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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


April 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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Wednesday


April 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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 Noon-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. All invited to play one of 100 songs, with melodies transcribed in numbers, on the 17-bell chime's numbered keys. Ambitious players can add chords.
10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.) & noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369- 3107. [map]
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 4:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Super Stories Book Club": Dexter District Library.

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For kids in grades K-1. Mar. 13: Stories and activities based on Peggy Parish's Amelia Bedelia series. Apr. 10: Books about Earth Day and the environment.
4:30 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. Preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]
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Thursday


April 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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 2:50 p.m.  Free! 

"Pizza & Pages": Saline District Library.

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Apr. 11 & May 9. All youth grades 6-12 invited to eat pizza and discuss a young adult book. Apr. 11: Scarlet, A.C. Gaughen's novel based on the legend of Robin Hood and told from the perspective of a girl pretending to be a boy in Robin's band of thieves. May 9: Bad Taste in Boys, Carrie Harris' zombie novel about a girl who must save her high school from the flesh-eating football team.
2:50-3:30 p.m., SDL Brecon Room, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. Preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]
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 4:15 p.m.  Free! 

Chapter Champs: Saline District Library.

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Mar. 14, Apr. 11, May 9. All kids grades K-4 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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 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

"One Direction Party": Chelsea District Library Science Saturday.

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All kids ages 10-14 invited for an evening of music, games, and more. Prizes.
6-8 p.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]
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Friday


April 2013
 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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 Noon-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. All invited to play one of 100 songs, with melodies transcribed in numbers, on the 17-bell chime's numbered keys. Ambitious players can add chords.
10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.) & noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369- 3107. [map]
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 6-10 p.m. 

"Kids Night In": U-M Natural History Museum.

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Parents invited to drop off their kids ages 5-12 for an evening of structured science-oriented play and quiet late night activities. Pizza provided, 6-7 p.m. Kids can bring PJs & a pillow, if they wish.
6-10 p.m., Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $35 (members, $30). Sibling discounts available. Preregistration required by Feb. 8. 615-7116. [map]
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Saturday


April 2013
 9 a.m.  Free! 

Garage Sale - PEC 2nd Annual Sale: Progressive Education Consortium.

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Please join us at our 2nd annual Progressive Education Consortium Garage Sale (fundraiser for our students)
Saturday, April 13th, 9am-3pm at Clonlara School
Items: Bose Lifestyle 5 system, Wii system, Corningware Electrontics tabletop cookware set, sewing machine, books, some electronics, house hold items and much more!!!
Clonlara School, 1289 Jewett Ave, Ann Arbor. Free. 734-926-4617. martha@clonlara.org [map]
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 9 a.m.-3 p.m.  Free! 

Grand Opening of PRO Martial Arts - Canton: PRO Martial Arts.

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Grand Opening of PRO Martial Arts Canton
PRO Martial Arts Canton helping local kids "kick" bullying with their Armor™ bullying and Predator Prevention Program

Who: Kids and parents along with anyone who has an interest in Karate
What: Grand Opening Celebration featuring:
· Free food
· Free Karate lessons and demonstrations
· Board breaking
· Meet Rocky the Rhino
· Register to win a month of free lessons and an iPod touch
When: April 13, 2013 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: 44948 Ford Road Canton Landing Shopping Center, Canton MI 48187
Onsite Contact: K'waun Conquest, 734-516-2840
About PRO Martial Arts: The PRO Martial Arts System taught at every location is a cohesive blend of the best elements of traditional Korean martial arts. Incorporating elements of Tang Soo Do, Tae Kwon Do and Hapkido, the system provides its students the opportunity to develop a potent blend of strength, flexibility, coordination, and balance.
PRO Martial Arts, 44948 Ford Road Canton, MI 48187, Canton. Free. 734-516-2840. [map]
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 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Physicspalooza": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Apr. 13 & 14. Hands-on physics activities that explore motion, gravity, light, and magnetic power.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Apr. 13) & noon-4 p.m. (Apr. 14), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. $10 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]
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 10 a.m.-noon 

"Super Seedlings": U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens Little Green Thumb Program.

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All kids, accompanied by a parent, invited to learn about seeds, explore seeds that grow well in a home garden, and plant seeds to take home.
10 a.m.-noon, Matthaei, 1800 N. Dixboro. $8 materials fee; metered parking. 647-7600. [map]
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 10 a.m.  Free! 

