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Family, Teens, & Kids Stuff - Week of December 2, 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


December 2019
 10 a.m.-8 p.m. 

Santa: Briarwood Mall.

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All kids invited to visit with Santa; photos available for purchase. Dec. 8 is "Pet Photo Night" (6-8 p.m.) for 4-legged, leashed, friendly pets that weigh less than 60 lbs. A session for kids with special needs is held before the mall opens on Dec. 1, 9-10:30 a.m.; preregistration required at Eventbrite.com (look for "Caring Santa".) Note: Santa takes breaks 1-2 p.m. and 5-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat. & 2-2:45 p.m. Sun.
10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. (Dec. 1), 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (Dec. 2-6), 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. (Dec. 7 & 9-12); 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (Dec. 8), 10 a.m.-9 p.m. (Dec. 13), 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (Dec. 15), 9 a.m.-9 p.m. (Dec. 14 & 16-23), 8 a.m.-6 p.m. (Dec. 24), Briarwood Von Maur court. Free ("fast passes" to avoid lines available with photo package purchase at bit.ly/36DqizF). 769-9610. [map]


 10:30-11:15 a.m.  Free! 

"Nutcracker Storytime": Chelsea District Library.

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Kids ages 2-5 and their families invited to hear the story of Tchaikovsky's popular ballet and watch Ballet Chelsea perform an excerpt from its upcoming production (see Dec. 7 & 8 listings) of The Nutcracker.
10:30-11:15 a.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 10:30 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


December 2019
 9:30 a.m. 

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

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Crafts, science-themed stories, and hands-on activities for young kids, accompanied by a parent. Geared toward kids ages 3-6; older siblings welcome.
Every Tues. (9:30 a.m.) & Sat. (10:30 a.m.), except Dec. 24., Hands-On Museum, 220 E Ann St., $12 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439.


 10-10:45 a.m. 

"Tiny Tails Storytime": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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Songs, stories, finger plays, and interaction with adoptable cats. For kids ages 2-5 (with caregiver).
10-10:45 a.m, Tiny Lions Lounge & Adoption Center, 5245 Jackson Rd. ste. a1. $5 per child (babies under age 1, free). 661-3530. [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). 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 a.m.-8 p.m. 

Santa: Briarwood Mall.

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All kids invited to visit with Santa; photos available for purchase. Dec. 8 is "Pet Photo Night" (6-8 p.m.) for 4-legged, leashed, friendly pets that weigh less than 60 lbs. A session for kids with special needs is held before the mall opens on Dec. 1, 9-10:30 a.m.; preregistration required at Eventbrite.com (look for "Caring Santa".) Note: Santa takes breaks 1-2 p.m. and 5-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat. & 2-2:45 p.m. Sun.
10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. (Dec. 1), 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (Dec. 2-6), 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. (Dec. 7 & 9-12); 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (Dec. 8), 10 a.m.-9 p.m. (Dec. 13), 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (Dec. 15), 9 a.m.-9 p.m. (Dec. 14 & 16-23), 8 a.m.-6 p.m. (Dec. 24), Briarwood Von Maur court. Free ("fast passes" to avoid lines available with photo package purchase at bit.ly/36DqizF). 769-9610. [map]


 10 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.


 10-11 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]


 4-5 p.m.  Free! 

"First Tuesday Lego Club": Dexter District Library.

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All kids in grades K-8 invited to make Lego creations.
4-5 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]


 4:15 p.m.  Free! 

"Bingo for Books": Saline District Library.

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All kids in grades 1-6 invited to play bingo to win books.
4:15-5 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. Salinelibrary.org, 429-5450. [map]


 5-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Introduction to Linoleum Carving": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to carve an image onto a 3x4 linoleum block and use it to print on a coaster or card. Bring an idea or example of your intended imagery. No experience necessary.
AADL Downtown Secret Lab. Free. 327-4200.


 6 p.m.  Free! 

Tree Lighting Ceremony: Saline Area Chamber of Commerce.

