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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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Tuesday


December 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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 6 p.m.  Free! 

Story Time: Bookbound.

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Every Tues. & Thurs., except Dec. 24 & 31. Linda Zimmer reads stories for kids age 6 & under.
6 p.m. (Tues.) & 10:30 a.m. (Thurs.), Bookbound, 1729 Plymouth, Courtyard Shops. Free. 369-4345. [map]
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Wednesday


December 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 a.m.  Free! 

"Storytime with the Zoo": Nicola's Books/Great Lakes Zoological Society.

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Dec. 4, 11, & 18. A storyteller reads animal-themed children's books. Also, animal crafts and a critter corner with live animals.
10:30 a.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
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 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Storytime with the Zoo": Nicola's Books/Great Lakes Zoological Society.

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Dec. 4, 11, & 18. A storyteller reads animal-themed children's books. Also, animal crafts and a critter corner with live animals.
10:30 a.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [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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 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Block Printing": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Adults and youth in grade 9 & up invited to learn to make linocut prints using linoleum blocks. Supplies provided.
6:30-8:30 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 E. Eisenhower between Stone School & Packard. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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Thursday


December 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 a.m.  Free! 

Story Time: Bookbound.

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Every Tues. & Thurs., except Dec. 24 & 31. Linda Zimmer reads stories for kids age 6 & under.
6 p.m. (Tues.) & 10:30 a.m. (Thurs.), Bookbound, 1729 Plymouth, Courtyard Shops. Free. 369-4345. [map]
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 1 & 4 p.m. 

"Tea with the Fairies": Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room.

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Crazy Wisdom staff dress up as fairies to sprinkle fairy dust and serve tea, petits fours, and cookies to kids and their families. Also, fairy stories and readings. Bring your own fairy wings and dolls.
1 & 4 p.m., Crazy Wisdom, 114 S. Main. $11 (babies age 18 months & younger, free). Preregistration required. 665-2757. [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 p.m.  Free! 

Pageturners: Saline District Library.

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Book discussion group for kids in grade 4 & up. Book TBA. Snacks.
4:15-5 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. Preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]
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 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

"Recycled Crafts To Keep Kids Warm": Leslie Science & Nature Center.

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All invited to learn how to make scarves, mittens, an slippers from discarded jeans and sweaters. Admission is free if you bring outgrown kids winter outerwear to donate for use by kids who arrive at LSNC programs not quite prepared for the weather.
6:30-8:30 p.m., Leslie Science Center, 1831 Traver. $5. 997-1553. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

"One Sleepy Night": Hart Entertainment.

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Dec. 5-7 & 14. Local actors premiere Don Hart and Jay Sappington's new family-friendly musical about a reclusive grandfather who avoids a family shopping expedition to stay at home with his granddaughter and decorate the Christmas tree. As he tells her the Christmas story, a play within the play unfolds, with members of the modern family becoming wise men and shepherds in ancient Bethlehem. The Dec. 14 show at the Michigan Theater is preceded by Christmas carols on the organ, treats in the lobby, and (possibly) a reindeer outside the theater.
7 p.m. (Dec. 5-7 & 14) & 2 p.m. (Dec. 7), Ann Street Music Room (except Dec. 14, Michigan Theater), 812 Ann St., Ypsilanti. Dec. 5-7 tickets, $15 (kids, $8) in advance at onesleepynight.com; Dec. 14 tickets, $20 in advance at ticketmaster.com. 973-6010. [map]
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Friday


December 2013
 5-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Fun Friday": U-M Natural History Museum.

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With screenings of the 30-minute planetarium show Star Talk (5:30, 6:30, 7:30, & 8:30 p.m.) about what you can see in the current night sky, a reading astronaut Mark Kelly's Mousetronaut (6 & 7 p.m.) with images from the book projected on the planetarium dome, planetarium dome, the interactive demo "Cooking Up a Comet" (6 p.m.), and 30-minute dinosaur tours (7 & 8 p.m.).
5-9 p.m., Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free admission. Planetarium shows are $3. 764-0478. [map]
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 6-10 p.m. 

"5th Annual KindleFest": Kerrytown District Association.

