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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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Monday


January 2020
 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Annual Children & Youth Program": U-M MLK Symposium.

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Kids in grades K-12 invited for a day of stories, discussions, skits, musical performances, and activities centered on Martin Luther King Jr. Kids age 4 & under welcome if accompanied by an adult.
8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., U-M Modern Languages Building, 812 E. Washington. Free. Preregistration available at myumi.ch/soe-MLK. 323-4237. [map]


 9:30-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Diversity Day": Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County.

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Grades 1-5 invited to participate in hands-on activities TBA to celebrate MLK Jr. day. Also, a performance TBA. Light refreshments.
Jewish Community Center, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. Free. 769-0209. [map]


 10-11 a.m. 

Hudson Mills Metropark Interpretive Nature Programs.

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Programs presented by Hudson Mills naturalist Kim Sherwin. Oct. 6 (8 a.m.): "Fall Birding." A guided walk to look for migrating birds, which includes an informal game of "Name that Warbler." For beginning and experienced birders.

Oct. 12 (4 p.m.): "Trick or Treat Along the Trail." Families invited to visit with Halloween and nature characters on the trail and then return to the Activity Center for cider, doughnuts, and craft activities. Costumes encouraged.

Oct. 13 (1 p.m.): "Pumpkin Carving Party." All invited to carve a pumpkin. Designs available. Cider & doughnuts. $6.

Oct. 13 (8-10 p.m.): "Full Moon Walk." A brief talk on moon facts & folklore before an evening hike to watch the sunset and the rise of the Hunter's Moon.

Oct. 20 (1-3 p.m.): "Zombie Apocalypse Survival." All invited to learn the basics of survival in nature, including shelter building and fire making.

Dec. 1 (8-10 a.m.): "Winter Birding." Guided walk to find birds. Dress for the weather and bring binoculars. $5.

Jan. 4 (10-11 a.m.): "Cardboard Sled Creations." Build and test out your own. Materials provided. Hot chocolate, if you like. $5.

Jan. 11 (9-10 a.m.): "Bird Feeder Fun." Make a simple bird feeder, while learning about which seeds attract birds. $5.

Jan. 25 (10-11 a.m.): "Animal Signs." All ages 3-6 invited to search for homes, tracks, & other signs of animals. $5.

Feb. 1 (10 a.m.-noon): "Neat-ure Crafts 101." All ages 16 & up invited to make a decorative coat hanger made with gathered twigs. Bring other homemade crafts for inspiration. $8.

Feb. 5 (10-11 a.m.): "Snow Day." All ages 3-4 (accompanied by adult) invited to paint the snow, look for animal signs, and have other snowy adventures. $5.

Feb 8: (10 a.m.-noon): "Winter Birding." Guided walk to find some of the hardier winter birds. Dress for the weather and bring binoculars. $5.

Feb. 15 (10-11:30 a.m.): "Tracking a Snowman." All ages 6 & up invited on a walk in search of a snowman and signs of other animals. Afterward, build and decorate your own snowman. $5.

Feb. 29 (10-11 a.m.): "Codes of Nature." All ages 3-6 invited to learn how color is used in nature. $5.

Mar. 7 & 8 (10 & 11 a.m., and noon): "Journey to the Sugarbush." All ages invited to tap into a maple tree. Followed by an all-you-can-eat pancake & sausage breakfast ($6; kids, $4). $5 (kids, $3).

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Various times, park activity center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $5 (except as noted). Preregistration required. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 426-8211. [map]


 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Baby Playgroups": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon-Thurs. Hour-long program for kids up to 24 months (with caregiver). No older siblings, please.

Mon. 10:30 a.m. (Downtown)

Tues., except Dec. 24, 10 a.m. (Malletts Creek)

Wed., except Dec. 25 & Jan. 1, 11 a.m. (Pittsfield)

Thurs. 2 p.m. (Westgate) & 6:30 p.m. (Malletts Creek).
Every Mon.-Fri., various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.


 11 a.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon.-Fri. Half hour program of stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (with caregiver). Siblings welcome.

Mon. 11 a.m. (Westgate & Malletts Creek).

Tues., except Dec. 24, 10 a.m. (Downtown).

Wed., except Dec. 25 & Jan. 1, 10 a.m. (Malletts Creek), 11 a.m. (Downtown), 1 & 6 p.m. (Westgate).

Thurs. 7 p.m. (Pittsfield).

Fri. 10 a.m. (Westgate & Pittsfield).
Various locations, every Mon.-Fri. (see listing). Free. 327-4200.


 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

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Every Thurs., Sat., Sun., Jan. 20. & Feb. 18 Three audiovisual planetarium shows suitable for all ages.

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The Sky Tonight (Thurs. 5:30 & 6:30 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, & 2:30 p.m.; Jan. 20, 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m.; Feb. 18, 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, & 2:30 p.m.), is an exploration of the current night sky.

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Cosmic Colors (Sat., Sun., & Feb. 18, 10:30 a.m.), details the spectrum of energy we call light. Preceded by a brief star talk.

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Two Small Pieces of Glass (Sat., Sun., & Feb. 18, 3:30 p.m.) shows how telescopes big & little, simple & complex, use light to work.

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Various times, U-M Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Tickets $8. 764-0478. [map]


 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Kinetic Sandbox": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Grades K-5 invited to build and play with easy-to-mold Kinetic Sand.
AADL Downtown Secret Lab. Free. 327-4200.


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Tuesday


January 2020
 9:30 a.m. 

"The Little Scientist Club": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Crafts, science-themed stories, and hands-on activities for young kids, accompanied by a parent. Geared toward kids ages 3-6; older siblings welcome.
Every Tues. (9:30 a.m.) & Sat. (10:30 a.m.), except Dec. 24., Hands-On Museum, 220 E Ann St., $12 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439.


 10-10:45 a.m. 

"Tiny Tails Storytime": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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Songs, stories, finger plays, and interaction with adoptable cats. For kids ages 2-5 (with caregiver).
10-10:45 a.m, Tiny Lions Lounge & Adoption Center, 5245 Jackson Rd. ste. a1. $5 per child (babies under age 1, free). 661-3530. [map]


 10 a.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon.-Fri. Half hour program of stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (with caregiver). Siblings welcome.

Mon. 11 a.m. (Westgate & Malletts Creek).

Tues., except Dec. 24, 10 a.m. (Downtown).

Wed., except Dec. 25 & Jan. 1, 10 a.m. (Malletts Creek), 11 a.m. (Downtown), 1 & 6 p.m. (Westgate).

Thurs. 7 p.m. (Pittsfield).

Fri. 10 a.m. (Westgate & Pittsfield).
Various locations, every Mon.-Fri. (see listing). Free. 327-4200.


 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Baby Playgroups": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon-Thurs. Hour-long program for kids up to 24 months (with caregiver). No older siblings, please.

Mon. 10:30 a.m. (Downtown)

Tues., except Dec. 24, 10 a.m. (Malletts Creek)

Wed., except Dec. 25 & Jan. 1, 11 a.m. (Pittsfield)

Thurs. 2 p.m. (Westgate) & 6:30 p.m. (Malletts Creek).
Every Mon.-Fri., various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.


 10-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Tummy Times": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Tues., except Dec. 24. New and expecting parents invited to discuss new baby experiences. Babies welcome.
10-11 a.m., AADL Westgate, Westgate shopping center, 2503 Jackson. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 10:30 a.m.-noon 

Early Winter Moms Group: Ann Arbor Baby Beginnings.

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Meet other new moms and get support and advice after your baby is born. Our award winning Mothers Group is facilitated by both a social worker and an MPH/Certified Lactation Specialist. Together they have years of experience on infant development and postpartum adjustment. The six week series begins each class with group discussion on a topic pertinent to early parenthood such as getting enough sleep, feeding, changes to relationships, and places to go with your baby. If you will be going back to work during the six weeks, please contact our office for a prorated rate. You may also join any time during the session for a discounted rate. This group is designed from babies from newborn to crawling.
This group meets on Tuesday mornings from 10:30-noon from January 14th to February 18th.
Save $5 with promo code SUPPORT through January 12th
Ann Arbor Baby Beginnings, 2311 East Stadium Suite 202-2. $100/6 weeks. 734-221-0158. info@annarborbabybeginnings.com www.annarborbabybeginnings.com [map]



 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Babytime": Chelsea District Library.

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Every Tues. Staff present a program of songs, stories, and rhymes for kids under age 2 (accompanied by a caregiver). No siblings.
10:30-11:15 a.m., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. 475-8732. [map]


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Wednesday


January 2020
 10 & 11 a.m, 1 & 6 p.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon.-Fri. Half hour program of stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (with caregiver). Siblings welcome.

Mon. 11 a.m. (Westgate & Malletts Creek).

Tues., except Dec. 24, 10 a.m. (Downtown).

Wed., except Dec. 25 & Jan. 1, 10 a.m. (Malletts Creek), 11 a.m. (Downtown), 1 & 6 p.m. (Westgate).

Thurs. 7 p.m. (Pittsfield).

Fri. 10 a.m. (Westgate & Pittsfield).
Various locations, every Mon.-Fri. (see listing). Free. 327-4200.


 10 a.m. 

"Frog and Toad": Wild Swan Theater.

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Jan. 22-25. This award-winning local children's theater presents its adaptation of Arnold Lobel's humorous, compassionate stories about these animal friends. Frog and Toad celebrate life's joys together as they greet spring, share cookies, and plant a garden, showing how good friends help each other through thick and thin. As with all Wild Swan productions, the performance is interpreted in American Sign Language. Audio description and backstage "touch" tours are available by prearrangement for blind audience members. Suitable for grades preK-2.
WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $12 (seniors age 60 & over and youth, $10; $3 lap passes available for kids age 1 & under) in advance at WildSwanTheater.ThunderTix.com and (if available) at the door. 995-0530. [map]


 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Chelsea District Library.

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Every Wed., except June 12. Stories for kids ages 3-5 (with caregiver).
10:30-11 a.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 11 a.m.  Free! 

"Little Listeners Storytime": Northfield Township Area Library.

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Join us at Northfield Township Area Library every Wednesday at 11 a.m. for a half-hour of fun stories, silly songs, and age-appropriate hands-on activities. Storytime is designed to promote early literacy. Registration is not required.
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake. Free. 734-449-0066. hmccausland@ntal.org www.ntal.org/events [map]



 11 a.m.  Free! 

Storytime: Nicola's.

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Every Wed., except Jan. 1. An experienced storyteller performs for ages 7 & under.
11 a.m., Nicola's Books, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600.


 11 a.m.  Free! 

"Baby Playgroups": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon-Thurs. Hour-long program for kids up to 24 months (with caregiver). No older siblings, please.

Mon. 10:30 a.m. (Downtown)

Tues., except Dec. 24, 10 a.m. (Malletts Creek)

Wed., except Dec. 25 & Jan. 1, 11 a.m. (Pittsfield)

Thurs. 2 p.m. (Westgate) & 6:30 p.m. (Malletts Creek).
Every Mon.-Fri., various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.


 Noon-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat., except Jan. 1. All invited to play one of 100 songs, with melodies transcribed in numbers, on the 17-bell chime's numbered keys. Ambitious players can add chords. Local chimemaster Heather O'Neal demonstrates.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]


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Thursday


January 2020
 10 a.m. 

"Frog and Toad": Wild Swan Theater.

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Jan. 22-25. This award-winning local children's theater presents its adaptation of Arnold Lobel's humorous, compassionate stories about these animal friends. Frog and Toad celebrate life's joys together as they greet spring, share cookies, and plant a garden, showing how good friends help each other through thick and thin. As with all Wild Swan productions, the performance is interpreted in American Sign Language. Audio description and backstage "touch" tours are available by prearrangement for blind audience members. Suitable for grades preK-2.
WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $12 (seniors age 60 & over and youth, $10; $3 lap passes available for kids age 1 & under) in advance at WildSwanTheater.ThunderTix.com and (if available) at the door. 995-0530. [map]


 10-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Preschool Hike: Hello, Red Fox!": WCPARC.

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Naturalist Shawn Severance leads ages 2-4 (with caregiver) on a hike to look for red animals and objects in nature.
10-11 a.m., County Farm Park, 2230 Platt. Free. Preregistration required at ParksOnline.eWashtenaw.org. [map]


 10-10:40 a.m.  Free! 

"Yoga for Kids!": Ann Arbor District Library.

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A Super Fun Yoga Time (Pinckney) instructor leads kids in grades preK-2 in some introductory poses.
10-10:40 a.m., AADL Westgate, Westgate shopping center. 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 kids ages 2-5 (with caregiver).
10:30 a.m., Humane Society of Huron Valley, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. $5 per child (babies under age 1, free). 662-5585. [map]


 10:30-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Toddlertime": Chelsea District Library.

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Every Thurs., except Mar. 14, May 2, & June 13. CDL staff present a program for toddlers about letters, numbers, colors, and shapes.
10:30-11 a.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 2 & 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Baby Playgroups": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon-Thurs. Hour-long program for kids up to 24 months (with caregiver). No older siblings, please.

Mon. 10:30 a.m. (Downtown)

Tues., except Dec. 24, 10 a.m. (Malletts Creek)

Wed., except Dec. 25 & Jan. 1, 11 a.m. (Pittsfield)

Thurs. 2 p.m. (Westgate) & 6:30 p.m. (Malletts Creek).
Every Mon.-Fri., various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.


 5:30 & 6:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

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Every Thurs., Sat., Sun., Jan. 20. & Feb. 18 Three audiovisual planetarium shows suitable for all ages.

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The Sky Tonight (Thurs. 5:30 & 6:30 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, & 2:30 p.m.; Jan. 20, 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m.; Feb. 18, 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, & 2:30 p.m.), is an exploration of the current night sky.

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Cosmic Colors (Sat., Sun., & Feb. 18, 10:30 a.m.), details the spectrum of energy we call light. Preceded by a brief star talk.

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Two Small Pieces of Glass (Sat., Sun., & Feb. 18, 3:30 p.m.) shows how telescopes big & little, simple & complex, use light to work.

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Various times, U-M Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Tickets $8. 764-0478. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon.-Fri. Half hour program of stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (with caregiver). Siblings welcome.

Mon. 11 a.m. (Westgate & Malletts Creek).

Tues., except Dec. 24, 10 a.m. (Downtown).

Wed., except Dec. 25 & Jan. 1, 10 a.m. (Malletts Creek), 11 a.m. (Downtown), 1 & 6 p.m. (Westgate).

Thurs. 7 p.m. (Pittsfield).

Fri. 10 a.m. (Westgate & Pittsfield).
Various locations, every Mon.-Fri. (see listing). Free. 327-4200.


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Friday


January 2020
 10 a.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon.-Fri. Half hour program of stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (with caregiver). Siblings welcome.

Mon. 11 a.m. (Westgate & Malletts Creek).

Tues., except Dec. 24, 10 a.m. (Downtown).

Wed., except Dec. 25 & Jan. 1, 10 a.m. (Malletts Creek), 11 a.m. (Downtown), 1 & 6 p.m. (Westgate).

Thurs. 7 p.m. (Pittsfield).

Fri. 10 a.m. (Westgate & Pittsfield).
Various locations, every Mon.-Fri. (see listing). Free. 327-4200.


 10 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. 

"Frog and Toad": Wild Swan Theater.

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Jan. 22-25. This award-winning local children's theater presents its adaptation of Arnold Lobel's humorous, compassionate stories about these animal friends. Frog and Toad celebrate life's joys together as they greet spring, share cookies, and plant a garden, showing how good friends help each other through thick and thin. As with all Wild Swan productions, the performance is interpreted in American Sign Language. Audio description and backstage "touch" tours are available by prearrangement for blind audience members. Suitable for grades preK-2.
WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $12 (seniors age 60 & over and youth, $10; $3 lap passes available for kids age 1 & under) in advance at WildSwanTheater.ThunderTix.com and (if available) at the door. 995-0530. [map]


 Noon-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat., except Jan. 1. All invited to play one of 100 songs, with melodies transcribed in numbers, on the 17-bell chime's numbered keys. Ambitious players can add chords. Local chimemaster Heather O'Neal demonstrates.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]


 5-9 p.m. 

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

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Ages 5-11 invited to watch 2015 sci-fi comedy Home and interact with adoptable pets. Pizza dinner. Wear pajamas and bring a sleeping bag and pillow.
5-9 p.m., Humane Society of Huron Valley, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. $35 ($15 for each additional child), preregistration required at HSHV.org/PetsAndPJs. 661-3575. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"James & the Giant Peach": Dexter Community Players Youth Theatre.

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Jan. 24-26. Deric Prieskorn & Joy Gee direct young actors in grades K-12 in Ken Jones, Christine Jones, and Jamey Strawn's U-M grads Benj Pasek & Justin Paul's 2010 musical adaptation of Roald Dahl's fantasy novel, a version of which Encore Musical Theater presents beginning Feb. 28 (see listing).
7 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Copeland Auditorium, 7714 Ann Arbor St., Dexter. Tickets $10 at dextercommunityplayers.org. 726-0355. [map]


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Saturday


January 2020
 9, 10, & 11 a.m. 

usic Classes for Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers: Eastern Michigan University Community Music Academy.

