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Family, Teens, & Kids Stuff - Week of January 20, 2020

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


January 2020
 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Annual Children & Youth Program": U-M MLK Symposium.

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Kids in grades K-12 invited for a day of stories, discussions, skits, musical performances, and activities centered on Martin Luther King Jr. Kids age 4 & under welcome if accompanied by an adult.
8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., U-M Modern Languages Building, 812 E. Washington. Free. Preregistration available at myumi.ch/soe-MLK. 323-4237. [map]


 9:30-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Diversity Day": Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County.

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Grades 1-5 invited to participate in hands-on activities TBA to celebrate MLK Jr. day. Also, a performance TBA. Light refreshments.
Jewish Community Center, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. Free. 769-0209. [map]


 10-11 a.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]


 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Baby Playgroups": 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. 10 a.m. (Malletts Creek)

Wed. 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! 

Canceled 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. 10 a.m. (Downtown).

Wed. 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.


 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

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Every Thurs., Sat., Sun., Jan. 20. & Feb. 18 Three audiovisual planetarium shows suitable for all ages.

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The Sky Tonight (Thurs. 5:30 & 6:30 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, & 2:30 p.m.; Jan. 20, 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m.; Feb. 18, 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, & 2:30 p.m.), is an exploration of the current night sky.

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Cosmic Colors (Sat., Sun., & Feb. 18, 10:30 a.m.), details the spectrum of energy we call light. Preceded by a brief star talk.

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Two Small Pieces of Glass (Sat., Sun., & Feb. 18, 3:30 p.m.) shows how telescopes big & little, simple & complex, use light to work.

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Various times, U-M Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Tickets $8. 764-0478. [map]


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Tuesday


January 2020
 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 a.m.  Free! 

Canceled 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. 10 a.m. (Downtown).

Wed. 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.  Free! 

"Baby Playgroups": 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. 10 a.m. (Malletts Creek)

Wed. 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.  Free! 

Canceled: "Babytime": Chelsea District Library.

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Every Tues., except June 9, and Apr. 11. 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]


 10:30 a.m.-noon 

Early Winter Moms Group: Ann Arbor Baby Beginnings.

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Meet other new moms and get support and advice after your baby is born. Our award winning Mothers Group is facilitated by both a social worker and an MPH/Certified Lactation Specialist. 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.
This group meets on Tuesday mornings from 10:30-noon from January 14th to February 18th.
Save $5 with promo code SUPPORT through January 12th
Ann Arbor Baby Beginnings, 2311 East Stadium Suite 202-2. $100/6 weeks. 734-221-0158. info@annarborbabybeginnings.com www.annarborbabybeginnings.com [map]



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Wednesday


January 2020
 10 & 11 a.m, 1 & 6 p.m.  Free! 

Canceled 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. 10 a.m. (Downtown).

Wed. 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. 

"Frog and Toad": Wild Swan Theater.

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Jan. 22-25. This award-winning local children's theater presents its adaptation of Arnold Lobel's humorous, compassionate stories about these animal friends. Frog and Toad celebrate life's joys together as they greet spring, share cookies, and plant a garden, showing how good friends help each other through thick and thin. As with all Wild Swan productions, the performance is interpreted in American Sign Language. Audio description and backstage "touch" tours are available by prearrangement for blind audience members. Suitable for grades preK-2.
WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $12 (seniors age 60 & over and youth, $10; $3 lap passes available for kids age 1 & under) in advance at WildSwanTheater.ThunderTix.com and (if available) at the door. 995-0530. [map]


 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Chelsea District Library.

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Every Wed., except Mar. 18, Apr. 29, & June 10 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! 

Storytime: Nicola's.

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Every Wed., except Jan. 1. An experienced storyteller performs for ages 7 & under.
11 a.m., Nicola's Books, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600.


 11 a.m.  Free! 

"Baby Playgroups": 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. 10 a.m. (Malletts Creek)

Wed. 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.


 Noon-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat., except Jan. 1. 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.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]


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Thursday


January 2020
 10 a.m. 

"Frog and Toad": Wild Swan Theater.

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Jan. 22-25. This award-winning local children's theater presents its adaptation of Arnold Lobel's humorous, compassionate stories about these animal friends. Frog and Toad celebrate life's joys together as they greet spring, share cookies, and plant a garden, showing how good friends help each other through thick and thin. As with all Wild Swan productions, the performance is interpreted in American Sign Language. Audio description and backstage "touch" tours are available by prearrangement for blind audience members. Suitable for grades preK-2.
WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $12 (seniors age 60 & over and youth, $10; $3 lap passes available for kids age 1 & under) in advance at WildSwanTheater.ThunderTix.com and (if available) at the door. 995-0530. [map]


 10-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Preschool Hike: Hello, Red Fox!": WCPARC.

