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Family, Teens, & Kids Stuff - Week of April 5, 2021

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


April 2021
 10 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Storytime": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every weekday. A different local storyteller reads a story TBA to kids ages 2-5.
Online at AADL.tv. Free. 327-4200.


 11-11:30 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Baby Time": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All infants through 2-year-olds (accompanied by caregiver) invited to this program of songs, rhymes, movements, stories, and other activities.
Online at AADL.tv. Free. 327-4200.


 12:30-1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Foolish Glow": Ann Arbor District Library/WonderFool Productions.

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Apr. 1-8. Demos for all grade 4 & up of illuminated crafts using glowsticks, assorted lights, old plastic bottles and containers, and paper. Including light up wigs (Apr. 1) and flower crowns (Apr. 2), "jug glow bug" (Apr. 3), "glow bowling" (Apr. 4), paper lanterns (Apr. 5), shadow puppets (Apr. 6), "stained glass creations" (Apr. 7), and light bike decorations (Apr. 8).
Online at AADL.tv. Free. 327-4200.


 5-6:15 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Spinning Dot Theatre: The Neutral Zone.

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Every Mon. Spinning Dot staffers lead teens in various theater games, short play readings, and more.
For URL and updates see neutral-zone.org/events. Free.


 5:30 p.m.  Online 

Olive Oil Tasting: Fustini's Oils & Vinegars.

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Every Mon. Fustini's staffers sample and discuss various olive oils.
For URL call 213-1110. $60, includes samples available for curbside pickup or delivery.


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Tuesday


April 2021
 10-11 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Purposeful Movement": Ann Arbor Public Schools Community Rec. & Ed.

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Learning from the Heart founder Katy Held leads a series of movements that help reduce stress and enhance brain function.
For URL see aaRecEdOnline.com. Free. 994-2300.


 10 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Storytime": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every weekday. A different local storyteller reads a story TBA to kids ages 2-5.
Online at AADL.tv. Free. 327-4200.


 12:30-1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Foolish Glow": Ann Arbor District Library/WonderFool Productions.

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Apr. 1-8. Demos for all grade 4 & up of illuminated crafts using glowsticks, assorted lights, old plastic bottles and containers, and paper. Including light up wigs (Apr. 1) and flower crowns (Apr. 2), "jug glow bug" (Apr. 3), "glow bowling" (Apr. 4), paper lanterns (Apr. 5), shadow puppets (Apr. 6), "stained glass creations" (Apr. 7), and light bike decorations (Apr. 8).
Online at AADL.tv. Free. 327-4200.


 3 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Getting Creative With": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Tues. AADL staffers share and discuss creative projects they've been working on based on weekly themes TBA. Past themes include "Glue," "Socks," "Triangles," and more.
AADL.tv. Free. 327-4200.


 5:45-7:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Zone Hack": The Neutral Zone.

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Every Tues. A local tech professional TBA demonstrates the basics of coding and how to make apps, games, and more. Beginners welcome.
For URL and updates see neutral-zone.org/events. Free.


 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Trivia over Zoom": Ann Arbor Adventure Club.

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Every Tues. All invited to form teams of 4 or so persons to compete in a 2-round family-friendly trivia contest featuring a range of questions from entertainment and history to pop culture and geography. Solo competitors are matched up together.
For URL email burrbarr7@hotmail.com. Free.


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Wednesday


April 2021
 10 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Storytime": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every weekday. A different local storyteller reads a story TBA to kids ages 2-5.
Online at AADL.tv. Free. 327-4200.


 12:30-1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Foolish Glow": Ann Arbor District Library/WonderFool Productions.

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Apr. 1-8. Demos for all grade 4 & up of illuminated crafts using glowsticks, assorted lights, old plastic bottles and containers, and paper. Including light up wigs (Apr. 1) and flower crowns (Apr. 2), "jug glow bug" (Apr. 3), "glow bowling" (Apr. 4), paper lanterns (Apr. 5), shadow puppets (Apr. 6), "stained glass creations" (Apr. 7), and light bike decorations (Apr. 8).
Online at AADL.tv. Free. 327-4200.


