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Family, Teens, & Kids Stuff - Week of July 15, 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


July 2019
 9 & 10:30 a.m. 

"This Summer: Conquer Boredom & Delight your Creative Child at the Doodles Academy Art Camp"

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Art Camp Week 4: 7/15-7/19: Rainforest Creature Marionettes
Students learn ways that rainforest animals defend themselves. They brainstorm the ideal creature to live in the rainforest, then create marionette puppets of their creatures.
Class Size: Classes are very small, and space is offered on a first-come first-serve basis. Time & Ages: Younger students (5-8) are invited to attend from 9-10am each day, and older students (8-11) are invited to attend from 10:30-11:30 each day.
This Summer: Conquer Boredom & Delight your Creative Child Each week, your artist will dive into a topic. They'll be inspired by history, motivated by other artists, and encouraged to connect all of this to their own lives in creative ways. Each week, students will work towards completing a final project that will be as unique as they are.
AAWA Studios. $60. info@doodles-academy.org https://a2tix.com/events/doodles-academy-art-camp-wk4-rainforest
 


 9 a.m. 

Summer Camp SCRAP: SCRAP Box.

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Camp SCRAP is excited to announce five summer sessions for children in 1st-6th grade and a three-day workshop for teens. Camp SCRAP is an art camp centered on themes of creative reuse and skill development. This camp is for children who LOVE inventing, making, and bringing their creative ideas to life while taking care of our planet! Each day there is a fun mix of staff-led projects and time for children to access to the wide variety of materials in the SCRAP store to create a project of their choice.
Each camp is held from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm in SCRAP Box's Education Studio located inside the SCRAP store at 581 State Circle Ann Arbor, MI. Camp dates and themes are as follows: June 17-20 Outer Space, June 24-28 Under the Sea, July 8-12 Art in Nature, July 15-18 Inventor's Imagination, July 31-August 2 Superheroes. Tuition ranges from $150-$275 depending on the length of the session. Substantial sibling discounts are available as well as scholarship opportunities.
SCRAP Box, 581 State Circle. $155.00 to $275.00--depending on Camp duration/sibling discount etc. 7342185620. claire@scrapbox.org scrapbox.org [map]



 9 a.m.-7 p.m. 

"Scavenger Hunt with Cats": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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Drop-in scavenger hunt that includes interactions with adoptable cats. Popcorn.
9 a.m.-7 p.m., Humane Society, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. $7/hour ($4/half hour). hshv.org, 661-3575. [map]


 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Hands-On Summer of Space!": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Space-themed activities for kids of all ages. July's theme: "Race to the Moon!" August's theme: "Strange Worlds, Stranger Creatures!"
Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, 220 E. Ann. All events free (except as noted) with regular admission: $12.50 (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-9439. [map]


 10 a.m. 

"Weekday Morning Movies": Quality 16.

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June 24-28: "The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part" (Mike Mitchell, 2019). Citizens of a Lego town battle Duplo invaders.

July 1-5: "Hotel Transylvania 3" (Genndy Tartakovsky, 2018). Animation about Count Dracula's family cruise vacation.

July 8-12: "Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween" (Ari Sandel, 2018). 2 kids find a magic book that brings a ventriloquist's dummy to life.

July 15-19: "Smurfs: The Lost Village" (Kelly Asbury, 2017). Animation about the only female Smurf's quest to find her special talent.

July 22-26: "The Emoji Movie" (Tony Leondis, 2017). Animation about an unusual emoji with various expressions who sets out to become normal.

July 29-Aug. 2: "A Dog's Way Home" (Charles Martin Smith, 2019). Live action adventure film about a dog who travels through the Colorado wilderness in search of her owner.

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10 a.m., 3686 Jackson. $1 (Frequent Moviegoer Club members, free). 623-7469. [map]


 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Playgroups for Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon.-Fri. (except July 4). For kids up to 24 months (with caregiver). No older siblings.

Mon. 10:30-11:30 a.m. 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 July 4), various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.


 11 a.m.  Free! 

"Ninja Obstacle Course for Kids!": Keith Hafner's Karate.

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Ninja Obstacle Course. Big fun, FREE, open to 3, 4, & 5 year olds. Includes age appropriate training in agility and body balance. 'Keith Hafner's Karate,' 214 S. Main, Ann Arbor. Saturday, June 15th, 11:00 - 11:45. Register in advance at: https://member-site.net/VIP/default.aspx?FE--PMPcb
Keith Hafner's Karate, 214 S. Main. Free. 734-994-0333. khafner@provide.net www.karateisgoodforyou.com [map]



 11 a.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon.-Fri. (except July 4). Half hour program of stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (with caregiver).

Mon. 11 a.m. Westgate.

Tue. 10 a.m. Downtown & 11 a.m. Traverwood.

Wed. 10 a.m. Malletts Creek, 11 a.m. Downtown, & 1 p.m. Westgate & 6 p.m. Traverwood.

Thurs. 10 a.m. Traverwood & 7 p.m. Pittsfield.

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


 1-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Paracord Survival Wristbands": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Youth in grades 4-12 invited to make woven bracelets that can be unraveled and used in emergencies.
1-2:30 p.m., AADL Westgate, Westgate shopping center. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Shark Storytime & Craft": Ann Arbor District Library.

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For kids in grades preK-3.
1-2 p.m., AADL Downtown Youth Story Corner, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Unicorn Crowns": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Craft project for kids in grades K-5.
1-2 p.m., AADL Traverwood, 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Movie Mondays": Chelsea District Library.

