Why Not Wednesday Helps You Gear Up for Back to School

Disclaimer: Arbor Hills Shopping Center has sponsored this post. All opinions are my own.

August’s Why Not Wednesday? event at Arbor Hills Shopping Center will be held on Wednesday, August 19th from 6-8p. Why Not Wednesday? is an event for all ages that inlcudes live music, demonstrations, special offers, gift-card drawings and other activities. Why Not Wednesday? is held on the third Wednesday of each month through October. 

August Why Not Wednesday at Arbor Hills Features Fun Back to School Active

Why Not Wednesday? is a great evening to shop at Arbor Hills, particularly with Back to School approaching. Why Not plan on enjoying dinner at one of the Arbor Hills restaurants and then staying for the music, demonstrations, and shopping. We really enjoyed Bigalora which I reviewed in NovemberZola Bistro is also a great option since they accept reservations via Open Table. I love their Monte Cristo, but it is only offered at lunch. 

Kids Activities at Why Not Wednesday?

August’s Why Not Wednesday? has a Back to School focus with a particular emphasis on STEM activities. The U of M F.E.M.M.E.S. (Females Excelling More in Math Engineering and the Sciences) will host a hands-on geography and hands-on science lab. FLY Children’s Art Center will have a “Make a Float” engineering craft.


The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra will be bringing their instrument petting zoo to Why Not Wednesday? They will have 8 different instruments available for guests to try out.

The Ann Arbor Police Department will host a child safety presentation. Kids can explore a police vehicle, there will be stickers and coloring books to take home, and child ID kits that can be completed at home.

Paper Source will be offering a Free Make & Take Craft for kids and adults. Guests will have a chance to try their heat embossing tool to make the craft.


Back to School at Why Not Wednesday?

In addition to the “educational” kids activities, several stores will be honoring Back to School. My Urban Toddler will have an in-store children’s fashion show of the best back to school styles. Sur La Table will have be demonstrating healthy, homemade lunchbox dips and will have tasting samples available.

August Why Not Wednesday at Arbor Hills Features Fun Back to School Active

Other Activities at Why Not Wednesday?

The Kids Activities and Back to School demonstrations aren’t the only activities at Why Not Wednesday. Singer Danny Runey will be perform. Bluemercury will have a Trish McEvoy party with makeovers, champagne, and gift bags tailored to skin type and tone. Evereve will offer a personalized denim fitting demo. J. Jill will have a Pattern Play Demo of their August Collection color blocking techniques. There will also be a special offer just for the Arbor Hills store.

Deals and Offers at Why Not Wednesday?

Several other businesses in Arbor Hills are offering deals for Why Not Wednesday?  Running Fit is offering a spring/summer apparel clearance with 20-70% off of most in store items. On the other hand, if you’re planning ahead for winter, The North Face is offering a free gift with a  purchase of $50 or more. Vie: Fitness is offering unlimited ViPR classes through 8/31 plus one free class of your choice. Brooks Brothers is offering $25 off of a purchase of $100 or more. Eye Candy Beauty Studio (inside Sola Salon Studios) will have select styling products for $5 with the purchase of any Bed Head Shampoo & Conditioner. They will also have Top TIGI stylers at 20% off.

Madewell has an environmentally friendly offer – Blue Jean Go Green. If you bring a pair of old jeans to be repurposed as housing insulation, you will receive a $20 certificate towards a new pair.

You can wrap up the night with a treat at Mighty Good Coffee. They are offering $2 affogato (ice cream and espresso) and $1 off on all espresso drinks. 

About Arbor Hills

Arbor Hills is located on Washtenaw Avenue at the south east corner of the intersection with Platt Rd. It first opened in late 2013. The shopping center hosts a variety of locally owned stores and national brands with a mix of dining, services, and retail categories. Follow Arbor Hills on Facebook (ShopArborHills) and Twitter (@ShopArborHills).

Upcoming Why Not Wednesday? Events

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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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  • Avatar Marcy Hayes -

    Looking forward to a fun evening! Hope lots of families come out to try all the experiments … a fun way to get kids in the “school mode” … which is never easy!

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