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Family, Teens, & Kids Stuff - Week of June 19, 2017

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


June 2017
 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Playgroups for Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon. Play group for kids up to 24 months, accompanied by an adult. No older siblings. Note: Play groups are also offered at 3 AADL branches: Malletts Creek (Tues., 10-11 a.m. & Thurs., 6:30-7:30 p.m.), 3090 E. Eisenhower between Stone School & Packard; Pittsfield (Wed., except May 17, 11 a.m.-noon), 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd.; Westgate (Thurs. 2-3 p.m.), Westgate shopping center, 2503 Jackson; and Traverwood (Fri. 10:30-11:30 a.m.) 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy.
10:30-11:30 a.m., AADL, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 10:30-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Preschool ArtStart": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Craft activity for preschoolers ages 2-5 accompanied by an adult. Siblings welcome.
10:30-11 a.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 11 a.m.  Free! 

Guy Louis' Family Fun Concert: Dexter District Library.

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An all-ages performance by this multi-instrumentalist from Shelby Twp. who performs upbeat world music. This is the library's Summer Reading Program Kick-Off, which includes a chance to sign up for summer reading programs. Followed by refreshments at the farmers' market and a chance to play old-time baseball using 1860s rules with the Dexter Union Baseball Team.
11 a.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]


 2 & 7 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Japan Week 2017.

  community member   < less AAJW save the date

The Center for Japanese Studies proudly presents the third annual Ann Arbor Japan Week. Ann Arbor Japan Week will return in summer 2017 with special free kickoff movie screening events on June 11th and 18th at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor. Last year's kickoff screening of the animated film Only Yesterday offered in partnership with the Cinetopia International Film Festival attracted over 400 people. This year, we are delighted to screen Hirune Hime, also known as Ancien and the Magic Tablet, for Ann Arbor Japan Week kickoff events.
Ann Arbor Japan Week 2017 will bring back some of the most successful events from previous years, including a taiko drumming performance, storytime and crafts at the University of Michigan Museum of Art, a martial arts demonstration, a sushi making lesson, and a shibori dyeing workshop.
Ann Arbor (locations vary), N/A. Free. N/A. umcjs@umich.edu https://www.ii.umich.edu/cjs/



 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Pom-Pom Launchers": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All kids in grades K-5 invited to use household items to make a launcher that can send small pom-poms flying. Materials provided.
2-3 p.m., AADL AADL Traverwood Branch, 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 2-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Summer 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.
2-3:30 p.m., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


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Tuesday


June 2017
 9:30 a.m. 

"The Little Scientist Club": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Every Tues. & Sat. Crafts, science-themed stories, and hands-on activities for young kids, accompanied by a parent. Geared toward kids ages 3-6; older siblings welcome.
10:30-11:30 a.m. (Sat.) & 9:30-10:30 a.m. (Tues.), AAHOM Green Room (lower level), 220 E. Ann. $12 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]


 10:30 a.m.-noon 

Mothers Group: Ann Arbor Baby Beginnings.

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Are you a new mom looking to meet other moms and share the joys and stresses of parenthood? Designed for moms and their babies from newborn to crawling, our Mothers Group provides vital support and information for new moms. Each group meeting begins with discussion on a topic pertinent to newborn development and parenting. Many moms form friendships in this group that last for years! Whether you have only a short maternity leave, or will be home with your baby for longer, don't miss out on the invaluable resources this group has to offer. Though run in 6 week sessions, you may join at anytime at a prorated rate (call or email to prorate). Not sure you want to commit? You can always try your first class for free--just email us to let us know to expect you.
New session starts June 20th!
Align Chiropractic, 2464 East Stadium Blvd. $100/Six Weeks. 734-221-0158. info@annarborbabybeginnings.com www.annarborbabybeginnings.com [map]



 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.
9:30-10:15 & 10:30-11:15 a.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 11 a.m.  Free! 

Drop-In Family Storytime: Saline District Library.

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Half-hour story time for kids age 2 & up, accompanied by a caregiver. Also, "Drop-In Book Babies" (10 a.m. on July 3, 17, & 31) for kids under 2, accompanied by a caregiver (each baby needs an adult lap).
11 a.m. (Tues. & Wed.) and 3 & 6:30 p.m. (Tues. only), SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 429-5450. [map]


 11 a.m.  Free! 

