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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


June 2013
 9 a.m.-noon 

Zion Lutheran Church Vacation Bible School.

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Please join us for a week of fun at Zion Lutheran Church Vacation Bible School! You can pre-register by going to our website, or register the morning of. New children are welcome all week!
June 17 - 21, 2013
9 AM - NOON each day
Ages: 3 years old - entering 5th grade
Address: 1501 West Liberty, Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Registration Information: www.zlc-aa.org/vbs.html
Cost: $30 for first child, $25 for each additional
Contact: sarahwentzloff@yahoo.com
Zion Lutheran Church, 1501 West Liberty. $30 for first child/$25 each additional. sarahwentzloff@yahoo.com www.zlc-aa.org/vbs.html [map]
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 11 a.m.  Free! 

Drop-in Storytime: Dexter District Library.

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Library staff read stories for kids age 5 & under. Also, songs, crafts, and other activites.
11 a.m., DDL lower level meeting room, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]
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 2-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Summer Lego Club": Chelsea District Library.

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All kids ages 5-12 invited to play with the CDL Lego collection to see what they can make.
2-3:30 p.m., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]
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Tuesday


June 2013
 9 a.m.-noon 

Zion Lutheran Church Vacation Bible School.

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Please join us for a week of fun at Zion Lutheran Church Vacation Bible School! You can pre-register by going to our website, or register the morning of. New children are welcome all week!
June 17 - 21, 2013
9 AM - NOON each day
Ages: 3 years old - entering 5th grade
Address: 1501 West Liberty, Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Registration Information: www.zlc-aa.org/vbs.html
Cost: $30 for first child, $25 for each additional
Contact: sarahwentzloff@yahoo.com
Zion Lutheran Church, 1501 West Liberty. $30 for first child/$25 each additional. sarahwentzloff@yahoo.com www.zlc-aa.org/vbs.html [map]
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 1:30pm 

Beloved Babes Infant Massage: Lamaze Family Center of Ann Arbor.

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Learn to massage your baby with infant massage! Infant massage is a great way for you to spend some quality time bonding with your baby and learning your baby's cues. Infant massage is a valuable bonding tool for both mom and dad and is beneficial for both parent and baby. Such benefits can include:
>Parent-child bonding and attachment.
>Learning to communicate with your
>Stress reduction.
>Improved sleep patterns
>Development of neural connections.
>Improved circulation, respiration and digestion.
>Relief from gas, constipation and colic.
>Assist mothers experiencing postpartum depression work through the depression
Infant massage is ideal for infants who are not yet mobile, typically newborn up to 6 months. At 6 months, most infants begin to want to explore their environment and would prefer to move around instead of lay still for a massage. If your baby is older than 6 months but is not yet demonstrating mobility, please join us!
Lamaze Family Center, 2855 Boardwalk. $125. 734-973-1014. info@lamazefamilycenter.org www.lamazefamilycenter.org [map]
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 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Lords of the Sky: Birds of Prey": Dexter District Library.

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Howell Nature Center representative shows and discusses live eagles and other raptors. For kids in grades 5-12.
2 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free; preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]
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 5 p.m.-midnight  Free! 

"Top of the Park": Ann Arbor Summer Festival.

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Every Tues.-Sun., June 14-July 7. A beloved summer tradition continues this year on Ingalls Mall and features live music, followed at 10 p.m. (Sun. & Tues.-Thurs.) by free movies and at 11 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) by dancing to DJs. Also, a KidZone activity tent, "Body Masterpiece" face painting (5-8 p.m., June 14-16, $5, reservations required by calling 994-5999), and Tangle, a giant, interactive web of elastic bands wrapped around vertical poles that is part playground, part art installation (4-6 & 7:30-9:30 p.m., June 19-23, $5 admission per child for 40 min. play sessions). Food concessions from area restaurants. Tonight: New Orleans Bingo! Show (8:30 p.m.), a self-described "Brechtian cabaret funneled through New Orleans's Ninth Ward via the noir surrealism of Twin Peaks" that includes silent films, aerialists, dancers, clowns, bingo games, slapstick comedy, musicians, and audience interaction. Opening acts are multi-instrumentalist and singer Erik Santos (5 p.m.), local pop-rock singer-songwriter Timothy Monger (6 p.m.), and Dixieland jazz sextet Detroit Pleasure Society (7 p.m.). The musicians are followed at 10 p.m. by Edward Scissorhands, Tim Burton's 1990 candy-colored fable about a misfit who finds his niche. Stars Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder. Also, "Tasting Tuesday" beer tasting (5 p.m., $15) of brews by Traverse City brewery Right Brain. The Summer Festival also includes a series of shows on June 1, 18, 19, 22, 23, 25, 29, & 30 (see listings) and into July at the Power Center and Hill Auditorium.
5 p.m.-midnight, Ingalls Mall at Washington. Free. 994-5999.
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Wednesday


June 2013
 9 a.m.-noon 

Zion Lutheran Church Vacation Bible School.

