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


June 2021
 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 see neutral-zone.org/events. Free.


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Tuesday


June 2021
 5:30-7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Visual Art Collective/The Neutral Zone.

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Every Tues. Local teens lead a weekly program that features multimedia art shows, visiting artist talks, virtual gallery and museum tours, and more.
For URL see neutral-zone.org/events. Free.


 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 to high schoolers 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 Night: 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


June 2021
 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 such as "Socks" and "Triangles."
AADL.tv. Free. 327-4200.


 5:45-7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Music Production Basics: The Neutral Zone.

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Every Wed. All high schoolers invited to learn various elements of music. Beginners welcome; no equipment necessary. Topics: "Audio Techniques," (the basics of production, mixing, and mastering), "eMCee Workshop," (the basics of rap, how to compose a verse and match the lyric with the beats, and more), "Songwriting," (write songs and get feedback from peers.)
For URL see neutral-zone.org/events. Free.


 6 & 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Garba360": Ann Arbor Summer Festival/Ann Arbor District Library.

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Mela Arts Connect (NYC) dance instructors lead a lively demonstration on folk dances from the northwestern Indian state of Gujarat, highlighted by garba. Marked by hand claps and twirls, the fast-paced, playful dance style, garba originated in ancient times as part of the Navratri festival that honors Hindu goddesses, womanhood, and fertility. Danced in a circle, garba steps can be anything from a simple two-step to intricate movements. Live music TBA. Wear a long, circle skirt, kurta top, and other Indian clothing if you'd like.
For location, preregister at a2sf.org/events/garba360-live-here-now. Free, but donations accepted. 994-5999.


 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Evenings of Ensembles": Ann Arbor Civic Band Summer Concert Series.

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Every Wed., June 16-July 14. Pandemic edition of a popular local outdoor summer tradition, featuring performances by smaller group ensembles from the 86-year-old Civic Band. Bring a picnic and blanket and relax, socially distanced, on the grass.

June 16: The Clarinet Continuum and The Slide Rules.

June 23: Depot Town Small Band.

June 30: Washtenaw Community Concert Band Town Band.

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West Park Band Shell patio, 215 Chapin St. Free. 429-5301. [map]


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Thursday


June 2021
 11 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Virtual Family Art Studio: Kusudama": UMMA/U-M Center for Japanese Studies Ann Arbor Japan Week.

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Maiya Yu, a recent U-M graduate and self described "avid folder of paper," leads a family-friendly demo on how to make kusudama, a paper structure built of multiple origami units sewn or glued together. Also, UMMA student programs assistant Emily Considine leads a virtual tour through various UMMA collections.
For URL and recommended materials list, preregister at bit.ly/junekusudama. Free.


 4 p.m.  Free!  Online 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

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Every Thurs. (different programs) A 30-minute audiovisual planetarium shows (via Zoom), followed by a brief Q&A.

The Solar System (Aug. 5 & 19) is an exploration of our solar system's history culminating in the current night sky.The Sky Tonight (Aug. 12 & 26) 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.


 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


June 2021
 11 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Artist Pop-Ups": The Guild of Artists & Artisans.

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Every Fri. Show and sale of works in various mediums by local artists. Also, "Artists on Main" every Fri. & Sat. featuring outdoor artist displays and sales at 330 S. Main. or abouts downtown.
Gutman Gallery, 118 N. 4th Ave. Free. elizabeth@theguild.org. [map]


 5:45-7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Loop Nation," "DJ & Turntablism," and "Music Production": The Neutral Zone.

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Every Fri. Local music professionals demonstrate to high schoolers how to loop and layer beats to make songs, work turntables and electronic software, and curate performances. Also, the chance to perform your own music and receive feedback. No equipment necessary.
For URL see neutral-zone.org/events. Free.


 6-10 p.m.  Free!  Online 

5th Annual Ypsi Pride.

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June 4, 11, 18, & 25. Four nights of live performances and themed activities on a small stage in downtown Ypsilanti, that are also livestreamed for the homebound viewers. Masks required. For updated schedule of events, see facebook.com/YpsiPride. June 4: "Art/Drag/Performance," featuring drag and live music. June 11: "Youth and Family Night," with crafts, a teen poetry slam, and a family-friendly drag show. June 18: "Vendor Highlight Night," with local businesses and non-profits on display. June 25: "Collective Care Night," with live performances and self-care giveaways.
Live at Washington St., downtown Ypsilanti; online at facebook.com/YpsiPride. Free.


 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Virtual Movie Trivia Night": Michigan Theater.

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Every Fri. 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


June 2021
 6 a.m.-9 p.m.  Online 

"Virtual Mud Day Challenge": Apple Playschools.

