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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


November 2013
 10-11:30 a.m. 

New! Drop in Play!: Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor.

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Drop in and enjoy playing with your little ones ages 0-3 in our cheerful, safe play space. We will have lots of toys for all ages to play with. This is an open play session. Parents/caregivers supervise and socialize. We will have free coffee for grown-ups and healthy snacks for a small donation.
Offered on alternate Mondays from 10-11:30am. Monday October 14th, October 28th, November 11th, November 25th.
$5 per child
Lamaze Family Center, 2855 Boardwalk. $5. 734-973-1014. info@lamazefamilycenter.org www.lamazefamilycenter.org [map]
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 4 p.m. 

Kids Yoga: Samsara Wellness Center.

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After school kids yoga. Ages 8+
Age appropriatte yoga for 1 hour
Samsara Wellness Center, 1945 Pauline Suite D. $11 drop in. wellnessannarbor@gmail.com. wellnessannarbor@gmail.com www.samsaracenter.massagetherapy.com [map]
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Tuesday


November 2013
 9-10 a.m. 

Preschool Story Time: Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Every Tues. All preschoolers, accompanied by an adult, invited for stories. Followed by a science activity.
9-10 a.m., 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.
10:30-11:15 a.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]
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 6 p.m.  Free! 

Story Time: Bookbound.

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Every Tues. & Thurs., except Nov. 28. Linda Zimmer reads stories for kids age 6 & under. Themes include monkeys (Nov. 5 & 7), owls (Nov. 12 & 14), "Llama Llama" (Nov. 19 & 21), and "Harvest Time" (Nov. 26).
6 p.m. (Tues.) & 10:30 a.m. (Thurs.), Bookbound, 1729 Plymouth, Courtyard Shops. Free. 369-4345. [map]
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Wednesday


November 2013
 9:15-10:45 a.m. 

Parent-Toddler Play Group: Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor.

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Our intimate parent toddler play groups meet once/week for six weeks this fall/winter. This is a unique opportunity for children (12 to 36 months) and their special adult to spend quality time together playing, (including free play stations, a slide, rotating media table, gross motor movement activities, such as bubbles, parachute play, and musical instruments), working on simple art projects (including painting, stickers, stamps) and having a snack and drink. Our teachers have backgrounds in early childhood development and experience teaching in preschools, and plan their age- appropriate lessons and themes to meet the needs and interests of the children.
Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor, 2855 Boardwalk. $99/ 6 weeks. 734-973-1014. info@lamazefamilycenter.org www.lamazefamilycenter.org [map]
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 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 

Parent-Toddler Play Group: Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor.

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Our intimate parent toddler play groups meet once/week for six weeks this fall/winter. This is a unique opportunity for children (12 to 36 months) and their special adult to spend quality time together playing, (including free play stations, a slide, rotating media table, gross motor movement activities, such as bubbles, parachute play, and musical instruments), working on simple art projects (including painting, stickers, stamps) and having a snack and drink. Our teachers have backgrounds in early childhood development and experience teaching in preschools, and plan their age- appropriate lessons and themes to meet the needs and interests of the children.
Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor, 2855 Boardwalk. $99/ 6 weeks. 734-973-1014. info@lamazefamilycenter.org www.lamazefamilycenter.org [map]
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 3 p.m.  Free! 

Teen Crafts: Saline District Library.

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For kids in grades 6-12. Oct. 15: "Teen Read Week: Altered Books." A chance to make purses and other objects out of recycled books. An artist is on hand to offer guidance. Nov. 13: "T-Shirt Accessories." A chance to make accessories out of old T-shirts. Bring a T-shirt or use one provided. Dec. 5: "Gingerbread Crafts." A chance to make paper gingerbread people and 3-D ornaments. Gingerbread treats.
3 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. Preregistration requested. 429-5450. [map]
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 4:15 & 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"HONK! Look to the Sky!": Saline District Library "Kaleidoscope.".

