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Family, Teens, & Kids Stuff - Week of December 4, 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


December 2017
 10 a.m.-8 p.m.  Free! 

Santa: Briarwood.

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Daily through Dec. 24. All kids invited to meet Santa. On Dec. 3, "Caring Santa" offers "sensory friendly" visits with Santa for kids with special needs; held when the mall is closed (9:30-11 a.m.) to create a calmer environment. Dec. 10 is "Pet Photo Night" (6:30-7:30 p.m.); all invited to bring 4-legged, leashed, friendly pets that weigh less than 60 lbs. to have their photo taken with Santa. Note: Santa takes breaks 1-2 p.m. and 5-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 2-2:45 p.m. on Sundays.
10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (Mon.-Thurs.), & 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sun.), Briarwood Von Maur court. Free (photos available for purchase). 769-9610. [map]


 4:15-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Bingo for Books": Saline District Library.

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All kids in grades 2-6 invited to play bingo to win books.
4:15-5 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Sewing Lab": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Dec. 4 & 18. All adults and teens in grade 6 & up invited to get basic sewing help with their unfinished projects or learn how to use the AADL sewing machines. Basic sewing instruction available. All welcome to bring their own sewing machine. Also, on Dec. 4, Detroit fashion designer Nettie Tiso demonstrates how to make a simple tote bag and shares tips on how to make alterations, and on Dec. 18, Made by Rae owner Rae Hoekstra shows how to gather fabric, a technique useful for making sleeves, ruffles, and waistbands.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Secret Lab (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]


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Tuesday


December 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 & 11-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Tues. & Wed. Stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (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 Dec. 25, 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 a.m.-8 p.m.  Free! 

Santa: Briarwood.

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Daily through Dec. 24. All kids invited to meet Santa. On Dec. 3, "Caring Santa" offers "sensory friendly" visits with Santa for kids with special needs; held when the mall is closed (9:30-11 a.m.) to create a calmer environment. Dec. 10 is "Pet Photo Night" (6:30-7:30 p.m.); all invited to bring 4-legged, leashed, friendly pets that weigh less than 60 lbs. to have their photo taken with Santa. Note: Santa takes breaks 1-2 p.m. and 5-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 2-2:45 p.m. on Sundays.
10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (Mon.-Thurs.), & 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sun.), Briarwood Von Maur court. Free (photos available for purchase). 769-9610. [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.-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Area Babywearers Meet Up: WIC Office in Washtenaw Country Human Services Building.

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Join us to learn how to use your baby carrier. Meetings are free, informal, and open session. Drop in any time during the scheduled meet up to learn positioning tips from our leaders or to just socialize! Bring your own carrier or experiment with some of library carriers to find out what you like. Siblings are welcome at meetings, as are partners, grandparents, nannies, and anyone else who is involved in caring for a child. We meet in the WIC office lobby (Washtenaw County Services Building - 555 Towner, Ypsilanti, MI).
WIC Office, 555 Towner, Ypsilanti. Free. annarborbabywearers@gmail.com annarborbabywearers.com [map]


 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Guided Meditation for Young Kids": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local massage therapist and meditation leader Amy Tarrant leads kids in grades preK & K (with or without a parent) in a series of guided meditations. At the end of the session, kids have a chance to process the experience through artistic expression. Bring a blanket or pillow, if you like.
2-3 p.m., AADL Traverwood Branch, 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Anime Afternoons": Saline District Library.

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All teens invited to watch new and classic anime shows. Sushi.
3-4:30 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 429-5450. [map]


 4 p.m.  Free! 

"First Tuesday Lego Club": Dexter District Library.

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All kids in grades K-8 invited to make Lego creations.
4-5 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]


 4:15-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Bingo for Books": Saline District Library.

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All kids in grades 2-6 invited to play bingo to win books.
4:15-5 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]


 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

"3-D Paper Snowflakes": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All adults and teens in grade 6 & up invited to make 3-D snowflakes with scissors, tape, and staplers.
7-8 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 E. Eisenhower (between Stone School & Packard). Free. 327-8301. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"DIY Washer Necklaces": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All adults and teens in grade 6 & up invited to make necklaces out of pre-painted washers, beads, and different types of string.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Westgate Branch West Side Room, Westgate shopping center, 2503 Jackson. Free. 327-8301. [map]


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Wednesday


December 2017
 9:30-10 a.m.  Free! 

"2s & 3s Storytime": Saline District Library.

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Storytelling programs for kids age 2 & 3 (accompanied by a caregiver). No older or younger siblings.
9:30-10 a.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]


 10-10:30 a.m., 1-1:30 & 6-6:30 p.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Tues. & Wed. Stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (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 Dec. 25, 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 a.m.-8 p.m.  Free! 

Santa: Briarwood.

