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Family & Kids' Stuff

Ann Arbor is a family town, and the area provides a host of activities for kids of all ages. Let The Calendar help plan an after-school or weekend excursion.





 
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Tuesday


February 2013
 4 p.m.  Free! 

"First Tuesday LEGO Club": Dexter District Library.

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All kids ages 4 and up invited to make LEGO creations.
4-5 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]
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Thursday


February 2013
 1 p.m. 

Tykes: Love is in the Air: Leslie Science & Nature Center.

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Owls of Michigan are some of our earliest nesters and they mate for life! What better time of year to learn about these "love" birds, where they build their nests, and how they care for their young - even with snow on the ground!
February 7, 14 & 28.
1:00-2:30 p.m.
Ages 4-5, caregiver not required. Registration required.
Leslie Science & Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd. $33 for all three sessions. 734-997-1553. info@lesliesnc.org http://www.lesliesnc.org [map]
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Friday


February 2013
 3:30-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Read to the Library Dog": Chelsea District Library.

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All kids age 6 & up invited to read one-on-one for 10 minutes to a dog trained to help improve kids' reading skills by pretending it is interested in being read to.
3:30-5 p.m., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]
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 6 p.m. 

Ducks Unlimited Chili Bowl: Ducks Unlimited.

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This sports-themed chili cook-off raises funds for Ducks Unlimited, the world's leader in wetlands and waterfowl conservation. The evening is a family event with games for kids and raffles and auctions for all ages. Tickets are available at 734-623-2000, $10 per individual, $20 per family, and that includes an annual membership to DU as well as your dinner that evening. Special packages available.
UA - IBEW Hall, 7920 Jackson Road. $10/individual, $20 family. 734-623-2000. kschrader@ducks.org www.ducks.org/michigan [map]
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Saturday


February 2013
 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Kinderconcert: Music and Movement": Dexter District Library.

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Local early childhood educator Gari Stein, director of Music for Little Folks, and Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra members lead preschool-aged children (accompanied by an adult) in a program that includes storytelling and dancing to live music. Participants also learn about the instruments.
10 a.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]
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 10 a.m. & 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Let's Read Math: The King's Commissioners": Ann Arbor District Library.

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An American Association of University Women member reads Aileen Friedman's story about a king with so many commissioners he needs to get organized and count them. Participants also do a variety of math activities
10-11:30 a.m. & 1-2:30 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 E. Eisenhower (between Stone School & Packard). Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 10:30 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Play Group and Open House: Acorn Glen Cooperative Preschool.

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Indoor and outdoor activities, storytime, and refreshments for toddlers and preschool-aged kids, accompanied by a parent. Siblings and friends welcome.
Acorn Glen Cooperative Preschool, 1547 Miller Ave. Free. 734-585-5555. danielle@acornglen.org www.acornglen.org [map]
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 11 a.m.  Free! 

Storytime: Nicola's Books.

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Every Sat. An experienced storyteller spins yarns for kids age 7 & under. The Feb. 9 program only is followed by a visit from Clifford the Big Red Dog.
11 a.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
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 11 a.m. & 3 p.m. 

"DNA and Race": U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Hands-on 20-minute interactive demo exploring the relationship between DNA and the concept of race. Geared toward adults and kids age 5 & up.
11 a.m. (Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]
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 11 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Make a Valentine's Day Card": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All preschoolers through 5th graders invited to make a Valentine card for a loved one or to share with a local hospital.
2-3, AADL Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 11:15 a.m.  Free! 

"Storytime at the Museum": UMMA.

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U-M student docents read stories related to the art on display. Followed by an art activity. For kids ages 4-7 accompanied by a parent. Siblings welcome.
11:15 a.m., UMMA (meet at the information desk), 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]
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 Noon-3 p.m.  Free! 

Dog and Puppy Adoptions: FIDO Dog Rescue of Ann Arbor.