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All invited to help decorate the giant Christmas tree in downtown Saline. Cocoa, cookies, & music.
6 p.m., KeyBank, Michigan Ave. & N. Ann Arbor St., Saline. Free. 429-4494.


 6-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Holiday Light Bracelets": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to make a festive illuminated bracelet. Basic experience with round-nose pliers and beading suggested. Materials provided.
AADL Pittsfield. Free. 327-4200.


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Holiday Tree Lighting: Northfield Township Area Library.

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Join us as we welcome the holiday season with our annual tree lighting, complete with festive music from the Whitmore Lake High School Band and a visit from the jolly old elf himself, Santa Claus! Register for this FREE event today!
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake. Free. 734-449-0066. hmccausland@ntal.org www.ntal.org/events [map]



 8 p.m. 

"Season of Light": EMU Planetarium.

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This animated historical audiovisual show explores many of the world's holiday customs that involve light displays. Suitable for all ages.
EMU Mark Jefferson Science Complex, Circle Dr. off Oakwood, Ypsilanti. Tickets $5. 487-2282.


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Wednesday


December 2019
 9:45-11:15 a.m. 

"Nature Tykes": Leslie Science & Nature Center.

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Ages 4 & 5 invited for this preschool program that includes hikes, crafting, hands-on-experiments, and more. Child must be potty trained.
3000 Fuller Rd. $33 (members, $30), preregistration required by Nov. 29. 997-1553. [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 a.m.-8 p.m. 

Santa: Briarwood Mall.

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All kids invited to visit with Santa; photos available for purchase. Dec. 8 is "Pet Photo Night" (6-8 p.m.) for 4-legged, leashed, friendly pets that weigh less than 60 lbs. A session for kids with special needs is held before the mall opens on Dec. 1, 9-10:30 a.m.; preregistration required at Eventbrite.com (look for "Caring Santa".) Note: Santa takes breaks 1-2 p.m. and 5-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat. & 2-2:45 p.m. Sun.
10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. (Dec. 1), 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (Dec. 2-6), 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. (Dec. 7 & 9-12); 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (Dec. 8), 10 a.m.-9 p.m. (Dec. 13), 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (Dec. 15), 9 a.m.-9 p.m. (Dec. 14 & 16-23), 8 a.m.-6 p.m. (Dec. 24), Briarwood Von Maur court. Free ("fast passes" to avoid lines available with photo package purchase at bit.ly/36DqizF). 769-9610. [map]


 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]


 11 a.m.  Free! 

"Santa Storytime": Northfield Township Area Library.

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Join us for a special storytime as we welcome the guest of honor, Santa Claus himself! Santa has taken some time from his busy preparations to come read festive stories to the children! Registration is required, and parents may take photos of their children reading with Santa.
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake. Free. 734-449-0066. hmccausland@ntal.org www.ntal.org/events [map]



 Noon-12:30 p.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. Local chimemaster Heather O'Neal demonstrates.
10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.) & noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.), 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]


 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Santa Visits the Library!": Northfield Township Area Library.

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You better not cry, you better not pout, because we are telling you why: Santa is coming to Northfield Township Area Library! Bring your wish list and some holiday cheer, while Santa lends his ear. Photos will be taken of your child with Santa and provided to you. Registration is required; please note that registering does not guarantee you a time slot, only that Santa will see your child that day.
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake. Free. 734-449-0066. hmccausland@ntal.org www.ntal.org/events [map]



 5:30-6:30 p.m. 

"Just for Older Kids: Explore the World of Chocolate": Zingerman's Delicatessen.

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Staffers discuss how to conduct chocolate tastings, their favorite chocolate makers, and how different types of chocolate are made. Tastings. Geared towards kids ages 10-16.
Zingerman's Deli Upstairs. 422 Detroit St. $15 (parents welcome to lurk for free), reservations required. 663-3354.


 6:30 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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Thursday


December 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.-8 p.m. 

Santa: Briarwood Mall.