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Daily through Dec. 24. All kids invited to meet Santa. On Dec. 3, "Caring Santa" offers "sensory friendly" visits with Santa for kids with special needs; held when the mall is closed (9:30-11 a.m.) to create a calmer environment. Dec. 10 is "Pet Photo Night" (6:30-7:30 p.m.); all invited to bring 4-legged, leashed, friendly pets that weigh less than 60 lbs. to have their photo taken with Santa. Note: Santa takes breaks 1-2 p.m. and 5-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 2-2:45 p.m. on Sundays.
10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (Mon.-Thurs.), & 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sun.), Briarwood Von Maur court. Free (photos available for purchase). 769-9610. [map]


 10-11 a.m. 

"Nature Storytime": Leslie Science and Nature Center.

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Dec. 3 & 6. All kids ages 1-5 (accompanied by a caregiver) invited for a program of stories and nature-based activities exploring the world of "Stories in the Snow: Animal Prints."
10-11 a.m., LSNC, 1831 Traver Rd. $5 per child (members' children, $4). 997-1553. [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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Dec. 6 & 20. 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]


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Thursday


December 2017
 10-10:30 a.m. & 7-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Tues. & Wed. Stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (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 Dec. 25, 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 a.m.-8 p.m.  Free! 

Santa: Briarwood.

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Daily through Dec. 24. All kids invited to meet Santa. On Dec. 3, "Caring Santa" offers "sensory friendly" visits with Santa for kids with special needs; held when the mall is closed (9:30-11 a.m.) to create a calmer environment. Dec. 10 is "Pet Photo Night" (6:30-7:30 p.m.); all invited to bring 4-legged, leashed, friendly pets that weigh less than 60 lbs. to have their photo taken with Santa. Note: Santa takes breaks 1-2 p.m. and 5-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 2-2:45 p.m. on Sundays.
10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (Mon.-Thurs.), & 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sun.), Briarwood Von Maur court. Free (photos available for purchase). 769-9610. [map]


 10 a.m. 

"Little Women": Wild Swan Theater.

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Dec. 7-10. This award-winning local children's theater company performs its stage adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's beloved classic about 4 Civil War-era sisters growing up in Civil War-era New England. When their beloved mother must leave them to visit their ailing father at the front, the sisters, including a tomboyish aspiring writer, must face life together. Appropriate for kids age 8 & up.
10 a.m. (Thurs. & Fri.), 12:30 p.m. (Fri.), & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $12 (seniors age 60 & over and kids, $8; lap passes for kids age 2 & under, $3) in advance at wildswantheater.org and at the door. 995-0530. [map]



 10:30 a.m. 

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

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Dec. 7 & 21. 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. (south off Plymouth east of Dixboro). $5 per child. Space limited; 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]


 1-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Cookie Exchange": International Neighbors.

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All area women invited to bring 20 or more homemade cookies or treats. Socializing, refreshments. Child care available for kids 5 & under.
1-2:30 p.m., Zion Lutheran Church, 1501 W. Liberty. Free. (313) 815-0413. [map]


 4:15 p.m.  Free! 

Pageturners: Saline District Library.

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Book discussion group for kids in grade 4 & up. Books TBA.
4:15-5 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]


 4:15 p.m.  Free! 

"On My Own Storytime": Saline District Library.

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Storytelling program for kids age 3 & up, with or without a caregiver. No younger siblings.
4:15-5 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]


 4:30 p.m., 6 p.m., & 7:30 p.m. 

"PJs & Stories with Santa": Saline Parks and Recreation.

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A Saline District Library storyteller reads holiday stories for kids accompanied by a parent. Also, a chance to meet Santa, a sing-along, crafts, and treats. Wear pajamas. Parents are encouraged to bring a camera.
4:30, 6, & 7:30 p.m., Saline Recreation Center, 1866 Woodland Dr. E., Saline. $8 in advance by Nov. 24; $10 in advance, $12 (if available) at the door. 429-3502. [map]


 5:30-6:30 p.m. 

"Just for Kids: Explore the World of Baked Goods": Zingerman's Delicatessen.

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Sold out, but waitlist available. Zingerman's Bakehouse staff discuss how some of their favorite cakes, pies, and breakfast pastries are made. Tastings for kids. Parents welcome to lurk in the background for free.
5:30-6:30 p.m., Zingerman's Next Door (upstairs), 422 Detroit St. $15 per kid. 663-3354. [map]


 6:30-8:45 p.m.  Free! 

"Chain Mail Bracelets": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local crafter Beth Battey shows adults and teens in grades 6 & up how to make a simple chain mail twist bracelet using links & pliers. Supplies provided.
6:30-8:45 p.m., AADL Traverwood Branch, 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"Harvey": EMU Theatre Department.

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Dec. 1-3 & 7-10. EMU drama professor John Seibert directs EMU drama students in Mary Chase's beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning play, best known from the 1950 Jimmy Stewart film, about a gentle tippler and his imaginary friend Harvey, an invisible six-foot-tall rabbit.
7 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), EMU Quirk Theater, Ford St. (off Lowell at Jarvis), Ypsilanti. Tickets $15 (students & seniors, $12; kids 12 & under, $7) in advance at emutix.com and by phone (487-2282), and at the door. 487-1221. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Songs for Optimists": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Performance of amusing and optimistic folk songs by Ray Hough, brother of Michael Hough of the longtime local favorite singer-songwriter duo Mustard's Retreat. Hough accompanies himself on guitar, ukulele, and a few percussion instruments.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]


 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

"That Thursday Thing: Paracord Survival Bracelets": Chelsea District Library.

