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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
 3:30-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Kids Play Chess": Chelsea District Library.

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Chess Club volunteer Cindy Blum and veteran chess teacher John Smalec help kids ages 5-12 learn to play chess or improve their current chess skills.
3:30-5 p.m., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]
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 4:15 p.m.  Free! 

"Bingo for Books": Saline District Library.

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Nov. 18 & 19. All kids grades 2-6 invited to play bingo to win books.
4:15-5 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. Preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]
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 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Science Fair Expo": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Clague Middle School science teacher Soon Morningstar discusses what you need to plan and assemble a successful science fair project. For teens in grade 6 & up and their parents.
7-8 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [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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 4:15 p.m.  Free! 

"Bingo for Books": Saline District Library.

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Nov. 18 & 19. All kids grades 2-6 invited to play bingo to win books.
4:15-5 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. Preregistration required. 429-5450. [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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 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Preschool Open Play": Chelsea District Library.

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Supervised play for kids age 4 & under accompanied by a caregiver. Coffee for the adults.
10:30-11:30 a.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [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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 6-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Hunger Games Party": Chelsea District Library.

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All teens ages 13-17 invited for games, a craft, and a trivia contest in preparation for the Nov. 22 release of the new Hunger Games movie Catching Fire. Pizza dinner.
6-8:30 p.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]
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 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Drummunity Circle".

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Lori Fithian, a local drummer and drum teacher, leads a drum circle. Instruments provided, or bring your own. Kids welcome. Preceded at 6:45 p.m. by a brief drum lesson.
7-9 p.m., Crazy Wisdom Bookstore, 114 S. Main. Free. 426-7818. [map]
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Thursday


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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 10 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. 

"The Firebird": Wild Swan Theater.

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Nov. 21-24. This award-winning local children's theater presents Russia's most famous folktale, with dancing and music. In the course of a perilous journey to recover the elusive Firebird and save his family's kingdom, young Prince Ivan must overcome the horrible witch Baba Yaga, Nurl the Gnome, Sistchik the Snake King, and the ogre Koschey the Deathless. Live balalaika music by local musicians David Mosher and Nan Nelson. Suitable for kids ages 4 & over. As with all Wild Swan productions, the performance is interpreted in American Sign Language. Audio description and backstage "touch" tours are available by prearrangement for blind audience members.
10 a.m. (Nov. 21 & 22), 12:30 p.m. (Nov. 21 & 22), & 2 p.m. (Nov. 23 & 24), WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $15 (youth and seniors, $10; $3 lap passes available for kids age 1 & under) in advance at wildswantheater.org and by phone, and at the door. 995-0530. [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! 

Caldecott Club: Saline District Library.

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Kids in kindergarten and 1st grade invited to listen to picture books, discuss the art and words, and vote for a favorite. Snacks.
4:15-5 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

"Annie": Young People's Theater.

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Nov. 21-24. Jayme Kelmigian directs young local actors in Charles Strouse, Martin Charnin, and Thomas Meehan's upbeat, Tony Award-winning 1976 musical comedy inspired by the Little Orphan Annie comic strip. Set in Depression-era New York, the plot follows the adventures of the plucky Annie and her faithful sidekick pup Sandy as they escape an orphanage run by the despicable Miss Hannigan and eventually find a home with the millionaire Daddy Warbucks, rubbing elbows with FDR along the way. Songs include "Tomorrow," "We'd Like to Thank You, Herbert Hoover," "Hard-Knock Life," and "Easy Street."
7 p.m. (Nov. 21-23), 1 p.m. (Nov. 23), & 2 p.m. (Nov. 24), Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 North University. Tickets $15 (students age 18 & under & seniors age 65 & older, $10) in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office, muto.umich.edu, & by phone, and (if available) at the door. 763-TKTS. [map]
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Friday


November 2013
 10 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. 

"The Firebird": Wild Swan Theater.

