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Family, Teens, & Kids Stuff - Week of November 18, 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


November 2019
 10:30-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Preschool ArtStart": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Craft activity for kids ages 2-5 (accompanied by an adult). Siblings welcome.
AADL Traverwood, 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Playgroups for Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon.Thurs. Hour-long program for kids up to 24 months (with caregiver). No older siblings, please.

Mon. 10:30 a.m. (Downtown)

Tues., except Dec. 24, 10 a.m. (Malletts Creek)

Wed., except Dec. 25, 11 a.m. (Pittsfield)

Thurs. 2 p.m. (Westgate) & 6:30 p.m. (Malletts Creek).
Every Mon.-Fri., various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.


 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). Siblings welcome.

Mon. 11 a.m. (Westgate & Malletts Creek).

Tues., except Dec. 24, 10 a.m. (Downtown).

Wed., except Dec. 25, 10 a.m. (Malletts Creek), 11 a.m. (Downtown), 1 & 6 p.m. (Westgate).

Thurs. 7 p.m. (Pittsfield).

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


 4:15 p.m.  Free! 

Kids Book Clubs: Saline District Library.

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Book discussion groups for kids, including Chapter Champs (Nov. 11 & Dec. 9) for kids in grades 1-4, the Caldecott Club (Nov. 18 & Dec. 16) for kids in kindergarten and 1st grade, and Pageturners (Dec. 2) for kids in grade 4 & up.
4:15 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. Preregistration required at Salinelibrary.org. 429-5450. [map]


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Tuesday


November 2019
 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). Siblings welcome.

Mon. 11 a.m. (Westgate & Malletts Creek).

Tues., except Dec. 24, 10 a.m. (Downtown).

Wed., except Dec. 25, 10 a.m. (Malletts Creek), 11 a.m. (Downtown), 1 & 6 p.m. (Westgate).

Thurs. 7 p.m. (Pittsfield).

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


 10-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Playgroups for Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon.Thurs. Hour-long program for kids up to 24 months (with caregiver). No older siblings, please.

Mon. 10:30 a.m. (Downtown)

Tues., except Dec. 24, 10 a.m. (Malletts Creek)

Wed., except Dec. 25, 11 a.m. (Pittsfield)

Thurs. 2 p.m. (Westgate) & 6:30 p.m. (Malletts Creek).
Every Mon.-Fri., various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.


 10-10:45 a.m. 

"Tiny Tails Storytime": Tiny Lions Lounge & Adoption Center.

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Nov. 12, 19, & 26. Songs, stories, finger plays, and interaction with adoptable cats. For kids ages 2-5 (with caregiver).
Tiny Lions, 5245 Jackson, ste. A1. $5 per child (babies under age 1, free). hshv.org, 661-3575. [map]


 10-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Tummy Times": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Tues., except Dec. 24. New and expecting parents invited to discuss new baby experiences. Babies welcome.
10-11 a.m., AADL Westgate, Westgate shopping center, 2503 Jackson. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 10:30 a.m.-noon 

Late Fall Moms Group: Ann Arbor Baby Beginnings, LLC.

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Our award winning Mothers Group is a great opportunity to meet other new moms and get support and advice after your baby is born. The group is facilitated by two experienced moms, a Social Worker and an MPH and Certified Lactation Consultant. 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.
The Fall Moms Group meets on Tuesday mornings from 10:30-noon from November 5th through December 17th. (The group skips the week of Thanksgiving)
Save $5 by registering before November 3rd and using the promo code SUPPORT
Ann Arbor Baby Beginnings, 2311 East Stadium Suite 202-2. $100/six weeks. 734-221-0158. info@annarborbabybeginnings.com www.annarborbabybeginnings.com [map]


 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Babytime": Chelsea District Library.

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Every Tues. 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, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. 475-8732. [map]


 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Pizza and Pages": Saline District Library.

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Teens invited to discuss popular books. Pizza.

Nov. 19: Internment, Samira Ahmed's new YA novel about a Muslim teen whose life is turned upside down when an Islamophobic president is elected and Muslims are interned in the California desert.

