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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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Monday


March 2013
 11 a.m.-1 p.m. & 1:30-4:30 & 5:15-8 p.m.  Free! 

Easter Bunny: Briarwood Mall.

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Daily, Mar. 8-30. A chance to visit the Easter Bunny. Pet photos with the bunny Mar. 10 (6-8 p.m.). Pets must be on a leash or in a carrier and weigh less than 60 pounds.
11 a.m.-1 p.m. & 1:30-4:30 & 5:15-8 p.m. (except Sun., 11 a.m.-2 p.m. & 3-6 p.m.) Briarwood Sears seating area. Free. 769-9610. [map]
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Tuesday


March 2013
 9:30 & 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Saline District Library.

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Every Tues.-Fri., Mar. 12-Apr. 26. Storytimes for "2s & 3s" accompanied by a caregiver (Tues. & Thurs. 9:30 a.m.), "On My Own," age 3 and up with or without a caregiver (Wed. 1 p.m. & Thurs. 10:30 a.m.), family story time (Tues. 10:30 a.m. & 7 p.m., Wed. 9:30 a.m.), and "Book Babies" for the under-2 set accompanied by a caregiver (Fri. 10:15 & 11:15 a.m.).
Various times, SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. Preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]
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 11 a.m.-1 p.m. & 1:30-4:30 & 5:15-8 p.m.  Free! 

Easter Bunny: Briarwood Mall.

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Daily, Mar. 8-30. A chance to visit the Easter Bunny. Pet photos with the bunny Mar. 10 (6-8 p.m.). Pets must be on a leash or in a carrier and weigh less than 60 pounds.
11 a.m.-1 p.m. & 1:30-4:30 & 5:15-8 p.m. (except Sun., 11 a.m.-2 p.m. & 3-6 p.m.) Briarwood Sears seating area. Free. 769-9610. [map]
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Wednesday


March 2013
 9:30 a.m. & 1 p.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Saline District Library.

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Every Tues.-Fri., Mar. 12-Apr. 26. Storytimes for "2s & 3s" accompanied by a caregiver (Tues. & Thurs. 9:30 a.m.), "On My Own," age 3 and up with or without a caregiver (Wed. 1 p.m. & Thurs. 10:30 a.m.), family story time (Tues. 10:30 a.m. & 7 p.m., Wed. 9:30 a.m.), and "Book Babies" for the under-2 set accompanied by a caregiver (Fri. 10:15 & 11:15 a.m.).
Various times, SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. Preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]
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 11 a.m.-1 p.m. & 1:30-4:30 & 5:15-8 p.m.  Free! 

Easter Bunny: Briarwood Mall.

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Daily, Mar. 8-30. A chance to visit the Easter Bunny. Pet photos with the bunny Mar. 10 (6-8 p.m.). Pets must be on a leash or in a carrier and weigh less than 60 pounds.
11 a.m.-1 p.m. & 1:30-4:30 & 5:15-8 p.m. (except Sun., 11 a.m.-2 p.m. & 3-6 p.m.) Briarwood Sears seating area. Free. 769-9610. [map]
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 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Teen Techno Jewelry": Saline District Library.

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All youth grades 6-12 invited to make jewelry out of old computer parts and learn how to download free popular music mp3s from Freegal, the library's downloading music service.
3 p.m., SDL Brecon Room, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. Preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]
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 4:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Crafty Readers Book Discussion Group": Dexter District Library.

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All kids in grades 2 & 3 invited to discuss books in David Adler's Cam Jansen series. Followed by a hands-on craft activity.
4:30 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. Preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]
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 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Authors in Chelsea": Chelsea District Library.

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Three well-known children's writers read from their work. Dori Hillestad Butler, who won the 2011 Edgar Award for Best Juvenile Mystery, is an Iowa writer best known for The Buddy Files, a series of mysteries told from the perspective of a dog. Michigan writer Tim Smith, author of the Buck Wilder series, writes books that introduce young readers to natural resources and outdoor pursuits. 2004 American Library Association Printz Honor Award winner Kenneth Oppel is a Toronto writer who has written several fantasy adventure novels, Airborn and its sequels set in a parallel Earth where giant airships rule the skies. Signing.
6:30-8:30 p.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]
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Thursday


March 2013
 9:30 & 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Saline District Library.

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Every Tues.-Fri., Mar. 12-Apr. 26. Storytimes for "2s & 3s" accompanied by a caregiver (Tues. & Thurs. 9:30 a.m.), "On My Own," age 3 and up with or without a caregiver (Wed. 1 p.m. & Thurs. 10:30 a.m.), family story time (Tues. 10:30 a.m. & 7 p.m., Wed. 9:30 a.m.), and "Book Babies" for the under-2 set accompanied by a caregiver (Fri. 10:15 & 11:15 a.m.).
Various times, SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. Preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]
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 10 a.m. & 1 p.m. 