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All kids invited to visit with Santa; photos available for purchase. Dec. 8 is "Pet Photo Night" (6-8 p.m.) for 4-legged, leashed, friendly pets that weigh less than 60 lbs. A session for kids with special needs is held before the mall opens on Dec. 1, 9-10:30 a.m.; preregistration required at Eventbrite.com (look for "Caring Santa".) Note: Santa takes breaks 1-2 p.m. and 5-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat. & 2-2:45 p.m. Sun.
10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. (Dec. 1), 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (Dec. 2-6), 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. (Dec. 7 & 9-12); 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (Dec. 8), 10 a.m.-9 p.m. (Dec. 13), 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (Dec. 15), 9 a.m.-9 p.m. (Dec. 14 & 16-23), 8 a.m.-6 p.m. (Dec. 24), Briarwood Von Maur court. Free ("fast passes" to avoid lines available with photo package purchase at bit.ly/36DqizF). 769-9610. [map]


 10-10:40 a.m.  Free! 

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

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Dec. 5 & 19. A Super Fun Yoga Time (Pinckney) instructor leads kids in grades preK-2 in some introductory poses.
10-10:40 a.m., AADL Westgate, Westgate shopping center. Free. 327-4200.


 10:30 a.m. 

"Little Paws Storytime": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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Stories, crafts, finger plays, a tour of the adoptable cat area, and a dog meet and greet. For kids ages 2-5 (with caregiver).
10:30 a.m., Humane Society of Huron Valley, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. $5 per child (babies under age 1, free). 662-5585. [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 & 6:30 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! 

"Santa Visits the Library!": Northfield Township Area Library.

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You better not cry, you better not pout, and we're telling you why: Santa is coming to Northfield Township Area Library! Bring your wish list and some holiday cheer, while Santa lends his ear. Photos will be taken of your child with Santa and provided to you. Registration is required; please note that registering does not guarantee you a time slot, only that Santa will see your child that day.
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake. Free. 734-449-0066. hmccausland@ntal.org www.ntal.org/events [map]



 4:30-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Holiday Card Making": Dexter District Library.

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For kids in grades K-4. Snacks.
Dexter District Library, 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]



 6-7 p.m.  Free! 

"Graham Cracker Gingerbread Houses": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Grades K-8 invited to build a gingerbread house with icing, candy, and graham crackers.
AADL Downtown Multipurpose Rm. Free. 327-4200.


 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). 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.


 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. 

"A Fairy Tale Christmas Carol": Saline Area Players.

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Dec. 5-8. Barbara Day directs local actors in Flip Kobler & Cindy Marcus's twist on the Dickens classic. In this version, Scrooge is the Big Bad Wolf, 2 of the Cratchit children are Hansel and Gretel, the Ghost of Christmas Future is the Queen of Hearts, and Mother Goose narrates.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Fri.) & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun), The 5th Corner, 211 Willis Rd., Saline. $6 in advance & at the door. SalineAreaPlayers.org. 755-6983. [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


December 2019
 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). 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 a.m.-8 p.m. 

Santa: Briarwood Mall.

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All kids invited to visit with Santa; photos available for purchase. Dec. 8 is "Pet Photo Night" (6-8 p.m.) for 4-legged, leashed, friendly pets that weigh less than 60 lbs. A session for kids with special needs is held before the mall opens on Dec. 1, 9-10:30 a.m.; preregistration required at Eventbrite.com (look for "Caring Santa".) Note: Santa takes breaks 1-2 p.m. and 5-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat. & 2-2:45 p.m. Sun.
10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. (Dec. 1), 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (Dec. 2-6), 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. (Dec. 7 & 9-12); 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (Dec. 8), 10 a.m.-9 p.m. (Dec. 13), 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (Dec. 15), 9 a.m.-9 p.m. (Dec. 14 & 16-23), 8 a.m.-6 p.m. (Dec. 24), Briarwood Von Maur court. Free ("fast passes" to avoid lines available with photo package purchase at bit.ly/36DqizF). 769-9610. [map]


 10:30-11:15 a.m.  Free! 

