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Family, Teens, & Kids Stuff - Week of September 11, 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


September 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]


 3:30-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Minecraft Monday": Chelsea District Library.

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All kids ages 8-12 invited to try out this computer game that involves building things with virtual blocks to work as a team to build and landscape, solve puzzles, battle monsters, and create a new virtual world. New & experienced players welcome.
3:30-4:30 p.m., CDL learning lab, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]


 4:45 p.m.  Free! 

Michigan Marching Band Practice.

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Every Mon.-Thurs. and Sept. 9 & 16. The U-M's highly disciplined 200-plus-member marching band or sections thereof can be seen and heard practicing on Elbel Field. All are welcome to find a spot in the bleachers and get a sneak preview of upcoming halftime shows. Rehearsals usually last 1-2 hours. Also, on Sept. 9 & 16 (game days), a Drumline Step Show on the front steps of Revelli Hall (10:30 a.m., 350 E. Hoover).
10:30 a.m. (Sept. 4), 4:45 (all other Mon.-Thurs. dates), 7 a.m. (Sept. 9 & 16 game days), Elbel Field, Hill at Division. Free. 764-0582. [map]


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Tuesday


September 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]


 10-10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Tues. & Wed. Stories and songs for kids age 2 & up (accompanied by an adult). Note: These storytimes are also offered at the Traverwood (Tues., 11-11:30 a.m.; Wed., 6-6:30 p.m.; & Thurs., 10-10:30 a.m.), Malletts Creek (Wed. 10-10:30 a.m.), Pittsfield (Thurs. 7-7:30 p.m. & Fri. 10-10:30 a.m.), and Westgate (Mon. 11-11:30 a.m. EXCEPT OCT. 9, Wed. 1-1:30 p.m., & Fri. 10.-10:30 a.m.) branches.
10-10:30 a.m. (Tues.) & 11-11:30 a.m. (Wed.), AADL youth department story room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [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]


 4:45 p.m.  Free! 

Michigan Marching Band Practice.

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Every Mon.-Thurs. and Sept. 9 & 16. The U-M's highly disciplined 200-plus-member marching band or sections thereof can be seen and heard practicing on Elbel Field. All are welcome to find a spot in the bleachers and get a sneak preview of upcoming halftime shows. Rehearsals usually last 1-2 hours. Also, on Sept. 9 & 16 (game days), a Drumline Step Show on the front steps of Revelli Hall (10:30 a.m., 350 E. Hoover).
10:30 a.m. (Sept. 4), 4:45 (all other Mon.-Thurs. dates), 7 a.m. (Sept. 9 & 16 game days), Elbel Field, Hill at Division. Free. 764-0582. [map]


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Wednesday


September 2017
 10:30 a.m.-11:15 a.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytime: Chelsea District Library.

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CDL youth librarians present a program of stories, songs, fingerplays, and craft activities for kids ages 3-5 accompanied by a caregiver.
10:30 a.m.-11:15 a.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 11-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Tues. & Wed. Stories and songs for kids age 2 & up (accompanied by an adult). Note: These storytimes are also offered at the Traverwood (Tues., 11-11:30 a.m.; Wed., 6-6:30 p.m.; & Thurs., 10-10:30 a.m.), Malletts Creek (Wed. 10-10:30 a.m.), Pittsfield (Thurs. 7-7:30 p.m. & Fri. 10-10:30 a.m.), and Westgate (Mon. 11-11:30 a.m. EXCEPT OCT. 9, Wed. 1-1:30 p.m., & Fri. 10.-10:30 a.m.) branches.
10-10:30 a.m. (Tues.) & 11-11:30 a.m. (Wed.), AADL youth department story room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 Noon  Free! 

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. 

Animal Presentation: Domino's Petting Farm.

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Sept. 13 & 27. Farm staffers show and discuss animals and their contributions to the farm.
12:30 p.m., Domino's Petting Farm Pole Barn, 3001 Earhart Rd. (north off Plymouth). $6 regular admission (seniors, $5.40; kids age 23 months & under, free). 998-0182. [map]


 4:45 p.m.  Free! 

Michigan Marching Band Practice.

