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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


September 2013
 10-11:30 a.m. 

"Tiny Tots Under the Water": Leslie Science & Nature Center.

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All kids ages 1-3 (accompanied by a caregiver) invited for a variety of activities learning about plants and animals that live in the water. Siblings welcome.
10-11:30 a.m., Leslie Science Center, 1831 Traver Rd. $7. 997-1553. [map]
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 3:30-5:30 p.m. 

Cranbrook Whole Foods Market Kids Club.

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Sept. 23: "Hunters of the Sky." A representative from Leslie Science and Nature Center shows and discusses a live bald eagle and two other raptors. Sept. 24: "Butterfly Tent." All kids invited to view butterflies in an outdoor tent.
3:30-5:30 p.m., Whole Foods, corner of Eisenhower & Ann Arbor¬-Saline Rd. Free. 997-7500.
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Tuesday


September 2013
 9-10 a.m. 

Preschool Story Time: Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Every Tues. & Sat. For preschoolers, accompanied by an adult. Followed by an activity.
9-10 a.m. (Tues.) & 10:30-11:30 a.m. (Sat.), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. $10 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]
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 10:30-11:15 a.m.  Free! 

"Babytime": Chelsea District Library.

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Every Tues. Staff present a program of songs, stories, and rhymes for kids under age 2 (accompanied by a caregiver). No siblings. Also, "Toddlertime" (Mar. 13 & 27, Apr. 10, May 1 & 8, 15, 22, & 29, June 5), a program for toddlers about letters, numbers, colors, and shapes.
10:30-11:15 a.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]
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 3:30-5:30 p.m. 

Cranbrook Whole Foods Market Kids Club.

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Sept. 23: "Hunters of the Sky." A representative from Leslie Science and Nature Center shows and discusses a live bald eagle and two other raptors. Sept. 24: "Butterfly Tent." All kids invited to view butterflies in an outdoor tent.
3:30-5:30 p.m., Whole Foods, corner of Eisenhower & Ann Arbor¬-Saline Rd. Free. 997-7500.
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Wednesday


September 2013
 4:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Book Snackers Book Club": Dexter District Library.

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For kids in grades 4 & 5. Games, activities, and snacks. Sept. 25: Chocolate Touch is Patrick Skene Catling's book about a kid who turns everything he touches to chocolate. Oct. 23: The Candymakers is Wendy Mass's book about 4 kids who are chosen to compete in a national candy-making contest.
4:30 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. Preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]
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 6 p.m. 

"Pizza in the Hut": Beth Israel Congregation.

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Pizza dinner in a sukkah (temporary shelter with evergreen branches on top) to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Sukkot.
6 p.m., Beth Israel courtyard, 2000 Washtenaw. $8 (kids age 3 & under, free). Reservations required by Sept. 23 at office@bethisrael-aa.org. 665-9897. [map]
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 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"College Night": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Talks by the 3 authors of the recent book Solving The College Admissions Puzzle: A Guide For Students And Families About College Selection, Essay Writing And High-Stakes Testing. Community High School college prep counselor John Boshoven discusses "Finding and Paying for the College That Fits," Essay Coaching founder Deb Merion discusses "Applying to College: Those Pesky Essays," and performance coach Geraldine Markel discusses "Applying to College: Those Pesky Tests."
7-8:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. at William. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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Thursday


September 2013
 10:30-11:15 a.m.  Free! 

Fall Storytime: Chelsea District Library.

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Every Thurs. (except Nov. 28), Sept. 5-Dec. 12. CDL youth librarians present a program of stories, songs, fingerplays, and craft activities for kids ages 2-6 accompanied by a caregiver.
10:30-11:15 a.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]
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 4:15 or 6:30 p.m. (choose one)  Free! 

"Kaleidoscope": Saline District Library.