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All kids invited to bring a pillow and/or blanket and watch a movie. Popcorn.

June 17: "The Incredibles 2" ((Brad Bird, 2018). Sequel to the immensely popular 2008 animation about a family of superheroes.

July 1: "Ralph Breaks the Internet" (Phil Johnston & Rich Moore, 2018). Sequel to 2012's Wreck-It Ralph, about a video game villain whose desire to be a hero wreaks havoc on the arcade where he lives.

July 15: "Mary Poppins Returns," Rob Marshall's 2018 sequel, set in 1930s London, about a new generation of Banks children in need of a practically perfect nanny.
2 p.m., Chelsea District Library, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 5-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

Townie Street Party: Ann Arbor Street Art Fair.

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Dance party with live music by the local classic rock, Motown, and R&B trio The Morris/Murphy Project (5:30 p.m.), the Brighton bluesy, funky folk-rock duo the ,b>Syd Burnham Band (6:20 p.m.), and the popular local singer-guitarist Laith Al-Saadi (7:30 p.m.). Also, a youth art fair, with some 40 local kids in grades 4-12 showing and selling their art under a big tent, a family-oriented art activity zone, information about community organizations, "The Terrace" ($50), a VIP area with refreshments and premium seating, and "The Ann Arbor Mile: Dart for Art" 1-mile race (6 p.m.; $25 in advance by 10 a.m. July 15 at dartforart.com; $30 at the race; $10 for kids age 15 & under). Food available. Note: Despite the name, the party is open to everyone regardless of townie status.
5-9:30 p.m., North University between Thayer & Fletcher and Ingalls Mall. Free. 994-5260.


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Tuesday


July 2019
 9 a.m.-7 p.m. 

"Scavenger Hunt with Cats": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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Drop-in scavenger hunt that includes interactions with adoptable cats. Popcorn.
9 a.m.-7 p.m., Humane Society, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. $7/hour ($4/half hour). hshv.org, 661-3575. [map]


 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! 

Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon.-Fri. (except July 4). Half hour program of stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (with caregiver).

Mon. 11 a.m. Westgate.

Tue. 10 a.m. Downtown & 11 a.m. Traverwood.

Wed. 10 a.m. Malletts Creek, 11 a.m. Downtown, & 1 p.m. Westgate & 6 p.m. Traverwood.

Thurs. 10 a.m. Traverwood & 7 p.m. Pittsfield.

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


 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Hands-On Summer of Space!": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Space-themed activities for kids of all ages. July's theme: "Race to the Moon!" August's theme: "Strange Worlds, Stranger Creatures!"
Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, 220 E. Ann. All events free (except as noted) 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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Every Mon.-Fri. (except July 4). For kids up to 24 months (with caregiver). No older siblings.

Mon. 10:30-11:30 a.m. 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 July 4), various locations (see listings for details). 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 a.m. 

"Weekday Morning Movies": Quality 16.

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June 24-28: "The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part" (Mike Mitchell, 2019). Citizens of a Lego town battle Duplo invaders.

July 1-5: "Hotel Transylvania 3" (Genndy Tartakovsky, 2018). Animation about Count Dracula's family cruise vacation.

July 8-12: "Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween" (Ari Sandel, 2018). 2 kids find a magic book that brings a ventriloquist's dummy to life.

July 15-19: "Smurfs: The Lost Village" (Kelly Asbury, 2017). Animation about the only female Smurf's quest to find her special talent.

July 22-26: "The Emoji Movie" (Tony Leondis, 2017). Animation about an unusual emoji with various expressions who sets out to become normal.

July 29-Aug. 2: "A Dog's Way Home" (Charles Martin Smith, 2019). Live action adventure film about a dog who travels through the Colorado wilderness in search of her owner.

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10 a.m., 3686 Jackson. $1 (Frequent Moviegoer Club members, free). 623-7469. [map]


 10:30 a.m.-noon 

Summer Moms Group: Ann Arbor Baby Beginnings.

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Meet other new moms and get support and advice after your baby is born. Our award winning Mothers Group is facilitated by both a postpartum doula and social worker. Together they have years of experience on infant development and postpartum adjustment. The six week series begins each class with group discussion on a topic pertinent to early parenthood such as getting enough sleep, feeding, changes to relationships, and places to go with your baby. If you will be going back to work during the six weeks, please contact our office for a prorated rate. You may also join any time during the session for a discounted rate. This group is designed from babies from newborn to crawling.
Summer Moms Group meets from July 16th to August 20th.
Align Chiropractic, 2464 East Stadium. $100/6 weeks. 734-221-0158. info@annarborbabybeginnings.com www.annarborbabybeginnings.com [map]



 10:30-11:15 a.m.  Free! 

"Babytime": Chelsea District Library.

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Every Tues., except July 30. 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]


 11am  Free! 

"Bat Biology": Dexter District Library.

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Leslie Science and Nature Center staffers show and discuss live bats. For kids entering grades 1-5 (11 a.m.) and grades 5-12 (noon).
11am and noon, DDL. Free. [Preregistration required.] 426-4477. [map]


 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Celebrate Michigan!": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Michigan-themed crafts & snacks for kids in grades K-5.
2-3 p.m., AADL Westgate, Westgate shopping center. Free. 327-4200.


 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Shark Party!": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Shark-themed craft & science projects for kids in grades preK-5.
2-4 p.m., AADL Downtown multipurpose rm. & Secret Lab, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200.


 6-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Rec It" Tuesdays: Chelsea Community Center/ Chelsea Area Friends for Recreation.