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Every Mon.-Thurs. and Sept. 9 & 16. The U-M's highly disciplined 200-plus-member marching band or sections thereof can be seen and heard practicing on Elbel Field. All are welcome to find a spot in the bleachers and get a sneak preview of upcoming halftime shows. Rehearsals usually last 1-2 hours. Also, on Sept. 9 & 16 (game days), a Drumline Step Show on the front steps of Revelli Hall (10:30 a.m., 350 E. Hoover).
10:30 a.m. (Sept. 4), 4:45 (all other Mon.-Thurs. dates), 7 a.m. (Sept. 9 & 16 game days), Elbel Field, Hill at Division. Free. 764-0582. [map]


 6-7 p.m. 

"Just for Kids: Bake to School": Zingerman's Delicatessen.

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Zingerman's Next Door staff discuss and offer taste samples of sandwich spreads, dips, and sweet treats to perk up brown bag lunches. Geared toward ages 4-14. Parents welcome to lurk in the background for free.
6-7 p.m., Zingerman's Next Door upstairs (next door to the Deli), 422 Detroit St. $15 per kid. 663-3354. [map]


 6:30 p.m. 

"Read-Along Dog": Saline District Library.

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Nov. 8, 19, & 29, Dec. 13 & 17. Kids in grades 1-4 invited to read to Vedder and Summer, registered Therapaws reading dogs.
6:30-7:30 p.m. (Wed.) & 2-3 p.m. (Sun.), SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]


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Thursday


September 2017
 10:30 a.m. 

"Little Paws Story Time": Huron Valley Humane Society.

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Sept. 14 & 28. Kids ages 2-5, accompanied by an adult, invited for stories, crafts, finger plays, and interaction with adoptable cats. Also, a chance to make a toy or treat for the animals.
10:30 a.m., 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. $5 per child. Preregistration recommended at hshv.org/littlepaws. 661-3575. [map]


 10:30-11:15 a.m.  Free! 

"Toddlertime": Chelsea District Library.

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CDL staff present a program for toddlers about letters, numbers, colors, and shapes.
10:30-11:15 a.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 4:15 p.m.  Free! 

"The Trouble with Chickens": Saline District Library Chapter Champs.

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Kids in grades 1-4 invited to discuss Doreen Cronin's book, illustrated by Kevin Cornell, about the adventures of a dog detective.
4:15-5 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]


 4:45 p.m.  Free! 

Michigan Marching Band Practice.

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Every Mon.-Thurs. and Sept. 9 & 16. The U-M's highly disciplined 200-plus-member marching band or sections thereof can be seen and heard practicing on Elbel Field. All are welcome to find a spot in the bleachers and get a sneak preview of upcoming halftime shows. Rehearsals usually last 1-2 hours. Also, on Sept. 9 & 16 (game days), a Drumline Step Show on the front steps of Revelli Hall (10:30 a.m., 350 E. Hoover).
10:30 a.m. (Sept. 4), 4:45 (all other Mon.-Thurs. dates), 7 a.m. (Sept. 9 & 16 game days), Elbel Field, Hill at Division. Free. 764-0582. [map]


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Friday


September 2017
 Noon  Free! 

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]


 3:30-5 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]


 5-10 p.m. 

"Parents' Night Out: Eco Warriors": Leslie Science and Nature Center.

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Parents invited to leave their kids ages 7-12 to learn how to protect habitats from invasive species and defend wildlife from people, as well as make their own eco warrior costume. Also, a Panera PB&J or turkey sandwich and a late-night popcorn snack. Activities held outdoors as much as possible, so kids should come dressed for the weather.
5-10 p.m., LSNC, 1831 Traver Rd. $30 (Members, $25) per child. 997-1533. [map]


 5-9 p.m. 

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

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Kids ages 5-11 invited to watch Madagascar, animated comedy about animals from the Central Park Zoo who find themselves stranded on Madagascar. 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]


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Saturday


September 2017
 7 a.m.  Free! 

Michigan Marching Band Practice.

