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Family, Teens, & Kids Stuff - Week of October 14, 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


October 2019
 9 a.m. 

"Toddler Time": Champion Gymnastics.

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Join us for Toddler Time
Monday: 9:00-10:00am
Tuesday: 9:00-10:00am & 1:00-2:00pm
Wednesday: 9:00am-12:00pm * your ONE hour begins when you arrive*
Thursday: 9:00-10:00am & 1:00-2:00pm
Friday: 9:00-10:00am
Have fun exploring and playing in our fun pits, bouncing on our 50' trampoline, play games and learn hand eye coordination, balance and more! There's always something to do at CGAA! Children 18 months or younger are FREE! All ages are welcome!
Champion Gymnastics, 7240 Jackson Rd. $7/ child. 7342221810. coachalexys@champgymaa.com https://www.champgymaa.com/open-gym [map]



 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Monstrous Movie Mayhem!": Saline District Library.

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Every Mon. All teens invited to watch spooky movies in anticipation of Halloween. Oct. 7: Beetlejuice, Tim Burton's 1988 horror-comedy about a young couple who become ghosts haunting their former home and hire an obnoxious exorcist to scare off the house's new inhabitants. Oct. 14: Poltergeist, Tobe Hooper's classic 1982 horror flick about a family haunted by demonic ghosts. Oct. 21: The Addams Family, Barry Sonnenfeld's 1991 comic fantasy about an eccentric, macabre family. Oct. 28: Corpse Bride, Tim Burton's 2005 animated fantasy about a shy groom practicing his wedding vows and a young ghost who believes he's speaking to her.
3 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 429-5450. [map]


 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]


 3:30 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 and working as a team to create a virtual world. Beginners welcome.
3:30-4:30 p.m., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


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Tuesday


October 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 a.m. 

Preschool Pumpkin Hunt: Saline Parks & Recreation.

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Preschoolers ages 2-5 invited to search for a pumpkin and then decorate it to take home. Also, story time and a snack. Parents are encouraged to bring a camera.
10 a.m., Saline Rec Center, 1866 Woodland Dr. E., Saline. $8 in advance by Oct. 1; $10 after Oct. 1. Preregistration required. salinerec.com, 429-3502. [map]


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Wednesday


October 2019
 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 

Country Fair: Wiard's Orchards.

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Every Sat. & Sun., Sept. 7-Oct. 28, and every Wed.-Fri. beginning Sept. 27. A carnival atmosphere with a variety of family-oriented fall activities on this 6th-generation family farm. Wagon rides, a petting farm, a corn maze, a Corn Queen Combine playground, and much more. Weekends only: a Noah's Ark inflatable, a giant slide, a bungee run, and more. Pony rides, paintball, apple picking, and other activities available Sat. & Sun. for an extra charge. Cider and donuts available. No pets.
11 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.) and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Wed.-Fri.), Wiard's Orchards, 5565 Merritt Rd. (east of Carpenter), Ypsilanti. Weekend admission: $18.75 (babies under 2, free). Weekday admission: $14.49 (babies, free). 390-9211. [map]


 10-11 a.m 

"Nature Storytimes": Leslie Science & Nature Center,.

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Every Wed. & Sun., except Dec. 15, 25, & 29. All kids ages 2-5 (accompanied by a caregiver) invited for a program of stories and nature-based activities on different snow-related themes.

Dec. 4: "Brr! It's Cold!"

Dec. 8 & 11: "Animal Prints."

Dec. 18: "Snow Day!" This theme may happen earlier if there is snowfall.

Dec. 22: "Winter Nap Time."
Programs temporarily offsite at Gallup Park (3000 Fuller Rd). $5 per kid (members, $4), adults & kids under 12 months, free. 997-1553.


 11 a.m.  Free! 

"Story Time": Nicola's Books.

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Stories, songs, and crafts for preschoolers. Themes: "On the Farm" (Oct. 2), "Apple Picking" (Oct. 9), "Fall Leaves" (Oct. 16), "Eric Carle" (Oct. 23), and "Halloween" (Oct. 30).
11 a.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.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]


 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

Canceled: "Drummunity!"

