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Kids' Calendar

Family, Teens, & Kids' Stuff

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
 10-11 a.m. 

"Sensory Storytime": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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Interactive stories, activities, the chance to interact with adoptable pets, and more for young people who find HSHV's regular "Little Paws Story Time" overwhelming. Geared towards 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]


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Wednesday


September 2021
 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 

Country Fair: Wiard's Orchards.

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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]


 6-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Evening Equinox Hike": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalist Elle Bogle leads a hike to look for signs of fall. Masks strongly recommended.
Fox Science Center, 2240 Peters Rd. Free, but preregistration required by emailing boglee@washtenaw.org. [map]


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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]


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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]


 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. Six different recently refurbished scary attractions-a haunted hayride, alien clowns, the Asylum, and more-bristling with over 115 costumed monsters. Note: Only 3 attractions are open on Sept. 18. 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]


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Saturday


September 2021
 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. Six different recently refurbished scary attractions-a haunted hayride, alien clowns, the Asylum, and more-bristling with over 115 costumed monsters. Note: Only 3 attractions are open on Sept. 18. 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]


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Sunday


September 2021
 10-11:30 a.m. 

"Junior Naturalist: Archery": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC staffer Kelsey Dehring leads a hands-on demo for beginners ages 7-11 that covers safety and basic shooting skills. Masks strongly recommended.
Staebler Farm Park, 7734 Plymouth Rd. Free, but preregistration required at ParksOnline.eWashtenaw.org (search Activity #811004). dehringk@washtenaw.org. [map]


 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 

Country Fair: Wiard's Orchards.

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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]


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Tuesday


September 2021
 1-1:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Kids in the Kitchen": Ann Arbor District Library.

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An AADL staffer demonstrates (via Zoom) how to make matcha mochi, a sweet and savory Japanese treat flavored with green tea leaves. Geared towards kids grades K-5.
Online at AADL.tv (a YouTube channel). Free. 327-4200.


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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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An AADL staffer discusses Adiba Jaigirdar's new young adult novel, Hani and Ishu's Guide to Fake Dating. It's an insightful, swoon-y coming-of-age story about 2 schoolmates-the only brown girls in their class-who agree to help each other with their studies, all the while developing feelings for one another. Recommended for ages 14 & up.
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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Saturday


October 2021
 9:30-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

Trike-a-Thon 2021 Fall Festival: First Steps Ann Arbor PTO.

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Trike-a-Thon 2021 Fall Festival is a First Steps PTO sponsored event to raise scholarship funds for the First Steps Early Childhood Division of Rec&Ed. We invite you to join us outside at Westerman Preschool & Family Center, 2775 Boardwalk Dr on Saturday, October 2 from 9:30 to 11:30am. Bring your bike, trike, scooter (and helmet) or stroller and ride around the parking lot. Meet the people with Blossom Dental and Orthodontics and get some goodies. See a fire truck and an ambulance up close and personal. Join a class with Fit4Mom. Plus food, coffee and lots of other fun activities. All is outside with covid-safe protocols in place. This is appropriate for families with kids from birth to about 7. Suggested donation is $5/child.
Westerman Preschool & Family Center, 2775 Boardwalk Dr. Free. Donation. 734-994-2300 x53186. marj.hyde@gmail.com https://www.betterunite.com/FirstStepsAnnArborPTO-trike-a-thonfallfestival2021 [map]



 10 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Heroic Futures"

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Young people around the world are using their voices to be champions for social change-and they need our help! On October 2, 10AM-1PM EST, Bold Futures and Hero Nation are joining forces to present a virtual event featuring special presentations by comic book creators, Dorphise Jean and Greg Elysée, and workshops that help students (14-18) identify and address social issues using visioning, entrepreneurship values, comics and superheroes.
Questions? Call: (734) 249-5880 or Email: entrepreneurship@wccnet.edu
Held during SPARK's a2Tech360 event.
SCHEDULE:
10:00am - 11:00am: Opening and Speaker Presentations
11:00am - 12:30pm: Hero concepting, visioning and more
12:30pm - 1:00pm: Wrap Up and speakers Q&A
SPEAKERS:
DORPHISE JEAN - CREATOR OF SPIRIT'S DESTINY COMICS
GREG A. ELYS…E - CREATOR OF IS'NANA THE WERE-SPIDER
Register Here: https://www.heronation.org/heroic-futures/
Zoom, online event. Free. Online. entrepreneurship@wccnet.edu https://www.heronation.org/heroic-futures/



 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 

Country Fair: Wiard's Orchards.

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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]



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Sunday


October 2021
 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 

Country Fair: Wiard's Orchards.

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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]



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Saturday


October 2021
 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 

Country Fair: Wiard's Orchards.

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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]



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Sunday


October 2021
 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 

Country Fair: Wiard's Orchards.

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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]



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Saturday


October 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]



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Sunday


October 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]



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Saturday


October 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]



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Sunday


October 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]



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Saturday


October 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]



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Sunday


October 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]






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