"Peter Rabbit": Wild Swan Theater.

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Mar. 21-23. This award-winning local children's theater presents its adaptation of the story of Beatrix Potter's beloved bunny. Ignoring his mom's advice, Peter loses his little blue coat and plunges into a series of misadventures. With live fiddle score composed and performed by veteran local multi-instrumentalist David Mosher. As with all Wild Swan productions, the performance is interpreted in American Sign Language. Audio description and backstage "touch" tours are available by prearrangement for blind audience members. For kids in grades Pre-K-2.
10 a.m. & 1 p.m. (Mar. 21 & 22) & 11 a.m. (Mar. 23), WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $12 (kids & seniors, $8; lap pass for kids age 2 & under, $3) in advance and at the door. 995-0530. [map]
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 11 a.m.-1 p.m. & 1:30-4:30 & 5:15-8 p.m.  Free! 

Easter Bunny: Briarwood Mall.

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Daily, Mar. 8-30. A chance to visit the Easter Bunny. Pet photos with the bunny Mar. 10 (6-8 p.m.). Pets must be on a leash or in a carrier and weigh less than 60 pounds.
11 a.m.-1 p.m. & 1:30-4:30 & 5:15-8 p.m. (except Sun., 11 a.m.-2 p.m. & 3-6 p.m.) Briarwood Sears seating area. Free. 769-9610. [map]
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 4:15 p.m.  Free! 

Pageturners: Saline District Library.

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All kids grades 5-8 invited to discuss a book TBA.
4:15-5 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. Preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]
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Friday


March 2013
 10-11:30 a.m. 

"Tiny Tots": Leslie Science and Nature Center.

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A program of hikes, storytelling, songs, puppets, and crafts for kids ages 1-3 (accompanied by a caregiver). Snacks provided; dress for the outdoors.

Sept. 9: "Animals Use Their Senses Too!" Explore how animals use their senses.

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10-11:30 a.m., LSNC, 1831 Traver Rd. $7 per child. 997-1553. [map]
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 10 a.m. & 1 p.m. 

"Peter Rabbit": Wild Swan Theater.

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Mar. 21-23. This award-winning local children's theater presents its adaptation of the story of Beatrix Potter's beloved bunny. Ignoring his mom's advice, Peter loses his little blue coat and plunges into a series of misadventures. With live fiddle score composed and performed by veteran local multi-instrumentalist David Mosher. As with all Wild Swan productions, the performance is interpreted in American Sign Language. Audio description and backstage "touch" tours are available by prearrangement for blind audience members. For kids in grades Pre-K-2.
10 a.m. & 1 p.m. (Mar. 21 & 22) & 11 a.m. (Mar. 23), WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $12 (kids & seniors, $8; lap pass for kids age 2 & under, $3) in advance and at the door. 995-0530. [map]
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 10:15 & 11:15 a.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Saline District Library.

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Every Tues.-Fri., Mar. 12-Apr. 26. Storytimes for "2s & 3s" accompanied by a caregiver (Tues. & Thurs. 9:30 a.m.), "On My Own," age 3 and up with or without a caregiver (Wed. 1 p.m. & Thurs. 10:30 a.m.), family story time (Tues. 10:30 a.m. & 7 p.m., Wed. 9:30 a.m.), and "Book Babies" for the under-2 set accompanied by a caregiver (Fri. 10:15 & 11:15 a.m.).
Various times, SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. Preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]
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 11 a.m.-1 p.m. & 1:30-4:30 & 5:15-8 p.m.  Free! 

Easter Bunny: Briarwood Mall.

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Daily, Mar. 8-30. A chance to visit the Easter Bunny. Pet photos with the bunny Mar. 10 (6-8 p.m.). Pets must be on a leash or in a carrier and weigh less than 60 pounds.
11 a.m.-1 p.m. & 1:30-4:30 & 5:15-8 p.m. (except Sun., 11 a.m.-2 p.m. & 3-6 p.m.) Briarwood Sears seating area. Free. 769-9610. [map]
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 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Pizza & Pages": Dexter District Library.

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All youth in grades 6-12 invited to eat pizza and discuss a book. Mar. 22: The Gospel According to Larry, Janet Tashjian's novel about a teen prodigy who creates a virtual alter ego. Apr. 19: The Body of Christopher Creed, Carol Plum-Ucci's novel about a seemingly perfect high school student struggling with doubts about the disappearance of the class outcast. May 17: The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, E. Lockhart's novel about a girl who uses her good looks and wit to infiltrate her prep school's all-male secret society.
6:30 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. Preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

"School House Rock Live! Jr.": Chelsea Area Players Youth Theater.

