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Family, Teens, & Kids Stuff - Week of March 11, 2019

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


March 2019
 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Playgroups for Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Playgroup for kids up to 24 months, accompanied by an adult. No older siblings.

Mon. 10:30-11:30 a.m. except Mar. 4. Downtown.

Tues. 10-11 a.m. Malletts Creek.

Wed. 11 a.m.-noon. Pittsfield.

Thurs. 2-3 p.m. Westgate & 6:30-7:30 p.m. Malletts Creek.

Fri. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.
Every Mon.-Fri. (except Mar. 4), various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.


 11-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (accompanied by an adult).

Mon. 11-11:30 a.m. Westgate.

Tue. 10-10:30 a.m., except Mar. 5. Downtown & 11-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.

Wed. 10-10:30 a.m. Malletts Creek, 11-11:30 a.m. except Mar. 6. Downtown, & 6-6:30 p.m. Traverwood.

Thurs. 10-10:30 a.m. Traverwood & 7-7:30 p.m. Pittsfield.

Fri. 10-10:30 a.m. Westgate & Pittsfield.
Various locations, every Mon.-Fri. (see listing). Free. 327-4200.


 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]


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Tuesday


March 2019
 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.
9:30 a.m. (Tues.) & 10:30 a.m. (Sat.), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. Free with regular admission: $12.50 (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-9439. [map]


 10-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Playgroups for Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Playgroup for kids up to 24 months, accompanied by an adult. No older siblings.

Mon. 10:30-11:30 a.m. except Mar. 4. Downtown.

Tues. 10-11 a.m. Malletts Creek.

Wed. 11 a.m.-noon. Pittsfield.

Thurs. 2-3 p.m. Westgate & 6:30-7:30 p.m. Malletts Creek.

Fri. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.
Every Mon.-Fri. (except Mar. 4), various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.


 10-10:30 & 11-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (accompanied by an adult).

Mon. 11-11:30 a.m. Westgate.

Tue. 10-10:30 a.m., except Mar. 5. Downtown & 11-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.

Wed. 10-10:30 a.m. Malletts Creek, 11-11:30 a.m. except Mar. 6. Downtown, & 6-6:30 p.m. Traverwood.

Thurs. 10-10:30 a.m. Traverwood & 7-7:30 p.m. Pittsfield.

Fri. 10-10:30 a.m. Westgate & Pittsfield.
Various locations, every Mon.-Fri. (see listing). Free. 327-4200.


 10-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Tummy Times": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Tues. New and expecting parents encouraged to bring their babies and share new baby experiences.
10-11 a.m., AADL Westgate, Westgate shopping center, 2503 Jackson. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 10:30-11:15 a.m.  Free! 

"Babytime": Chelsea District Library.

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Every Tues., except Nov. 20, Dec. 25, Jan. 1, Feb. 5, & Mar. 12 Staff present a program of songs, stories, and rhymes for kids under age 2 (accompanied by a caregiver). No siblings.
10:30-11:15 a.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


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Wednesday


March 2019
 10-11 a.m. 

"Nature Storytime": Leslie Science and Nature Center.

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Every Wed. and Sun., except Mar. 24 & 27. Kids ages 1-5 (accompanied by a caregiver) invited for a program of stories and nature-based activities on different themes.

Mar. 3 & 6: "Wiggly Worms."

Mar. 10 & 13: "Who Lives on the Forest Floor?"

Mar. 17 & 20: "What Do Animals Eat?"
10-11 a.m., LSNC, 1831 Traver. $5 per child ($4 per member), adults and children under 1 year old are free. 997-1553. [map]


 10-10:30 & 11-11:30 a.m. & 6-6:30 p.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (accompanied by an adult).

Mon. 11-11:30 a.m. Westgate.

Tue. 10-10:30 a.m., except Mar. 5. Downtown & 11-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.

Wed. 10-10:30 a.m. Malletts Creek, 11-11:30 a.m. except Mar. 6. Downtown, & 6-6:30 p.m. Traverwood.

Thurs. 10-10:30 a.m. Traverwood & 7-7:30 p.m. Pittsfield.

Fri. 10-10:30 a.m. Westgate & Pittsfield.
Various locations, every Mon.-Fri. (see listing). Free. 327-4200.


 11 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Playgroups for Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Playgroup for kids up to 24 months, accompanied by an adult. No older siblings.

Mon. 10:30-11:30 a.m. except Mar. 4. Downtown.