"Graphic Novels for Kids": Dexter District Library.

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Kids entering grades 4-6 invited to read and discuss graphic novels TBA. Snacks & crafts.
11 a.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free; preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]


 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Make a Maraca": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All kids in grades K-5 invited to make their own maraca shaker.
1-2 p.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Balloon Critters": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All kids in grades K-5 invited to turn balloons into fun creatures.
2-3 p.m., AADL Westgate Branch West Side Room, Westgate shopping center, 2503 Jackson. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 2-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Sensational Cezanne": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All kids in grades 3-8 invited to learn about and do a still-life painting in the style of the iconic French Post-Impressionist Paul Cezanne.
2-3:30 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 E. Eisenhower (between Stone School & Packard). Free. 327-8301. [map]


 3 & 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Japan Week 2017.

  community member   < less AAJW save the date

The Center for Japanese Studies proudly presents the third annual Ann Arbor Japan Week. Ann Arbor Japan Week will return in summer 2017 with special free kickoff movie screening events on June 11th and 18th at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor. Last year's kickoff screening of the animated film Only Yesterday offered in partnership with the Cinetopia International Film Festival attracted over 400 people. This year, we are delighted to screen Hirune Hime, also known as Ancien and the Magic Tablet, for Ann Arbor Japan Week kickoff events.
Ann Arbor Japan Week 2017 will bring back some of the most successful events from previous years, including a taiko drumming performance, storytime and crafts at the University of Michigan Museum of Art, a martial arts demonstration, a sushi making lesson, and a shibori dyeing workshop.
Ann Arbor (locations vary), N/A. Free. N/A. umcjs@umich.edu https://www.ii.umich.edu/cjs/



 5 p.m.-midnight  Free! 

"Top of the Park": Ann Arbor Summer Festival.

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Every Tues.-Sun., June 9-July 2. A beloved summer tradition continues this year with live music, followed at 10 p.m. (Sun. & Tues.-Thurs.) by free movies. Also, a KidZone activity tent, yoga and other fitness activities (5 p.m. on the Power Center lawn), food concessions from area restaurants, beer tastings (Tues., 5 p.m.), wine tastings (Wed., 5 p.m.), and more. Tonight: The Grand Rapids alt-country quintet Deep Greens & Blues (7 p.m.) and The Ben Daniels Band (8:30 p.m.), an Americana folk-rock quintet led by Chelsea singer-songwriter and guitarist Daniels, whose influences range from Robert Johnson to Dylan to Jack White. Also, eclectic local singer-songwriter and guitarist Adam Labeaux (5 p.m.) and singer-songwriters Jud Branam & Kevin Brown (6 p.m.), leaders of the local alt-country band Corndaddy. Tonight is "Bike Night" with free valet parking for bikes and free tune-ups (6-8 p.m., Rackham east lawn) and "Trivia Tuesday" (8:30-9:45 p.m.), a "Space Program Pre-Show Trivia" game hosted by Ann Arbor District Library staffers. The music is followed at 10 p.m. by Hidden Figures, Theodore Melfi's 2016 drama about the team of African American women mathematicians who played a vital role in the early years of the U.S. space program.
5 p.m.-midnight, Ingalls Mall at Washington. Free, but donations accepted. a2sf.org, 994-5999. [map]


 6 p.m. 

Story Time: Bookbound.

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Every Tues. & Sat. Linda Zimmer reads seasonal stories for kids age 6 & under.
11 a.m. (Sat.) & 6 p.m. (Tues.), Bookbound, 1729 Plymouth, Courtyard Shops. Free. 369-4345. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Felt Ball Fun": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local crafter Beth Battey shows all ages how to make a felt ball using cotton roving, soap, and water. Supplies provided.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 327-8301. [map]


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Wednesday


June 2017
 10 a.m.-noon 

"Pollinator Power!": U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens.

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Kids ages 5-10, accompanied by a parent, invited to learn about how pollinators interact with the flowering plants at Matthaei and what plants they can grow at home to attract pollinators.
10 a.m.-noon, Matthaei, 1800 N. Dixboro. $8; metered parking. Preregistration recommended. 647-7600. [map]


 11 a.m. & 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

Drop-In Family Storytime: Saline District Library.