"Sensation Stations": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Toddlers ages 8 months-2 years (accompanied by caregiver) invited to scoop, pour, squeeze, and shake a variety of materials.
AADL Malletts Creek. Free. 327-4200.


 Noon-12:30 p.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. Local chimemaster Heather O'Neal demonstrates.
10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.) & noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]


 12:15-1:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Sleeping Beauty": EMU Music & Dance Department.

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EMU dance professor Sherry Jerome-Wilkinson directs EMU students in her choreography of a 60-minute abridgement of Marius Petipa's 1890 ballet, with a live performance of the Tchaikovsky beloved score by the EMU Symphony Orchestra. This performance is for kids ages K-8.
Pease Auditorium, 494 College Pl., Ypsilanti. Free. Email chutch10@emich.edu to reserve seats.


 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]



 5-9 p.m. 

"Pets and Pajamas Movie Night": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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Ages 5-11 invited to watch The Secret Life of Pets (Dec. 6) and/or Shrek (Dec. 13) and interact with adoptable pets. Pizza dinner. Wear pajamas and bring a sleeping bag and pillow.
5-9 p.m., Humane Society of Huron Valley, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. $35 ($15 for each additional child). Preregistration required at hshv.org/PetsAndPjs. 662-5585. [map]


 5:30-10 p.m. 

"Parents' Night Out": Leslie Science & Nature Center.

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All kids invited to engage with different science-based activities with LSNC and AAHOM staffers. Late night popcorn. Preregistration by Dec. 3 includes a Panera sandwich dinner box.
Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, 220 E. Ann. $35 (members, $30). 997-1553. [map]


 6-8 p.m. 

"Festive Fridays": The Creature Conservancy.

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Conservancy staffers introduce Sven the reindeer on the indoor stage. Guests invited to view other animals on display, including alligators, a cougar, and porcupines. Includes cookies and hot cocoa.
6-8 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $15 (kids age 2 & under, free) plus a donation towards animal care (e.g., grain-free cat and dog food, pet-safe squeaky toys, canned tuna, paper towels, & macaw toys, etc.); preregistration required. 929-9324. [map]


 6-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Magic: The Gathering: Dexter District Library.

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Grades 6-12 invited to play this popular collectible card game. Basic knowledge of the rules required. Pizza & prizes.
6-8:30pm (prompt arrival requested), DDL. Free. 426-4477. [map]


 6-8 p.m. 

"Daddy Daughter Luau": Pittsfield Township Parks & Recreation.

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Girls ages 5-12, accompanied by a dad, grandfather, uncle, or other man, invited for dancing to recorded music. Light refreshments and a souvenir.
6-8 p.m., Pittsfield Twp. Community Center, 701 Ellsworth. $40 (Pittsfield Twp. residents, $35); $10 per additional girl. Preregistration required at recreation.pittsfield-mi.gov or at 822-2120. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"A Fairy Tale Christmas Carol": Saline Area Players.

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Dec. 5-8. Barbara Day directs local actors in Flip Kobler & Cindy Marcus's twist on the Dickens classic. In this version, Scrooge is the Big Bad Wolf, 2 of the Cratchit children are Hansel and Gretel, the Ghost of Christmas Future is the Queen of Hearts, and Mother Goose narrates.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Fri.) & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun), The 5th Corner, 211 Willis Rd., Saline. $6 in advance & at the door. SalineAreaPlayers.org. 755-6983. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"DJ Whittington's Kool Kat: A Hip-Hop Panto": Theatre Nova.

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Every Fri.-Sun., Nov. 29-Dec. 29. A popular holiday tradition, this year director Carla Milarch's annual musical panto is based on the comedic TV puppet DJ Kat, a record spinning, leather jacketed cat. A panto is a British pantomime genre that blends children's stories with a bit of vaudeville sensibility to create a raucous family entertainment. Candy is provided. Stars: Asia Marie Hicks, Alaina Kerr, and Mike Sandusky.
7:30 p.m. (Fri.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Theatre Nova, 410 W. Huron. Tickets (if available) $25 (kids 16 & under, $10). Members ($75 annual donation) receive priority access to all shows. 635-8450. [aw]. [map]



 7:30 p.m. 