Tues. 10-11 a.m. Malletts Creek.

Wed. 11 a.m.-noon. Pittsfield.

Thurs. 2-3 p.m. Westgate & 6:30-7:30 p.m. Malletts Creek.

Fri. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.
Every Mon.-Fri. (except Mar. 4), various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.


 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. Kids welcome.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]


 4:30 p.m. 

"Crafty Cats": Tiny Lions Lounge & Adoption Center.

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Kids in grades 3-5 invited for an animal-themed craft and a chance to play with cats and learn how to care for animals.
4:30-5:30 p.m., Tiny Lions, 5245 Jackson ste. A1. $10 per kid; parents who want to stay, $5. 661-3575. [map]


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Thursday


March 2019
 10-10:30 a.m. & 7-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (accompanied by an adult).

Mon. 11-11:30 a.m. Westgate.

Tue. 10-10:30 a.m., except Mar. 5. Downtown & 11-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.

Wed. 10-10:30 a.m. Malletts Creek, 11-11:30 a.m. except Mar. 6. Downtown, & 6-6:30 p.m. Traverwood.

Thurs. 10-10:30 a.m. Traverwood & 7-7:30 p.m. Pittsfield.

Fri. 10-10:30 a.m. Westgate & Pittsfield.
Various locations, every Mon.-Fri. (see listing). Free. 327-4200.


 10:30-11:15 a.m.  Free! 

"Dance Along, Sing Along": Chelsea District Library.

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Local music teacher Beth Battey, co-organizer of the Cumberland Dance Week family dance camp, leads a program of songs, dances, and musical games for preschoolers age 2 & up. Followed by open playtime. Siblings welcome.
10:30-11:15 a.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 10:30 a.m. 

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

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Every Thurs. Stories, crafts, finger plays, and interaction with adoptable cats. Also, a chance to make a toy or treat for the animals. For kids ages 2-5, accompanied by an adult.
10:30 a.m., HSHV, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. $5 per child (babies under age 1, free). hshv.org, 661-3575. [map]


 2-3 p.m. & 6:30-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Playgroups for Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Playgroup for kids up to 24 months, accompanied by an adult. No older siblings.

Mon. 10:30-11:30 a.m. except Mar. 4. Downtown.

Tues. 10-11 a.m. Malletts Creek.

Wed. 11 a.m.-noon. Pittsfield.

Thurs. 2-3 p.m. Westgate & 6:30-7:30 p.m. Malletts Creek.

Fri. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.
Every Mon.-Fri. (except Mar. 4), various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.


 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

"After School Special": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Mar. 14 & 21. All teens invited to learn a new hobby, like knitting, writing, or drawing, or bring an art/craft project to work on.
3-5 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. . [map]


 3:30-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"LEGOs at the Library": Northfield Township Area Library.

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Calling all LEGO lovers, it's time to show off your skills and flex your creative muscles. All ages are welcome to come to the Library for some hands-on fun and build a masterpiece at our LEGO club. No registration is required for this FREE event.
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake. Free. 734-449-0066. hmccausland@ntal.org http://www.ntal.org/events.html [map]



 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

Spring Open House: Father Gabriel Richard High School.

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Join us to learn more about our distinctive program of academic excellence, intentional discipleship, creativity, and sportsmanship at our Spring Open House on Thursday, March 14 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm. Visit the school and see what sets us apart. Meet our outstanding faculty and learn why 86% of our students earn a 3 or higher on AP exams, why our average ACT score is 6 points above the national average and how we pursue greatness in all we do. Visit: fgrhs.org to learn more.
Father Gabriel Richard High School, 4333 Whitehall Dr. Free. 734-662-0496. admissions@fgrhs.org fgrhs.org [map]



 7:30 p.m. 

"A Super Campy Musical": Thurston Community Players.

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Mar. 14-16. Thurston Elementary School students, parents, and friends present the school's 45th annual original musical, this one set at Camp Ker-Pow-Pow, a summer camp for superhero kids.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs. & Fri.) & 7 p.m. (Sat.), Clague Middle School auditorium, 2616 Nixon. Tickets $10 (students, $5) in advance at thurstonplayers.org & at the door. thurstonplayers@gmail.com. [map]


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Friday


March 2019
 10-10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (accompanied by an adult).

Mon. 11-11:30 a.m. Westgate.