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Teens in grades 6-12 invited to make woven bracelets that can be unraveled and used in emergencies.
7-8 p.m., CDL McKune rm., 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


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Friday


December 2017
 10-10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Tues. & Wed. Stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (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 Dec. 25, 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 a.m.-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Santa: Briarwood.

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Daily through Dec. 24. All kids invited to meet Santa. On Dec. 3, "Caring Santa" offers "sensory friendly" visits with Santa for kids with special needs; held when the mall is closed (9:30-11 a.m.) to create a calmer environment. Dec. 10 is "Pet Photo Night" (6:30-7:30 p.m.); all invited to bring 4-legged, leashed, friendly pets that weigh less than 60 lbs. to have their photo taken with Santa. Note: Santa takes breaks 1-2 p.m. and 5-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 2-2:45 p.m. on Sundays.
10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (Mon.-Thurs.), & 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sun.), Briarwood Von Maur court. Free (photos available for purchase). 769-9610. [map]


 10 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. 

"Little Women": Wild Swan Theater.

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Dec. 7-10. This award-winning local children's theater company performs its stage adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's beloved classic about 4 Civil War-era sisters growing up in Civil War-era New England. When their beloved mother must leave them to visit their ailing father at the front, the sisters, including a tomboyish aspiring writer, must face life together. Appropriate for kids age 8 & up.
10 a.m. (Thurs. & Fri.), 12:30 p.m. (Fri.), & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $12 (seniors age 60 & over and kids, $8; lap passes for kids age 2 & under, $3) in advance at wildswantheater.org and at the door. 995-0530. [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]


 5-10 p.m. 

Kids Night Out: Saline Parks and Recreation.

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Kids ages 5-12 invited for crafts, movies, games in the gym, and swimming. Pizza dinner. Wear athletic shoes and bring a bathing suit and towel.
5-10 p.m., Saline Recreation Center, 1866 Woodland Dr. E., Saline. $30 (members, $20) in advance by Nov. 25; $35 (members, $25). after Nov. 25. Preregistration required. 429-3502. [map]


 6-8 p.m. 

"Winter Wonderland Daddy Daughter Dance": Pittsfield Township Parks & Recreation.

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Girls ages 5-12, accompanied by a dad, grandfather, uncle, or other man, invited for dancing to recorded music. Light refreshments and a souvenir.
6-8 p.m., Pittsfield Twp. Community Center, 701 Ellsworth. $40 (Pittsfield Twp. residents, $35). Preregistration required at recreation.pittsfield-mi.gov or at 822-2117. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"Family Mew-vie Night": Huron Valley Humane Society.

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Screening of Over the Hedge, Tim Johnson & Karey Kirkpatrick's 2006 animation about a raccoon who leads a group of animals in raiding a suburban community for food. Also, a chance to snuggle with adoptable cats. Popcorn, juice, and water. Kids must be accompanied by an adult (at least 1 for every 3 kids). Bring pillows, sleeping bags, and blankets, if you wish. Note: This event usually sells out.
7-9 p.m., Tiny Lions Center, 5245 Jackson Rd. (ste. A1). $10. Space limited; preregistration recommended at tinylions.org/mewvienights. 661-3575. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"Harvey": EMU Theatre Department.

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Dec. 1-3 & 7-10. EMU drama professor John Seibert directs EMU drama students in Mary Chase's beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning play, best known from the 1950 Jimmy Stewart film, about a gentle tippler and his imaginary friend Harvey, an invisible six-foot-tall rabbit.
7 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), EMU Quirk Theater, Ford St. (off Lowell at Jarvis), Ypsilanti. Tickets $15 (students & seniors, $12; kids 12 & under, $7) in advance at emutix.com and by phone (487-2282), and at the door. 487-1221. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"Peter Pan Jr.": Ann Arbor Civic Theatre Junior Theatre.

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Dec. 8-10. Laurie Atwood and Chris Joseph direct young local actors in a junior version of Carolyn Leigh and Moose Charlap's Broadway musical, based on J.M. Barrie's popular children's novel about a magical boy who transports 3 English children to Never Never Land. The show's most memorable tunes include the exuberant "I'm Flying" and "I've Gotta Crow."
7:30 p.m. (Fri.) and 1 & 3:30 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Children's Creative Center, 1600 Pauline. Tickets $10 (kids, $8) in advance & at the door. 971-2228. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"The Year Without a Panto Claus": Theatre Nova.

