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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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30

Monday


November 2020
 10:30 a.m. 

"Fun at One": Early Childhood Division Rec & Ed, First Steps.

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12 to 24 months & an Adult. Welcome to the world of the one year old! We will gather outside each week to sing, play and move with other families and same-age peers. Spending time outdoors in a social and active setting during late fall is good for the soul. Class begins with open-ended time on the playground in a safe, controlled environment with families who are mindful of social distancing and weekly, self-health screenings. A train-themed circle time will move to a grassy, fenced-in area adjacent to the playground. The train whistle signals the arrival in the station and for us to get up and be active while practicing important gross motor skills like walking backwards, marching, jumping and moving to the beat. New and familiar songs and props are shared during this circle time. Class will include an interactive story and brief discussions on developmental milestones specific to one year olds.
Westerman Preschool & Family Center Playground Area, 2775 Boardwalk Dr. $79. 734 994 2300 X 0. browns@aaps.k12.mi.us https://apm.activecommunities.com/aareced/Activity_Search/fun-at-one-outside-with-ms-bonnie-nov-decmondays-10-30/54525 [map]


 11:30 a.m.  Online 

"Toe Tappers": Early Childhood Division Rec & Ed, First Steps.

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Ages 3-5. Toe Tappers have a blast while learning about rhythm and coordination. Sam introduces children to basic tap steps as well as ways to move through space like skipping, sliding, jumping and hopping. Creative movement activities also spark their imaginations to move in new ways! Sam will let you know before each class what household props you may need. Tap shoes are helpful though not required for the virtual class. You are joining a class that began in September. Instructor: Sam Coffin. 6 classes. Scholarship recipients $10.
Zoom Link, Your Home. Online. $65. 734 994 2300 X 0. browns@aaps.k12.mi.us https://apm.activecommunities.com/aareced/Activity_Search/toe-tappers-online-with-miss-sam/54554


 Noon 

"Babies and Toddlers Together": Early Childhood Division Rec & Ed, First Steps.

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4 to 18 months & an Adult. This newly-designed class is a combination of two of our longest-running classes, Curious WiggleWorms and Fun at One. We gather outside each week to sing, play and move on the playground and in the grassy, fenced-in area adjacent to the playground. Circle time includes a routine of music, nursery rhymes, stories and more. Families bring a picnic blanket and lunch to eat during our discussions. This combination class focuses on developmental milestones and topics relevant to this age group and the unique challenges of 2020. Sharing the joys and challenges with others is especially important in the middle of this pandemic and being outside in late Fall is good for the soul. Adults are expected to wear masks except while eating. In the event of inclement weather, we will meet virtually via Zoom. Instructor: Bonnie Kerber. 6 classes. Scholarship recipients pay $10.
Westerman Preschool & Family Center Playground Area, 2775 Boardwalk Ann Arbor, Mi 48104. $79. 734 994 2300 X 0. browns@aaps.k12.mi.us https://apm.activecommunities.com/aareced/Activity_Search/babies-toddlers-together-outside-mon-12-noon-nov-dec/53195 [map]


1

Tuesday


December 2020
 9 a.m.  Online 

"Little Bouncy Boppers": Early Childhood Division Rec & Ed, First Steps.

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10 months to 2.5 years & an Adult. This virtual class for babies and toddlers focuses on fun movements for building your baby's body and brain. Class begins with a few minutes of getting to know each other through sharing developments and milestones. Next, we use repetitive welcome songs to teach waving, claping, stomping , and tapping movements. The remainder of the class uses fun props such as scarves, sticks, shakers, and stuffed animals to introduce a variety of dance and movement activities. Give your baby bonding time with you through the joys of song, dance, and movement! You are joining a class that begin in September. Instructor: Anna Gradwohl. 5 classes. Scholarship recipients pay $10.
Zoom link, Your Home. Online. $65. 734 994 2300 X 0. browns@aaps.k12.mi.us https://apm.activecommunities.com/aareced/Activity_Search/little-bouncy-boppers-online-with-ms-anna/54552


 9:45 a.m.  Online 

'Fine Motor Fun": Early Childhood Division Rec & Ed, First Steps.

