Arbor Annie’s Winter Break Week 2 Picks

The holidays are officially over, but school doesn’t resume until next week. Arbor Annie is here with suggestions for events & activities this week.

Arbor Annie's Winter Break Week 2 Picks - January 2-5

Arbor Annie’s Winter Break Week 2 Picks

I hope everyone had a great Christmas (if you celebrated) and New Years. While the holidays may be over, schools are still closed this week for winter break. Even with my daughter off, our lives will be a bit more normal with my husband returning to work tomorrow.

If you’re headed back to work before the end of the week, be sure to check our Winter Break Camp Guide. Many camps offer single day or even half-day registration.

There aren’t a ton of events on the calendar for this week, but there are still plenty of great activity options. My daughter and I saw Jumanji on Tuesday. Check out our review below. There are several other kid-friendly movies depending on your kids ages/interests – see more about movies below.


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With frigid temperatures, this week, it’s also a great time for indoor activities.
It’s a great week to visit the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum with their Hands-On Holidays activity each weekday.

We loved the Henry Ford’s Science Behind Pixar Exhibit. I recommend booking your admission in advance as it will probably be pretty busy during winter break.

Check out our Day Trip Suggestions – just avoid the summer specific recommendations. Another option is a staycation. We enjoyed our staycation at the new Hyatt Place near Briarwood this fall.

My Tween loves visiting Zap Zone with friends. 

Other fun ideas are Ice Skating, Indoor Swimming, Bowling, and visiting museums.

Arbor Annie’s Event Picks

Tuesday Picks

  • 11:00am-4:00pm Hands-On Holidays at Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum
  • Wednesday Picks

  • 11:00am-4:00pm Hands-On Holidays at Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum
  • Thursday Picks

  • 11:00am-4:00pm Hands-On Holidays at Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum
  • 2:00pm-3:00pm Erupting Sensory Snow at Downtown Branch of AADL
  • Friday Picks

  • 11:00am-4:00pm Hands-On Holidays at Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum
  • 2:00pm-2:30pm Puppet Show at Downtown Branch of AADL
  • 5:00pm-8:00pm First Fridays Kerrytown at Kerrytown Market & Shops
  • 5:00pm-9:00pm Pets and Pajamas Movie Night at Humane Society of Huron Valley
  • 7:00pm Show People at Michigan Theater
  • 7:30pm-9:30pm Family Mew-vie Night at Tiny Lions Lounge & Adoption Center
  • Ann Arbor Holiday Break Camp Guide

    Movies

    If you’re heading to a matinee this week, I suggest buying tickets in advance, or at least checking availability. We saw Jumanji at Emagine on Tuesday and our 12:45p showing was almost sold out.

    The big movie in theaters is still Star Wars: The Last Jedi. We’ve seen it twice, so don’t miss our review and parental guidance. 

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    As I mentioned above, my daughter and I saw Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle on Tuesday. The movie isn’t going to win any awards, but was a fun movie for the tweens and teens over winter break.

    Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

    Coco is still in theaters and was a great movie. I definitely recommend it if you haven’t seen it yet. Also in animated movies is Ferdinand, based on the book.

    Justice League is also still at Cinemark but with limited showtimes – be sure to check out our review and parental guidance before heading to the theater. Also showing in theaters are Wonder, The Greatest Showman about PT Barnum, and Pitch Perfect 3. I’ve heard good things about The Greatest Showman, but my daughter has no interest in it.

    Justice League

    Looking forward to Next Weekend

    Saturday, January 6

  • 9:00am-12:00pm Block Calendar at Home Depot
  • 10:00am-10:40am Dancing Babies with Robin Robinson at Malletts Creek Branch Library
  • 10:00am-12:00pm Kids Club: Snowman Canvas at Michaels
  • 10:00am-11:15am Tinkergarten Free Trial Classes at Greenview Nature Area
  • 11:00am-4:30pm EMU Basketball - Taste of Ypsilanti & Star Wars Celebration at EMU Convocation Center
  • 11:00am-4:00pm Hands-On Holidays at Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum
  • Sunday, January 7

  • 11:00am-4:00pm Hands-On Holidays at Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum
  • 2:00pm-3:00pm Mini Yarn Monsters at Traverwood Branch of AADL
  • All Winter Break Events

    Tuesday, January 2, 2018

    Date/Time Event
    πŸ†“
    01/02/2018
    10:00am-11:00am
    Baby Playgroup
    at Malletts Creek Branch Library, Ann Arbor MI
    01/02/2018
    10:00am-3:00pm