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Every Fri.-Sun., Dec. 1-31. Melissa Freilich directs the world premiere of Theatre Nova artistic director Carla Milarch and local composer R. Mackenzie Lewis's musical panto. When Santa disappears after calling off Christmas, 2 of his elves try to find him in some unlikely locations. A panto is a British pantomime genre that blends children's stories with a bit of vaudeville sensibility to create a raucous family entertainment. This production features appearances by local celebrities, and all the candy you can eat. Stars Ramona Burns, Lisa Michaels, and Scott Screws.
7:30 p.m. (Fri.- Sat.), 3 p.m. (Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), The Yellow Barn, 416 W. Huron. Tickets (if available) $20 (kids, $10) or pay what you can in advance at theatrenova.org and at the door. Members ($75 annual donation) receive priority access to all shows. 635-8450. [map]


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Saturday


December 2017
 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 

"Winter Festival": Rudolf Steiner School.

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An artisan market, a toy room, storytelling and puppet theater, musical performances, and kids activities, including jump rope winding and silk dyeing. Also, several themed rooms, including the Snow Queen's Castle, a kids-only King Winter's Café, and the Children's Gift Room. Raffle. Lunch from Arbor Farms available.
9 a.m.-3 p.m., Rudolf Steiner School, 2775 Newport. Park at Wines Elementary School (1701 Newport) to take a shuttle. Free admission (fee for kids activities). 995-4141. [map]


 10 a.m. 

Kid's Club: Gingerbread-style House.

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FEE: $5;
Bring the kids and make this festival holiday house with graham crackers, frosting and assorted decorative candies. We will supply everything you need. Adult helper must attend with child.
English Gardens, 155 N. Maple Rd. $5. ewinger@englishgardens.com http://www.englishgardens.com/events/kids-club-gingerbread-house/ [map]



 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Recycled Gift Giving & Decorations Family Craft: Ecology Center.

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Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Create light bulb trinkets and decorative packaging out of common household items.
When: Saturday, December 9th, anytime between 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, Individuals, and families can drop in for a FREE 30 to 60-minute activity. Pre-registration is encouraged. Please pre-register by emailing education@ecocenter.org to assure adequate staffing and supplies are on-hand.
Where: Please join us at the Ann Arbor District Library (AADL) Westgate Branch. The AADL Westgate Branch is located at 2503 Jackson Ave, Ann Arbor, MI. The library is located in the Westgate Shopping Center.
Ann Arbor District Library Westgate Branch, 2503 Jackson Ave, Ann Arbor, MI. Free. 734-369-9267. socialmedia@ecocenter.org http://www.ecocenter.org/event/2017-10/recycled-gift-giving-decorations [map]


 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Santa: Briarwood.

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Daily through Dec. 24. All kids invited to meet Santa. On Dec. 3, "Caring Santa" offers "sensory friendly" visits with Santa for kids with special needs; held when the mall is closed (9:30-11 a.m.) to create a calmer environment. Dec. 10 is "Pet Photo Night" (6:30-7:30 p.m.); all invited to bring 4-legged, leashed, friendly pets that weigh less than 60 lbs. to have their photo taken with Santa. Note: Santa takes breaks 1-2 p.m. and 5-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 2-2:45 p.m. on Sundays.
10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (Mon.-Thurs.), & 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sun.), Briarwood Von Maur court. Free (photos available for purchase). 769-9610. [map]


 10 a.m. 

"Apple Scouts: Guided Nature Exploration": Apple Playschools.

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Families invited for a guided nature walk.
10-11:30 a.m., Nichols Arboretum, 1610 Washington Hts. $5 per family. info@aapleplayschools.org. [map]


 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Critters Up Close!": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Dec. 9 & 10. Leslie Science & Nature Center staff show live animals. Also, animal-oriented hands-on activities. This month's featured critters are hawks & falcons. Note: Saturday's program includes a midday "Animal Naptime" break when the animals get tired of human interaction.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.) & 1-4 p.m. (Sun.), AAHOM Michigan Nature Gallery, 220 E. Ann. $12 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]


 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 

"Santa Visits Kerrytown": Kerrytown Market and Shops.

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Dec. 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, & 17. All kids invited to meet Santa. On Saturdays only, 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.-2 p.m. (Sat.) & 1-3 p.m. (Sun.), Kerrytown Market & Shops upstairs. Free; nonperishable food donations for Food Gatherers are welcome. 662-5008. [map]


 10 a.m.-noon 

"Woodland Wonderland": U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens.

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All kids, accompanied by a parent, invited to explore the sensory experience of winter by making sachets, evergreen swags, and decorations to take home.
10 a.m.-noon, Matthaei, 1800 N. Dixboro. $10 per child; metered parking. 647-7600. [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.  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.  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. & 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Counting Cells": U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun., except Dec. 2, 23, 24, 30 & 31. Hands-on 20-minute family-oriented demo examining how different types of cells in the human body replicate themselves.
11 a.m. (Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]


 11 a.m.  Free! 

"Holiday Cards & Crafts": Dexter District Library.

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Craft activity for youth of all ages. Supplies provided. Snacks.
11 a.m.-noon, DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]


 11 a.m.  Free! 

"Holiday Cards & Crafts": Dexter District Library.