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Half-hour story time for kids age 2 & up, accompanied by a caregiver. Also, "Drop-In Book Babies" (10 a.m. on July 3, 17, & 31) for kids under 2, accompanied by a caregiver (each baby needs an adult lap).
11 a.m. (Tues. & Wed.) and 3 & 6:30 p.m. (Tues. only), SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 429-5450. [map]


 Noon 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. All invited to play one of 100 songs, with melodies transcribed in numbers, on the 17-bell chime's numbered keys. Ambitious players can add chords. Local chimemaster Heather O'Neal demonstrates.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]


 12:30 p.m. 

Story Time: Domino's Petting Farm.

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June 7 & 21. Farm staffers read stories to kids ages 1-5, accompanied by a parent.
12:30 p.m., Domino's Petting Farm, 3001 Earhart Rd. (north off Plymouth). $6 regular admission (seniors, $5.40; kids age 23 months & under, free). 998-0182. [map]


 1 p.m. 

Make-and-Take Crafts: Dexter District Library.

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Kids in grades 3-6 invited to make crafts to take home. Materials provided. June 21: a chance to make a wooden box for storing tiny treasures. July 3: 4th of July crafts, including bracelets, key chains, and bookmarks. July 17: a chance to make an aquarium in a jar with ocean "slime."
1-2 p.m. (June) 11 a.m. (July), DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free; preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]


 3, 5, & 8 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Japan Week 2017.

  community member   < less AAJW save the date

The Center for Japanese Studies proudly presents the third annual Ann Arbor Japan Week. Ann Arbor Japan Week will return in summer 2017 with special free kickoff movie screening events on June 11th and 18th at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor. Last year's kickoff screening of the animated film Only Yesterday offered in partnership with the Cinetopia International Film Festival attracted over 400 people. This year, we are delighted to screen Hirune Hime, also known as Ancien and the Magic Tablet, for Ann Arbor Japan Week kickoff events.
Ann Arbor Japan Week 2017 will bring back some of the most successful events from previous years, including a taiko drumming performance, storytime and crafts at the University of Michigan Museum of Art, a martial arts demonstration, a sushi making lesson, and a shibori dyeing workshop.
Ann Arbor (locations vary), N/A. Free. N/A. umcjs@umich.edu https://www.ii.umich.edu/cjs/



 5 p.m.-midnight  Free! 

"Top of the Park": Ann Arbor Summer Festival.

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Every Tues.-Sun., June 9-July 2. A beloved summer tradition continues this year with live music, followed at 10 p.m. (Sun. & Tues.-Thurs.) by free movies. Also, a KidZone activity tent, yoga and other fitness activities (5 p.m. on the Power Center lawn), food concessions from area restaurants, beer tastings (Tues., 5 p.m.), wine tastings (Wed., 5 p.m.), and more. Tonight: Moxie Strings (7 p.m.), the local duo of former Dragon Wagon fiddler Diana Ladio and electric cellist Alison Lynn-who play a foot-stomping, rock-influenced fusion of traditional Celtic and Americana music-and the longtime popular local bluegrass band the RFD Boys (8:30 p.m.). Also, Brighton singer-songwriter Sydney Burnham (5 p.m.) and veteran local folk-rock singer-guitarist Dave Boutette (6 p.m.). The music is followed at 10 p.m. by Good Morning, Vietnam, Barry Levinson's 1987 comedic biopic that stars Robin Williams as irreverent DJ Adrian Cronauer, who was stationed with the U.S. Army in Vietnam.
5 p.m.-midnight, Ingalls Mall at Washington. Free, but donations accepted. a2sf.org, 994-5999. [map]


 6:30-7:15 p.m.  Free! 

"The Bubble Man": Saline District Library.

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Bubble creations by local kids entertainer Ron Lloyd.
6:30-7:15 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 429-5450. [map]


 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]


 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Robots in the Wild: Building Outdoor Robots": Michigan Robot Club.

