Free Things to do in Ann Arbor in November

Weekly on Wednesdays

Nature Play Pop-Up at Gaffield Children’s Garden

At the Gaffield Children’s Garden, children engage in lightly guided play in the nature art area. Kids will have fun exploring nature with hands-on activities, and parents will have easy ideas for encouraging creative nature play at home.

Matthaei Botanical Gardens. 1800 N. Dixboro Rd., Ann Arbor.

Wednesday Nov. 1

All Hallows Illumination of Frog Island Park
Bring your jack o’lanterns to the Frog Island amphitheater to light it up with the community! The more jacks, the more magical it is.

Frog Island Park. 699 Rice St, Ypsilanti.

Saturday, Nov. 4

The Great Pumpkin Roll
You’re invited to bring your old Jack-O-Lantern to Mill Pond Park in Saline for some fall fun. The 20th annual event welcomes participants of all ages. The goal is to roll your pumpkin down the hill as fast as possible. Pre-registration is required.

Mill Pond Park. 565 W.Bennett St., Saline.

Family Nature Adventures: Foxes, Wolves, Coyotes
Learn all about the similarities and differences between these remarkable creatures while examining skulls and skins followed by a hike to look for tracks and signs, then make your own canid track to take home. Registration is required.

Nelson Meade County Farm Park. 2230 Platt Rd., Ann Arbor.

Read & Look
The Kelsey Museum of Archaeology hosts this monthly historical storytime.

The Kelsey Museum of Archaeology. 434 South State St, Ann Arbor.

Frostology with the Michigan Science Center Sponsored by Toyota
Investigate how temperature relates to the movement of atoms and molecules in this exciting presentation at the Superior branch of the Ypsilanti District Library. Utilizing liquid nitrogen (LN2) you will see some ‘cool’ effects on solids, liquids, and gases!

YDL-Superior. 8795 MacArthur Blvd, Ypsilanti.

Sunday, Nov. 5

Dancing Babies with Momo Kajiwara

Join the Ann Arbor District Library and Momo Kajiwara at the downtown branch for music and movement with your little one.

Ann Arbor District Library Downtown. 343 South Fifth Ave., Ann Arbor.

Tuesday, Nov. 7

Improv Theatre Series (Grades 3 and up) with Youth Arts Alliance

This fun, active, and engaging acting workshop series is free and open to youth grades 3 and up. Participants will learn acting techniques through a series of interactive games and activities. Registration is required.

YDL-Superior. 8795 MacArthur Blvd., Ypsilanti.

Thursday, Nov. 9

Love of Learning Club

Homeschoolers aged 6-9 are invited to participate in themed activities inspired by a nonfiction or picture book. Integrating creative movement and social-emotional learning (SEL), students develop life skills for the future. Also on Thursday, Nov. 30.

YDL-Whittaker. 5577 Whittaker Rd., Ypsilanti.

Saturday, Nov. 11

Neurodivergent Kids Move!
Fun and games at this program specifically designed for kids on the autism spectrum and beyond. All are welcome.

Westgate Branch Library. 2503 Jackson Ave., Ann Arbor.

Sunday, Nov. 12

Winter Toy & Game Swap
Swap out your old children’s toys and games for something new to you! You do not need to bring a toy or game to pick one up.

Westgate Branch Library. 2503 Jackson Ave., Ann Arbor.

The Buzz on Sweet Foods Family Day

Join museum staff and University of Michigan researchers to discover how sugar and the senses affect our brains through a variety of hands-on experiments and activities.

University of Michigan Museum of Natural History. 1105 North University Ave., Ann Arbor.

Saturday, Nov. 18

Thanksgiving Turkey Photo Holder
Lowe’s Kids DIY-U will feature a Turkey Photo Holder kit. Registration is required.

Lowes. 5900 Jackson Rd., Ann Arbor.

Rainbow Sensory Bottle
Make a rainbow sensory bottle with water beads at the Traverwood branch library.

Traverwood Branch Library. 3333 Traverwood Dr., Ann Arbor.

Sunday, Nov. 19

All Ages Mario Kart Tournament
It’s a Mario Kart 8 Tourney for kids, teens, and adults at the Downtown branch library!

Ann Arbor District Library Downtown. 343 South Fifth Ave., Ann Arbor.

Friday, Nov. 24

Santa’s City of Plymouth Parade

Santa makes his return at this parade on Main St. in downtown Plymouth. 

Downtown Plymouth. Main St.,Plymouth.

Sunday, Nov. 26

Light Up the Park
Putnam Township Square in Pincknew will inspire holiday wonder with lots of lights. 

Putnam Township Square. S. Howell St., Pinckney.

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