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Craft activity for youth of all ages. Supplies provided. Snacks.
11 a.m.-noon, DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]


 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

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Every Sat. & Sun. (except Dec. 31) and Dec. 27-29. Various audiovisual planetarium shows. The Sky Tonight (11:30 a.m. Sat., 1:30 & 3:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun., and 11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 27-29) is an exploration of the current night sky. Seasons of Light (12:30 p.m. Sat. & Dec. 27-29, & 2:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun.) is an audiovisual show about various ancient and modern solstice celebrations, including Christmas and Hanukkah.
Various times, U-M Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764-0478. [map]


 1-5 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun., except Dec. 24. All invited to view Sven the reindeer on the conservancy's Stone Stage (2 & 4 p.m.). Also, a chance to see the conservancy's other animals, including a cougar, prairie dogs, 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]


 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Hoppin' Holidays": Chelsea District Library.

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Family-friendly event includes a petting zoo and holiday craft activities. Snacks provided. Attendees encouraged to bring a personal hygiene product for the Homeless Teen Holiday Hygiene Drive.
1-3 p.m., CDL McKune rm., 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]


 1 & 3:30 p.m. 

"Peter Pan Jr.": Ann Arbor Civic Theatre Junior Theatre.

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Dec. 8-10. Laurie Atwood and Chris Joseph direct young local actors in a junior version of Carolyn Leigh and Moose Charlap's Broadway musical, based on J.M. Barrie's popular children's novel about a magical boy who transports 3 English children to Never Never Land. The show's most memorable tunes include the exuberant "I'm Flying" and "I've Gotta Crow."
7:30 p.m. (Fri.) and 1 & 3:30 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Children's Creative Center, 1600 Pauline. Tickets $10 (kids, $8) in advance & at the door. 971-2228. [map]


 1-4 p.m. 

"Splash Day": Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation.

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A family-oriented afternoon of pool games and contests. Prizes.
1:30-3:30 p.m., Mack Indoor Pool, 715 Brooks. $5 (youth age 17 & under and seniors age 60 & older, $4). 794-6234. [map]


 2 p.m. 

"Little Women": Wild Swan Theater.

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Dec. 7-10. This award-winning local children's theater company performs its stage adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's beloved classic about 4 Civil War-era sisters growing up in Civil War-era New England. When their beloved mother must leave them to visit their ailing father at the front, the sisters, including a tomboyish aspiring writer, must face life together. Appropriate for kids age 8 & up.
10 a.m. (Thurs. & Fri.), 12:30 p.m. (Fri.), & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $12 (seniors age 60 & over and kids, $8; lap passes for kids age 2 & under, $3) in advance at wildswantheater.org and at the door. 995-0530. [map]



 2-3 & 4-5 p.m.  Free! 

"STEM for Adults": Ann Arbor District Library.

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U-M technical writing students lead an interactive program TBA for adults and teens in grade 6 & up.
2-3 or 4-5 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]


 2:30-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Board Game Afternoon": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to play board games in the AADL collection, including Oregon Trail, Ticket to Ride, Yeti in My Spaghetti, Dominion, Sushi Go, Stratego, Grand Austria Hotel, Space Team, & more. Bring your own, if you wish.
2:30-5:30 p.m., AADL Westgate Branch West Side Room, Westgate shopping center, 2503 Jackson. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 3 p.m. 

"A Boychoir Christmas": Boychoir of Ann Arbor.

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Dec. 9 & 10. New music director John Boonenberg leads this local ensemble of boys ages 8-18 in its 31st annual Christmas concert. The program opens with the processional "Once in royal David's city," with the 1st verse sung by a solo boy, and concludes with John Gardner's "Tomorrow shall be my dancing day." The featured works range from John Rutter's setting of Robert Herrick's "What Sweeter Music" to the contemporary "Carol of the Stranger" by Abbie Betinis, the grand-niece of famed Christmas carol composer Alfred Burt, who has revived Burt's tradition of writing an annual carol. Also, British composer Bob Chilcott's "The Sparrows' Carol," a new arrangement of "Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming" with flute and guitar accompaniment, 19th-century German organist-composer Wilhelm Greef's motet "Das Volk so im Finstern wandelt," and Kyle Haugen's raucous setting of "I Wonder as I Wander." Audience sing-alongs of "Hark! The herald angels sing" and "O come, all ye faithful" are kicked off with a soaring Boychoir descant verse. This popular annual concert usually sells out.
3 p.m. (Sat.), First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor, 1432 Washtenaw, & 4 p.m. (Sun.), Concordia University Chapel of the Holy Trinity, 4090 Geddes at Earhart. Tickets $20 (students & seniors, $15; youths 17 & under, free) in advance at aaboychoir.org/reserve.html and BoychoirA2+Tickets@gmail.com, and at the door. 663-5377. [map]


 3 & 7:30 p.m. 

"The Year Without a Panto Claus": Theatre Nova.