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These weekly classes will immerse young children (ages birth through 5 years) in a rich musical environment and provide a variety of experiences designed to expand musical understanding and skills in an active and playful way. Class activities include singing and chanting, moving to music (including use of props such as bean bags, scarves, and streamers), playing assorted small percussion instruments, pattern instruction, and imaginative musical play. Children attend with a parent/caregiver, who participates alongside the child.
Winter session begins January 25.
Classes for infants/toddlers are held on Saturdays at 9am (birth-18 mo.) and 10am (18 mo.-3 yr.).
Classes for preschool/kindergarten (3-5 yr.) are held on Saturdays at 11am.
Cost is $115 for 8 classes. Register by January 17 for an Early Bird Discount of $10 off!
See our website for more info and registration: https://www.emich.edu/music-dance/music/community-music-academy
EMU Alexander Music Building (Rm. 213), Corner of Lowell and E Circle Dr, Ypsilanti. $115 for 8 classes. 734-657-6825. amysierzega@gmail.com https://www.emich.edu/music-dance/music/community-music-academy


 10 a.m., noon, and 2 & 4 p.m  Free! 

U-M Natural History Museum Tours.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Thirty-minute guided tours showcasing some of the museum's beloved and new exhibits. "Museum Highlights Tour" (Jan. 25 & 26, 10 a.m. & 2 p.m.; Feb. times, noon & 4 p.m.) shows a mastodon couple, the Majungasaurus, and some of the new research labs. "Wonderful World of Whales Tour" (Jan. 25 & 26, noon & 4 p.m.; Feb times, 2 p.m.) shows how whales and dolphins made the transition from land back to water.
Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]


 10 a.m. & noon 

"American Girl Tea Party": Saline Parks & Recreation.

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All kids invited to bring an American Girl doll for a Wonderland-themed tea party with treats. Crafts and games. Dressy clothes or an outfit to match your doll encouraged. Also, a sale (11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) of American Girl dolls, clothing, and accessories.
10-11:15 a.m. & noon-1:15 p.m., Saline Recreation Center, 1866 Woodland Dr. E., Saline. Cost TBA. 429-3502. [map]


 10-11 a.m. 

"Animal Signs": Hudson Mills Metropark Interpretive Nature Programs.

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Hudson Mills naturalist Kim Sherwin leads ages 3-6 in a search for homes, tracks, & other signs of animals.
Various times, park activity center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. [map]


 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Dancing Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Ages 5 & under (with caregiver) invited to a 45-minute program of music and movement led by Robinsongs for Kids director Robin Robinson (Jan. 12, 1 p.m.) and Kindermusik dance teacher Denise Owens (Jan. 25, 10 a.m.).
AADL Westgate (Jan. 12) & AADL Pittsfield (Jan. 25). Free. 327-4200.


 10 a.m.-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Great Lakes Days": U-M Museum of Natural History.

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Jan. 25 & 26. Various Michigan water-related activities featuring a stream-table demo (showing water flow through different mediums), a talk (topic, TBA) by St. Clair-Detroit River Sturgeon for Tomorrow representative Jeremy Guc, and a reading by Deb Pilutti from her children's book, Old Rock (is not boring). For complete schedule, visit bit.ly/greatlakedays.
U-M MNH, 1109 Geddes. Free. 764-0478. [map]


 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"ScienceFest Weekend: Science is for Everyone": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Accessible experiments and hands-on activities, with a focus on science pioneered by scientists of diverse backgrounds.
10 a.m.-4 p.m., Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, 220 E. Ann. Admission $12.50 (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-9439. [map]


 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Chinese Storytime": Ann Arbor District Library.

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An AADL storyteller tells stories and sings songs in Mandarin. Also, a Chinese-themed craft. For babies & preschoolers (siblings welcome).
AADL Pittsfield (Jan. 11) & AADL Downtown Youth Story Corner (Jan. 25).


 10:30-11 a.m.  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat., except Jan. 1. All invited to play one of 100 songs, with melodies transcribed in numbers, on the 17-bell chime's numbered keys. Ambitious players can add chords. Local chimemaster Heather O'Neal demonstrates.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]


 10:30 a.m. & 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Bixby Marionettes Workshop": Saline District Library.

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Saline Arts and Culture Committee vice chair John Anderson discusses this legacy of beloved late Saline puppeteer Meredith Bixby, then shows kids in grades 3-5 (10:30 a.m.) and 6-8 (1 p.m.) how to make their own marionette.
SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. Preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]


 10:30 a.m. 

"The Little Scientist Club": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Crafts, science-themed stories, and hands-on activities for young kids, accompanied by a parent. Geared toward kids ages 3-6; older siblings welcome.
Every Tues. (9:30 a.m.) & Sat. (10:30 a.m.), except Dec. 24., Hands-On Museum, 220 E Ann St., $12 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439.


 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.  Free! 

Science Forum Demos: U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun., except Jan. 4 & 5. Short hands-on demos for ages 5 & up. "How to Become a Fossil" (11 a.m.). Participants handle real fossils while learning how they form and how fossil casts are made. "Life: How Do We Find It?" (3 p.m.). Participants learn about what kinds of planets might support life.
Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]


 11 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Arabic Storytime": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local Arabic teacher and storyteller Heba Abdelaal tells stories and sings songs in Arabic. For babies & preschoolers (siblings welcome).
AADL Malletts Creek, 3090 E. Eisenhower (between Stone School & Packard). Free. 327-4200. [map]


 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. 

"Family Art Studio: Imaginary Places": UMMA.

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Local artist Susan Clinthorne leads a session of abstract painting inspired by Helen Frankenthaler, Joan Mitchell, and paintings on display in UMMA's Collection Ensemble. For kids age 6 & up, accompanied by an adult.
11 a.m. & 2 p.m., UMMA, 525 S. State. Free; preregistration required at UMMA.umich.edu/events. 764-0395. [map]


 11 a.m. 

"Frog and Toad": Wild Swan Theater.

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Jan. 22-25. This award-winning local children's theater presents its adaptation of Arnold Lobel's humorous, compassionate stories about these animal friends. Frog and Toad celebrate life's joys together as they greet spring, share cookies, and plant a garden, showing how good friends help each other through thick and thin. As with all Wild Swan productions, the performance is interpreted in American Sign Language. Audio description and backstage "touch" tours are available by prearrangement for blind audience members. Suitable for grades preK-2.
WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $12 (seniors age 60 & over and youth, $10; $3 lap passes available for kids age 1 & under) in advance at WildSwanTheater.ThunderTix.com and (if available) at the door. 995-0530. [map]


 11:30 a.m.  Free! 

STEAM Workshop for Parents and Kids: Northfield Township Area Library.

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Take your weekends full steam ahead with our weekly workshop where kids collaborate with peers and parents to problem solve, experiment, and create! For ages 6 to 14 (children aged 6 to 8 need a parent with them). Space is limited, so registration is required for this event.
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake. Free. 734-449-0066. hmccausland@ntal.org www.ntal.org/events [map]



 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

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Every Thurs., Sat., Sun., Jan. 20. & Feb. 18 Three audiovisual planetarium shows suitable for all ages.

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The Sky Tonight (Thurs. 5:30 & 6:30 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, & 2:30 p.m.; Jan. 20, 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m.; Feb. 18, 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, & 2:30 p.m.), is an exploration of the current night sky.

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Cosmic Colors (Sat., Sun., & Feb. 18, 10:30 a.m.), details the spectrum of energy we call light. Preceded by a brief star talk.

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Two Small Pieces of Glass (Sat., Sun., & Feb. 18, 3:30 p.m.) shows how telescopes big & little, simple & complex, use light to work.

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Various times, U-M Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Tickets $8. 764-0478. [map]


 noon-3 p.m. 

"Snow Much Fun!": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Family-friendly festival with crafts, a petting zoo, face painting, treats, a sledding hill, and ice bowling.

Register online at parksonline.ewashtenaw.org.
Noon-3 p.m., Rolling Hills County Park, 7660 Stony Creek Rd., Ypsilanti. $5 per person (free vehicle entry). 484-9676, ext. 202. [map]


 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

Ecology Center of Ann Arbor.

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All invited to create embossed designs on aluminum foil and swim in an indoor pool (1-5 p.m.; adults, $5; youth age 17 & under and seniors, $4). Materials provided.
Mack Indoor Pool, 715 Brooks. Free, preregistration requested at Education@EcoCenter.org; register a week or more in advance to receive 1 free family admission. 369-9277. [map]


 1 p.m. 

Open Gym: Champion Gymnastics Ann Arbor.

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Come join the FLIPS, TWISTS & FUN at Champion Gymnastics Ann Arbor during Open Gym every Saturday from 1pm-2:30pm! Cost is $10 for 1.5 hours of uninstructed play time. Must have a signed consent form to participate, provided at the office if you are new to the gym! Children under 5 years old must be accompanied by a parent. Children 18 months or younger are FREE!
(Cash ONLY please if paying less than $14)
Champion Gymnastics Ann Arbor, 7240 Jackson Rd. $10. 734-222-1810. cga2@champgymaa.com https://www.champgymaa.com/open-gym [map]



 1-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Paint Party! Winter Fox": Chelsea District Library.

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The Painted Owl (Grass Lake) art studio owner Bethany Stone shows kids in grades K-2 (with caregiver) how to paint a winter scene with a fox. Materials provided; wear an old shirt or apron, if you like.
CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea.Free. 475-8732. [map]


 2-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Chinese New Year Celebration": Ann Arbor District Library.

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A festive party to usher in the Year of the Rat with crafting & a calligraphy demonstration. Also, students from the AnnHua Chinese School present a Lion Dance and a traditional Yao Gu Drum performance.
AADL Downtown 1st fl., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 2 & 7 p.m. 

"James & the Giant Peach": Dexter Community Players Youth Theatre.

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Jan. 24-26. Deric Prieskorn & Joy Gee direct young actors in grades K-12 in Ken Jones, Christine Jones, and Jamey Strawn's U-M grads Benj Pasek & Justin Paul's 2010 musical adaptation of Roald Dahl's fantasy novel, a version of which Encore Musical Theater presents beginning Feb. 28 (see listing).
7 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Copeland Auditorium, 7714 Ann Arbor St., Dexter. Tickets $10 at dextercommunityplayers.org. 726-0355. [map]


 2:30-5:30 p.m.,  Free! 

"Board Game Afternoon": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to play board games, including Oregon Trail, Ticket to Ride, Yeti in My Spaghetti, Dominion, Sushi Go, Stratego, Grand Austria Hotel, Space Team, & more. Bring your own, if you wish.
AADL Westgate. Free. 327-4200.


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Sunday


January 2020
 10 a.m., noon, and 2 & 4 p.m  Free! 

U-M Natural History Museum Tours.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Thirty-minute guided tours showcasing some of the museum's beloved and new exhibits. "Museum Highlights Tour" (Jan. 25 & 26, 10 a.m. & 2 p.m.; Feb. times, noon & 4 p.m.) shows a mastodon couple, the Majungasaurus, and some of the new research labs. "Wonderful World of Whales Tour" (Jan. 25 & 26, noon & 4 p.m.; Feb times, 2 p.m.) shows how whales and dolphins made the transition from land back to water.
Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]


 10 a.m.-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Great Lakes Days": U-M Museum of Natural History.

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Jan. 25 & 26. Various Michigan water-related activities featuring a stream-table demo (showing water flow through different mediums), a talk (topic, TBA) by St. Clair-Detroit River Sturgeon for Tomorrow representative Jeremy Guc, and a reading by Deb Pilutti from her children's book, Old Rock (is not boring). For complete schedule, visit bit.ly/greatlakedays.
U-M MNH, 1109 Geddes. Free. 764-0478. [map]


 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.  Free! 

Science Forum Demos: U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun., except Jan. 4 & 5. Short hands-on demos for ages 5 & up. "How to Become a Fossil" (11 a.m.). Participants handle real fossils while learning how they form and how fossil casts are made. "Life: How Do We Find It?" (3 p.m.). Participants learn about what kinds of planets might support life.
Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]


 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

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Every Thurs., Sat., Sun., Jan. 20. & Feb. 18 Three audiovisual planetarium shows suitable for all ages.

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The Sky Tonight (Thurs. 5:30 & 6:30 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, & 2:30 p.m.; Jan. 20, 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m.; Feb. 18, 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, & 2:30 p.m.), is an exploration of the current night sky.

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Cosmic Colors (Sat., Sun., & Feb. 18, 10:30 a.m.), details the spectrum of energy we call light. Preceded by a brief star talk.

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Two Small Pieces of Glass (Sat., Sun., & Feb. 18, 3:30 p.m.) shows how telescopes big & little, simple & complex, use light to work.

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Various times, U-M Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Tickets $8. 764-0478. [map]


 noon-4 p.m. 

"ScienceFest Weekend: Science is for Everyone": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Accessible experiments and hands-on activities, with a focus on science pioneered by scientists of diverse backgrounds.
10 a.m.-4 p.m., Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, 220 E. Ann. Admission $12.50 (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-9439. [map]


 2 p.m. 

"James & the Giant Peach": Dexter Community Players Youth Theatre.

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Jan. 24-26. Deric Prieskorn & Joy Gee direct young actors in grades K-12 in Ken Jones, Christine Jones, and Jamey Strawn's U-M grads Benj Pasek & Justin Paul's 2010 musical adaptation of Roald Dahl's fantasy novel, a version of which Encore Musical Theater presents beginning Feb. 28 (see listing).
7 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Copeland Auditorium, 7714 Ann Arbor St., Dexter. Tickets $10 at dextercommunityplayers.org. 726-0355. [map]


 2-3 p.m. 

"Nature Explorers: Dens, Roosts, and Nests": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Naturalist Shawn Severance leads ages 5 & 6 (with caregiver) on a hike to learn about animals' winter homes and winter survival strategies. Followed by a campfire with s'mores.
2-3 p.m., County Farm Park, 2230 Platt. Free; preregistration required at ParksOnline.eWashtenaw.org. 971-6337. [map]


 2 p.m. 

"PJ Masks Save the Day Live!": EMU Convocation Center.

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A touring theater company TBA performs a lavishly staged production of Round Room Live's family-friendly musical adaptation of PJ Masks, the popular Disney Junior animated TV series about 3 young friends who are able to activate their superanimal alter-egos nightly by putting on their pajamas. Along the way they solve mysteries and learn valuable lessons. Geared for ages 2-6.
799 N. Hewitt, Ypsilanti. $29.50-$59.50 in advance at EMUtix.com and at the door; an additional $50 to meet the cast. 487-2822. [map]


 4:30 p.m. 

"Tai-Chi for Kids": Sun Shen.

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From the slow Tai-Chi Form, which activates balance and calm, to playful Pushing Hands, which gives kids a safe, gentle outlet to explore themselves, to meditation techniques which they can use in the classroom and at home, this class invites kids to learn about themselves and introduces them to skills that will bring them a lifetime of happiness! Available for children ages 5 to 17 years old. Classes are held Sundays, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Contact Sifu Joseph Wang at info@sunshen.org or (734) 531-8796 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $70/month, $21/drop-in. (734) 531-8796. info@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



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Monday


January 2020
 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Baby Playgroups": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon-Thurs. Hour-long program for kids up to 24 months (with caregiver). No older siblings, please.

Mon. 10:30 a.m. (Downtown)

Tues., except Dec. 24, 10 a.m. (Malletts Creek)

Wed., except Dec. 25 & Jan. 1, 11 a.m. (Pittsfield)

Thurs. 2 p.m. (Westgate) & 6:30 p.m. (Malletts Creek).
Every Mon.-Fri., various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.


 11 a.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon.-Fri. Half hour program of stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (with caregiver). Siblings welcome.

Mon. 11 a.m. (Westgate & Malletts Creek).

Tues., except Dec. 24, 10 a.m. (Downtown).

Wed., except Dec. 25 & Jan. 1, 10 a.m. (Malletts Creek), 11 a.m. (Downtown), 1 & 6 p.m. (Westgate).

Thurs. 7 p.m. (Pittsfield).

Fri. 10 a.m. (Westgate & Pittsfield).
Various locations, every Mon.-Fri. (see listing). Free. 327-4200.


 6:30-7:15 p.m.  Free! 

"MonkeyPlay": Chelsea District Library.

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Animal-themed physical activity stations for kids ages 2-6.
6:30-7:15 p.m., CD, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m  Free! 

"Folk Song Jam-Along."

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All invited to join a family-oriented recreational sing-along of familiar folk, pop, rock, Broadway tunes, and more. Bring your instruments if you'd like to jam along as well. Led by Lori Fithian and Jean Chorazyczewski.
Ann Arbor District Library Westgate. Free. 426-7818.


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Tuesday


January 2020
 9:30 a.m. 

"The Little Scientist Club": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Crafts, science-themed stories, and hands-on activities for young kids, accompanied by a parent. Geared toward kids ages 3-6; older siblings welcome.
Every Tues. (9:30 a.m.) & Sat. (10:30 a.m.), except Dec. 24., Hands-On Museum, 220 E Ann St., $12 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439.