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We will have dogs and puppies available for adoption at Tractor Supply Co on Whitmore Lake Rd Ann Arbor on Saturday, Feb 9th.
Come out and bring the family!
Tractor Supply CO, 6850 WHITMORE LAKE RD. Free. fidodogrescue@gmail.com www.fidorescue.petfinder.com [map]
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 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Nature Stories for Kids: Foxes, Wolves, and Coyotes": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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All kids around ages 6-8 invited to listen to stories and play a game.
1-2 p.m., County Farm Park Field Operations bldg., Platt Rd. entrance. Free. 971-6337, ext. 334.
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 1-9 p.m. 

New Year's Celebration 2013: Ann Arbor Chinese Center.

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Kids games and crafts. Followed at 3 p.m. by student performances, including a colorful lion dance, traditional Chinese instrumental music, kung fu demonstrations, graceful Taiwanese ribbon dancing, Chinese yo-yo stunts, Chinese New Year stories, and more. Also, performances by the Ann Arbor Traditional Chinese Music Ensemble and the Chinese Choir of Michigan. Raffle and Chinese dinner (6-9 p.m.) with Chinese New Year specialties from area restaurants.
1-9 p.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg., 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $12 (kids ages 5-14, $10; kids age 4 & under, free); small charge for game tokens. aaccom.org. [map]
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 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Just Like Me: Exploring Culture, Biology, and Diversity": Chelsea District Library Science Saturday.

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Jan. 12, Feb. 9, Mar. 9. U-M Natural History Museum staff present a series of programs exploring the roles biology, anthropology, and physics play in shaping race and culture. For kids ages 6-12 accompanied by an adult.
1-2 p.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]
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Sunday


February 2013
 1-3 p.m. 

"Whoo's Your Valentine": Leslie Science and Nature Center.

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Family-oriented event with Valentine crafts and a chance to meet LSNC's resident barn owl.
1-3 p.m., Leslie Science Center, 1831 Traver Rd. $5 Space limited; preregistration recommended. 997-1553. [map]
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 2:30-5:30 p.m. 

Family Dining: Ann Arbor Cooks!.

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Welcome to Sunday Family Dining! This is our attempt to get you to slow down a little and gather around the table to enjoy a meal with your junior chef! In just a couple hours, your child will prepare a three-course meal that you get to come back and enjoy. No shopping, no chopping, no clean up for you! (And they wait on you!) We'll talk about kitchen safety, favorite foods, family pets, and other important things while we cook. We'll pack up any leftovers (feel free to bring a container) and we'll send you home with a recipe packet. What a great way to end the weekend! Menu: Tomato Soup with Carrot Cream, Orzo with Sausage and Roasted Vegetables, Nutella Fudge Brownies. Your child will work in small teams, learn to make recipes from scratch, plate and enjoy the fruits of their labor (and we might even throw in some table etiquette!). These classes are for children ages 10 & up and are 3 hours long, with the last half hour designated for eating. Register online 48 hours in advance
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $75/1 child participant and up to 2 family members. 734-645-1030. www.annarborcooks.com [map]
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 3 p.m. 

"DNA and Race": U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Hands-on 20-minute interactive demo exploring the relationship between DNA and the concept of race. Geared toward adults and kids age 5 & up.
11 a.m. (Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]
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 3:30 p.m. 

"Prince Darling": Dreamland Theater.

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Every Sun. through Feb. 17. The Dreamland Puppet Troupe presents its new marionette show based on the Andrew Lang fairy tale about a prince who learns that while it's nice to be important, it's important to be nice.
3:30 p.m., Dreamland Theater, 26 N. Washington, Ypsilanti. $5 (kids age 3 & under, free). 657-2337. [map]
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 6:30-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Fireside Fun": Leslie Science and Nature Center.

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All invited to sit around a campfire, roast marshmallows, and swap stories. If you like, bring camping chairs and the rest of the s'mores fixings (marshmallows provided).
6:30-8 p.m., LSNC, 1831 Traver Rd. Free. 997-1553. [map]
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