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Every Fri.-Sun., Dec. 1-31. Melissa Freilich directs the world premiere of Theatre Nova artistic director Carla Milarch and local composer R. Mackenzie Lewis's musical panto. When Santa disappears after calling off Christmas, 2 of his elves try to find him in some unlikely locations. A panto is a British pantomime genre that blends children's stories with a bit of vaudeville sensibility to create a raucous family entertainment. This production features appearances by local celebrities, and all the candy you can eat. Stars Ramona Burns, Lisa Michaels, and Scott Screws.
7:30 p.m. (Fri.- Sat.), 3 p.m. (Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), The Yellow Barn, 416 W. Huron. Tickets (if available) $20 (kids, $10) or pay what you can in advance at theatrenova.org and at the door. Members ($75 annual donation) receive priority access to all shows. 635-8450. [map]


 4 p.m.  Free! 

Christmas Concert: Unitarian Universalist Congregation.

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The Detroit Handbell Ensemble, directed by Brenda Austin, presents a program of holiday music.
4 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 4001 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 665-6158. [map]


 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Holiday Hustle": Running Fit.

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Competitive 5-km run/walk (4:30 p.m.) with awards for the top 3 finishers in various age categories, and a 1-mile fun run (4 p.m.).
4 p.m., Monument Park, downtown Dexter. 5-km run: $34 before Dec. 7 & $40 race weekend. Fun Run: $29 before Dec. 7 & $35 race weekend for adults, $19 before Dec. 7 & $25 race weekend for age 17 & under. Preregistration available at runholiday5k.com. 426-1175.


 6-8 p.m. 

"Christmas at the Mansion": Dexter Area Historical Society.

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Two days of seasonal events at Gordon Hall, the 19th-century mansion built by Dexter founder Judge Samuel Dexter whose many rooms have all been lavishly decorated for the holidays. Display of the museum's Christmas Vintage Collection, Milt Campbell's huge collection of Department 56 collectible holiday houses, buildings, and figures that was once traditionally seen in the windows of Huron Camera in downtown Dexter throughout the holiday season. On Sat., Santa is on hand to talk with kids, who also can make their own gingerbread house to take home. Also, the museum hosts an open house ($5 per adult) to view the Christmas Vintage Collection, 6-8 p.m. on Dec. 9, 10, 27, & 28. Dec. 3: "If Teapots Could Talk: A Christmas Tea." Light lunch with tea sandwiches and desserts and tour of Gordon Hall.
9 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sat.) and 1 & 4 p.m. seatings (Sun.), Gordon Hall, 8347 Island Lake Rd. (off Dexter-Pinckney Rd. just west of downtown Dexter). $5 on Sat., $25 on Sun. Reservations required for Sun. by calling 395-4106. 426-4767. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"Harvey": EMU Theatre Department.

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Dec. 1-3 & 7-10. EMU drama professor John Seibert directs EMU drama students in Mary Chase's beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning play, best known from the 1950 Jimmy Stewart film, about a gentle tippler and his imaginary friend Harvey, an invisible six-foot-tall rabbit.
7 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), EMU Quirk Theater, Ford St. (off Lowell at Jarvis), Ypsilanti. Tickets $15 (students & seniors, $12; kids 12 & under, $7) in advance at emutix.com and by phone (487-2282), and at the door. 487-1221. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"The Nutcracker": Ballet Chelsea.

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Wendi DuBois directs this Chelsea-based troupe of young dancers ages 8-18 in a production of her choreography of Tchaikovsky's ballet, with narration based on E.T.A. Hoffman's "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King." The Jackson Symphony Orchestra provides live accompaniment. The Sun. matinee is preceded at 12:30 p.m. by a Sugar Plum Fairy Tea ($10 in advance only) featuring cast visits and photos, and refreshments.
7 p.m. (Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Chelsea High School, 740 N. Freer, Chelsea. $15-25 (students, $10-20) in advance at balletchelsea.org and at the door. 475-3070. [map]


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December 2017
 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

My Turn: A Sensory Friendly Sunday at Leslie Science & Nature Center: My Turn.

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Hike, explore, and play at this nature-based My Turn event designed for individuals with sensory sensitivities! Walk our one-mile trail loop to explore the winter woods and look for winter animal homes. Do experiments about how animals stay warm in winter, or walk a shorter trail to look for clues that animals leave behind. You can also see live animals and explore our site using our app for iPads designed specifically with your family in mind.
Leslie Science & Nature Center, 1831 Traver Road. Free. 734-997-1553. Myturn@aahom.org myturncommunity.org [map]



 10 a.m., 12:30 & 2:30 p.m. 

"Santa Central": Hudson Mills Metropark Interpretive Nature Programs.

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Kids invited to visit with Santa, make seasonal crafts, and enjoy a hayride. Snack. Photos with Santa available for $2, or bring your own camera.
10 a.m. and 12:30 & 2:30 p.m., Hudson Mills Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $5 per person. Preregistration required. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 426-8211. [map]


 11 a.m.-6 p.m.  Free! 

Santa: Briarwood.

