5 Ways to Keep Cool in Ann Arbor

We (hopefully) have hit the hottest part of summer. With forecast highs ofย the upper 80s and even 90 this week, I have compiled a list of five ways to keep cool in Ann Arbor. IMG_4471-0.jpg

1 – Get Wet

Getting wet is always a great way to stay cool. Be sure to check our Top 10 Places to Get Wet around Ann Arbor. Of course, with temperatures of 90, it won’t be much fun for the adults unless they are getting wet with the kids.
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2 – See a Movie

Movie theaters are traditionally well air conditioned. There are quite a few kid-friendly new release movies in theaters.
Movies In Theaters and Coming Soon

Plus, Quality 16 is showing The Nut Job as their Dollar Movie this week (10a each day). Appropriately, Rave’s Summer Movie Clubhouse movie this week is Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days.
Dollar Summer Movies

3 – Visit a Museum

There are several great museums in and around Ann Arbor. All of them are air conditioned! Our Top 5 Museums guide offers some great museum suggestions.
Top 5 Ann Arbor Area Museums for Kids


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4 – Visit the Library

The Ann Arbor District Library offers five great places to spend a warm afternoon. Each branch offers books, movies, magazines, and CDs. The library offers a number of fun activities: both programming as well as toys and computer programs. Visit different branches to find all of the ย codes for the summer reading game. Plus be sure to checkout new books to help your child complete their summer reading list.

Date/Time Event
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11/24/2017
10:00am-10:30am
Preschool Storytime
at Westgate Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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11/24/2017
10:30am-11:30am
Baby Playgroup
at Traverwood Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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11/24/2017
2:00pm-3:00pm
Balloon Critters
at Westgate Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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11/25/2017
10:00am-11:00am
Popsicle Stick Flashlight
at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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11/25/2017
1:00pm-4:00pm
ARMS: Arms Race
at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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11/26/2017
1:00pm-2:30pm
Actor/Writer Jon Glaser Discusses Comedy and His Career
at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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11/26/2017
1:00pm-4:00pm
All-Ages Mario Kart Tournament
at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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11/26/2017
2:00pm-3:00pm
Make a Fairy Doll!
at Malletts Creek Branch Library, Ann Arbor Michigan
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11/26/2017
2:00pm-3:30pm
Minecraft Workshop
at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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11/27/2017
10:30am-11:30am
Baby Playgroup
at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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11/27/2017
11:00am-11:30am
Preschool Storytime
at Westgate Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
11/27/2017
11:00am-11:30am
Preschool Storytime
at Westgate Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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11/27/2017
7:00pm-8:45pm
Emerging Writers Workshop: Writing and Review Meet-Up
at Westgate Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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11/27/2017
7:00pm-8:30pm
Fiber Arts Lab: Crochet
at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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11/28/2017
10:00am-10:30am
Preschool Storytime
at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan

5 – Hang out at Home

Obviously this option only works if you have air conditioning. If you have a basement too it works even better. Here are some ideas for staying cool indoors:

    • Have a movie afternoon (check the library for movies or check Netflix or Amazon Prime)
    • Spend an hour or two reading to make progress on summer reading
    • Work on your entry for the AADL LEGO contestAADL LEGO Contest

 

  • Break out the board games, and have a game afternoon

Finally, don’t forget to stop at one of the ice cream shops recommended by Ann Arbor with Kids readers.Readers Recommend Ann Arbor Ice Cream Shops

What other suggestions do you have for keeping cool?

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