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Club members give presentations on outdoor robotics and show how to convert old kids' riding jeeps into "JeepBots." Preceded at 6 p.m. by a Kids Robot Club meeting, with robot-building activities for kids ages 5-13, accompanied by a parent.
7-9 p.m., Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr. (off Airport Blvd. north of Ellsworth). Free. mirobotclub.com. [map]


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Thursday


June 2017
 10:30 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Junior Naturalist: Solar System Exploration": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Nature program for kids ages 7-12, led by WCPARC naturalist Kelsey Bolda.
10:30 a.m.-noon, Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennings (north off North Territorial), Dexter. Free, but preregistration required at parksonline.ewashtenaw.org (registration #841004, section B). $6 park entry fee. 971-6337. [map]


 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Junior Naturalist": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Nature program for kids ages 7-12, led by WCPARC naturalist Kelsey Bolda. June 22: "Solar System Exploration." July 8: "Marsh Madness." July 23: "Adventure Requirements."
10:30 a.m.-noon (except July 23, 2-4 p.m.), Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennings (north off North Territorial), Dexter. Free, but preregistration required at parksonline.ewashtenaw.org (registration #841004; section B for June; section C for July 8; section D for July 23). $6 vehicle entry fee. 971-6337. [map]


 10:30-11:15 a.m.  Free! 

"Robot Storytime": Chelsea District Library.

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CDL librarians presents a program of stories, rhymes, and songs about robots for kids ages 2-6 (accompanied by a parent). Followed by a craft activity.
10:30-11:15 a.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 11 a.m. and 2 & 6 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Japan Week 2017.

  community member   < less AAJW save the date

The Center for Japanese Studies proudly presents the third annual Ann Arbor Japan Week. Ann Arbor Japan Week will return in summer 2017 with special free kickoff movie screening events on June 11th and 18th at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor. Last year's kickoff screening of the animated film Only Yesterday offered in partnership with the Cinetopia International Film Festival attracted over 400 people. This year, we are delighted to screen Hirune Hime, also known as Ancien and the Magic Tablet, for Ann Arbor Japan Week kickoff events.
Ann Arbor Japan Week 2017 will bring back some of the most successful events from previous years, including a taiko drumming performance, storytime and crafts at the University of Michigan Museum of Art, a martial arts demonstration, a sushi making lesson, and a shibori dyeing workshop.
Ann Arbor (locations vary), N/A. Free. N/A. umcjs@umich.edu https://www.ii.umich.edu/cjs/



 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.  Free! 

"K-1 Fun": Saline District Library.

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Stories, crafts, and activities for kids entering kindergarten and first grade. Themes include "Ninja Fun" (June 22) and "Rainbow Fish" (July 20).
11 a.m. & 2 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]


 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Make a Marionette": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All kids in grades K-5 invited to make a marionette puppet from simple materials.
1-2 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]


 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Sand Art & Sundaes": Dexter District Library.

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Kids entering grades 4-12 invited to make sand art and eat ice cream.
1 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free; preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]


 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

"What's on MyPlate": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Kids in grades K-5 invited for a program of games, crafts, and other activities to learn about healthy nutrition and eating choices.
1-2 p.m., AADL Secret Lab (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Sizzlin' Summer Stories": Ann Arbor District Library.

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L.A.-based storyteller Adam Mellema presents an exuberant storytelling program with singing and dancing for kids in grades K-5.
2-3 p.m., AADL multipurpose room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 5 p.m.-midnight  Free! 

"Top of the Park": Ann Arbor Summer Festival.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Every Tues.-Sun., June 9-July 2. A beloved summer tradition continues this year with live music, followed at 10 p.m. (Sun. & Tues.-Thurs.) by free movies. Also, a KidZone activity tent, yoga and other fitness activities (5 p.m. on the Power Center lawn), food concessions from area restaurants, beer tastings (Tues., 5 p.m.), wine tastings (Wed., 5 p.m.), and more. Tonight: The Kalamazoo acoustic pop-folk and blues trio The Go Rounds (7 p.m.) and Frontier Ruckus (8:30 p.m.), the popular experimental bluegrass-based folk-rock ensemble from Lake Orion. Also, local pop-oriented hip-hop singer-songwriter Nadim Azzam (5 p.m.) and the inventive Northern Michigan brother-sister acoustic duo Oh Brother Big Sister (6 p.m.). The music is followed at 10 p.m. by Say Anything, the 1989 Cameron Crowe teen flick in which John Cusack holds a boom box over his head playing Peter Gabriel's "In Your Eyes."
5 p.m.-midnight, Ingalls Mall at Washington. Free, but donations accepted. a2sf.org, 994-5999. [map]


 6-7 p.m.  Free! 