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1.5 through 3 years & an Adult. Did you know fine motor skills refer to small movements of the hands and fingers including the smaller muscles of the face and even feet? Learn creative, homemade activities in this "make and do" class while experiencing materials like pasta, play-doh and paint in new and deliberate ways. Encouraging fine motor dexterity prepares your child for drawing, cutting, zipping, and manipulating small objects. Class includes time to learn new songs and rhymes with hand and finger motions, share outcomes with other families and laugh together in a classroom setting at home all with the focus on Fine Motor Fun! Susanna will post week-to-week materials and ideas lists to adults. By the end of the session, families will have a great collection of simple yet challenging activities to use over and over! Instructor: Susanna Brown. 6 classes. Scholarship recipients pay $10.
Zoom Link, Your Home. Online. $75. 734 994 2300 X 0. browns@aaps.k12.mi.us https://apm.activecommunities.com/aareced/Activity_Search/fine-motor-fun-with-susanna-online-nov-new/54003


 11 a.m.  Online 

"I Wonder What Happens If...": Early Childhood Division Rec & Ed, First Steps.

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Ages 3 - 5 and an Adult. Do you love to try new things out and see what happens? This new class invites you to bring your curiosity, some easily gathered items from your home and YOU. Each week we'll apply inquiry-based principles to open-ended math, science and social/emotional questions. Share ideas, make predictions, change variables and come to conclusions as a group. For example, what happens if I mix cornstarch and water together? Or, what will paint look like on ice? How does a homemade scale work to weight objects? The list of "I Wonder" questions are endless, so let's figure out together how and why the world works the way it does one week at a time. Join us in this open-ended, interactive and unique class. Instructor: Susanna Brown. 7 classes. Scholarship recipients pay $10.
Zoom Link, Your Home. Online. $95. 734 994 2300 X 0. browns@aaps.k12.mi.us https://apm.activecommunities.com/aareced/Activity_Search/i-wonder-what-happens-if-new/53982


 Noon-8 p.m. 

Santa: Briarwood Mall.

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Daily through Dec. 24. All kids invited to visit with Santa from a distance; photos available for purchase. Masks required. Note: Santa takes breaks
Briarwood Von Maur court. Appointments required at SimonSanta.com; walk-ins available the first and last hour of each day only. 769-9610. [map]


2

Wednesday


December 2020
 11 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Little Listeners Story Time": Northfield Township Area Library.

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Join us on Facebook every Wednesday at 11 a.m. for fun stories, silly songs, and age appropriate hands-on activities. Story time is designed to promote early literacy. Register for your Little Listener craft kits online at www.ntal.org/events.
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake. Free. Online. 7344490066. hmccausland@ntal.org www.ntal.org/events [map]



 11 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Storytime": Nicola's Books.

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Every Wed. Picture book readings by Nicola's booksellers and guests TBA.
Online at Facebook.com/NicolasBooksA2. Free. NicolasBooks.com.


 Noon-8 p.m. 

Santa: Briarwood Mall.

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Daily through Dec. 24. All kids invited to visit with Santa from a distance; photos available for purchase. Masks required. Note: Santa takes breaks
Briarwood Von Maur court. Appointments required at SimonSanta.com; walk-ins available the first and last hour of each day only. 769-9610. [map]


 6 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Virtual Bingo!: Northfield Township Area Library.

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Join us for a fun virtual bingo game! The link to the Zoom meeting will be sent to the e-mail address used to register along with instructions on how to login to play. Pick up your bingo cards at the library or print your own at home using this link. https://bingobaker.com/view/1228516
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake. Free. Online. 7344490066. hmccausland@ntal.org www.ntal.org/events [map]



3

Thursday


December 2020
 9:30 a.m.  Online 

"Dance It Out!": Early Childhood Division Rec & Ed, First Steps.

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Ages 2 through 4 years & an Adult. You and your child explore a variety of creative movement activities designed to develop gross motor skills and cognitive development. Sam looks for smiles, laughs and creative exploration; there's no wrong way to move! Fun music incorporates rhythm patterns which sets the scene for jumping, galloping, stepping sideways and lots of balancing. This class use their imaginations to dance like frogs, monkeys and even cheetahs. Sam will let you know before each class what household props you may need. You are joining a class that began in September. Instructor: Samantha Coffin. 5 classes. Scholarship recipients: $10. No Class 11/26
Zoom Link, Your Home. Online. $59. 734 994 2300 X 0. browns@aaps.k12.mi.us https://apm.activecommunities.com/aareced/Activity_Search/dance-it-out-at-home-with-ms-sam-thursdays-9-30/54555


 9:30 a.m.  Online 

"Jump into Speech": Early Childhood Division Rec & Ed, First Steps.

