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Ann Arbor Area Piano Teachers Guild

(734) 665-5346

Referral service for prospective students. Activities for students include performance opportunities, student achievement testing, awards competitions, and the summer "Mostly Music Camp". Financial aid available to students for study.,

Ann Arbor Art Center

117 W. Liberty [map]
(734) 994-8004 ext. 101

Year-round studio art classes and workshops in all major media for children and teens. Art parties for birthdays and more, workshops, and summer and vacation camps. Studio space available for event rentals.,

Ann Arbor Chinese Center of Michigan (Ann Arbor Chinese School)

P.O. Box 130733, AA 48113
(734) 769-9068

Chinese language classes and cultural activities, including Chinese yo-yo and orchestra, dizi, erhu, guzheng, Chinese martial arts, table tennis, and Chinese modern dance. Meets Sept.-June, Fri. 7-9:50 p.m., Northside Elementary School, 912 Barton.,

Ann Arbor Community Center

625 N. Main [map]
(734) 662-3128

After-school programs, tutoring, and recreation Oct.-May for grades 1-5. Ten-week summer day camp for ages 5-12; programs year round on health, financial, and community awareness for all ages. Call for fees.,

Ann Arbor District Library

343 S. Fifth Ave. [map]
(734) 327-8301. Youth desk: 327-8301

Activities and materials for youth and families year round at the Downtown Library and local branches: Malletts Creek (3090 E. Eisenhower), Pittsfield (2359 Oak Valley), Traverwood (3333 Traverwood), and West (2503 Jackson, Westgate Shopping Center). Playgroups (children under age 2 accompanied by caregivers) and preschool storytimes (children age 2 & over accompanied by caregivers) year round at most AADL locations. Summer Game for all ages offers activities, programs, and prizes. Events include hands-on science activities, crafts, performances, video game tournaments, author and storyteller visits, and musical programs. No charge for library events., (information for youth grades 6-12), (information for youth birth-grade 5).

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Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum

220 E. Ann [map]
(734) 995-5439

More than 250 interactive science and technology exhibits, including a light and optics gallery, a full size ambulance, a three-story rocket, and dedicated preschool room full of exhibits for younger visitors. Special demonstrations and events most weekends. New and traveling exhibitions, birthday parties, field trips, camp-ins, outreach, and distance learning programs. Memberships available. See website for hours and prices.,

Ann Arbor Music Center & Rock Band School

312 S. Ashley [map]
(734) 883-4751

Private lessons in guitar, bass, drums, voice, piano, harmonica, saxophone, clarinet, ukulele, cello, violin, and upright bass since 1998. Rock, blues, and jazz band classes for age 7-adult. Rock and jazz summer camps. All ages and skill levels. Classes daily year round. Instrument repairs and rentals. Custom-made guitars and basses. Workshops, clinics.,

Ann Arbor School for the Performing Arts

637 S. Main [map]
(734) 213-2000

Music school provides private instruction for piano, strings, woodwinds, brass, and voice. Programs include Youth Orchestra Program, the New Horizons Senior Strings Orchestra, Suzuki Violin, and Jazz Combos; group classes include Dalcroze, Music Play, Music Theater, Children's Choir, and more.,

Ann Arbor Suzuki Institute of Music

Mary Lou Roberts, coordinator, (734) 995-2099

Organization of Suzuki teachers and parents provides individual and group instruction for preschoolers to high schoolers in violin, viola, cello, guitar, flute, piano, and string bass.,

Ann Arbor Young Actors Guild

P.O. Box 79, Whitmore Lake 48189
(734) 926-5629

Theater opportunities for beginning to experienced actors age 8 through college with professional directors and teachers. 5 full productions per year; workshop-style auditions for inclusive casting. 2-week summer camp at the U-M Student Theatre Arts Complex.,

Ann Arbor Youth Chorale

1100 N. Main, suite 201B [map]
(734) 996-4404

Two auditioned choirs for boys (with unchanged voices) and girls, ages 9-16. Both choirs perform annual winter & spring concerts locally. Concert choir occasionally tours nationally and internationally. Sept.-May.,

Ann Hua Chinese School

P.O. Box 130212, AA 48103

A non-profit, 501(c)(3) community education resource. Offers Chinese language and cultural classes for K-12 and adults. Courses are designed for heritage and non-heritage students. Meets Sun. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Concordia University, Krieger Hall (4090 Geddes Road). Follows AAPS calendar. Chinese New Year celebration, Moon Festival celebration, and summer activities, including summer camp for ages 7-12. Online registration available.