    Open Play


    at Kidopolis, Ann Arbor Michigan
    Have fun enjoying open play time at Kidopolis. This fall they are open Thursday/Friday from 10a-3p and Saturdays from 4-8:30p. Earlier Saturday and all day Sunday are reserved for parties. It's the perfect place for cool, rainy days!
    πŸ†“
    01/02/2018
    10:00am-10:30am
    Preschool Storytime
    at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
    πŸ’™
    01/02/2018
    11:00am-4:00pm
    Hands-On Holidays
    at Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, Ann Arbor MI
    πŸ†“
    01/02/2018
    11:00am-11:30am
    Preschool Storytime
    at Traverwood Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
    01/02/2018
    11:10am-3:00pm
    Open Skate
    at Veterans Ice Arena, Ann Arbor MI
    01/02/2018
    12:00pm-1:00pm
    Family Swim
    at Goldfish Swim School, Ann Arbor Michigan
    01/02/2018
    12:00pm-1:00pm
    Noon Skate
    at Yost Ice Arena, Ann Arbor Michigan
    01/02/2018
    12:00pm-2:00pm
    Public Swim
    at Mack Pool, Ann Arbor Michigan
    01/02/2018
    1:00pm-5:00pm
    Open Swim
    at Meri Lou Murray Recreation Center, Ann Arbor Michigan
    01/02/2018
    4:00pm-9:30pm
    Open Swim
    at Mack Pool, Ann Arbor Michigan
    01/02/2018
    7:00pm-9:00pm
    Open Swim
    at Meri Lou Murray Recreation Center, Ann Arbor Michigan
    01/02/2018
    7:30pm-9:00pm
    Teens Using Drugs: What To Know and What To Do - Part 1
    at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center, Ypsilanti Michigan
    01/02/2018
    7:45pm-8:45pm
    Public Skate - Half Price & Broom Ball
    at Buhr Park Outside Ice Arena, Ann Arbor Michigan

    Wednesday, January 3, 2018

    Date/Time Event
    πŸ†“
    01/03/2018
    10:00am-12:00pm
    Mama & Me Coffee Meetup
    at Cultivate Coffee & TapHouse, Ypsilanti Michigan
    01/03/2018
    10:00am-3:00pm

    Open Play


    at Kidopolis, Ann Arbor Michigan
    Have fun enjoying open play time at Kidopolis. This fall they are open Thursday/Friday from 10a-3p and Saturdays from 4-8:30p. Earlier Saturday and all day Sunday are reserved for parties. It's the perfect place for cool, rainy days!
    01/03/2018
    10:00am-11:00am
    Open Swim
    at Meri Lou Murray Recreation Center, Ann Arbor Michigan
    πŸ†“
    01/03/2018
    10:00am-10:30am
    Preschool Storytime
    at Malletts Creek Branch Library, Ann Arbor Michigan
    πŸ†“
    01/03/2018
    11:00am-12:00pm
    Baby Playgroup
    at Pittsfield Branch Library, Ann Arbor Michigan
    πŸ’™
    01/03/2018
    11:00am-4:00pm
    Hands-On Holidays
    at Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, Ann Arbor MI
    01/03/2018
    11:00am-11:30am
    Preschool Storytime
    at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
    01/03/2018
    11:10am-3:00pm
    Open Skate
    at Veterans Ice Arena, Ann Arbor MI
    01/03/2018
    12:00pm-1:00pm
    Family Swim
    at Goldfish Swim School, Ann Arbor Michigan
    01/03/2018
    12:00pm-1:00pm
    Noon Skate
    at Yost Ice Arena, Ann Arbor Michigan
    01/03/2018
    12:00pm-2:00pm
    Public Swim
    at Mack Pool, Ann Arbor Michigan
    01/03/2018
    1:00pm-5:00pm
    Open Swim
    at Meri Lou Murray Recreation Center, Ann Arbor Michigan
    πŸ†“
    01/03/2018
    1:00pm-1:30pm
    Preschool Storytime
    at Westgate Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
    01/03/2018
    4:00pm-9:30pm
    Open Swim
    at Mack Pool, Ann Arbor Michigan
    01/03/2018
    4:45pm-5:45pm
    Public Skate - Half Price & Broom Ball
    at Buhr Park Outside Ice Arena, Ann Arbor Michigan
    πŸ†“
    01/03/2018
    6:00pm-9:00pm
    Minecraft for Kids
    at Cultivate Coffee & TapHouse, Ypsilanti Michigan
    01/03/2018
    6:00pm-6:30pm
    Preschool Storytime
    at Traverwood Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
    01/03/2018
    7:15pm-8:45pm
    Public Skate
    at Buhr Park Outside Ice Arena, Ann Arbor Michigan