"Meowliday Nights": Tiny Lions Lounge and Adoption Center.

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Dec. 6 & 13. All ages 12 and over invited to a screening of a holiday film TBA. Also, a chance to snuggle with adoptable cats. Cookies & hot chocolate.
7:30 p.m., Tiny Lions, 5245 Jackson Rd. $10 per person. 661-3575. [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


December 2019
 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Follow the Star: Christmas Crèche Exhibit": Holy Faith Church.

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Start your holiday season off right and join the members of Holy Faith Church for their third annual crèche exhibit. Over 300 nativities from around the world will be on display. There will also be a room devoted to nativity sets for children to explore, as well as activities for them to participate in. The exhibit is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served. For more information, call (734) 429-2991.
Holy Faith Church, 6299 ANN ARBOR SALINE RD,, Saline. Free. 7344292991. office@holy-faith-church.org www.holy-faith-church.org [map]



 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. 

Santa: Briarwood Mall.

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All kids invited to visit with Santa; photos available for purchase. Dec. 8 is "Pet Photo Night" (6-8 p.m.) for 4-legged, leashed, friendly pets that weigh less than 60 lbs. A session for kids with special needs is held before the mall opens on Dec. 1, 9-10:30 a.m.; preregistration required at Eventbrite.com (look for "Caring Santa".) Note: Santa takes breaks 1-2 p.m. and 5-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat. & 2-2:45 p.m. Sun.
10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. (Dec. 1), 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (Dec. 2-6), 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. (Dec. 7 & 9-12); 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (Dec. 8), 10 a.m.-9 p.m. (Dec. 13), 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (Dec. 15), 9 a.m.-9 p.m. (Dec. 14 & 16-23), 8 a.m.-6 p.m. (Dec. 24), Briarwood Von Maur court. Free ("fast passes" to avoid lines available with photo package purchase at bit.ly/36DqizF). 769-9610. [map]


 10 a.m., noon, and 2 & 4 p.m  Free! 

U-M Natural History Museum Tours.

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Every Sat. & Sun., except Dec. 21, 22, 28, & 29 and Jan. 4 & 5 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 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Christmas on the Farm": Waterloo Farm Museum.

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Dec. 7 & 8. This German immigrant pioneer homestead comes alive with the sights, sounds, and smells of a rural 1880s Michigan Christmas as costumed guides lead tours of the 2-story brick farmhouse, 1840s log house, outbuildings (with a blacksmith at work at the forge), and the one-room Dewey School (a short drive away on Territorial). Also, sales of baked goods, holiday greens, and gifts. Reading of The Night Before Christmas (Sat. only, 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.). Live music TBA. Concessions.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.) & noon-4 p.m. (Sun.), Waterloo Farm Museum, 13493 Waterloo-Munith Rd. (left off Clear Lake Rd. 5 miles north from I-94 exit 153), Waterloo Recreation Area, Chelsea. $5 admission (kids ages 5-12, $2; age 4 & under, free). (517) 596-2254.


 10-10:45 a.m.  Free! 

"Japanese Storytime": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local music teacher Momo Kajiwara tells stories and sings songs in Japanese. For babies & preschoolers (siblings welcome).
AADL Malletts Creek, 3090 E. Eisenhower. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 10 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free! 

"Santa Visits Kerrytown": Kerrytown Market and Shops.

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All kids invited to visit with Santa.
10 a.m.-1 p.m. (Sat.) & noon-3 p.m. (Sun.), Kerrytown Market & Shops upstairs. Free, nonperishable food donations for Food Gatherers are welcome. 662-5008. [map]


 10-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Sensory-Friendly Storytime": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Ages 3-7 invited to a program of 20 minutes of interactive stories, rhymes, & movement, followed by 40 minutes of free play.
AADL Westgate, Westgate shopping center, 2503 Jackson. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Chinese Storytime": Ann Arbor District Library.