 1-3 p.m.  Online 

"Rescue Reading": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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All ages 6-11 invited to read to adoptable animals. Also, a group read-aloud, humane education lesson, and dog meet and greet. Masks required, social distancing enforced.
Humane Society, 3100 Cherry Hill. $10. Preregistration required at hshv.org. 661-3575. [map]


 3 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Craft Chat": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Apr. 7 & 21. AADL staffers discuss their current crafting projects, plans for future projects, and the inspiration they find online and in books.
Online at AADL.tv. Free. 327-4200.


 4-4:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

TriviaTime!": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Sat. & Wed. Local sisters Katie and Abbie throw out themed questions for anyone to answer in the YouTube chat box.
online at AADL.tv. Free. 327-4200.


 5:45-7:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Audio Techniques: The Neutral Zone.

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Every Wed. A local music professional TBA demonstrates to teens the basics of music production, mixing, and mastering. Beginners welcome.
For URL and updates see neutral-zone.org/events. Free.


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Thursday


April 2021
 10 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Storytime": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every weekday. A different local storyteller reads a story TBA to kids ages 2-5.
Online at AADL.tv. 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 ages 2-5 (with caregiver); kids age 5 & up and adults must wear a mask. Social distancing enforced.
Humane Society, 3100 Cherry Hill. $5 per kid (babies 11 months & under, free), preregistration required. 661-3575. [map]


 12:30-1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Foolish Glow": Ann Arbor District Library/WonderFool Productions.

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Apr. 1-8. Demos for all grade 4 & up of illuminated crafts using glowsticks, assorted lights, old plastic bottles and containers, and paper. Including light up wigs (Apr. 1) and flower crowns (Apr. 2), "jug glow bug" (Apr. 3), "glow bowling" (Apr. 4), paper lanterns (Apr. 5), shadow puppets (Apr. 6), "stained glass creations" (Apr. 7), and light bike decorations (Apr. 8).
Online at AADL.tv. Free. 327-4200.


 5:45-7:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"eMCee Workshop": The Neutral Zone.

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Every Thurs. A local professional musician TBA demonstrates to teens the basics of rap, how to compose a verse and match the lyric with the beats, and more. Beginners welFcome.
For URL and updates see neutral-zone.org/events. Free.


 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Vault of Knowledge": Vault of Midnight.

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Every Thurs. Vault of Midnight events head Caleb Wimbrow hosts a live Instagram trivia quiz in which participants post their answers in the comments section. Prizes.
Online at Instagram.com/VaultOfMidnight. Free. 998-1413.


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Friday


April 2021
 10 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Storytime": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every weekday. A different local storyteller reads a story TBA to kids ages 2-5.
Online at AADL.tv. Free. 327-4200.


 5:30-9 p.m. 

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

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All ages 5-11 invited to watch a movie and interact with adoptable pets. Pizza dinner. Wear pajamas and bring a sleeping bag, pillow, and a water bottle. Social distancing enforced, masks required. Featuring The Secret Life of Pets (Apr. 9), the 2016 animated film about a terrier whose life is upended when his owner takes in a stray, and the 2012 animated adaptation of Dr. Seuss's The Lorax (Apr. 23).
Humane Society, 3100 Cherry Hill. $35 (additional children, $15), preregistration required (capacity limited to 10 participants). 661-3575. [map]


 5:45-7:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"DJ & Turntablism": The Neutral Zone.

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Every Fri. Teens invited to learn mixing techniques from local music professionals, including how to work turntables and common software, and curate performances. No equipment necessary.
For URL and updates see neutral-zone.org/events. Free.


 5:45-7:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Loop Nation": The Neutral Zone.

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Every Fri. Local music professionals demonstrate to teens how to loop and layer beats to make songs. Also, the chance to perform your own music and receive feedback. No equipment necessary.
For URL and updates see neutral-zone.org/events. Free.


 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Virtual Movie Trivia Night: Michigan Theater.

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Popular family-friendly contest with questions on movie quotes, posters, soundtracks, and more. 1st and 2nd place prizes. Have a pen and paper handy.
For URL see michtheater.org/trivia. $5 per device (members, free).


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Saturday


April 2021
 9 & 11 a.m. 

"Salamander Search": Hudson Mills Metropark.

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Age 6 & up invited to explore the teeming life in a vernal pool or short-lived spring pond. Wear waterproof boots, if you have them. Social distancing and masks required.
$5 per person, Hudson Mills River Grove picnic area, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. Preregistration required by Apr. 9, 4 p.m online at MetroParks.com. 426-8211.