Tue. 10-10:30 a.m., except Mar. 5. Downtown & 11-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.

Wed. 10-10:30 a.m. Malletts Creek, 11-11:30 a.m. except Mar. 6. Downtown, & 6-6:30 p.m. Traverwood.

Thurs. 10-10:30 a.m. Traverwood & 7-7:30 p.m. Pittsfield.

Fri. 10-10:30 a.m. Westgate & Pittsfield.
Various locations, every Mon.-Fri. (see listing). Free. 327-4200.


 10:30-11 a.m. 

"Just for Younger Kids: Storytime Tasting": Zingerman's Deli.

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Kids 2-5 invited to listen to a food-themed story. Snack provided. Caregivers must stay with their child.
10:30-11 a.m., Zingerman's Deli Upstairs. 422 Detroit St. $10 per child for storytime, additional $15 for tastings. Reservations required at events.zingermanscommunity.com. 663-3354.


 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Playgroups for Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Playgroup for kids up to 24 months, accompanied by an adult. No older siblings.

Mon. 10:30-11:30 a.m. except Mar. 4. Downtown.

Tues. 10-11 a.m. Malletts Creek.

Wed. 11 a.m.-noon. Pittsfield.

Thurs. 2-3 p.m. Westgate & 6:30-7:30 p.m. Malletts Creek.

Fri. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.
Every Mon.-Fri. (except Mar. 4), various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.


 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. Kids welcome.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]


 12:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Movies at the Center": Chelsea Senior Center.

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A chance for seniors to watch a movie with their grandkids. Popcorn.

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Mar. 15: "The Commitments" (Alan Parker, 1991). Dramatic comedy about an unemployed Dubliner trying to start a soul band.

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Mar. 22: "Ready Player One" (Steven Spielberg, 2018). Adaptation of Ernest Cline's futuristic novel about a man who lives primarily in a virtual Utopia.

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Mar. 29: "The Straight Story" (David Lynch, 1999). Drama based on a true story about an elderly man who takes a long journey on a riding lawn mower to mend his relationship with his estranged brother.

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April-June schedule TBA at chelseaseniors.org.

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12:30 p.m. Chelsea Senior Center, 512 Washington, Chelsea. Free; donations accepted. 475-9242. [map]


 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Little Listeners": Northfield Township Area Library.

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Come to the Northfield Township Area Library every Friday for a storytime designed to promote early literacy. Little Listeners is for ages 0 to 6-years-old. Enjoy a half-hour of fun stories, silly songs, and age-appropriate hands-on activities.
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake. Free. 7344490066. hmccausland@ntal.org http://www.ntal.org/events.html [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.
3:30-5 p.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"Madagascar Jr.": Chelsea Area Players Youth Theatre.

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Mar. 15-17. Young local actors perform Kevin Del Aguila, George Noriega, and Joel Someillan's musical based on the popular animated comedy about Central Park Zoo animals who escape to explore the world.
7 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sun.), Washington Street Education Center, 500 Washington, Chelsea. Tickets $10 in advance at Chelsea Pharmacy & at the door. Chelseaareaplayers.org. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"When I Grow Up": Saline Community Education Junior Theater.

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Mar. 15-17. Rebecca Groeb directs Saline students in her and Brian Cox's musical about the transition from elementary to middle school. Based on surveys filled out by middle school students, the show includes songs from Matilda, 13, and Wicked.
7 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Liberty School Auditorium, 7265 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Saline. Tickets $5. 401-4214. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"A Super Campy Musical": Thurston Community Players.

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Mar. 14-16. Thurston Elementary School students, parents, and friends present the school's 45th annual original musical, this one set at Camp Ker-Pow-Pow, a summer camp for superhero kids.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs. & Fri.) & 7 p.m. (Sat.), Clague Middle School auditorium, 2616 Nixon. Tickets $10 (students, $5) in advance at thurstonplayers.org & at the door. thurstonplayers@gmail.com. [map]


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Saturday


March 2019
 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Urban Hike & Sustainable Art": Fjallraven.

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Every Sat. All invited to walk through downtown to Eberwhite Woods and back. In warmer weather, hikes may go to the Huron River or the Arb. Followed at 10 a.m. by family-friendly art projects. Coffee & donuts.
9 a.m., Fjallraven, 213 S. Main. Free. 585-5628. [map]


 10 - 11 a.m.  Free! 

Shamrock Storytime: Junior League of Ann Arbor.

