Great Family Events in Ann Arbor This Weekend

This is a great weekend for events in the Ann Arbor area and the weather is great as we progress towards summer.

The two events at the top of our list this year are The Solar System Project at Gallup Park and Taste of Ann Arbor.

The The Solar System Project is an awesome combination of science and being active outdoors. It is a scale model of the solar system spread over 3 miles along the bike trail from Mitchell Field (across from Fuller Park) through Gallup Park to the Dixboro Dam. It’s 3 miles and Earth is only 1/2″ in diameter!

I am thrilled that we have nothing else on our calendar on Sunday and can really enjoy Taste of Ann Arbor at our leisure. Last year we had a mid-day soccer game and arrived late and the year before we missed the event completely thanks to a Girl Scout Weekend in Kalamazoo and a birthday party.

It is also a busy weekend at the Hands on Museum with Operation Kind Kids and Science Fest: Healing through Hands-On Science with fun activities provided by C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.


The weather is looking to be great, so of course area pools, water parks, and splash grounds are options. After some mechanical difficulties last weekend and early this week, Blue Heron Bay at Independence Lake is open. Actually, if you’ve ridden your bike, walked or ran to see The Solar System Project, Fuller Park would be a convenient place to cool off. Another fun option is Summer Splash at Saline Recreation Center

If you are looking for a preschool for next fall, Stone School Cooperative Nursery is having an Open House on Saturday.

For more preschool options, check out the Ann Arbor with Kids Preschool Guide sponsored by Stone School Cooperative Nursery, Acorn Glen Cooperative Preschool, Ann Arbor Nursery, and FUMCN.

This weekend is also the opening of the movie Maleficent. My daughter and I were invited to an evening screening this week, but my daughter had an extended day field trip the following day so a late night was not going to work for us. Two other bloggers that I know in the area saw the movie and have said it was really good. Both enjoyed the movie, but felt that while the movie is rated PG, it was scary and are recommending it for ages 10+. Their reviews:

At 8, after seeing trailers my daughter is on the fence as to whether she wants to see it or if it will be too scary (and she has seen all of the recent Marvel superhero movies – the Avengers series, X-Men, Amazing SpiderMan). Rio 2 is still playing at Quality 16 if you are looking for a younger-kid-friendly movie this weekend.

Other activities this weekend include Natural Family Playgroup at Green Apple Garden Playschool, Preschool Storytime at Whittaker Rd Branch of YDL, Story Time at Nicola’s Books, Spanish Charades for Kids at Barnes & Noble Ann Arbor, Saturday Story Time at Literati Bookstore

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Ann Arbor with Kids is your go-to source for Ann Arbor Family Fun. It got its start in an activity list that I was compiling for the playgroup I ran at our church. When my daughter started preschool, the other moms were thrilled to hear about my list. I decided to take the list public in 2009.

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