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A holiday sale featuring local artisans and farmers, live music, a lantern parade, and fire pits to roast s'mores and chestnuts. Beer, mulled wine, and food available. Tonight is also "Midnight Madness" (6 p.m.-midnight) in the Kerrytown Market & Shops, with special holiday sales, live music, and more.
6-10 p.m., Farmers Market, Kerrytown. Free admission. 662-5008. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Tree lighting ceremony: Saline Area Chamber of Commerce.

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A chance to view the Christmas tree. Also, a carol sing-along and hot chocolate & cookies.
7 p.m., downtown Saline in front of Key Bank. Free. 429-4494.
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 7-9 p.m. 

"Midnight Madness": Main Street Area Association.

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Many merchants are open late tonight with special sales. Appearances by Santa and Miss Washtenaw County. Sidewalk entertainment TBA. Also, Santa's Mailbox is accepting letters (postage to North Pole courtesy of the MSAA) Nov. 29-Dec. 17 in front of Literati Bookstore (124 E. Washington; include a return address to receive a response from Santa).
7-9 p.m. (some stores open later), Main Street shopping areas. Free admission. 668-7112.
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 7 p.m. 

"One Sleepy Night": Hart Entertainment.

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Dec. 5-7 & 14. Local actors premiere Don Hart and Jay Sappington's new family-friendly musical about a reclusive grandfather who avoids a family shopping expedition to stay at home with his granddaughter and decorate the Christmas tree. As he tells her the Christmas story, a play within the play unfolds, with members of the modern family becoming wise men and shepherds in ancient Bethlehem. The Dec. 14 show at the Michigan Theater is preceded by Christmas carols on the organ, treats in the lobby, and (possibly) a reindeer outside the theater.
7 p.m. (Dec. 5-7 & 14) & 2 p.m. (Dec. 7), Ann Street Music Room (except Dec. 14, Michigan Theater), 812 Ann St., Ypsilanti. Dec. 5-7 tickets, $15 (kids, $8) in advance at onesleepynight.com; Dec. 14 tickets, $20 in advance at ticketmaster.com. 973-6010. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Polar Express Pajama Party": Barnes & Noble.

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Barnes & Noble staff (in costume) present an interactive reading of Chris Van Allsburg's Caldecott Medal-winning tale of a magical train ride on Christmas Eve. The reading includes the ringing of silver bells and other fun activities. For kids age 3 & up, who are invited to come in bedtime attire (complete with pillows and stuffed animals).
7 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 3235 Washtenaw. Free. Reservations required. 973-0846. [map]
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Saturday


December 2013
 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Annual Holiday Bazaar and Children's Faire: Rudolf Steiner School.

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An artisan market, a toy room, storytelling and puppet theater, and activities, including jump rope winding and candle dipping. Musical performances, raffle, and refreshments. Preceded on Dec. 6 by an adults-only preview night (5-8 p.m.).
9 a.m.-4 p.m., Rudolf Steiner School, 2775 Newport Rd. Free admission. 995-4141. [map]
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 9-10 a.m. 

"Breakfast with Santa": Briarwood.

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All kids, accompanied by a parent, invited for hot breakfast, cookie decorating, and storytelling by Santa. Proceeds benefit the Family Hope Fund at Mott Children's Hospital.
9-10 a.m., California Pizza Kitchen at Briarwood. $10 in advance at the guest services booth in the Von Maur wing. 769-9610. [map]
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 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Comet Discovery Day": U-M Natural History Museum.

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This family-oriented program features a chance to make comets and craters, and learn about telescopes, light, and waves. Comet talks at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., and screenings of Impact Earth, an audiovisual planetarium show about objects that can and do hit the Earth, on the half hour. Held in conjunction with the anticipated celestial spectacle as the new discovered comet ISON moves away from the sun in early December.
9 a.m.-5 p.m., U-M Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free admission. Planetarium shows are $5. 764-0478. [map]
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 9:15 & 11 a.m. 

Milk and Cookies with Santa: Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor.

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Calling all little ones to celebrate a baby/toddler-friendly Santa party here at Lamaze Family Center. Your child will have the opportunity play, make a craft, play games, share a treat and meet Santa. You can also get your child's picture taken, either with Santa or just with happy smilies, and experience a taste of the amazing work of Cheryl Hall for a small donation to LFCAA of $30/ 1 child or $40/ 2 or more siblings. Come join us and get your Holidays started out right!
Fee is $10 per child
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. $10 per child. 734-973-1014. info@lamazefamilycenter.org www.lamazefamilycenter.org [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. 