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Every Tues. (except July 2), June 18-Aug. 13 & Aug. 17. Games and activities for youth and families. Drawings for gift cards and merchandise from local businesses.

June 18: "Pool Night." Open swim at Beach Middle School, 445 Mayer Dr. (Check Chelsea Community Center's Facebook page for construction & parking updates.)

June 25: Knockerball. Also known as bubble soccer, participants play games while encased in an inflatable bubble with inner handles and shoulder straps. Timbertown Park, Sibley Rd. (west off Main St. north of downtown).

July 9: Games at Pierce Park.

July 16: Volleyball & Ga-ga Ball. Ga-ga is a dodgeball variant played in a fenced-in area. Timbertown Park.

July 23: "Ultimate Frisbee & Dinosaur Egg Hunt." Timbertown Park.

July 30: Kite Building & Flying. Pierce School Fields, 275 N. Freer Rd.

Aug. 6: "Creative Picket Fence Painting." Timbertown Park.

Aug. 13: "Make-Your-Own Trail Mix Bar." Also, family-friendly performance by local storytellers TBA. Chelsea District Library lawn, 221 S. Main.

Aug. 17 (5:30-8:30 p.m.): "Game Night." Lawn games and food trucks. Palmer Commons.
6-8:30 p.m., various locations. Free. facebook.com/Chelsea-Community-Center.


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Wednesday


July 2019
 9 a.m.-7 p.m. 

"Scavenger Hunt with Cats": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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Drop-in scavenger hunt that includes interactions with adoptable cats. Popcorn.
9 a.m.-7 p.m., Humane Society, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. $7/hour ($4/half hour). hshv.org, 661-3575. [map]


 10-11 a.m. 

"Nature Storytime": Leslie Science and Nature Center.

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Every Wed., except July 3. Kids ages 1-5 (accompanied by a caregiver) invited for a program of stories and nature-based activities on different themes.

July 10: "Water, Water Everywhere."

July 17: "Mud Day."

July 24: "Life in the Pond."

July 31: "Insect Explorers."
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., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. & 6 p.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon.-Fri. (except July 4). Half hour program of stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (with caregiver).

Mon. 11 a.m. Westgate.

Tue. 10 a.m. Downtown & 11 a.m. Traverwood.

Wed. 10 a.m. Malletts Creek, 11 a.m. Downtown, & 1 p.m. Westgate & 6 p.m. Traverwood.

Thurs. 10 a.m. Traverwood & 7 p.m. Pittsfield.

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


 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Hands-On Summer of Space!": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Space-themed activities for kids of all ages. July's theme: "Race to the Moon!" August's theme: "Strange Worlds, Stranger Creatures!"
Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, 220 E. Ann. All events free (except as noted) with regular admission: $12.50 (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-9439. [map]


 10 a.m. 

"Weekday Morning Movies": Quality 16.

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June 24-28: "The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part" (Mike Mitchell, 2019). Citizens of a Lego town battle Duplo invaders.

July 1-5: "Hotel Transylvania 3" (Genndy Tartakovsky, 2018). Animation about Count Dracula's family cruise vacation.

July 8-12: "Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween" (Ari Sandel, 2018). 2 kids find a magic book that brings a ventriloquist's dummy to life.

July 15-19: "Smurfs: The Lost Village" (Kelly Asbury, 2017). Animation about the only female Smurf's quest to find her special talent.

July 22-26: "The Emoji Movie" (Tony Leondis, 2017). Animation about an unusual emoji with various expressions who sets out to become normal.

July 29-Aug. 2: "A Dog's Way Home" (Charles Martin Smith, 2019). Live action adventure film about a dog who travels through the Colorado wilderness in search of her owner.

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10 a.m., 3686 Jackson. $1 (Frequent Moviegoer Club members, free). 623-7469. [map]


 11 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Playgroups for Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon.-Fri. (except July 4). For kids up to 24 months (with caregiver). No older siblings.

Mon. 10:30-11:30 a.m. 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 July 4), various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.


 11 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free! 

"Where's Waldo? Adventure": Nicola's Books.

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A scavenger hunt and other activities. Also, a fashion show and costume contest for those who come dressed as a Where's Waldo? character. Prizes. In conjunction with a month-long scavenger hunt at Westgate businesses (July 1-27), including Nicola's, Barry Bagels, AADL Westgate branch, the Learning Express, and Zingerman's Roadhouse.
11 a.m.-1 p.m., Nicola's, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600.


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


 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Felt Emojis and Emoji Masks": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All in grades K-8 invited to make a stuffed felt emoji or emoji mask in honor of World Emoji Day.
1-2 p.m., AADL Traverwood, 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Painted Block Picture Holders": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All in grades K-5 invited to decorate a picture holder made from a wooden block.
2-3 p.m., AADL Pittsfield, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 2 & 3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Wild Wednesdays": Chelsea District Library.

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Every Wed. (except July 4), June 19-July 17.

June 19: "A2 Magic Spectacular!" Space-themed magic show.

June 26 (2 & 3:30 p.m.): "Mad Science: Fire & Ice." Educational entertainment program on chemical reactions, air pressure, and states of matter. Choose 1 program.

July 3 (2, 2:30, 3, & 3:30 p.m.): "Starlab Planetarium." A Dynamic School Assemblies representative (Oakland County) presents a program about the night sky in an inflatable planetarium.

July 10: "SRSLY Minecraft Party." Kids ages 8-12 invited to play this popular computer game on the SRSLY Minecraft server, which was designed and built by local youth to replicate the City of Chelsea inside the Minecraft world. Themed crafts and snacks.