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Every Mon.-Thurs. and Sept. 9 & 16. The U-M's highly disciplined 200-plus-member marching band or sections thereof can be seen and heard practicing on Elbel Field. All are welcome to find a spot in the bleachers and get a sneak preview of upcoming halftime shows. Rehearsals usually last 1-2 hours. Also, on Sept. 9 & 16 (game days), a Drumline Step Show on the front steps of Revelli Hall (10:30 a.m., 350 E. Hoover).
10:30 a.m. (Sept. 4), 4:45 (all other Mon.-Thurs. dates), 7 a.m. (Sept. 9 & 16 game days), Elbel Field, Hill at Division. Free. 764-0582. [map]


 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Bugs and Their Buddies": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalist Kelsey Dehring leads a nature program for families with kids age 5 & up.
10 a.m.-noon, Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennings, north off North Territorial, Webster Twp. Free; $6 vehicle entry fee. Preregistration required at parksonline.ewashtenaw.org (registration #811005). 971-6337. [map]


 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Pop-Up Makerspace": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Sept. 16 & 17. All invited to try a hands-on engineering activity. This month's challenge: towers.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.) & noon-4 p.m. (Sun.), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. $12 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]


 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

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.-8 p.m.  Free! 

5th Annual Ann Arbor Russian Festival: St. Vladimir Russian Orthodox Church.

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Sept. 16 & 17. Russian food and drinks, including borscht, blini, shashlik (kebab), pirozhki, Russian beer, and more. Live entertainment by the St. Petersburg folk band Moscow Nights, Russian folk singer Anastasia Klimzo, balalaika player Michael Pastukhov, the St. Vladimir Dance Group, and others. Also, a tearoom with Russian sweets, an infused vodka tasting (Sun. 2:30 p.m.), church tours, a sale of Russian souvenirs, and a kids corner with a bounce house, playground, coloring, games, and ice cream.
11 a.m.-8 p.m. (Sat.) & 1-7 p.m. (Sun.), St. Vladimir Church, 9900 Jackson, Dexter. Free admission. 475-4590, AnnArborRussianFestival.org. [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.  Free! 

Children's Storytime: Barnes & Noble.

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Every Sat. Storytelling programs and occasional craft activities for kids age 3 & up.
11 a.m., Barnes & Noble, 3235 Washtenaw. Free. 973-1618. [map]



 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 

Country Fair: Wiard's Orchards.

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Every Sat. & Sun., Sept. 9-Oct. 29, and every Wed.-Fri. beginning Sept. 29. A carnival atmosphere with a variety of family-oriented fall activities on this 6th-generation family farm. Hayrides, a petting farm, a corn maze, and much more. Weekends only: a Noah's Ark inflatable, a giant slide, a bungee run, and more. Pony rides, face painting, paintball, and other activities available on Sat. & Sun. for an extra charge. No pets.
11 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.) and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Wed.-Fri.), Wiard's Orchards, 5565 Merritt Rd. (east of Carpenter), Ypsilanti. Admission: $13.75 (Wed.-Fri.); $17.75 (Sat. & Sun.); babies age 23 months & under, free. 390-9211. [map]


 11 a.m.  Free! 

Story Time: Bookbound.

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


 11 a.m.  Free! 

"Dexter Rocks!": Dexter District Library.

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Kids of all ages invited to paint rocks and place them around town for others to find.
11 a.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]


 1-3:30 p.m. 

Nature Programs: Waterloo Recreation Area.

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Sept. 16: "Hike Around Mill Lake." A 3-mile hike through oak-hickory forest, wetlands, and the historic Mill Lake camp. 1-3:30 p.m.

Sept. 23 & 30 and Oct. 7, 14, & 28: "Arrows Away." All adults and youth age 8 & up invited to learn the basics of archery. 3-4:30 p.m.

Oct. 14 & 28: "Apple Cider Pressing." All invited to make cider. Apples provided. Noon-2 p.m.

Oct. 21: "Hike to Hickory Hills." A 5-mile hike over rugged terrain that follows glacial topography through an old golf course, beside Crooked Lake, and along the Waterloo-Pinckney Trail. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water. 9-11 a.m.

Nov. 11: "Call of the Wild." Talk on how animals communicate. Also, participants practice talking to Michigan wildlife with yelps, grunts, rattles, and squeals. 11 a.m.-noon.

Nov. 11: "Camouflage Games." All invited to bring their favorite camo gear prepared to compete for prizes. 1-2 p.m.
Eddy Discovery Center (except as noted), Bush Rd. (west from Pierce Rd. off I-94 exit 157), Waterloo Recreation Area, Chelsea. Free. $11 annual vehicle entrance fee. 475-3170.


