Ann Arbor Weather:
Thursday December 02, 2021
Follow us: facebook twitter RSS feed

Calendar of Events

Family, Teens, & Kids Stuff - Week of October 18, 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.





 
Who wrote this?   Ann Arbor Observer tree logo Observer editors    community member community members
19

Tuesday


October 2021
 10-11 a.m. 

"Sensory Storytime": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Young people ages 2-5 (accompanied by an adult) who are on the autism spectrum or otherwise neurodivergent invited to an interactive program of stories and activities, including the chance to interact with adoptable pets and more.
HSHV: Humane Society of Huron Valley, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. Tickets $5 (babies under age 1, free). Preregistration required at tickettailor.com/events/hshv, 661-3575. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Trivia Night: Ann Arbor Adventure Club.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Every Tues. All invited to form teams of 4 or so persons to compete in a 2-round family-friendly trivia contest on Zoom 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.


20

Wednesday


October 2021
 10 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Virtual Storytime": Ann Arbor District Library.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Every Wed. An AADL staffer reads a story TBA to kids ages 2-5.
Online at AADL.tv (a YouTube channel). Free. 327-4200.


 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 

Country Fair: Wiard's Orchards.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Every Wed.-Sun., Sept. 11-Oct. 31. 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.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

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]


 6 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Wee-bots Free Virtual Drop-in Creative Writing Program": 826michigan.

  community member   < less Wee-bots information

JOIN US FOR WEE-BOTS
Every Wednesday from 6pm-7pm
October 6 - December 15, 2021 (Program resumes in Winter 2022)
A weekly story time program for early writers ages 5-10-join us on Zoom whenever you can make it! Each week we read a story together and practice one aspect of the author's work in our own writing, ending with an opportunity to share. This is a drop-in program; come when you can!
Register here: https://sites.google.com/826michigan.org/distance-learning/fall-programs/wee-bots-drop-in-writing
826michigan inspires school-aged students to write with skill and confidence in collaboration with adult volunteers in their communities.
Virtual. Free. Online. caitlin@826michigan.org https://sites.google.com/826michigan.org/distance-learning/fall-programs



21

Thursday


October 2021
 10:30-11:30 a.m. 

"Little Paws Story Time": HSHV.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Every Thurs. 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 of Huron Valley, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. Events also hosted at Tiny Lions Lounge & Adoption Center (5245 Jackson, ste. A1). Tickets $5 (babies under age 1, free).

Preregistration required at tickettailor.com/events/hshv, 661-3575.
[map]


 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 

Country Fair: Wiard's Orchards.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Every Wed.-Sun., Sept. 11-Oct. 31. 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]


 11 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Virtual Baby Time": Ann Arbor District Library.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Every Thurs. 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 (a YouTube channel). Free. 327-4200.


22

Friday


October 2021
 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 

Country Fair: Wiard's Orchards.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Every Wed.-Sun., Sept. 11-Oct. 31. 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.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

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]


 5-10 p.m. 

Blast Corn Maze.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Every Fri.-Sun., Sept. 26-Nov. 7. A large corn maze with 3.5 miles of trails and 3 exits to allow for routes of various lengths. Also, a U-pick pumpkin patch, produce, craft sale, hayrides, duck races, pedal cars, a kids play area with a mountain of straw and a corn box, and more. Maps ($1) & food available.
5-10 p.m. (Fri.), 11 a.m.-10 p.m. (Sat.), & 11 a.m.-8 p.m. (Sun.), 6175 Daly Rd. (half mile west of Zeeb), Dexter. $12 (kids ages 5-12, $9; age 4 & under, free) online only at BlastCornMaze.com/hours-pricing. [map]


 5-6:30 p.m. & 7-8:30 p.m. 

"Spooky Species": The Creature Conservancy.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Oct. 22, 23, & 29-31. Annual Halloween-themed live animal presentations. Also, a "bat flight" at 9 p.m., where bats fly around indoors, freely overhead. Cider & donuts.
5-6:30 p.m. (Fri. only all ages show) and 7-8:30 p.m. (18 & up only), Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Tickets $20 (kids ages 6-13, $15) in advance only at TheCreatureConservancy.org. Masks required. 929-9324. [map]


 6:30-7:30 p.m. 

"Creatures of the Night": Pittsfield Township.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

An evening of eerie activities for kids of all ages (accompanied by an adult), including a short hike to look for nocturnal animals, and more. Costumes encouraged. Bring a flashlight.
Lillie Park South, pavilion #3, 4365 Platt Rd. $10 per kid for Pittsfield residents (nonresidents, $15); adults free. Preregistration required by Oct. 20 at bit.ly/creaturesofthenight1021. Masks required. 822-2120. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Virtual Movie Trivia Night": Michigan Theater.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Oct. 15 & 22. 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 team (MTF members, free).


 7 p.m. 

"The Comedy of Errors": EMU Theatre Department.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Oct. 15-17 & 22-24. EMU theater lecturer John Seibert directs students in Shakespeare's comedy of mistaken identity and fortuitous coincidence. Suggested for ages 14 & up.
7 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), EMU Sponberg Theatre, Ford St. (off Lowell at Jarvis), Ypsilanti. Tickets $18 (seniors, $14; kids ages 6-12, $7). in advance at EMUtix.com, by phone (487-2282), and at the door. Masks required. 487-1220, emich.edu/EMUtheatre.


23

Saturday


October 2021
 10:30-11 a.m.  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

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.-10 p.m. 