"Just for Kids: Explore the World of Candy!": Zingerman's Delicatessen.

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Zingerman's Next Door sweet treat experts talk about what makes the candy Zingerman's sells so special, tells some stories about their favorite candy makers, and offer some insights into some of the more interesting selections. Participating kids get to eat some candy. Parents welcome to lurk in the background for free.
6-7 p.m., Zingerman's Next Door (upstairs), 422 Detroit St. $15 per kid. 663-3354. . [map]


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Friday


June 2017
 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Wonder of Learning: Shifting Forms": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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June 23-30. Hands-on activities related to structure, color, and shadow, including a chance to design and build model structures and landscapes.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (except Sun., noon-4 p.m.), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. $12 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]


 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Friday Fun": Saline District Library.

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Every Fri., June 23-July 28. Activities for kids entering grades 1-6. June 23 & July 14: "Tiny Town," a chance to make buildings out of paper. June 30 & July 21: "Build a Story" includes improv and word games. July 7 & 28: "Engineer It" includes stacking and building team challenges.
11 a.m. (grades 1-3) & 2 p.m. (grades 4-6), SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]


 11 a.m.  Free! 

"Made in Michigan Live Farm Animal Program": Dexter District Library.

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All-ages interactive program with live animals, including chickens, goats, geese, ducks, and others. Also, a discussion of recycling, composting, and organic farming.
11 a.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]


 Noon & 4 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Japan Week 2017.

  community member   < less AAJW save the date

The Center for Japanese Studies proudly presents the third annual Ann Arbor Japan Week. Ann Arbor Japan Week will return in summer 2017 with special free kickoff movie screening events on June 11th and 18th at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor. Last year's kickoff screening of the animated film Only Yesterday offered in partnership with the Cinetopia International Film Festival attracted over 400 people. This year, we are delighted to screen Hirune Hime, also known as Ancien and the Magic Tablet, for Ann Arbor Japan Week kickoff events.
Ann Arbor Japan Week 2017 will bring back some of the most successful events from previous years, including a taiko drumming performance, storytime and crafts at the University of Michigan Museum of Art, a martial arts demonstration, a sushi making lesson, and a shibori dyeing workshop.
Ann Arbor (locations vary), N/A. Free. N/A. umcjs@umich.edu https://www.ii.umich.edu/cjs/



 Noon 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. All invited to play one of 100 songs, with melodies transcribed in numbers, on the 17-bell chime's numbered keys. Ambitious players can add chords. Local chimemaster Heather O'Neal demonstrates.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]


 1-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Read to the Library Dogs": Chelsea District Library.

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All beginning readers ages 6-11 invited to read one-on-one for 10 minutes to a dog trained to act as if it's listening.
Various times, CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]


 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Straw Bridge Engineering": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All youth in grades 3-8 invited to see what sort of bridge they can make using straws and other household materials.
2-3 p.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 5-9 p.m. 

"Pets & Pajamas Movie Night": Huron Valley Humane Society.

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Kids ages 5-11 invited to watch Finding Dory, the 2016 animated underwater adventure (a sequel to Finding Nemo). Also, a chance to interact with adoptable pets. Pizza dinner. Wear pajamas and bring a sleeping bag and pillow.
5-9 p.m., Humane Society, 3100 Cherry Hill (south off Plymouth east of Dixboro). $35 ($15 for each additional sibling). Preregistration required. hshv.org, 661-3575. [map]


 5 p.m.-midnight  Free! 

"Top of the Park": Ann Arbor Summer Festival.

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Every Tues.-Sun., June 9-July 2. A beloved summer tradition continues this year with live music, followed at 10 p.m. (Sun. & Tues.-Thurs.) by free movies. Also, a KidZone activity tent, yoga and other fitness activities (5 p.m. on the Power Center lawn), food concessions from area restaurants, beer tastings (Tues., 5 p.m.), wine tastings (Wed., 5 p.m.), and more. Local acoustic folk-rock singer-songwriter Chris Dupont (8:30 p.m.) and the inventive local country-rock band The Ragbirds (10:15 p.m.). Also, local folk-rock singer-songwriter Mike Vial (5 p.m.), young local ukulele player Magdalen Fossum (6 p.m.), and the popular local vintage jazz-inflected folk-rock quartet The Appleseed Collective (7 p.m.).
5 p.m.-midnight, Ingalls Mall at Washington. Free, but donations accepted. a2sf.org, 994-5999. [map]


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Saturday


June 2017
 9-11 a.m. 