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An AADL storyteller tells stories and sings songs in Mandarin. Also, a Chinese-themed craft. For babies & preschoolers (siblings welcome).
AADL Downtown Youth Story Corner (Dec. 7) & AADL Traverwood (Dec. 14).


 10:30-11 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. Local chimemaster Heather O'Neal demonstrates.
10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.) & noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]


 10:30 a.m. 

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

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Crafts, science-themed stories, and hands-on activities for young kids, accompanied by a parent. Geared toward kids ages 3-6; older siblings welcome.
Every Tues. (9:30 a.m.) & Sat. (10:30 a.m.), except Dec. 24., Hands-On Museum, 220 E Ann St., $12 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439.


 11 a.m.  Free! 

Children's Storytime: Barnes & Noble.

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Every Sat. Storytelling programs and occasional craft activities for kids age 3 & up.
11 a.m., Barnes & Noble, 3235 Washtenaw. Free. 973-1618. [map]



 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.  Free! 

Science Forum Demos: U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. through Dec. 15. Short hands-on demos for ages 5 & up. "How to Become a Fossil" (11 a.m.). Participants handle real fossils while learning how they form and how fossil casts are made. "Life: How Do We Find It?" (3 p.m.). Participants learn about what kinds of planets might support life.
Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]


 11 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Teen Advisory Group: Dexter District Library.

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All youth in grades 7-12 invited to brainstorm about new programs, book selections, and volunteer opportunities. Pizza.
DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. Preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]


 11 a.m.  Free! 

Ukulele Club: Dexter District Library.

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Youth in grades 4-12 invited to try out ukuleles. Light refreshments. Instruments provided, or bring your own.
11 a.m.-noon, DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]


 11:30 a.m.  Free! 

Santa Visits the Library!.

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You better not cry, you better not pout, and we're telling you why: Santa is coming to Northfield Township Area Library! Bring your wish list and some holiday cheer, while Santa lends his ear. Photos will be taken of your child with Santa and provided to you. Registration is required; please note that registering does not guarantee you a time slot, only that Santa will see your child that day.
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake. Free. 734-449-0066. hmccausland@ntal.org www.ntalorg/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 & 3 p.m. 

"A Fairy Tale Christmas Carol": Saline Area Players.

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Dec. 5-8. Barbara Day directs local actors in Flip Kobler & Cindy Marcus's twist on the Dickens classic. In this version, Scrooge is the Big Bad Wolf, 2 of the Cratchit children are Hansel and Gretel, the Ghost of Christmas Future is the Queen of Hearts, and Mother Goose narrates.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Fri.) & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun), The 5th Corner, 211 Willis Rd., Saline. $6 in advance & at the door. SalineAreaPlayers.org. 755-6983. [map]


 1:30-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Tween and Teen Homemade Gifts for the Holidaysl": Chelsea District Library.

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All youth ages 10-17 invited to make and wrap a surprise holiday gift. Materials provided.
CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea.Free. 475-8732. [map]


 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]


 3 & 7:30 p.m. 

"DJ Whittington's Kool Kat: A Hip-Hop Panto": Theatre Nova.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less “DJ Whittington’s Kool Kat: A Hip-Hop Panto”

Every Fri.-Sun., Nov. 29-Dec. 29. A popular holiday tradition, this year director Carla Milarch's annual musical panto is based on the comedic TV puppet DJ Kat, a record spinning, leather jacketed cat. A panto is a British pantomime genre that blends children's stories with a bit of vaudeville sensibility to create a raucous family entertainment. Candy is provided. Stars: Asia Marie Hicks, Alaina Kerr, and Mike Sandusky.
7:30 p.m. (Fri.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Theatre Nova, 410 W. Huron. Tickets (if available) $25 (kids 16 & under, $10). Members ($75 annual donation) receive priority access to all shows. 635-8450. [aw]. [map]



 9-10:30 & 10:45-12:15 p.m.  Free! 