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Local drummer & drum teacher Lori Fithian leads a drum circle. Instruments provided, or bring your own. Kids welcome. Preceded at 6:45 p.m. by a brief drum lesson.
Crazy Wisdom Bookstore, 114 S. Main. Free. 426-7818. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Getting Started in Stock Photography": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local photographer Susan Montgomery explains stock photos-collections of photos licensed for specific uses-and shows how to take them, using examples of her own work.
AADL Downtown multipurpose room. Free. 327-4200.


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Thursday


October 2019
 9:15-11:15 a.m. 

MOPS of GBC: Grace Bible Church.

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MOPS(Mother's of Preschoolers) is for any woman who has a child from birth to kindergarten. We meet together to laugh, cry and embrace the journey of motherhood. Childcare is provided. To assure quality childcare, space is limited. Confidential scholarships are also available.
We meet every 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month starting September 19th-May. We meet from 9:15am-11:15am. You must register to attend.
For more information and to register contact Jess Richer at J_mcclarren9@hotmail.com
Grace Bible Church, 1300 S. Maple Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48103. $50. ehumphrey1836@gmail.com. J_mcclarren9@hotmail.com http://gracea2.org/mops/ [map]



 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 

Country Fair: Wiard's Orchards.

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Every Sat. & Sun., Sept. 7-Oct. 28, and every Wed.-Fri. beginning Sept. 27. A carnival atmosphere with a variety of family-oriented fall activities on this 6th-generation family farm. Wagon rides, a petting farm, a corn maze, a Corn Queen Combine playground, and much more. Weekends only: a Noah's Ark inflatable, a giant slide, a bungee run, and more. Pony rides, paintball, apple picking, and other activities available Sat. & Sun. for an extra charge. Cider and donuts available. No pets.
11 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.) and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Wed.-Fri.), Wiard's Orchards, 5565 Merritt Rd. (east of Carpenter), Ypsilanti. Weekend admission: $18.75 (babies under 2, free). Weekday admission: $14.49 (babies, free). 390-9211. [map]


 10-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Preschool Hike: Nutty for Squirrels": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Shawn Severance leads kids ages 2-4 (with caregiver) on a hike to search for squirrels and learn how they get ready for winter.
County Farm Park, 2230 Platt. Free. Preregistration required at parksonline.ewashtenaw.org. 971-6337. [map]


 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Canceled: "Toddlertime": Chelsea District Library.

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Every Thurs., except Apr. 30, May 21, & June 11. CDL staff present a program for toddlers about letters, numbers, colors, and shapes.
10:30-11 a.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 4:30 p.m.  Free! 

Tween Book Club: Dexter District Library.

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Kids in grades 5 & 6 invited to discuss a book. Snacks, trivia, and occasional crafts.

Sept. 19: The Doughnut Fix, Jessie Janowitz's 2018 novel about a city kid and avid baker who moves to a rural town with no restaurants.

Oct. 17: Stormbreaker, the 1st in Anthony Horowitz's series about Alex Rider, a teen recruited as a spy for MI6.

Nov. 14: The Matchstick Castle, Keir Graff's 2017 novel about a boy whose boring summer is turned upside down when he finds a fantastical castle in the woods.

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4:30-5:30 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. Preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]


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Friday


October 2019
 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 

Country Fair: Wiard's Orchards.

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Every Sat. & Sun., Sept. 7-Oct. 28, and every Wed.-Fri. beginning Sept. 27. A carnival atmosphere with a variety of family-oriented fall activities on this 6th-generation family farm. Wagon rides, a petting farm, a corn maze, a Corn Queen Combine playground, and much more. Weekends only: a Noah's Ark inflatable, a giant slide, a bungee run, and more. Pony rides, paintball, apple picking, and other activities available Sat. & Sun. for an extra charge. Cider and donuts available. No pets.
11 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.) and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Wed.-Fri.), Wiard's Orchards, 5565 Merritt Rd. (east of Carpenter), Ypsilanti. Weekend admission: $18.75 (babies under 2, free). Weekday admission: $14.49 (babies, free). 390-9211. [map]


 10 a.m. 

"Fall Morning Movies": Quality 16.

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Oct. 4-6: "Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse" (Bob Persichetti & Peter Ramsey, 2018). Animation about spidermen from various dimensions.