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Daily through Dec. 24. All kids invited to meet Santa. On Dec. 3, "Caring Santa" offers "sensory friendly" visits with Santa for kids with special needs; held when the mall is closed (9:30-11 a.m.) to create a calmer environment. Dec. 10 is "Pet Photo Night" (6:30-7:30 p.m.); all invited to bring 4-legged, leashed, friendly pets that weigh less than 60 lbs. to have their photo taken with Santa. Note: Santa takes breaks 1-2 p.m. and 5-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 2-2:45 p.m. on Sundays.
10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (Mon.-Thurs.), & 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sun.), Briarwood Von Maur court. Free (photos available for purchase). 769-9610. [map]


 1-5 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun., except Dec. 24. All invited to view Sven the reindeer on the conservancy's Stone Stage (2 & 4 p.m.). Also, a chance to see the conservancy's other animals, including a cougar, prairie dogs, 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]


 1-4 p.m. 

"Critters Up Close!": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Dec. 9 & 10. Leslie Science & Nature Center staff show live animals. Also, animal-oriented hands-on activities. This month's featured critters are hawks & falcons. Note: Saturday's program includes a midday "Animal Naptime" break when the animals get tired of human interaction.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.) & 1-4 p.m. (Sun.), AAHOM Michigan Nature Gallery, 220 E. Ann. $12 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]


 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Drawing for Kids": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Dec. 3, 10 & 17. Ann Arbor Art Center artists host a different directed drawing activity each week for kids in grades 1-5.
1-2 p.m., AADL Westgate Branch West Side Room (Dec. 3), Westgate shopping center, 2503 Jackson; AADL Malletts Creek Branch (Dec. 10), 3090 E. Eisenhower (between Stone School & Packard); AADL 4th-floor meeting room (Dec. 17), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 1 7 3:30 p.m. 

"Peter Pan Jr.": Ann Arbor Civic Theatre Junior Theatre.

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Dec. 8-10. Laurie Atwood and Chris Joseph direct young local actors in a junior version of Carolyn Leigh and Moose Charlap's Broadway musical, based on J.M. Barrie's popular children's novel about a magical boy who transports 3 English children to Never Never Land. The show's most memorable tunes include the exuberant "I'm Flying" and "I've Gotta Crow."
7:30 p.m. (Fri.) and 1 & 3:30 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Children's Creative Center, 1600 Pauline. Tickets $10 (kids, $8) in advance & at the door. 971-2228. [map]


 1-3 p.m. 

"Santa Visits Kerrytown": Kerrytown Market and Shops.

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Dec. 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, & 17. All kids invited to meet Santa. On Saturdays only, 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.-2 p.m. (Sat.) & 1-3 p.m. (Sun.), Kerrytown Market & Shops upstairs. Free; nonperishable food donations for Food Gatherers are welcome. 662-5008. [map]


 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

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Every Sat. & Sun. (except Dec. 31) and Dec. 27-29. Various audiovisual planetarium shows. The Sky Tonight (11:30 a.m. Sat., 1:30 & 3:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun., and 11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 27-29) is an exploration of the current night sky. Seasons of Light (12:30 p.m. Sat. & Dec. 27-29, & 2:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun.) is an audiovisual show about various ancient and modern solstice celebrations, including Christmas and Hanukkah.
Various times, U-M Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764-0478. [map]


 2 p.m. 

"Harvey": EMU Theatre Department.

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Dec. 1-3 & 7-10. EMU drama professor John Seibert directs EMU drama students in Mary Chase's beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning play, best known from the 1950 Jimmy Stewart film, about a gentle tippler and his imaginary friend Harvey, an invisible six-foot-tall rabbit.
7 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), EMU Quirk Theater, Ford St. (off Lowell at Jarvis), Ypsilanti. Tickets $15 (students & seniors, $12; kids 12 & under, $7) in advance at emutix.com and by phone (487-2282), and at the door. 487-1221. [map]


 2 p.m. 

"Little Women": Wild Swan Theater.

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Dec. 7-10. This award-winning local children's theater company performs its stage adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's beloved classic about 4 Civil War-era sisters growing up in Civil War-era New England. When their beloved mother must leave them to visit their ailing father at the front, the sisters, including a tomboyish aspiring writer, must face life together. Appropriate for kids age 8 & up.
10 a.m. (Thurs. & Fri.), 12:30 p.m. (Fri.), & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $12 (seniors age 60 & over and kids, $8; lap passes for kids age 2 & under, $3) in advance at wildswantheater.org and at the door. 995-0530. [map]



 2-3:30 p.m. 

"Minecraft Workshop": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Dec. 3, 10, & 17. All kids in grades 3-8 invited to try out this popular computer game that involves constructing 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.
2-3:30 p.m., AADL training center, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]


 2 p.m. 

"The Nutcracker": Ballet Chelsea.

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Wendi DuBois directs this Chelsea-based troupe of young dancers ages 8-18 in a production of her choreography of Tchaikovsky's ballet, with narration based on E.T.A. Hoffman's "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King." The Jackson Symphony Orchestra provides live accompaniment. The Sun. matinee is preceded at 12:30 p.m. by a Sugar Plum Fairy Tea ($10 in advance only) featuring cast visits and photos, and refreshments.
7 p.m. (Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Chelsea High School, 740 N. Freer, Chelsea. $15-25 (students, $10-20) in advance at balletchelsea.org and at the door. 475-3070. [map]


 2 p.m. 