Dec. 17: Stepsister, Jennifer Donnelly's new YA feminist rendition of the Cinderella story from the point of view of the "ugly" stepsister.

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3-4 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. Preregistration required at Salinelibrary.org. 429-5450. [map]


 3:30 p.m.  Free! 

Tween Book Club: Chelsea District Library.

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All kids ages 9-13 invited to discuss a book. Also, a related activity. Snacks.

Nov. 19: Amina's Voice, Hena Khan's 2017 novel about an 11 year-old Pakistani American girl who struggles with reconciling her dream of becoming a soul singer with her Muslim faith.

Jan. 14: Circus Mirandus, Cassie Beasley's debut novel about a young boy who discovers that his grandfather's wild stories about a magical circus are true.

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3:30-4:30 p.m., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-7832. [map]


 6:30-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Holiday Yarn Trees": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to make a table topper with yarn and glittery items. Materials provided.
AADL Malletts Creek. Free. 327-4200.


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Wednesday


November 2019
 9:30 a.m. 

"The Little Scientist Club": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Every Tues. & Sat. Crafts, science-themed stories, and hands-on activities for young kids, accompanied by a parent. Geared toward kids ages 3-6; older siblings welcome.
9:30 a.m. (Tues.) & 10:30 a.m. (Sat.), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. Free with regular admission: $12.50 (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-9439. [map]


 10 & 11 a.m. and 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). Siblings welcome.

Mon. 11 a.m. (Westgate & Malletts Creek).

Tues., except Dec. 24, 10 a.m. (Downtown).

Wed., except Dec. 25, 10 a.m. (Malletts Creek), 11 a.m. (Downtown), 1 & 6 p.m. (Westgate).

Thurs. 7 p.m. (Pittsfield).

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


 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Chelsea District Library.

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Every Wed., except June 12. Stories for kids ages 3-5 (with caregiver).
10:30-11 a.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 10:30-11:15 a.m.  Free! 

"Sensation Stations": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All toddlers ages 18 months-3 years invited to drop in to engage their senses by scooping, pouring, squeezing, and shaking a variety of materials.
10:30-11:15 a.m., AADL Traverwood Branch, 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 11 a.m.  Free! 

Little Listeners Storytime: Northfield Township Area Library.

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Join us at Northfield Township Area Library every Wednesday at 11 a.m. for a half-hour of fun stories, silly songs, and age-appropriate hands-on activities. Storytime is designed to promote early literacy. Registration is not required.
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake. Free. 734-449-0066. hmccausland@ntal.org www.ntal.org/events [map]



 11 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Playgroups for Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon.Thurs. Hour-long program for kids up to 24 months (with caregiver). No older siblings, please.

Mon. 10:30 a.m. (Downtown)

Tues., except Dec. 24, 10 a.m. (Malletts Creek)

Wed., except Dec. 25, 11 a.m. (Pittsfield)

Thurs. 2 p.m. (Westgate) & 6:30 p.m. (Malletts Creek).
Every Mon.-Fri., various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.


 11 a.m.  Free! 

"Story Time": Nicola's Books.

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Every Wed. Stories, songs, and crafts for preschoolers. Themes: "Pets"(Nov. 6), "Friendship" (Nov. 13), "Llama Llama" (Nov. 20), and "Thanksgiving" (Nov. 27).
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]


 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Art with Keith!": Saline District Library.

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Local art teacher Keith McGuire introduces teens to various art techniques and media, including comic strips (Nov. 20), still lifes (Dec. 4), and collage and found poems (Dec. 18).
3-4:15 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. Preregistration required. Salinelibrary.org, 429-5450. [map]


 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"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]


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Thursday


November 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]



 10-10:40 a.m.  Free! 

"Yoga for Kids!": Ann Arbor District Library.

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A Super Fun Yoga Time (Pinckney) instructor leads kids in grades preK-2 in some introductory poses.
AADL Westgate, Westgate shopping center. Free. 327-4200.


 10:30 a.m. 

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

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


 10:30-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Toddlertime": Chelsea District Library.