Oct. 10-13: "A Dog's Journey" (Gail Mancuso, 2019). A dog finds the meaning of his own existence in the lives of the humans he meets.

Oct. 18-20: "The Grinch" (Yarrow Cheney & Scott Mosier, 2018). Animated adaptation of Dr. Seuss's Christmas classic.

Oct. 25-27: "Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween" (Ari Sandel, 2018). Adventure-comedy about a ventriloquist's dummy come to life.

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10 a.m., 3686 Jackson. $1 (GQT Rewards members, free). 623-7469. [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.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]


 5-6 p.m. 

Youth Aerial (Ages 8-17): A2 Aviary.

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This all levels class is designed for active young people to explore the aerial arts, known as "flying". Students will warm up and cool down together, then will split into two groups based on experience and ability level.
Beginning students will work with instructor Rachel to learn the basic poses and sequences on the aerial apparatus. Once they have the basics down, they will work on building the endurance needed to spend several minutes in the air, as well as sequencing poses into mini routines.
Intermediate students will be with instructor Sara, focusing on technique, form, and choreography while learning more complex sequences and developing their personal style.
PREREQ: Students new to the Aviary must have a parent or legal guardian present on their first day. The guardian does not have to stay for the duration of the lesson but must be present to meet the instructor on the first day. Youth aerial classes are offered in monthly sessions, please click link for info!
The Ann Arbor Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk St, Suite A. $70-$90. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/ [map]



 6 p.m. 

"Boo Bash": Saline Parks & Recreation.

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Trick-or-treating, crafts, music, dancing, games, a balloon drop, pizza, and more. Costumes encouraged. This event usually sells out.
6-8 p.m., Saline Rec Center, 1866 Woodland Dr. E., Saline. $13 in advance by Oct. 6; $15 (if available) after Oct. 6. Preregistration required. salinerec.com, 429-3502. [map]


 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Magic: The Gathering": Dexter District Library.

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Youth in grades 6-12 invited for a tournament using Commander decks of this popular card game. Prizes and pizza.
6 p.m. sharp-8:30 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. Preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"Family Mew-Vie Night": Tiny Lions Lounge & Adoption Center.

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Screening of Coco, the 2017 Disney animation about a boy accidentally transported to the land of the dead. Also, snuggles with adoptable cats. Popcorn, juice, and water. Kids must be accompanied by an adult (at least 1 for every 3 kids). Bring pillows, sleeping bags, and blankets, if you wish. This event usually sells out.
Tiny Lions, 5245 Jackson, ste. A1. $10 in advance at tinylions.org/events. 661-3575. [map]


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Saturday


October 2019
 9-11 a.m.  Free! 

Nature Programs: Waterloo Recreation Area.

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Oct. 5 & 12 (noon-2 p.m.): "Apple Cider Pressing." All invited to make cider. Apples provided. Oct. 5 & 26 (3-4:30 p.m.): "Arrows Away." All adults and youth age 8 & up invited to learn the basics of archery. Oct. 19 (9-11 a.m.): "Hike to Hickory Hills." A 5-mile hike over rugged terrain that follows glacial topography through an old golf course, beside Crooked Lake, and along the Waterloo-Pinckney Trail. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water. Oct. 26 (10 & 11 a.m.): "Geocaching 101." All invited to learn how to use a handheld GPS unit to navigate park trails on a treasure hunt
Eddy Discovery Center, 17030 Bush Rd., Waterloo Recreation Area, Chelsea. Free. $11 recreation passport required for vehicle entry ($16 at the gate). 475-3170.


 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Crafting with Grace": New Grace Apostolic Temple.

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Annual juried arts & crafts show featuring 60 artisans from around the country. Also, kids craft activities and face painting. Bake sale. Food available. Door prizes.
New Grace, 2898 Packard. $2 admission (kids under 12, free). No strollers. Craftingwithgrace.com. 368-8897. [map]


 10 a.m. 

"Fall Morning Movies": Quality 16.

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Oct. 4-6: "Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse" (Bob Persichetti & Peter Ramsey, 2018). Animation about spidermen from various dimensions.