"Christmas on the Farm and at Dewey School": Waterloo Area Farm Museum.

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Dec. 7 & 8. This German immigrant pioneer homestead comes alive with the sights, sounds, and smells of a rural 1880s Michigan Christmas. Also, the log house features 1840s décor. Singers perform traditional holiday songs, and a blacksmith works at the forge. Docent-guided tours of the 2-story brick farmhouse and of the school, bake sale, and greens sale. Refreshments.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Dec. 7) & noon-4 p.m. (Dec. 8), Waterloo Area Farm Museum, 9998 Waterloo Rd. (left off Clear Lake Rd. from I-94 exit 153), Chelsea. $5 admission (kids ages 5-12, $2; age 4 & under, free). (517) 596-2254. [map]
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 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 

"Visit Santa!": Kerrytown Market and Shops.

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Every Sat. except Dec. 29. Humans of Ann Arbor photographer Susan K. Campbell is on hand to take photos, which will be posted on one of the Kerrytown Market and Shops trees the following week.
10 a.m.-1 p.m., Kerrytown. Free. 662-5008. [map]
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 10 a.m.-noon 

"Winter-Green": U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens.

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All kids, accompanied by a parent, invited to learn about winter greens and create an evergreen or star- and snowflake-themed decoration to take home.
10 a.m.-noon, Matthaei, 1800 N. Dixboro. $8 per child; metered parking. Preregistration requested. 647-7600. [map]
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 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 

Spanish Playgroup: Manzanitas Spanish Immersion Preschool.

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Spanish stories and songs geared toward kids ages 6 months to 5 years, accompanied by a parent. Siblings welcome.
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Manzanitas, 511 Miller. Free. (Park in the church lot off Chapin.) 369-6563. [map]
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 11 a.m.  Free! 

Storytime: Literati Bookstore.

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Every Sat. 15-minute story time geared toward very young children.
11 a.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]
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 11 a.m. 

Storytime: Literati Bookstore.

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Every Sat. 15-minute story time geared toward very young children.
11 a.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [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 p.m. 

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

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Dec. 7, 8, 21, & 22. Museum staff give family-friendly science demos. Dec. 7 & 8: "Mighty Motion" offers gravity, inertia, and air resistance experiments, including the chance to see a tray of eggs launched with a broom. Dec. 21 & 22: "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 p.m. 

Gingerbread House Decorating: Cranbrook Whole Foods Market.

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Dec. 7 & 14. Demo by a Whole Foods staffer. Followed by a chance to make your own gingerbread house. Particularly geared toward kids, accompanied by a parent or grandparent.
2 p.m., Whole Foods, Eisenhower & Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Cranbrook Village shopping center. $19.99 gingerbread house kit fee. Preregistration required. 997-7500.
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 2 & 7 p.m. 

"One Sleepy Night": Hart Entertainment.

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Dec. 5-7 & 14. Local actors premiere Don Hart and Jay Sappington's new family-friendly musical about a reclusive grandfather who avoids a family shopping expedition to stay at home with his granddaughter and decorate the Christmas tree. As he tells her the Christmas story, a play within the play unfolds, with members of the modern family becoming wise men and shepherds in ancient Bethlehem. The Dec. 14 show at the Michigan Theater is preceded by Christmas carols on the organ, treats in the lobby, and (possibly) a reindeer outside the theater.
7 p.m. (Dec. 5-7 & 14) & 2 p.m. (Dec. 7), Ann Street Music Room (except Dec. 14, Michigan Theater), 812 Ann St., Ypsilanti. Dec. 5-7 tickets, $15 (kids, $8) in advance at onesleepynight.com; Dec. 14 tickets, $20 in advance at ticketmaster.com. 973-6010. [map]
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 4 p.m. 

"Sing Along with Santa": Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra.

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This popular annual family concert features a carol sing-along led by former orchestra staff member Charley Sullivan as Santa. Musicians include bassist Erin Zurbuchen and pianist Lori Zupan. Santa also reads 'Twas the Night Before Christmas. Followed by cookies, apple cider, and photos with Santa.
4 p.m., Bethlehem United Church of Christ, 423 S. Fourth Ave. Tickets $12 (kids, $8; family of 6 or fewer, $35) in advance at the AASO office (220 E. Huron, suite 470) & at a2so.com, and at the door. 994-4801. [map]
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 5:30-7 p.m.  Free! 

