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Family, Teens, & Kids Stuff - Week of August 12, 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


August 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.-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.  Free! 

"Nature Play Pop-Ups": U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens.

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Hands-on activities in the Gaffield Children's Garden for kids ages 3-7 (with caregiver).
10-11:30 a.m., Matthaei, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. 647-7600. [map]


 11 a.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon.-Fri. 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.


 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Balloon Cars": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Kids in grades K-5 invited to make a race car powered by a balloon.
2-3 p.m., AADL Traverwood (3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy.) & AADL Westgate (Westgate shopping center). Free. 327-4200.


 3-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Tie-Dye Workshop": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local crafter Dawn Henry shows kids in grades 3-5 how to tie-dye. Bandanas provided, but bring a prewashed white cotton clothing item, if you like.
3-4 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Pajama Jam!": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Pajama-themed story time for kids in grades preK-3. Wear your pajamas and bring stuffed animals and blankets, if you like.
7-7:30 p.m., AADL Westgate, Westgate shopping center. Free. 327-4200. [map]


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Tuesday


August 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.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon.-Fri. 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]


 10:30 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]


 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Dinosaur Crafts!": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Craft activities for kids in grades K-5.
2-3 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"DIY Dinosaur Balloons": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Kids in grades K-5 invited to make dinosaurs out of balloons and paper.
2-3 p.m., AADL Pittsfield, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 6 p.m.  Free! 

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

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Every Tues. 12-mile group ride for youth age 17 & under who are comfortable riding 12 miles in an hour. Faster riders go 16 miles.
Meet at Mickey's Dairy Twist, 751 W. Michigan Ave., Saline. Free. 328-1735. [map]


 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


August 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. & 1 & 6 p.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon.-Fri. 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]


 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Knots!": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Kids in grades K-5 invited to learn how to tie several different types of knots.
2-3 p.m., AADL Traverwood, 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Unicorn Crowns!": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Craft project for kids in grades K-5.
2-3 p.m., AADL Pittsfield, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"Pleasantville": Children's Creative Center.

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Aug. 14-18. Local kids present their original musical based on the 1998 film Pleasantville, a comic fantasy about 2 teens who are transported back in time into the world of 50s TV sitcoms, where everyone lives in black and white and has a similarly limited range of emotions and experiences. The score includes hits such as Michael Jackson's "Black or White," Bill Haley's "Rock Around the Clock," Cyndi Lauper's "True Colors," Elvis's "All Shook Up," Lionel Richie's "All Night Long," and more. Proceeds benefit Friends of Children's Creative Center, which assists homeless and underprivileged kids with childcare costs.
7 p.m. (Wed.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Children's Creative Center, 1600 Pauline (at Kay Pkwy. east of Stadium). Tickets $50 for Aug. 16 benefit show & $15 (kids & seniors, $10) for all other dates in advance and at the door. 769-0019. [map]


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Thursday


August 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. 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.  Free! 

"Nature Explorers": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Nature programs for kids ages 5 & 6.

July 25: "Bugs & Their Buddies" (Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennings, Webster Twp.). A chance to look for and learn about bugs, insects, and arachnids.

Aug. 15: "Scavenger Hunt" (Scio Woods Preserve, north side of Scio Church Rd. west of Wagner, Scio Twp.). A chance to explore the preserve.

Aug. 29: "Dragonflies" (Park Lyndon North, 18801 N. Territorial, Chelsea). A hike to look for and learn about dragonflies and their life cycle. Also, a dragonfly craft.

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10 a.m., various locations. Free; preregistration required at parksonline.ewashtenaw.org. $6 vehicle entry fee at Independence Lake. 971-6337.


 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Preschool Hike: Michigan Mammals": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Shawn Severance leads a hike to search for dens and nests. For kids ages 2-4 (with caregiver).
Parker Mill County Park, 4650 Geddes. Free. Preregistration required at parksonline.ewashtenaw.org. 971-6337. [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]


 1-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Real Colors- Learning About Personalities for Youth": 4-H Youth Development.