 10-10:45 a.m. 

"Tiny Tails Storytime": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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Songs, stories, finger plays, and interaction with adoptable cats. For kids ages 2-5 (with caregiver).
10-10:45 a.m, Tiny Lions Lounge & Adoption Center, 5245 Jackson Rd. ste. a1. $5 per child (babies under age 1, free). 661-3530. [map]


 10 a.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon.-Fri. Half hour program of stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (with caregiver). Siblings welcome.

Mon. 11 a.m. (Westgate & Malletts Creek).

Tues., except Dec. 24, 10 a.m. (Downtown).

Wed., except Dec. 25 & Jan. 1, 10 a.m. (Malletts Creek), 11 a.m. (Downtown), 1 & 6 p.m. (Westgate).

Thurs. 7 p.m. (Pittsfield).

Fri. 10 a.m. (Westgate & Pittsfield).
Various locations, every Mon.-Fri. (see listing). Free. 327-4200.


 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Baby Playgroups": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon-Thurs. Hour-long program for kids up to 24 months (with caregiver). No older siblings, please.

Mon. 10:30 a.m. (Downtown)

Tues., except Dec. 24, 10 a.m. (Malletts Creek)

Wed., except Dec. 25 & Jan. 1, 11 a.m. (Pittsfield)

Thurs. 2 p.m. (Westgate) & 6:30 p.m. (Malletts Creek).
Every Mon.-Fri., various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.


 10-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Tummy Times": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Tues., except Dec. 24. New and expecting parents invited to discuss new baby experiences. Babies welcome.
10-11 a.m., AADL Westgate, Westgate shopping center, 2503 Jackson. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 10:30 a.m.-noon 

Early Winter Moms Group: Ann Arbor Baby Beginnings.

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Meet other new moms and get support and advice after your baby is born. Our award winning Mothers Group is facilitated by both a social worker and an MPH/Certified Lactation Specialist. Together they have years of experience on infant development and postpartum adjustment. The six week series begins each class with group discussion on a topic pertinent to early parenthood such as getting enough sleep, feeding, changes to relationships, and places to go with your baby. If you will be going back to work during the six weeks, please contact our office for a prorated rate. You may also join any time during the session for a discounted rate. This group is designed from babies from newborn to crawling.
This group meets on Tuesday mornings from 10:30-noon from January 14th to February 18th.
Save $5 with promo code SUPPORT through January 12th
Ann Arbor Baby Beginnings, 2311 East Stadium Suite 202-2. $100/6 weeks. 734-221-0158. info@annarborbabybeginnings.com www.annarborbabybeginnings.com [map]



 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Babytime": Chelsea District Library.

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Every Tues. Staff present a program of songs, stories, and rhymes for kids under age 2 (accompanied by a caregiver). No siblings.
10:30-11:15 a.m., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. 475-8732. [map]


 6:30-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Bob Ross Paint-Along": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to paint a winter scene to an episode of Ross's iconic 1980s PBS TV show, The Joy of Painting. Materials provided. Bring an old shirt or apron to paint in, if you like.
AADL Downtown 1st fl., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


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Wednesday


January 2020
 10 & 11 a.m, 1 & 6 p.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon.-Fri. Half hour program of stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (with caregiver). Siblings welcome.

Mon. 11 a.m. (Westgate & Malletts Creek).

Tues., except Dec. 24, 10 a.m. (Downtown).

Wed., except Dec. 25 & Jan. 1, 10 a.m. (Malletts Creek), 11 a.m. (Downtown), 1 & 6 p.m. (Westgate).

Thurs. 7 p.m. (Pittsfield).

Fri. 10 a.m. (Westgate & Pittsfield).
Various locations, every Mon.-Fri. (see listing). Free. 327-4200.


 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Chelsea District Library.

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Every Wed., except June 12. Stories for kids ages 3-5 (with caregiver).
10:30-11 a.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 11 a.m.  Free! 

"Little Listeners Storytime": Northfield Township Area Library.

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Join us at Northfield Township Area Library every Wednesday at 11 a.m. for a half-hour of fun stories, silly songs, and age-appropriate hands-on activities. Storytime is designed to promote early literacy. Registration is not required.
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake. Free. 734-449-0066. hmccausland@ntal.org www.ntal.org/events [map]



 11 a.m.  Free! 

Storytime: Nicola's.

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Every Wed., except Jan. 1. An experienced storyteller performs for ages 7 & under.
11 a.m., Nicola's Books, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600.


 Noon-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat., except Jan. 1. All invited to play one of 100 songs, with melodies transcribed in numbers, on the 17-bell chime's numbered keys. Ambitious players can add chords. Local chimemaster Heather O'Neal demonstrates.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]


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Thursday


January 2020
 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 kids ages 2-5 (with caregiver).
10:30 a.m., Humane Society of Huron Valley, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. $5 per child (babies under age 1, free). 662-5585. [map]


 10:30-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Toddlertime": Chelsea District Library.

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Every Thurs., except Mar. 14, May 2, & June 13. CDL staff present a program for toddlers about letters, numbers, colors, and shapes.
10:30-11 a.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 2 & 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Baby Playgroups": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon-Thurs. Hour-long program for kids up to 24 months (with caregiver). No older siblings, please.

Mon. 10:30 a.m. (Downtown)

Tues., except Dec. 24, 10 a.m. (Malletts Creek)

Wed., except Dec. 25 & Jan. 1, 11 a.m. (Pittsfield)

Thurs. 2 p.m. (Westgate) & 6:30 p.m. (Malletts Creek).
Every Mon.-Fri., various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.


 5:30 & 6:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

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Every Thurs., Sat., Sun., Jan. 20. & Feb. 18 Three audiovisual planetarium shows suitable for all ages.

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The Sky Tonight (Thurs. 5:30 & 6:30 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, & 2:30 p.m.; Jan. 20, 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m.; Feb. 18, 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, & 2:30 p.m.), is an exploration of the current night sky.

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Cosmic Colors (Sat., Sun., & Feb. 18, 10:30 a.m.), details the spectrum of energy we call light. Preceded by a brief star talk.

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Two Small Pieces of Glass (Sat., Sun., & Feb. 18, 3:30 p.m.) shows how telescopes big & little, simple & complex, use light to work.

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Various times, U-M Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Tickets $8. 764-0478. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon.-Fri. Half hour program of stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (with caregiver). Siblings welcome.

Mon. 11 a.m. (Westgate & Malletts Creek).

Tues., except Dec. 24, 10 a.m. (Downtown).

Wed., except Dec. 25 & Jan. 1, 10 a.m. (Malletts Creek), 11 a.m. (Downtown), 1 & 6 p.m. (Westgate).

Thurs. 7 p.m. (Pittsfield).

Fri. 10 a.m. (Westgate & Pittsfield).
Various locations, every Mon.-Fri. (see listing). Free. 327-4200.


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Friday


January 2020
 10 a.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon.-Fri. Half hour program of stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (with caregiver). Siblings welcome.

Mon. 11 a.m. (Westgate & Malletts Creek).

Tues., except Dec. 24, 10 a.m. (Downtown).

Wed., except Dec. 25 & Jan. 1, 10 a.m. (Malletts Creek), 11 a.m. (Downtown), 1 & 6 p.m. (Westgate).

Thurs. 7 p.m. (Pittsfield).

Fri. 10 a.m. (Westgate & Pittsfield).
Various locations, every Mon.-Fri. (see listing). Free. 327-4200.


 Noon-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat., except Jan. 1. All invited to play one of 100 songs, with melodies transcribed in numbers, on the 17-bell chime's numbered keys. Ambitious players can add chords. Local chimemaster Heather O'Neal demonstrates.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]


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Saturday


February 2020
 8 a.m.-4 p.m.  Free! 

Great Lakes National Ocean Sciences Bowl: Michigan Sea Grant.

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High school students compete in quiz bowl-style rounds of questions about ocean and Great Lakes biology, chemistry, geology, physics, technology, history, and economics.
8 a.m.-4 p.m., U-M School for Environment and Sustainability, 440 Church St. Free. 763-1530. [map]


 10 a.m.-noon 

Hudson Mills Metropark Interpretive Nature Programs.

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Programs presented by Hudson Mills naturalist Kim Sherwin. Oct. 6 (8 a.m.): "Fall Birding." A guided walk to look for migrating birds, which includes an informal game of "Name that Warbler." For beginning and experienced birders.

Oct. 12 (4 p.m.): "Trick or Treat Along the Trail." Families invited to visit with Halloween and nature characters on the trail and then return to the Activity Center for cider, doughnuts, and craft activities. Costumes encouraged.

Oct. 13 (1 p.m.): "Pumpkin Carving Party." All invited to carve a pumpkin. Designs available. Cider & doughnuts. $6.

Oct. 13 (8-10 p.m.): "Full Moon Walk." A brief talk on moon facts & folklore before an evening hike to watch the sunset and the rise of the Hunter's Moon.

Oct. 20 (1-3 p.m.): "Zombie Apocalypse Survival." All invited to learn the basics of survival in nature, including shelter building and fire making.

Dec. 1 (8-10 a.m.): "Winter Birding." Guided walk to find birds. Dress for the weather and bring binoculars. $5.

Jan. 4 (10-11 a.m.): "Cardboard Sled Creations." Build and test out your own. Materials provided. Hot chocolate, if you like. $5.

Jan. 11 (9-10 a.m.): "Bird Feeder Fun." Make a simple bird feeder, while learning about which seeds attract birds. $5.

Jan. 25 (10-11 a.m.): "Animal Signs." All ages 3-6 invited to search for homes, tracks, & other signs of animals. $5.

Feb. 1 (10 a.m.-noon): "Neat-ure Crafts 101." All ages 16 & up invited to make a decorative coat hanger made with gathered twigs. Bring other homemade crafts for inspiration. $8.

Feb. 5 (10-11 a.m.): "Snow Day." All ages 3-4 (accompanied by adult) invited to paint the snow, look for animal signs, and have other snowy adventures. $5.

Feb 8: (10 a.m.-noon): "Winter Birding." Guided walk to find some of the hardier winter birds. Dress for the weather and bring binoculars. $5.

Feb. 15 (10-11:30 a.m.): "Tracking a Snowman." All ages 6 & up invited on a walk in search of a snowman and signs of other animals. Afterward, build and decorate your own snowman. $5.

Feb. 29 (10-11 a.m.): "Codes of Nature." All ages 3-6 invited to learn how color is used in nature. $5.

Mar. 7 & 8 (10 & 11 a.m., and noon): "Journey to the Sugarbush." All ages invited to tap into a maple tree. Followed by an all-you-can-eat pancake & sausage breakfast ($6; kids, $4). $5 (kids, $3).

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Various times, park activity center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $5 (except as noted). Preregistration required. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 426-8211. [map]


 10-11:30 a.m. 

"Winter Fireside Storytime": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Literacy advocate Natalie d'Aubermont Thompson reads winter-themed picture books TBA. Followed by a hike (weather permitting). Popcorn & warm tea. For families with kids ages 3-8 (siblings welcome).
Independence Lake County Park Beach Center, 3200 Jennings, Whitmore Lake. Free; $6 vehicle entry fee. Preregistration required at parksonline.ewashtenaw.org. 971-6337. [map]


 11 a.m.  Free! 

"Ninja Obstacle Course for Kids!": Keith Hafner's Karate.

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Ninja Obstacle Course for Kids! Big fun, FREE, open to 3, 4, & 5 yr. olds. Includes age appropriate training in agility and body balance. 'Keith Hafner's Karate,' 214 S. Main, Ann Arbor. Saturday, March 30, 11:00 - 11:45. Register in advance at https://member-site.net/VIP/default.aspx?FE--Pwwbi
Keith Hafner's Karate, 214 S. Main. Free. 734-994-0333. khafner@provide.net www.karateisgoodforyou.com [map]



 11:30 a.m.  Free! 

STEAM Workshop for Parents and Kids: Northfield Township Area Library.

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Take your weekends full steam ahead with our weekly workshop where kids collaborate with peers and parents to problem solve, experiment, and create! For ages 6 to 14 (children aged 6 to 8 need a parent with them). Space is limited, so registration is required for this event.
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake. Free. 734-449-0066. hmccausland@ntal.org www.ntal.org/events [map]



 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

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Every Thurs., Sat., Sun., Jan. 20. & Feb. 18 Three audiovisual planetarium shows suitable for all ages.

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The Sky Tonight (Thurs. 5:30 & 6:30 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, & 2:30 p.m.; Jan. 20, 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m.; Feb. 18, 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, & 2:30 p.m.), is an exploration of the current night sky.

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Cosmic Colors (Sat., Sun., & Feb. 18, 10:30 a.m.), details the spectrum of energy we call light. Preceded by a brief star talk.

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Two Small Pieces of Glass (Sat., Sun., & Feb. 18, 3:30 p.m.) shows how telescopes big & little, simple & complex, use light to work.

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Various times, U-M Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Tickets $8. 764-0478. [map]


 noon, 2 & 4 p.m  Free! 

U-M Natural History Museum Tours.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Thirty-minute guided tours showcasing some of the museum's beloved and new exhibits. "Museum Highlights Tour" (Jan. 25 & 26, 10 a.m. & 2 p.m.; Feb. times, noon & 4 p.m.) shows a mastodon couple, the Majungasaurus, and some of the new research labs. "Wonderful World of Whales Tour" (Jan. 25 & 26, noon & 4 p.m.; Feb times, 2 p.m.) shows how whales and dolphins made the transition from land back to water.
Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]


 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

DIY Bath Bombs: Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to make hard-packed mixtures of dry ingredients that effervesce when wet, releasing essential oils, scent, bubbles, and color to bathwater. Materials provided.
AADL Downtown Secret Lab, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 1 p.m. 

Open Gym: Champion Gymnastics Ann Arbor.

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Come join the FLIPS, TWISTS & FUN at Champion Gymnastics Ann Arbor during Open Gym every Saturday from 1pm-2:30pm! Cost is $10 for 1.5 hours of uninstructed play time. Must have a signed consent form to participate, provided at the office if you are new to the gym! Children under 5 years old must be accompanied by a parent. Children 18 months or younger are FREE!
(Cash ONLY please if paying less than $14)
Champion Gymnastics Ann Arbor, 7240 Jackson Rd. $10. 734-222-1810. cga2@champgymaa.com https://www.champgymaa.com/open-gym [map]



 1-5 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 the African crested porcupine (2 & 4 p.m.). Also, presentations every half hour of animals TBA and a chance to see the conservancy's other animals, including a sloth, a kangaroo, bald eagle, an Arctic fox, and more.
1-5 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 (ages 2-12, $8; ages 1 & under, free). 929-9324. [map]


 1-3 p.m. 

"Kids Ice Fishing Clinic": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Hands-on clinic for kids ages 5-12. Information about winter fishing, safety practices, and types of fish, and the chance to make a fish identification and log book. Bait and equipment provided.
1-3 p.m., Independence Lake County Park Beach Center, 3200 Jennings, Dexter. Preregistration required at ParksOnline.eWashtenaw.org. $5 per kid includes vehicle entrance fee. 449-4437 ext. 201. [map]


 1-3 p.m. 

"Kids Ice Fishing Clinic": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Hands-on clinic for kids ages 5-12. Information about winter fishing, safety practices, and types of fish, and the chance to make a fish identification and log book. Bait and equipment provided. Preregistration required at parksonline.ewashtenaw.org.
1-3 p.m, Independence Lake County Park Beach Center, 3200 Jennings. $5 per kid; includes vehicle entrance fee. 449-4437 ext. 201. [map]


 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"PomPomPalooza": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to make crafts with small colorful woolen balls.
AADL Westgate. Free. 327-4200.


 2:30-4:30 p.m. 

"Buhr Blitz": Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation.

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Public skating, with a family-oriented program of games and contests. Prizes.
3:30 -5:30 p.m., Buhr Park Ice Rink, 2751 Packard. $6 (youths age 17 & under and seniors 60 & over, $5). $1 discount for city residents. Skate rentals available. 794-6234. . [map]


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Sunday


February 2020
 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

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Every Thurs., Sat., Sun., Jan. 20. & Feb. 18 Three audiovisual planetarium shows suitable for all ages.

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The Sky Tonight (Thurs. 5:30 & 6:30 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, & 2:30 p.m.; Jan. 20, 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m.; Feb. 18, 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, & 2:30 p.m.), is an exploration of the current night sky.

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Cosmic Colors (Sat., Sun., & Feb. 18, 10:30 a.m.), details the spectrum of energy we call light. Preceded by a brief star talk.

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Two Small Pieces of Glass (Sat., Sun., & Feb. 18, 3:30 p.m.) shows how telescopes big & little, simple & complex, use light to work.

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Various times, U-M Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Tickets $8. 764-0478. [map]


 noon, 2 & 4 p.m  Free! 

