Ann Arbor must-dos for your winter bucket-list

If you are feeling energized:

Looking to stretch your legs after a long morning of studying? Check out the Public Skate hours at Yost Ice Arena. The arena is typically open to the public for about an hour and a half between 12-2pm, the perfect time for a quick break from the books. No matter your skill level, ice skating is an engaging way to embrace the winter weather, spend time with friends, and fit a fun workout into your busy schedule. Public Skate does require purchasing a pass and skates, however, both are relatively cheap, with passes priced at $4 for students, kids, and faculty, and skate rental priced at $3.                             

If you are feeling relaxed:

What could be better than a day at the movies with a side of popcorn on a cold winter day? The Michigan and State theaters both offer a variety of movie options for all different tastes, and they sell student tickets at a discount.

For a feel-good blockbuster, you should watch… “Charlie’s Angels.” This upcoming film is a remake of the girl-power classic about trained-to-kill females saving the world. Starring Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott and Sam Claflin, this fast-paced flick is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. 

Release date: November 15th

For a cutesy romantic comedy, you should watch…“Last Christmas.” Best suited for anyone who is already in the holiday spirit, if you loved the “Bridget Jones” movies, you cannot go wrong with this seasonal flick, starring Emilia Clark and Henry Golding.

Release date: November 8th 

For something thought-provoking, you should watch…“Harriet.” Based on the true story of Harriet Tubman’s remarkable journey, this movie promises to be a powerful historical and biographical drama and a strong contender this awards season. 

Release date: November 1st

The State and Michigan theaters also run a program together called “Late-Nights” on Fridays and Saturdays at 10pm, where they show a wide variety of classic films. Visit their website for details, and who knows, your favorite movie might be showing! If you aren’t up to going to a theater, indulge in a movie day at home and re-watch some of your favorite films right from the comfort of your couch! 

If you are feeling cultural:

Embrace your inner artist! The University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance puts on a wide range of events throughout the school year, from orchestra concerts to dance performances, many of which are free. Attending a performance is a perfect study break and an entertaining way to beat the cold, so check out their schedule to plan your visit! If visual arts are more your speed, stop by the University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA) for some stunning paintings, sculptures, and specialized collections. Now featuring a trendy café, the UMMA is the ideal place to get your culture fix and your afternoon coffee all in one.  

Contributed by Sammie Nelson, –Program Assistant