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Stories and crafts for kids in grades 1-5. Today is "Johnny Appleseed Day," with apple crafts, tastings, and more.
4:15-5:15 p.m. & 6:30-7:30 p.m. (choose one), SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]
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 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Comic Book Creations": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All youth in grades 6-12 invited to make a pendant necklace or locker magnet using comic book illustrations.
7-8 p.m., AADL Traverwood Branch, 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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Friday


September 2013
 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 

Country Fair: Wiard's Orchards.

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Every Sat. & Sun., Sept. 14-Oct. 27 and Sept. 27. A carnival atmosphere with a variety of family-oriented fall activities on this 6th-generation family farm. Hayrides, the Hippity Hop Holler, a petting farm, a Noah's Ark inflatable, the Spine Chilling MindShaft, a corn maze, a giant slide, a bungee run, and more. Pony rides, face painting, and other activities available on Sat. & Sun. for an extra charge.
11 a.m.-6 p.m., Wiard's Orchards, 5565 Merritt Rd. (east of Carpenter), Ypsilanti. $14.25 admission (babies 23 months & under, free; group rates available). 390-9211. [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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 5-11 p.m.  Free! 

9th Annual Oktoberfest: Saline Main Street.

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Sept. 27 & 28. Two-day community festival and juried art fair. Sept. 27: An old-fashioned Oktoberfest, with a beer garden with German brews and traditional German food. Also, live music by the popular Detroit 70s and 80s classic rock band 50 Amp Fuse. Sept. 28: Kids activities, live music, food and drinks, and more.

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5-11 p.m. (Sept. 27) & 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (Sept. 28), downtown Saline. Free. 316-2119.
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 6-10 p.m. 

Corn Maze: Talladay Farms.

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Every Fri.-Sun., Sept. 20-Nov. 3. Possibly Washtenaw County's most baffling corn maze, this vegetable labyrinth features over 8 miles of paths that form 2 intricate designs precision-cut with Farm Works software and a GPS unit. This year's "farmyard" theme features a maze shaped like a tractor and one shaped like a barn. New this year, a "Kidz CORNer," with barrel train rides, straw mounds, pumpkin bowling, and more. Also, beginning Oct. 4, an all-ages haunted corn maze every Fri. & Sat. (dark-10 p.m.). Take a flashlight if coming after dark. Adjacent to Wasem's Orchards.
6-10 p.m. (Fri.), 1-10 p.m. (Sat.), & 1-6 p.m. (Sun.), 6270 Judd Rd. (left off McCrone/Stoney Creek east off the US-23 Willis Rd. exit). $7 (kids ages 5-11, $6) per maze; $12 (kids, $10) for both. talladayfarms.com 645-1791. [map]
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 7-7:45 p.m. 

Two of a Kind: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Family concert by the nationally known, Philadelphia-based children's music duo of husband and wife David and Jenny Heitler-Klevans, who specialize in interactive programs that mix songs, puppets, movements, and stories.
7-7:45 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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Saturday


September 2013
 9 a.m. 

"Run for the Arb 5-km Family Fun Run": U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens/Nichols Arboretum Fundraiser.

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5-km family run (or walk) through trails in the Arb. Leashed dogs welcome.
9 a.m., Nichols Arboretum, 1610 Washington Hts. $25 (includes T-shirt). Dogs, $5 (includes bandanna). Preregistration required at mbgna.umich.edu. 647-7600. [map]
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 10 a.m.-7 p.m.  Free! 

9th Annual Oktoberfest: Saline Main Street.

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Sept. 27 & 28. Two-day community festival and juried art fair. Sept. 27: An old-fashioned Oktoberfest, with a beer garden with German brews and traditional German food. Also, live music by the popular Detroit 70s and 80s classic rock band 50 Amp Fuse. Sept. 28: Kids activities, live music, food and drinks, and more.

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5-11 p.m. (Sept. 27) & 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (Sept. 28), downtown Saline. Free. 316-2119.
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 10 a.m.-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Apple Day": Pittsfield Union Grange.

