2019 Top of the Park Kids Guide

Our 2019 Top of the Park Kids Guide has information on all of the great family-friendly activities happening as part of the 2019 Ann Arbor Summer Festival. The Ann Arbor Summer Festival runs from June 14 through July 7.
Ann Arbor 2019 Top of the Park Kids Guide

2019 Top of the Park Kids Guide

Top of the Park is the free outdoor component of the Ann Arbor Summer Festival. This Top of the Park Kids Guide lists all of the great family friendly activities happening at Top of the Park. Top of the Park starts on Friday, June 14 and runs through Sunday, July 7. It is held every night except for Mondays.


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After 15 years in Ann Arbor, I am almost guaranteed to run into someone I know at Top of the Park.

Where is Top of the Park

Top of the Park is held on Ingalls Mall on the University of Michigan campus. The large stage and movies are shown in front of the Rackham Graduate School Building on Washington Street. Washington Street is closed between Fletcher and Thayer for the duration of the festival. There are some chairs available in front of the stage/screen, but most guests bring blankets or their own chairs and sit in the grass on Ingalls Mall. There is also a smaller Grove Stage nestled in the trees on the west side of the Ingalls Mall.


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2019 Top of the Park KidZone Tents

Each night of Top of the Park, a local organization hosts activities in the KidZone Tent. The KidZone tent is open from 5-8p. The KidZone tent is located on the Ingalls Mall at the north end of the Michigan League. It is to the right as you face the Rackham stage. It is marked as H on this map.

Ann Arbor Summer Festival - Top of the Park KidZone Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra Instrument Petting Zoo (2009)

🎪Friday, June 14: KidZone: Clonlara School - Paper Lantern Craft
🎪Saturday, June 15: KidZone: Summers-Knoll School - Connect with Nature
🎪Sunday, June 16: KidZone: UM Museum of Natural History The REAL Frozen
🎪Tuesday, June 18: KidZone: Formosa Association of Student Cultural Ambassadors - Origami, Calligraphy, Puppets, and More
🎪Wednesday, June 19: KidZone: Mary A. Rackham Institute - Elephant and Piggie Series
🎪Thursday, June 20: KidZone: Center for Japanese Studies and International Institute - Games from Around the World
🎪Friday, June 21: KidZone: American Field Service - Around the World with AFS
🎪Saturday, June 22: KidZone: Treasuring Christ Church - Feel the Beat
🎪Sunday, June 23: KidZone: Spectrum Therapy Center - Bubbles, Boats & Buried Treasure
🎪Tuesday, June 25: KidZone: Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum: Science Festival
🎪Wednesday, June 26: KidZone: Keith Hafner's Karate - Karate Class for Kids
🎪Thursday, June 27: KidZone: Hebrew Day School - Stained Glass Window Coloring Pages
🎪Friday, June 28: KidZone: Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra Petting Zoo
🎪Saturday, June 29: KidZone: Optical Society of University of Michigan: Adventures in Technology through Optics and Robotics
🎪Sunday, June 30: KidZone: C.S. Mott Children's Hospital - Band-Aid Art, Airbrush Tattooing, Balloon Sculptures, a Bubble Machine & More
🎪Tuesday, July 2: KidZone: Ann Arbor Farmers Market - Fresh Farmers Market Fun
🎪Wednesday, July 3: KidZone: Nam Center for Korean Studies - Korean Traditional Games and Clothes Booth
🎪Thursday, July 4: KidZone: Harvest Mission Church - Independence Day Activities
🎪Friday, July 5: KidZone: LSNC All Walks of Life: Live Animal Exploration
🎪Saturday, July 6: KidZone: Stories on the Move - Handcrafted Puppets and Story Boxes
🎪Sunday, July 7: KidZone: Stone School Co-Op Preschool Come Grow With Us

Top of the Park Kids Guide - A2SO Instrument Petting Zoo KidZone Tent

2019 Top of the Park Retreat

Each night Top of the Park, kicks off with a wellness/fitness activity like yoga, martial arts, and more. While Retreat is not a kid-centric program, they are welcome to join in. Retreat activities happen on the Power Center Lawn.