July 17 (2 & 3:30 p.m.): "Animals in Space." A RepCo Wildlife Encounters (Utica, MI) owner Crystal Poyfair shows representatives of 10 animal species that have been in space, including lizards, turtles, tarantulas, mice, and newts. Choose 1 program.

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2 p.m. (unless noted), CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]


 6:30pm  Free! 

Gemini: Saline District Library.

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Family-friendly concert by this popular acoustic duo that offers sing-alongs, folk songs from around the world, and upbeat originals about life's simple pleasures, performed on more than a dozen instruments.
6:30pm, SDL. Free. [Preregistration required.]429-5450. [map]


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Thursday


July 2019
 9 a.m.-7 p.m. 

"Scavenger Hunt with Cats": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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Drop-in scavenger hunt that includes interactions with adoptable cats. Popcorn.
9 a.m.-7 p.m., Humane Society, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. $7/hour ($4/half hour). hshv.org, 661-3575. [map]


 10 a.m. & 7 p.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon.-Fri. (except July 4). Half hour program of stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (with caregiver).

Mon. 11 a.m. Westgate.

Tue. 10 a.m. Downtown & 11 a.m. Traverwood.

Wed. 10 a.m. Malletts Creek, 11 a.m. Downtown, & 1 p.m. Westgate & 6 p.m. Traverwood.

Thurs. 10 a.m. Traverwood & 7 p.m. Pittsfield.

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


 10 a.m.-9 p.m.  Free! 

The Ann Arbor Art Fair.

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July 18-21. Our perennial 4-day tent city within a city houses more than 1,100 artists, from Michigan and around the nation, in 4 separate fairs. Also, live music (see Art Fair Entertainment below), street performances by boogie-woogie & blues pianist Mr. B and others, and an art activity zone (Ingalls Mall, Thurs.-Sat. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. & Sun. noon-6 p.m.).
10 a.m.-9 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & noon-6 p.m. (Sun.), downtown Ann Arbor. Free admission. theannarborartfair.com, (800) 888-9487.


 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Hands-On Summer of Space!": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Space-themed activities for kids of all ages. July's theme: "Race to the Moon!" August's theme: "Strange Worlds, Stranger Creatures!"
Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, 220 E. Ann. All events free (except as noted) with regular admission: $12.50 (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-9439. [map]


 10-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Preschool Hike: Sensational Summer": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Hike followed by a scent-and-sound map craft. Led by Shawn Severance. For ages 2-4 (with caregiver).
County Farm Park, 2230 Platt. Free. Preregistration required at parksonline.ewashtenaw.org. 971-6337. [map]


 10 a.m. 

"Weekday Morning Movies": Quality 16.

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June 24-28: "The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part" (Mike Mitchell, 2019). Citizens of a Lego town battle Duplo invaders.

July 1-5: "Hotel Transylvania 3" (Genndy Tartakovsky, 2018). Animation about Count Dracula's family cruise vacation.

July 8-12: "Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween" (Ari Sandel, 2018). 2 kids find a magic book that brings a ventriloquist's dummy to life.

July 15-19: "Smurfs: The Lost Village" (Kelly Asbury, 2017). Animation about the only female Smurf's quest to find her special talent.

July 22-26: "The Emoji Movie" (Tony Leondis, 2017). Animation about an unusual emoji with various expressions who sets out to become normal.

July 29-Aug. 2: "A Dog's Way Home" (Charles Martin Smith, 2019). Live action adventure film about a dog who travels through the Colorado wilderness in search of her owner.

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10 a.m., 3686 Jackson. $1 (Frequent Moviegoer Club members, free). 623-7469. [map]


 10:30-11:15 a.m.  Free! 

"Thrilling Thursdays": Chelsea District Library.

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Storytime and sensory play activities for ages 2-6.

June 20 & Aug. 8: "Dance Along, Sing Along!" Beth Battey leads songs, dances, and musical games for kids and caregivers to do together. Siblings welcome.

June 27: "Moon Storytime." Local writer Meg Gower reads her moon picture books and leads participants in lunar-themed games.

July 11 and Aug. 1 & 15: "Yoga Storytime." Basic yoga moves with a Breathe Yoga representative.

July 18: "Dance Beat! Storytime." Performance by Ballet Chelsea's Dance Beat! contemporary dance group.

July 25: "Gross Motor Storytime." Stories & music to get everyone active.
10:30-11:15 a.m., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Cute Clothespin Craft": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Craft project for kids in grades K-5.
2-3 p.m., AADL Traverwood, 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 2-3 & 6:30-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Playgroups for Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon.-Fri. (except July 4). For kids up to 24 months (with caregiver). No older siblings.

Mon. 10:30-11:30 a.m. 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 July 4), various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.


 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Teen Thursdays": Chelsea District Library.

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Every Thurs. (except July 4) June 20-July 25.

Crafts and activities for teens.

June 20: "Claymation Workshop." Michigan puppeteer and stop-motion animator Alex Thomas discusses the history of stop-motion animation, and guides participants in building and filming their own custom claymation puppet.

June 27: "Ring of Steel Action Theatre." Star Wars-themed combat workshop.

July 11: "Fandomania." A celebration of the experience of being a fan, with a variety of fandom-related games, crafts, and snacks. Email scomfort@chelseadistrictlibrary to ensure a favorite fandom is represented.

July 18: "Pop-Up Party." With cake pops, popsicles, a Faygo pop taste test, pop music, and the chance to decorate a Popsocket grip for your cell phone.