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The Real Colors personality inventory uses self-assessments to break down personality types into four basic color groups, making the tool easy to teach and remember in future applications. The training helps youth and adults discover their primary "colors," each associated with a personality type, and gains insight into areas their personality type may excel or struggle in their work in groups.
The event is open to all youth ages 12-19. Pre-registration is appreciated, and walk-in's are welcome.
Ann Arbor District Library, Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Free. 734-222-3877. marti623@msu.edu https://events.anr.msu.edu/successfulyouth/ [map]



 2-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Build Your Own Rube Goldberg Machine": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Project for grades K-8. Materials provided, but bring your own, if you like.
2-3:30 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"The Colorful Wizard of Oz": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Kids in grades K-5 invited to color characters from The Wizard of Oz on the 80th anniversary of the film's opening.
2-3 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. Free. 327-4200. [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.


 7 p.m. 

"Pleasantville": Children's Creative Center.

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Aug. 14-18. Local kids present their original musical based on the 1998 film Pleasantville, a comic fantasy about 2 teens who are transported back in time into the world of 50s TV sitcoms, where everyone lives in black and white and has a similarly limited range of emotions and experiences. The score includes hits such as Michael Jackson's "Black or White," Bill Haley's "Rock Around the Clock," Cyndi Lauper's "True Colors," Elvis's "All Shook Up," Lionel Richie's "All Night Long," and more. Proceeds benefit Friends of Children's Creative Center, which assists homeless and underprivileged kids with childcare costs.
7 p.m. (Wed.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Children's Creative Center, 1600 Pauline (at Kay Pkwy. east of Stadium). Tickets $50 for Aug. 16 benefit show & $15 (kids & seniors, $10) for all other dates in advance and at the door. 769-0019. [map]


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Friday


August 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. 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]


 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Polymer Clay Cacti": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Craft project for kids in grades K-5.
2-3 p.m., AADL Downtown multipurpose rm., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 2-5 p.m.  Free! 

"The Mad Hatter's Totally Pretend Tea Party!": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Alice in Wonderland-themed activities for kids in grades preK-3 includes crafts, indoor croquet, costumed characters, and an imaginary tea party with empty cups and plastic teatime treats.
2-5 p.m., AADL Downtown Youth Dept., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [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.


 7 p.m. 

"Pleasantville": Children's Creative Center.

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Aug. 14-18. Local kids present their original musical based on the 1998 film Pleasantville, a comic fantasy about 2 teens who are transported back in time into the world of 50s TV sitcoms, where everyone lives in black and white and has a similarly limited range of emotions and experiences. The score includes hits such as Michael Jackson's "Black or White," Bill Haley's "Rock Around the Clock," Cyndi Lauper's "True Colors," Elvis's "All Shook Up," Lionel Richie's "All Night Long," and more. Proceeds benefit Friends of Children's Creative Center, which assists homeless and underprivileged kids with childcare costs.
7 p.m. (Wed.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Children's Creative Center, 1600 Pauline (at Kay Pkwy. east of Stadium). Tickets $50 for Aug. 16 benefit show & $15 (kids & seniors, $10) for all other dates in advance and at the door. 769-0019. [map]


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Saturday


August 2019
 7 a.m.-3 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Farmers Market Centennial Celebration.

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The market celebrates its hundredth birthday with an instrument petting zoo for kids (10 a.m.-2 p.m.), a performance by a reed trio of Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra musicians (noon & 1 p.m.), free ice cream, and more. Wear an old Farmers Market T-shirt, if you have one.
7 a.m.-3 p.m., Farmers Market. Free admission. 794-6255.


 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 a.m.-3 p.m.  Free! 

Annual Fire Truck Muster: Michigan Firehouse Museum.

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A big display of historic and contemporary fire trucks that includes pumping demonstrations. Kids can work a hand pump, drive a fire truck pedal car, climb on a vintage fire truck, and learn fire safety tips.
10 a.m.-3 p.m., Riverside Park, Ypsilanti. Free. 547-0663.


 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]


 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. & 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]


 1-5 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show off the kangaroo (2 & 4 p.m.) and emu (3 p.m.). Also, alligator feeding (1:30 p.m.) 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 p.m.  Free! 

"Pompom Launcher": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Craft activity for kids in grades K-5.
2-3 p.m., AADL Westgate, Westgate shopping center. Free. 327-4200.