    Thursday, January 4, 2018

    Date/Time Event
    01/04/2018
    10:00am-3:00pm

    Open Play


    at Kidopolis, Ann Arbor Michigan
    Have fun enjoying open play time at Kidopolis. This fall they are open Thursday/Friday from 10a-3p and Saturdays from 4-8:30p. Earlier Saturday and all day Sunday are reserved for parties. It's the perfect place for cool, rainy days!
    01/04/2018
    10:00am-10:30am
    Preschool Storytime
    at Traverwood Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
    πŸ’™
    01/04/2018
    11:00am-4:00pm
    Hands-On Holidays
    at Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, Ann Arbor MI
    01/04/2018
    11:10am-3:00pm
    Open Skate
    at Veterans Ice Arena, Ann Arbor MI
    01/04/2018
    12:00pm-1:00pm
    Family Swim
    at Goldfish Swim School, Ann Arbor Michigan
    01/04/2018
    12:00pm-1:00pm
    Noon Skate
    at Yost Ice Arena, Ann Arbor Michigan
    01/04/2018
    12:00pm-2:00pm
    Public Swim
    at Mack Pool, Ann Arbor Michigan
    01/04/2018
    1:00pm-4:45pm
    Open Swim
    at Meri Lou Murray Recreation Center, Ann Arbor Michigan
    πŸ†“
    01/04/2018
    2:00pm-3:00pm
    Baby Playgroup
    at Westgate Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
    πŸ’™πŸ†“
    01/04/2018
    2:00pm-3:00pm
    Erupting Sensory Snow
    at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
    01/04/2018
    4:00pm-9:30pm
    Open Swim
    at Mack Pool, Ann Arbor Michigan
    πŸ†“
    01/04/2018
    6:30pm-7:30pm
    Baby Playgroup
    at Malletts Creek Branch Library, Ann Arbor MI
    πŸ†“
    01/04/2018
    7:00pm-7:30pm
    Preschool Storytime
    at Pittsfield Branch Library, Ann Arbor Michigan
    01/04/2018
    7:15pm-8:45pm
    Public Skate
    at Buhr Park Outside Ice Arena, Ann Arbor Michigan
    01/04/2018
    8:00pm-9:00pm
    Open Swim
    at Meri Lou Murray Recreation Center, Ann Arbor Michigan

    Friday, January 5, 2018

    Date/Time Event
    01/05/2018
    9:45am-10:45am
    Pre-School Playtime
    at Gym America, Ann Arbor Michigan
    01/05/2018
    10:00am-3:00pm

    Open Play


    at Kidopolis, Ann Arbor Michigan
    Have fun enjoying open play time at Kidopolis. This fall they are open Thursday/Friday from 10a-3p and Saturdays from 4-8:30p. Earlier Saturday and all day Sunday are reserved for parties. It's the perfect place for cool, rainy days!
    01/05/2018
    10:00am-11:00am
    Open Swim
    at Meri Lou Murray Recreation Center, Ann Arbor Michigan
    πŸ†“
    01/05/2018
    10:00am-10:30am
    Preschool Storytime
    at Pittsfield Branch Library, Ann Arbor Michigan
    πŸ†“
    01/05/2018
    10:00am-10:30am
    Preschool Storytime
    at Westgate Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
    πŸ†“
    01/05/2018
    10:00am-11:30am
    The Breastfeeding Cafe- Group for mothers and babies
    at The Breastfeeding Center of Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor Michigan
    πŸ†“
    01/05/2018
    10:30am-11:30am
    Baby Playgroup
    at Traverwood Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
    πŸ’™
    01/05/2018
    11:00am-4:00pm
    Hands-On Holidays
    at Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, Ann Arbor MI
    01/05/2018
    11:00am-3:00pm
    Open Skate
    at Veterans Ice Arena, Ann Arbor MI
    01/05/2018
    12:00pm-1:00pm
    Noon Skate
    at Yost Ice Arena, Ann Arbor Michigan
    01/05/2018
    12:00pm-2:00pm
    Public Swim
    at Mack Pool, Ann Arbor Michigan
    01/05/2018
    1:00pm-5:00pm
    Open Swim
    at Meri Lou Murray Recreation Center, Ann Arbor Michigan
    πŸ’™πŸ†“
    01/05/2018
    2:00pm-2:30pm
    Puppet Show
    at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
    01/05/2018
    4:00pm-8:00pm
    Open Swim
    at Mack Pool, Ann Arbor Michigan
    πŸ’™πŸ†“
    01/05/2018
    5:00pm-8:00pm
    First Fridays Kerrytown
    at Kerrytown Market & Shops, Ann Arbor Michigan
    πŸ’™
    01/05/2018
    5:00pm-9:00pm
    Pets and Pajamas Movie Night
    at Humane Society of Huron Valley, Ann Arbor Michigan
    01/05/2018
    7:00pm-9:00pm
    Family Fun Night
    at Meri Lou Murray Recreation Center, Ann Arbor Michigan
    01/05/2018
    7:00pm-8:00pm
    Family Swim
    at Goldfish Swim School, Ann Arbor Michigan
    πŸ’™
    01/05/2018
    7:00pm
    Show People
    at Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor MI
    01/05/2018
    7:15pm-8:45pm
    Public Skate
    at Buhr Park Outside Ice Arena, Ann Arbor Michigan
    πŸ’™
    01/05/2018
    7:30pm-9:30pm
    Family Mew-vie Night
    at Tiny Lions Lounge & Adoption Center, Ann Arbor Michigan
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    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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