Our Perfect Ann Arbor Day

. June 6, 2014.

The Saluja Family

Parents: Dalpreet Singh and Jashleen Kaur
Children: Arzoee Kaur, 2
Ann Arbor

The itinerary: We love Saturdays in Ann Arbor, especially in the spring time! At 9 am, we would go to our gym to start our day with a great workout while our daughter does crafts at the Kids Corner. At 11 am, we’d head off to the Farmers Market to enjoy some local coffee while we pick up fresh veggies and flowers. After that, some yummy lunch at Zingerman’s Deli would be our next stop. We would go to the Ann Arbor Hands on Museum for a few hours but if the weather is nice we could skip out early and head over to the County Farms Park! We absolutely love this park because we can play on the swings and the large jungle gym, as well as take great strolls down the many walk paths. After our great day out-and-about in Ann Arbor we would stop at Whole Foods to complete our groceries for dinner. In the summer, we often end our day walking to Cold Stone for some ice cream.

The Davis-Craig Family

Parents: Lisa and Mark
Children: Libby, 18, Rob, 15
Ann Arbor

The itinerary: Our perfect day seems to include a great deal of food. We’d wake up (not too early for most of us, though my husband, Mark, would get up earlier than the rest and take a run) and walk or bus to the Ann Arbor Farmer's Market/Kerrytown where we would get pain au chocolate and a buckwheat baguette from Miyoko. We would devour the pain au chocolate immediately and save the baguette for lunch at home later. A bunch of veggies and fruits—and cheese from Four Corners Creamery— would come home with us and my daughter, Libby, would want to stop at Kosmo and get an order of Twiggum before we go. After making a great farmer's market lunch at home and eating it in the backyard, we’d go to Washtenaw Dairy and get cones for dessert. The Argo Park Canoe Livery would be where we’d spend a good part of the afternoon canoeing on the Huron River. Somehow we would find room in our stomachs for dinner at Seva. In a perfect day, the best show of the Ann Arbor Summer Festival would be playing and we would end our night with a fantastic performance.

The Anderson Family

Parents: Kyle and Jessica
Children: Noah, 5, William, 3, and Jude, 1
Ann Arbor

The itinerary: Our family is anxiously awaiting the upcoming warmer, summer days. A typical Saturday with our young family starts early, so by 9 am, we would have eaten a quick breakfast at home, loaded the two younger children into the stroller and the oldest on a scooter or bike and we all head to the Farmers Market to shop for our weekly produce. The world is a classroom – there is so much to see, hear and learn everywhere we go with a five, three and one year old! At 11 am, we would spend some time exploring at the Hands-On Museum, always a favorite activity for our boys. After that, hit Marks Carts for a little lunch before heading home for naps. We would take a quick visit to Leslie Nature Center or a dip at Buhr Park Pool or play at our neighborhood park. We would pack a picnic dinner and walk or bike down to the Ann Arbor Summer Festival where we can visit with friends, engage in activities at the children's tent, eat, listen and dance to great music and relax together as a family. We often end up putting off our household chores or yard work to spend time together as a family in our beautiful city. Oh how fortunate we are!  

The Lindsay Family

Parents: Josh and Sarah
Children: Emily, 3, and Gabe, 2
Farmington Hills

The itinerary: Our perfect day in Ann Arbor would begin with breakfast at the Broken Egg, followed by the Hands-On Museum, where our preschooler and toddler would enjoy all the museum has to offer. When we’re ready for lunch we would have a picnic at the museum or at the park, then we’d go to the museum gift shop to purchase some astronaut ice cream for the kids! After that, we would head home for the kids’ naptime. We would go to Anthony’s Gourmet Pizza for dinner, followed by a walk through downtown Ann Arbor until the kids are tired, and they would hopefully sleep the whole way home!