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Family, Teens, & Kids Stuff - Week of September 13, 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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Tuesday


September 2021
 8:30-10 a.m.  Free! 

"Sunrise Nature Hike": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalist Elle Bogle leads a leisurely morning hike, looking out for migratory birds and other seasonal signs. Bring binoculars if you have them. Masks strongly recommended.
DeVine Preserve, 6110 W. Liberty. Free, but preregistration required by emailing boglee@washtenaw.org. [map]


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Wednesday


September 2021
 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 

Country Fair: Wiard's Orchards.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less Wiardís Orchards Country Fair

Every Sat. & Sun., Sept. 11-Oct. 31, and every Wed.-Fri. beginning Sept. 15. A carnival atmosphere with a variety of family-oriented fall activities on this 6th-generation family farm. Wagon rides, a petting farm, a corn maze, a playground, and much more. Weekends only: a Noah's Ark inflatable, a giant slide, a bungee run, and more. Splattertown paintball shooting at targets, apple picking, and other activities available Sat. & Sun. for an extra charge. Cider and donuts available. No pets.
Wiard's Orchards, 5565 Merritt Rd. (east of Carpenter), Ypsilanti. Weekend admission: $22 (babies under 2, free). Weekday admission: $16 (babies, free). 390-9211. [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 200 songs, with melodies transcribed in numbers, on the 17-bell chime's numbered keys. Ambitious players can add chords. Kids welcome.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. ofGlobal@aol.com. [map]


 4-4:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Teen Pride Book Talk: Ann Arbor District Library.

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AADL staffer discusses Akwaeke Emezi's 2019 speculative fantasy Pet, an award-winning story about a teenager fighting against a grim monster that her peers deny exists. Geared towards kids grades 6-12.
Online at AADL.tv (a YouTube channel). Free. 327-4200.


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Thursday


September 2021
 8-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Leaderless Walks in Nichols Arboretum": Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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Every Thurs. All invited to join a walk through the Arb to look for resident flora and fauna.
Meet at the cul-de-sac at the end of Riverview off Geddes; preregistration required at WashtenawAudubon.org/events. Free.


 10:30 a.m. 

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

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Stories, crafts, finger plays, and interaction with adoptable cats and dogs. Also, a chance to make a toy or treat for the animals. For kids ages 2-5, accompanied by an adult.
Humane Society, 3100 Cherry Hill. $5 per child (babies under age 1, free); preregistration required at hshv.org/event-calendar. 661-3575. [map]


 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Beginning Birders": Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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WAS members lead a hike and discuss the basic tricks to identifying birds based on habitat, markings, and sounds. Binoculars provided, but bring yours if you have them.
Meet at Argo Park Livery, 1055 Longshore; preregistration required at WashtenawAudubon.org/events. Free. WashtenawAudubon.org. [map]


 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


September 2021
 Noon-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. All invited to play one of 200 songs, with melodies transcribed in numbers, on the 17-bell chime's numbered keys. Ambitious players can add chords. Kids welcome.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. ofGlobal@aol.com. [map]


 5-11 p.m.  Free! 

17th Annual Oktoberfest: Saline Main Street.

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Sept. 17 & 18. This old-fashioned Oktoberfest, which kicks off with the annual "Tapping of the Golden Keg," features a beer garden with German brews and traditional German food, along with live music. Friday: 70s-90s rock and pop favorites by the Detroit quartet Atomic Radio (8-11 p.m.). Saturday: A "Kinderplatz" play area for kids, a German fashion pageant, a Hammerspiel (German nail game) tournament, and live music TBA (8-11 p.m.). Bake sale. Note: No pets after 5 p.m.
5-11 p.m. (Fri.) & 10 a.m.-11 p.m. (Sat.), downtown Saline. Free ($5 admission after 5 p.m. for those age 21 & over). SalineMainStreet.org, 717-7406. [map]


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Saturday


September 2021
 10 a.m.-11 p.m.  Free! 

17th Annual Oktoberfest: Saline Main Street.

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Sept. 17 & 18. This old-fashioned Oktoberfest, which kicks off with the annual "Tapping of the Golden Keg," features a beer garden with German brews and traditional German food, along with live music. Friday: 70s-90s rock and pop favorites by the Detroit quartet Atomic Radio (8-11 p.m.). Saturday: A "Kinderplatz" play area for kids, a German fashion pageant, a Hammerspiel (German nail game) tournament, and live music TBA (8-11 p.m.). Bake sale. Note: No pets after 5 p.m.
5-11 p.m. (Fri.) & 10 a.m.-11 p.m. (Sat.), downtown Saline. Free ($5 admission after 5 p.m. for those age 21 & over). SalineMainStreet.org, 717-7406. [map]


 10 & 11 a.m. and noon 

"Young Outdoor Explorers: Leaves 'n' Shapes": Hudson Mills Metropark.