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Naturalist Shawn Severance leads ages 2-4 (with caregiver) on a hike to look for red animals and objects in nature.
10-11 a.m., County Farm Park, 2230 Platt. Free. Preregistration required at ParksOnline.eWashtenaw.org. [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.
10-10:40 a.m., AADL Westgate, Westgate shopping center. Free. 327-4200.


 10:30 a.m. 

Canceled: "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! 

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]


 2 & 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Baby Playgroups": 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. 10 a.m. (Malletts Creek)

Wed. 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.


 5:30 & 6:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

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Every Thurs., Sat., Sun., Jan. 20. & Feb. 18 Three audiovisual planetarium shows suitable for all ages.

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The Sky Tonight (Thurs. 5:30 & 6:30 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, & 2:30 p.m.; Jan. 20, 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m.; Feb. 18, 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, & 2:30 p.m.), is an exploration of the current night sky.

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Cosmic Colors (Sat., Sun., & Feb. 18, 10:30 a.m.), details the spectrum of energy we call light. Preceded by a brief star talk.

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Two Small Pieces of Glass (Sat., Sun., & Feb. 18, 3:30 p.m.) shows how telescopes big & little, simple & complex, use light to work.

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Various times, U-M Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Tickets $8. 764-0478. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Canceled 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. 10 a.m. (Downtown).

Wed. 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.


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Friday


January 2020
 10 a.m.  Free! 

Canceled 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. 10 a.m. (Downtown).

Wed. 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. & 12:30 p.m. 

"Frog and Toad": Wild Swan Theater.

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Jan. 22-25. This award-winning local children's theater presents its adaptation of Arnold Lobel's humorous, compassionate stories about these animal friends. Frog and Toad celebrate life's joys together as they greet spring, share cookies, and plant a garden, showing how good friends help each other through thick and thin. As with all Wild Swan productions, the performance is interpreted in American Sign Language. Audio description and backstage "touch" tours are available by prearrangement for blind audience members. Suitable for grades preK-2.
WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $12 (seniors age 60 & over and youth, $10; $3 lap passes available for kids age 1 & under) in advance at WildSwanTheater.ThunderTix.com and (if available) at the door. 995-0530. [map]


 Noon-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat., except Jan. 1. 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.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [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 2015 sci-fi comedy Home 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. 661-3575. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"James & the Giant Peach": Dexter Community Players Youth Theatre.

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Jan. 24-26. Deric Prieskorn & Joy Gee direct young actors in grades K-12 in Ken Jones, Christine Jones, and Jamey Strawn's U-M grads Benj Pasek & Justin Paul's 2010 musical adaptation of Roald Dahl's fantasy novel, a version of which Encore Musical Theater presents beginning Feb. 28 (see listing).
7 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Copeland Auditorium, 7714 Ann Arbor St., Dexter. Tickets $10 at dextercommunityplayers.org. 726-0355. [map]


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Saturday


January 2020
 9, 10, & 11 a.m. 

usic Classes for Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers: Eastern Michigan University Community Music Academy.

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These weekly classes will immerse young children (ages birth through 5 years) in a rich musical environment and provide a variety of experiences designed to expand musical understanding and skills in an active and playful way. Class activities include singing and chanting, moving to music (including use of props such as bean bags, scarves, and streamers), playing assorted small percussion instruments, pattern instruction, and imaginative musical play. Children attend with a parent/caregiver, who participates alongside the child.
Winter session begins January 25.
Classes for infants/toddlers are held on Saturdays at 9am (birth-18 mo.) and 10am (18 mo.-3 yr.).
Classes for preschool/kindergarten (3-5 yr.) are held on Saturdays at 11am.
Cost is $115 for 8 classes. Register by January 17 for an Early Bird Discount of $10 off!
See our website for more info and registration: https://www.emich.edu/music-dance/music/community-music-academy
EMU Alexander Music Building (Rm. 213), Corner of Lowell and E Circle Dr, Ypsilanti. $115 for 8 classes. 734-657-6825. amysierzega@gmail.com https://www.emich.edu/music-dance/music/community-music-academy


 10 a.m., noon, and 2 & 4 p.m  Free! 

Canceled: U-M Natural History Museum Tours.

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Every Sat. & Sun., except Mar. 22 Thirty-minute guided tours showcasing some of the museum's beloved and new exhibits. "Museum Highlights Tour" (noon & 4 p.m.) shows a mastodon couple, the Majungasaurus, and some of the new research labs. "Wonderful World of Whales Tour" (2 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. & noon 

"American Girl Tea Party": Saline Parks & Recreation.