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Please join us for a week of fun at Zion Lutheran Church Vacation Bible School! You can pre-register by going to our website, or register the morning of. New children are welcome all week!
June 17 - 21, 2013
9 AM - NOON each day
Ages: 3 years old - entering 5th grade
Address: 1501 West Liberty, Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Registration Information: www.zlc-aa.org/vbs.html
Cost: $30 for first child, $25 for each additional
Contact: sarahwentzloff@yahoo.com
Zion Lutheran Church, 1501 West Liberty. $30 for first child/$25 each additional. sarahwentzloff@yahoo.com www.zlc-aa.org/vbs.html [map]
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 10 a.m.-noon 

"Winged Beauties": U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens.

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All kids, accompanied by a parent, invited to learn about the winged insects and other creatures at Matthaei. Also, a hike to explore the habitat of some winged animals and insects.
10 a.m.-noon, Matthaei, 1800 N. Dixboro. $5 (metered parking). Preregistration requested. 769-2999. [map]
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 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Hands-On Learning With the LeapFrog Letter Factory!": Barnes & Noble.

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All kids ages 3-6 invited to join other kids to play this game designed to help them learn to read. Cookie treat.
1 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 3235 Washtenaw. Free. 973-1618. [map]
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 5-9 p.m. 

"Ann Arbor's YOUth Got Talent!": Kip Barry's Performing Arts Center.

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Every Wed. Open mic for kids ages 12-18.
5-9 p.m., Kip Barry's Performing Arts Center, 325 Braun Ct. Cost TBA. 769-2787. [map]
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 5 p.m.-midnight  Free! 

"Top of the Park": Ann Arbor Summer Festival.

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Every Tues.-Sun., June 14-July 7. A beloved summer tradition continues this year on Ingalls Mall and features live music, followed at 10 p.m. (Sun. & Tues.-Thurs.) by free movies and at 11 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) by dancing to DJs. Also, a KidZone activity tent, "Body Masterpiece" face painting (5-8 p.m., June 14-16, $5, reservations required by calling 994-5999), and Tangle, a giant, interactive web of elastic bands wrapped around vertical poles that is part playground, part art installation (4-6 & 7:30-9:30 p.m., June 19-23, $5 admission per child for 40 min. play sessions). Food concessions from area restaurants. Tonight: October Babies (8:30 p.m.), the Ypsilanti self-styled "upbeat global soul" electronica-jazz band. Opening acts are local folk-inspired soul-pop musician Tom Butwin (5 p.m.), Ypsilanti husband-and-wife acoustic duo Paledave & Jenny Fair (6 p.m.), and Eastern Blok (7 p.m.), a nationally acclaimed Chicago-based Balkan fusion quartet led by guitar virtuoso Goran Ivanovic. The musicians are followed at 10 p.m. by Life of Pi, Ang Lee's 2012 adaptation of Vann Martel's fable about young man lost at sea in a lifeboat with a fearsome Bengal tiger. Also, "Wind Down Wednesday" wine tasting with Italian wines (5-9 p.m., $15). The Summer Festival also includes a series of shows on June 1, 18, 19, 22, 23, 25, 29, & 30 (see listings) and into July at the Power Center and Hill Auditorium.
5 p.m.-midnight, Ingalls Mall at Washington. Free. 994-5999.
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 6:30-7 p.m.  Free! 

"Kids Dig Yo-Yos": Saline District Library.

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Family-friendly performance by Zeemo the Yo-Yo Man. Recommended for kids ages 4 & up.
6:30-7 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 429-5450. [map]
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Thursday


June 2013
 11am 

Mothers Group: Lamaze Family Center of Ann Arbor.