Autism Spectrum Disorder Swim Day: Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Rolling Hills County Park is hosting its annual Autism Spectrum Disorder Swim Day at their water park in partnership with EMU'S Autism Collaborative Center!
This event provides families living with Autism Spectrum Disorder an opportunity to enjoy access to the water park in a safe and judgement free environment.
Rolling Hills County Park, 7660 Stony Creek Rd., Ypsilanti. $10/Resident, $13/Nonresident. (734)484-9676 x 0. cooleyh@ewashtenaw.org http://www.ewashtenaw.org/government/departments/parks_recreation/rollinghills/info-pages/autism-swim/autism-swim-day [map]


 10 a.m-1 p.m. 

International Mud Day Celebration: Apple Playschools.

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International Mud Day is a day for children around the world to connect with the earth through mud play and exploration. At Apple Playschools, everyday is mud day, but on this particular day, we get messy to the extreme! Dive into the wonders of mud in our mud pit, make mud pies, explore mud paint, build mud sculptures, nibble on mud pudding and explore the many uses of mud throughout the world.
Come prepared to get muddy! Mud Day t-shirts and wet bags for muddy clothes will be available for sale.
Please register through the Leslie Science & Nature Center: https://www.z2systems.com/np/clients/lesliesnc/eventRegistration.jsp?event=2867&
We can't wait to see you!
Leslie Science & Nature Center, 1831 Traver Road. $5/child; free for adults. info@appleplayschools.org http://www.appleplayschools.org/mudday.html [map]



 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Wonder of Learning: Shifting Forms": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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June 23-30. Hands-on activities related to structure, color, and shadow, including a chance to design and build model structures and landscapes.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (except Sun., noon-4 p.m.), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. $12 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]


 10:30 a.m. 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. All invited to play one of 100 songs, with melodies transcribed in numbers, on the 17-bell chime's numbered keys. Ambitious players can add chords. Local chimemaster Heather O'Neal demonstrates.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]


 10:30 a.m. 

"The Little Scientist Club": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Every Tues. & Sat. Crafts, science-themed stories, and hands-on activities for young kids, accompanied by a parent. Geared toward kids ages 3-6; older siblings welcome.
10:30-11:30 a.m. (Sat.) & 9:30-10:30 a.m. (Tues.), AAHOM Green Room (lower level), 220 E. Ann. $12 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]


 11 a.m.  Free! 

Children's Story Time: Literati Bookstore.

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Every Sat. A Literati staffer reads stories for kids of all ages.
11 a.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]


 11 a.m. 

Story Time: Bookbound.

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Every Tues. & Sat. Linda Zimmer reads seasonal stories for kids age 6 & under.
11 a.m. (Sat.) & 6 p.m. (Tues.), Bookbound, 1729 Plymouth, Courtyard Shops. Free. 369-4345. [map]


 11:15 a.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Japan Week 2017.

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The Center for Japanese Studies proudly presents the third annual Ann Arbor Japan Week. Ann Arbor Japan Week will return in summer 2017 with special free kickoff movie screening events on June 11th and 18th at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor. Last year's kickoff screening of the animated film Only Yesterday offered in partnership with the Cinetopia International Film Festival attracted over 400 people. This year, we are delighted to screen Hirune Hime, also known as Ancien and the Magic Tablet, for Ann Arbor Japan Week kickoff events.
Ann Arbor Japan Week 2017 will bring back some of the most successful events from previous years, including a taiko drumming performance, storytime and crafts at the University of Michigan Museum of Art, a martial arts demonstration, a sushi making lesson, and a shibori dyeing workshop.
Ann Arbor (locations vary), N/A. Free. N/A. umcjs@umich.edu https://www.ii.umich.edu/cjs/



 11:15 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Storytime at the Museum": UMMA.

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A U-M student docent reads a story related to the Japanese art on display. Followed by a short craft activity. For kids ages 4-7 accompanied by a parent. Siblings welcome.
11:15 a.m.-noon, meet at the UMMA store, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]


 1-5 p.m. 