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A chance to press apple cider and make applesauce and apple butter. Also, an apple baked goods sale, apple tastings, an apple pie-making demo, a solar cooker demonstration (weather dependent), kids activities, and the Apple Heritage Museum, a traveling collection of the history of apple uses in Washtenaw County. Apples available for purchase.
10 a.m.-4 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.). Free. 769-1052. [map]
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 10-11 a.m. 

"Nature Tales": Leslie Science and Nature Center.

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Stories and various nature activities for kids ages 1-5 (accompanied by a caregiver).

Feb. 15: Owl Tales.

Mar. 15: Rabbit Tales.

Apr. 5: Butterfly Tales.

May 10: Maurice Sendak's classic children's book Where the Wild Things Are.

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10-11 a.m., Leslie Science Center, 1831 Traver Rd. $3 per child. 997-1553. [map]
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 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"September Stroll": U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens.

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All kids, accompanied by a parent, invited to walk on trails, in the conservatory, or through the Gaffield Children's Garden at Matthaei. Instructions for self-guided activities available. Each child receives a mini-magnifying glass to take home.
10 a.m.-noon, Matthaei, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. 647-7600. [map]
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 10:30-11:30 a.m. 

Preschool Story Time: Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Every Tues. & Sat. For preschoolers, accompanied by an adult. Followed by an activity.
9-10 a.m. (Tues.) & 10:30-11:30 a.m. (Sat.), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. $10 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]
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 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 

Country Fair: Wiard's Orchards.

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Every Sat. & Sun., Sept. 14-Oct. 27 and Sept. 27. A carnival atmosphere with a variety of family-oriented fall activities on this 6th-generation family farm. Hayrides, the Hippity Hop Holler, a petting farm, a Noah's Ark inflatable, the Spine Chilling MindShaft, a corn maze, a giant slide, a bungee run, and more. Pony rides, face painting, and other activities available on Sat. & Sun. for an extra charge.
11 a.m.-6 p.m., Wiard's Orchards, 5565 Merritt Rd. (east of Carpenter), Ypsilanti. $14.25 admission (babies 23 months & under, free; group rates available). 390-9211. [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.-noon  Free! 

"Chess Strategy & Play": Dexter District Library.

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Chess instructor Rob Drake offers chess tips and tricks for kids in grades 4-12. Snacks.
11 a.m.-noon, DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [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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 1-3:30 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Cooks! Parent/Child: Crazy for Cookies!.

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Cookies bring out the kid in all of us. Formality seems to slip away when someone offers you a homemade cookie. Bring out your inner child and your child to our kitchen as we bake up some delicious cookies. We'll show you how to roll two doughs into one cookie as we mix up Chocolate Marble Chunk Cookies. Next we'll take a classic and kick it up a notch in the Spiced Apple Oatmeal Cookies. Finally, we'll conclude with a Lemon-Fennel Shortbread, an unusual twist on a favorite fall cookie. Full participation. This class is for ages 6 and up with an adult. Register online 48 hours in advance at www.annarborcooks.com
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $65 for Parent + 1 child; $85 for Parent + 2 children. 734-645-1030. www.annarborcooks.com [map]
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 1-10 p.m. 

Corn Maze: Talladay Farms.

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Every Fri.-Sun., Sept. 20-Nov. 3. Possibly Washtenaw County's most baffling corn maze, this vegetable labyrinth features over 8 miles of paths that form 2 intricate designs precision-cut with Farm Works software and a GPS unit. This year's "farmyard" theme features a maze shaped like a tractor and one shaped like a barn. New this year, a "Kidz CORNer," with barrel train rides, straw mounds, pumpkin bowling, and more. Also, beginning Oct. 4, an all-ages haunted corn maze every Fri. & Sat. (dark-10 p.m.). Take a flashlight if coming after dark. Adjacent to Wasem's Orchards.
6-10 p.m. (Fri.), 1-10 p.m. (Sat.), & 1-6 p.m. (Sun.), 6270 Judd Rd. (left off McCrone/Stoney Creek east off the US-23 Willis Rd. exit). $7 (kids ages 5-11, $6) per maze; $12 (kids, $10) for both. talladayfarms.com 645-1791. [map]
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 1 p.m. 