Boy Scouts of America Southern Shores Field Service Council

1979 Huron Pkwy [map]
(734) 971-7100

Indoor and outdoor activities for Cub Scouts (grades 1-5) and leadership activities for Boy Scouts (grades 6-12). Call or email for referral to a troop in your area.,

Boychoir of Ann Arbor

1100 N. Main [map]
(734) 663-5377

Choral performance, vocal training, and music education for boys ages 8-18. Two choirs perform classical, sacred, and secular music in local concerts and at area community events, weddings, and private functions. Auditions by appointment year round. Camp in June.,,

Bryant Community Center (Community Action Network)

3 W. Eden Ct [map]
(734) 477-0292

Supervised after-school educational and recreational programs for grades K-12. Five-week summer day camp for grades K-5 features swimming, reading, activities with dogs, art, games, and field trips. Free toy library for all ages. Call for fees, schedule, and eligibility requirement information. Scholarships available.

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Buhr Park Children's Wet Meadow Project

Jeannine Palms, (734) 971-5870; Andy Brush, (734) 973-9161

Children helped create and continue to care for this educational site and ecosystem, which acts as a filter for storm-water runoff and supports a diverse habitat of plants and animals. Projects open to all ages.,


Cello program in its 19th year for students of all levels and ages. Holistic teaching philosophy supports a student's pursuit of excellence through relaxation, the mind-body connection while playing, and creative practicing. (website for annual cellochan retreat camp),

Dance studios

Many private studios offer dance instruction. Search online or see the Yellow Pages for listings.

Domino's Petting Farm

3001 Earhart. Mailing address: 24 Frank Lloyd Wright [map]
(734) 998-0182

Ponies, llamas, goats, pigs, sheep, chickens, donkeys, and cows. Mon.-Fri. 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat. & Sun. 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Adults $7, children ages 2-12 & senior citizens, $5.50, children under age 2 free. Hayrides included. Open year round. Pony rides on weekends. Birthday parties and picnics: call for group rates.,

En Nuestra Lengua

Free Spanish-language literacy program for Spanish-English bilingual children with Spanish-speaking parents. Programa de alfabetización y cultura para niños bilingües cuyos padres son hispanohablantes. During the school year, offers Saturday morning classes for children grades pre-K to 3rd at Bach Elementary School, 600 W. Jefferson. Staffed by native Spanish speakers trained as teachers.,

4-H youth programs (MSU Extension Washtenaw County)

705 N. Zeeb [map]
(734) 997-1678

Programs for ages 5-19 include animal care, arts, crafts, gardening, horses, nutrition, natural resources, community service, and leadership. 4-H Youth Show, last week in July, offers animal and still project judging contests, prizes, and many other activities. Also, outreach programs for at-risk youth. $10 yearly participation fee; some costs for activities., (click on 4-H)

Gallup Park River Kids

3000 Fuller Rd [map]
(734) 794-6240

Exploratory program for ages 2-4 (with caregiver) using kayaks, paddleboats, and canoes, plus fishing and storytelling. River Kindergartners for ages 5 & 6 offers same activities. Call for dates and times; $52-$64/per child per month.,

German School of Ann Arbor

3540 Dixboro Ln. (Go Like the Wind Montessori School) [map]
(734) 995-0313

German language and culture classes, taught mainly in German, for ages 3-16.,

Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan

444 James L. Hart Pkwy, Ypsilanti [map]
(800) 497-2688

Six age divisions for girls ages 5-18. Activities include camping, leadership and career exploration, and community service. Call to volunteer, join, or start a troop.,

Jewish Community Center

2935 Birch Hollow [map]
(734) 971-0990

After-school program, Kids' Club, for K-5 (transportation from local schools). Enrichment classes, including art and sports, during the week, bi-monthly Kids' Nights Out on Saturdays for K-5 during the school year. School's Out and Vacation Day programs for grades K-5, featuring field trips and special programs. Camp Raanana outdoor summer day camp for children entering grades K-8 is located on a beachfront at Cedar Lake Outdoor Center.,

