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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


July 2013
 8 a.m.-evening  Free! 

Youth Show: Washtenaw County 4-H.

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July 28-Aug. 2. Six days of farm animal shows and auctions, plus crafts, exhibits, all-day equestrian competitions, and assorted contests from vegetable decorating to a goat milk-out. Highlights include the popular "Llama Leaping" (July 31, 2 p.m.), all-ages craft activities (Aug. 1, 9 a.m.-noon), the livestock auction (Aug. 1, 6:30 p.m.), an archery contest (Aug. 2, 1 p.m.), the "Animal Decorator Contest" (Aug. 2, 1:30 p.m.), and the "Ag Olympics" (Aug. 2, around 3:30 p.m.) in which 4-H youth compete in Olympic-style games involving water, mud, and agricultural products. For complete daily schedule, see extension.ewashtenaw.org.
3-6 p.m. (July 28) & 8 a.m.-evening (July 29-Aug. 2), Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 222-3877. [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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 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Art on the Go": Saline District Library.

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Arts & crafts projects for kids ages 6-12.
11 a.m.-noon & 1-2 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saine. Free; preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]
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 1-5 p.m. 

"PokeMonday Tournament": Ann Arbor District Library.

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July 15, 22, & 29 and Aug. 5 (different branch locations). All kids in grades K-5 invited to bring a Nintendo DS, DSi, or 3DS and a copy of Pokemon, level 30 or under, to compete for prizes in a tournament.
1-5 p.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch (July 15 & 22), 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd.; downtown library multipurpose room (July 29), 343 S. Fifth Ave.; Traverwood Branch (Aug. 5), 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 2 p.m. 

Wax Photo Collage Workshop: FLY Children's Art Center.

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Come make a wax photo collage! Photographs, paper scraps, and small objects can be layered together using wax to make a unique multi-level collage. Join artist Christine Bruxvoort as she shows you a variety of techniques for applying wax to photography to make a unique artwork. Bring in your own photos and objects or borrow from our stash of goodies! Students ages 6 to adult are welcome!
FLY Children's Art Center Studio, 40 N Huron Street, Ypsilanti. $10. info@flyartcenter.org flyartcenter.org [map]
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 6-8 p.m. 

"Super Comics Challenge": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon., July 8-Aug. 12. Comics artist Jerzy Drozd, a contributing editor to the online comics anthology sugaryserials.com, leads adults teens in grade 6 & up in a series of 6 weekly drop-in programs during which they design dangerous fortresses, awesome heroes, lugubrious villains, and unlock achievements of the comics-storytelling masters.
6-8 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 E. Eisenhower between Stone School & Packard. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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Tuesday


July 2013
 8 a.m.-evening  Free! 

Youth Show: Washtenaw County 4-H.

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July 28-Aug. 2. Six days of farm animal shows and auctions, plus crafts, exhibits, all-day equestrian competitions, and assorted contests from vegetable decorating to a goat milk-out. Highlights include the popular "Llama Leaping" (July 31, 2 p.m.), all-ages craft activities (Aug. 1, 9 a.m.-noon), the livestock auction (Aug. 1, 6:30 p.m.), an archery contest (Aug. 2, 1 p.m.), the "Animal Decorator Contest" (Aug. 2, 1:30 p.m.), and the "Ag Olympics" (Aug. 2, around 3:30 p.m.) in which 4-H youth compete in Olympic-style games involving water, mud, and agricultural products. For complete daily schedule, see extension.ewashtenaw.org.
3-6 p.m. (July 28) & 8 a.m.-evening (July 29-Aug. 2), Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 222-3877. [map]
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 10:30 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Come and Play the Acorn Way!": Acorn Glen Cooperative Preschool.

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Every Tues. & Sat. through Aug. 24. Indoor and outdoor activities--including bubbles, a garden, a tire mountain and slide, art, music, a mudpie kitchen, sand pit, animals, and more--and refreshments for toddlers and preschool-aged kids, accompanied by an adult. 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. & 2 & 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

Drop-in Family Storytime: Saline District Library.