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15 to 30 months & an Adult. Between 15 and 30 months toddlers develop their vocabulary at an amazing rate. This class provides tools and strategies for adults to use to with their children all centered around communication skills. There is time for social chatting and dialogue at the beginning and end of each class facilitated and modeled by Susanna with help from the participating adults using puppets, stuffed animals, visual aids and other props we may have around the house. Circle Time includes songs and fingerplays with movements, partner activities and "What's In The Box" A weekly extension will be available privately on YouTube highlighting the specific strategies to practice after class ends as well as a private group for posting additional content, building community and sharing progress. Instructor: Susanna Brown. 6 classes. Scholarship recipients pay $10. No Class 11/26.
Zoom Link, Your Home. Online. $79. 734 994 2300 X 0. browns@aaps.k12.mi.us https://apm.activecommunities.com/aareced/Activity_Search/jump-into-speech-with-miss-susanna-online-thurs/53984


 10:30 a.m.  Online 

"Oh! Susanna Online with Silly Times and Surprises": Early Childhood Division Rec & Ed, First Steps.

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2 through 4 years olds & an Adult. Gather together to actively experience some familiar First Steps favorites (like Jack in the Box and traditional circle time songs) while also being introduced to new material. Susanna combines the old and new through simple games, partner activities, dances and fingerplays that help build important skills like sequencing, recall, memorization and following multi-step directions. Social interaction between families and children is encouraged as we build community and stay connected. Bonus material to access during the week is also part of this class. Instructor: Susanna Brown. 6 classes. Scholarship recipients pay $10. No Class 11/26.
Zoom Link, Your Home. Online. $75. 734 994 2300 X 0. browns@aaps.k12.mi.us https://apm.activecommunities.com/aareced/Activity_Search/oh-susanna-with-silly-times-and-surprises-online/53991


 10:30 a.m. 

"Little Paws Story Time": 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 ages 2-5 (with caregiver); kids age 5 & up must wear a face mask. Social distancing enforced.
Humane Society, 3100 Cherry Hill. $5 per kid (babies 11 months & under, free), preregistration required. hshv.org, 661-3575. [map]


 Noon-8 p.m. 

Santa: Briarwood Mall.

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Daily through Dec. 24. All kids invited to visit with Santa from a distance; photos available for purchase. Masks required. Note: Santa takes breaks
Briarwood Von Maur court. Appointments required at SimonSanta.com; walk-ins available the first and last hour of each day only. 769-9610. [map]


 5:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Storytime with Denise Brennan-Nelson": Literati Bookstore At Home with Literati.

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Howell writer Brennan-Nelson reads from 2 of her recent Christmas-themed picture books, Good Night, Reindeer and Santa's Secret.
Online at LiteratiBookstore.com/event/home-literati-story-time-w-denise-brennan-nelson. Free, but donations accepted. 585-5567.


4

Friday


December 2020
 10 a.m.  Online 

"Baby Sign Language": Early Childhood Division Rec & Ed, First Steps.

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6 months to 3 years old & an Adult. Did you know babies can sign months before they can speak? Babies begin intentionally communicating with signs as early as 8 months. Each week offers a new theme with plenty of time to practice through songs and interactions with others. You'll be amazed at how quickly your baby learns meaningful signs and can tell you what they need,want, see or is thinking about. Avoid moments of frustration for your baby by giving them another tool to communicate! In addition to a live virtual lesson, this class uses a private group for posting additional content, building community and sharing progress. Whitney is passionate about baby sign and has had beautiful signing relationships with both of her babies! Instructor: Whitney Wilkes-Krier. 6 classes. Scholarship recipients pay $10. No class 11/27
Zoom Link, Your Home. Online. $79. 734 994 2300 X 0. browns@aaps.k12.mi.us https://apm.activecommunities.com/aareced/Activity_Search/baby-sign-language-on-line-nov-13/54084


 Noon-8 p.m. 