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The Junior League of Ann Arbor invites you to join us for a special St. Patrick's Day storytime and craft. We'll be reading themed stories and ending with a shamrock craft. This event is geared toward pre-K to 1st grade, but siblings are welcome!
Westgate Branch of AADL, 2503 Jackson Ave. Free. lplentz3@outlook.com https://www.facebook.com/events/318657002088935/?ti=ia [map]



 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Healing Through Hands-On Science: Teddy Bear Clinic": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Mar. 16 & 17. Activities to teach how the body works and explore the science behind medical procedures. Also, a chance to meet operating room nurses from Mott Children's Hospital.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Mar. 16) & noon-4 p.m. (Mar. 17), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. All events free with regular admission: $12.50 (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-9439. [map]


 10 & 11 a.m. and noon 

"Maple Sugaring: A Journey to the Sugar Bush": Hudson Mills Metropark Interpretive Nature Programs.

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Every Sat. & Sun., Mar. 2-31. Naturalist Mark Irish discusses the history of maple sugaring and lead a hike to a stand of maple trees to see how they are tapped, followed by a trip to an evaporator to learn how sap is turned into syrup. Also, a pancake and sausage breakfast ($6; kids, $4), 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
10 & 11 a.m. and noon, Hudson Mills Metropark Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $5 (kids, $3). Preregistration required. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 426-8211. [map]



 10-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Tummy Times": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Tues. New and expecting parents encouraged to bring their babies and share new baby experiences.
10-11 a.m., AADL Westgate, Westgate shopping center, 2503 Jackson. Free. 327-4200. [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. Kids welcome.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]


 10:30 a.m. 

"Hora de Cuento": Nicola's Books.

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Bilingual storytime for preschoolers.
Nicola's, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600.


 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Purim Carnival and Shpiel": Temple Beth Emeth.

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TBE religious school students perform Finding Esther!, TBE's Finding Dory-inspired version of the Purim story. Followed at 11:15 a.m. by games, crafts, and activities. Costumes encouraged. Pizza available ($1 per slice). TBE also hosts a reading of the Megillah (Purim story) and Purim Singing on Mar. 20 (6 p.m.).
10:30 a.m., TBE, 2309 Packard. Free admission. nfeinberg@templebethemeth.org. [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.
9:30 a.m. (Tues.) & 10:30 a.m. (Sat.), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. Free with regular admission: $12.50 (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-9439. [map]


 11 a.m.  Free! 

"BMR Kids Club- YDL Superior": Black Men Read.

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Join us on the third Saturday of each month at YDL Superior for storytelling and crafts!
Black Men Read is an homage to the history of storytelling among African people. All families are invited and encouraged to attend. Stories and activities will be geared for children K-5
Ypsilanti District Library- Superior Branch, 8795 Macarthur Rd, Ypsilanti. Free. bmrprogram@gmail.com [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.
Bookbound, Courtyard Shops. Free. 369-4345.


 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Family Art Studio: Inuit Inspirations": UMMA.

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Families with kids age 6 & up invited to make art inspired by the current exhibit of Inuit art. Local artist Sophie Grillet is on hand to help.
11 a.m.-1 p.m. & 2-4 p.m., UMMA, 525 S. State. Free; preregistration required at umma.umich.edu/events. 764-0395. [map]


 11:15 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Storytime at the Museum": UMMA.

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Reading of Nessa's Fish, Nancy Luenn's story about a young girl and the Arctic animals she encounters. Followed by a short craft activity. For ages 3-6 (with a parent). Siblings welcome.
UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]


 1-5 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show off a kangaroo (2 & 4 p.m.) and an emu (3 p.m.). Also, presentations every half hour with a black swan and blue-tongued skink, and a chance to see the conservancy's other animals, including a sloth, a cougar, bald eagle, an Arctic fox, and more. 1-5 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 (kids ages 2-12, $8; age 1 & under, free). 929-9324.
1-5 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 (kids ages 2-12, $8; age 1 & under, free). 929-9324. [map]


 2:30-3:30 p.m. 

"Hand Balancing & Contortion for Ages 8-17": A2 Aviary.

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This all-level class is designed for active young people (ages 8-17) to build the courage for inversions and the strength to stay upside down. Students will learn to balance on their hands, create absurd shapes, and find their bendiest self. Each class includes 15-20 minutes of warm-up and stretching, followed by practicing hand balancing and contortion fundamentals. This is not a drop in class, all student MUST please register via the Aviary's website before arriving to the studio.
The Ann Arbor Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk St, Suite A. $15. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/ [map]



 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Life in Unusual Spaces": Saline District Library.