U-M Natural History Museum Tours.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Thirty-minute guided tours showcasing some of the museum's beloved and new exhibits. "Museum Highlights Tour" (Jan. 25 & 26, 10 a.m. & 2 p.m.; Feb. times, noon & 4 p.m.) shows a mastodon couple, the Majungasaurus, and some of the new research labs. "Wonderful World of Whales Tour" (Jan. 25 & 26, noon & 4 p.m.; Feb times, 2 p.m.) shows how whales and dolphins made the transition from land back to water.
Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]


 1-5 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 the African crested porcupine (2 & 4 p.m.). Also, presentations every half hour of animals TBA and a chance to see the conservancy's other animals, including a sloth, a kangaroo, bald eagle, an Arctic fox, and more.
1-5 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 (ages 2-12, $8; ages 1 & under, free). 929-9324. [map]


 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Screen Printing Lab": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Modati Studios representatives offer a hands-on intro to screen printing. Materials provided; you can bring old clothes to print on, if you like.
AADL Downtown Secret Lab. Free. 327-4200.


 4:30 p.m. 

"Tai-Chi for Kids": Sun Shen.

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From the slow Tai-Chi Form, which activates balance and calm, to playful Pushing Hands, which gives kids a safe, gentle outlet to explore themselves, to meditation techniques which they can use in the classroom and at home, this class invites kids to learn about themselves and introduces them to skills that will bring them a lifetime of happiness! Available for children ages 5 to 17 years old. Classes are held Sundays, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Contact Sifu Joseph Wang at info@sunshen.org or (734) 531-8796 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $70/month, $21/drop-in. (734) 531-8796. info@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



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Tuesday


February 2020
 10:30 a.m.-noon 

Early Winter Moms Group: Ann Arbor Baby Beginnings.

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Meet other new moms and get support and advice after your baby is born. Our award winning Mothers Group is facilitated by both a social worker and an MPH/Certified Lactation Specialist. Together they have years of experience on infant development and postpartum adjustment. The six week series begins each class with group discussion on a topic pertinent to early parenthood such as getting enough sleep, feeding, changes to relationships, and places to go with your baby. If you will be going back to work during the six weeks, please contact our office for a prorated rate. You may also join any time during the session for a discounted rate. This group is designed from babies from newborn to crawling.
This group meets on Tuesday mornings from 10:30-noon from January 14th to February 18th.
Save $5 with promo code SUPPORT through January 12th
Ann Arbor Baby Beginnings, 2311 East Stadium Suite 202-2. $100/6 weeks. 734-221-0158. info@annarborbabybeginnings.com www.annarborbabybeginnings.com [map]



 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Babytime": Chelsea District Library.

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Every Tues. Staff present a program of songs, stories, and rhymes for kids under age 2 (accompanied by a caregiver). No siblings.
10:30-11:15 a.m., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. 475-8732. [map]


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Wednesday


February 2020
 10-11 a.m. 

Hudson Mills Metropark Interpretive Nature Programs.

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Programs presented by Hudson Mills naturalist Kim Sherwin. Oct. 6 (8 a.m.): "Fall Birding." A guided walk to look for migrating birds, which includes an informal game of "Name that Warbler." For beginning and experienced birders.

Oct. 12 (4 p.m.): "Trick or Treat Along the Trail." Families invited to visit with Halloween and nature characters on the trail and then return to the Activity Center for cider, doughnuts, and craft activities. Costumes encouraged.

Oct. 13 (1 p.m.): "Pumpkin Carving Party." All invited to carve a pumpkin. Designs available. Cider & doughnuts. $6.

Oct. 13 (8-10 p.m.): "Full Moon Walk." A brief talk on moon facts & folklore before an evening hike to watch the sunset and the rise of the Hunter's Moon.

Oct. 20 (1-3 p.m.): "Zombie Apocalypse Survival." All invited to learn the basics of survival in nature, including shelter building and fire making.

Dec. 1 (8-10 a.m.): "Winter Birding." Guided walk to find birds. Dress for the weather and bring binoculars. $5.

Jan. 4 (10-11 a.m.): "Cardboard Sled Creations." Build and test out your own. Materials provided. Hot chocolate, if you like. $5.

Jan. 11 (9-10 a.m.): "Bird Feeder Fun." Make a simple bird feeder, while learning about which seeds attract birds. $5.

Jan. 25 (10-11 a.m.): "Animal Signs." All ages 3-6 invited to search for homes, tracks, & other signs of animals. $5.

Feb. 1 (10 a.m.-noon): "Neat-ure Crafts 101." All ages 16 & up invited to make a decorative coat hanger made with gathered twigs. Bring other homemade crafts for inspiration. $8.

Feb. 5 (10-11 a.m.): "Snow Day." All ages 3-4 (accompanied by adult) invited to paint the snow, look for animal signs, and have other snowy adventures. $5.

Feb 8: (10 a.m.-noon): "Winter Birding." Guided walk to find some of the hardier winter birds. Dress for the weather and bring binoculars. $5.

Feb. 15 (10-11:30 a.m.): "Tracking a Snowman." All ages 6 & up invited on a walk in search of a snowman and signs of other animals. Afterward, build and decorate your own snowman. $5.

Feb. 29 (10-11 a.m.): "Codes of Nature." All ages 3-6 invited to learn how color is used in nature. $5.

Mar. 7 & 8 (10 & 11 a.m., and noon): "Journey to the Sugarbush." All ages invited to tap into a maple tree. Followed by an all-you-can-eat pancake & sausage breakfast ($6; kids, $4). $5 (kids, $3).

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Various times, park activity center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $5 (except as noted). Preregistration required. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 426-8211. [map]


 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Chelsea District Library.

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Every Wed., except June 12. Stories for kids ages 3-5 (with caregiver).
10:30-11 a.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 11 a.m.  Free! 

"Little Listeners Storytime": Northfield Township Area Library.

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Join us at Northfield Township Area Library every Wednesday at 11 a.m. for a half-hour of fun stories, silly songs, and age-appropriate hands-on activities. Storytime is designed to promote early literacy. Registration is not required.
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake. Free. 734-449-0066. hmccausland@ntal.org www.ntal.org/events [map]



 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Piano Music Across the Seven Continents": Ann Arbor District Library.

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U-M piano grad student Alissa Freeman plays music written on or about each of the continents, pausing periodically to discuss music as a mode of expression.
AADL Downtown multipurpose rm., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


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Thursday


February 2020
 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

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Every Thurs., Sat., Sun., Jan. 20. & Feb. 18 Three audiovisual planetarium shows suitable for all ages.

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The Sky Tonight (Thurs. 5:30 & 6:30 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, & 2:30 p.m.; Jan. 20, 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m.; Feb. 18, 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, & 2:30 p.m.), is an exploration of the current night sky.

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Cosmic Colors (Sat., Sun., & Feb. 18, 10:30 a.m.), details the spectrum of energy we call light. Preceded by a brief star talk.

.

Two Small Pieces of Glass (Sat., Sun., & Feb. 18, 3:30 p.m.) shows how telescopes big & little, simple & complex, use light to work.

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Various times, U-M Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Tickets $8. 764-0478. [map]


 10:30-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Toddlertime": Chelsea District Library.

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Every Thurs., except Mar. 14, May 2, & June 13. CDL staff present a program for toddlers about letters, numbers, colors, and shapes.
10:30-11 a.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 6:30-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Chip Carving": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Feb. 6 & 21. All invited to make a small design in a flat wooden board.
AADL Downtown Secret Lab, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"That Thursday Thing": Chelsea District Library.

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Crafts and activities for teens.

Nov. 7: "Shrinky Dinks." Make a keychain or earrings out of Shrinky Dink plastic.

Nov. 21: "Brush Pen Calligraphy." Practice tracing and lettering a favorite quote or saying and then decorate and frame it.

Dec. 5: "Touchscreen Gloves." Make gloves touchscreen-friendly with either conductive thread or thermal paste.

Dec. 19: "Crafty Chocolate Christmas." Make a variety of chocolate truffles and a simple origami box to put them in.

Jan. 2: "UV Jewelry and Keychains." Make a keychain or some jewelry out of UV-cured resin.

Jan. 16: "Taco Thursday." Make and eat tacos and burritos and play taco-themed games.

Feb. 6 : "Chainmail Chill." Using colorful aluminum rings, make a small chainmail star, flower, or other shape.

Feb. 20 and Mar. 5 & 19: TBA.

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7-9 p.m., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


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Friday


February 2020
 4 p.m.-midnight  Free! 

47th Winter Carnival: Chelsea American Legion Post 31.

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Feb. 7-9. Three days of cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, and other winter fun (weather permitting) at Cavanaugh Lake. Also, a euchre tournament (age 18 & older only; $10; prizes) on Fri. 7 p.m., dancing to a DJ TBA ($5) on Sat. 8-11:30 p.m., the weekend competitive ice fishing derby (weather permitting; adults, $10; kids, $5) on Fri. 1-8 p.m. & Sat. 7 a.m.-4 p.m., and in the upstairs hall on Sun. noon-2 p.m., a Kids Carnival with games (25 cents/ticket). Food available.
American Legion Hall, 1700 Ridge Rd., Chelsea. Free admission. 475-1964. [map]


 Evening time TBA 

25th Annual Daddy Daughter Valentine Dance: Saline Parks & Recreation.

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All girls, accompanied by a dad (or other adult male), invited for dancing to music spun by a DJ. Photos, balloon drop, prizes, and light refreshments. Note: These dances usually sell out.
Time TBA, Saline Recreation Center, 1866 Woodland Dr. E., Saline. $30 ($40 day of dance) in advance only at CityOfSaline.org/parks, 429-3502. [map]


 8 p.m.-midnight 

"Curling Fest 2020": Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce.

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All invited to join or bring their own 4-player team for a 1-hour session of curling instruction followed by a short informal scrimmage. This team sport is nicknamed "the roaring game" for the rumbling sound the 44-lb. granite stone makes as it slides across the ice. Also, all you can eat pizza, salad, and pop buffet. Spectators welcome.
Arctic Coliseum, 501 Coliseum Dr., Chelsea. Tickets $25 per person (buffet only, $15) in advance at a2tix.com. 475-1145. [map]


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Saturday


February 2020
 7 a.m.-11:30 p.m.  Free! 

47th Winter Carnival: Chelsea American Legion Post 31.

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Feb. 7-9. Three days of cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, and other winter fun (weather permitting) at Cavanaugh Lake. Also, a euchre tournament (age 18 & older only; $10; prizes) on Fri. 7 p.m., dancing to a DJ TBA ($5) on Sat. 8-11:30 p.m., the weekend competitive ice fishing derby (weather permitting; adults, $10; kids, $5) on Fri. 1-8 p.m. & Sat. 7 a.m.-4 p.m., and in the upstairs hall on Sun. noon-2 p.m., a Kids Carnival with games (25 cents/ticket). Food available.
American Legion Hall, 1700 Ridge Rd., Chelsea. Free admission. 475-1964. [map]


 7 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Ice Fishing Derby: Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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All invited to catch northern pike, bluegill, and crappie in this annual fishing derby. Prizes. Bring your own bait & equipment. No alcohol, ATVs, or snowmobiles. Weather permitting.
7 a.m.-5 p.m., Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennings, Whitmore Lake. $10 (ages 12 & under, $5) in advance at ParksOnline.eWashtenaw.org; $15 (kids, $10) day of the event. pahlj@washtenaw.org; 449-4337, ext. 201. [map]


 10 a.m.-noon 

Hudson Mills Metropark Interpretive Nature Programs.

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Programs presented by Hudson Mills naturalist Kim Sherwin. Oct. 6 (8 a.m.): "Fall Birding." A guided walk to look for migrating birds, which includes an informal game of "Name that Warbler." For beginning and experienced birders.

Oct. 12 (4 p.m.): "Trick or Treat Along the Trail." Families invited to visit with Halloween and nature characters on the trail and then return to the Activity Center for cider, doughnuts, and craft activities. Costumes encouraged.

Oct. 13 (1 p.m.): "Pumpkin Carving Party." All invited to carve a pumpkin. Designs available. Cider & doughnuts. $6.

Oct. 13 (8-10 p.m.): "Full Moon Walk." A brief talk on moon facts & folklore before an evening hike to watch the sunset and the rise of the Hunter's Moon.

Oct. 20 (1-3 p.m.): "Zombie Apocalypse Survival." All invited to learn the basics of survival in nature, including shelter building and fire making.

Dec. 1 (8-10 a.m.): "Winter Birding." Guided walk to find birds. Dress for the weather and bring binoculars. $5.

Jan. 4 (10-11 a.m.): "Cardboard Sled Creations." Build and test out your own. Materials provided. Hot chocolate, if you like. $5.

Jan. 11 (9-10 a.m.): "Bird Feeder Fun." Make a simple bird feeder, while learning about which seeds attract birds. $5.

Jan. 25 (10-11 a.m.): "Animal Signs." All ages 3-6 invited to search for homes, tracks, & other signs of animals. $5.

Feb. 1 (10 a.m.-noon): "Neat-ure Crafts 101." All ages 16 & up invited to make a decorative coat hanger made with gathered twigs. Bring other homemade crafts for inspiration. $8.

Feb. 5 (10-11 a.m.): "Snow Day." All ages 3-4 (accompanied by adult) invited to paint the snow, look for animal signs, and have other snowy adventures. $5.

Feb 8: (10 a.m.-noon): "Winter Birding." Guided walk to find some of the hardier winter birds. Dress for the weather and bring binoculars. $5.

Feb. 15 (10-11:30 a.m.): "Tracking a Snowman." All ages 6 & up invited on a walk in search of a snowman and signs of other animals. Afterward, build and decorate your own snowman. $5.

Feb. 29 (10-11 a.m.): "Codes of Nature." All ages 3-6 invited to learn how color is used in nature. $5.

Mar. 7 & 8 (10 & 11 a.m., and noon): "Journey to the Sugarbush." All ages invited to tap into a maple tree. Followed by an all-you-can-eat pancake & sausage breakfast ($6; kids, $4). $5 (kids, $3).

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Various times, park activity center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $5 (except as noted). Preregistration required. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 426-8211. [map]


 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

"12th Annual Chocolate Extravaganza": Chelsea Businesses.

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Popular annual event during which more than 30 different businesses throughout Chelsea offer free chocolate tastings, sale prices on chocolate-themed merchandise, and family-oriented activities. Raffles.
10 a.m.-5 p.m., downtown Chelsea. Free. 475-3539.



 11:30 a.m.  Free! 

STEAM Workshop for Parents and Kids: Northfield Township Area Library.

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Take your weekends full steam ahead with our weekly workshop where kids collaborate with peers and parents to problem solve, experiment, and create! For ages 6 to 14 (children aged 6 to 8 need a parent with them). Space is limited, so registration is required for this event.
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake. Free. 734-449-0066. hmccausland@ntal.org www.ntal.org/events [map]



 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

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Every Thurs., Sat., Sun., Jan. 20. & Feb. 18 Three audiovisual planetarium shows suitable for all ages.

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The Sky Tonight (Thurs. 5:30 & 6:30 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, & 2:30 p.m.; Jan. 20, 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m.; Feb. 18, 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, & 2:30 p.m.), is an exploration of the current night sky.

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Cosmic Colors (Sat., Sun., & Feb. 18, 10:30 a.m.), details the spectrum of energy we call light. Preceded by a brief star talk.

.

Two Small Pieces of Glass (Sat., Sun., & Feb. 18, 3:30 p.m.) shows how telescopes big & little, simple & complex, use light to work.

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Various times, U-M Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Tickets $8. 764-0478. [map]


 noon, 2 & 4 p.m  Free! 

U-M Natural History Museum Tours.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Thirty-minute guided tours showcasing some of the museum's beloved and new exhibits. "Museum Highlights Tour" (Jan. 25 & 26, 10 a.m. & 2 p.m.; Feb. times, noon & 4 p.m.) shows a mastodon couple, the Majungasaurus, and some of the new research labs. "Wonderful World of Whales Tour" (Jan. 25 & 26, noon & 4 p.m.; Feb times, 2 p.m.) shows how whales and dolphins made the transition from land back to water.
Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]


 1 p.m. 

Open Gym: Champion Gymnastics Ann Arbor.

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Come join the FLIPS, TWISTS & FUN at Champion Gymnastics Ann Arbor during Open Gym every Saturday from 1pm-2:30pm! Cost is $10 for 1.5 hours of uninstructed play time. Must have a signed consent form to participate, provided at the office if you are new to the gym! Children under 5 years old must be accompanied by a parent. Children 18 months or younger are FREE!
(Cash ONLY please if paying less than $14)
Champion Gymnastics Ann Arbor, 7240 Jackson Rd. $10. 734-222-1810. cga2@champgymaa.com https://www.champgymaa.com/open-gym [map]



 1-5 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 the African crested porcupine (2 & 4 p.m.). Also, presentations every half hour of animals TBA and a chance to see the conservancy's other animals, including a sloth, a kangaroo, bald eagle, an Arctic fox, and more.
1-5 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 (ages 2-12, $8; ages 1 & under, free). 929-9324. [map]


 1-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Diddley Bow Guitar Building": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to make this one-string guitar common to the American South & West Africa.
AADL Downtown Secret Lab, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 Evening time TBA 

25th Annual Daddy Daughter Valentine Dance: Saline Parks & Recreation.