Creature Encounters - Crested Porcupines!: The Creature Conservancy.

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The Creature Conservancy is featuring Bedhead and Lady Gaga, our Crested Porcupines, during the month of June! See them for a special presentation on our Stone Stage each Saturday and Sunday - at 2:00pm and again at 4:00pm.

Our other animal ambassadors are also on display! Indoors and/or outdoors, you can see many species of animal, including kangaroos, prairie dogs, alligators, turkey vultures, macaws, snapping turtles, muntjac, giant tortoises, arctic foxes, and many more. Bring a snack and take a break at our indoor or outdoor picnic areas.

The main building is accessed by parking in the lot immediately off Ann Arbor-Saline Rd and following the guided signs to the entrance. The Creature Conservancy is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located at 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd.

Cost: $6/child (ages 2-12), $8/adult (age 13+), free/children under 2; for a self-guided tour of the outdoor animals only: $2/person (ages 2+).

More details: http://thecreatureconservancy.org/vis
The Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $8 adult (13+), $6 child (2-12), free (under 2). info@thecreatureconservancy.org http://thecreatureconservancy.org/visit-hours.html [map]



 2-4 p.m. 

"Summer Splash Day": Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation.

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A family-oriented afternoon of special activities, including water balloon events, water baseball, raft races and a hula hoop relay.
2-4 p.m., Veterans Park Pool, 2150 Jackson Rd. $5 (youths age 17 & under and seniors age 60 & older, $4). 794-6234. [map]


 5 p.m.-midnight  Free! 

"Top of the Park": Ann Arbor Summer Festival.

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Every Tues.-Sun., June 9-July 2. A beloved summer tradition continues this year with live music, followed at 10 p.m. (Sun. & Tues.-Thurs.) by free movies. Also, a KidZone activity tent, yoga and other fitness activities (5 p.m. on the Power Center lawn), food concessions from area restaurants, beer tastings (Tues., 5 p.m.), wine tastings (Wed., 5 p.m.), and more. Tonight: The popular local Latin jazz quintet Los Gatos (8:45 p.m.) and the energetic Detroit Cuban ensemble Descarga Ranga (10:30 p.m.). Also, Lansing singer-songwriter Kate Peterson (5 p.m.), the husband-and-wife duo of roots music acoustic guitar virtuosos Shari Kane & Dave Steele (6 p.m.), and Tumbao Bravo (7 p.m.), the Cuban jazz quintet led by local saxophonist and flutist Paul VornHagen and percussionist Alberto Nacif. Also, salsa lessons (8:15 & 10 p.m.).
5 p.m.-midnight, Ingalls Mall at Washington. Free, but donations accepted. a2sf.org, 994-5999. [map]


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June 2017
 Noon-4 p.m. 

"Wonder of Learning: Shifting Forms": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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June 23-30. Hands-on activities related to structure, color, and shadow, including a chance to design and build model structures and landscapes.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (except Sun., noon-4 p.m.), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. $12 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]


 1-5 p.m. 

Creature Encounters - Crested Porcupines!: The Creature Conservancy.

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The Creature Conservancy is featuring Bedhead and Lady Gaga, our Crested Porcupines, during the month of June! See them for a special presentation on our Stone Stage each Saturday and Sunday - at 2:00pm and again at 4:00pm.

Our other animal ambassadors are also on display! Indoors and/or outdoors, you can see many species of animal, including kangaroos, prairie dogs, alligators, turkey vultures, macaws, snapping turtles, muntjac, giant tortoises, arctic foxes, and many more. Bring a snack and take a break at our indoor or outdoor picnic areas.

The main building is accessed by parking in the lot immediately off Ann Arbor-Saline Rd and following the guided signs to the entrance. The Creature Conservancy is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located at 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd.

Cost: $6/child (ages 2-12), $8/adult (age 13+), free/children under 2; for a self-guided tour of the outdoor animals only: $2/person (ages 2+).

More details: http://thecreatureconservancy.org/vis
The Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $8 adult (13+), $6 child (2-12), free (under 2). info@thecreatureconservancy.org http://thecreatureconservancy.org/visit-hours.html [map]



 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

Log Cabin Day Celebration: Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission.