Oct. 10-13: "A Dog's Journey" (Gail Mancuso, 2019). A dog finds the meaning of his own existence in the lives of the humans he meets.

Oct. 18-20: "The Grinch" (Yarrow Cheney & Scott Mosier, 2018). Animated adaptation of Dr. Seuss's Christmas classic.

Oct. 25-27: "Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween" (Ari Sandel, 2018). Adventure-comedy about a ventriloquist's dummy come to life.

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10 a.m., 3686 Jackson. $1 (GQT Rewards members, free). 623-7469. [map]


 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Pop-Up Makerspace": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Oct. 19 & 20. Hands-on engineering activity. This month's challenge: "Paper Engineering."
AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. Free with regular museum admission: $12.50 (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-9439. [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. 

"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! 

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

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Ninja Obstacle Course. Big fun, FREE, open to 3, 4, & 5 yr. olds. Includes age appropriate training in agility and body balance. 'Keith Hafner's Karate,' 214 S. Main, Ann Arbor. Saturday, October 19, 11:00 - 11:45. Register in advance at https://member-site.net/VIP/default.aspx?FE--PggXX
Keith Hafner's Karate, 214 S. Main. Free. 7349940333. khafner@provide.net www.karateisgoodforyou.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.-6 p.m. 

Country Fair: Wiard's Orchards.

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Every Sat. & Sun., Sept. 7-Oct. 28, and every Wed.-Fri. beginning Sept. 27. A carnival atmosphere with a variety of family-oriented fall activities on this 6th-generation family farm. Wagon rides, a petting farm, a corn maze, a Corn Queen Combine playground, and much more. Weekends only: a Noah's Ark inflatable, a giant slide, a bungee run, and more. Pony rides, paintball, apple picking, and other activities available Sat. & Sun. for an extra charge. Cider and donuts available. No pets.
11 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.) and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Wed.-Fri.), Wiard's Orchards, 5565 Merritt Rd. (east of Carpenter), Ypsilanti. Weekend admission: $18.75 (babies under 2, free). Weekday admission: $14.49 (babies, free). 390-9211. [map]


 11 a.m.-2 p.m.  Free! 

Gordon Hall Archaeology Day: Dexter Area Historical Society.

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Please join us on October 19 at Gordon Hall in Dexter, MI to celebrate International Archaeology Day. Observe excavations on the grounds of this historic house and learn how archaeologists study the past. Students from the University of Michigan Archaeological Field Methods class will be present to discuss their findings with visitors, and members of the Dexter Area Historical Society will give a tour of the house. Excavations will be open to visitors from 11am to 1pm. Presentations and tours will be from 1pm to 2pm. Children are welcome and must be supervised. Call 734-426-2519 to hear status in case of bad weather.
Gordon Hall, 8311 Island Lake Road, at the corner of Dexter-Pinckney Rd, Dexter. Free. 7344262519. dexmuseum@aol.com www.dexterhistory.org [map]



 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.  Free! 

Science Forum Demos: U-M Natural History Museum.

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Hands-on 20-minute demos. In "Counting Cells" (11 a.m.) participants learn about cell structure and division. In "How to Become a Fossil" (3 p.m.), participants handle real fossils while learning how fossils form and how fossil casts are made. For ages 5+.
Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]


 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Family Art Studio: One and Many": UMMA.

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Local artist Susan Clinthorne leads a tour of the current exhibit Copies and Invention in East Asia and helps participants make art inspired by the collection. For families with kids age 6 & up.
UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. Preregistration required at umma.umich.edu/events (click on "Family" in the lefthand column). 764-0395. [map]


 Noon-4 p.m. 

"Hallow-Harvest Festival": Cobblestone Farm Association.

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A living history festival with a trick-or-treat scavenger hunt at the farmhouse, animal barn, and log cabin. With cooking and craft demos, traditional and vintage lawn & house games, and a chance to visit the barnyard animals. Halloween costume contest with prizes; tours led by costumed interpreters of the restored 1844 Ticknor-Campbell farmhouse.
Cobblestone Farm, 2781 Packard (next to Buhr Park). $2 (family, $5; seniors, $1.50; kids 4 & up, $1; kids age 3 & under, free). 794-7120. [map]


 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 p.m.  Free! 