Annual Holiday Parade: Saline Area Chamber of Commerce.

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The 38th annual parade features floats, bands, baton twirlers, unicyclists, dancers, Mrs. Claus, horses, goats, dogs, Santa in his sleigh with his chief elf, a train boxcar, a hot air balloon, and more. Followed by a chance for kids to visit "Santa's Village" at Stone Arch Arts & Events.
5:30-7 p.m., downtown Saline. Free. 429-4494.
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 5:30-7 p.m.  Free! 

Annual Holiday Parade: Saline Area Chamber of Commerce.

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The 38th annual parade features floats, bands, baton twirlers, unicyclists, dancers, Mrs. Claus, horses, goats, dogs, Santa in his sleigh with his chief elf, a train boxcar, a hot air balloon, and more. Followed by a chance for kids to visit "Santa's Village."
5:30-7 p.m., downtown Saline. Free. 429-4494.
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 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

Saline Annual Holiday Parade: Saline Area Chamber of Commerce.

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This year's Parade theme is "A Charlie Brown Christmas" with Floats, Bands, Baton Twirlers, Unicyclists, Hot Air Balloon, Train Boxcar, Dance Alliance, Mrs. Claus, Horses, Donkeys, Goats, Dogs, and Santa arriving in his Sleigh with his chief Elf.
Downtown Saline, Michigan Ave, Saline. Free. 734-429-4494. office@salinechamber.org www.salinechamber.org
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Sunday


December 2013
 9-10 a.m.  Free! 

"Caring Santa": Briarwood.

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All kids with special needs are invited for a "sensory friendly" visit with Santa. The event is held when the mall is closed to create a calmer environment.
9-10 a.m., Briarwood. Free. 769-9610. [map]
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 10 a.m.-noon 

Winter Wonders & Solstice: U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens.

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All kids, accompanied by a parent, invited to learn about the change of seasons, make decorations out of native plants and evergreens, and make a holiday card to take home.
10 a.m.-noon, Matthaei, 1800 N. Dixboro. $10 per child. Metered parking. 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).

Sept. 20: Reading of Lois Elhert's Nuts to You! After the reading, the kids learn about different ways to watch squirrels and other animals that visit their yard.

Oct.18: Reading of Jennifer Ward's Forest Bright Forest Night. After the reading, the kids learn about animals that are active at night.

Nov. 15: Reading of Peggy Christian's If You Find a Rock. After the reading, the kids explore the LSNC trails to see how many kinds of rock they can find.

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10-11 a.m., Leslie Science Center, 1831 Traver Rd. $3 per child. 997-1553. [map]
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 Noon-4 p.m. 

"Christmas on the Farm and at Dewey School": Waterloo Area Farm Museum.

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Dec. 7 & 8. This German immigrant pioneer homestead comes alive with the sights, sounds, and smells of a rural 1880s Michigan Christmas. Also, the log house features 1840s décor. Singers perform traditional holiday songs, and a blacksmith works at the forge. Docent-guided tours of the 2-story brick farmhouse and of the school, bake sale, and greens sale. Refreshments.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Dec. 7) & noon-4 p.m. (Dec. 8), Waterloo Area Farm Museum, 9998 Waterloo Rd. (left off Clear Lake Rd. from I-94 exit 153), Chelsea. $5 admission (kids ages 5-12, $2; age 4 & under, free). (517) 596-2254. [map]
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 1 & 3 p.m. 

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

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Dec. 7, 8, 21, & 22. Museum staff give family-friendly science demos. Dec. 7 & 8: "Mighty Motion" offers gravity, inertia, and air resistance experiments, including the chance to see a tray of eggs launched with a broom. Dec. 21 & 22: "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. 

Ann Arbor TubaChristmas.

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All invited to bring an instrument and a music stand (with clothespins) to join around 40 players in this annual outdoor performance of holiday carols on tubas, euphoniums, sousaphones, and baritone horns. One of many outdoor concerts held today across the nation and in Canada in memory of TubaChristmas founder Harvey Phillips. Registration and rehearsal at the U-M School of Music Bldg. (1100 Baits, off Broadway, North Campus) begins at 9:30 a.m. Music books available ($16). Bring a lunch. Hats, gloves, and sunglasses recommended.
2-3 p.m., Farmers Market. $8. Free to spectators. 395-9544.
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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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