 1-2:30 p.m. & 3-4:30 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show off animals native to the African continent, including Tulip the kangaroo, dingoes, blue tongued skink, and a bearded dragon. Guests invited to view other animals on display, including an albino alligator, and binturongs. Masks required.
Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 (kids ages 2-12, $8; age 2 & under, free) in advance only at TheCreatureConservancy.org (capacity limited). 929-9324. [map]


 3:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Know Obstacles: Oz's Music Environment.

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All invited to play instruments, sing songs, and tell jokes with members of this band for kids and adults with special needs. Spectators welcome.
For URL see bit.ly/ozkidsopenmic. Free. 662-8283.


 7-7:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

TriviaTime!": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Sat. & Wed. Local sisters Katie and Abbie throw out themed questions for anyone to answer in the YouTube chat box.
online at AADL.tv. Free. 327-4200.


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Sunday


April 2021
 10 a.m.-noon  Online 

"Rescue Reading": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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All ages 6-11 invited to read to adoptable animals. Also, a group read-aloud, humane education lesson, and dog meet and greet. Masks required, social distancing enforced.
Humane Society, 3100 Cherry Hill. $10. Preregistration required at hshv.org. 661-3575. [map]


 12:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Family Yoga:: Ann Arbor Rec & Ed.

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FAMILY YOGA - ONLINE - NEW - FREE INTRO CLASS
Ages 4-Adult. The perfect way to end the weekend for the entire family. For toddlers, grandparents, and everyone in between! Have fun with interactive group movements using yoga postures that will spark your creativity. Some poses may be inspired by nature (like tree pose) or animals (like lion pose) while others will be classical yoga style poses geared for all ages. Each class will tell the yoga story of helpfulness, kindness, connection, friendship, and mindfulness using a variety of yoga poses, creative movement, breathing exercises, and will end with relaxation. No yoga experience is necessary! Fee is for the entire family(1-10 people). Please have a mat and a water bottle. Instructor: Carl Gunderson, CYI​.​, over 10 years experience.
ONLINE, 1515 S. Seventh. Free. Online. 734-994-2300 ext 0. mcneelyt@aaps.k12.mi.us https://www.aarecedonline.com/ [map]


 1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Gemily: The Ark Family Room Series.

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Family concert by the veteran local acoustic duo Gemini with twin brothers Sandor and Laszlo Slomovits-who recently celebrated their 72th birthdays-and Sandorfs violinist daughter Emily. They offer sing-alongs, folk songs from around the world, and upbeat originals about lifefs simple pleasures, performed on more than a dozen instruments.
1 p.m., for livestream URL see facebook.com/TheArkAnnArbor. Free; donations accepted for Food Gatherers. 761-1451.



 1-2:30 p.m. & 3-4:30 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show off animals native to the African continent, including Tulip the kangaroo, dingoes, blue tongued skink, and a bearded dragon. Guests invited to view other animals on display, including an albino alligator, and binturongs. Masks required.
Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 (kids ages 2-12, $8; age 2 & under, free) in advance only at TheCreatureConservancy.org (capacity limited). 929-9324. [map]


 7-9 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Ann Arbor (Mostly) Acoustic Open Mic.

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Musicians of all ability levels and ages invited to sing and play anything from classic rock, Motown, and blues to bluegrass, folk, and country. All acoustic instruments (strings, horns, and woodwinds) welcome. Led by veteran local musicians Bill Connors and Phil McMillion.
For online meeting URL preregister at MeetUp.com/Ann-Arbor-Acoustic-Jam. 973-7791.


 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Sunday Evening Game Night": Ann Arbor Adventure Club.

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Every Sun. An evening of playing popular games online. You help decide which game to play at the beginning of the night. Have a pencil and paper ready to use.
For URL email burrbarr7@hotmail.com. Free.



Canceled and Postponed Events:

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Thursday


April 2021
 4 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Canceled: U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

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Every Thurs. Two different 30-minute audiovisual planetarium shows, followed by Q&A

The Solar System (Apr. 1, 15, & 29) is an exploration of our solar system's history culminating in the current night sky.

The Sky Tonight (Apr. 8 & 22) explores the current night sky, including the constellations, visible planets, and other astronomical events.

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For URL preregister at lsa.umich.edu/ummnh/visitors/planetarium-dome-theater.html. Free. 764-0478.






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