July 25: "Frankentoy Frenzy." Participants make creatures from parts of old toys. Toys, paint, & glue provided. Prizes for weirdest, prettiest, ugliest, and crowd favorite.
2-4 p.m., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 5-9 p.m.  Free! 

3rd Thursdays: Manchester Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Live music on the mill porch, hay rides, kids activities, live entertainment by street performers such as fire twirlers and belly dancers, artist & vendor market, international food, a business expo, historic tours & open houses, and more.
5-9 p.m., downtown Manchester. Free. 48158.com, (248) 605-0626.


 6 p.m. 

Domino Artist: Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Young local domino artist Brady Dolan, aka bpdoles, knocks down a 25,000-piece domino project he's been working on for the last 8 days with other domino artists from the U.S. and Canada. Also, domino activities.
6 p.m., AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. Free with admission ($12.50; babies age 1 & under, free). 995-5439. [map]


 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Spaced-Out Family Movie Night": Saline District Library.

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Screening of family-friendly films. Recommended for families with kids age 8 & up (elementary age kids must be accompanied by an adult or older sibling).

June 20: Spaceballs, Mel Brooks's manic 1987 pun-filled Star Wars parody.

July 18: E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, Steven Spielberg's 1982 sci-fi classic about a boy who befriends a creature from outer space.

Aug. 22: SpaceCamp, Harry Winer's 1986 sci-fi flick about teens at space camp who find themselves in space for real when their shuttle is accidentally launched into orbit.

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6 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. Salinelibrary.org, 429-5450. [map]


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Friday


July 2019
 9 a.m.-7 p.m. 

"Scavenger Hunt with Cats": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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Drop-in scavenger hunt that includes interactions with adoptable cats. Popcorn.
9 a.m.-7 p.m., Humane Society, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. $7/hour ($4/half hour). hshv.org, 661-3575. [map]


 10 a.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon.-Fri. (except July 4). Half hour program of stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (with caregiver).

Mon. 11 a.m. Westgate.

Tue. 10 a.m. Downtown & 11 a.m. Traverwood.

Wed. 10 a.m. Malletts Creek, 11 a.m. Downtown, & 1 p.m. Westgate & 6 p.m. Traverwood.

Thurs. 10 a.m. Traverwood & 7 p.m. Pittsfield.

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


 10 a.m.-9 p.m.  Free! 

The Ann Arbor Art Fair.

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July 18-21. Our perennial 4-day tent city within a city houses more than 1,100 artists, from Michigan and around the nation, in 4 separate fairs. Also, live music (see Art Fair Entertainment below), street performances by boogie-woogie & blues pianist Mr. B and others, and an art activity zone (Ingalls Mall, Thurs.-Sat. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. & Sun. noon-6 p.m.).
10 a.m.-9 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & noon-6 p.m. (Sun.), downtown Ann Arbor. Free admission. theannarborartfair.com, (800) 888-9487.


 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Hands-On Summer of Space!": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Space-themed activities for kids of all ages. July's theme: "Race to the Moon!" August's theme: "Strange Worlds, Stranger Creatures!"
Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, 220 E. Ann. All events free (except as noted) with regular admission: $12.50 (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-9439. [map]


 10 a.m. 

"Weekday Morning Movies": Quality 16.

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June 24-28: "The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part" (Mike Mitchell, 2019). Citizens of a Lego town battle Duplo invaders.

July 1-5: "Hotel Transylvania 3" (Genndy Tartakovsky, 2018). Animation about Count Dracula's family cruise vacation.

July 8-12: "Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween" (Ari Sandel, 2018). 2 kids find a magic book that brings a ventriloquist's dummy to life.

July 15-19: "Smurfs: The Lost Village" (Kelly Asbury, 2017). Animation about the only female Smurf's quest to find her special talent.

July 22-26: "The Emoji Movie" (Tony Leondis, 2017). Animation about an unusual emoji with various expressions who sets out to become normal.

July 29-Aug. 2: "A Dog's Way Home" (Charles Martin Smith, 2019). Live action adventure film about a dog who travels through the Colorado wilderness in search of her owner.

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10 a.m., 3686 Jackson. $1 (Frequent Moviegoer Club members, free). 623-7469. [map]


 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Playgroups for Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon.-Fri. (except July 4). For kids up to 24 months (with caregiver). No older siblings.

Mon. 10:30-11:30 a.m. 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 July 4), various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.


 11am  Free! 

"Space for Rent": Acting Up Theatre Company (Dexter District Library).

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This Grayling (MI) theater company performs its interactive, family-friendly show that imagines Buzz Aldrin as a would-be real estate agent who's afraid of heights. As Buzz struggles in his new profession, his friend Neil comes along and recreates scenes from Star Wars and Guardians of the Galaxy to ignite Buzz's imagination. All ages welcome.
11am, DDL. Free. [Preregistration required.] 426-4477. [map]


 11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Artemis Fowl": Northfield Township Area Library Graphic Novel Book Club (for 5th & 6th Graders).

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Get to know 12-year-old criminal mastermind, Artemis Fowl, during our 5th and 6th grade graphic novel book club. We will read the first three graphic novel adaptations of this beloved book series. The best part? You get to keep the books to add to your bookshelf! The book club meets every other Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for pizza and a discussion of the book. Space is limited so registration is required.
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake. Free. 734-449-0066. hmccausland@ntal.org http://www.ntal.org/events.html [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. Kids welcome.
10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.) & noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]


 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Unicorn Party!": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Unicorn themed crafts & music for kids in grades 1-5.
1-2 p.m., AADL Traverwood (3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy) & AADL Pittsfield (2359 Oak Valley Dr.). Free. 327-4200.