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Every Thurs., except Mar. 14, May 2, & June 13. 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]


 2-3 & 6:30-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Playgroups for Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon.Thurs. Hour-long program for kids up to 24 months (with caregiver). No older siblings, please.

Mon. 10:30 a.m. (Downtown)

Tues., except Dec. 24, 10 a.m. (Malletts Creek)

Wed., except Dec. 25, 11 a.m. (Pittsfield)

Thurs. 2 p.m. (Westgate) & 6:30 p.m. (Malletts Creek).
Every Mon.-Fri., various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.


 3:30 p.m.  Free! 

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

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Calling all LEGO lovers, it's time to show off your skills and flex your creative muscles. All ages are welcome to come to the Library for some hands-on fun and build a masterpiece at our LEGO club. Register online at www.ntal.org/events.
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake. Free. 734-449-0066. hmccausland@ntal.org www.ntal.org/events [map]



 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Makerspace": Dexter District Library.

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Drop-in hands-on activity for kids in grades K-8.
4-5 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [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]



 7 p.m.  Free! 

"That Thursday Thing": Chelsea District Library.

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Crafts and activities for teens.

Nov. 7: "Shrinky Dinks." Make a keychain or earrings out of Shrinky Dink plastic.

Nov. 21: "Brush Pen Calligraphy." Practice tracing and lettering a favorite quote or saying and then decorate and frame it.

Dec. 5: "Touchscreen Gloves." Make gloves touchscreen-friendly with either conductive thread or thermal paste.

Dec. 19: "Crafty Chocolate Christmas." Make a variety of chocolate truffles and a simple origami box to put them in.

Jan. 2: "UV Jewelry and Keychains." Make a keychain or some jewelry out of UV-cured resin.

Jan. 16: "Taco Thursday." Make and eat tacos and burritos and play taco-themed games.

Feb. 6 : "Chainmail Chill." Using colorful aluminum rings, make a small chainmail star, flower, or other shape.

Feb. 20 and Mar. 5 & 19: TBA.

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7-9 p.m., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"The Secret Garden": The Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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Every Thurs.-Sun. (except Nov. 28), Nov. 14-Dec. 22. This local professional theater company performs Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman's 1989 musical adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett's beloved children's novel set in Victorian England. Sent to live in the cheerless house of her reclusive, widowed uncle and his invalid son, an orphan girl discovers a hidden garden that reintroduces joy to her life and that of her relatives. The songs, with many lyrics drawn from the original text, have been described as "fetching" by the New York Times.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. Tickets $32 (seniors, $30; youth & groups of 10 or more, $28) on Thurs.; $36 (seniors, $34; youth & groups of 10 or more, $32) on Fri. & Sat. eve.; $34 (seniors, $32; youth & groups of 10 or more, $30) for all matinees in advance at theencoretheatre.org and at the door. $15 student rush tickets (if available) an hour before showtime. 268-6200. [map]


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Friday


November 2019
 8 a.m.  Free! 

High School Visit Day: Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor.

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A chance for high school students to experience a day at the Rudolf Steiner High School and see all that our education - which consciously balances academics, arts, music and practical skills - has to offer. Registration is required: jhuber@steinerschool.org
Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor, 2230 Pontiac Trail. Free. 7346699394. admissions@steinerschool.org www.steinerschool.org [map]



 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Playgroups for Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon.Thurs. Hour-long program for kids up to 24 months (with caregiver). No older siblings, please.

Mon. 10:30 a.m. (Downtown)

Tues., except Dec. 24, 10 a.m. (Malletts Creek)

Wed., except Dec. 25, 11 a.m. (Pittsfield)

Thurs. 2 p.m. (Westgate) & 6:30 p.m. (Malletts Creek).
Every Mon.-Fri., various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.


 11 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Drop-in Thanksgiving Storytime and Craft": Dexter District Library.

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Thanksgiving-themed story and craft for kids age 6 and under.
Dexter District Library, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [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]



 5 p.m.  Free! 

"After Hours Magic: The Gathering": Saline District Library.