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U-M Museum of Natural History representatives lead hands-on activities exploring how animals adapt to cities and how humans adapt to conditions in space. For families with kids ages 6-11.
3-4 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]


 5:30-10 p.m. 

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

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Kids in grades K-6 invited 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.
5:30-10 p.m., LSNC, 1831 Traver Rd. $30 (members, $25) per child. Registration required by noon on Mar. 13. 997-1553. [map]


 6-9 p.m. 

"Dancing Downtown": Satchel's BBQ.

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Every Sat. All invited to dance to recorded music. Families welcome.
6-9 p.m., Satchel's, 221 W. Liberty. Free. 929-4240. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"A Super Campy Musical": Thurston Community Players.

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Mar. 14-16. Thurston Elementary School students, parents, and friends present the school's 45th annual original musical, this one set at Camp Ker-Pow-Pow, a summer camp for superhero kids.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs. & Fri.) & 7 p.m. (Sat.), Clague Middle School auditorium, 2616 Nixon. Tickets $10 (students, $5) in advance at thurstonplayers.org & at the door. thurstonplayers@gmail.com. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"Madagascar Jr.": Chelsea Area Players Youth Theatre.

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Mar. 15-17. Young local actors perform Kevin Del Aguila, George Noriega, and Joel Someillan's musical based on the popular animated comedy about Central Park Zoo animals who escape to explore the world.
7 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sun.), Washington Street Education Center, 500 Washington, Chelsea. Tickets $10 in advance at Chelsea Pharmacy & at the door. Chelseaareaplayers.org. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"When I Grow Up": Saline Community Education Junior Theater.

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Mar. 15-17. Rebecca Groeb directs Saline students in her and Brian Cox's musical about the transition from elementary to middle school. Based on surveys filled out by middle school students, the show includes songs from Matilda, 13, and Wicked.
7 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Liberty School Auditorium, 7265 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Saline. Tickets $5. 401-4214. [map]


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March 2019
 10-11 a.m. 

"Nature Storytime": Leslie Science and Nature Center.

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Every Wed. and Sun., except Mar. 24 & 27. Kids ages 1-5 (accompanied by a caregiver) invited for a program of stories and nature-based activities on different themes.

Mar. 3 & 6: "Wiggly Worms."

Mar. 10 & 13: "Who Lives on the Forest Floor?"

Mar. 17 & 20: "What Do Animals Eat?"
10-11 a.m., LSNC, 1831 Traver. $5 per child ($4 per member), adults and children under 1 year old are free. 997-1553. [map]


 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

Drop-in Luminary Workshops: WonderFool Productions.

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Every Sun. Local artists show how to make a lantern to carry in the FoolMoon processionals on Apr. 5. Materials provided. Refreshments.
10 a.m.-5 p.m., Workantile, 118 S. Main. Free, but donations accepted ($10 suggested). wonderfoolproductions@gmail.com, 763-7550. [map]


 10 & 11 a.m. and noon 

"Maple Sugaring: A Journey to the Sugar Bush": Hudson Mills Metropark Interpretive Nature Programs.

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Every Sat. & Sun., Mar. 2-31. Naturalist Mark Irish discusses the history of maple sugaring and lead a hike to a stand of maple trees to see how they are tapped, followed by a trip to an evaporator to learn how sap is turned into syrup. Also, a pancake and sausage breakfast ($6; kids, $4), 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
10 & 11 a.m. and noon, Hudson Mills Metropark Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $5 (kids, $3). Preregistration required. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 426-8211. [map]



 Noon-4 p.m. 

"Healing Through Hands-On Science: Teddy Bear Clinic": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Mar. 16 & 17. Activities to teach how the body works and explore the science behind medical procedures. Also, a chance to meet operating room nurses from Mott Children's Hospital.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Mar. 16) & noon-4 p.m. (Mar. 17), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. All events free with regular admission: $12.50 (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-9439. [map]


 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Scientist Spotlight at Young Scientists Expo": U-M Literature, Science, and the Arts.