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For babies born March-May 2013
Meet other new moms and get support and advice after your baby is born. In addition to a weekly topic and circle time, you'll learn songs, simple baby games, and basic infant movement. This series begins each session with group discussion on topics such as getting your baby to sleep, life with a newborn, how to survive the challenges of being a mom, places to go around town with your baby, changes to your relationships, and then later, introducing solids and more. Many mothers find support and friendship here and continue these relationships outside of group time, as well. Moms are encouraged to feed their baby during group, and all you need to bring is a blanket for your baby to lay on.
You can join the group at any time if the session has already begun, and if you are heading back to work, we can prorate the group so you can attend as many sessions as your schedule allows.
Lamaze Family Center, 2855 Boardwalk. $96. 734-973-1014. info@lamazefamilycenter.org www.lamazefamilycenter.org [map]
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 9 a.m.-noon 

Zion Lutheran Church Vacation Bible School.

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Please join us for a week of fun at Zion Lutheran Church Vacation Bible School! You can pre-register by going to our website, or register the morning of. New children are welcome all week!
June 17 - 21, 2013
9 AM - NOON each day
Ages: 3 years old - entering 5th grade
Address: 1501 West Liberty, Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Registration Information: www.zlc-aa.org/vbs.html
Cost: $30 for first child, $25 for each additional
Contact: sarahwentzloff@yahoo.com
Zion Lutheran Church, 1501 West Liberty. $30 for first child/$25 each additional. sarahwentzloff@yahoo.com www.zlc-aa.org/vbs.html [map]
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 10-10:45 a.m.  Free! 

Musica Batteria: Ann Arbor District Library.

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The Detroit percussion duo of Lynn Koch and Kristen Tait, who performs on a vintage rosewood marimba, presents a program of classical, Latin, and pop tunes for kids in grades K-5.
10-10:45 a.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 10:30-11:15 a.m.  Free! 

Storytime: Chelsea District Library.

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CDL youth librarians read stories, sing funny songs, and make it all come alive with puppets, fingerplays, and movement. Each week features a different theme. For toddlers ages 2 & 3 accompanied by a parent.

June 13: "Duplos."

June 20: "Circus Fun."

July 11: "Fairy Tales." Kids invited to dress up as their favorite fairy.

July 18: "Superhero."

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10:30-11:15 a.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]
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 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Nature Fun on Thursday!": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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June 20 & 27. WCPARC naturalists lead programs for kids. Geared toward ages 5-8. June 20: "Owls and Hawks" includes info about Michigan birds of prey. Also, a game and a craft. June 27: "Reptiles Rule" includes info about snakes, turtles, and other reptiles, as well as a chance to see and touch live reptiles. Also, a story about a turtle who needs a home.
10:30-11:30 a.m., County Farm Park, Platt Rd. entrance (June 20) and Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennings, north off North Territorial (June 27). Free. $5 vehicle entry fee required June 27. Preregistration required. 971-6337, ext. 334.
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 11 a.m.  Free! 

Drop-in Storytime: Dexter District Library.

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Library staff read stories for kids age 5 & under. Also, songs, crafts, and other activites.
11 a.m., DDL lower level meeting room, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]
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 11 a.m.  Free! 

"Hands-On Learning With Explore the Sky Klutz Activity Book": Barnes & Noble.

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All kids age 7 & up invited make stickers and learn about the galaxy. Cookie treat.
1 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 3235 Washtenaw. Free. 973-1618. [map]
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 5 p.m.-midnight  Free! 

"Top of the Park": Ann Arbor Summer Festival.

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Every Tues.-Sun., June 14-July 7. A beloved summer tradition continues this year on Ingalls Mall and features live music, followed at 10 p.m. (Sun. & Tues.-Thurs.) by free movies and at 11 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) by dancing to DJs. Also, a KidZone activity tent, "Body Masterpiece" face painting (5-8 p.m., June 14-16, $5, reservations required by calling 994-5999), and Tangle, a giant, interactive web of elastic bands wrapped around vertical poles that is part playground, part art installation (4-6 & 7:30-9:30 p.m., June 19-23, $5 admission per child for 40 min. play sessions). Food concessions from area restaurants. Tonight: Black Jake & the Carnies (8:30 p.m.), the popular Ypsilanti sextet that calls its energetic, foot-stomping blend of punk, old-time music, and bluegrass "crabgrass." Opening acts are local country singer-songwriter Bill Edwards (5 p.m.), the folk-rock duo The Understorey (6 p.m.), and Misty Lyn & the Big Beautiful (7 p.m.), local country-inflected folk-rock band led by singer-songwriter Misty Lyn. The musicians are followed at 10 p.m. by Young Frankenstein, Mel Brooks' hilarious 1974 burlesque of old Frankenstein movies. Stars Gene Wilder. Also, the interactive performance art ensemble Spontaneous Art (6 p.m.). The Summer Festival also includes a series of shows on June 1, 18, 19, 22, 23, 25, 29, & 30 (see listings) and into July at the Power Center and Hill Auditorium.
5 p.m.-midnight, Ingalls Mall at Washington. Free. 994-5999.
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Friday


June 2013
 9 a.m.-noon 

Zion Lutheran Church Vacation Bible School.