"Nature Explorers: Signs of Fall": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalist Kelsey Dehring leads kids ages 5 & 6 on a hike to explore fall changes.
1-2 p.m., Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennings, Dexter. Free; preregistration required at parksonline.ewashtenaw.org. 971-6337. [map]


 2 p.m. 

"Black Cat Cabaret - Family Friendly Matinee": Neighborhood Theatre Group.

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Neighborhood Theatre Group is presenting a condensed, family friendly version of Black Cat Cabaret! Put on those costumes and come on down! With a Trick-or-Treat bag make it/take it, cast meet and greet, and a costume parade, this afternoon of theatre is sure to get the whole family in the Halloween spirit!
Bobcat Bonnie's, 200 W Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. $7 Adults (Ages 18+), $5 Youth (ages 3-17), Free (ages 2 and under). info@ntgypsi.org http://www.ntgypsi.org/ [map]



 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"I Love Yarn Day": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All grade 3-adult invited to bring their yarn-based projects and interact with fellow crafters.
AADL Westgate. Free. 327-4200.


 6-8 p.m. 

"Animal Haunts": Leslie Science & Nature Center.

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Guided hikes through woodlands to meet a variety of sensationally costumed swamp animals who perform entertaining, educational skits and songs. Also, Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum staff-led interactive science activities, live animal show-and-tell, and seasonal games featuring a "brain toss." Costumes encouraged. Geared towards families with kids age 12 & under.
Furstenberg Nature Area, 2626 Fuller Rd. $35 per family (of up to 6); preregistration required at lesliesnc.org. [map]


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Sunday


October 2019
 10 a.m. 

"Fall Morning Movies": Quality 16.

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Oct. 4-6: "Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse" (Bob Persichetti & Peter Ramsey, 2018). Animation about spidermen from various dimensions.

Oct. 10-13: "A Dog's Journey" (Gail Mancuso, 2019). A dog finds the meaning of his own existence in the lives of the humans he meets.

Oct. 18-20: "The Grinch" (Yarrow Cheney & Scott Mosier, 2018). Animated adaptation of Dr. Seuss's Christmas classic.

Oct. 25-27: "Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween" (Ari Sandel, 2018). Adventure-comedy about a ventriloquist's dummy come to life.

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10 a.m., 3686 Jackson. $1 (GQT Rewards members, free). 623-7469. [map]


 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 

Country Fair: Wiard's Orchards.

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Every Sat. & Sun., Sept. 7-Oct. 28, and every Wed.-Fri. beginning Sept. 27. A carnival atmosphere with a variety of family-oriented fall activities on this 6th-generation family farm. Wagon rides, a petting farm, a corn maze, a Corn Queen Combine playground, and much more. Weekends only: a Noah's Ark inflatable, a giant slide, a bungee run, and more. Pony rides, paintball, apple picking, and other activities available Sat. & Sun. for an extra charge. Cider and donuts available. No pets.
11 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.) and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Wed.-Fri.), Wiard's Orchards, 5565 Merritt Rd. (east of Carpenter), Ypsilanti. Weekend admission: $18.75 (babies under 2, free). Weekday admission: $14.49 (babies, free). 390-9211. [map]


 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.  Free! 

Science Forum Demos: U-M Natural History Museum.

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Hands-on 20-minute demos. In "Counting Cells" (11 a.m.) participants learn about cell structure and division. In "How to Become a Fossil" (3 p.m.), participants handle real fossils while learning how fossils form and how fossil casts are made. For ages 5+.
Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]


 noon-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Family Day: Graffiti and Ancient Kush": U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology.

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Family-friendly tours and activities related to the museum's temporary and permanent exhibitions, including a chance to create graffiti like those from ancient Kush, hear African folktales told by Ann Arbor Storytellers guild members Genot Picor and Steve Daut, and learn about how modern technology helps archaeologists study ancient graffiti.
Kelsey, 434 S. State. Free. 764-9304. [map]


 Noon-4 p.m. 

"Pop-Up Makerspace": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Oct. 19 & 20. Hands-on engineering activity. This month's challenge: "Paper Engineering."
AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. Free with regular museum admission: $12.50 (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-9439. [map]


 1-3 p.m. 