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All kids invited to bring an American Girl doll for a Wonderland-themed tea party with treats. Crafts and games. Dressy clothes or an outfit to match your doll encouraged. Also, a sale (11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) of American Girl dolls, clothing, and accessories.
10-11:15 a.m. & noon-1:15 p.m., Saline Recreation Center, 1866 Woodland Dr. E., Saline. Cost TBA. 429-3502. [map]


 10-11 a.m. 

"Animal Signs": Hudson Mills Metropark Interpretive Nature Programs.

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Hudson Mills naturalist Kim Sherwin leads ages 3-6 in a search for homes, tracks, & other signs of animals.
Various times, park activity center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. [map]


 10 a.m.-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Great Lakes Days": U-M Museum of Natural History.

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Jan. 25 & 26. Various Michigan water-related activities featuring a stream-table demo (showing water flow through different mediums), a talk (topic, TBA) by St. Clair-Detroit River Sturgeon for Tomorrow representative Jeremy Guc, and a reading by Deb Pilutti from her children's book, Old Rock (is not boring). For complete schedule, visit bit.ly/greatlakedays.
U-M MNH, 1109 Geddes. Free. 764-0478. [map]



 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"ScienceFest Weekend: Science is for Everyone": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Accessible experiments and hands-on activities, with a focus on science pioneered by scientists of diverse backgrounds.
10 a.m.-4 p.m., Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, 220 E. Ann. Admission $12.50 (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-9439. [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, 343 S. Fifth Ave. 327-4200. [map]


 10:30-11 a.m.  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat., except Jan. 1. 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.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]


 10:30 a.m. & 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Bixby Marionettes Workshop": Saline District Library.

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Saline Arts and Culture Committee vice chair John Anderson discusses this legacy of beloved late Saline puppeteer Meredith Bixby, then shows kids in grades 3-5 (10:30 a.m.) and 6-8 (1 p.m.) how to make their own marionette.
SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. Preregistration required. 429-5450. [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. & 3 p.m.  Free! 

Science Forum Demos: U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun., except Jan. 4 & 5. 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. & 2 p.m. 

"Family Art Studio: Imaginary Places": UMMA.

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Local artist Susan Clinthorne leads a session of abstract painting inspired by Helen Frankenthaler, Joan Mitchell, and paintings on display in UMMA's Collection Ensemble. For kids age 6 & up, accompanied by an adult.
11 a.m. & 2 p.m., UMMA, 525 S. State. Free; preregistration required at UMMA.umich.edu/events. 764-0395. [map]


 11 a.m. 

"Frog and Toad": Wild Swan Theater.

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Jan. 22-25. This award-winning local children's theater presents its adaptation of Arnold Lobel's humorous, compassionate stories about these animal friends. Frog and Toad celebrate life's joys together as they greet spring, share cookies, and plant a garden, showing how good friends help each other through thick and thin. As with all Wild Swan productions, the performance is interpreted in American Sign Language. Audio description and backstage "touch" tours are available by prearrangement for blind audience members. Suitable for grades preK-2.
WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $12 (seniors age 60 & over and youth, $10; $3 lap passes available for kids age 1 & under) in advance at WildSwanTheater.ThunderTix.com and (if available) at the door. 995-0530. [map]


 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

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Every Thurs., Sat., Sun., Jan. 20. & Feb. 18 Three audiovisual planetarium shows suitable for all ages.

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The Sky Tonight (Thurs. 5:30 & 6:30 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, & 2:30 p.m.; Jan. 20, 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m.; Feb. 18, 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, & 2:30 p.m.), is an exploration of the current night sky.

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Cosmic Colors (Sat., Sun., & Feb. 18, 10:30 a.m.), details the spectrum of energy we call light. Preceded by a brief star talk.

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Two Small Pieces of Glass (Sat., Sun., & Feb. 18, 3:30 p.m.) shows how telescopes big & little, simple & complex, use light to work.

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Various times, U-M Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Tickets $8. 764-0478. [map]


 noon-3 p.m. 

"Snow Much Fun!": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Family-friendly festival with crafts, a petting zoo, face painting, treats, a sledding hill, and ice bowling.

Register online at parksonline.ewashtenaw.org.
Noon-3 p.m., Rolling Hills County Park, 7660 Stony Creek Rd., Ypsilanti. $5 per person (free vehicle entry). 484-9676, ext. 202. [map]


 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

Ecology Center of Ann Arbor.

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All invited to create embossed designs on aluminum foil and swim in an indoor pool (1-5 p.m.; adults, $5; youth age 17 & under and seniors, $4). Materials provided.
Mack Indoor Pool, 715 Brooks. Free, preregistration requested at Education@EcoCenter.org; register a week or more in advance to receive 1 free family admission. 369-9277. [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]



 1-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Paint Party! Winter Fox": Chelsea District Library.