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All kids in grades 1-5 invited to make a gourd bird and sky painting, learn about a goose scientist, and listen to a goose story.
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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 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Time Travel with Typewriters": Chelsea District Library.

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All teens age 10 & up invited help re-create the heyday of the typewriter by typing up a profile of their life to be collected, bound into a journal, and celebrated at a mini-launch party (parents invited) with cake.
6-8 p.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]
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Thursday


November 2013
 7pm 

Family Education Evening: Ask the Pediatrician: Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor.

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What should you expect from your pediatrician in the first year of your child's life?
You will find out the answers to that and more at our special educational evening at Lamaze. Local pediatrician Dr. Matt Waier from Child Health Associates, will be here to discuss the importance of the relationship between you and your child's pediatrician.
Topics covered include:
How to choose a pediatrician
Immunizations
Well child visits
Growth and development
Cold and flu season concerns
You will also have the opportunity to ask Dr. Waier any questions that are on your mind.
This educational seminar is great for expecting parents, as well as for parents of newborns or infants.
Light refreshments will be served.
Cost is $10 per couple. Infants in arms are welcome.
Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor, 2855 Boardwalk. $10 per family. 734-973-1014. info@lamazefamilycenter.org www.lamazefamilycenter.org [map]
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 9:15-10:45 a.m. 

Parent-Toddler Play Group: Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor.

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Our intimate parent toddler play groups meet once/week for six weeks this fall/winter. This is a unique opportunity for children (12 to 36 months) and their special adult to spend quality time together playing, (including free play stations, a slide, rotating media table, gross motor movement activities, such as bubbles, parachute play, and musical instruments), working on simple art projects (including painting, stickers, stamps) and having a snack and drink. Our teachers have backgrounds in early childhood development and experience teaching in preschools, and plan their age- appropriate lessons and themes to meet the needs and interests of the children.
Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor, 2855 Boardwalk. $99/ 6 weeks. 734-973-1014. info@lamazefamilycenter.org www.lamazefamilycenter.org [map]
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 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., except Nov. 28. Linda Zimmer reads stories for kids age 6 & under. Themes include monkeys (Nov. 5 & 7), owls (Nov. 12 & 14), "Llama Llama" (Nov. 19 & 21), and "Harvest Time" (Nov. 26).
6 p.m. (Tues.) & 10:30 a.m. (Thurs.), Bookbound, 1729 Plymouth, Courtyard Shops. Free. 369-4345. [map]
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 4:15 p.m.  Free! 

Chapter Champs: Saline District Library.

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Nov. 14 & Dec. 12. Book discussion group for kids in grades K-4. Nov. 14: Never Race a Runaway Pumpkin, from Katherine Applegate's popular Roscoe Riley Rules series, about Roscoe's efforts to win a prize by guessing the weight of a giant pumpkin. Dec. 12: The Family Under the Bridge, Natalie Savage Carlson's book about an old Parisian whose quiet home under a bridge is disrupted by the arrival of a homeless family with three children.
4:15-5 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]
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 4:15 p.m. 

Little Kids Yoga: Samsara Wellness Center.

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After school Yoga for kids ages 4-7
45 minutes of age appropriate stretching
packages available 4 visits $32
Samsara Wellness Center, 1945 Pauline Suite D. $11 drop in. wellnessannarbor@gmail.com. wellnessannarbor@gmail.com www.samsaracenter.massagetherapy.com [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

"Gulliver's Travels": Ann Arbor Civic Theatre Junior Theatre.

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Nov. 14-17. John Hill directs young local actors in Don Fleming's adaptation of Jonathan Swift's satire about an 18th-century gentleman whose travels introduce him to many strange peoples, from the tiny Lilliputians to the gigantic Brobdingnagians.
7:30 p.m. (Nov. 14-16) & 1 p.m. (Nov. 16 & 17), WCC College Theatre, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $8 (kids, $5) in advance and at the door. 971-2228. [map]
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Friday


November 2013
 7:30 p.m. 

"Gulliver's Travels": Ann Arbor Civic Theatre Junior Theatre.