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Jump City

2825 Boardwalk [map]
(734) 995-5055

Age 1 & over can bounce on giant inflatables during birthday parties (call for rates and schedule) or drop-in open bounce playtimes ($7/child) Tues. 9:30-11:30 p.m., Wed. 1-3 p.m., Fri. 6:30-9 p.m., & Sun. 4-6 p.m. Summer hours (June 17, 2013-Labor Day 2013): Mon., Wed., & Fri. 1-3 p.m.; Tues. & Thurs. 9:30-11:30 a.m.; Sun. 4-6 p.m.; family bounce Fri. 6:30-9 p.m.,

Korean School of Ann Arbor

P.O. 8435, AA 48107
(734) 973-1830

Sept.-June, Sat. 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Tappan Middle School, 2251 E. Stadium. Korean language and culture taught in English and Korean. Open to all, age 4-adult.,

Leslie Science & Nature Center

1831 Traver [map]
(734) 997-1553

Natural science and environmental education for youth and families. Indoor and outdoor activities on 50 acres of fields, woods, prairies, and ponds. Live birds of prey in outdoor enclosures and other animals in the Critter House. Programs for groups of all ages from toddlers to adults, nature-themed birthday parties, weekend and special events, and nature day camps during the summer and school breaks. Buildings available for rental. Open to the public every day from sunrise to sunset. Hikes encouraged. Admission free; call for program schedules and fees.,

MPulse Summer Performing Arts Camp

1100 Baits (1281 Moore Bldg) [map]
(734) 936-2660

U-M faculty teach this summer performing arts program on campus for students entering grades 9-12 and graduating seniors. This residential program offers two-week programs in music performance (bassoon, clarinet, oboe, flute, harp, horn, percussion, trombone, trumpet, voice), performing arts technology, theater, and dance. Three-week program for musical theater open to students entering grades 11 & 12. Check website for fees and program details; scholarships available.,

Music For Little Folks

(734) 741-1510

Community music school based in traditional folk music for infants to age 5 and their grown-ups. Sing With Me classes meet Tues. & Wed. mornings beginning in Sept., Jan., & Apr. Join anytime. Classes include 4 CDs, snacks, and time for chatting and independent instrument exploration. Also offers Nurturing Pathways Baby Class. For more information, contact director and founder, Gari Stein.,

Music Together

(734) 929-2133

Music and movement classes for young children and their parents or caretakers. Classes come with songbook/CD and include singing, movement, rhythmic rhymes, and instrument play. Classes for mixed ages (birth-5 years), big kids (ages 5-7), and babies (birth-8 months), held at various Ann Arbor area locations; see website for calendar.,

Neutral Zone

310 E. Washington [map]
(734) 214-9995

Youth-driven teen center for grades 9-12. Programs offered in visual arts, music and technology, literary and performance arts, community leadership, and education. Drop-in activities include tutoring, pool, ping-pong, art studio, computer lab, and a recording studio. Events (sometimes a cover charge) include live music performances, DJ parties, and poetry slams. Drop-in activities and tutoring free; program fees vary (scholarships available). Mon.-Thurs. 2:30-8 p.m., Fri. 2:30-6 p.m. Special events on Sat. & Sun.,

Peace Neighborhood Center

1111 N. Maple [map]
(734) 662-3564

After-school tutoring and clubs for elementary and middle school students. Also, a year-round college and career exploration program, homework help, counseling, health seminars, teen recreation, and drug prevention and rehabilitation programs. Six-week summer day camp on site for children entering grades K-8. All activities free, except $75/family for summer camp.,

Pittsfield Township Parks & Recreation

701 W. Ellsworth [map]
(734) 822-2120

Offers a wide variety of pre-school and youth programs, including year round instruction in karate, dance, and swimming. Youth T-ball league in spring/summer. Pee-wee soccer, tennis, and golf in spring and fall. Summer and winter day camps. See website for catalog.,

Rec&Ed (Ann Arbor Public Schools Department of Community Education and Recreation)

Pioneer High School, "E" wing, 1515 S. Seventh
(734) 994-2300

Classes and sports leagues for preschool through high school offered year round after-school, evenings, and weekends. Instructional classes include art, dance, languages, gymnastics, LEGO robotics, martial arts, music, chess, and sports (see Youth Sports). Summer camps for children in preschool-high school. Call to receive youth sports mailings, scholarship information, or quarterly catalogs.