Santa: Briarwood Mall.

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Daily through Dec. 24. All kids invited to visit with Santa from a distance; photos available for purchase. Masks required. Note: Santa takes breaks
Briarwood Von Maur court. Appointments required at SimonSanta.com; walk-ins available the first and last hour of each day only. 769-9610. [map]


 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Raptor Feeding": Leslie Science & Nature Center.

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LSNC staff feed and answer questions about the center's red-tailed hawk, peregrine falcon, and other resident raptors, who may come out of their enclosures to eat. Masks required for all age 4 & up.
LSNC, 1831 Traver Rd. Free. 997-1553, LeslieSNC.org. [map]


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Saturday


December 2020
 10 a.m.-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Christmas on the Farm Revised": Waterloo Farm Museum.

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Dec. 5 & 6. This German immigrant pioneer homestead comes alive with the sights, sounds, and smells of a rural 1880s Michigan Christmas. Stroll on the farmhouse grounds that house a decorated 2-story brick farmhouse, 1840s log house, and outbuildings (with a blacksmith at work at the forge). Bonfire. Also, sales of baked goods, holiday greens, and many other gifts. Live music TBA. Petting goats on Sun. only. Masks required, social distancing enforced.
Waterloo Farm Museum, 13493 Waterloo-Munith Rd., Waterloo Recreation Area, Chelsea. Free. (517) 648-3676.


 Noon-8 p.m. 

Santa: Briarwood Mall.

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Daily through Dec. 24. All kids invited to visit with Santa from a distance; photos available for purchase. Masks required. Note: Santa takes breaks
Briarwood Von Maur court. Appointments required at SimonSanta.com; walk-ins available the first and last hour of each day only. 769-9610. [map]


 1-2:30 p.m. & 3-4:30 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers introduce Sven the reindeer, Mike the Shire horse, and Nanai the Siberian lynx on the indoor stage. Guests invited to view other animals on display, including a kangaroo, albino alligator, African crested porcupines, and binturongs. Masks required.
Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 (kids ages 2-12, $8; age 2 & under, free) in advance only at TheCreatureConservancy.org (capacity limited). 929-9324. [map]


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Sunday


December 2020
 Noon-8 p.m. 

Santa: Briarwood Mall.

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Daily through Dec. 24. All kids invited to visit with Santa from a distance; photos available for purchase. Masks required. Note: Santa takes breaks
Briarwood Von Maur court. Appointments required at SimonSanta.com; walk-ins available the first and last hour of each day only. 769-9610. [map]


 Noon-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Christmas on the Farm Revised": Waterloo Farm Museum.

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Dec. 5 & 6. This German immigrant pioneer homestead comes alive with the sights, sounds, and smells of a rural 1880s Michigan Christmas. Stroll on the farmhouse grounds that house a decorated 2-story brick farmhouse, 1840s log house, and outbuildings (with a blacksmith at work at the forge). Bonfire. Also, sales of baked goods, holiday greens, and many other gifts. Live music TBA. Petting goats on Sun. only. Masks required, social distancing enforced.
Waterloo Farm Museum, 13493 Waterloo-Munith Rd., Waterloo Recreation Area, Chelsea. Free. (517) 648-3676.


 1-3 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Monologue Preparation": Ann Arbor Civic Theatre.

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David Widmayer, director and actor for A2CT discusses and demonstrates the different types of monologues and how to give them in theatre. For ages 18 & up.
For online URL preregister at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScIpMKbrJ-p9jjcniw2NBuw2pd3R0tezqxA0HLm6TI9tUsczw/viewform. Free. 9714-2228, manager@a2ct.org.


 1-2:30 p.m. & 3-4:30 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers introduce Sven the reindeer, Mike the Shire horse, and Nanai the Siberian lynx on the indoor stage. Guests invited to view other animals on display, including a kangaroo, albino alligator, African crested porcupines, and binturongs. Masks required.
Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 (kids ages 2-12, $8; age 2 & under, free) in advance only at TheCreatureConservancy.org (capacity limited). 929-9324. [map]


 2 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Kerry Tales with Mother Goose."

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Every Sun. 5-10 minute long program of rhymes, riddles, & stories with local storyteller Trudy Bulkley as Mother Goose. Archived performances available at bit.ly/kerrytales.
For livestream URL, see Facebook.com/Kerrytown. Free. [map]


7

Monday


December 2020
 10:30 a.m. 