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Mar. 22-24. Brian Myers directs young local actors in Bob Dorough's musical revue of the 1970s Saturday morning educational cartoon series that includes the catchy tunes "Conjunction Junction," "Sufferin' Till Suffrage," "Three Is a Magic Number," and more. Stars Grace Boote, Emily Griggs, Cynthia Cole-Heiss, Max Caselli, Carol Nichol, and Georgie Reynolds.
7 p.m. (Mar. 22 & 23) & 3 p.m. (Mar. 24), Washington Street Education Center Auditorium, 500 Washington, Chelsea. Tickets $10, in advance at the Chelsea Pharmacy (1125 S. Main), and at the door. chelseaareaplayers.org. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

"The Little Sea Princess": Saline Community Education Junior Theater.

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Rebecca Groeb-Driskill directs students in a staged musical adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale.
7:30 p.m. (Mar. 22 & 23) & 2 p.m. (Mar. 24), Liberty School auditorium, 7265 Saline-Ann Arbor Rd., Saline. Tickets $5 by phone and at the door. 429-8000, ext. 2338. [map]
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Saturday


March 2013
 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 

6th Annual Boxcar Derby and Picnic: Phi Delta Theta/Ann Arbor Active Against ALS (A2A3).

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Teams of 1-3 drivers of all ages invited to compete in a boxcar (aka soapbox) derby race. All encouraged to build their own car; prebuilt cars available. Followed by a picnic (burgers, dogs, wings available for a donation) on the lawn of Phi Delta Theta fraternity. Proceeds benefit ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) research. Spectators welcome (donations appreciated).
10 a.m.-2 p.m., South University at Oxford. $30 per team entry fee. Preregistration strongly recommended at activeagainstals.org. 623-9877.
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 10 a.m.-noon 

"Fairy Gardens and Doors": U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens.

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Mar. 9 & 23. All kids, accompanied by a parent, invited to make a fairy and troll gardens and doors to take home.
10 a.m.-noon, Matthaei, 1800 N. Dixboro. $10 per child (includes materials). Preregistration recommended. 647-7600. [map]
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 10:30 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Play Group: Acorn Glen Cooperative Preschool.

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Mar. 9 & 23. Indoor and outdoor activities, storytime, and refreshments for toddlers and preschool-aged kids, accompanied by a parent. Siblings and friends welcome.
10:30 a.m.-noon, Acorn Glen Cooperative Preschool, 1547 Miller. Free. 585-5555. [map]
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 11 a.m.-1 p.m. & 1:30-4:30 & 5:15-8 p.m.  Free! 

Easter Bunny: Briarwood Mall.

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Daily, Mar. 8-30. A chance to visit the Easter Bunny. Pet photos with the bunny Mar. 10 (6-8 p.m.). Pets must be on a leash or in a carrier and weigh less than 60 pounds.
11 a.m.-1 p.m. & 1:30-4:30 & 5:15-8 p.m. (except Sun., 11 a.m.-2 p.m. & 3-6 p.m.) Briarwood Sears seating area. Free. 769-9610. [map]
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 11 a.m. 

Storytime: Nicola's Books.

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Every Sat. An experienced storyteller spins yarns for kids age 7 & under. The Mar. 30 program only is followed by a visit from Peter Rabbit.
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. 

"Peter Rabbit": Wild Swan Theater.

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Mar. 21-23. This award-winning local children's theater presents its adaptation of the story of Beatrix Potter's beloved bunny. Ignoring his mom's advice, Peter loses his little blue coat and plunges into a series of misadventures. With live fiddle score composed and performed by veteran local multi-instrumentalist David Mosher. As with all Wild Swan productions, the performance is interpreted in American Sign Language. Audio description and backstage "touch" tours are available by prearrangement for blind audience members. For kids in grades Pre-K-2.
10 a.m. & 1 p.m. (Mar. 21 & 22) & 11 a.m. (Mar. 23), WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $12 (kids & seniors, $8; lap pass for kids age 2 & under, $3) in advance and at the door. 995-0530. [map]
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 1 & 3 p.m. 