"The Lewis & Clark Expedition": Dexter District Library.

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Naturalist Endeavors (Columbiaville) owner Randy Baker gives a family-friendly presentation about this trek's history and purpose from the perspective of Corps of Discovery member Patrick Gass.
10 a.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. Preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]
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 10:30-11 a.m.  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. All invited to play one of 100 songs, with melodies transcribed in numbers, on the 17-bell chime's numbered keys. Ambitious players can add chords.
10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.) & noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369- 3107. [map]
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 10:30 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Play Group: Acorn Glen Cooperative Preschool.

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Apr. 13 & 27. Indoor and outdoor activities 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.  Free! 

Storytime: Nicola's Books.

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Every Sat. An experienced storyteller spins yarns for kids age 7 & under. The Apr. 13 storytime only is followed by a chance to meet Spot the dog.
11 a.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
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 11 a.m.  Free! 

Storytime: Literati Bookstore.

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Every Sat. All kids invited.
11 a.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]
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 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Hunting Mastodons": U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Hands-on 20-minute interactive demo exploring how scientists study the evidence of mastodon hunting by people living in Michigan during the last Ice Age. 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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 11:15 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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 2-3:30 p.m. 

Bound Books: Fly Children's Art Center.

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We will be learning the stab binding and pamphlet methods of binding from hobby bookmaker, Sonja Waite. You will leave with two or more bound books. This event is best for children 6+ and adults! Please register at flyartcenter.org.
Fly Children's Art Center Studio, 40 N. Huron Street, Ypsilanti. $10. info@flyartcenter.org flyartcenter.org [map]
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 4 p.m.  Free! 

Hike the Local Parks - Family Friendly: A2 Turbos.

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We'll be taking a hike along the scenic Huron River. All ages and fitness levels welcome. FREE fun for all. We will be meeting at the address above prior to the hike and then regroup at the same place afterwards. Plan to dress for weather conditions and bring a water bottle. Families are welcome!
Dexter-Huron Metropolitan Park, 6535 Huron River Drive, Dexter. Free. 202-570-4013. 24fitcampA2@gmail.com 24fitcamp.tumblr.com/hike [map]
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Sunday


April 2013
 Noon-4 p.m. 

"Physicspalooza": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Apr. 13 & 14. Hands-on physics activities that explore motion, gravity, light, and magnetic power.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Apr. 13) & noon-4 p.m. (Apr. 14), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. $10 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]
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 2-4 p.m. 

Color Your Community!: Fly Children's Art Center.

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Sharpen your crayons and pencils, or get out your duct tape and cardboard. Whatever you do, let your creative juices flow and illustrate what you love best about the community in which you live.
Color Your Community is an art contest that invites children ages 6-12 to submit work to be shown in the Fly gallery. The entries must be dropped off at the Fly studio April 10th between 10:00am and 6:00pm! There will be a gallery showing on April 14th 2:00pm to 4:00 pm. The prize? An art party for your child and up to five of his or her friends, an art making kit, and a showing of the winning piece in a local cafe!
Fly Children's Art Center Studio, 40 N. Huron Street, Ypsilanti. info@flyartcenter.org flyartcenter.org [map]
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 2 p.m.  Free! 

Dexter Community Orchestra Chamber Ensemble: Dexter District Library.

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Family-friendly performance of chamber works TBA.
2 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]
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 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Colors of Me": Washtenaw Reading Council.

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Local writer Brynne Barnes discusses her children's book about a young child who questions the significance of skin color. Signing.
3 p.m., Nicola's Books, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
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 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Hunting Mastodons": U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Hands-on 20-minute interactive demo exploring how scientists study the evidence of mastodon hunting by people living in Michigan during the last Ice Age. 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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 4-4:45 p.m.  Free! 

The Wanna Bees: Ann Arbor District Library.

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All preschoolers through 3rd graders invited to sing along with this kid-friendly Toledo band as they rock out to songs telling you what a day in their life is all about.
4-4:45 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [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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 7 p.m. 

"Revolutionary Pops": U-M Michigan Pops Orchestra.

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See review. This 100-member ensemble, the only student-run orchestra on campus, performs adventurous works with a revolutionary theme, including works by Dvorak and Shostakovich, as well as works from The Matrix, The Dark Knight, and Les Miserables.
7 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $8 (students, $5; kids through grade 12, free) in advance at ticketmaster.com, and at the door. umuac.org/mpo. [map]
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