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Library staff read stories for kids age 2 & up accompanied by a caregiver. Topics include "How Does Your Garden Grow?" (July 2), "Shiver Me Timbers!" (July 9), "Dinosaur Dig" (July 16), "Dirt Movers" (July 23), and "Tunnels, Burrows, & More" (July 30).
11 a.m. and 2 & 6:30 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 429-5450. [map]
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 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.  Free! 

"How to Juggle": Dexter District Library.

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Kids entering grades 2-4 (11 a.m.) and grades 5-12 (1 p.m.) invited to learn the 3-ball cascade juggling pattern and other juggling basics.
11 a.m. & 1 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free; preregistration required beginning July 8. 426-4477. [map]
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Wednesday


July 2013
 8 a.m.-evening  Free! 

Youth Show: Washtenaw County 4-H.

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July 28-Aug. 2. Six days of farm animal shows and auctions, plus crafts, exhibits, all-day equestrian competitions, and assorted contests from vegetable decorating to a goat milk-out. Highlights include the popular "Llama Leaping" (July 31, 2 p.m.), all-ages craft activities (Aug. 1, 9 a.m.-noon), the livestock auction (Aug. 1, 6:30 p.m.), an archery contest (Aug. 2, 1 p.m.), the "Animal Decorator Contest" (Aug. 2, 1:30 p.m.), and the "Ag Olympics" (Aug. 2, around 3:30 p.m.) in which 4-H youth compete in Olympic-style games involving water, mud, and agricultural products. For complete daily schedule, see extension.ewashtenaw.org.
3-6 p.m. (July 28) & 8 a.m.-evening (July 29-Aug. 2), Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 222-3877. [map]
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 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Clothespin Puppets": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All kids in grades K-5 to make pocket-sized puppets using clothespins and other bits.
2-3 p.m., AADL Traverwood Branch, 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 3-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Party Appetizers": Saline District Library.

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All kids in middle school and up invited to make appetizers.
3-4 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; Preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]
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Thursday


August 2013
 8 a.m.-evening  Free! 

Youth Show: Washtenaw County 4-H.

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July 28-Aug. 2. Six days of farm animal shows and auctions, plus crafts, exhibits, all-day equestrian competitions, and assorted contests from vegetable decorating to a goat milk-out. Highlights include the popular "Llama Leaping" (July 31, 2 p.m.), all-ages craft activities (Aug. 1, 9 a.m.-noon), the livestock auction (Aug. 1, 6:30 p.m.), an archery contest (Aug. 2, 1 p.m.), the "Animal Decorator Contest" (Aug. 2, 1:30 p.m.), and the "Ag Olympics" (Aug. 2, around 3:30 p.m.) in which 4-H youth compete in Olympic-style games involving water, mud, and agricultural products. For complete daily schedule, see extension.ewashtenaw.org.
3-6 p.m. (July 28) & 8 a.m.-evening (July 29-Aug. 2), Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 222-3877. [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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 1:30 p.m. 

"Camp Nicola's Books for Kids!": Nicola's Books.

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Every Thurs. through Aug. 22. Nicola's staffers lead craft activities for kids ages 7-12. Crafts come from books which must be purchased and read in advance. Aug. 1: The Kids' Paper Airplane Book. Aug. 8: Fun with Papertoy Monsters. Aug. 15: Star Wars Origami. Aug. 22: Fun with Recycled Robots.
1:30 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free with book purchase. Preregistration required. 662-0600. [map]
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 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Bubble Art Fun": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All kids in grades pre-K to 3 invited to play with bubbles and make a piece of bubble art to take home.
2-3 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek Branch parking lot, 3090 E. Eisenhower (between Stone School & Packard). Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 2-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Monsters and Manga": Saline District Library.