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All ages 3-6 (accompanied by an adult) invited to look for similarities and differences in leaf shapes, and learn what tree is responsible for those leaves. Led by a park naturalist. Masks required.
Hudson Mills activity center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $5 per kid, preregistration required by Sept. 16, 4 p.m. MetroParks.com/park-events/hudson-mills, 426-8211. [map]


 10:30-11 a.m.  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. All invited to play one of 200 songs, with melodies transcribed in numbers, on the 17-bell chime's numbered keys. Ambitious players can add chords. Kids welcome.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. ofGlobal@aol.com. [map]


 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 

Country Fair: Wiard's Orchards.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less Wiardís Orchards Country Fair

Every Sat. & Sun., Sept. 11-Oct. 31, and every Wed.-Fri. beginning Sept. 15. A carnival atmosphere with a variety of family-oriented fall activities on this 6th-generation family farm. Wagon rides, a petting farm, a corn maze, a playground, and much more. Weekends only: a Noah's Ark inflatable, a giant slide, a bungee run, and more. Splattertown paintball shooting at targets, apple picking, and other activities available Sat. & Sun. for an extra charge. Cider and donuts available. No pets.
Wiard's Orchards, 5565 Merritt Rd. (east of Carpenter), Ypsilanti. Weekend admission: $22 (babies under 2, free). Weekday admission: $16 (babies, free). 390-9211. [map]



 1-5 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show off animals native to Africa (2 & 4 p.m.), including the Nigerian pygmy goats, warthogs, giant bullfrogs, and more. Also, an alligator feeding (3 p.m., weather permitting) and the chance to see the conservancy's other animals. Masks required.
Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 (kids ages 2-12, $8; under age 2, free) in advance at TheCreatureConservancy.org; at the door, $11 (kids ages 2-12, $9; under age 2, free). 929-9324. [map]


 7-10:30 p.m. or so. 

"Night Terrors": Wiard's Orchards.

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Sept. 18, 24, & 25, and every Fri.-Sun. in Oct. Four different scary attractions-a haunted hayride, alien clowns, the Asylum, and more-bristling with over 115 costumed monsters. Refreshments available. Recommended for age 12 & up.
5565 Merritt Rd., Ypsilanti. Tickets (tentative): $18 for access to one attraction (multi-area passes, $39.99 & $49.99) in advance only. HauntedHouseMichigan.com, 390-9212. [map]


 7:15-9 p.m. 

"Kids Mewvie Night": Tiny Lions.

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Screening of the 1998 animated comedy A Bug's Life, with adoptable cats to snuggle with. Bring pillows, sleeping bags, and blankets, if you wish. This event usually sells out.
$10 in advance at TinyLions.org/MewvieNights.


 8:30-11 p.m.  Free! 

"Full Moon Campfire": Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy.

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Family-oriented campfire in one of the largest conservancy-owned nature preserves in southeast Michigan. Bring campfire refreshments and lawn chairs. No pets.
LeFurge Woods, 2252 N. Prospect Rd. (1/2 mile north of Geddes), Superior Twp. Free. jmclaughlin@smlcland.org, 484-6565. [map]


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Sunday


September 2021
 9 a.m.-4 p.m.  Free! 

Ypsi Fall River Day: Ypsilanti Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Educational programs on wildlife & river-themed exhibits for all ages, and more. Kayak rentals available for river trips.
Riverside Park, Ypsilanti. Free. (313) 910-3890.


 10 a.m. 

"Community 5-km for Kids' Sake": Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washtenaw County Fundraiser.

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All invited to run, walk, skip, or dance a 5-km course. Coffee & bagels. Also, from 6-8 p.m. at the Triple Goddess Tasting Room (93 Ecorse Rd., Ypsilanti), games, prizes, and live music by local singer-songwriters Kandy Fredrick & Jake Maltby.
10 a.m. (preregistration begins at 9 a.m.), meet at EMU Recreational Center and Intramural Sports Building, 500 E. Circle Dr., Ypsilanti. $35 (kids age 12 & under, $15), preregistration required at WCBBBS.org/5k. npomante@emich.edu. [map]


 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 

Country Fair: Wiard's Orchards.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less Wiardís Orchards Country Fair

Every Sat. & Sun., Sept. 11-Oct. 31, and every Wed.-Fri. beginning Sept. 15. A carnival atmosphere with a variety of family-oriented fall activities on this 6th-generation family farm. Wagon rides, a petting farm, a corn maze, a playground, and much more. Weekends only: a Noah's Ark inflatable, a giant slide, a bungee run, and more. Splattertown paintball shooting at targets, apple picking, and other activities available Sat. & Sun. for an extra charge. Cider and donuts available. No pets.
Wiard's Orchards, 5565 Merritt Rd. (east of Carpenter), Ypsilanti. Weekend admission: $22 (babies under 2, free). Weekday admission: $16 (babies, free). 390-9211. [map]



 1-5 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show off animals native to Africa (2 & 4 p.m.), including the Nigerian pygmy goats, warthogs, giant bullfrogs, and more. Also, an alligator feeding (3 p.m., weather permitting) and the chance to see the conservancy's other animals. Masks required.
Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 (kids ages 2-12, $8; under age 2, free) in advance at TheCreatureConservancy.org; at the door, $11 (kids ages 2-12, $9; under age 2, free). 929-9324. [map]


 2-5 p.m.  Free! 

33rd Annual Apples & Honey: Jewish Community Center.

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A popular annual afternoon of entertainment, cultural activities, and information about Jewish life in celebration of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. The event's title derives from the Rosh Hashanah custom of dipping an apple in honey and saying a prayer for a sweet new year. Outdoor children's activities and more. Masks required.
JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. Free, but donations appreciated & preregistration requested. 971-0990, jccAnnArbor.org/event/appleshoney-2. [map]


 2-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Sunday in the Park": Active Against ALS.

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An afternoon of social activities, including kickball, wiffleball, and other sports, as well as an obstacle course, scavenger hunt, and other games. Also, yoga led by an instructor TBA. Raffle. Baked goods and beverages for sale.
Burns Park at Wells and Baldwin, adjacent to Burns Park School. Free, but donations accepted. anne@annegilbert.com, ActiveAgainstALS.org.






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