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4-H Youth Programs (MSU Extension Washtenaw County)

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

4-H Youth Programs (MSU Extension Washtenaw County) 705 N. Zeeb (734) 997-1678

Community clubs for youth ages 5-19. Subjects include animal science, art, entrepreneurship, environmental, leadership, service, STEM, etc. Annual 4-H Youth Show last week in July at Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds. Enroll Sept. 1. $20 yearly participation fee. Non-club member opportunities.,

Ann Arbor Area Piano Teachers Guild

(734) 864-2686

Piano lessons by qualified teachers. Student performance opportunities, achievement testing, awards competitions, and summer music camp. Financial aid available.

Ann Arbor Art Center

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

Art classes for all ages. Painting, mixed media, jewelry, ceramics, Art Lab (where traditional art meets technology), day camps during Ann Arbor Public School breaks, art parties, and events throughout the year. Mon.- Fri. 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. & Sun. noon-5 p.m.

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]

3090 E. Eisenhower [map]
Malletts Creek Branch Library

2359 Oak Valley [map]
Pittsfield Branch Library

3333 Traverwood [map]
Traverwood Branch Library

2503 Jackson [map]
West Branch Library, in the Westgate Shopping Center
(734) 327-8301

Activities and materials for youth and families year round at the Downtown Library and local branches. 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 children age birth-grade 5).

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 3-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, programming for libraries and community groups, 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, banjo, flute, 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 7 days/wk. year-round. Instrument repairs and rentals. Custom-made guitars and basses. Workshops, clinics.,

Ann Arbor Music School

1806 Dexter [map]
(213) 948-8007

Private lessons in guitar, bass, mandolin, ukulele, and songwriting/production. Lessons 7 days/wk. for ages 4 and up. Band mentoring through the process of playing together, writing songs, booking shows, and recording.,

Ann Arbor Suzuki Institute of Music

Mary Lou Roberts, coordinator, (734) 726-0171

Music instruction for children ages 3-18 using Shinichi Suzuki's method. Students learn with parents, teachers, and group classes, as well as individual instruction in violin, viola, cello, bass, and guitar. Suzuki Early Childhood Education for children from birth to age 3.,

Ann Arbor Young Actors Guild

Whitmore Lake
(734) 926-5629

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

Ann Arbor Youth Chorale

1100 N. Main, #111 [map]
(734) 996-4404

Two auditioned choirs, (Descant Choir and Concert Choir), for boys 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

Offers Chinese language, math, and cultural classes for heritage and non-heritage students in grades Pre-K-12. Meets Sun. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. at Washtenaw Community College (4800 E. Huron River, Crane Liberal Arts & Science Building, 2nd Floor). Follows AAPS calendar. Chinese New Year celebration, Moon Festival celebration, Youth Talent Show, College Forum, and High School Student Volunteering opportunities for ages 5-17. Online registration available.

Boy Scouts of America, Southern Shores Field Service Council

3914 Bestech, Ypsilanti [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

2751 Packard [map]
Jeannine Palms, (734) 971-5870; Andy Brush, (734) 323-4550

Children helped create and continue to care for this educational site and ecosystem which is located in Buhr Park. Features throughout the park act as filters for storm-water runoff and support a diverse habitat of plants and animals. Workdays and projects open to all ages.,

Community Music School of Ann Arbor

1289 Jewett [map]
(734) 213-2000

Programs include youth ensembles, chamber music, jazz combos, Suzuki violin, and more. Private instruction in strings, voice, piano, woodwinds, and brass also available.,

Domino's Petting Farm

3001 Earhart [map]
(734) 998-0182

Ponies, alpaca, goats, pigs, sheep, chickens, peacocks, lambs, cows, and a donkey. Open 7 days a week from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Adults & children $6, Senior (60 and above) $5.40 and children under the age of 2 are free. Open year round. Pony rides on most weekends. Birthday parties and picnics. Group rates.,

Elsie Earl Studios

1900 Manchester [map]
(734) 646-6633

Classes, workshops, and birthday parties in a wide variety or arts and crafts. Tot Time, 3-D painting, human-size board games, and more.,

Gallup Park River Kids

3000 Fuller [map]
(734) 794-6240

Exploratory program for age 2-6 (with caregiver) using kayaks, paddleboats, and canoes, plus fishing and storytelling. Call for dates and times; $70-$84/per child per month., (click on Registration).

Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan

444 James L. Hart Pkwy, Ypsilanti [map]
(734) 714-5140

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.,

JCC KidZone (Jewish Community Center)

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

For kids in grades K-8. KidZone Afterschool provides care 5 days/wk. from afterschool to 6 p.m. and includes transportation options. Computer lab, homework support, nutritious kid-tested snacks, indoor and outdoor play, and more. KidZone Enrichment provides classes afterschool and Sun., including athletics, arts, crafts, creative learning, and more. KidZone Vacation provides activities and field trips. KidZone@Night is a monthly evening of fun activities that give kids a night out and parents a night off., (click on Departments).