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Please join us for a week of fun at Zion Lutheran Church Vacation Bible School! You can pre-register by going to our website, or register the morning of. New children are welcome all week!
June 17 - 21, 2013
9 AM - NOON each day
Ages: 3 years old - entering 5th grade
Address: 1501 West Liberty, Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Registration Information: www.zlc-aa.org/vbs.html
Cost: $30 for first child, $25 for each additional
Contact: sarahwentzloff@yahoo.com
Zion Lutheran Church, 1501 West Liberty. $30 for first child/$25 each additional. sarahwentzloff@yahoo.com www.zlc-aa.org/vbs.html [map]
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 10 a.m. 

Bodhi's Kids Yoga: For Ages 3-5: Hygeia Center for Healing Arts.

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Yoga is a natural for children, since it addresses the whole child: Stronger Bodies, Focused Minds, and Peaceful Spirits. Bodhi's Kids Yoga offers a joyful yoga practice that incorporates movement and 5 sense therapies. Bodhi's Kids Yoga classes are designed to help develop your child's fine motor skills, mental acuity and focus, hand-eye coordination, mind/body developmental awareness, coping skills, and increase an awareness of their sense of self -- all while having fun!
About the facilitator: Sara Zabawa is a registered yoga instructor who is devoted to holistic yoga practices that address the mind, body, and spirit. She blends lessons learned from studying yoga in India with practices developed under the direction of Syl Carson at the Bodhi Yoga Studio in Utah.
7 week series runs May 10th - June 21st. Fridays 10:00 - 10:50 a.m.
Hygeia Center for Healing Arts, 220 N. 5th Ave. $80 for the series. 734-769-6100. welcome@hygeiacenter.org www.hygeiacenter.org [map]
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 10-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Babytime iPads": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All parents invited to bring their infants through 2-year-olds to explore baby-proofed iPads.
10-11 a.m., AADL youth story center, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 4:45-6:15 p.m.  Free! 

"Into the Woods: After Hours": Saline District Library.

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All kids in middle school and up invited to decorate mini wooden doors that will be installed along the Library/Brecon trail. Dinner.
4:45-6:15 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]
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 5 p.m.-midnight  Free! 

"Top of the Park": Ann Arbor Summer Festival.

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Every Tues.-Sun., June 14-July 7. A beloved summer tradition continues this year on Ingalls Mall and features live music, followed at 10 p.m. (Sun. & Tues.-Thurs.) by free movies and at 11 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) by dancing to DJs. Also, a KidZone activity tent, "Body Masterpiece" face painting (5-8 p.m., June 14-16, $5, reservations required by calling 994-5999), and Tangle, a giant, interactive web of elastic bands wrapped around vertical poles that is part playground, part art installation (4-6 & 7:30-9:30 p.m., June 19-23, $5 admission per child for 40 min. play sessions). Food concessions from area restaurants. Tonight: The Ragbirds (9:30 p.m.), an inventive local country-rock band, fronted by singer-songwriter Erin Zindle, whose music also mixes in elements of world music, groove rock, and edgy pop. Opening acts are veteran local pop-rock singer-songwriter Khalid Hanifi (5 p.m.), local alt-country honky-tonk and rockabilly singer-songwriter Ryan Racine (6 p.m.), local acoustic roots music string quintet Wayward Roots (7 p.m.), and The Appleseed Collective (8 p.m.), a popular local vintage jazz-inflected folk-rock quintet. The musicians are followed at 11 p.m. by dancing to music spun by DJ Hardy (age 21 & over only). The Summer Festival also includes a series of shows on June 1, 18, 19, 22, 23, 25, 29, & 30 (see listings) and into July at the Power Center and Hill Auditorium.
5 p.m.-midnight, Ingalls Mall at Washington. Free. 994-5999.
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 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"A Jump Roping Blast": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All kids in grades 4-12 invited to try out the library's Chinese, double dutch, and standard jump ropes. Also, a demo by the St, Francis Heartbeats jump rope team. Held inside in case of rain.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek Branch parking lot, 3090 E. Eisenhower between Stone School & Packard. Free. 327-4200. [map]
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Saturday


June 2013
 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

"Blacksmiths, Soldiers, and Log Cabin Weekend": Waterloo Area Farm Museum.