"Big Bully: A Rock Musical": Performance Network Children's Theater Network.

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Local playwright Aral Gribble, Carla Milarch, and Jim Wheeler's musical about how a brave friend helped an incorrigible bully turn his life around. Milk & cookies. For kids in grades K-8.
1 p.m., Performance Network, 120 E. Huron. Tickets $10 (youth under age 16, $7) in advance at performancenetwork.org & by phone, and at the door. For reservations or to charge by phone, call 663-0681. [map]
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 1 & 3 p.m. 

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

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Sept. 21, 22, 28, & 29. Museum staff give family-friendly science demos. Sept. 21 & 22: "Mighty Motion" features gravity, inertia, and air resistance experiments, including the chance to see a tray of eggs launched with a broom. Sept. 28 & 29: "Luminosity" features experiments with light, such as making a dill pickle light up.
1 & 3 p.m., AAHOM Legacy Gallery, 220 E. Ann. $10 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]
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 2-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

Nature Programs: Waterloo Recreation Area.

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Programs presented by WRA park interpreter Katie McGlashen or other WRA park interpreters.

Sept. 2 (10 a.m.): "Labor Day Fitness Walk." All invited to join one of several walks through the park, from long, hilly hikes to a lass rugged 1.5-mile scavenger hunt trail. Snacks & drinks available. Preceded at 9:30 a.m. by warm-up games for kids. Registration begins at 9 a.m.

Sept. 7 & 21 (1 p.m.): "Geocaching 101." All invited to learn how to use a handheld GPS unit to navigate park trails on a treasure hunt. Bring a few small trinkets to trade, if you can.

Sept. 14 (9 a.m., meet at Mill Lake Campground entrance, Bush Rd., follow the signs from the north end of Pierce Rd. off I-94 exit 157): "Mushroom Hunt." Michigan Mushroom Hunters Club president Phil Tedeschi leads a mushroom hunt.

Sept. 14 & 28 (2-2:30 p.m.) and Oct. 5 & 19 (3-4:30 p.m.): "Arrows Away." All adults and youth age 8 & up invited to learn the basics of archery.

Oct. 5 & 12 (noon-2 p.m.): "Apple Cider Pressing." All invited to make cider. Apples provided.

Oct. 26 (1 p.m.): "Geocache Trick or Treating." Hikers of any age able to follow rugged hilly terrain invited to learn how to use a GPS unit to navigate trails in search of hidden treats.

Nov. 23 (2-3:30 p.m.): "Turkey Talk." Talk on how the North American wild turkey was brought back from the brink of extinction. McGlashen also dresses an audience volunteer in some props to represent turkey adaptations and behavior, and participants can make a turkey call to take home

Also, at 8:30 a.m. every Tues. & Thurs., Sept. 17-Nov. 20, a fast-paced morning fitness hike on the Discovery Center trails.

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Various times, Eddy Discovery Center (except as noted), Bush Rd. (west from Pierce Rd. off I-94 exit 157), Waterloo Recreation Area, Chelsea. Free. $10 annual vehicle entrance fee. 475-3170.
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 2-6 p.m.  Free! 

"Casa Latina ˇFiesta!": Mitchell Elementary School.

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This party to celebrate Washtenaw County Hispanic Heritage Month includes dancing to live music, soccer and tennis, face painting, and more. Raffle. Food available.
2-6 p.m., Mitchell Elementary School, 3550 Pittsview. Free, but donations accepted. 926-4656. [map]
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Sunday


September 2013
 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 

Country Fair: Wiard's Orchards.

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Every Sat. & Sun., Sept. 14-Oct. 27 and Sept. 27. A carnival atmosphere with a variety of family-oriented fall activities on this 6th-generation family farm. Hayrides, the Hippity Hop Holler, a petting farm, a Noah's Ark inflatable, the Spine Chilling MindShaft, a corn maze, a giant slide, a bungee run, and more. Pony rides, face painting, and other activities available on Sat. & Sun. for an extra charge.
11 a.m.-6 p.m., Wiard's Orchards, 5565 Merritt Rd. (east of Carpenter), Ypsilanti. $14.25 admission (babies 23 months & under, free; group rates available). 390-9211. [map]
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 Noon-4 p.m. 