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Nov. 14-17. John Hill directs young local actors in Don Fleming's adaptation of Jonathan Swift's satire about an 18th-century gentleman whose travels introduce him to many strange peoples, from the tiny Lilliputians to the gigantic Brobdingnagians.
7:30 p.m. (Nov. 14-16) & 1 p.m. (Nov. 16 & 17), WCC College Theatre, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $8 (kids, $5) in advance and at the door. 971-2228. [map]
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Saturday


November 2013
 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Grange Junior Makers: Pittsfield Grange.

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Kids, accompanied by an adult, invited to work on electronics, robotics, and woodworking projects. Today's project TBA.
10 a.m.-noon, Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.). Free. 926-5079. [map]
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 10 a.m.-afternoon  Free! 

"Christmas in the Village": Manchester Chamber of Commerce.

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Downtown Manchester bustles with holiday activities. The festivities kick off with a parade that brings Santa down Main Street to the mill where he greets children. Also, several craft and artisan shows, greens sales, bake sales, horse-drawn sleigh rides (9 a.m.-4 p.m.), "Lunch with Santa" at St. Mary's Church (11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; $8 for kids, $5 for adults), and more. The village also hosts a Christmas Home Tour Dec. 7 ($15, noon-8 p.m.).
10 a.m.-afternoon, downtown Manchester. Free admission. 476-4565.
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 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

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

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A group of children and their adults who think hands-on and child-directed play is the best way to learn. Monthly free playgroups on Saturdays. Free parking on site. Refreshments provided. Indoor and outdoor activities for toddlers up to school-aged. Bring the whole family (and the neighbors, too!)
Acorn Glen Cooperative Preschool, 1547 Mille Ave. Free. 734-585-5555. danielle@acornglen.org www.acornglen.org [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! 

"Cooking Up a Comet": U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. (except Dec. 1 & 7), Nov. 2-Dec. 22. Hands-on 20-minute family-oriented demo that involves making a comet, observing its changes, and exploring the methods scientists use to identify the "ingredients" of objects in space.
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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 1 & 7:30 p.m. 

"Gulliver's Travels": Ann Arbor Civic Theatre Junior Theatre.

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Nov. 14-17. John Hill directs young local actors in Don Fleming's adaptation of Jonathan Swift's satire about an 18th-century gentleman whose travels introduce him to many strange peoples, from the tiny Lilliputians to the gigantic Brobdingnagians.
7:30 p.m. (Nov. 14-16) & 1 p.m. (Nov. 16 & 17), WCC College Theatre, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $8 (kids, $5) in advance and at the door. 971-2228. [map]
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 1 & 3 p.m. 

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

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Nov. 2, 3, 16, & 17. Museum staff give family-friendly science demos. Nov. 2 & 3: "Mind Over Matter" includes experiments with extreme states of solids, liquids, and gases. Nov. 16 & 17: "Good Vibes" features sound experiments, including the chance to see a flame extinguished by sound.
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! 

"Sesame Street Party": Chelsea District Library.

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All kids ages 2-5 invited to make their own monster mask, make Play-Doh cookies for the Cookie Monster, and help Oscar county his favorite trash.
2-3 p.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]
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 3-5 p.m. 

Youth Baseball Clinic at the University of Michigan: U-Meet the Athlete.

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Meet and play baseball with the University of Michigan Baseball Team! U-Meet the Athlete gives children grades K-8 the opportunity to participate in sport clinics with University of Michigan varsity student-athletes. The goal is to have fun while stressing the importance of mastering sport-specific fundamentals, doing well in school, and living a healthy lifestyle. Please visit our website for more information and to download a registration form!
Oosterbaan Field House, 1202 S State St. $20. 734-764-1342. kidsport@umich.edu www.kines.umich.edu/umove/u-meet-the-athlete [map]
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 6-10 p.m.  Free! 

"Full Moon Campfire": Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy.