  • Friday June 14, 2019 5:00pm-6:00pm Top of the Park Retreat
  • Saturday June 15, 2019 5:00pm-6:00pm Top of the Park Retreat
  • Sunday June 16, 2019 5:00pm-6:00pm Top of the Park Retreat
  • Tuesday June 18, 2019 5:00pm-6:00pm Top of the Park Retreat
  • Wednesday June 19, 2019 5:00pm-6:00pm Top of the Park Retreat
  • Thursday June 20, 2019 5:00pm-6:00pm Top of the Park Retreat
  • Friday June 21, 2019 5:00pm-6:00pm Top of the Park Retreat
  • Saturday June 22, 2019 5:00pm-6:00pm Top of the Park Retreat
  • Sunday June 23, 2019 5:00pm-6:00pm Top of the Park Retreat
  • Tuesday June 25, 2019 5:00pm-6:00pm Top of the Park Retreat
  • Wednesday June 26, 2019 5:00pm-6:00pm Top of the Park Retreat
  • Thursday June 27, 2019 5:00pm-6:00pm Top of the Park Retreat
  • Friday June 28, 2019 5:00pm-6:00pm Top of the Park Retreat
  • Saturday June 29, 2019 5:00pm-6:00pm Top of the Park Retreat
  • Sunday June 30, 2019 5:00pm-6:00pm Top of the Park Retreat
  • Tuesday July 2, 2019 5:00pm-6:00pm Top of the Park Retreat
  • Wednesday July 3, 2019 5:00pm-6:00pm Top of the Park Retreat
  • Thursday July 4, 2019 5:00pm-6:00pm Top of the Park Retreat
  • Friday July 5, 2019 5:00pm-6:00pm Top of the Park Retreat
  • Saturday July 6, 2019 5:00pm-6:00pm Top of the Park Retreat
  • Sunday July 7, 2019 5:00pm-6:00pm Top of the Park Retreat
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    2019 Top of the Park Performances

    The big draw of Top of the Park is the nightly musical performances. There are two stages setup at Top of the Park. The larger stage is in front of Rackham and is the main stage for Top of the Park. The O&W Acoustic Stage is setup in the Grove near the Bell Tower. Music typically starts at 5p on the Acoustic Stage and at 7p on the Rackham Stage.

    Ann Arbor Summer Festival - Top of the Park - Rackham Stage

    Ann Arbor Summer Festival © Myra Klarman Photography.com

    🎵 Friday, June 14: Top of the Park Music
    🎵 Saturday, June 15: Top of the Park Music
    🎵 Sunday, June 16: Top of the Park Music
    🎵 Tuesday, June 18: Top of the Park Music
    🎵 Wednesday, June 19: Top of the Park Music
    🎵 Thursday, June 20: Top of the Park Music
    🎵 Friday, June 21: Top of the Park Music
    🎵 Saturday, June 22: Top of the Park Music
    🎵 Sunday, June 23: Top of the Park Music
    🎵 Tuesday, June 25: Top of the Park Music
    🎵 Wednesday, June 26: Top of the Park Music
    🎵 Thursday, June 27: Top of the Park Music
    🎵 Friday, June 28: Top of the Park Music
    🎵 Saturday, June 29: Top of the Park Music
    🎵 Sunday, June 30: Top of the Park Music
    🎵 Tuesday, July 2: Top of the Park Music
    🎵 Wednesday, July 3: Top of the Park Music
    🎵 Thursday, July 4: Top of the Park Music
    🎵 Friday, July 5: Top of the Park Music
    🎵 Saturday, July 6: Top of the Park Music
    🎵 Sunday, July 7: Top of the Park Music

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    2019 Top of the Park Movies

    As my daughter has gotten older, we love attending the Top of the Park movies. The movies are held Sunday and Tuesday through Thursday. The full movie schedule is listed below, although not all movies are appropriate for all ages.