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All girls, accompanied by a dad (or other adult male), invited for dancing to music spun by a DJ. Photos, balloon drop, prizes, and light refreshments. Note: These dances usually sell out.
Time TBA, Saline Recreation Center, 1866 Woodland Dr. E., Saline. $30 ($40 day of dance) in advance only at CityOfSaline.org/parks, 429-3502. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"Valentines Ballroom Dance Night": Pittsfield Township Parks & Recreation.

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Ballroom dancing to recorded music in a variety of genres. No partner necessary. The program begins with a beginner swing dance lesson led by area dance instructor Sue Bareis.
Pittsfield Twp. Community Center, 701 Ellsworth Rd. $5 at the door only. 822-2120. [map]


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Sunday


February 2020
 7 a.m.-2 p.m.  Free! 

47th Winter Carnival: Chelsea American Legion Post 31.

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Feb. 7-9. Three days of cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, and other winter fun (weather permitting) at Cavanaugh Lake. Also, a euchre tournament (age 18 & older only; $10; prizes) on Fri. 7 p.m., dancing to a DJ TBA ($5) on Sat. 8-11:30 p.m., the weekend competitive ice fishing derby (weather permitting; adults, $10; kids, $5) on Fri. 1-8 p.m. & Sat. 7 a.m.-4 p.m., and in the upstairs hall on Sun. noon-2 p.m., a Kids Carnival with games (25 cents/ticket). Food available.
American Legion Hall, 1700 Ridge Rd., Chelsea. Free admission. 475-1964. [map]


 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

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Every Thurs., Sat., Sun., Jan. 20. & Feb. 18 Three audiovisual planetarium shows suitable for all ages.

.

The Sky Tonight (Thurs. 5:30 & 6:30 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, & 2:30 p.m.; Jan. 20, 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m.; Feb. 18, 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, & 2:30 p.m.), is an exploration of the current night sky.

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Cosmic Colors (Sat., Sun., & Feb. 18, 10:30 a.m.), details the spectrum of energy we call light. Preceded by a brief star talk.

.

Two Small Pieces of Glass (Sat., Sun., & Feb. 18, 3:30 p.m.) shows how telescopes big & little, simple & complex, use light to work.

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Various times, U-M Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Tickets $8. 764-0478. [map]


 noon, 2 & 4 p.m  Free! 

U-M Natural History Museum Tours.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Every Sat. & Sun. Thirty-minute guided tours showcasing some of the museum's beloved and new exhibits. "Museum Highlights Tour" (Jan. 25 & 26, 10 a.m. & 2 p.m.; Feb. times, noon & 4 p.m.) shows a mastodon couple, the Majungasaurus, and some of the new research labs. "Wonderful World of Whales Tour" (Jan. 25 & 26, noon & 4 p.m.; Feb times, 2 p.m.) shows how whales and dolphins made the transition from land back to water.
Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]


 Noon 

"Hunt for the Yeti": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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All invited to hike through the park to look for the costumed character "Eddie the Yeti." Prizes for best yeti photo. Crafts & snacks. Preregistration required at parksonline.ewashtenaw.org.
Noon, Rolling Hills County Park, 7660 Stony Creek, Ypsilanti. $3 per person. 484-9676. [map]


 12:30-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Button Lab": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Feb. 9 & 18. All invited to make button pins. Materials provided or bring your own image (1.25-2.25 inches) to use. On Feb. 9 only, die cutting machine available to cut out shapes.
AADL Downtown Secret Lab, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 1-5 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 the African crested porcupine (2 & 4 p.m.). Also, presentations every half hour of animals TBA and a chance to see the conservancy's other animals, including a sloth, a kangaroo, bald eagle, an Arctic fox, and more.
1-5 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 (ages 2-12, $8; ages 1 & under, free). 929-9324. [map]


 4:30 p.m. 

"Tai-Chi for Kids": Sun Shen.

  community member   < less Kids Practicing Pushing Hands

From the slow Tai-Chi Form, which activates balance and calm, to playful Pushing Hands, which gives kids a safe, gentle outlet to explore themselves, to meditation techniques which they can use in the classroom and at home, this class invites kids to learn about themselves and introduces them to skills that will bring them a lifetime of happiness! Available for children ages 5 to 17 years old. Classes are held Sundays, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Contact Sifu Joseph Wang at info@sunshen.org or (734) 531-8796 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $70/month, $21/drop-in. (734) 531-8796. info@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



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Monday


February 2020
 3:30-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Minecraft Monday": Chelsea District Library.

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All kids ages 8-12 invited to try out this computer game that involves building things with virtual blocks to work as a team to build and landscape, solve puzzles, battle monsters, and create a new virtual world. New & experienced players welcome.
3:30-4:30 p.m., CDL learning lab, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]


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Tuesday


February 2020
 10:30 a.m.-noon 

Early Winter Moms Group: Ann Arbor Baby Beginnings.

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Meet other new moms and get support and advice after your baby is born. Our award winning Mothers Group is facilitated by both a social worker and an MPH/Certified Lactation Specialist. Together they have years of experience on infant development and postpartum adjustment. The six week series begins each class with group discussion on a topic pertinent to early parenthood such as getting enough sleep, feeding, changes to relationships, and places to go with your baby. If you will be going back to work during the six weeks, please contact our office for a prorated rate. You may also join any time during the session for a discounted rate. This group is designed from babies from newborn to crawling.
This group meets on Tuesday mornings from 10:30-noon from January 14th to February 18th.
Save $5 with promo code SUPPORT through January 12th
Ann Arbor Baby Beginnings, 2311 East Stadium Suite 202-2. $100/6 weeks. 734-221-0158. info@annarborbabybeginnings.com www.annarborbabybeginnings.com [map]



 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Washer Necklaces": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to make a decorative pendant using metal washers, paint, beads, and more. Led by local crafter Dawn Henry.
AADL Pittsfield, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. Free. 327-4200. [map]


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Wednesday


February 2020
 11 a.m.  Free! 

"Little Listeners Storytime": Northfield Township Area Library.

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Join us at Northfield Township Area Library every Wednesday at 11 a.m. for a half-hour of fun stories, silly songs, and age-appropriate hands-on activities. Storytime is designed to promote early literacy. Registration is not required.
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake. Free. 734-449-0066. hmccausland@ntal.org www.ntal.org/events [map]



 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Pancakes with Santa": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Families invited to a pancake breakfast, followed by hot cocoa and a chance to meet Santa. Take-home craft & goody bag.
9-10:30 & 10:45-12:15 p.m., Pierce Lake Golf Course, 1175 S Main, Chelsea. $10 per person; preregistration required at parksonline.ewashtenaw.org. 971-6337. [map]


 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Teen VR Adventure": Chelsea District Library.

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All youth ages 10-17 invited to make and wrap a surprise holiday gift. Materials provided.
CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea.Free. 475-8732. [map]


 6:30-7:15 p.m.  Free! 

"Yoga Storytime": Chelsea District Library.

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Chelsea Breathe Yoga instructors Sue Whitmarsh and Marie Brooks introduce kids ages 2-6 to yoga between relaxing stories and songs. Wear comfortable clothes.
6:30-7:15 p.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Drummunity!"

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Local drummer & drum teacher Lori Fithian leads a drum circle. Instruments provided, or bring your own. Kids welcome. Preceded at 6:45 p.m. by a brief drum lesson.
Crazy Wisdom Bookstore, 114 S. Main. Free. 426-7818. [map]


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Thursday


February 2020
 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

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Every Thurs., Sat., Sun., Jan. 20. & Feb. 18 Three audiovisual planetarium shows suitable for all ages.

.

The Sky Tonight (Thurs. 5:30 & 6:30 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, & 2:30 p.m.; Jan. 20, 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m.; Feb. 18, 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, & 2:30 p.m.), is an exploration of the current night sky.

.

Cosmic Colors (Sat., Sun., & Feb. 18, 10:30 a.m.), details the spectrum of energy we call light. Preceded by a brief star talk.

.

Two Small Pieces of Glass (Sat., Sun., & Feb. 18, 3:30 p.m.) shows how telescopes big & little, simple & complex, use light to work.

.
Various times, U-M Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Tickets $8. 764-0478. [map]


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Saturday


February 2020
 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

50th Annual Train Show and Sale: Ann Arbor Model Railroad Club.

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Feb. 15 & 16. The Midwest's largest model railroad flea market, with more than 400 tables, draws model railroaders, collectors, and train buffs from all over to display, trade, and sell model railroad equipment and memorabilia. Also, a kids' zone, displays of model train operating layouts, clinics by model railroad club members, and a raffle. Concessions.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.) & 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (Sun.), Saline Middle School, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. $6 (scouts in uniform, free; kids age 9 & under, free with a paid adult). 426-0829. [map]


 10-11:30 a.m. 

Hudson Mills Metropark Interpretive Nature Programs.

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Programs presented by Hudson Mills naturalist Kim Sherwin. Oct. 6 (8 a.m.): "Fall Birding." A guided walk to look for migrating birds, which includes an informal game of "Name that Warbler." For beginning and experienced birders.

Oct. 12 (4 p.m.): "Trick or Treat Along the Trail." Families invited to visit with Halloween and nature characters on the trail and then return to the Activity Center for cider, doughnuts, and craft activities. Costumes encouraged.

Oct. 13 (1 p.m.): "Pumpkin Carving Party." All invited to carve a pumpkin. Designs available. Cider & doughnuts. $6.

Oct. 13 (8-10 p.m.): "Full Moon Walk." A brief talk on moon facts & folklore before an evening hike to watch the sunset and the rise of the Hunter's Moon.

Oct. 20 (1-3 p.m.): "Zombie Apocalypse Survival." All invited to learn the basics of survival in nature, including shelter building and fire making.

Dec. 1 (8-10 a.m.): "Winter Birding." Guided walk to find birds. Dress for the weather and bring binoculars. $5.

Jan. 4 (10-11 a.m.): "Cardboard Sled Creations." Build and test out your own. Materials provided. Hot chocolate, if you like. $5.

Jan. 11 (9-10 a.m.): "Bird Feeder Fun." Make a simple bird feeder, while learning about which seeds attract birds. $5.

Jan. 25 (10-11 a.m.): "Animal Signs." All ages 3-6 invited to search for homes, tracks, & other signs of animals. $5.

Feb. 1 (10 a.m.-noon): "Neat-ure Crafts 101." All ages 16 & up invited to make a decorative coat hanger made with gathered twigs. Bring other homemade crafts for inspiration. $8.

Feb. 5 (10-11 a.m.): "Snow Day." All ages 3-4 (accompanied by adult) invited to paint the snow, look for animal signs, and have other snowy adventures. $5.

Feb 8: (10 a.m.-noon): "Winter Birding." Guided walk to find some of the hardier winter birds. Dress for the weather and bring binoculars. $5.

Feb. 15 (10-11:30 a.m.): "Tracking a Snowman." All ages 6 & up invited on a walk in search of a snowman and signs of other animals. Afterward, build and decorate your own snowman. $5.

Feb. 29 (10-11 a.m.): "Codes of Nature." All ages 3-6 invited to learn how color is used in nature. $5.

Mar. 7 & 8 (10 & 11 a.m., and noon): "Journey to the Sugarbush." All ages invited to tap into a maple tree. Followed by an all-you-can-eat pancake & sausage breakfast ($6; kids, $4). $5 (kids, $3).

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Various times, park activity center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $5 (except as noted). Preregistration required. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 426-8211. [map]


 11:30 a.m.  Free! 

STEAM Workshop for Parents and Kids: Northfield Township Area Library.

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Take your weekends full steam ahead with our weekly workshop where kids collaborate with peers and parents to problem solve, experiment, and create! For ages 6 to 14 (children aged 6 to 8 need a parent with them). Space is limited, so registration is required for this event.
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake. Free. 734-449-0066. hmccausland@ntal.org www.ntal.org/events [map]



 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

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Every Thurs., Sat., Sun., Jan. 20. & Feb. 18 Three audiovisual planetarium shows suitable for all ages.

.

The Sky Tonight (Thurs. 5:30 & 6:30 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, & 2:30 p.m.; Jan. 20, 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m.; Feb. 18, 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, & 2:30 p.m.), is an exploration of the current night sky.

.

Cosmic Colors (Sat., Sun., & Feb. 18, 10:30 a.m.), details the spectrum of energy we call light. Preceded by a brief star talk.

.

Two Small Pieces of Glass (Sat., Sun., & Feb. 18, 3:30 p.m.) shows how telescopes big & little, simple & complex, use light to work.

.
Various times, U-M Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Tickets $8. 764-0478. [map]


 noon, 2 & 4 p.m  Free! 

U-M Natural History Museum Tours.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Thirty-minute guided tours showcasing some of the museum's beloved and new exhibits. "Museum Highlights Tour" (Jan. 25 & 26, 10 a.m. & 2 p.m.; Feb. times, noon & 4 p.m.) shows a mastodon couple, the Majungasaurus, and some of the new research labs. "Wonderful World of Whales Tour" (Jan. 25 & 26, noon & 4 p.m.; Feb times, 2 p.m.) shows how whales and dolphins made the transition from land back to water.
Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]


 1 p.m. 

Open Gym: Champion Gymnastics Ann Arbor.

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Come join the FLIPS, TWISTS & FUN at Champion Gymnastics Ann Arbor during Open Gym every Saturday from 1pm-2:30pm! Cost is $10 for 1.5 hours of uninstructed play time. Must have a signed consent form to participate, provided at the office if you are new to the gym! Children under 5 years old must be accompanied by a parent. Children 18 months or younger are FREE!
(Cash ONLY please if paying less than $14)
Champion Gymnastics Ann Arbor, 7240 Jackson Rd. $10. 734-222-1810. cga2@champgymaa.com https://www.champgymaa.com/open-gym [map]



 1-5 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 the African crested porcupine (2 & 4 p.m.). Also, presentations every half hour of animals TBA and a chance to see the conservancy's other animals, including a sloth, a kangaroo, bald eagle, an Arctic fox, and more.
1-5 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 (ages 2-12, $8; ages 1 & under, free). 929-9324. [map]


 6:30 p.m. 

Daddy-Daughter Dance: Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Girls, accompanied by their dad (or grandfather, uncle, or other man), invited for dancing, face painting, a balloon drop, and more. Refreshments. Preregistration required online at parksonline.ewashtenaw.org.
6:30 p.m., Meri Lou Murray Recreation Center, 2960 Washtenaw. $20 per couple (each additional child, $5). 971-6355 ext. 0. [map]


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Sunday


February 2020
 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 

50th Annual Train Show and Sale: Ann Arbor Model Railroad Club.

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Feb. 15 & 16. The Midwest's largest model railroad flea market, with more than 400 tables, draws model railroaders, collectors, and train buffs from all over to display, trade, and sell model railroad equipment and memorabilia. Also, a kids' zone, displays of model train operating layouts, clinics by model railroad club members, and a raffle. Concessions.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.) & 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (Sun.), Saline Middle School, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. $6 (scouts in uniform, free; kids age 9 & under, free with a paid adult). 426-0829. [map]


 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

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Every Thurs., Sat., Sun., Jan. 20. & Feb. 18 Three audiovisual planetarium shows suitable for all ages.

.

The Sky Tonight (Thurs. 5:30 & 6:30 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, & 2:30 p.m.; Jan. 20, 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m.; Feb. 18, 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, & 2:30 p.m.), is an exploration of the current night sky.

.

Cosmic Colors (Sat., Sun., & Feb. 18, 10:30 a.m.), details the spectrum of energy we call light. Preceded by a brief star talk.

.

Two Small Pieces of Glass (Sat., Sun., & Feb. 18, 3:30 p.m.) shows how telescopes big & little, simple & complex, use light to work.

.
Various times, U-M Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Tickets $8. 764-0478. [map]


 noon, 2 & 4 p.m  Free! 

U-M Natural History Museum Tours.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Thirty-minute guided tours showcasing some of the museum's beloved and new exhibits. "Museum Highlights Tour" (Jan. 25 & 26, 10 a.m. & 2 p.m.; Feb. times, noon & 4 p.m.) shows a mastodon couple, the Majungasaurus, and some of the new research labs. "Wonderful World of Whales Tour" (Jan. 25 & 26, noon & 4 p.m.; Feb times, 2 p.m.) shows how whales and dolphins made the transition from land back to water.
Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]


 1-5 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 the African crested porcupine (2 & 4 p.m.). Also, presentations every half hour of animals TBA and a chance to see the conservancy's other animals, including a sloth, a kangaroo, bald eagle, an Arctic fox, and more.
1-5 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 (ages 2-12, $8; ages 1 & under, free). 929-9324. [map]


 2-4 p.m. 

Family Dance: Pittsfield Union Grange.

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Callers lead contras and square dances to live music. For kids, accompanied by an adult. Followed by Grange-baked cookies and cocoa.

Nov. 17: Caller Drake Meadow with music by Paul Winder and Betsy Beckerman.

