved to Ann Arbor in 2003 and our daughter joined the family in 2006.

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