 5 p.m.-midnight 

19th Annual Michigan Elvisfest: Ypsilanti Depot Town Association.

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July 19 & 20. Thousands annually celebrate the memory of The King at this festival highlighted by performances by 11 Elvis tribute artists from around the nation, including internationally touring singer Doug Church, aka "the true voice of Elvis" (Fri. only), international award-winning Ontario singer Steve Michaels (Sat. only), international award-winning Canton singer Chris Ayotte, young Jackson singer Colin Dexter, Michigan Elvisfest cofounder Matt King, and others. They are backed by the Chicago-based Change of Habit Tribute Band. Also, the Michigan oldies band Street-Corner (Fri. only), a Johnny Cash tribute artist, and others. Sale of Elvis memorabilia, raffles, concessions, and a beer tent. Bring folding chairs. Costumes encouraged. Saturday only: kids activities (12:30-6 p.m.), including a bounce house, clowns, crafts, balloon twisting, face painting, and more.
5 p.m.-midnight (Fri.) & noon-midnight (Sat.), Riverside Park near Depot Town, Ypsilanti. Tickets $20 (Fri.) & $40 (Sat.) in advance at mielvisfest.com; $25 (Fri.) & $45 (Sat.) at the gate. Kids age 12 & under, free. mielvisfest.com, michiganelvisfest@gmail.com, 277-4547. [map]


 5-9 p.m. 

"Pets & Pajamas Movie Night"

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Kids ages 5-11 invited to watch The Lorax, the 2012 animated take on Dr. Seuss's book about a creature who sticks up for trees against a greedy entrepreneur. Also, a chance to interact with adoptable pets. Pizza dinner. Wear pajamas and bring a sleeping bag and pillow.
Humane Society of Huron Valley, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. $35 ($15 for each additional sibling). Preregistration required at hshv.org. [map]


 6:30 p.m. 

"Movies in the Park": Saline Parks & Recreation.

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July 19 & Aug. 16. Music, games, activities, and more. Concessions. Followed at sundown by films. The July 19 event is in conjunction with a "Family Campout" (5 p.m.-10 a.m., $10 per tent in advance, $20 on the day, continental breakfast included).

July 19: The Incredibles 2, Brad Bird's 2018 sequel to the immensely popular 2008 animation about a family of superheroes.

Aug. 16: The Greatest Showman, Michael Gracy's 2017 musical inspired by the colorful life of P.T. Barnum.

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6:30 p.m.-dusk, Mill Pond Park, end of W. Bennett St. (west of Ann Arbor St.), Saline. Free. 429-3502.


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July 2019
 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Urban Hike & Sustainable Art": Fjällräven.

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


 10-11 a.m.  Free! 

Moon Storytime": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Moon-themed stories and rhymes for preschool-age kids.
10-11 a.m., AADL Traverwood, 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 10 a.m.-9 p.m.  Free! 

The Ann Arbor Art Fair.

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July 18-21. Our perennial 4-day tent city within a city houses more than 1,100 artists, from Michigan and around the nation, in 4 separate fairs. Also, live music (see Art Fair Entertainment below), street performances by boogie-woogie & blues pianist Mr. B and others, and an art activity zone (Ingalls Mall, Thurs.-Sat. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. & Sun. noon-6 p.m.).
10 a.m.-9 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & noon-6 p.m. (Sun.), downtown Ann Arbor. Free admission. theannarborartfair.com, (800) 888-9487.


 10 a.m.-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Apollo 11: 50th Anniversary Celebration": Hudson Mills Metropark Interpretive Nature Programs.

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Free family-friendly activities include a lunar story time, moon tours, and building Alka-Seltzer rockets and astronaut helmets. Also, portable planetarium tours ($2/person), a solar bracelet craft ($1/bracelet), and ice cream ($1-$5).
10 a.m.-2 p.m., park activity center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. Free; some activities have fees. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 426-8211. [map]


 10 a.m.-noon 

"Military Rifle Match": Tri-County Sportsmen's League.

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All invited to participate in this marksmanship competition using any military-style rifle. Bring your own gun and ammunition.
10 a.m.-noon (registration begins at 9 a.m.), TCSL, 8640 Moon, Saline. $15 (members, $10). marks@comcast.net, 276-2514. [map]


 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Native Pollinators Bug Hunt": Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy.

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Kids of all ages (with caregiver) invited to search for insects. SMLC volunteers discuss the importance of respectful searching and documenting, the different roles insects play, and the relationships between plants and insects. Bring a camera, if you like.
10 a.m.-noon, Jack R. Smiley Nature Preserve, 8080 Cherry Hill Rd., Superior Twp. (park at the Superior Twp. Building Dept., 3040 N. Prospect Rd.). Free. 484-6565. [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.
10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.) & noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.), 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.
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. & 3 p.m.  Free! 

Science Forum Demos: U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Hands-on 20-minute demos. In "Counting Cells" (11 a.m.) participants learn about cell structure and division. The cow's eye dissection (3 p.m.) explores how a cow's eye works and its similarities and differences from human eyes. For ages 5+.
11 a.m. & 3 p.m., U-M Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]


 11 a.m.  Free! 

Story Time: Nicola's Books.

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July 10, 20, & 24. Stories and art activities for young kids. Themes: "Explore Art" (July 10), "Explore Outer Space" (July 20), & "Explore Nature" (July 24).
Nicola's, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600.


 11am  Free! 

"Preschool PAW Patrol Party": Dexter District Library.