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This day of old-timey pioneer fun includes a tour of the 1880s log cabin and a chance to play games and do some chores such as gathering water, washing clothes, and shelling corn to take to the mill. Also, a chance to see the 1870s gristmill, which is still partly operational. Pioneer attire encouraged.
1-4 p.m., Parker Mill County Park, Geddes Rd. (just east of US-23). Free. 971-6337.


 1-1:40 p.m.  Free! 

"Dancing Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Music Together teacher Dianne Dudley leads infants through 5-year-olds (accompanied by an adult) in a program of music and dancing.
1-1:40 p.m., AADL Westgate Branch, Westgate shopping center, 2503 Jackson. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 2-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Computer Skills": Ann Arbor District Library.

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GameStart staff present hands-on introductions to various computer skills. For kids in grades 3-8 (except as noted).

June 4: "Minecraft Python Programming." Learn the fundamentals of programming Minecraft using the Python programming language.

June 11: "Unity 2D." Learn to design a platformer video game with animated sprites and other characters.

June 18: "Minecraft Python Programming." Learn the fundamentals of programming Minecraft using the Python programming language.

June 25: "3-D Video Game Design." Learn to design your own video game using the Unity Development Kit.

July 9: "CodeMage Beginnings." Learn how use Python coding techniques to code a "spell" for Minecraft.

July 16: "Roblox Studio." Learn how to combine elements of art, design, math, and physics to make your own video game.

July 23: ""Minecraft Resource Pack Creation." Learn how to change Minecraft visuals and alter the textures of mobs, blocks, and your game character.

July 30: "Minecraft Python Programming." Learn the fundamentals of programming Minecraft using the Python programming language.

Aug. 6: "Unity 2D. Top-Down" Learn to design a RPG-style video game complete with animated sprites.

Aug. 13: "CodeMage Beginnings." Learn how use Python coding techniques to code a "spell" for Minecraft.

Aug. 20: "3-D Video Game Design." Learn to design your own video game using the Unity Development Kit.

Aug. 27: "Choose Your Own Adventure Story." Learn to make your own website using basic HTML in the form of a Chose Your Own Adventure book.

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2-3:30 p.m. (except as noted), AADL training center, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 5 p.m.  Free! 

"Parables" Special-Needs Worship: Chelsea First Congregational Church, UCC.

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Parables is a no-shushing, 40-minute worship service designed for families who would like a progressive faith community where people on the margins become our leaders and teachers. A non-verbal child with autism, a young adult with Tourette's Syndrome, or an elder with dementia will find welcome and belonging. The setting is fragrance-free, communion bread is gluten-free, sensory headphones and therapy dog available throughout, and the order of service follows a similar flow each week for those who appreciate predictable structure. Immediately followed by a community meal with gluten-free option. Beginning June 25, 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month.
Chelsea First Congregational Church, UCC, 121 E. Middle St., Chelsea. Free. 734-323-4213. leanncseto@gmail.com www.chelseafcc.com [map]


 5 p.m.-midnight  Free! 

"Top of the Park": Ann Arbor Summer Festival.

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Every Tues.-Sun., June 9-July 2. A beloved summer tradition continues this year with live music, followed at 10 p.m. (Sun. & Tues.-Thurs.) by free movies. Also, a KidZone activity tent, yoga and other fitness activities (5 p.m. on the Power Center lawn), food concessions from area restaurants, beer tastings (Tues., 5 p.m.), wine tastings (Wed., 5 p.m.), and more. Tonight: The internationally known whimsical kid-friendly band Lucky Diaz & the Family Jam Band (7 p.m.) and Madcat Midnight Blues Journey (8:15 p.m.), a quartet of local blues, folk, and jazz veterans led by harmonica wizard and multi-instrumentalist Peter "Madcat" Ruth. Also, local singer-songwriter Dave Menzo (5 p.m.) and literate and soulful Detroit singer-songwriter (and B.B. King's nephew) Phillip-Michael Scales (6 p.m.). The music is followed at 10 p.m. by The Secret Life of Pets, the 2016 animated comedy about a terrier whose life is upended when his owner takes in a new stray.
5 p.m.-midnight, Ingalls Mall at Washington. Free, but donations accepted. a2sf.org, 994-5999. [map]





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