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All kids in middle school and up invited to try drawing comics. Tips, techniques, and supplies provided.
2-3:30 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]
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 2 p.m.  Free! 

"The Physics of Toys": Barnes & Noble.

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Kids age 7 & up invited to learn some physics while using Thames & Kosmos science kits to build and play with rubber band-driven race cars.
2 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 3235 Washtenaw. Free. Preregistration required. 973-1618. [map]
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 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Magic Madness Party": Dexter District Library.

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Performance by Saline magician Magic Joe. Games & treats. For kids in grades 5-12.
7-8:30 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free; preregistration required beginning June 14. 426-4477. [map]
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Friday


August 2013
 8 a.m.-evening  Free! 

Youth Show: Washtenaw County 4-H.

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July 28-Aug. 2. Six days of farm animal shows and auctions, plus crafts, exhibits, all-day equestrian competitions, and assorted contests from vegetable decorating to a goat milk-out. Highlights include the popular "Llama Leaping" (July 31, 2 p.m.), all-ages craft activities (Aug. 1, 9 a.m.-noon), the livestock auction (Aug. 1, 6:30 p.m.), an archery contest (Aug. 2, 1 p.m.), the "Animal Decorator Contest" (Aug. 2, 1:30 p.m.), and the "Ag Olympics" (Aug. 2, around 3:30 p.m.) in which 4-H youth compete in Olympic-style games involving water, mud, and agricultural products. For complete daily schedule, see extension.ewashtenaw.org.
3-6 p.m. (July 28) & 8 a.m.-evening (July 29-Aug. 2), Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 222-3877. [map]
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 11 a.m.  Free! 

Baffling Bill the Magician: Dexter District Library.

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Baffling Bill and his bunny, Gus, present a 40-minute all-ages magic show that wraps up the library's summer reading program. Refreshments.
11 a.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [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.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369- 3107. [map]
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 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Balloon-Powered Hovercraft": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All kids in grades K-5 invited to make a flying contraption out of a few household items.
2-3 p.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

First Fridays: BEJEWELED: FLY Children's Art Center.

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Let's celebrate First Fridays Art Night in downtown Ypsilanti...CREATE YOUR OWN ARTFUL BAUBLES! Come learn the basics of jewelry design with us at the FLY Studio! All materials, artistic inspiration and guidance will be provided! BYOBeverage and friends for a fun, artsy night out! Students will leave with a pair of earrings and a bracelet. Tuition is $25 per student...register at www.flyartcenter.org!
FLY Children's Art Center Studio, 40 N Huron Street, Ypsilanti. $25. info@flyartcenter.org flyartcenter.org [map]
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Saturday


August 2013
 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

36th Annual Dixboro Fair: Dixboro United Methodist Church.

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Community fair with a popular petting zoo, a moonwalk, a space swing, kids games, homemade cakes and pies, live music, and more. Also, the annual "Artisans on the Green," a juried arts and crafts show of works by Michigan artisans, including paintings, jewelry, woodworking, dolls, and more.
10 a.m.-5 p.m., Dixboro Village Green, Plymouth Rd. at Cherry Hill Rd. (2 miles east of US-23). Free admission. 665-5632.
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 10 a.m.-noon  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.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369- 3107. [map]
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 10 a.m.  Free! 

Free Introductory Class: Fun and Learning Music Studio.

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Fun and Learning Music Studio is providing a free group music lesson once a month on Saturday mornings. It will be approximately 1 hour, starting promptly at 10am. This class is appropriate for 4 1/2 year olds to 7 year olds. One parent must be in attendance for the entire session.
Snacks and drinks will be provided, questions about our curriculum, group and private lessons will be answered! We provide private instruction for piano and voice from age 5 to adult. Group lessons are a general music course with concentration on piano skills.
Please RSVP to reserve a space for you and your child(ren). Email or call sandrat@childrensmusicacademy.org or call 734-417-1167
Fun and Learning Music Studio, 4115 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Free. 734-417-1167. sandratracey@funandlearningmusicstudio.com www.childrensmusicacademy.org [map]
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 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

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

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

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

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Aug. 3 & 4. Museum staff lead various hands-on activities.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Aug. 3) & noon-4 p.m. (Aug. 4), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. $10 regular admission (members & infants, free). 995-5439. [map]
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 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 

Playgroup: Manzanitas Spanish Immersion Preschool.