Dec. 15: Caller TBA, music by Donna Baird, Fred & Nora Karsch, Jim Horton.

Jan. 19: Caller Drake Meadow, music by Donna Baird & Dawn Swartz.

Feb 16: Caller Drake Meadow, music by Donna Baird & Cindy Feigel.

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2-4 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $12 per family (members, free). 769-1052. [map]


 4:30 p.m. 

"Tai-Chi for Kids": Sun Shen.

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From the slow Tai-Chi Form, which activates balance and calm, to playful Pushing Hands, which gives kids a safe, gentle outlet to explore themselves, to meditation techniques which they can use in the classroom and at home, this class invites kids to learn about themselves and introduces them to skills that will bring them a lifetime of happiness! Available for children ages 5 to 17 years old. Classes are held Sundays, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Contact Sifu Joseph Wang at info@sunshen.org or (734) 531-8796 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $70/month, $21/drop-in. (734) 531-8796. info@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



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Tuesday


February 2020
 10:30 a.m.-noon 

Early Winter Moms Group: Ann Arbor Baby Beginnings.

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Meet other new moms and get support and advice after your baby is born. Our award winning Mothers Group is facilitated by both a social worker and an MPH/Certified Lactation Specialist. Together they have years of experience on infant development and postpartum adjustment. The six week series begins each class with group discussion on a topic pertinent to early parenthood such as getting enough sleep, feeding, changes to relationships, and places to go with your baby. If you will be going back to work during the six weeks, please contact our office for a prorated rate. You may also join any time during the session for a discounted rate. This group is designed from babies from newborn to crawling.
This group meets on Tuesday mornings from 10:30-noon from January 14th to February 18th.
Save $5 with promo code SUPPORT through January 12th
Ann Arbor Baby Beginnings, 2311 East Stadium Suite 202-2. $100/6 weeks. 734-221-0158. info@annarborbabybeginnings.com www.annarborbabybeginnings.com [map]



 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

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Every Thurs., Sat., Sun., Jan. 20. & Feb. 18 Three audiovisual planetarium shows suitable for all ages.

.

The Sky Tonight (Thurs. 5:30 & 6:30 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, & 2:30 p.m.; Jan. 20, 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m.; Feb. 18, 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, & 2:30 p.m.), is an exploration of the current night sky.

.

Cosmic Colors (Sat., Sun., & Feb. 18, 10:30 a.m.), details the spectrum of energy we call light. Preceded by a brief star talk.

.

Two Small Pieces of Glass (Sat., Sun., & Feb. 18, 3:30 p.m.) shows how telescopes big & little, simple & complex, use light to work.

.
Various times, U-M Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Tickets $8. 764-0478. [map]


 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Babytime": Chelsea District Library.

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Every Tues. Staff present a program of songs, stories, and rhymes for kids under age 2 (accompanied by a caregiver). No siblings.
10:30-11:15 a.m., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. 475-8732. [map]


 4:30-6 p.m.  Free! 

"Button Lab": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Feb. 9 & 18. All invited to make button pins. Materials provided or bring your own image (1.25-2.25 inches) to use. On Feb. 9 only, die cutting machine available to cut out shapes.
AADL Downtown Secret Lab, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


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Wednesday


February 2020
 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Chelsea District Library.

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Every Wed., except June 12. Stories for kids ages 3-5 (with caregiver).
10:30-11 a.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 11 a.m.  Free! 

"Little Listeners Storytime": Northfield Township Area Library.

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Join us at Northfield Township Area Library every Wednesday at 11 a.m. for a half-hour of fun stories, silly songs, and age-appropriate hands-on activities. Storytime is designed to promote early literacy. Registration is not required.
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake. Free. 734-449-0066. hmccausland@ntal.org www.ntal.org/events [map]



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Thursday


February 2020
 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

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Every Thurs., Sat., Sun., Jan. 20. & Feb. 18 Three audiovisual planetarium shows suitable for all ages.

.

The Sky Tonight (Thurs. 5:30 & 6:30 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, & 2:30 p.m.; Jan. 20, 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m.; Feb. 18, 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, & 2:30 p.m.), is an exploration of the current night sky.

.

Cosmic Colors (Sat., Sun., & Feb. 18, 10:30 a.m.), details the spectrum of energy we call light. Preceded by a brief star talk.

.

Two Small Pieces of Glass (Sat., Sun., & Feb. 18, 3:30 p.m.) shows how telescopes big & little, simple & complex, use light to work.

.
Various times, U-M Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Tickets $8. 764-0478. [map]


 10:30-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Toddlertime": Chelsea District Library.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Every Thurs., except Mar. 14, May 2, & June 13. CDL staff present a program for toddlers about letters, numbers, colors, and shapes.
10:30-11 a.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"That Thursday Thing": Chelsea District Library.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Crafts and activities for teens.

Nov. 7: "Shrinky Dinks." Make a keychain or earrings out of Shrinky Dink plastic.

Nov. 21: "Brush Pen Calligraphy." Practice tracing and lettering a favorite quote or saying and then decorate and frame it.

Dec. 5: "Touchscreen Gloves." Make gloves touchscreen-friendly with either conductive thread or thermal paste.

Dec. 19: "Crafty Chocolate Christmas." Make a variety of chocolate truffles and a simple origami box to put them in.

Jan. 2: "UV Jewelry and Keychains." Make a keychain or some jewelry out of UV-cured resin.

Jan. 16: "Taco Thursday." Make and eat tacos and burritos and play taco-themed games.

Feb. 6 : "Chainmail Chill." Using colorful aluminum rings, make a small chainmail star, flower, or other shape.

Feb. 20 and Mar. 5 & 19: TBA.

.
7-9 p.m., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


21

Friday


February 2020
 6-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Teen After Hours: Fortnite IRL": Chelsea District Library.

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All teens invited to a battle royale with Nerf guns and to find treasure hidden in the library stacks, both activities that feature prominently in the popular online game Fortnite. Pizza dinner.
CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free, registration required 475-8732. [map]


 6:30-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Chip Carving": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Feb. 6 & 21. All invited to make a small design in a flat wooden board.
AADL Downtown Secret Lab, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


22

Saturday


February 2020
 11:30 a.m.  Free! 

STEAM Workshop for Parents and Kids: Northfield Township Area Library.

  community member   < less

Take your weekends full steam ahead with our weekly workshop where kids collaborate with peers and parents to problem solve, experiment, and create! For ages 6 to 14 (children aged 6 to 8 need a parent with them). Space is limited, so registration is required for this event.
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake. Free. 734-449-0066. hmccausland@ntal.org www.ntal.org/events [map]



 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Every Thurs., Sat., Sun., Jan. 20. & Feb. 18 Three audiovisual planetarium shows suitable for all ages.

.

The Sky Tonight (Thurs. 5:30 & 6:30 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, & 2:30 p.m.; Jan. 20, 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m.; Feb. 18, 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, & 2:30 p.m.), is an exploration of the current night sky.

.

Cosmic Colors (Sat., Sun., & Feb. 18, 10:30 a.m.), details the spectrum of energy we call light. Preceded by a brief star talk.

.

Two Small Pieces of Glass (Sat., Sun., & Feb. 18, 3:30 p.m.) shows how telescopes big & little, simple & complex, use light to work.

.
Various times, U-M Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Tickets $8. 764-0478. [map]


 noon, 2 & 4 p.m  Free! 

U-M Natural History Museum Tours.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Every Sat. & Sun. Thirty-minute guided tours showcasing some of the museum's beloved and new exhibits. "Museum Highlights Tour" (Jan. 25 & 26, 10 a.m. & 2 p.m.; Feb. times, noon & 4 p.m.) shows a mastodon couple, the Majungasaurus, and some of the new research labs. "Wonderful World of Whales Tour" (Jan. 25 & 26, noon & 4 p.m.; Feb times, 2 p.m.) shows how whales and dolphins made the transition from land back to water.
Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]


 1 p.m. 

Open Gym: Champion Gymnastics Ann Arbor.

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Come join the FLIPS, TWISTS & FUN at Champion Gymnastics Ann Arbor during Open Gym every Saturday from 1pm-2:30pm! Cost is $10 for 1.5 hours of uninstructed play time. Must have a signed consent form to participate, provided at the office if you are new to the gym! Children under 5 years old must be accompanied by a parent. Children 18 months or younger are FREE!
(Cash ONLY please if paying less than $14)
Champion Gymnastics Ann Arbor, 7240 Jackson Rd. $10. 734-222-1810. cga2@champgymaa.com https://www.champgymaa.com/open-gym [map]



 1-5 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 the African crested porcupine (2 & 4 p.m.). Also, presentations every half hour of animals TBA and a chance to see the conservancy's other animals, including a sloth, a kangaroo, bald eagle, an Arctic fox, and more.
1-5 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 (ages 2-12, $8; ages 1 & under, free). 929-9324. [map]


23

Sunday


February 2020
 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Every Thurs., Sat., Sun., Jan. 20. & Feb. 18 Three audiovisual planetarium shows suitable for all ages.

.

The Sky Tonight (Thurs. 5:30 & 6:30 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, & 2:30 p.m.; Jan. 20, 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m.; Feb. 18, 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, & 2:30 p.m.), is an exploration of the current night sky.

.

Cosmic Colors (Sat., Sun., & Feb. 18, 10:30 a.m.), details the spectrum of energy we call light. Preceded by a brief star talk.

.

Two Small Pieces of Glass (Sat., Sun., & Feb. 18, 3:30 p.m.) shows how telescopes big & little, simple & complex, use light to work.

.
Various times, U-M Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Tickets $8. 764-0478. [map]


 noon, 2 & 4 p.m  Free! 

U-M Natural History Museum Tours.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Every Sat. & Sun. Thirty-minute guided tours showcasing some of the museum's beloved and new exhibits. "Museum Highlights Tour" (Jan. 25 & 26, 10 a.m. & 2 p.m.; Feb. times, noon & 4 p.m.) shows a mastodon couple, the Majungasaurus, and some of the new research labs. "Wonderful World of Whales Tour" (Jan. 25 & 26, noon & 4 p.m.; Feb times, 2 p.m.) shows how whales and dolphins made the transition from land back to water.
Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]


 1-5 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show off animals native to the African continent, including the African crested porcupine (2 & 4 p.m.). Also, presentations every half hour of animals TBA and a chance to see the conservancy's other animals, including a sloth, a kangaroo, bald eagle, an Arctic fox, and more.
1-5 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 (ages 2-12, $8; ages 1 & under, free). 929-9324. [map]


 4:30 p.m. 

"Tai-Chi for Kids": Sun Shen.

  community member   < less Kids Practicing Pushing Hands

From the slow Tai-Chi Form, which activates balance and calm, to playful Pushing Hands, which gives kids a safe, gentle outlet to explore themselves, to meditation techniques which they can use in the classroom and at home, this class invites kids to learn about themselves and introduces them to skills that will bring them a lifetime of happiness! Available for children ages 5 to 17 years old. Classes are held Sundays, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Contact Sifu Joseph Wang at info@sunshen.org or (734) 531-8796 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $70/month, $21/drop-in. (734) 531-8796. info@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



25

Tuesday


February 2020
 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Babytime": Chelsea District Library.

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Every Tues. Staff present a program of songs, stories, and rhymes for kids under age 2 (accompanied by a caregiver). No siblings.
10:30-11:15 a.m., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. 475-8732. [map]


26

Wednesday


February 2020
 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Chelsea District Library.

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Every Wed., except June 12. Stories for kids ages 3-5 (with caregiver).
10:30-11 a.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 11 a.m.  Free! 

"Little Listeners Storytime": Northfield Township Area Library.

  community member   < less

Join us at Northfield Township Area Library every Wednesday at 11 a.m. for a half-hour of fun stories, silly songs, and age-appropriate hands-on activities. Storytime is designed to promote early literacy. Registration is not required.
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake. Free. 734-449-0066. hmccausland@ntal.org www.ntal.org/events [map]



27

Thursday


February 2020
 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Every Thurs., Sat., Sun., Jan. 20. & Feb. 18 Three audiovisual planetarium shows suitable for all ages.

.

The Sky Tonight (Thurs. 5:30 & 6:30 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, & 2:30 p.m.; Jan. 20, 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m.; Feb. 18, 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, & 2:30 p.m.), is an exploration of the current night sky.

.

Cosmic Colors (Sat., Sun., & Feb. 18, 10:30 a.m.), details the spectrum of energy we call light. Preceded by a brief star talk.

.

Two Small Pieces of Glass (Sat., Sun., & Feb. 18, 3:30 p.m.) shows how telescopes big & little, simple & complex, use light to work.

.
Various times, U-M Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Tickets $8. 764-0478. [map]


 10:30-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Toddlertime": Chelsea District Library.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Every Thurs., except Mar. 14, May 2, & June 13. CDL staff present a program for toddlers about letters, numbers, colors, and shapes.
10:30-11 a.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


29

Saturday


February 2020
 10-11 a.m. 

Hudson Mills Metropark Interpretive Nature Programs.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Programs presented by Hudson Mills naturalist Kim Sherwin. Oct. 6 (8 a.m.): "Fall Birding." A guided walk to look for migrating birds, which includes an informal game of "Name that Warbler." For beginning and experienced birders.

Oct. 12 (4 p.m.): "Trick or Treat Along the Trail." Families invited to visit with Halloween and nature characters on the trail and then return to the Activity Center for cider, doughnuts, and craft activities. Costumes encouraged.

Oct. 13 (1 p.m.): "Pumpkin Carving Party." All invited to carve a pumpkin. Designs available. Cider & doughnuts. $6.

Oct. 13 (8-10 p.m.): "Full Moon Walk." A brief talk on moon facts & folklore before an evening hike to watch the sunset and the rise of the Hunter's Moon.

Oct. 20 (1-3 p.m.): "Zombie Apocalypse Survival." All invited to learn the basics of survival in nature, including shelter building and fire making.

Dec. 1 (8-10 a.m.): "Winter Birding." Guided walk to find birds. Dress for the weather and bring binoculars. $5.

Jan. 4 (10-11 a.m.): "Cardboard Sled Creations." Build and test out your own. Materials provided. Hot chocolate, if you like. $5.

Jan. 11 (9-10 a.m.): "Bird Feeder Fun." Make a simple bird feeder, while learning about which seeds attract birds. $5.

Jan. 25 (10-11 a.m.): "Animal Signs." All ages 3-6 invited to search for homes, tracks, & other signs of animals. $5.

Feb. 1 (10 a.m.-noon): "Neat-ure Crafts 101." All ages 16 & up invited to make a decorative coat hanger made with gathered twigs. Bring other homemade crafts for inspiration. $8.

Feb. 5 (10-11 a.m.): "Snow Day." All ages 3-4 (accompanied by adult) invited to paint the snow, look for animal signs, and have other snowy adventures. $5.

Feb 8: (10 a.m.-noon): "Winter Birding." Guided walk to find some of the hardier winter birds. Dress for the weather and bring binoculars. $5.

Feb. 15 (10-11:30 a.m.): "Tracking a Snowman." All ages 6 & up invited on a walk in search of a snowman and signs of other animals. Afterward, build and decorate your own snowman. $5.

Feb. 29 (10-11 a.m.): "Codes of Nature." All ages 3-6 invited to learn how color is used in nature. $5.

Mar. 7 & 8 (10 & 11 a.m., and noon): "Journey to the Sugarbush." All ages invited to tap into a maple tree. Followed by an all-you-can-eat pancake & sausage breakfast ($6; kids, $4). $5 (kids, $3).

.
Various times, park activity center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $5 (except as noted). Preregistration required. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 426-8211. [map]


 11:30 a.m.  Free! 

STEAM Workshop for Parents and Kids: Northfield Township Area Library.

  community member   < less

Take your weekends full steam ahead with our weekly workshop where kids collaborate with peers and parents to problem solve, experiment, and create! For ages 6 to 14 (children aged 6 to 8 need a parent with them). Space is limited, so registration is required for this event.
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake. Free. 734-449-0066. hmccausland@ntal.org www.ntal.org/events [map]



 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Every Thurs., Sat., Sun., Jan. 20. & Feb. 18 Three audiovisual planetarium shows suitable for all ages.

.

The Sky Tonight (Thurs. 5:30 & 6:30 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, & 2:30 p.m.; Jan. 20, 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m.; Feb. 18, 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, & 2:30 p.m.), is an exploration of the current night sky.

.

Cosmic Colors (Sat., Sun., & Feb. 18, 10:30 a.m.), details the spectrum of energy we call light. Preceded by a brief star talk.

.

Two Small Pieces of Glass (Sat., Sun., & Feb. 18, 3:30 p.m.) shows how telescopes big & little, simple & complex, use light to work.

.
Various times, U-M Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Tickets $8. 764-0478. [map]


 noon, 2 & 4 p.m  Free! 