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All invited to enjoy this monthly family-oriented campfire in one of the largest conservancy-owned nature preserves in southeast Michigan. Bring campfire refreshments, blankets, and chairs; firewood appreciated. Gates open at 5 p.m.
Various evening times, LeFurge Woods, 2252 N. Prospect Rd. ( 1/2 mile north of Geddes), Superior Twp. Free; donations accepted. 484-6565. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"A Night at the Circus Party": Ringstar Studio.

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All invited to try out circus toys, including an aerial hammock, a lyra (aerial hoop), a climbing rope, fitness ring, and a cargo net. Also, performances by the Ring of Steel Action Theatre and Stunt Troupe. Kids must be accompanied by a parent.
8 p.m., Ringstar Studio, 3907 Varsity Dr. (north off Ellsworth west of Stone School). $10. 320-1147. [map]
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Sunday


November 2013
 1-1:40 p.m.  Free! 

"Dancing Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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First Steps Washtenaw instructor Monica Higman leads infants through 5-year-olds (accompanied by an adult) in a program of music and movement.
1-1:40 p.m., AADL Traverwood Branch, 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 1 p.m. 

"Gulliver's Travels": Ann Arbor Civic Theatre Junior Theatre.

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Nov. 14-17. John Hill directs young local actors in Don Fleming's adaptation of Jonathan Swift's satire about an 18th-century gentleman whose travels introduce him to many strange peoples, from the tiny Lilliputians to the gigantic Brobdingnagians.
7:30 p.m. (Nov. 14-16) & 1 p.m. (Nov. 16 & 17), WCC College Theatre, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $8 (kids, $5) in advance and at the door. 971-2228. [map]
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 1 & 3 p.m. 

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

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Nov. 2, 3, 16, & 17. Museum staff give family-friendly science demos. Nov. 2 & 3: "Mind Over Matter" includes experiments with extreme states of solids, liquids, and gases. Nov. 16 & 17: "Good Vibes" features sound experiments, including the chance to see a flame extinguished by sound.
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! 

"Children's Tellabration": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Storytelling program, with lots of audience participation, for kids in grades K-5 with Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild members Star Burton-West, Elizabeth James, Darryl Mickens, and Glen Modell. The stories are interpreted in American Sign Language by club member Anna Haines-Smith.
2-3 p.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 327-8301, 662-3770. [map]
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 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Cooking Up a Comet": U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. (except Dec. 1 & 7), Nov. 2-Dec. 22. Hands-on 20-minute family-oriented demo that involves making a comet, observing its changes, and exploring the methods scientists use to identify the "ingredients" of objects in space.
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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 3:30-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Taste of HDS: Super Scientists": Hebrew Day School of Ann Arbor.

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Hebrew Day School of Ann Arbor welcomes preschoolers and their parents to this unique hands-on event. Children will engage in scientific discovery and experimentation, led by HDS second grade teacher Leah Kessler. Snack will be provided.
HDS @ the Jewish Community Center of Ann Arbor, 2937 Birch Hollow Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48108. Free. 734-971-4633. admissions@hdsaa.org www.hdsaa.org [map]
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 3:30-5pm 

Weekend Drop in Play at Lamaze!: Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor.

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Drop in and enjoy playing with your little one(s) (ages 6 months - 3 years welcome) in our cheerful safe play space. We will have lots of toys for all ages to play with. There's a slide, kitchen, ride-on toys and tons of other options. We'll even be bringing in the swings and Jump-a-roo for the little ones.
This is an open play session. Parents/caregivers supervise and socialize. Bring a friend, bring the kids and let them play while you get a chance to chat or meet new friends while you are here. We will have free coffee for the grown-ups, and there are healthy snacks available for a small suggested donation. You are welcome to bring your own snacks for your family (no peanuts/ peanut products please).
If you are bringing more than one child to play, please call our office at (734)973-1014 to pre-register or plan to pay at the door. Credit, checks and cash accepted.
Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor, 2855 Boardwalk. $5 per child. 734-973-1014. info@lamazefamilycenter.org www.lamazefamilycenter.org [map]
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