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Kids age 6 & under (with caregiver) invited for craft activities inspired by the popular rescue dog cartoon.
11 a.m.-noon, DDL. Free. [Preregistration required.] 426-4477.


 Noon-midnight 

19th Annual Michigan Elvisfest: Ypsilanti Depot Town Association.

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July 19 & 20. Thousands annually celebrate the memory of The King at this festival highlighted by performances by 11 Elvis tribute artists from around the nation, including internationally touring singer Doug Church, aka "the true voice of Elvis" (Fri. only), international award-winning Ontario singer Steve Michaels (Sat. only), international award-winning Canton singer Chris Ayotte, young Jackson singer Colin Dexter, Michigan Elvisfest cofounder Matt King, and others. They are backed by the Chicago-based Change of Habit Tribute Band. Also, the Michigan oldies band Street-Corner (Fri. only), a Johnny Cash tribute artist, and others. Sale of Elvis memorabilia, raffles, concessions, and a beer tent. Bring folding chairs. Costumes encouraged. Saturday only: kids activities (12:30-6 p.m.), including a bounce house, clowns, crafts, balloon twisting, face painting, and more.
5 p.m.-midnight (Fri.) & noon-midnight (Sat.), Riverside Park near Depot Town, Ypsilanti. Tickets $20 (Fri.) & $40 (Sat.) in advance at mielvisfest.com; $25 (Fri.) & $45 (Sat.) at the gate. Kids age 12 & under, free. mielvisfest.com, michiganelvisfest@gmail.com, 277-4547. [map]


 Noon-10 p.m.  Free! 

41st Annual Festival at St. Joseph Church.

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July 20 & 21. Festival that features games, kids activities, a cakewalk, a classic car show (Sat., noon-3 p.m.), craft sale, freethrow & soccer goal contests, golf chipping contests (noon-6 p.m. both days), a vintage baseball game (Sun., 2 p.m.), bingo, a raffle, inflatables, food, beer & wine, and live music. The festival kicks off with a concert on Friday night by the large local men's chorus Measure for Measure (7 p.m., donation).

Saturday: The Swing City big band (1-3 p.m.), Master Lockman's Blackbelt Academy martial arts demo (1-2 p.m.), Colors the Clown (2-4 p.m.), Beatles tribute band Toppermost (4-6 p.m.), Bieder Science hands-on demos (4-6 p.m.), and the popular dance band Men in Black (7-10 p.m.).

Sunday: Encore Musical Theatre cabaret singers (noon-1 p.m.), Wildlife Safari live animal demo (1-4 p.m.), Eric the Juggler (4-6 p.m.), the Kielbasa Kings polka band (4-6 p.m.), and the Tatry Polka Dancers (4:30-5 p.m.).

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Noon-10 p.m. (Sat.), & noon-6 p.m. (Sun.), St. Joseph Catholic Church grounds, Mast at Territorial, Dexter. Free admission. 426-8483.


 1 p.m. 

Open Gym: Champion Gymnastics Ann Arbor.

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Come join the FLIPS, TWISTS & FUN at Champion Gymnastics Ann Arbor during Open Gym every Saturday from 1pm-2:30pm! Cost is $10 for 1.5 hours of uninstructed play time. Must have a signed consent form to participate, provided at the office if you are new to the gym! Children under 5 years old must be accompanied by a parent. Children 18 months or younger are FREE!
*Cash ONLY please if paying less than $14)
Champion Gymnastics Ann Arbor, 7240 Jackson Rd. $10. 734-222-1810. cga2@champgymaa.com https://www.champgymaa.com/open-gym [map]


 1-5 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show off the reindeer (2 & 4 p.m.). Also, alligator feedings and a chance to see the conservancy's other animals, including a coyote, a gila monster, a skunk, 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. [map]


 2-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Apollo 11 Moon Landing Party!": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Moon-themed activities for kids in grades K-5.
2-3:30 p.m., AADL Downtown, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 5 p.m. 

"Youth and Junior Cycling": Ann Arbor Velo Club.

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Every Sat. Group ride for youth ages 9-18. Practice, exercises, and games for those new to cycling.
5 p.m., Forsythe Middle School south parking lot, 1655 Newport. Free. 328-1735. [map]


 8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Firefly 5K Glow-in-the-Dark Fun Run": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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All invited to run or walk 5 km on park trails.
8:30 p.m. (registration begins at 6:30 p.m.), County Farm Park, 2230 Platt. Free; preregistration available at washtenaw.org/2663/Firefly-5k-Glow-in-the-Dark-Fun-Run. cooleyh@washtenaw.org, 971-6337. [map]


 8:30 p.m. 

"The Little Mermaid": Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation Dive-In Movie.

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All invited to float in Fuller Pool for a family-oriented screening of the 1989 Disney animated classic. Bring an inner tube, if you like.
8:30 p.m., Fuller Park Pool, 1519 Fuller. $5 (kids & seniors, $4). 794-6237. [map]


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Sunday


July 2019
 8 a.m. 

Youth Show: Washtenaw County 4-H.

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July 21-26. Six days of farm animal shows and auctions, plus crafts, exhibits, all-day equestrian competitions, and assorted contests from animal decorating to a goat milk-out. Highlights include the popular "Llama Leaping Contest" (July 24, 2 p.m.), the livestock auction (July 25, 6:30 p.m.), an archery contest (July 26, 1 p.m.), the "Animal Decorator Contest" (July 26, 1:30 p.m.), and the "Ag Olympics" (July 26, 2:30 p.m.) in which 4-H youth compete in Olympic-style games involving water, mud, and agricultural products. For complete daily schedule, see canr.msu.edu/washtenaw/washtenaw_county_4_h/youthshow (click on 2019 Youth Show Book).
8 a.m.-evening, Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 222-3877. [map]


 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.  Free! 