"Pancakes with Santa": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Families invited to a pancake breakfast, followed by hot cocoa and a chance to meet Santa. Take-home craft & goody bag.
9-10:30 & 10:45-12:15 p.m., Pierce Lake Golf Course, 1175 S Main, Chelsea. $10 per person; preregistration required at parksonline.ewashtenaw.org. 971-6337. [map]


 3-4 & 4-5 p.m. 

"Strum & Drum": Oz's Music Environment.

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Families invited to get on stage to sing and make music on a variety of instruments. Also, at 4 p.m., a free Kids Open Stage.
Oz's, 1920 Packard. $20 per family (free for first timers). 662-8283. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"24th Annual Evening of Sacred Song: A Seasonal Celebration of Peace, Community, and Spirit": Sacred Song.

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This ad hoc local multi-ethnic vocal ensemble performs songs from various spiritual traditions addressing social change, peace, and justice. With and without instrumental accompaniment. Also, sing-alongs. Performers include Faye Askew-King, Cassandra Compton-Montgomery, Deborah Greene, D. Yarrow Halstead, Laura Machida, Jeff Pickell, Phil Roos, La'Ron Williams, Robin Wilson, Dale Petty, along with guest guitarist Sam Clark, & vocalists Edie Lewis and Kathleen Moore. Reception follows. Proceeds benefit Flint Rising, We the People of Detroit, & The People's Water Board (Detroit).
First Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 4001 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $20 in advance; $25 (or what you can afford to pay) at the door; kids age 11 & under, free. (616) 821-7252, 358-2665. [map]


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Sunday


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

U-M Natural History Museum Tours.

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Every Sat. & Sun., except Dec. 21, 22, 28, & 29 and Jan. 4 & 5 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.-8 p.m. 

Santa: Briarwood Mall.

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All kids invited to visit with Santa; photos available for purchase. Dec. 8 is "Pet Photo Night" (6-8 p.m.) for 4-legged, leashed, friendly pets that weigh less than 60 lbs. A session for kids with special needs is held before the mall opens on Dec. 1, 9-10:30 a.m.; preregistration required at Eventbrite.com (look for "Caring Santa".) Note: Santa takes breaks 1-2 p.m. and 5-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat. & 2-2:45 p.m. Sun.
10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. (Dec. 1), 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (Dec. 2-6), 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. (Dec. 7 & 9-12); 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (Dec. 8), 10 a.m.-9 p.m. (Dec. 13), 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (Dec. 15), 9 a.m.-9 p.m. (Dec. 14 & 16-23), 8 a.m.-6 p.m. (Dec. 24), Briarwood Von Maur court. Free ("fast passes" to avoid lines available with photo package purchase at bit.ly/36DqizF). 769-9610. [map]


 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.  Free! 

Science Forum Demos: U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. through Dec. 15. Short hands-on demos for ages 5 & up. "How to Become a Fossil" (11 a.m.). Participants handle real fossils while learning how they form and how fossil casts are made. "Life: How Do We Find It?" (3 p.m.). Participants learn about what kinds of planets might support life.
Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]


 Noon-4 p.m. 

"Christmas on the Farm": Waterloo Farm Museum.

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Dec. 7 & 8. This German immigrant pioneer homestead comes alive with the sights, sounds, and smells of a rural 1880s Michigan Christmas as costumed guides lead tours of the 2-story brick farmhouse, 1840s log house, outbuildings (with a blacksmith at work at the forge), and the one-room Dewey School (a short drive away on Territorial). Also, sales of baked goods, holiday greens, and gifts. Reading of The Night Before Christmas (Sat. only, 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.). Live music TBA. Concessions.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.) & noon-4 p.m. (Sun.), Waterloo Farm Museum, 13493 Waterloo-Munith Rd. (left off Clear Lake Rd. 5 miles north from I-94 exit 153), Waterloo Recreation Area, Chelsea. $5 admission (kids ages 5-12, $2; age 4 & under, free). (517) 596-2254.


 Noon-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Santa Visits Kerrytown": Kerrytown Market and Shops.