"Fun at One": Early Childhood Division Rec & Ed, First Steps.

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12 to 24 months & an Adult. Welcome to the world of the one year old! We will gather outside each week to sing, play and move with other families and same-age peers. Spending time outdoors in a social and active setting during late fall is good for the soul. Class begins with open-ended time on the playground in a safe, controlled environment with families who are mindful of social distancing and weekly, self-health screenings. A train-themed circle time will move to a grassy, fenced-in area adjacent to the playground. The train whistle signals the arrival in the station and for us to get up and be active while practicing important gross motor skills like walking backwards, marching, jumping and moving to the beat. New and familiar songs and props are shared during this circle time. Class will include an interactive story and brief discussions on developmental milestones specific to one year olds.
Westerman Preschool & Family Center Playground Area, 2775 Boardwalk Dr. $79. 734 994 2300 X 0. browns@aaps.k12.mi.us https://apm.activecommunities.com/aareced/Activity_Search/fun-at-one-outside-with-ms-bonnie-nov-decmondays-10-30/54525 [map]


 11-11:30 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Baby Time": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All infants through 2-year-olds (accompanied by a caregiver) invited to this program of songs, rhymes, movements, stories, and other activities.
Online at AADL.tv.


 11:30 a.m.  Online 

"Toe Tappers": Early Childhood Division Rec & Ed, First Steps.

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Ages 3-5. Toe Tappers have a blast while learning about rhythm and coordination. Sam introduces children to basic tap steps as well as ways to move through space like skipping, sliding, jumping and hopping. Creative movement activities also spark their imaginations to move in new ways! Sam will let you know before each class what household props you may need. Tap shoes are helpful though not required for the virtual class. You are joining a class that began in September. Instructor: Sam Coffin. 6 classes. Scholarship recipients $10.
Zoom Link, Your Home. Online. $65. 734 994 2300 X 0. browns@aaps.k12.mi.us https://apm.activecommunities.com/aareced/Activity_Search/toe-tappers-online-with-miss-sam/54554


 Noon 

"Babies and Toddlers Together": Early Childhood Division Rec & Ed, First Steps.

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4 to 18 months & an Adult. This newly-designed class is a combination of two of our longest-running classes, Curious WiggleWorms and Fun at One. We gather outside each week to sing, play and move on the playground and in the grassy, fenced-in area adjacent to the playground. Circle time includes a routine of music, nursery rhymes, stories and more. Families bring a picnic blanket and lunch to eat during our discussions. This combination class focuses on developmental milestones and topics relevant to this age group and the unique challenges of 2020. Sharing the joys and challenges with others is especially important in the middle of this pandemic and being outside in late Fall is good for the soul. Adults are expected to wear masks except while eating. In the event of inclement weather, we will meet virtually via Zoom. Instructor: Bonnie Kerber. 6 classes. Scholarship recipients pay $10.
Westerman Preschool & Family Center Playground Area, 2775 Boardwalk Ann Arbor, Mi 48104. $79. 734 994 2300 X 0. browns@aaps.k12.mi.us https://apm.activecommunities.com/aareced/Activity_Search/babies-toddlers-together-outside-mon-12-noon-nov-dec/53195 [map]


 Noon-8 p.m. 

Santa: Briarwood Mall.

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Daily through Dec. 24. All kids invited to visit with Santa from a distance; photos available for purchase. Masks required. Note: Santa takes breaks
Briarwood Von Maur court. Appointments required at SimonSanta.com; walk-ins available the first and last hour of each day only. 769-9610. [map]


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Tuesday


December 2020
 9:45 a.m.  Online 

'Fine Motor Fun": Early Childhood Division Rec & Ed, First Steps.