U-M Natural History Museum Tours.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Every Sat. & Sun. Thirty-minute guided tours showcasing some of the museum's beloved and new exhibits. "Museum Highlights Tour" (Jan. 25 & 26, 10 a.m. & 2 p.m.; Feb. times, noon & 4 p.m.) shows a mastodon couple, the Majungasaurus, and some of the new research labs. "Wonderful World of Whales Tour" (Jan. 25 & 26, noon & 4 p.m.; Feb times, 2 p.m.) shows how whales and dolphins made the transition from land back to water.
Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]


1

Sunday


March 2020
 4:30 p.m. 

"Tai-Chi for Kids": Sun Shen.

  community member   < less Kids Practicing Pushing Hands

From the slow Tai-Chi Form, which activates balance and calm, to playful Pushing Hands, which gives kids a safe, gentle outlet to explore themselves, to meditation techniques which they can use in the classroom and at home, this class invites kids to learn about themselves and introduces them to skills that will bring them a lifetime of happiness! Available for children ages 5 to 17 years old. Classes are held Sundays, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Contact Sifu Joseph Wang at info@sunshen.org or (734) 531-8796 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $70/month, $21/drop-in. (734) 531-8796. info@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



3

Tuesday


March 2020
 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Babytime": Chelsea District Library.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Every Tues. Staff present a program of songs, stories, and rhymes for kids under age 2 (accompanied by a caregiver). No siblings.
10:30-11:15 a.m., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. 475-8732. [map]


4

Wednesday


March 2020
 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Chelsea District Library.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Every Wed., except June 12. Stories for kids ages 3-5 (with caregiver).
10:30-11 a.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 11 a.m.  Free! 

"Little Listeners Storytime": Northfield Township Area Library.

  community member   < less

Join us at Northfield Township Area Library every Wednesday at 11 a.m. for a half-hour of fun stories, silly songs, and age-appropriate hands-on activities. Storytime is designed to promote early literacy. Registration is not required.
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake. Free. 734-449-0066. hmccausland@ntal.org www.ntal.org/events [map]



5

Thursday


March 2020
 10:30-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Toddlertime": Chelsea District Library.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Every Thurs., except Mar. 14, May 2, & June 13. CDL staff present a program for toddlers about letters, numbers, colors, and shapes.
10:30-11 a.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"That Thursday Thing": Chelsea District Library.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Crafts and activities for teens.

Nov. 7: "Shrinky Dinks." Make a keychain or earrings out of Shrinky Dink plastic.

Nov. 21: "Brush Pen Calligraphy." Practice tracing and lettering a favorite quote or saying and then decorate and frame it.

Dec. 5: "Touchscreen Gloves." Make gloves touchscreen-friendly with either conductive thread or thermal paste.

Dec. 19: "Crafty Chocolate Christmas." Make a variety of chocolate truffles and a simple origami box to put them in.

Jan. 2: "UV Jewelry and Keychains." Make a keychain or some jewelry out of UV-cured resin.

Jan. 16: "Taco Thursday." Make and eat tacos and burritos and play taco-themed games.

Feb. 6 : "Chainmail Chill." Using colorful aluminum rings, make a small chainmail star, flower, or other shape.

Feb. 20 and Mar. 5 & 19: TBA.

.
7-9 p.m., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


7

Saturday


March 2020
 10 & 11 a.m. and noon 

Hudson Mills Metropark Interpretive Nature Programs.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Programs presented by Hudson Mills naturalist Kim Sherwin. Oct. 6 (8 a.m.): "Fall Birding." A guided walk to look for migrating birds, which includes an informal game of "Name that Warbler." For beginning and experienced birders.

Oct. 12 (4 p.m.): "Trick or Treat Along the Trail." Families invited to visit with Halloween and nature characters on the trail and then return to the Activity Center for cider, doughnuts, and craft activities. Costumes encouraged.

Oct. 13 (1 p.m.): "Pumpkin Carving Party." All invited to carve a pumpkin. Designs available. Cider & doughnuts. $6.

Oct. 13 (8-10 p.m.): "Full Moon Walk." A brief talk on moon facts & folklore before an evening hike to watch the sunset and the rise of the Hunter's Moon.

Oct. 20 (1-3 p.m.): "Zombie Apocalypse Survival." All invited to learn the basics of survival in nature, including shelter building and fire making.

Dec. 1 (8-10 a.m.): "Winter Birding." Guided walk to find birds. Dress for the weather and bring binoculars. $5.

Jan. 4 (10-11 a.m.): "Cardboard Sled Creations." Build and test out your own. Materials provided. Hot chocolate, if you like. $5.

Jan. 11 (9-10 a.m.): "Bird Feeder Fun." Make a simple bird feeder, while learning about which seeds attract birds. $5.

Jan. 25 (10-11 a.m.): "Animal Signs." All ages 3-6 invited to search for homes, tracks, & other signs of animals. $5.

Feb. 1 (10 a.m.-noon): "Neat-ure Crafts 101." All ages 16 & up invited to make a decorative coat hanger made with gathered twigs. Bring other homemade crafts for inspiration. $8.

Feb. 5 (10-11 a.m.): "Snow Day." All ages 3-4 (accompanied by adult) invited to paint the snow, look for animal signs, and have other snowy adventures. $5.

Feb 8: (10 a.m.-noon): "Winter Birding." Guided walk to find some of the hardier winter birds. Dress for the weather and bring binoculars. $5.

Feb. 15 (10-11:30 a.m.): "Tracking a Snowman." All ages 6 & up invited on a walk in search of a snowman and signs of other animals. Afterward, build and decorate your own snowman. $5.

Feb. 29 (10-11 a.m.): "Codes of Nature." All ages 3-6 invited to learn how color is used in nature. $5.

Mar. 7 & 8 (10 & 11 a.m., and noon): "Journey to the Sugarbush." All ages invited to tap into a maple tree. Followed by an all-you-can-eat pancake & sausage breakfast ($6; kids, $4). $5 (kids, $3).

.
Various times, park activity center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $5 (except as noted). Preregistration required. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 426-8211. [map]


8

Sunday


March 2020
 10 & 11 a.m. and noon 

Hudson Mills Metropark Interpretive Nature Programs.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Programs presented by Hudson Mills naturalist Kim Sherwin. Oct. 6 (8 a.m.): "Fall Birding." A guided walk to look for migrating birds, which includes an informal game of "Name that Warbler." For beginning and experienced birders.

Oct. 12 (4 p.m.): "Trick or Treat Along the Trail." Families invited to visit with Halloween and nature characters on the trail and then return to the Activity Center for cider, doughnuts, and craft activities. Costumes encouraged.

Oct. 13 (1 p.m.): "Pumpkin Carving Party." All invited to carve a pumpkin. Designs available. Cider & doughnuts. $6.

Oct. 13 (8-10 p.m.): "Full Moon Walk." A brief talk on moon facts & folklore before an evening hike to watch the sunset and the rise of the Hunter's Moon.

Oct. 20 (1-3 p.m.): "Zombie Apocalypse Survival." All invited to learn the basics of survival in nature, including shelter building and fire making.

Dec. 1 (8-10 a.m.): "Winter Birding." Guided walk to find birds. Dress for the weather and bring binoculars. $5.

Jan. 4 (10-11 a.m.): "Cardboard Sled Creations." Build and test out your own. Materials provided. Hot chocolate, if you like. $5.

Jan. 11 (9-10 a.m.): "Bird Feeder Fun." Make a simple bird feeder, while learning about which seeds attract birds. $5.

Jan. 25 (10-11 a.m.): "Animal Signs." All ages 3-6 invited to search for homes, tracks, & other signs of animals. $5.

Feb. 1 (10 a.m.-noon): "Neat-ure Crafts 101." All ages 16 & up invited to make a decorative coat hanger made with gathered twigs. Bring other homemade crafts for inspiration. $8.

Feb. 5 (10-11 a.m.): "Snow Day." All ages 3-4 (accompanied by adult) invited to paint the snow, look for animal signs, and have other snowy adventures. $5.

Feb 8: (10 a.m.-noon): "Winter Birding." Guided walk to find some of the hardier winter birds. Dress for the weather and bring binoculars. $5.

Feb. 15 (10-11:30 a.m.): "Tracking a Snowman." All ages 6 & up invited on a walk in search of a snowman and signs of other animals. Afterward, build and decorate your own snowman. $5.

Feb. 29 (10-11 a.m.): "Codes of Nature." All ages 3-6 invited to learn how color is used in nature. $5.

Mar. 7 & 8 (10 & 11 a.m., and noon): "Journey to the Sugarbush." All ages invited to tap into a maple tree. Followed by an all-you-can-eat pancake & sausage breakfast ($6; kids, $4). $5 (kids, $3).

.
Various times, park activity center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $5 (except as noted). Preregistration required. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 426-8211. [map]


 4:30 p.m. 

"Tai-Chi for Kids": Sun Shen.

  community member   < less Kids Practicing Pushing Hands

From the slow Tai-Chi Form, which activates balance and calm, to playful Pushing Hands, which gives kids a safe, gentle outlet to explore themselves, to meditation techniques which they can use in the classroom and at home, this class invites kids to learn about themselves and introduces them to skills that will bring them a lifetime of happiness! Available for children ages 5 to 17 years old. Classes are held Sundays, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Contact Sifu Joseph Wang at info@sunshen.org or (734) 531-8796 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $70/month, $21/drop-in. (734) 531-8796. info@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



9

Monday


March 2020
 3:30-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Minecraft Monday": Chelsea District Library.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

All kids ages 8-12 invited to try out this computer game that involves building things with virtual blocks to work as a team to build and landscape, solve puzzles, battle monsters, and create a new virtual world. New & experienced players welcome.
3:30-4:30 p.m., CDL learning lab, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]


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Tuesday


March 2020
 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Babytime": Chelsea District Library.

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Every Tues. Staff present a program of songs, stories, and rhymes for kids under age 2 (accompanied by a caregiver). No siblings.
10:30-11:15 a.m., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. 475-8732. [map]


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Wednesday


March 2020
 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Chelsea District Library.

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Every Wed., except June 12. Stories for kids ages 3-5 (with caregiver).
10:30-11 a.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 11 a.m.  Free! 

"Little Listeners Storytime": Northfield Township Area Library.

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Join us at Northfield Township Area Library every Wednesday at 11 a.m. for a half-hour of fun stories, silly songs, and age-appropriate hands-on activities. Storytime is designed to promote early literacy. Registration is not required.
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake. Free. 734-449-0066. hmccausland@ntal.org www.ntal.org/events [map]



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Thursday


March 2020
 10:30-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Toddlertime": Chelsea District Library.

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Every Thurs., except Mar. 14, May 2, & June 13. CDL staff present a program for toddlers about letters, numbers, colors, and shapes.
10:30-11 a.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


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Sunday


March 2020
 4:30 p.m. 

"Tai-Chi for Kids": Sun Shen.

  community member   < less Kids Practicing Pushing Hands

From the slow Tai-Chi Form, which activates balance and calm, to playful Pushing Hands, which gives kids a safe, gentle outlet to explore themselves, to meditation techniques which they can use in the classroom and at home, this class invites kids to learn about themselves and introduces them to skills that will bring them a lifetime of happiness! Available for children ages 5 to 17 years old. Classes are held Sundays, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Contact Sifu Joseph Wang at info@sunshen.org or (734) 531-8796 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $70/month, $21/drop-in. (734) 531-8796. info@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



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Wednesday


March 2020
 11 a.m.  Free! 

"Little Listeners Storytime": Northfield Township Area Library.

  community member   < less

Join us at Northfield Township Area Library every Wednesday at 11 a.m. for a half-hour of fun stories, silly songs, and age-appropriate hands-on activities. Storytime is designed to promote early literacy. Registration is not required.
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake. Free. 734-449-0066. hmccausland@ntal.org www.ntal.org/events [map]



 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Drummunity!"

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Local drummer & drum teacher Lori Fithian leads a drum circle. Instruments provided, or bring your own. Kids welcome. Preceded at 6:45 p.m. by a brief drum lesson.
Crazy Wisdom Bookstore, 114 S. Main. Free. 426-7818. [map]


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Thursday


March 2020
 10:30-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Toddlertime": Chelsea District Library.

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Every Thurs., except Mar. 14, May 2, & June 13. CDL staff present a program for toddlers about letters, numbers, colors, and shapes.
10:30-11 a.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"That Thursday Thing": Chelsea District Library.

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Crafts and activities for teens.

Nov. 7: "Shrinky Dinks." Make a keychain or earrings out of Shrinky Dink plastic.

Nov. 21: "Brush Pen Calligraphy." Practice tracing and lettering a favorite quote or saying and then decorate and frame it.

Dec. 5: "Touchscreen Gloves." Make gloves touchscreen-friendly with either conductive thread or thermal paste.

Dec. 19: "Crafty Chocolate Christmas." Make a variety of chocolate truffles and a simple origami box to put them in.

Jan. 2: "UV Jewelry and Keychains." Make a keychain or some jewelry out of UV-cured resin.

Jan. 16: "Taco Thursday." Make and eat tacos and burritos and play taco-themed games.

Feb. 6 : "Chainmail Chill." Using colorful aluminum rings, make a small chainmail star, flower, or other shape.

Feb. 20 and Mar. 5 & 19: TBA.

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7-9 p.m., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


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Sunday


March 2020
 4:30 p.m. 

"Tai-Chi for Kids": Sun Shen.

  community member   < less Kids Practicing Pushing Hands

From the slow Tai-Chi Form, which activates balance and calm, to playful Pushing Hands, which gives kids a safe, gentle outlet to explore themselves, to meditation techniques which they can use in the classroom and at home, this class invites kids to learn about themselves and introduces them to skills that will bring them a lifetime of happiness! Available for children ages 5 to 17 years old. Classes are held Sundays, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Contact Sifu Joseph Wang at info@sunshen.org or (734) 531-8796 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $70/month, $21/drop-in. (734) 531-8796. info@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



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Wednesday


March 2020
 11 a.m.  Free! 

"Little Listeners Storytime": Northfield Township Area Library.

  community member   < less

Join us at Northfield Township Area Library every Wednesday at 11 a.m. for a half-hour of fun stories, silly songs, and age-appropriate hands-on activities. Storytime is designed to promote early literacy. Registration is not required.
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake. Free. 734-449-0066. hmccausland@ntal.org www.ntal.org/events [map]



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Thursday


March 2020
 10:30-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Toddlertime": Chelsea District Library.

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Every Thurs., except Mar. 14, May 2, & June 13. CDL staff present a program for toddlers about letters, numbers, colors, and shapes.
10:30-11 a.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


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Sunday


March 2020
 4:30 p.m. 

"Tai-Chi for Kids": Sun Shen.

  community member   < less Kids Practicing Pushing Hands

From the slow Tai-Chi Form, which activates balance and calm, to playful Pushing Hands, which gives kids a safe, gentle outlet to explore themselves, to meditation techniques which they can use in the classroom and at home, this class invites kids to learn about themselves and introduces them to skills that will bring them a lifetime of happiness! Available for children ages 5 to 17 years old. Classes are held Sundays, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Contact Sifu Joseph Wang at info@sunshen.org or (734) 531-8796 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $70/month, $21/drop-in. (734) 531-8796. info@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



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Sunday


April 2020
 4:30 p.m. 

"Tai-Chi for Kids": Sun Shen.

  community member   < less Kids Practicing Pushing Hands

From the slow Tai-Chi Form, which activates balance and calm, to playful Pushing Hands, which gives kids a safe, gentle outlet to explore themselves, to meditation techniques which they can use in the classroom and at home, this class invites kids to learn about themselves and introduces them to skills that will bring them a lifetime of happiness! Available for children ages 5 to 17 years old. Classes are held Sundays, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Contact Sifu Joseph Wang at info@sunshen.org or (734) 531-8796 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $70/month, $21/drop-in. (734) 531-8796. info@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



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Sunday


April 2020
 4:30 p.m. 

"Tai-Chi for Kids": Sun Shen.

  community member   < less Kids Practicing Pushing Hands

From the slow Tai-Chi Form, which activates balance and calm, to playful Pushing Hands, which gives kids a safe, gentle outlet to explore themselves, to meditation techniques which they can use in the classroom and at home, this class invites kids to learn about themselves and introduces them to skills that will bring them a lifetime of happiness! Available for children ages 5 to 17 years old. Classes are held Sundays, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Contact Sifu Joseph Wang at info@sunshen.org or (734) 531-8796 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $70/month, $21/drop-in. (734) 531-8796. info@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



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Sunday


April 2020
 4:30 p.m. 

"Tai-Chi for Kids": Sun Shen.

  community member   < less Kids Practicing Pushing Hands

From the slow Tai-Chi Form, which activates balance and calm, to playful Pushing Hands, which gives kids a safe, gentle outlet to explore themselves, to meditation techniques which they can use in the classroom and at home, this class invites kids to learn about themselves and introduces them to skills that will bring them a lifetime of happiness! Available for children ages 5 to 17 years old. Classes are held Sundays, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Contact Sifu Joseph Wang at info@sunshen.org or (734) 531-8796 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $70/month, $21/drop-in. (734) 531-8796. info@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



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Tuesday


April 2020
 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Drummunity!"