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Leslie Science & Nature Center

1831 Traver [map]
(734) 997-1553

Educates children and adults to discover, understand, and respect their natural environment. Conducts environmental education programs for all ages, birthday parties, day camps, field trips for school groups and scouts. All programs incorporate the park's 50 acres of fields and forest trails. Programs also feature non-releasable, educational birds of prey and other animals. Buildings and fire pits available to rent for parties, meetings, and other events. Grounds, trails, & raptor enclosures open daily, free of charge. Contact for Critter House open hours and upcoming events.,

MPulse Summer Performing Arts Camp

1100 Baits, 1281 Moore Bldg., School of Music, Theater, and Dance [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, 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

Gari Stein, founder & director. Community music school based in traditional folk music for chidren from infancy to 5 years and their grown-ups. Sing With Me, instrument exploration, Nurturing Baby and You for babies to pre-walkers, Ann Arbor Symphony KinderConcerts, Ann Arbor District Library Dancing Babies and Just Babies.,

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, which offers programs in the visual arts, music technology, community leadership, education, and literary arts. Drop-in activities include tutoring, pool, ping-pong, art studio, computer lab, and a recording studio. Weekend events (sometimes a cover charge) include live music performances, DJ parties, movie nights, and poetry slams. Drop-in activities and tutoring are free; program fees vary (scholarships available). Hours during the school year are Mon.-Thurs. 2:30-8 p.m., and Fri. 2:30-6 p.m. with special events on Sat. & Sun.,

Pittsfield Township Parks & Recreation

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

Offers a wide variety of recreation programming year round, for all ages to foster active and healthy lifestyles, build relationships, and create a sense of community. Programs designed specifically for preschoolers, youth, teens, adults, and seniors. Programs highlights include; Peewee and youth soccer leagues, Youth T-ball, machine-pitch league, swimming, tennis, after school programs, dance, special events.,

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

1515 S. Seventh, Pioneer High School, "E" wing [map]
(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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Scrap Box

581 State Circle [map]
(734) 994-0012

Parents and children of all ages can browse through a warehouse of recycled materials sold in bulk by the bag ($5/small bag, $7.50/large) or individually. Nonprofit welcomes donations from businesses (remnants, samples, promotional material, and seconds) and from individuals (beads, spools, yarn, buttons, and seashells, etc.). Detailed wish list available online; all donated materials must be clean and safe for children. Onsite workshops and birthday parties for children and adults by appointment. Members receive discounts on materials and use of an outfitted workspace. Tues.-Fri. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.,

Talking Colors Art School

2230 Pontiac Tr., Rudolf Steiner High School [map]
(734) 680-3532

Art education for students age 6 and up. Summer camp and after school program.,

U-M Museum of Natural History

1109 Geddes [map]
(734) 764-0478

Free weekend dinosaur tours and hands-on demonstrations. Annual events include ID Day, Dinosaur Discovery Day, and the Family Halloween Party. Planetarium shows, birthday parties, and educational programs for families and adults. Free admission; donations welcome. Call ahead to schedule group visits; fees apply. The museum will close on December 31, 2017, reopening next door in the new Biological Science Building in 2019. 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 Wed. evening scout programs. The Arb (1610 Washington Hts.) has self-guided tours sunrise to sunset For more information, see the Recreation listing.

U-M Youth Ensembles

1100 Baits, 1281 Moore Bldg., School of Music, Theatre, Dance (SMTD) [map]
(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 Symphonic Band, Michigan Youth Jazz Improvisation Ensemble, Michigan Youth Women's Chorale, and Michigan Youth Chamber Singers. All ensembles conducted by SMTD faculty. Complete online application to participate in 2016-2017 season. Main auditions held in April. Auditions for remaining instrument or voice openings held on Sept. 11, 2016. Weekly rehearsals Sun. afternoons Sept.-Mar. Concerts in Nov. & Mar. See website for information and fees.

Wild Swan Theater

6175 Jackson [map]
(734) 995-0530

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


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

Preschool programs for newborns-5 include parent/tot classes, art, dance, swimming, martial arts, Spanish, yoga and gymnastics. Programs for school age youth ages include after-school care, summer camp, dance, swimming, gymnastics, baseball/T-Ball, basketball and soccer leagues, flag football, fitness classes, art, music, theatre classes, yoga, and martial arts. Teen programs include after-school care, fitness classes, Youth Volunteer Corps, Youth in Government, summer camp, dance, swimming, basketball, martial arts, yoga, and fencing. Financial assistance available. Program details, rates, and registration online.

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Young People's Theater

331 Metty, #3 [map]
(734) 222-4006

Professional quality theater productions for grades K-12. Acting, voice, and dance classes, workshops and private lessons. Summer performing arts camps.,

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