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The Painted Owl (Grass Lake) art studio owner Bethany Stone shows kids in grades K-2 (with caregiver) how to paint a winter scene with a fox. Materials provided; wear an old shirt or apron, if you like.
CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea.Free. 475-8732. [map]


 2-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Chinese New Year Celebration": Ann Arbor District Library.

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A festive party to usher in the Year of the Rat with crafting & a calligraphy demonstration. Also, students from the AnnHua Chinese School present a Lion Dance and a traditional Yao Gu Drum performance.
AADL Downtown 1st fl., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 2 & 7 p.m. 

"James & the Giant Peach": Dexter Community Players Youth Theatre.

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Jan. 24-26. Deric Prieskorn & Joy Gee direct young actors in grades K-12 in Ken Jones, Christine Jones, and Jamey Strawn's U-M grads Benj Pasek & Justin Paul's 2010 musical adaptation of Roald Dahl's fantasy novel, a version of which Encore Musical Theater presents beginning Feb. 28 (see listing).
7 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Copeland Auditorium, 7714 Ann Arbor St., Dexter. Tickets $10 at dextercommunityplayers.org. 726-0355. [map]


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January 2020
 10 a.m., noon, and 2 & 4 p.m  Free! 

Canceled: U-M Natural History Museum Tours.

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Every Sat. & Sun., except Mar. 22 Thirty-minute guided tours showcasing some of the museum's beloved and new exhibits. "Museum Highlights Tour" (noon & 4 p.m.) shows a mastodon couple, the Majungasaurus, and some of the new research labs. "Wonderful World of Whales Tour" (2 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.  Free! 

"Great Lakes Days": U-M Museum of Natural History.

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Jan. 25 & 26. Various Michigan water-related activities featuring a stream-table demo (showing water flow through different mediums), a talk (topic, TBA) by St. Clair-Detroit River Sturgeon for Tomorrow representative Jeremy Guc, and a reading by Deb Pilutti from her children's book, Old Rock (is not boring). For complete schedule, visit bit.ly/greatlakedays.
U-M MNH, 1109 Geddes. Free. 764-0478. [map]



 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.  Free! 

Science Forum Demos: U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun., except Jan. 4 & 5. 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]


 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

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Every Thurs., Sat., Sun., Jan. 20. & Feb. 18 Three audiovisual planetarium shows suitable for all ages.

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The Sky Tonight (Thurs. 5:30 & 6:30 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, & 2:30 p.m.; Jan. 20, 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m.; Feb. 18, 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, & 2:30 p.m.), is an exploration of the current night sky.

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Cosmic Colors (Sat., Sun., & Feb. 18, 10:30 a.m.), details the spectrum of energy we call light. Preceded by a brief star talk.

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Two Small Pieces of Glass (Sat., Sun., & Feb. 18, 3:30 p.m.) shows how telescopes big & little, simple & complex, use light to work.

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Various times, U-M Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Tickets $8. 764-0478. [map]


 noon-4 p.m. 

"ScienceFest Weekend: Science is for Everyone": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Accessible experiments and hands-on activities, with a focus on science pioneered by scientists of diverse backgrounds.
10 a.m.-4 p.m., Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, 220 E. Ann. Admission $12.50 (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-9439. [map]


 2 p.m. 

"James & the Giant Peach": Dexter Community Players Youth Theatre.

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Jan. 24-26. Deric Prieskorn & Joy Gee direct young actors in grades K-12 in Ken Jones, Christine Jones, and Jamey Strawn's U-M grads Benj Pasek & Justin Paul's 2010 musical adaptation of Roald Dahl's fantasy novel, a version of which Encore Musical Theater presents beginning Feb. 28 (see listing).
7 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Copeland Auditorium, 7714 Ann Arbor St., Dexter. Tickets $10 at dextercommunityplayers.org. 726-0355. [map]


 2-3 p.m. 

"Nature Explorers: Dens, Roosts, and Nests": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Naturalist Shawn Severance leads ages 5 & 6 (with caregiver) on a hike to learn about animals' winter homes and winter survival strategies. Followed by a campfire with s'mores.
2-3 p.m., County Farm Park, 2230 Platt. Free; preregistration required at ParksOnline.eWashtenaw.org. 971-6337. [map]


 2 p.m. 

"PJ Masks Save the Day Live!": EMU Convocation Center.

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A touring theater company TBA performs a lavishly staged production of Round Room Live's family-friendly musical adaptation of PJ Masks, the popular Disney Junior animated TV series about 3 young friends who are able to activate their superanimal alter-egos nightly by putting on their pajamas. Along the way they solve mysteries and learn valuable lessons. Geared for ages 2-6.
799 N. Hewitt, Ypsilanti. $29.50-$59.50 in advance at EMUtix.com and at the door; an additional $50 to meet the cast. 487-2822. [map]






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