"The Year Without a Panto Claus": Theatre Nova.

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Every Fri.-Sun., Dec. 1-31. Melissa Freilich directs the world premiere of Theatre Nova artistic director Carla Milarch and local composer R. Mackenzie Lewis's musical panto. When Santa disappears after calling off Christmas, 2 of his elves try to find him in some unlikely locations. A panto is a British pantomime genre that blends children's stories with a bit of vaudeville sensibility to create a raucous family entertainment. This production features appearances by local celebrities, and all the candy you can eat. Stars Ramona Burns, Lisa Michaels, and Scott Screws.
7:30 p.m. (Fri.- Sat.), 3 p.m. (Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), The Yellow Barn, 416 W. Huron. Tickets (if available) $20 (kids, $10) or pay what you can in advance at theatrenova.org and at the door. Members ($75 annual donation) receive priority access to all shows. 635-8450. [map]


 3 p.m.  Free! 

Holiday Concert: Dexter Community Band.

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Bill Gourley directs this 85-member volunteer ensemble in a program of holiday music including a spirited Jingle Bells Fantasy, "Ave Maria," "White Christmas," the suite from the Polar Express, and other festive selections. The program concludes with a visit from Santa, who provides candy canes for kids and joins a sing-along of traditional Christmas songs. Followed by a cookies & punch reception.
3 p.m., Dexter Center for the Performing Arts, Dexter High School, 2200 N. Parker, Dexter. Free. 426-2734. [map]


 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Counting Cells": U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun., except Dec. 2, 23, 24, 30 & 31. Hands-on 20-minute family-oriented demo examining how different types of cells in the human body replicate themselves.
11 a.m. (Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]


 3:30-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

Classical Bells Holiday Concert: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Darlene Ebersole directs this acclaimed Detroit-area handbell ensemble whose performances are known for their interpretive flair, technical skill, and informal choreography, along with a dash of humor. This popular annual concert showcases the group's varied repertoire of classical, inspirational, seasonal, popular, and even ragtime and swing tunes.
3:30-5:30 p.m., AADL lobby, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]


 4 p.m. 

"A Boychoir Christmas": Boychoir of Ann Arbor.

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Dec. 9 & 10. New music director John Boonenberg leads this local ensemble of boys ages 8-18 in its 31st annual Christmas concert. The program opens with the processional "Once in royal David's city," with the 1st verse sung by a solo boy, and concludes with John Gardner's "Tomorrow shall be my dancing day." The featured works range from John Rutter's setting of Robert Herrick's "What Sweeter Music" to the contemporary "Carol of the Stranger" by Abbie Betinis, the grand-niece of famed Christmas carol composer Alfred Burt, who has revived Burt's tradition of writing an annual carol. Also, British composer Bob Chilcott's "The Sparrows' Carol," a new arrangement of "Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming" with flute and guitar accompaniment, 19th-century German organist-composer Wilhelm Greef's motet "Das Volk so im Finstern wandelt," and Kyle Haugen's raucous setting of "I Wonder as I Wander." Audience sing-alongs of "Hark! The herald angels sing" and "O come, all ye faithful" are kicked off with a soaring Boychoir descant verse. This popular annual concert usually sells out.
3 p.m. (Sat.), First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor, 1432 Washtenaw, & 4 p.m. (Sun.), Concordia University Chapel of the Holy Trinity, 4090 Geddes at Earhart. Tickets $20 (students & seniors, $15; youths 17 & under, free) in advance at aaboychoir.org/reserve.html and BoychoirA2+Tickets@gmail.com, and at the door. 663-5377. [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]



 6-8 p.m. 

"Christmas at the Mansion": Dexter Area Historical Society.

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Two days of seasonal events at Gordon Hall, the 19th-century mansion built by Dexter founder Judge Samuel Dexter whose many rooms have all been lavishly decorated for the holidays. Display of the museum's Christmas Vintage Collection, Milt Campbell's huge collection of Department 56 collectible holiday houses, buildings, and figures that was once traditionally seen in the windows of Huron Camera in downtown Dexter throughout the holiday season. On Sat., Santa is on hand to talk with kids, who also can make their own gingerbread house to take home. Also, the museum hosts an open house ($5 per adult) to view the Christmas Vintage Collection, 6-8 p.m. on Dec. 9, 10, 27, & 28. Dec. 3: "If Teapots Could Talk: A Christmas Tea." Light lunch with tea sandwiches and desserts and tour of Gordon Hall.
9 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sat.) and 1 & 4 p.m. seatings (Sun.), Gordon Hall, 8347 Island Lake Rd. (off Dexter-Pinckney Rd. just west of downtown Dexter). $5 on Sat., $25 on Sun. Reservations required for Sun. by calling 395-4106. 426-4767. [map]





The Ann arbor Observer 2017 Holiday Guide
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