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1.5 through 3 years & an Adult. Did you know fine motor skills refer to small movements of the hands and fingers including the smaller muscles of the face and even feet? Learn creative, homemade activities in this "make and do" class while experiencing materials like pasta, play-doh and paint in new and deliberate ways. Encouraging fine motor dexterity prepares your child for drawing, cutting, zipping, and manipulating small objects. Class includes time to learn new songs and rhymes with hand and finger motions, share outcomes with other families and laugh together in a classroom setting at home all with the focus on Fine Motor Fun! Susanna will post week-to-week materials and ideas lists to adults. By the end of the session, families will have a great collection of simple yet challenging activities to use over and over! Instructor: Susanna Brown. 6 classes. Scholarship recipients pay $10.
Zoom Link, Your Home. Online. $75. 734 994 2300 X 0. browns@aaps.k12.mi.us https://apm.activecommunities.com/aareced/Activity_Search/fine-motor-fun-with-susanna-online-nov-new/54003


 11 a.m.  Online 

"I Wonder What Happens If...": Early Childhood Division Rec & Ed, First Steps.

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Ages 3 - 5 and an Adult. Do you love to try new things out and see what happens? This new class invites you to bring your curiosity, some easily gathered items from your home and YOU. Each week we'll apply inquiry-based principles to open-ended math, science and social/emotional questions. Share ideas, make predictions, change variables and come to conclusions as a group. For example, what happens if I mix cornstarch and water together? Or, what will paint look like on ice? How does a homemade scale work to weight objects? The list of "I Wonder" questions are endless, so let's figure out together how and why the world works the way it does one week at a time. Join us in this open-ended, interactive and unique class. Instructor: Susanna Brown. 7 classes. Scholarship recipients pay $10.
Zoom Link, Your Home. Online. $95. 734 994 2300 X 0. browns@aaps.k12.mi.us https://apm.activecommunities.com/aareced/Activity_Search/i-wonder-what-happens-if-new/53982


 Noon-8 p.m. 

Santa: Briarwood Mall.

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Daily through Dec. 24. All kids invited to visit with Santa from a distance; photos available for purchase. Masks required. Note: Santa takes breaks
Briarwood Von Maur court. Appointments required at SimonSanta.com; walk-ins available the first and last hour of each day only. 769-9610. [map]


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Wednesday


December 2020
 11 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Little Listeners Story Time": Northfield Township Area Library.

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Join us on Facebook every Wednesday at 11 a.m. for fun stories, silly songs, and age appropriate hands-on activities. Story time is designed to promote early literacy. Register for your Little Listener craft kits online at www.ntal.org/events.
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake. Free. Online. 7344490066. hmccausland@ntal.org www.ntal.org/events [map]



 11 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Storytime": Nicola's Books.

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Every Wed. Picture book readings by Nicola's booksellers and guests TBA.
Online at Facebook.com/NicolasBooksA2. Free. NicolasBooks.com.


 Noon-8 p.m. 

Santa: Briarwood Mall.

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Daily through Dec. 24. All kids invited to visit with Santa from a distance; photos available for purchase. Masks required. Note: Santa takes breaks
Briarwood Von Maur court. Appointments required at SimonSanta.com; walk-ins available the first and last hour of each day only. 769-9610. [map]


 6 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Virtual Bingo!: Northfield Township Area Library.

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Join us for a fun virtual bingo game! The link to the Zoom meeting will be sent to the e-mail address used to register along with instructions on how to login to play. Pick up your bingo cards at the library or print your own at home using this link. https://bingobaker.com/view/1228516
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake. Free. Online. 7344490066. hmccausland@ntal.org www.ntal.org/events [map]



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Thursday


December 2020
 9:30 a.m.  Online 

"Dance It Out!": Early Childhood Division Rec & Ed, First Steps.

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Ages 2 through 4 years & an Adult. You and your child explore a variety of creative movement activities designed to develop gross motor skills and cognitive development. Sam looks for smiles, laughs and creative exploration; there's no wrong way to move! Fun music incorporates rhythm patterns which sets the scene for jumping, galloping, stepping sideways and lots of balancing. This class use their imaginations to dance like frogs, monkeys and even cheetahs. Sam will let you know before each class what household props you may need. You are joining a class that began in September. Instructor: Samantha Coffin. 5 classes. Scholarship recipients: $10. No Class 11/26
Zoom Link, Your Home. Online. $59. 734 994 2300 X 0. browns@aaps.k12.mi.us https://apm.activecommunities.com/aareced/Activity_Search/dance-it-out-at-home-with-ms-sam-thursdays-9-30/54555


 9:30 a.m.  Online 

"Jump into Speech": Early Childhood Division Rec & Ed, First Steps.