"Professor Ray's Everyday Science": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Mar. 9, 10, 23, & 24. Museum staff give family-friendly science demos. Mar. 9 & 10: "Mighty Motion" offers gravity, inertia, and air resistance experiments, including the chance to see a tray of eggs launched with a broom. Mar. 23 & 24: "Luminosity" features experiments with light, such as making a dill pickle light up.
1 & 3 p.m., AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. $10 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]
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 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Hardware Chic": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All kids in grade 4 & up invited to make jewelry using washers and nuts.
2-3 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 E. Eisenhower (between Stone School & Packard). Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

"School House Rock Live! Jr.": Chelsea Area Players Youth Theater.

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Mar. 22-24. Brian Myers directs young local actors in Bob Dorough's musical revue of the 1970s Saturday morning educational cartoon series that includes the catchy tunes "Conjunction Junction," "Sufferin' Till Suffrage," "Three Is a Magic Number," and more. Stars Grace Boote, Emily Griggs, Cynthia Cole-Heiss, Max Caselli, Carol Nichol, and Georgie Reynolds.
7 p.m. (Mar. 22 & 23) & 3 p.m. (Mar. 24), Washington Street Education Center Auditorium, 500 Washington, Chelsea. Tickets $10, in advance at the Chelsea Pharmacy (1125 S. Main), and at the door. chelseaareaplayers.org. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

"The Little Sea Princess": Saline Community Education Junior Theater.

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Rebecca Groeb-Driskill directs students in a staged musical adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale.
7:30 p.m. (Mar. 22 & 23) & 2 p.m. (Mar. 24), Liberty School auditorium, 7265 Saline-Ann Arbor Rd., Saline. Tickets $5 by phone and at the door. 429-8000, ext. 2338. [map]
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Sunday


March 2013
 9-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Caring Bunny": Briarwood.

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All kids with special needs are invited for a "sensory friendly" visit with the Easter Bunny. The event is held when the mall is closed to create a calmer environment.
9-11 a.m., Briarwood. Free. 769-9610. [map]
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 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Drop-in Luminary Workshops: Workantile/FestiFools.

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Every Sun. Local artists show how to make a lantern to carry in the FoolMoon procession on Apr. 5. Snacks.
10 a.m.-5 p.m., Workantile, 118 S. Main. $10 suggested donation. 763-7550. [map]
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 11 a.m.-2 p.m. & 3-6 p.m.  Free! 

Easter Bunny: Briarwood Mall.

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Daily, Mar. 8-30. A chance to visit the Easter Bunny. Pet photos with the bunny Mar. 10 (6-8 p.m.). Pets must be on a leash or in a carrier and weigh less than 60 pounds.
11 a.m.-1 p.m. & 1:30-4:30 & 5:15-8 p.m. (except Sun., 11 a.m.-2 p.m. & 3-6 p.m.) Briarwood Sears seating area. Free. 769-9610. [map]
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 1 & 3 p.m. 

"Professor Ray's Everyday Science": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Mar. 9, 10, 23, & 24. Museum staff give family-friendly science demos. Mar. 9 & 10: "Mighty Motion" offers gravity, inertia, and air resistance experiments, including the chance to see a tray of eggs launched with a broom. Mar. 23 & 24: "Luminosity" features experiments with light, such as making a dill pickle light up.
1 & 3 p.m., AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. $10 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]
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 2-4 p.m. 

"Egg Hunt": Leslie Science and Nature Center.

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A family-oriented program featuring a golden egg hunt for a prize, an egg grab, games, guided hikes, and a chance to visit the rabbits in the Critter House.
2-4 p.m., LSNC, 1831 Traver Rd. $2 per person. 997-1553. [map]
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 2 p.m. 

"The Little Sea Princess": Saline Community Education Junior Theater.

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Rebecca Groeb-Driskill directs students in a staged musical adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale.
7:30 p.m. (Mar. 22 & 23) & 2 p.m. (Mar. 24), Liberty School auditorium, 7265 Saline-Ann Arbor Rd., Saline. Tickets $5 by phone and at the door. 429-8000, ext. 2338. [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 p.m. 

"School House Rock Live! Jr.": Chelsea Area Players Youth Theater.

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Mar. 22-24. Brian Myers directs young local actors in Bob Dorough's musical revue of the 1970s Saturday morning educational cartoon series that includes the catchy tunes "Conjunction Junction," "Sufferin' Till Suffrage," "Three Is a Magic Number," and more. Stars Grace Boote, Emily Griggs, Cynthia Cole-Heiss, Max Caselli, Carol Nichol, and Georgie Reynolds.
7 p.m. (Mar. 22 & 23) & 3 p.m. (Mar. 24), Washington Street Education Center Auditorium, 500 Washington, Chelsea. Tickets $10, in advance at the Chelsea Pharmacy (1125 S. Main), and at the door. chelseaareaplayers.org. [map]
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