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Dive into THE MUD DAY CHALLENGE!
Run, Hike, Garden, Play! We are celebrating International Mud Day with a virtual challenge you can do anywhere. Choose your own muddy adventure and help us reach our goal of raising $5,000 and tracking 5000 Muddy Minutes between June 7th and June 29th. Go for a Trail Run, take a Nature Hike, dig in your garden, dive into a mud pit, make a mud pie or create a muddy work of art. Download your passport, choose your activities, set your own goals, and have fun! One price registers you or your whole family. Don't forget to invite friends and family to join in the fun and donate to Apple Playschools' Scholarship Fund!
Virtual, Anywhere. Online. Donation. $15. amanda@appleplayschools.org https://runsignup.com/Race/MI/AnnArbor/MudDayChallenge



 9 & 11 a.m. 

"Creek Stompin' with Dad": Hudson Mills Metropark Young Play Series.

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Ages 4 & up invited to search for invertebrates using a net, and learn about why they're good indicators of water quality. Wear shoes that can get wet and a face mask; change of clothes & towel recommended.
Hudson Mills rapids view picnic area, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $5 per adults (kids, $3; dads, free), preregistration required by 4 p.m. on June 18. MetroParks.com/park-events/hudson-mills, 426-8211. [map]


 10 and 11 a.m. & noon 

"Flowers, Sweet Flowers": Hudson Mills Metropark Young Outdoor Explorers.

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A park naturalist leads kids ages 3-6 on a half-mile hike to find and examine different wildflowers. Face masks required.
Hudson Mills Rapids View picnic area, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $5 per person, preregistration required by 4 p.m. on June 18. MetroParks.com/park-events/hudson-mills, 426-8211. [map]


 11 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Artist Pop-Ups": The Guild of Artists & Artisans.

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Every Fri. Show and sale of works in various mediums by local artists. Also, "Artists on Main" every Fri. & Sat. featuring outdoor artist displays and sales at 330 S. Main. or abouts downtown.
Gutman Gallery, 118 N. 4th Ave. Free. elizabeth@theguild.org. [map]


 Noon or so  Free!  Online 

27th Annual Juneteenth: Ann Arbor Branch of the NAACP.

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Two-hour family-friendly virtual celebration of the anniversary of the first reading in Texas of the Emancipation Proclamation, on June 19, 1865-more than 2 years after it was signed by President Lincoln. On May 17, City Council voted to make Juneteenth an official city holiday. The entertainment includes talks on the significance and history of the Divine Nine, the Black national anthem, voter suppression, expungement, the criminal justice system in Ann Arbor, the value of the Black church, and more. Preceded at 9 a.m. by an in-person march, starting in Fuller Park (1519 Fuller Rd.) and ending in Wheeler Park (N. Fourth Ave. at Depot St.).
Flyers distributed at noon or so at Wheeler Park describe how to access the livestream. Also for URL, email wvhamp@comcast.net or call 761-9084. Free. [map]


 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 Africa (June) and North America (July). Guests invited to view other animals on display, including macaws, sloths, and more. Also, an alligator feeding demo at 3 p.m.
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]


 7:15-9 p.m. 

"Kids Mewvie Night": Tiny Lions.

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Screening of The Good Dinosaur, Peter Sohn's 2015 animated adventure set in a world where dinosaurs and humans live side by side. Also, snuggles with adoptable cats. Popcorn, juice, and water. Bring a face mask (required), pillows, sleeping bags, and blankets, if you wish.
$10 in advance at TicketTailor.com/events/hshv/524016.


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Sunday


June 2021
 6 a.m.-9 p.m.  Online 

"Virtual Mud Day Challenge": Apple Playschools.

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Dive into THE MUD DAY CHALLENGE!
Run, Hike, Garden, Play! We are celebrating International Mud Day with a virtual challenge you can do anywhere. Choose your own muddy adventure and help us reach our goal of raising $5,000 and tracking 5000 Muddy Minutes between June 7th and June 29th. Go for a Trail Run, take a Nature Hike, dig in your garden, dive into a mud pit, make a mud pie or create a muddy work of art. Download your passport, choose your activities, set your own goals, and have fun! One price registers you or your whole family. Don't forget to invite friends and family to join in the fun and donate to Apple Playschools' Scholarship Fund!
Virtual, Anywhere. Online. Donation. $15. amanda@appleplayschools.org https://runsignup.com/Race/MI/AnnArbor/MudDayChallenge



 10 a.m.-noon  Online 

"Rescue Reading": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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


 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 Africa (June) and North America (July). Guests invited to view other animals on display, including macaws, sloths, and more. Also, an alligator feeding demo at 3 p.m.
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 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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Monday


June 2021
 11-11:30 a.m. (Canceled)  Free!  Online 

Canceled:"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.


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Wednesday


June 2021
 4-4:30 p.m. (Canceled)  Free!  Online 

Canceled: "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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Saturday


June 2021
 7-7:30 p.m. (Canceled)  Free!  Online 

Canceled: "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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