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Nov. 21-24. This award-winning local children's theater presents Russia's most famous folktale, with dancing and music. In the course of a perilous journey to recover the elusive Firebird and save his family's kingdom, young Prince Ivan must overcome the horrible witch Baba Yaga, Nurl the Gnome, Sistchik the Snake King, and the ogre Koschey the Deathless. Live balalaika music by local musicians David Mosher and Nan Nelson. Suitable for kids ages 4 & over. As with all Wild Swan productions, the performance is interpreted in American Sign Language. Audio description and backstage "touch" tours are available by prearrangement for blind audience members.
10 a.m. (Nov. 21 & 22), 12:30 p.m. (Nov. 21 & 22), & 2 p.m. (Nov. 23 & 24), WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $15 (youth and seniors, $10; $3 lap passes available for kids age 1 & under) in advance at wildswantheater.org and by phone, and at the door. 995-0530. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

"Annie": Young People's Theater.

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Nov. 21-24. Jayme Kelmigian directs young local actors in Charles Strouse, Martin Charnin, and Thomas Meehan's upbeat, Tony Award-winning 1976 musical comedy inspired by the Little Orphan Annie comic strip. Set in Depression-era New York, the plot follows the adventures of the plucky Annie and her faithful sidekick pup Sandy as they escape an orphanage run by the despicable Miss Hannigan and eventually find a home with the millionaire Daddy Warbucks, rubbing elbows with FDR along the way. Songs include "Tomorrow," "We'd Like to Thank You, Herbert Hoover," "Hard-Knock Life," and "Easy Street."
7 p.m. (Nov. 21-23), 1 p.m. (Nov. 23), & 2 p.m. (Nov. 24), Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 North University. Tickets $15 (students age 18 & under & seniors age 65 & older, $10) in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office, muto.umich.edu, & by phone, and (if available) at the door. 763-TKTS. [map]
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Saturday


November 2013
 9:30-11 a.m. 

Harvest Celebration!: Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor.

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Join us for a Harvest Celebration! Bring your little ones, 18 months-5 years, to enjoy a morning of harvest crafts, activities, snack and free play. This is a great opportunity for those families who cannot attend our weekday classes to enjoy meeting other families in the community as well as a great time for the kids. Families who are able to attend our classes on weekedays, please come and have a great time on the weekend as well.
In conjunction with the Harvest Celebration, we will also have an optional handprint or footprint tile making activity. For a $30 donation to Lamaze, you will have the opportunity to make 3 tiles that feature your child's handprint or footprint. One tile will be permanently displayed in our toddler room, and you'll take 2 tiles home. These tiles make great gifts or keepsakes!
Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor, 2855 Boardwalk. $10 per child. 734-973-1014. info@lamazefamilycenter.org www.lamazefamilycenter.org [map]
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 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

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

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Nov. 23 & 24. Museum staff lead various hands-on activities.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Nov. 23) & noon-4 p.m. (Nov. 24), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. $10 regular admission (members & infants, free). 995-5439. [map]
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 10 a.m.-noon 

"Kids Are Chefs, Too!": U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens.

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Kids, accompanied by a parent, invited to make applesauce, pumpkin pie, and stuffing using seasonings that come from plants similar to the ones found in the conservatory.
10 a.m.-noon, Matthaei, 1800 N. Dixboro. $8 per child; metered parking. Preregistration recommended. 647-7600. [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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 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 p.m. 

"Annie": Young People's Theater.

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Nov. 21-24. Jayme Kelmigian directs young local actors in Charles Strouse, Martin Charnin, and Thomas Meehan's upbeat, Tony Award-winning 1976 musical comedy inspired by the Little Orphan Annie comic strip. Set in Depression-era New York, the plot follows the adventures of the plucky Annie and her faithful sidekick pup Sandy as they escape an orphanage run by the despicable Miss Hannigan and eventually find a home with the millionaire Daddy Warbucks, rubbing elbows with FDR along the way. Songs include "Tomorrow," "We'd Like to Thank You, Herbert Hoover," "Hard-Knock Life," and "Easy Street."
7 p.m. (Nov. 21-23), 1 p.m. (Nov. 23), & 2 p.m. (Nov. 24), Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 North University. Tickets $15 (students age 18 & under & seniors age 65 & older, $10) in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office, muto.umich.edu, & by phone, and (if available) at the door. 763-TKTS. [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 p.m. 

"The Firebird": Wild Swan Theater.