 1 & 2:30 p.m.  Free! 

"A Day with Animals": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Representatives from the local Creature Conservancy display and discuss some of its collection of wild animals. For kids in grades K-5.
1-2 & 2:30-3:30 p.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 1-5 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters: Warthog!": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. All invited to view the African warthogs Sophia and Piki Piki on the conservancy's Stone Stage (2 & 4 p.m.). Also, a chance to see the conservancy's other animals, including porcupines, muntjac, macaws, kangaroos, giant tortoises, arctic foxes, and others. Bring a snack to eat in the picnic areas, if you wish.
1-5 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $8 (kids ages 2-12, $6; age 1 & under, free). 929-9324. [map]


 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Build a Lego Spinner": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Representatives of the local educational company Brain Monkeys show kids in grades K-8 how to build a spinner using Lego.
2-3 p.m., AADL Secret Lab (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Play for Peace": Apple Playschools.

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Families with kids invited for arts & crafts, sing-alongs, and more.
3-5 p.m., Riverside Park, Ypsilanti. Free. (248) 214-1531.


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Sunday


September 2017
 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Play Days at Elements Preschool: Elements Preschool for Natural Learning.

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Grab your boots and come play at Elements! Check out the monarch butterflies in our wildflower prairie, play in our natural play ground, and explore our cozy preschool.
Elements Preschool for Natural Learning, 5141 Platt Rd. Free. 734-369-3357. https://www.facebook.com/events/1885151671749047/ [map]


 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 

Country Fair: Wiard's Orchards.

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Every Sat. & Sun., Sept. 9-Oct. 29, and every Wed.-Fri. beginning Sept. 29. A carnival atmosphere with a variety of family-oriented fall activities on this 6th-generation family farm. Hayrides, a petting farm, a corn maze, and much more. Weekends only: a Noah's Ark inflatable, a giant slide, a bungee run, and more. Pony rides, face painting, paintball, and other activities available on Sat. & Sun. for an extra charge. No pets.
11 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.) and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Wed.-Fri.), Wiard's Orchards, 5565 Merritt Rd. (east of Carpenter), Ypsilanti. Admission: $13.75 (Wed.-Fri.); $17.75 (Sat. & Sun.); babies age 23 months & under, free. 390-9211. [map]


 Noon-4 p.m. 

"Pop-Up Makerspace": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Sept. 16 & 17. All invited to try a hands-on engineering activity. This month's challenge: towers.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.) & noon-4 p.m. (Sun.), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. $12 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]


 1-7 p.m.  Free! 

5th Annual Ann Arbor Russian Festival: St. Vladimir Russian Orthodox Church.

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Sept. 16 & 17. Russian food and drinks, including borscht, blini, shashlik (kebab), pirozhki, Russian beer, and more. Live entertainment by the St. Petersburg folk band Moscow Nights, Russian folk singer Anastasia Klimzo, balalaika player Michael Pastukhov, the St. Vladimir Dance Group, and others. Also, a tearoom with Russian sweets, an infused vodka tasting (Sun. 2:30 p.m.), church tours, a sale of Russian souvenirs, and a kids corner with a bounce house, playground, coloring, games, and ice cream.
11 a.m.-8 p.m. (Sat.) & 1-7 p.m. (Sun.), St. Vladimir Church, 9900 Jackson, Dexter. Free admission. 475-4590, AnnArborRussianFestival.org. [map]


 1-5 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters: Warthog!": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. All invited to view the African warthogs Sophia and Piki Piki on the conservancy's Stone Stage (2 & 4 p.m.). Also, a chance to see the conservancy's other animals, including porcupines, muntjac, macaws, kangaroos, giant tortoises, arctic foxes, and others. Bring a snack to eat in the picnic areas, if you wish.
1-5 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $8 (kids ages 2-12, $6; age 1 & under, free). 929-9324. [map]


 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Drawing for Youth": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Ann Arbor Art Center artists host a different directed drawing activity each week for kids in grades 1-5.

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1-2 p.m., 4th-floor meeting room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 2-5 p.m. 