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Several U-M research scientists in a range of fields from anthropology and psychology to chemistry, natural resources, and the environment are stationed throughout the room with interactive activities focusing on their own current work. For example, visitors might look at miniature versions of an archaeological site to draw conclusions about the people who lived there. For grade 2-adult.
1-4 p.m., Forsythe Middle School Auditorium, 1655 Newport Rd. Free. [map]


 1 p.m.  Free! 

Youth Oratorical Contest: Ann Arbor Breakfast Optimist Club.

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Eligibility: Washtenaw County students under the age of 19 by October 1, 2018 who have not won another Optimist Club District Contest and who are not related to judges of the contest
Speech Requirements:
• Written and delivered by the student a 4-5 minutes in length addressing topic question,
"Is There a Fine Line Between Optimisim and Reality?"
• A printed copy of the speech must be submitted with the student's application and a copy of the student's birth certificate or passport
Contest Criterion:
A panel of 3 judges will determine 3 winners based on: poise, content of speech, delivery and presentation and overall effectiveness.
Awards:
Each student will receive a certificate for participating.
1st place winner will receive $500 and the opportunity to compete at the district level and possibly beyond!
2nd place Winner will receive $300
3rd place Winner will receive $100
Application Process:
• Contact Susan at baskett1@hotmail.com or 734.474.8221 to receiv
Learning Resource Center, 4135 Washtenaw Ave. Free. 734.474.8221. [map]


 1-5 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show off a kangaroo (2 & 4 p.m.) and an emu (3 p.m.). Also, presentations every half hour with a black swan and blue-tongued skink, and a chance to see the conservancy's other animals, including a sloth, a cougar, bald eagle, an Arctic fox, and more. 1-5 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 (kids ages 2-12, $8; age 1 & under, free). 929-9324.
1-5 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 (kids ages 2-12, $8; age 1 & under, free). 929-9324. [map]


 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Drawing for Kids": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Sun. 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 (Mar. 3), AADL Downtown 4th fl. meeting rm. (Mar. 10, 17, & 24), & AADL Malletts Creek (Mar. 31). Free. 327-4200. .


 2-4 p.m. 

Family Dance: Pittsfield Union Grange.

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Callers lead contras and square dances to live music. For kids accompanied by an adult.
Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $12 per family (members, free). 769-1052, 274-0773. [map]


 2-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Klub Kito's Minecraft Masters": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All experienced players in grades 2-10 invited to play this popular computer game. Also, a PvP (player vs. player) minigame.
2-3:30 p.m., AADL Downtown Training Center, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Read-Along Dog": Saline District Library.

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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. Free. Preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]


 2 p.m. 

"When I Grow Up": Saline Community Education Junior Theater.

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Mar. 15-17. Rebecca Groeb directs Saline students in her and Brian Cox's musical about the transition from elementary to middle school. Based on surveys filled out by middle school students, the show includes songs from Matilda, 13, and Wicked.
7 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Liberty School Auditorium, 7265 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Saline. Tickets $5. 401-4214. [map]


 3-5 p.m. 

Kids Care Fair: Jewish Family Services.

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Kids in grades preK-8 and their families invited for storytelling, cooking demos (with snacks), writing letters to welcome refugees, a petting zoo, and activities focusing on cultural sensitivity, disability awareness, kindness to older adults, hunger prevention, and more. Also, live science demos. Snacks.
3-5 p.m.,WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg., 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $5-$50 ($25 requested) per family sliding scale based on ability to pay. 769-0209. [map]


 3 p.m. 

"Madagascar Jr.": Chelsea Area Players Youth Theatre.

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Mar. 15-17. Young local actors perform Kevin Del Aguila, George Noriega, and Joel Someillan's musical based on the popular animated comedy about Central Park Zoo animals who escape to explore the world.
7 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sun.), Washington Street Education Center, 500 Washington, Chelsea. Tickets $10 in advance at Chelsea Pharmacy & at the door. Chelseaareaplayers.org. [map]


 4 p.m. 

"The Music of Harry Potter": Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra.

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Mar. 16 & 17. Arie Lipsky conducts the orchestra in music from Harry Potter films, including favorite themes by John Williams, Patrick Doyle, Nicholas Hooper, and Alexandre Desplat. Also, works from J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Costumes encouraged. Today's show is preceded 2:30-3:30 p.m. in the lobby by kids activities and an instrument petting zoo.
4 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $20 & $25 (kids, $10) in advance at a2so.com & the AASO Office (35 Research Dr., ste. 100), and (if available) at the door. 994-4801. [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) 531-8796. info@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]







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