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Aug. 3 & 17. Stories and songs geared toward kids ages 6 months-5 years, accompanied by a parent. Siblings welcome.
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Manzanitas, 511 Miller. $2 suggested donation per child ($5 per family). (Park in the church lot off Chapin.) 369-6563. [map]
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 10:30 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Come and Play the Acorn Way!": Acorn Glen Cooperative Preschool.

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Every Tues. & Sat. through Aug. 24. Indoor and outdoor activities--including bubbles, a garden, a tire mountain and slide, art, music, a mudpie kitchen, sand pit, animals, and more--and refreshments for toddlers and preschool-aged kids, accompanied by an adult. 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: Literati Bookstore.

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Every Sat. 15-minute storytime 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! 

"Cow's Eye Dissection": U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. except July 5 & 6. Hands-on 20-minute family-oriented demo exploring how a cow's eye works and its similarities and differences from human eyes.
11 a.m. (Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), U-M Exhibit 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 and UMMA staffers 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 p.m. 

Vacation Memory Boxes: FLY Children's Art Center.

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Treasure your vacation memories forever by transforming them into a work of art! Bring your favorite photos, ticket stubs, and souvenirs, and we will help you collage them into a 3D work of art! Tuition cost is $10/student, students ages 6 to adult are welcome! Register at flyartcenter.org to secure your space!
FLY Children's Art Center Studio, 40 N Huron Street, Ypsilanti. $10. info@flyartcenter.org flyartcenter.org [map]
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 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Straw Bridge Engineering": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All kids in grades 3-8 invited to see what kind of and how strong a bridge they can build using straws and other household materials.
2-3 p.m., AADL Traverwood Branch, 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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Sunday


August 2013
 Noon-4 p.m. 

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

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

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

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

Veterans Memorial Park New Ball Field Celebration: Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation and Rec & Ed.

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Join us Sunday, Aug. 4 from 2 to 5 p.m. as we celebrate the new ball fields at Veterans Memorial Park. This free, family friendly event will include a ribbon cutting ceremony (2 p.m.), food (2:30 p.m. first come, first served) and carnival style activities/games, crafts and an exhibition kickball and baseball game (2:30 to 5 p.m.) 2150 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor.
Veterans Memorial Park, 2150 Jackson Road. Free. 734.794.6235. a2parks@a2gov.org www.a2gov.org/parks [map]
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 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Cow's Eye Dissection": U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. except July 5 & 6. Hands-on 20-minute family-oriented demo exploring how a cow's eye works and its similarities and differences from human eyes.
11 a.m. (Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), U-M Exhibit Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]
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 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

VBX Colossal Coaster: Vision Community.

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Vision Community Ministries is hosting a VBX in August. What's a VBX you may ask? It's not the "typical" Vacation Bible School that's for sure! It's a Colossal Coaster World of fun all wrapped up in one week! Games, Skits, Crafts, Music, Food and Fun….oh yeah did we mention Goo, Slime, Water and more on this roller coaster of a week?!!!!
Please consider announcing on your community calendar our event. Here's the details:

Sunday August 4th-Thursday August 8th from 6:30-8pm at 1292 North Zeeb Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Ages K-5th (kids entering Kindergarten and up to entering 5th).
Visit www.visioncommunity.org for more information or contact info@visioncommunity.org
Vision Community Ministries, 1292 North Zeeb. Free. 734-546-9200. info@visioncommunity.org www.visioncommunity.org [map]
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