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Safety Town (Ann Arbor Public Schools Rec&Ed)

Rec&Ed office: 1515 S. Seventh. Program location: rotates between AAPS elementary schools
(734) 994-2300, ext. 53106

Educational summer program helps children learn safety awareness using a child-size mock Ann Arbor that children explore on bikes. Curriculum covers bike helmets, stranger danger, fire safety, riding a school bus, pedestrian safety, and more. For children entering kindergarten in the fall. Scholarships available. Week-long session offered 4 times throughout the summer. Safety Town program 9 a.m.-noon; extended care & afternoon camp 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Scrap Box

581 State Cir [map]
(734) 994-0012. Recorded info: 994-4420

Parents and children of all ages can browse through a warehouse of materials for arts and crafts projects ($4/small bag, $6.50/large). Birthday parties and workshops by appointment. Tues.-Fri. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Call for holiday hours.,,

Talking Colors Art School

(734) 995-5959

Art education for students age 6 and up. Summer camp, after-school, school break, homeschool, portfolio preparation, birthday party. Meets at Rudolf Steiner High School, 2230 Pontiac Tr.,

U-M Museum of Natural History

1109 Geddes [map]
(734) 764-0480

Guided and unguided tours for school groups. Outreach programs, planetarium shows, birthday parties for children, and educational programs for families and adults. Free admission; donations welcome. See also the listing in the Libraries, Museums, & Galleries section. Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. noon-5 p.m.,

U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum

(734) 647-7600

Matthaei (1800 N. Dixboro) offers self-guided or docent-led tours and daytime and evening classes for adults and children of all ages, and Thurs. evening scout programs. The Arb (1610 Washington Hts.) offers self-guided tours sunrise to sunset and tours and scout programs by appointment. For more information, see the Recreation listing.

U-M Youth Ensembles

U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD), 1100 Baits
(734) 763-1279

Michigan high school students in grades 9-12 (string players in grades 7-12) may audition for the Michigan Youth Symphony Orchestra, Michigan Youth Band, Michigan Youth Jazz Improvisation Ensemble, Michigan Youth Women's Chorale, and Michigan Youth Chamber Singers. All ensembles conducted by SMTD faculty. Auditions Apr. & Sept. Weekly rehearsals Sun. afternoons Sept.-Mar. Concerts in Nov. & Mar. See website for information and fees.

Wild Swan Theater

6175 Jackson, suite B [map]
(734) 995-0530

After-school theater classes, summer drama camps, and participatory workshops for students in grades K-12, including activities designed for participants with disabilities. Also hosts performances geared for family audiences at Towsley Auditorium, Washtenaw Community College.,


400 W. Washington [map]
(734) 996-9622

Preschool programs (ages 2 1/2-5) include dance, swimming, martial arts, and gymnastics. Programs for youth (ages 6-11) include after-school care, summer camps, dance, swimming, gymnastics, indoor soccer, basketball, flag football, netball, volleyball, floor hockey, and martial arts. Teen programs (ages 12-17) include after-school, Youth Volunteer Corps, Youth in Government, summer camps, dance, swimming, martial arts, and fencing. Financial assistance available. Program details, rates, and registration online.

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Young People's Theater

331 Metty Dr., suite 3 [map]
(734) 222-4006

Theater, voice, and dance workshops and classes for age 4-high school, theater productions for age 4-high school, and summer theater camps for age 5-high school.,

Yourist Studio Gallery

1133 Broadway [map]
(734) 662-4914

Working studio offers after school clay classes for students ages 8-11 at all levels. Classes Sept.-June.,

Youth in Harmony

(734) 445-1945

Vocal music education and introductory singing for grades K-8. Four-part "barbershop" chorus for middle and high school students offers performance opportunities at clinics and festivals. Scholarships available. More information for high schoolers at,

Zap Zone

4177 Carpenter [map]
(734) 930-6670

Laser tag, bumper cars, cannon blaster, arcade. Birthday and group parties. Mon.-Thurs. 4-10 p.m., Fri. 3 p.m.-midnight (June-Aug.: Mon.-Thurs. noon-11 p.m., Fri. noon-midnight), Sat. 10 a.m.-midnight, Sun. noon-9 p.m.


115 E. Liberty (inside Liberty St. Robot Supply & Repair) [map]
(734) 761-3463

Writing center offers students ages 8-18 drop-in tutoring Mon.-Thurs. 3:30-5:30 p.m., in-school tutoring, field trips, workshops, writing labs, help with student publications, and one-on-one help for English language learners. All programs free.,

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