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All teens invited to play this popular collectible card game. Food.
5-6:30 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. Salinelibrary.org, 429-5450. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"The Secret Garden": The Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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Every Thurs.-Sun. (except Nov. 28), Nov. 14-Dec. 22. This local professional theater company performs Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman's 1989 musical adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett's beloved children's novel set in Victorian England. Sent to live in the cheerless house of her reclusive, widowed uncle and his invalid son, an orphan girl discovers a hidden garden that reintroduces joy to her life and that of her relatives. The songs, with many lyrics drawn from the original text, have been described as "fetching" by the New York Times.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. Tickets $32 (seniors, $30; youth & groups of 10 or more, $28) on Thurs.; $36 (seniors, $34; youth & groups of 10 or more, $32) on Fri. & Sat. eve.; $34 (seniors, $32; youth & groups of 10 or more, $30) for all matinees in advance at theencoretheatre.org and at the door. $15 student rush tickets (if available) an hour before showtime. 268-6200. [map]


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Saturday


November 2019
 10 a.m., noon, and 2 & 4 p.m  Free! 

U-M Natural History Museum Tours.

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Every Sat. & Sun. through Dec. 15 Thirty-minute guided tours showcasing some of the museum's beloved and new exhibits. "Museum Highlights Tour" (10 a.m. & 2 p.m.) shows a mastodon couple, the Majungasaurus, and some of the new research labs. "Wonderful World of Whales Tour" (Noon & 4 p.m.) shows how whales and dolphins made the transition from land back to water.
Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Free. 764-0478. [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- Blackstone Bookstore": Black Men Read.

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The BMR Kids Club is back at Black Stone Bookstore!! We are hosting our children's story hour on the fourth Saturday, every other month, at 11am, stop by Black Stone Bookstore and Cultural Center in Ypsilanti, MI with your K-5 grade youth for our Kids Club!
BMR (Black Men Read) is an homage to the history of the storytelling among African people. We have gathered a group of committed men who are available to read to children in school and at area bookstores. Black Men Read is a bridge- a tool for community connection between our beloved children and the pillars of our communites. All families are invited and encouraged to attend
Blackstone Bookstore & Cultural Center, 214 Michigan Ave, 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, November 23, 11:00 - 11:45. Register in advance at: https://member-site.net/VIP/default.aspx?FE--PPXPX
Keith Hafner's Karate, 214 S. Main. Free. 734-994-0333. 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. & 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]


 11:15 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Storytime at the Museum": UMMA.

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A U-M student docent reads a story related to art on display. Followed by a short craft activity. This month's theme: Netherlands. For kids ages 3-6 accompanied by a parent. Siblings welcome.
UMMA, meet at the store, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]


 11:30 a.m.  Free! 

S.T.E.A.M Workshop for Parents and Kids: Northfield Township Area Library.

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Take your weekends full steam ahead with our weekly workshop where kids collaborate with peers and parents to problem solve, experiment, and create! For ages 6 to 14 (children aged 6 to 8 need a parent with them). Space is limited, so registration is required for this event.
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Rd, Whitmore Lake. Free. 734-449-0066. hmccausland@ntal.org www.ntal.org/events [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]



 1-5 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show off a cougar (2 p.m.) and a skunk (4 p.m.). Also, a chance to see the conservancy's other animals, including a pancake tortoise, a tenrec, an African bullfrog, a chameleon, 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]


 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Frozen Party!": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All kids in grades K-5 invited to celebrate the release of Disney's Frozen 2 with themed crafts and activities.
AADL Downtown Branch, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Gaming Tournaments": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Nov. 23 & 24. Video game tournaments. Nov. 23: "Splatoon 2: Hyper Local Splatfest." For grade 6-adult. Nov. 24: "Mario Kart 8 Deluxe."
AADL Downtown 4th-fl. meeting rm. Free. 327-4200.


 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Paper Bag Stars": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited for this craft activity using paper bags and hot glue to make folded stars.
AADL Malletts Creek. Free. 327-4200.


 2 & 7:30 p.m. 