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Local drummer & drum teacher Lori Fithian leads a drum circle. Instruments provided, or bring your own. Kids welcome. Preceded at 6:45 p.m. by a brief drum lesson.
Crazy Wisdom Bookstore, 114 S. Main. Free. 426-7818. [map]


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Sunday


April 2020
 4:30 p.m. 

"Tai-Chi for Kids": Sun Shen.

  community member   < less Kids Practicing Pushing Hands

From the slow Tai-Chi Form, which activates balance and calm, to playful Pushing Hands, which gives kids a safe, gentle outlet to explore themselves, to meditation techniques which they can use in the classroom and at home, this class invites kids to learn about themselves and introduces them to skills that will bring them a lifetime of happiness! Available for children ages 5 to 17 years old. Classes are held Sundays, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Contact Sifu Joseph Wang at info@sunshen.org or (734) 531-8796 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $70/month, $21/drop-in. (734) 531-8796. info@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



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Sunday


May 2020
 4:30 p.m. 

"Tai-Chi for Kids": Sun Shen.

  community member   < less Kids Practicing Pushing Hands

From the slow Tai-Chi Form, which activates balance and calm, to playful Pushing Hands, which gives kids a safe, gentle outlet to explore themselves, to meditation techniques which they can use in the classroom and at home, this class invites kids to learn about themselves and introduces them to skills that will bring them a lifetime of happiness! Available for children ages 5 to 17 years old. Classes are held Sundays, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Contact Sifu Joseph Wang at info@sunshen.org or (734) 531-8796 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $70/month, $21/drop-in. (734) 531-8796. info@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



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Sunday


May 2020
 4:30 p.m. 

"Tai-Chi for Kids": Sun Shen.

  community member   < less Kids Practicing Pushing Hands

From the slow Tai-Chi Form, which activates balance and calm, to playful Pushing Hands, which gives kids a safe, gentle outlet to explore themselves, to meditation techniques which they can use in the classroom and at home, this class invites kids to learn about themselves and introduces them to skills that will bring them a lifetime of happiness! Available for children ages 5 to 17 years old. Classes are held Sundays, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Contact Sifu Joseph Wang at info@sunshen.org or (734) 531-8796 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $70/month, $21/drop-in. (734) 531-8796. info@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



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Sunday


May 2020
 9 a.m. 

Spring 5K: Girls on the Run.

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Untimed celebratory event that benefits the Girls on the Run scholarship fund.
Washtenaw Community College, 4800 E Huron River Dr, Ann Arbor, MI 48105. angiel@girlsontherunsemi.org https://www.girlsontherunsemi.org/5k [map]


 4:30 p.m. 

"Tai-Chi for Kids": Sun Shen.

  community member   < less Kids Practicing Pushing Hands

From the slow Tai-Chi Form, which activates balance and calm, to playful Pushing Hands, which gives kids a safe, gentle outlet to explore themselves, to meditation techniques which they can use in the classroom and at home, this class invites kids to learn about themselves and introduces them to skills that will bring them a lifetime of happiness! Available for children ages 5 to 17 years old. Classes are held Sundays, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Contact Sifu Joseph Wang at info@sunshen.org or (734) 531-8796 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $70/month, $21/drop-in. (734) 531-8796. info@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



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Sunday


May 2020
 4:30 p.m. 

"Tai-Chi for Kids": Sun Shen.

  community member   < less Kids Practicing Pushing Hands

From the slow Tai-Chi Form, which activates balance and calm, to playful Pushing Hands, which gives kids a safe, gentle outlet to explore themselves, to meditation techniques which they can use in the classroom and at home, this class invites kids to learn about themselves and introduces them to skills that will bring them a lifetime of happiness! Available for children ages 5 to 17 years old. Classes are held Sundays, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Contact Sifu Joseph Wang at info@sunshen.org or (734) 531-8796 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $70/month, $21/drop-in. (734) 531-8796. info@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



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Sunday


May 2020
 4:30 p.m. 

"Tai-Chi for Kids": Sun Shen.

  community member   < less Kids Practicing Pushing Hands

From the slow Tai-Chi Form, which activates balance and calm, to playful Pushing Hands, which gives kids a safe, gentle outlet to explore themselves, to meditation techniques which they can use in the classroom and at home, this class invites kids to learn about themselves and introduces them to skills that will bring them a lifetime of happiness! Available for children ages 5 to 17 years old. Classes are held Sundays, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Contact Sifu Joseph Wang at info@sunshen.org or (734) 531-8796 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $70/month, $21/drop-in. (734) 531-8796. info@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



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Sunday


June 2020
 4:30 p.m. 

"Tai-Chi for Kids": Sun Shen.

  community member   < less Kids Practicing Pushing Hands

From the slow Tai-Chi Form, which activates balance and calm, to playful Pushing Hands, which gives kids a safe, gentle outlet to explore themselves, to meditation techniques which they can use in the classroom and at home, this class invites kids to learn about themselves and introduces them to skills that will bring them a lifetime of happiness! Available for children ages 5 to 17 years old. Classes are held Sundays, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Contact Sifu Joseph Wang at info@sunshen.org or (734) 531-8796 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $70/month, $21/drop-in. (734) 531-8796. info@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



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Sunday


June 2020
 4:30 p.m. 

"Tai-Chi for Kids": Sun Shen.

  community member   < less Kids Practicing Pushing Hands

From the slow Tai-Chi Form, which activates balance and calm, to playful Pushing Hands, which gives kids a safe, gentle outlet to explore themselves, to meditation techniques which they can use in the classroom and at home, this class invites kids to learn about themselves and introduces them to skills that will bring them a lifetime of happiness! Available for children ages 5 to 17 years old. Classes are held Sundays, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Contact Sifu Joseph Wang at info@sunshen.org or (734) 531-8796 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $70/month, $21/drop-in. (734) 531-8796. info@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



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Sunday


June 2020
 4:30 p.m. 

"Tai-Chi for Kids": Sun Shen.

  community member   < less Kids Practicing Pushing Hands

From the slow Tai-Chi Form, which activates balance and calm, to playful Pushing Hands, which gives kids a safe, gentle outlet to explore themselves, to meditation techniques which they can use in the classroom and at home, this class invites kids to learn about themselves and introduces them to skills that will bring them a lifetime of happiness! Available for children ages 5 to 17 years old. Classes are held Sundays, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Contact Sifu Joseph Wang at info@sunshen.org or (734) 531-8796 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $70/month, $21/drop-in. (734) 531-8796. info@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



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Sunday


June 2020
 4:30 p.m. 

"Tai-Chi for Kids": Sun Shen.

  community member   < less Kids Practicing Pushing Hands

From the slow Tai-Chi Form, which activates balance and calm, to playful Pushing Hands, which gives kids a safe, gentle outlet to explore themselves, to meditation techniques which they can use in the classroom and at home, this class invites kids to learn about themselves and introduces them to skills that will bring them a lifetime of happiness! Available for children ages 5 to 17 years old. Classes are held Sundays, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Contact Sifu Joseph Wang at info@sunshen.org or (734) 531-8796 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $70/month, $21/drop-in. (734) 531-8796. info@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



5

Sunday


July 2020
 4:30 p.m. 

"Tai-Chi for Kids": Sun Shen.

  community member   < less Kids Practicing Pushing Hands

From the slow Tai-Chi Form, which activates balance and calm, to playful Pushing Hands, which gives kids a safe, gentle outlet to explore themselves, to meditation techniques which they can use in the classroom and at home, this class invites kids to learn about themselves and introduces them to skills that will bring them a lifetime of happiness! Available for children ages 5 to 17 years old. Classes are held Sundays, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Contact Sifu Joseph Wang at info@sunshen.org or (734) 531-8796 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $70/month, $21/drop-in. (734) 531-8796. info@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



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Sunday


July 2020
 4:30 p.m. 

"Tai-Chi for Kids": Sun Shen.

  community member   < less Kids Practicing Pushing Hands

From the slow Tai-Chi Form, which activates balance and calm, to playful Pushing Hands, which gives kids a safe, gentle outlet to explore themselves, to meditation techniques which they can use in the classroom and at home, this class invites kids to learn about themselves and introduces them to skills that will bring them a lifetime of happiness! Available for children ages 5 to 17 years old. Classes are held Sundays, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Contact Sifu Joseph Wang at info@sunshen.org or (734) 531-8796 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $70/month, $21/drop-in. (734) 531-8796. info@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



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Sunday


July 2020
 4:30 p.m. 

"Tai-Chi for Kids": Sun Shen.

  community member   < less Kids Practicing Pushing Hands

From the slow Tai-Chi Form, which activates balance and calm, to playful Pushing Hands, which gives kids a safe, gentle outlet to explore themselves, to meditation techniques which they can use in the classroom and at home, this class invites kids to learn about themselves and introduces them to skills that will bring them a lifetime of happiness! Available for children ages 5 to 17 years old. Classes are held Sundays, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Contact Sifu Joseph Wang at info@sunshen.org or (734) 531-8796 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $70/month, $21/drop-in. (734) 531-8796. info@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



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Sunday


July 2020
 4:30 p.m. 

"Tai-Chi for Kids": Sun Shen.

  community member   < less Kids Practicing Pushing Hands

From the slow Tai-Chi Form, which activates balance and calm, to playful Pushing Hands, which gives kids a safe, gentle outlet to explore themselves, to meditation techniques which they can use in the classroom and at home, this class invites kids to learn about themselves and introduces them to skills that will bring them a lifetime of happiness! Available for children ages 5 to 17 years old. Classes are held Sundays, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Contact Sifu Joseph Wang at info@sunshen.org or (734) 531-8796 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $70/month, $21/drop-in. (734) 531-8796. info@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



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Sunday


August 2020
 4:30 p.m. 

"Tai-Chi for Kids": Sun Shen.

  community member   < less Kids Practicing Pushing Hands

From the slow Tai-Chi Form, which activates balance and calm, to playful Pushing Hands, which gives kids a safe, gentle outlet to explore themselves, to meditation techniques which they can use in the classroom and at home, this class invites kids to learn about themselves and introduces them to skills that will bring them a lifetime of happiness! Available for children ages 5 to 17 years old. Classes are held Sundays, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Contact Sifu Joseph Wang at info@sunshen.org or (734) 531-8796 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $70/month, $21/drop-in. (734) 531-8796. info@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



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Sunday


August 2020
 4:30 p.m. 

"Tai-Chi for Kids": Sun Shen.

  community member   < less Kids Practicing Pushing Hands

From the slow Tai-Chi Form, which activates balance and calm, to playful Pushing Hands, which gives kids a safe, gentle outlet to explore themselves, to meditation techniques which they can use in the classroom and at home, this class invites kids to learn about themselves and introduces them to skills that will bring them a lifetime of happiness! Available for children ages 5 to 17 years old. Classes are held Sundays, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Contact Sifu Joseph Wang at info@sunshen.org or (734) 531-8796 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $70/month, $21/drop-in. (734) 531-8796. info@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



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Sunday


August 2020
 4:30 p.m. 

"Tai-Chi for Kids": Sun Shen.

  community member   < less Kids Practicing Pushing Hands

From the slow Tai-Chi Form, which activates balance and calm, to playful Pushing Hands, which gives kids a safe, gentle outlet to explore themselves, to meditation techniques which they can use in the classroom and at home, this class invites kids to learn about themselves and introduces them to skills that will bring them a lifetime of happiness! Available for children ages 5 to 17 years old. Classes are held Sundays, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Contact Sifu Joseph Wang at info@sunshen.org or (734) 531-8796 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $70/month, $21/drop-in. (734) 531-8796. info@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



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Sunday


August 2020
 4:30 p.m. 

"Tai-Chi for Kids": Sun Shen.

  community member   < less Kids Practicing Pushing Hands

From the slow Tai-Chi Form, which activates balance and calm, to playful Pushing Hands, which gives kids a safe, gentle outlet to explore themselves, to meditation techniques which they can use in the classroom and at home, this class invites kids to learn about themselves and introduces them to skills that will bring them a lifetime of happiness! Available for children ages 5 to 17 years old. Classes are held Sundays, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Contact Sifu Joseph Wang at info@sunshen.org or (734) 531-8796 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $70/month, $21/drop-in. (734) 531-8796. info@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



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Sunday


August 2020
 4:30 p.m. 

"Tai-Chi for Kids": Sun Shen.

  community member   < less Kids Practicing Pushing Hands

From the slow Tai-Chi Form, which activates balance and calm, to playful Pushing Hands, which gives kids a safe, gentle outlet to explore themselves, to meditation techniques which they can use in the classroom and at home, this class invites kids to learn about themselves and introduces them to skills that will bring them a lifetime of happiness! Available for children ages 5 to 17 years old. Classes are held Sundays, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Contact Sifu Joseph Wang at info@sunshen.org or (734) 531-8796 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $70/month, $21/drop-in. (734) 531-8796. info@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



6

Sunday


September 2020
 4:30 p.m. 

"Tai-Chi for Kids": Sun Shen.

  community member   < less Kids Practicing Pushing Hands

From the slow Tai-Chi Form, which activates balance and calm, to playful Pushing Hands, which gives kids a safe, gentle outlet to explore themselves, to meditation techniques which they can use in the classroom and at home, this class invites kids to learn about themselves and introduces them to skills that will bring them a lifetime of happiness! Available for children ages 5 to 17 years old. Classes are held Sundays, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Contact Sifu Joseph Wang at info@sunshen.org or (734) 531-8796 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $70/month, $21/drop-in. (734) 531-8796. info@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



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Sunday


September 2020
 4:30 p.m. 

"Tai-Chi for Kids": Sun Shen.

  community member   < less Kids Practicing Pushing Hands

From the slow Tai-Chi Form, which activates balance and calm, to playful Pushing Hands, which gives kids a safe, gentle outlet to explore themselves, to meditation techniques which they can use in the classroom and at home, this class invites kids to learn about themselves and introduces them to skills that will bring them a lifetime of happiness! Available for children ages 5 to 17 years old. Classes are held Sundays, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Contact Sifu Joseph Wang at info@sunshen.org or (734) 531-8796 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $70/month, $21/drop-in. (734) 531-8796. info@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



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Sunday


September 2020
 4:30 p.m. 

"Tai-Chi for Kids": Sun Shen.

  community member   < less Kids Practicing Pushing Hands

From the slow Tai-Chi Form, which activates balance and calm, to playful Pushing Hands, which gives kids a safe, gentle outlet to explore themselves, to meditation techniques which they can use in the classroom and at home, this class invites kids to learn about themselves and introduces them to skills that will bring them a lifetime of happiness! Available for children ages 5 to 17 years old. Classes are held Sundays, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Contact Sifu Joseph Wang at info@sunshen.org or (734) 531-8796 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $70/month, $21/drop-in. (734) 531-8796. info@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



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Sunday


September 2020
 4:30 p.m. 

"Tai-Chi for Kids": Sun Shen.

  community member   < less Kids Practicing Pushing Hands

From the slow Tai-Chi Form, which activates balance and calm, to playful Pushing Hands, which gives kids a safe, gentle outlet to explore themselves, to meditation techniques which they can use in the classroom and at home, this class invites kids to learn about themselves and introduces them to skills that will bring them a lifetime of happiness! Available for children ages 5 to 17 years old. Classes are held Sundays, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Contact Sifu Joseph Wang at info@sunshen.org or (734) 531-8796 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $70/month, $21/drop-in. (734) 531-8796. info@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



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Tuesday


September 2020
 11 a.m.  Free! 

"Baby Playgroups": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon-Thurs. Hour-long program for kids up to 24 months (with caregiver). No older siblings, please.

Mon. 10:30 a.m. (Downtown)

Tues., except Dec. 24, 10 a.m. (Malletts Creek)

Wed., except Dec. 25 & Jan. 1, 11 a.m. (Pittsfield)

Thurs. 2 p.m. (Westgate) & 6:30 p.m. (Malletts Creek).
Every Mon.-Fri., various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.


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Sunday


October 2020
 4:30 p.m. 

"Tai-Chi for Kids": Sun Shen.

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From the slow Tai-Chi Form, which activates balance and calm, to playful Pushing Hands, which gives kids a safe, gentle outlet to explore themselves, to meditation techniques which they can use in the classroom and at home, this class invites kids to learn about themselves and introduces them to skills that will bring them a lifetime of happiness! Available for children ages 5 to 17 years old. Classes are held Sundays, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Contact Sifu Joseph Wang at info@sunshen.org or (734) 531-8796 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $70/month, $21/drop-in. (734) 531-8796. info@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



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Sunday


October 2020
 4:30 p.m. 

"Tai-Chi for Kids": Sun Shen.

  community member   < less Kids Practicing Pushing Hands

From the slow Tai-Chi Form, which activates balance and calm, to playful Pushing Hands, which gives kids a safe, gentle outlet to explore themselves, to meditation techniques which they can use in the classroom and at home, this class invites kids to learn about themselves and introduces them to skills that will bring them a lifetime of happiness! Available for children ages 5 to 17 years old. Classes are held Sundays, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Contact Sifu Joseph Wang at info@sunshen.org or (734) 531-8796 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $70/month, $21/drop-in. (734) 531-8796. info@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]