    Top of the Park Movie LIneup

    🎬 Sunday, June 16: Frozen: Top of the Park Movie
    🎬 Tuesday, June 18: Won't You Be My Neighbor: Top of the Park Movie
    🎬 Wednesday, June 19: Eighth Grade: Top of the Park Movie
    🎬 Thursday, June 20: Cinetopia Film: Top of the Park Movie
    🎬 Sunday, June 23: Paddington: Top of the Park Movie
    🎬 Tuesday, June 25: Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner: Top of the Park Movie
    🎬 Wednesday, June 26: Arrival: Top of the Park Movie
    🎬 Thursday, June 27: Black Panther: Top of the Park Movie
    🎬 Sunday, June 30: Field of Dreams: Top of the Park Movie
    🎬 Tuesday, July 2: Crazy Rich Asians: Top of the Park Movie
    🎬 Wednesday, July 3: Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure: Top of the Park Movie
    🎬 Thursday, July 4: Bohemian Rhapsody: Top of the Park Movie
    🎬 Sunday, July 7: The Greatest Showman: Top of the Park Movie

    2019 Top of the Park Food

    We make Culinary Row a part of many of our visits to Top the Park. Culinary row offers food booths and food trucks offering everything from drinks to dinner to dessert. Our favorite food vendor is Slow’s To Go. We have stopped for dinner on opening night in both 2016 and 2017 before my daughter went to camp for the weekend. Past favorites include Slows to Go, Chela’s, Noodles & Company, and Pizza House.
    Slows to Go at Top of the Park's Culinary Row

    The Culinary Row vendors help to support Top of the Park. Attendees are encouraged to support the vendors instead of bringing their own food.

    2019 Culinary Row Vendors:

    • Chela’s
    • Hut K-Chaats
    • Noodles & Company
    • Oasis Grill
    • Pizza House
    • Ray’s Red Hots
    • Slows To Go
    • Stucchi’s
    • Sugar Shack
    • Sweetwater’s

    What to Bring to Top of the Park

    You don’t need to bring anything to Top of the Park. However, we like to bring a blanket to sit on. You can also bring chairs to sit in. When my daughter was younger, we would bring our wagon to hold our blanket, water bottles, and so my daughter didn’t need to walk.

    If you visit in early evening, you may want sun screen. If you plan to stay into the evening for the movie, you may want to bring a sweatshirt and/or long pants. We have never had an issue with mosquitos at Top of the Park, but we are always prepared when we come for movie night. We bring mosquito spray and repellent lanterns.


    Many of the Top of the Park culinary row vendors have mobile credit card machines which makes purchasing food and snacks easy. Of course cash is always acceptable. It’s also handy to have cash on hand if you want to make a donation. The Ann Arbor Summer Festival asks for a $5/person or $10/family donation to help keep Top of the Park free.


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    Getting to Top of the Park

    We usually drive to Top of the Park since we don’t live near downtown. My husband works at UM and has a blue parking pass. We will often use that to park in the Fletcher Parking Structure. Without the pass, there is often a $5 parking fee. The Thayer lot also has a $5 parking fee for non-pass holders. Many other UM Blue lots offer free parking after 5 or 6p. We have also parked at the Ann Structure which offers metered visitor parking and is a blue lot. It is a little further, but can be worth saving the $5 in parking. UM Parking maps can be found on their parking and transportation website.

    Biking, walking and the bus are also great options for getting to Top of the Park.

    2019 Mainstage Program

    In addition to the free Top of the Park activities, the Ann Summer Festival includes the Mainstage performances.

    • Barbu Electo Trad Cabaret: Cirque Alfonse (Recommended Ages 16+)
    • Dawes
    • Madeline Peyroux
    • Evolution of a Sonero
    • Melissa Etheridge
    • The Capitol Steps
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    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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