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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


October 2013
 3:30-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

"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.
3:30-4:30 p.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]
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Tuesday


October 2013
 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.
10:30-11:15 a.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]
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Wednesday


October 2013
 4:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Super Stories Book Club": Dexter District Library.

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For kids in kindergarten and first grade. Topics include "If You Take a Mouse to School" (Sept. 11) and "Fall Color Hike" (Oct. 9).
4:30 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. Preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]
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Thursday


October 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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 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Story Time: Bookbound.

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Every Tues. & Thurs. Linda Zimmer reads stories to kids age 6 & under. Themes include Dora the Explorer (Oct. 15), Love (Oct. 17), Bats (Oct. 22 & 24), and Halloween (Oct. 29 & 31).
10:30 a.m. (Thurs.) & 6 p.m. (Tues.), Bookbound, 1729 Plymouth, Courtyard Shops. Free. 369-4345. [map]
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 3-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Duct Tape Daze for Teens": Saline District Library.

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All kids in grades 6-12 invited to make items out of duct tape.
3-4 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. Preregistration requested. 429-5450. [map]
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 4:15-5 p.m.  Free! 

Chapter Champs: Saline District Library.

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Book discussion group for kids in grades K-4. Sept. 12: Tarantula Power!, Ann Nagda's book about a kid who has to work on a group project with the school bully. Oct. 10: Book TBA.
4:15-5 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]
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 6:30-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Once Upon a Time": Wild Swan Theater.

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This award-winning local children's theater presents a collection of children's classics that includes "Three Billy Goats Gruff," "Reynard the Fox," and "Three Little Pigs." Recommended for age 4 & up.
6:30-7:30 p.m., Saline District Library, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]
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Friday


October 2013
 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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 6-9 p.m.  Free! 

Parent's Night Out: Chelsea District Library.

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Parents invited to drop off their kids ages 6-11 for a supervised evening of games, craft activities, videos, and a tour of the library. Pizza.
6-9 p.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]
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Saturday


October 2013
 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Come and Play The Acorn Way: Acorn Glen Cooperative Preschool.

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Free play group for children of all ages. Activity centers and a natural/upcycled playscape for children ages 2.5 - 6, but siblings are welcome. Refreshments provided. Come and see why we are the new 'best kept secret in Ann Arbor'.
Chickens, Mud Pie Kitchen, Sensory Table, Music and Art inside and out, and a full on preschool environment.
Free onsite parking for first few. In Miller Ave. construction zone; access us from Miller/Maple instead of from downtown.
See you there!
Acorn Glen Cooperative Preschool, 1547 Miller Ave. Free. 734-585-5555. danielle@acornglen.org www.acornglen.org [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. & 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Make a Good Impression": U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Hands-on 20-minute family-oriented demo exploring how fossils are created and how museum fossil casts are made.
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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 Noon-2 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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 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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 1-4 p.m. 

"Critters Up Close!": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Oct. 12 & 13. Leslie Science and Nature Center staff show live animals. Also, animal-oriented hands-on activities.
1-4 p.m., AAHOM Michigan Nature 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! 

"Safety Pin Bracelets": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Craft activity for youth in grades 3-12. Materials provided.
2-3 p.m., AADL Traverwood Branch, 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

Family Square Dance: Jewish Community Center.

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With a caller TBA who also teaches the dances. Snacks.
7:30 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). $5 ($15 per household). Reservations required. 971-0990. [map]
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Sunday


October 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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 1:00-3:30 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Cooks! Parent/Child: Tempura Takeover!.

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Is there really anyone out there who doesn't like batter fried food?! Hopefully not! What is great about tempura is it's light, crispy, and mostly vegetables. In this class, we will strive to not over mix the batter and get a delicious result. The vegetable lineup includes green beans, sweet potato, broccoli, mushrooms and parsley. As we stay with tradition, we'll fry up shrimp as well. The full menu for class is Tempura with Dipping Sauce, Rice, Green Tea, and Butter Cookies. 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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 1-6 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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 1-4 p.m. 

"Critters Up Close!": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Oct. 12 & 13. Leslie Science and Nature Center staff show live animals. Also, animal-oriented hands-on activities.
1-4 p.m., AAHOM Michigan Nature 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! 

"Paper Castles": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Craft activity for kids in grades Pre-K to 3.
2-3 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 E. Eisenhower (between Stone School & Packard). Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 2-4 p.m. 

"Pinterest Craft Party": Chelsea District Library.

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All kids ages 9-12 invited to do some craft projects inspired by postings on the DIY online bulletin board Pinterest.com, including button bracelets, yarn pom-pom bookmarks, and scrapbook greeting cards. Materials provided. Snacks.
2-4 p.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]
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 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Make a Good Impression": U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Hands-on 20-minute family-oriented demo exploring how fossils are created and how museum fossil casts are made.
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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 5-8 p.m. 

"11th Annual Creature Feature": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum Family Day.

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This event is sold out. The museum's annual family day fundraiser features up-close looks at live animals, including kangaroos, an Australian "laughing" kookaburra, giant tortoises, macaws, alligators, and more. Also, animal-themed hands-on activities.
5-8 p.m., AAHOM, 219 E. Huron. Tickets $15 (members, $12; babies under 2, free) in advance at aahom.org. 995-5439. [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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