Weekly Roundup – Almost August

My top pick for the week is Life-Sized Angry Birds ! This event sounds awesome and from what I heard from last year’s event it was a ton of fun. Of course, we are unable to attend again this year. Life-Sized Angry Birds is sponsored by Ann Arbor District Library at Meri Lou Murray Rec Center. At Christmas two years ago, my daughter received a couple of Angry Bird plush animals and enjoyed setting up her empty boxes in different configurations to toss the birds at. She had a ton of fun, and I know she would love this event.

Other top picks from AADL include Mini Yarn Monsters at Malletts Creek on Tuesday afternoon, Joel’s ScienceRific Comedy Show at Malletts Creek on Tuesday evening, and Gumdrop People on Thursday afternoon. Kids ages 7+ may also enjoy the Ypsilanti Library’s Face Plates on Thursday afternoon at the Whittaker Branch.

Movies this week offer lots of great options. Rave’s Summer Movie Clubhouse pick for this week is The LEGO Movie on Tuesday at 10a. My daughter loves The LEGO Movie and has already watched it a number of times on her iPad or our Apple TV. Michigan Theater is having another Sing-A-Long The Wizard of Oz at 7p on Tuesday if you missed the Sunday show. We are also looking forward to Guardians of the Galaxy being released on Friday. My husband and I are planning on attending a screening on Wednesday, so look for my review on Friday, including whether we will let our 8 year old see the movie – she is hoping for a Yes. From the initial reports I have heard from my fellow bloggers who saw a screening last week, the movie is very good. Quality 16’s Dollar Movie is TMNT this week with showings at 10a each weekday.

There are a number of fun events at book stores around Ann Arbor. Nicola’s Books will have Preschool Story Time with Ieva Bates at Nicola’s Books on Tuesday and Story Time with Zoo for Elementary Aged Children on Wednesday. My top pick at Barnes & Noble is Frozen Friday! on Friday evening. Barnes & Noble will also have What Do You Do With an Idea? Storytime on Tuesday.

At local museums, Read and Look at Kelsey Museum of Archaeology sounds fun for kids ages 4-6 to hear a story and explore the museum. The Hands On Museum offers Pop Up Makerspace through Thursday (the last day of July). Their H2Oh! was also a big hit for my daughter and we want to return for L is for Laser.


Of course, if the weather is good, the pools and water parks are always a fun option. I haven’t managed to make it to Blue Heron Bay yet this year (although my daughter went with friends) and we have only been to Rolling Hills once – I need a few more trips to make my annual vehicle pass worthwhile.

If you have younger kids (toddlers and preschoolers), don’t forget to check out my suggestions to Escape the Big Kid Invasion.

Special events for the younger kids today include Preschool Storytime at Nicola’s and Read & Look at Kelsey Museum.

For older kids, there are still a few weeks left of Summer Camp and plenty of options available for registration.

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