Blast Corn Maze.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Every Fri.-Sun., Sept. 26-Nov. 7. A large corn maze with 3.5 miles of trails and 3 exits to allow for routes of various lengths. Also, a U-pick pumpkin patch, produce, craft sale, hayrides, duck races, pedal cars, a kids play area with a mountain of straw and a corn box, and more. Maps ($1) & food available.
5-10 p.m. (Fri.), 11 a.m.-10 p.m. (Sat.), & 11 a.m.-8 p.m. (Sun.), 6175 Daly Rd. (half mile west of Zeeb), Dexter. $12 (kids ages 5-12, $9; age 4 & under, free) online only at BlastCornMaze.com/hours-pricing. [map]


 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 

Country Fair: Wiard's Orchards.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Every Wed.-Sun., Sept. 11-Oct. 31. 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.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show off some animals native to Michigan (2 & 4 p.m.), including the cougar, opossum, black rat, and snapping turtle. Also, the chance to see the conservancy's other animals.
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). Masks required. 929-9324. [map]


 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Junior Naturalist: Super Survival Day": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

WCPARC naturalists lead kids ages 7-11 on a hike into the woods and demonstrate camping tricks and tips, covering everything from what to pack in and how to build a shelter to starting a fire and making cordage from plant materials.
Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennings Rd., Whitmore Lake. Free; $6 vehicle entry fee required. Space limited; preregistration required at ParksOnline.eWashtenaw.org (search Activity #811004). Masks strongly recommended. [map]


 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Cosplay in the Courtyard": Booksweet Bookshop.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

All ages invited to dress up as their favorite anime or manga characters and socialize with other so-called cosplayers.
Booksweet, Courtyard Shops, 1729 Plymouth Rd. Free; preregistration recommended at ShopBooksweet.com. Masks required. 929-4112. [map]


 6-8 p.m. 

"Muttster Mash": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Family-friendly games, crafts, and activities, including trick-or-treating throughout the shelter and interacting with adoptable pets. Bring a bag to collect candy in; costumes encouraged. Geared towards kids ages 3-9. This event usually sells out.
Humane Society of Huron Valley, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. Tickets $10 (babies under age 1 and adults, free); two adults per registered kid. Preregistration required at tickettailor.com/events/hshv, 661-3575. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m. 

"Spooky Species": The Creature Conservancy.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Oct. 22, 23, & 29-31. Annual Halloween-themed live animal presentations. Also, a "bat flight" at 9 p.m., where bats fly around indoors, freely overhead. Cider & donuts.
5-6:30 p.m. (Fri. only all ages show) and 7-8:30 p.m. (18 & up only), Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Tickets $20 (kids ages 6-13, $15) in advance only at TheCreatureConservancy.org. Masks required. 929-9324. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"The Comedy of Errors": EMU Theatre Department.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Oct. 15-17 & 22-24. EMU theater lecturer John Seibert directs students in Shakespeare's comedy of mistaken identity and fortuitous coincidence. Suggested for ages 14 & up.
7 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), EMU Sponberg Theatre, Ford St. (off Lowell at Jarvis), Ypsilanti. Tickets $18 (seniors, $14; kids ages 6-12, $7). in advance at EMUtix.com, by phone (487-2282), and at the door. Masks required. 487-1220, emich.edu/EMUtheatre.


24

Sunday


October 2021
 11 a.m.-8 p.m. 

Blast Corn Maze.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Every Fri.-Sun., Sept. 26-Nov. 7. A large corn maze with 3.5 miles of trails and 3 exits to allow for routes of various lengths. Also, a U-pick pumpkin patch, produce, craft sale, hayrides, duck races, pedal cars, a kids play area with a mountain of straw and a corn box, and more. Maps ($1) & food available.
5-10 p.m. (Fri.), 11 a.m.-10 p.m. (Sat.), & 11 a.m.-8 p.m. (Sun.), 6175 Daly Rd. (half mile west of Zeeb), Dexter. $12 (kids ages 5-12, $9; age 4 & under, free) online only at BlastCornMaze.com/hours-pricing. [map]


 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 

Country Fair: Wiard's Orchards.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Every Wed.-Sun., Sept. 11-Oct. 31. 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.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show off some animals native to Michigan (2 & 4 p.m.), including the cougar, opossum, black rat, and snapping turtle. Also, the chance to see the conservancy's other animals.
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). Masks required. 929-9324. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"The Comedy of Errors": EMU Theatre Department.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Oct. 15-17 & 22-24. EMU theater lecturer John Seibert directs students in Shakespeare's comedy of mistaken identity and fortuitous coincidence. Suggested for ages 14 & up.
7 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), EMU Sponberg Theatre, Ford St. (off Lowell at Jarvis), Ypsilanti. Tickets $18 (seniors, $14; kids ages 6-12, $7). in advance at EMUtix.com, by phone (487-2282), and at the door. Masks required. 487-1220, emich.edu/EMUtheatre.






You might also like:

ER Traffic Jam
"It's a constant adrenilin rush."
Cynthia Furlong Reynolds
White Pine Kitchen
A restaurant without walls
Lee Lawrence
Charter Changes
In a record turnout, voters approved best value purchasing and ranked-choice voting
James Leonard
The EV Pioneers
Ready or not, electric vehicles are coming. We asked people who made the leap how it's going.
Jan Schlain
Now Hiring!
Local restaurants are desperate for workers.
Cynthia Furlong Reynolds
Jimmy Hoffa at the Law Quad
After Bobby Kennedy castigated the Teamsters' leader, students snuck him in the window.
Donnelly Wright Hadden
Today's Events
Photo: Leap Frog
Middle Schools
Clubs, Social Groups, Games, Crafts, & Hobbies
a guide to local holiday shopping and events
a2view the Ann Arbor Observer's weekly email newsletter