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Nov. 21-24. This award-winning local children's theater presents Russia's most famous folktale, with dancing and music. In the course of a perilous journey to recover the elusive Firebird and save his family's kingdom, young Prince Ivan must overcome the horrible witch Baba Yaga, Nurl the Gnome, Sistchik the Snake King, and the ogre Koschey the Deathless. Live balalaika music by local musicians David Mosher and Nan Nelson. Suitable for kids ages 4 & over. As with all Wild Swan productions, the performance is interpreted in American Sign Language. Audio description and backstage "touch" tours are available by prearrangement for blind audience members.
10 a.m. (Nov. 21 & 22), 12:30 p.m. (Nov. 21 & 22), & 2 p.m. (Nov. 23 & 24), WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $15 (youth and seniors, $10; $3 lap passes available for kids age 1 & under) in advance at wildswantheater.org and by phone, and at the door. 995-0530. [map]
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Sunday


November 2013
 10:30 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Hanukkah Celebration: Ann Arbor Jewish Cultural Society.

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Family-oriented program featuring candle lighting, singing & dancing, bounce houses, games, and a Hanukkah Shop where-for a nominal cost--kids can purchase gifts for family and friends. Lots and lots of latkes. All invited.
10:30 a.m.-noon, Jewish Community Center, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). Free. 975-9872. [map]
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 Noon-4 p.m. 

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

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Nov. 23 & 24. Museum staff lead various hands-on activities.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Nov. 23) & noon-4 p.m. (Nov. 24), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. $10 regular admission (members & infants, free). 995-5439. [map]
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 1-3:30 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Cooks! Parent/Child: Together at the Table.

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Sometimes a cookbook isn't the only place to get a great recipe. If you live around people who love to cook, share, and eat, then consider yourself lucky! I happen to be one of those people and am able to share some wonderful recipes from my friends. Full participation. On the menu is a Jon's Pull-Apart Rolls. This bread is buttery and dense, which is why we love it, and it goes so well with Carlene's Chickpea Chili (vegetarian optional). A meal is never complete in my neighborhood without Susanna's Fennel Vinaigrette over Mixed Greens. And of course, for the sweet tooth we have Nikki's Best Brownie Bars. Looking forward to cooking and sharing with you in our kitchen. 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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 2 p.m. 

"Annie": Young People's Theater.

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Nov. 21-24. Jayme Kelmigian directs young local actors in Charles Strouse, Martin Charnin, and Thomas Meehan's upbeat, Tony Award-winning 1976 musical comedy inspired by the Little Orphan Annie comic strip. Set in Depression-era New York, the plot follows the adventures of the plucky Annie and her faithful sidekick pup Sandy as they escape an orphanage run by the despicable Miss Hannigan and eventually find a home with the millionaire Daddy Warbucks, rubbing elbows with FDR along the way. Songs include "Tomorrow," "We'd Like to Thank You, Herbert Hoover," "Hard-Knock Life," and "Easy Street."
7 p.m. (Nov. 21-23), 1 p.m. (Nov. 23), & 2 p.m. (Nov. 24), Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 North University. Tickets $15 (students age 18 & under & seniors age 65 & older, $10) in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office, muto.umich.edu, & by phone, and (if available) at the door. 763-TKTS. [map]
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 2-3:30 p.m. 

"Snow Queen Tutus": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All kids in grades K-5 invited to make a Snow Queen tutu in anticipation of the release of the Disney movie Frozen.
2-3:30 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 E. Eisenhower (between Stone School & Packard). Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 2 p.m. 

"The Firebird": Wild Swan Theater.

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Nov. 21-24. This award-winning local children's theater presents Russia's most famous folktale, with dancing and music. In the course of a perilous journey to recover the elusive Firebird and save his family's kingdom, young Prince Ivan must overcome the horrible witch Baba Yaga, Nurl the Gnome, Sistchik the Snake King, and the ogre Koschey the Deathless. Live balalaika music by local musicians David Mosher and Nan Nelson. Suitable for kids ages 4 & over. As with all Wild Swan productions, the performance is interpreted in American Sign Language. Audio description and backstage "touch" tours are available by prearrangement for blind audience members.
10 a.m. (Nov. 21 & 22), 12:30 p.m. (Nov. 21 & 22), & 2 p.m. (Nov. 23 & 24), WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $15 (youth and seniors, $10; $3 lap passes available for kids age 1 & under) in advance at wildswantheater.org and by phone, and at the door. 995-0530. [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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