AHOY! Pirate Corn "DOG" Maze Charity Event: Ann Arbor Animal Hospital & POET Animal Rescue.

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Avast ye, Th' Ann Arbor Animal Hospital, P.O.E.T. Animal Rescue n' Coleman Farm be sponsorin' a Pirate Themed Corn "Dog" Maze benefitin' the Fixed Income Family Fund n' POET Animal Rescue.
Activities? Aye, we be havin' em' fer scurvy-dogs n' "PIRATES" of all ages includin' 3 pirate themed corn mazes, a scurvydog-park, best dressed Pirate Contest (fer dogs n' mates), Musical Dog Sit contest, Dog Obstacle Course, Face Paintin', 50/50 Raffle, n' more!

Shiver me timbers, did ye know Admission Ticket includes ye scurvy-dog?. Some contests n' activities be havin' a nominal "ticket" price of $1.00. All doubloons go to charity!

Date: Sun., 9/29/13, noon-4:00PM
Details: www.AnnArborAnimalHospital.com
Facebook (please tell all ye shipmates): https://www.facebook.com/events/396003733855765/
Climb aboard n' help us support 2 good causes!
Coleman's Corn Maze, 12758 Jordan Road, Saline, MI 48176, Saline. Donation. $20 or $35. (734) 662-4474. clientinfo@AnnArborAnimalHospital.com www.AnnArborAnimalHospital.com [map]
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 1-6 p.m. 

Corn Maze: Talladay Farms.

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Every Fri.-Sun., Sept. 20-Nov. 3. Possibly Washtenaw County's most baffling corn maze, this vegetable labyrinth features over 8 miles of paths that form 2 intricate designs precision-cut with Farm Works software and a GPS unit. This year's "farmyard" theme features a maze shaped like a tractor and one shaped like a barn. New this year, a "Kidz CORNer," with barrel train rides, straw mounds, pumpkin bowling, and more. Also, beginning Oct. 4, an all-ages haunted corn maze every Fri. & Sat. (dark-10 p.m.). Take a flashlight if coming after dark. Adjacent to Wasem's Orchards.
6-10 p.m. (Fri.), 1-10 p.m. (Sat.), & 1-6 p.m. (Sun.), 6270 Judd Rd. (left off McCrone/Stoney Creek east off the US-23 Willis Rd. exit). $7 (kids ages 5-11, $6) per maze; $12 (kids, $10) for both. talladayfarms.com 645-1791. [map]
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 1-5 p.m. 

"6th Annual Family Field Day": Ann Arbor Active Against ALS Fund-Raiser.

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All-ages relay races, a scavenger hunt, face painting, chair massages, and sports clinics run by area lacrosse, field hockey, flag football, basketball, soccer, ultimate Frisbee coaches. Also, Bollyfit dancing, yoga, a fitness clinic, and more for adults. Brats, baked goods, and root beer floats for sale. Raffle. All proceeds donated to ALS research.
1-5 p.m., Burns Park, Wells & Baldwin. $10 (families, $20) suggested donation in advance at a2a3.org, $15 (families, $25) day of event. 913-4023.
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 1 & 3 p.m. 

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

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Sept. 21, 22, 28, & 29. Museum staff give family-friendly science demos. Sept. 21 & 22: "Mighty Motion" features gravity, inertia, and air resistance experiments, including the chance to see a tray of eggs launched with a broom. Sept. 28 & 29: "Luminosity" features experiments with light, such as making a dill pickle light up.
1 & 3 p.m., AAHOM Legacy Gallery, 220 E. Ann. $10 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]
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 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"It Used to Be a T-Shirt": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All adults and teens in grade 6 & up invited to make a scarf, necklace, or headband out of a T-shirt. Supplies provided.
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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