Hudson Mills Metropark Interpretive Nature Programs.

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Programs presented by Hudson Mills naturalist Kim Sherwin. Oct. 6 (8 a.m.): "Fall Birding." A guided walk to look for migrating birds, which includes an informal game of "Name that Warbler." For beginning and experienced birders.

Oct. 12 (4 p.m.): "Trick or Treat Along the Trail." Families invited to visit with Halloween and nature characters on the trail and then return to the Activity Center for cider, doughnuts, and craft activities. Costumes encouraged.

Oct. 13 (1 p.m.): "Pumpkin Carving Party." All invited to carve a pumpkin. Designs available. Cider & doughnuts. $6.

Oct. 13 (8-10 p.m.): "Full Moon Walk." A brief talk on moon facts & folklore before an evening hike to watch the sunset and the rise of the Hunter's Moon.

Oct. 20 (1-3 p.m.): "Zombie Apocalypse Survival." All invited to learn the basics of survival in nature, including shelter building and fire making.

Dec. 1 (8-10 a.m.): "Winter Birding." Guided walk to find birds. Dress for the weather and bring binoculars. $5.

Jan. 4 (10-11 a.m.): "Cardboard Sled Creations." Build and test out your own. Materials provided. Hot chocolate, if you like. $5.

Jan. 11 (9-10 a.m.): "Bird Feeder Fun." Make a simple bird feeder, while learning about which seeds attract birds. $5.

Jan. 25 (10-11 a.m.): "Animal Signs." All ages 3-6 invited to search for homes, tracks, & other signs of animals. $5.

Feb. 1 (10 a.m.-noon): "Neat-ure Crafts 101." All ages 16 & up invited to make a decorative coat hanger made with gathered twigs. Bring other homemade crafts for inspiration. $8.

Feb. 5 (10-11 a.m.): "Snow Day." All ages 3-4 (accompanied by adult) invited to paint the snow, look for animal signs, and have other snowy adventures. $5.

Feb 8: (10 a.m.-noon): "Winter Birding." Guided walk to find some of the hardier winter birds. Dress for the weather and bring binoculars. $5.

Feb. 15 (10-11:30 a.m.): "Tracking a Snowman." All ages 6 & up invited on a walk in search of a snowman and signs of other animals. Afterward, build and decorate your own snowman. $5.

Feb. 29 (10-11 a.m.): "Codes of Nature." All ages 3-6 invited to learn how color is used in nature. $5.

Mar. 7 & 8 (10 & 11 a.m., and noon): "Journey to the Sugarbush." All ages invited to tap into a maple tree. Followed by an all-you-can-eat pancake & sausage breakfast ($6; kids, $4). $5 (kids, $3).

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Various times, park activity center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $5 (except as noted). Preregistration required. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 426-8211. [map]


 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Chesstastic!": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All kids and adults invited to play chess. Sets provided.
AADL Traverwood. Free. 327-4200.


 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Drawing for Kids": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Ann Arbor Art Center artists host a different directed drawing activity each week for kids in grades 1-5:

Oct. 6: "Inktober Illustrations"

Oct. 13: "Wildly Creative Monsters"

Oct. 20: "Spooky Haunted Houses"
AADL Downtown 4th-fl. meeting rm.


 2 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. Followed by Grange-baked cookies and cocoa.

Nov. 17: Caller Drake Meadow with music by Paul Winder and Betsy Beckerman.

Dec. 15: Caller TBA, music by Donna Baird, Fred & Nora Karsch, Jim Horton.

Jan. 19: Caller Drake Meadow, music by Donna Baird & Dawn Swartz.

Feb 16: Caller Drake Meadow, music by Donna Baird & Cindy Feigel.

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2-4 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $12 per family (members, free). 769-1052. [map]


 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Halloween Extravaganza": Nicola's Books.

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Local writer Emily Siwek is joined by the Violin Monster for a reading of A Monster on Main Street, her 2018 picture book encouraging kids to give scary things a second look. Also, trick-or-treating in Westgate and chalk art by local artist David Zinn. Costumes encouraged.
2 p.m., Nicola's, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600.


 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]






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