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All kids invited to visit with Santa.
10 a.m.-1 p.m. (Sat.) & noon-3 p.m. (Sun.), Kerrytown Market & Shops upstairs. Free, nonperishable food donations for Food Gatherers are welcome. 662-5008. [map]


 Noon-6 p.m.  Free! 

"Washtenaw Area Pickup Robotics Exhibition Day": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to watch as robots, built in mere weeks by area high school robotics teams, compete in 2 vs. 2 volleyball matches. Finals start around 5 p.m.
U-M Sports Coliseum, 721 S. Fifth Ave. Free admission. 327-4200. [map]


 1-4 p.m. 

"Visit with Santa": Brewed Awakenings Café.

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All kids invited to enjoy milk & cookies and get their photo taken with Santa in his cozy chair by the fireplace.
11 a.m.-2 p.m., Brewed Awakenings, 7025 E. Michigan Ave., ste. M, Saline. $10. A portion of the proceeds go to to Chadtough for pediatric brain tumor research. 681-0078. [map]


 2 p.m. 

"DJ Whittington's Kool Kat: A Hip-Hop Panto": Theatre Nova.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less “DJ Whittington’s Kool Kat: A Hip-Hop Panto”

Every Fri.-Sun., Nov. 29-Dec. 29. A popular holiday tradition, this year director Carla Milarch's annual musical panto is based on the comedic TV puppet DJ Kat, a record spinning, leather jacketed cat. A panto is a British pantomime genre that blends children's stories with a bit of vaudeville sensibility to create a raucous family entertainment. Candy is provided. Stars: Asia Marie Hicks, Alaina Kerr, and Mike Sandusky.
7:30 p.m. (Fri.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Theatre Nova, 410 W. Huron. Tickets (if available) $25 (kids 16 & under, $10). Members ($75 annual donation) receive priority access to all shows. 635-8450. [aw]. [map]



 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Holiday Nature Crafts": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalists Kelsey Dehring and Shawn Severance teach family-friendly crafts using natural materials. Hot cocoa provided; Michigan-grown chestnuts on hand for roasting.
2-4 p.m., Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennings. Free, preregistration required at ParksOnline.eWashtenaw.org. $6 vehicle entry fee. 971-6337. [map]


 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Live Reindeer and Holiday Crafts": Dexter District Library.

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All invited to visit a live reindeer outside the library and do a holiday craft inside.
2-4 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]


 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]


 3 p.m. 

Okee-Dokee Brothers: Michigan Theater Foundation Not Just For Kids Series.

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The entertaining Grammy-winning Minneapolis-based children's music singer-songwriter duo of childhood friends Joe Mailander and Justin Lansing performs original bluegrass- and folk-based Americana songs about folklore, the wonders and beauty of the seasons, and their month-long trips exploring nature.
Michigan Theater. Tickets $15-$25 in advance at MichiganTheater.org & at the door. 668-8397. [map]


 3 p.m. 

"A Fairy Tale Christmas Carol": Saline Area Players.

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Dec. 5-8. Barbara Day directs local actors in Flip Kobler & Cindy Marcus's twist on the Dickens classic. In this version, Scrooge is the Big Bad Wolf, 2 of the Cratchit children are Hansel and Gretel, the Ghost of Christmas Future is the Queen of Hearts, and Mother Goose narrates.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Fri.) & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun), The 5th Corner, 211 Willis Rd., Saline. $6 in advance & at the door. SalineAreaPlayers.org. 755-6983. [map]


 4:30 p.m. 

"Tai-Chi for Kids": Sun Shen.

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From the slow Tai-Chi Form, which activates balance and calm, to playful Pushing Hands, which gives kids a safe, gentle outlet to explore themselves, to meditation techniques which they can use in the classroom and at home, this class invites kids to learn about themselves, and introduces them to skills that will bring them a lifetime of happiness! Available for children from 5 to 17 years old. Classes are held Sundays, 4:30 - 5:30pm.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $70 / month, $21 / drop in. (734) 531-8796. info@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]







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