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June 22 & 23. A weekend of historical reenactments, featuring a blacksmith festival, a Civil War encampment, and more. Also, guided tours of the 10-room farmhouse. On Sunday, activities to celebrate Log Cabin Day.
10 a.m.-5 p.m. (June 23) & noon-5 p.m. (June 24), Waterloo Area Farm Museum, 9998 Waterloo-Munith Rd. (left off Clear Lake Rd. 5 miles north from I-94 exit 153), Waterloo Recreation Area, Chelsea. $5 (kids 5-12, $2; kids age 4 & under and members, free). (517) 596-2254. [map]
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 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Hands-On Hodgepodge": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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June 22 & 23. Museum staff lead various hands-on activities.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (June 22) & noon-4 p.m. (June 23), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. $10 regular admission (members & infants, free). 995-5439. [map]
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 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. 

3rd Annual Family Fun Day.

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Family-oriented day of games and activities, live entertainment, a bake sale, and more. Concessions and door prizes. Proceeds benefit the Joel Cleary-Lusk Children's Educational Fund.
10:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Fun Day Rentals LLC, 13003 Island Lake Rd. (east of Werkner between Stofer & Riker), Dexter Twp. $10 (kids, $5; family, $25) admission. 368-0744. [map]
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 11 a.m.  Free! 

Storytime: Literati Bookstore.

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Every Sat. 15-minute story time geared toward very young children.
11 a.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [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.
11 a.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
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 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Evolution of Whales": U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Hands-on 20-minute interactive demo exploring how whales have adapted to thrive underwater by comparing archaic to modern whales. 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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 2 p.m. 

Clay Play Day: FLY Children's Art Center.

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Come create a fantastical wonderland of clay with guest artist Lavinia Hanachiuc at the FLY Studio! Experience hand-building with clay with this amazing artist, and channel a bit of her creativity..We will be making gnomes, and gnome-homes! Students will leave with finished works crafted from a self-hardening clay. Classes are suitable for students ages 5 and up. Register at www.flyartcenter.org to secure your spot!
FLY Children's Art Center Studio, 40 N. Huron Street, Ypsilanti. $20. info@flyartcenter.org flyartcenter.org [map]
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 2-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

Family Magic Extravaganza: Kip Barry's Performing Arts Center.

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Family-friendly magic show by Kip.
2-2:30 p.m., Kip Barry's Performing Arts Center, 325 Braun Ct. Free. 769-2787. [map]
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 2-4 p.m. 

"Summer Splash Day": Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation.

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A family-oriented afternoon of water games and contests. Prizes.
2-4 p.m., Fuller Pool, 1519 Fuller Rd. $5 (youths age 17 & under and seniors age 60 & older, $4). 794-6236. [map]
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 5 p.m.-midnight  Free! 

"Top of the Park": Ann Arbor Summer Festival.

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Every Tues.-Sun., June 14-July 7. A beloved summer tradition continues this year on Ingalls Mall and features live music, followed at 10 p.m. (Sun. & Tues.-Thurs.) by free movies and at 11 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) by dancing to DJs. Also, a KidZone activity tent, "Body Masterpiece" face painting (5-8 p.m., June 14-16, $5, reservations required by calling 994-5999), and Tangle, a giant, interactive web of elastic bands wrapped around vertical poles that is part playground, part art installation (4-6 & 7:30-9:30 p.m., June 19-23, $5 admission per child for 40 min. play sessions). Food concessions from area restaurants. Tonight: Third Coast Kings (9:30 p.m.), a local 8-piece band that plays deep horn-driven retro funk. Opening acts are Great American songbook cello-guitar duo Cello-Bella (5 p.m.), Ann Arbor American roots music singer-songwriter Dave Boutette (6 p.m.), the acoustic Americana folk trio Dick Siegel & the Brandos (7 p.m.), and The Lucas Paul Band (8 p.m.), a local pop-rock quartet led by singer-songwriter Paul. The musicians are followed at 11 p.m. by dancing to music spun by DJ Michael Dykehouse (age 21 & over only). Also, a hands-on instruction in capoeira (5 p.m., Alumni Center lawn). The Summer Festival also includes a series of shows on June 1, 18, 19, 22, 23, 25, 29, & 30 (see listings) and into July at the Power Center and Hill Auditorium.
5 p.m.-midnight, Ingalls Mall at Washington. Free. 994-5999.
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Sunday


June 2013
 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Camp Keha at the Reptile Zoo: Great Lakes Zoological Society.