"The Secret Garden": The Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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Every Thurs.-Sun. (except Nov. 28), Nov. 14-Dec. 22. This local professional theater company performs Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman's 1989 musical adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett's beloved children's novel set in Victorian England. Sent to live in the cheerless house of her reclusive, widowed uncle and his invalid son, an orphan girl discovers a hidden garden that reintroduces joy to her life and that of her relatives. The songs, with many lyrics drawn from the original text, have been described as "fetching" by the New York Times.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. Tickets $32 (seniors, $30; youth & groups of 10 or more, $28) on Thurs.; $36 (seniors, $34; youth & groups of 10 or more, $32) on Fri. & Sat. eve.; $34 (seniors, $32; youth & groups of 10 or more, $30) for all matinees in advance at theencoretheatre.org and at the door. $15 student rush tickets (if available) an hour before showtime. 268-6200. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

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

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Screening of Ferdinand, the 2017 animation based on the classic children's book about a lovable bull. 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.
7:30 p.m., Tiny Lions, 5245 Jackson, ste. A1. $10 in advance at tinylions.org/events. hshv.org, 661-3575. [map]


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November 2019
 9 a.m. 

Fall 2019 5K: Girls on the Run.

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Noncompetitive 5-km run for girls age 6 & up and their coaches, families, and friends. Also, a kids dash for kids age 5 & under.
9 a.m. (registration begins at 7:15 a.m.), St. Joseph Hospital Ellen Thompson Women's Health Center, 5320 Elliott Dr., Ypsilanti. $28 (kids dash, $12) in advance by Nov. 16 at girlsontherunsemi.org; $30 (kids dash, $15) after Nov. 16. angie@girlsontherunsemi.org, 712-5640. [map]


 10 a.m., noon, and 2 & 4 p.m  Free! 

U-M Natural History Museum Tours.

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Every Sat. & Sun. through Dec. 15 Thirty-minute guided tours showcasing some of the museum's beloved and new exhibits. "Museum Highlights Tour" (10 a.m. & 2 p.m.) shows a mastodon couple, the Majungasaurus, and some of the new research labs. "Wonderful World of Whales Tour" (Noon & 4 p.m.) shows how whales and dolphins made the transition from land back to water.
Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Free. 764-0478. [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]


 1-5 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show off a cougar (2 p.m.) and a skunk (4 p.m.). Also, a chance to see the conservancy's other animals, including a pancake tortoise, a tenrec, an African bullfrog, a chameleon, 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]


 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Fantasy Pocket Map": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All teens & adults invited to make a self-folding miniature map of an imaginary geography.
AADL Downtown Secret Lab. Free. 327-4200.


 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Frozen Coloring Party!": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All kids in grades K-5 invited to color characters from the popular Disney franchise.
AADL Malletts Creek, 3090 E. Eisenhower. 327-4200. Free. [map]


 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Gaming Tournaments": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Nov. 23 & 24. Video game tournaments. Nov. 23: "Splatoon 2: Hyper Local Splatfest." For grade 6-adult. Nov. 24: "Mario Kart 8 Deluxe."
AADL Downtown 4th-fl. meeting rm. Free. 327-4200.


 1-1:45 p.m.  Free! 

"Spanish Storytime": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local writer & teacher Consuelo Digón tells stories and sings songs in Spanish. For babies & preschoolers (siblings welcome).
AADL Downtown Youth Story Corner. Free. 327-4200.


 2 p.m. 

"The Secret Garden": The Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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Every Thurs.-Sun. (except Nov. 28), Nov. 14-Dec. 22. This local professional theater company performs Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman's 1989 musical adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett's beloved children's novel set in Victorian England. Sent to live in the cheerless house of her reclusive, widowed uncle and his invalid son, an orphan girl discovers a hidden garden that reintroduces joy to her life and that of her relatives. The songs, with many lyrics drawn from the original text, have been described as "fetching" by the New York Times.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. Tickets $32 (seniors, $30; youth & groups of 10 or more, $28) on Thurs.; $36 (seniors, $34; youth & groups of 10 or more, $32) on Fri. & Sat. eve.; $34 (seniors, $32; youth & groups of 10 or more, $30) for all matinees in advance at theencoretheatre.org and at the door. $15 student rush tickets (if available) an hour before showtime. 268-6200. [map]





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