 2-2:45 p.m.  Free! 

"Still Kickin', Just Not as High": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Nationally acclaimed storyteller La'Ron Williams presents a program of music and stories for kids in grades K-5.
2-2:45 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 3 p.m.-10 a.m. 

"7th Annual Backyard Campout": Leslie Science & Nature Center.

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Overnight camping with family-oriented campfires, sing-alongs, storytelling, nature-themed games, and nature hikes. Continental breakfast. Bring your own picnic dinner, tent and sleeping bags. Note: At least 1 adult must be present.
3 p.m.-10 a.m.,YMCA Camp Birkett, 9141 Dexter Townhall Rd., Pinckney. $55 per group (LSNC & AAHOM Family Plus Premium members, $45). Preregistration required by Aug. 12. 997-1553. [map]


 5 p.m.  Free! 

"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. The club also sponsors a Tuesday ride from Saline (6 p.m., meet at Mickey's Dairy Twist, 751 W. Michigan Ave.) for riders age 17 & under who can ride 12 miles in an hour (faster riders go 16 miles).
5 p.m., Forsythe Middle School south parking lot, 1655 Newport. Free. 328-1735. [map]


 5:30-8:30 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.


 7 p.m. 

"Pleasantville": Children's Creative Center.

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Aug. 14-18. Local kids present their original musical based on the 1998 film Pleasantville, a comic fantasy about 2 teens who are transported back in time into the world of 50s TV sitcoms, where everyone lives in black and white and has a similarly limited range of emotions and experiences. The score includes hits such as Michael Jackson's "Black or White," Bill Haley's "Rock Around the Clock," Cyndi Lauper's "True Colors," Elvis's "All Shook Up," Lionel Richie's "All Night Long," and more. Proceeds benefit Friends of Children's Creative Center, which assists homeless and underprivileged kids with childcare costs.
7 p.m. (Wed.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Children's Creative Center, 1600 Pauline (at Kay Pkwy. east of Stadium). Tickets $50 for Aug. 16 benefit show & $15 (kids & seniors, $10) for all other dates in advance and at the door. 769-0019. [map]


 8:30 p.m. 

"Jaws": Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation Dive-In Movie.

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All invited to float in Fuller Pool for a screening of Steven Spielberg's 1975 adventure classic about a great white shark that terrorizes a New England shore community. 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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August 2019
 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]


 1-5 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show off the kangaroo (2 & 4 p.m.) and emu (3 p.m.). Also, alligator feeding (1:30 p.m.) 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]


 1-1:40 p.m.  Free! 

"Dancing Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Robinsongs for Kids director Robin Robinson presents a program of music and movement for babies through 5-year-olds, accompanied by an adult.
1-1:40 p.m., AADL Traverwood, 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Drawing for Kids": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Sun., except Jan. 26 & Feb. 23. Ann Arbor Art Center artists host a different directed drawing activity each week for kids in grades 1-5.
Downtown multipurpose rm., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

Canceled: "Kinetic Sandbox!": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Grades K-5 invited to play with easy-to-mold kinetic sand.
AADL Downtown. Free. 327-4200.


 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Butterfly Migration Celebration": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Kids in grades K-5 invited to craft butterflies to display at the AADL downtown branch.
2-3 p.m., AADL Westgate, Westgate shopping center. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 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]


 2 p.m. 

"Pleasantville": Children's Creative Center.

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Aug. 14-18. Local kids present their original musical based on the 1998 film Pleasantville, a comic fantasy about 2 teens who are transported back in time into the world of 50s TV sitcoms, where everyone lives in black and white and has a similarly limited range of emotions and experiences. The score includes hits such as Michael Jackson's "Black or White," Bill Haley's "Rock Around the Clock," Cyndi Lauper's "True Colors," Elvis's "All Shook Up," Lionel Richie's "All Night Long," and more. Proceeds benefit Friends of Children's Creative Center, which assists homeless and underprivileged kids with childcare costs.
7 p.m. (Wed.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Children's Creative Center, 1600 Pauline (at Kay Pkwy. east of Stadium). Tickets $50 for Aug. 16 benefit show & $15 (kids & seniors, $10) for all other dates in advance and at the door. 769-0019. [map]






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