Ann Arbor Martin Luther King Day Activities

There are a number of great Ann Arbor Martin Luther King events planned for today. In addition there are some activity and shopping deals available for the holiday.

Arbor Annie's Picks for MLK Day - January 18, 2016

Ann Arbor Martin Luther King Themed Events

The biggest event in the Ann Arbor area is UM’s MLK Children & Youth Day. The event is free and runs all day.

The Ann Arbor District Library will present their MLK Day Event: Biakuye Percussion Group at the Downtown Branch an 2p.

The Ypsilanti District Library will hold their MLK Celebration at 3:30p at the Michigan Avenue  Branch at 6:30p at the Whittaker Rd Branch.


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With the Rosa Parks bus on display, the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn is a great place to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr Day. They will have free activities that include dramatic presentations, music, and make-and-take activities.

Activity Deals

In addition to the fun events today for Martin Luther King Day, there are several discounted activities available today.

In addition to their special activities, The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn is offering free admission. My daughter loves visiting the museum!

I have heard that the Ann Arbor Hands-on Museum is offering $6 admission today. 

Last year, my daughter and I met friends at Zap Zone for their $20 unlimited play from 10a-1p. She and her friends had a great time and got in numerous games of laser tag.

Shopping Deals

Today is a great day for shopping deals! I know when we were at the mall on Saturday, it was packed! Between end of season sales and holiday sales, there are definitely some great purchases out there.

It’s also a great day to shop at the Ann Arbor PTO Thrift Shop. They’ll be offering 50% off from 9a-5p. There will also be special deals from 1-3p when Ann Arbor’s 107.1 will be broadcasting from the store. They’re only open for shopping today, so don’t plan on bringing your own donations.

Food Deals

Iorio’s Gelateria is celebrating MLK Day with Family Gelato Day. Kids will receive a free gelato with the purchase of a gelato or beverage by an adult. They are open from 2-10p. My daughter loves Iorio’s Gelato, so we may be adding this to our Restaurant Week dinner plans tonight.

Ann Arbor Restaurant Week started yesterday and continues through Friday night. With the kids off from school today, lunch is a great day to take advantage of the deals. Our family had a delicious lunch yesterday at Bigalora.

Of course, the regular Kids Eat Free deals for Monday are in effect this evening. There are deals at the Original Cottage Inn, IHOP, and Harvest Moon Cafe.

Other Events

Of course there are plenty of other fun events around town for families today. If you have younger kids, you might want to check out some of the preschool or toddler centric activities since the big kids will be out in force today.

If you’re considering attending the Auto Show, today is probably a less crowded day than the weekend since some people have to work today.

Movies in Ann Arbor For Martin Luther King Day

Are you thinking of seeing a movie today? 

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is still out in theaters. Even if your kids have already seen it, I do recommend watching it a second time. I felt like I caught so much more of the details on our second viewing. 

Norm of the North and Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip (Rave Cinemas only) are also currently in theaters.  

All Ann Arbor Martin Luther King Day Events for Families

Date/Time Event
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01/18/2016
8:30am-3:00pm
UM MLK Children & Youth Day
at Modern Languages Building, Ann Arbor Michigan
01/18/2016
9:00am-10:00am
Toddler Time
at Champion Gymnastics, Ann Arbor Michigan
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01/18/2016
9:30am-5:00pm
Target Family Days
at Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn Michigan
01/18/2016
10:00am-1:00pm
MLK Mega Monday All-You-Can-Play
at Zap-Zone, Ann Arbor Michigan
01/18/2016
10:00am-4:00pm
Pop-Up Makerspace
at Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, Ann Arbor MI
01/18/2016
10:20am-11:30am
MLK Open Jump
at Pump It Up, Canton Michigan
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01/18/2016
10:30am-11:00am
Preschool Art Start
at Pittsfield Branch Library, Ann Arbor Michigan
01/18/2016
11:00am
Make a Plate for Valentine's Day
at Learning Express Toys of Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor MI
01/18/2016
11:10am-1:00pm
Open Skate
at Veterans Ice Arena, Ann Arbor MI
01/18/2016
12:20pm-1:30pm
MLK Open Jump with GLOW
at Pump It Up, Canton Michigan
01/18/2016
1:00pm-2:00pm
Kids Playtime
at Michigan Academy of Gymnastics, Ann Arbor Michigan
01/18/2016
2:00pm
Make a Plate for Valentine's Day
at Learning Express Toys of Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor MI
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01/18/2016
2:00pm-3:00pm
MLK Day Event: Biakuye Percussion Group
at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
01/18/2016
2:20pm-3:30pm
MLK Open Jump
at Pump It Up, Canton Michigan
01/18/2016
2:30pm-3:30pm
Fit Mom & Baby
at FitPoint, Ann Arbor Mi
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01/18/2016
3:30pm-4:30pm
MLK Celebration
at Ypsilanti District Library – Downtown, Ypsilanti Michigan
01/18/2016
4:20pm-5:50pm
MLK Open Jump with Pizza
at Pump It Up, Canton Michigan
01/18/2016
6:00pm-6:45pm
Mommy & Me Zumba
at Peachy Fitness, Ann Arbor Michigan
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01/18/2016
6:30pm-7:30pm
MLK Celebration
at Ypsilanti District Library – Whittaker Rd, Ypsilanti Michigan
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