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The Great Lakes Zoological Society is offering a wild experience for kids this summer! When school is out of session, learning and exploration continues at the Reptile Zoo! Beginning on June 16th and going through August 22nd kids can stay active and entertained this summer while learning about animals, nature and the environment. 3-day and 5-day camps available. A new adventure waits each day, as campers learn how to better care for animals and the Earth we share. Campers will have opportunities for unique hands-on animal experiences in addition to participating in games, crafts and 'green' activities. All camps are from 9am-4pm; Registration is open now, early registration discount before April 30th!
Great Lakes Zoological Society- World of Discovery, 6885 Jackson Rd. $145 3-day, $240 5-day. (734)332-1628. education@glzszoo.org glzszoo.org [map]
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 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 

The Sunday Artisan Market.

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Every Sun. Juried market that features local handmade arts and crafts. Also, demos on basketry (June 2), glass (June 16), and 2-D works & paintings (June 23), as well as a Summer Art Show (June 9) with crafts for adults and kids, live music, and food.
11 a.m.-4 p.m., Farmers Market, Kerrytown. Free admission. 913-9622. [map]
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 Noon-5 p.m. 

"Blacksmiths, Soldiers, and Log Cabin Weekend": Waterloo Area Farm Museum.

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June 22 & 23. A weekend of historical reenactments, featuring a blacksmith festival, a Civil War encampment, and more. Also, guided tours of the 10-room farmhouse. On Sunday, activities to celebrate Log Cabin Day.
10 a.m.-5 p.m. (June 23) & noon-5 p.m. (June 24), Waterloo Area Farm Museum, 9998 Waterloo-Munith Rd. (left off Clear Lake Rd. 5 miles north from I-94 exit 153), Waterloo Recreation Area, Chelsea. $5 (kids 5-12, $2; kids age 4 & under and members, free). (517) 596-2254. [map]
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"Hands-On Hodgepodge": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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June 22 & 23. Museum staff lead various hands-on activities.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (June 22) & noon-4 p.m. (June 23), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. $10 regular admission (members & infants, free). 995-5439. [map]
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 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Evolution of Whales": U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Hands-on 20-minute interactive demo exploring how whales have adapted to thrive underwater by comparing archaic to modern whales. 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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 5 p.m.-midnight  Free! 

"Top of the Park": Ann Arbor Summer Festival.

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Every Tues.-Sun., June 14-July 7. A beloved summer tradition continues this year on Ingalls Mall and features live music, followed at 10 p.m. (Sun. & Tues.-Thurs.) by free movies and at 11 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) by dancing to DJs. Also, a KidZone activity tent, "Body Masterpiece" face painting (5-8 p.m., June 14-16, $5, reservations required by calling 994-5999), and Tangle, a giant, interactive web of elastic bands wrapped around vertical poles that is part playground, part art installation (4-6 & 7:30-9:30 p.m., June 19-23, $5 admission per child for 40 min. play sessions). Food concessions from area restaurants. Tonight: Madcat & Kane (8:30 p.m.), the nationally acclaimed local duo of world-class harmonica wizard Peter Madcat Ruth and ace fingerstyle blues guitatist Shari Kane are joined by guest musicians TBA. Opening acts are the accomplished local 12-year-old pop-folk singer-songwriter and ukulele player Magdalen Fossum (5 p.m.), the Lansing American roots guitarist Joshua Davis (6 p.m.), and The Candy Band (7 p.m.), a Detroit kiddie punk-rock quartet that plays nursery rhymes, movie themes, and originals. The musicians are followed at 10 p.m. by The Goonies, Richard Donner's old-fashioned 1985 adventure yarn about a group of kids searching for hidden treasure. Also, Iyengar yoga (5 p.m., Alumni Center lawn, bring a mat or blanket) led by Ann Arbor School of Yoga instructors. The Summer Festival also includes a series of shows on June 1, 18, 19, 22, 23, 25, 29, & 30 (see listings) and into July at the Power Center and Hill Auditorium.
5 p.m.-midnight, Ingalls Mall at Washington. Free. 994-5999.
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