Science Forum Demos: U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Hands-on 20-minute demos. In "Counting Cells" (11 a.m.) participants learn about cell structure and division. The cow's eye dissection (3 p.m.) explores how a cow's eye works and its similarities and differences from human eyes. For ages 5+.
11 a.m. & 3 p.m., U-M Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]


 Noon-6 p.m.  Free! 

41st Annual Festival at St. Joseph Church.

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July 20 & 21. Festival that features games, kids activities, a cakewalk, a classic car show (Sat., noon-3 p.m.), craft sale, freethrow & soccer goal contests, golf chipping contests (noon-6 p.m. both days), a vintage baseball game (Sun., 2 p.m.), bingo, a raffle, inflatables, food, beer & wine, and live music. The festival kicks off with a concert on Friday night by the large local men's chorus Measure for Measure (7 p.m., donation).

Saturday: The Swing City big band (1-3 p.m.), Master Lockman's Blackbelt Academy martial arts demo (1-2 p.m.), Colors the Clown (2-4 p.m.), Beatles tribute band Toppermost (4-6 p.m.), Bieder Science hands-on demos (4-6 p.m.), and the popular dance band Men in Black (7-10 p.m.).

Sunday: Encore Musical Theatre cabaret singers (noon-1 p.m.), Wildlife Safari live animal demo (1-4 p.m.), Eric the Juggler (4-6 p.m.), the Kielbasa Kings polka band (4-6 p.m.), and the Tatry Polka Dancers (4:30-5 p.m.).

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Noon-10 p.m. (Sat.), & noon-6 p.m. (Sun.), St. Joseph Catholic Church grounds, Mast at Territorial, Dexter. Free admission. 426-8483.


 Noon-6 p.m.  Free! 

The Ann Arbor Art Fair.

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July 18-21. Our perennial 4-day tent city within a city houses more than 1,100 artists, from Michigan and around the nation, in 4 separate fairs. Also, live music (see Art Fair Entertainment below), street performances by boogie-woogie & blues pianist Mr. B and others, and an art activity zone (Ingalls Mall, Thurs.-Sat. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. & Sun. noon-6 p.m.).
10 a.m.-9 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & noon-6 p.m. (Sun.), downtown Ann Arbor. Free admission. theannarborartfair.com, (800) 888-9487.


 1 p.m.  Free! 

Bike-in :: Kids!.

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Ride your bike. Bring your kid and whatever bike CONTRAPTION they ride. Slow bike ride around Ann Arbor - less than 5 miles. All kids and grown-ups welcome.
This is a slow group ride with adult leaders, with a mid-ride stop at a playground, and ending up with ice cream. Route will be posted on the Facebook page @bikeinannarbor.
Regular Bike-In'ers encouraged to join too. More adult bikers = safer for kids.
Most bike-in rides are the last friday of the month, 7:00, meeting at the Farmer's Market. Everyone welcome.
Please practice safe riding and abide by all legal riding rules at all times, especially while riding with a Bike-in community. Be sure to provide your own helmet, riding lights, and other appropriate accessories.
Burns Park Elementary Schoo, 1414 Wells (location changed due to Art Fair), 316 N 4th Ave. Free. 7347309025. susanbryanhsieh@yahoo.com https://www.facebook.com/bikeinannarbor/ [map]




On July 17, 2019, Susan Bryan wrote:
This event has been moved due to Art Fair. We will meet at Burns Park Elementary School, with a mid-ride stop at Argus Farm Shop.


 1-5 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show off the reindeer (2 & 4 p.m.). Also, alligator feedings and a chance to see the conservancy's other animals, including a coyote, a gila monster, a skunk, 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. [map]


 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Drawing for Kids": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Sun. except July 28 & Aug. 25. Ann Arbor Art Center artists host a different directed drawing activity each week for kids in grades 1-5.
1-2 p.m., Downtown 4th fl. meeting rm., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200.


 2-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Minecraft with Python": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Kids in grades 3-8 invited to play this popular computer game using the Python programming language. No experience necessary.
2-3:30 p.m., AADL Downtown Training Center, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 3-5 p.m. 

"Racial Equity Family Fun Day"

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Kids and adults are invited to enjoy stories and activities focused on exploring the four core goals of anti-bias education. We will have a variety of enriching activities for kids and adults alike, light snacks for the young ones, and adults can grab a brewed beverage from Cultivate. This event is geared towards children K-3, but of course, all are welcome (because inclusion).
Suggested donation is $35/family in advance, $40 at the door, but nobody will be turned away. Come join us to nourish kids who are confident in their own identities and courageous in standing up for others.
Cultivate Coffee and Taphouse, 300 E Ainsworth St, Ypsilanti. Donation. $35 suggested donation. 7344470100. akinde.nuola@gmail.com https://www.eventbrite.com/e/racial-equity-family-fun-day-tickets-63379580030?aff=efbeventtix [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]



 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

Game Night: Sweetwaters Plymouth Green.

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Every Sun. All invited to play card and board games. Also, a Dungeon Master on hand to lead a game of Dungeons & Dragons. Bring your own game, or use one provided.
5:30-8:30 p.m., Sweetwaters, 3393 Plymouth Rd. Free admission. 369-4568. [map]


 6:30-8 p.m. (CANCELED)  Free! 

"Fireside Fun": Leslie Science and Nature Center.

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






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