9th Annual Harvest Festival: Pittsfield Township Parks & Recreation.

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Family-friendly event with old-time craft demos, tours of the farm house & buildings, historic photo & artifact displays, and info about the Pittsfield Historical Society's ongoing efforts to restore and preserve the historic 1832 Sutherland-Wilson farmstead. Also, a petting farm, hayrides, face paintings & balloon animals, an obstacle course, plein air painters, a pumpkin patch ($2-$6 per pumpkin), and a performance by the popular teen folk ensemble Saline Fiddlers Philharmonic (2:15-3 p.m.). Sale of hot dogs, baked goods, and rocking horses, bird feeders, chairs, and other handmade crafts to benefit the Pittsfield Historical Society.
2-5 p.m., Sutherland Wilson Farm Museum, 797 W. Textile Rd. (west of S. State), Pittsfield Twp. $5 (youth ages 3-15, $3; kids age 2 & under, free). 822-2120. [map]



 2-3 p.m. 

Fall Programs: Waterloo Natural History Association.

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Sept. 17: "Habitats of the World." Binder Park Zoomobile displays live animals from deserts, rainforests, grasslands, and mountains to show how animals adapt to survive in diverse environments. 2-3 p.m.

Sept. 24: "Fall Mushroom Search." Mushroom expert Phil Tedeschi leads a search for mushrooms and helps participants identify what they have collected. Bring waxed paper and a basket or paper bag. 2-3:30 p.m.

Oct. 1: "Seven Outdoor Skills Everyone Should Know!" Naturalists Meg Gower and Ryan Dibble show adults and kids age 10 & up how to make a shelter and a bed, build a fire, find water, signal, and more. 2-3:30 p.m.

Oct. 15: "Make Your Own Bird or Bat House." Naturalist Jeff Porter helps participants build houses using pre-cut wood. Participants have the choice of 3 house templates and must choose one when registering. Houses include wren ($10), bluebird ($12), or bat ($16). 1-4 p.m.

Oct. 22: "Alligators and Their Kin." Representatives from the Critchlow Alligator Sanctuary (Athens, MI) give a hands-on presentation on the characteristics, abilities, and habitats of various reptiles and amphibians. 1 & 3:30 p.m.

Oct. 29: "Sandhill Crane Tour." Local sandhill crane expert Bill Wells leads an auto tour that goes from the fields of Portage Lake campground, where many cranes spend the day, to the marshes of the Audubon Society's Haehnle Sanctuary, where hundreds of cranes return to roost at dusk. Expect to see large flocks of these magnificent birds at close range. Bring binoculars and cameras. 2 p.m.

Maps for self-guided tours and on-request showings of The Sandhill Crane Story available at the Discovery Center beginning Oct. 8.
Various times, Eddy Discovery Center lower parking lot, Bush Rd. (west off Pierce Rd. from I-94 exit 157), Chelsea. $2 (families, $5). Space limited; preregistration required. $11 annual vehicle entrance fee. 475-3170.


 3 p.m.  Free! 

Grand Opening: Rotary Centennial Universal Access Playground.

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Ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of this playground at Gallup Park that is appropriate for children of all ages and abilities. Also, speakers, live music, Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum activities, animals from Leslie Science & Nature Center, a fishing area for kids, and more.
3-6 p.m., Gallup Park, 3000 Fuller. Free. a2gov.org/UAP. [map]


 4:30 p.m. 

Tai-Chi for Kids: SUN SHEN.

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From the slow Tai-Chi Form, which activates balance and calm, to playful Pushing Hands, which gives kids a safe, gentle outlet to explore themselves, to meditation techniques which they can use in the classroom and at home, this class invites kids to learn about themselves, and introduces them to skills that will bring them a lifetime of happiness! Available for children from 5 to 17 years old. Classes are held Sundays, 4:30 - 5:30pm.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $70 / month, $21 / drop in. 734-845-9786. alexis@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



 6:30-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Fireside Fun": Leslie Science and Nature Center.

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All invited to sit around a campfire, roast marshmallows, and swap stories. If you like, bring camping chairs and the rest of the s'mores fixings (marshmallows provided).
6:30-8 p.m., LSNC, 1831 Traver Rd. Free. 997-1553. [map]






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