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15 to 30 months & an Adult. Between 15 and 30 months toddlers develop their vocabulary at an amazing rate. This class provides tools and strategies for adults to use to with their children all centered around communication skills. There is time for social chatting and dialogue at the beginning and end of each class facilitated and modeled by Susanna with help from the participating adults using puppets, stuffed animals, visual aids and other props we may have around the house. Circle Time includes songs and fingerplays with movements, partner activities and "What's In The Box" A weekly extension will be available privately on YouTube highlighting the specific strategies to practice after class ends as well as a private group for posting additional content, building community and sharing progress. Instructor: Susanna Brown. 6 classes. Scholarship recipients pay $10. No Class 11/26.
Zoom Link, Your Home. Online. $79. 734 994 2300 X 0. browns@aaps.k12.mi.us https://apm.activecommunities.com/aareced/Activity_Search/jump-into-speech-with-miss-susanna-online-thurs/53984


 10:30 a.m.  Online 

"Oh! Susanna Online with Silly Times and Surprises": Early Childhood Division Rec & Ed, First Steps.

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2 through 4 years olds & an Adult. Gather together to actively experience some familiar First Steps favorites (like Jack in the Box and traditional circle time songs) while also being introduced to new material. Susanna combines the old and new through simple games, partner activities, dances and fingerplays that help build important skills like sequencing, recall, memorization and following multi-step directions. Social interaction between families and children is encouraged as we build community and stay connected. Bonus material to access during the week is also part of this class. Instructor: Susanna Brown. 6 classes. Scholarship recipients pay $10. No Class 11/26.
Zoom Link, Your Home. Online. $75. 734 994 2300 X 0. browns@aaps.k12.mi.us https://apm.activecommunities.com/aareced/Activity_Search/oh-susanna-with-silly-times-and-surprises-online/53991


 Noon-8 p.m. 

Santa: Briarwood Mall.

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Daily through Dec. 24. All kids invited to visit with Santa from a distance; photos available for purchase. Masks required. Note: Santa takes breaks
Briarwood Von Maur court. Appointments required at SimonSanta.com; walk-ins available the first and last hour of each day only. 769-9610. [map]


 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

"A Drive-Through Christmas Experience": Ann Arbor Baptist Church.

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Dec. 10-13. Carside entertainment featuring a decorated 25-foot Christmas tree and a live Nativity scene. Also, screening of The Christmas Truce, a 5-minute animation based on WWI soldiers' memories of an unusual Christmas on the front lines. Take-home cookies and hot chocolate (or eat them in the car, if you like).
Ann Arbor Baptist Church, 2150 S. Wagner. Free. 995-5144. [map]


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Friday


December 2020
 10 a.m.  Online 

"Baby Sign Language": Early Childhood Division Rec & Ed, First Steps.

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6 months to 3 years old & an Adult. Did you know babies can sign months before they can speak? Babies begin intentionally communicating with signs as early as 8 months. Each week offers a new theme with plenty of time to practice through songs and interactions with others. You'll be amazed at how quickly your baby learns meaningful signs and can tell you what they need,want, see or is thinking about. Avoid moments of frustration for your baby by giving them another tool to communicate! In addition to a live virtual lesson, this class uses a private group for posting additional content, building community and sharing progress. Whitney is passionate about baby sign and has had beautiful signing relationships with both of her babies! Instructor: Whitney Wilkes-Krier. 6 classes. Scholarship recipients pay $10. No class 11/27
Zoom Link, Your Home. Online. $79. 734 994 2300 X 0. browns@aaps.k12.mi.us https://apm.activecommunities.com/aareced/Activity_Search/baby-sign-language-on-line-nov-13/54084


 Noon-8 p.m. 

Santa: Briarwood Mall.

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Daily through Dec. 24. All kids invited to visit with Santa from a distance; photos available for purchase. Masks required. Note: Santa takes breaks
Briarwood Von Maur court. Appointments required at SimonSanta.com; walk-ins available the first and last hour of each day only. 769-9610. [map]


 5:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

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

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All ages 5-11 invited to watch a Monsters, Inc. and interact with adoptable pets. Pizza dinner. Wear pajamas and bring a sleeping bag and pillow. Masks required, social distancing enforced.
Humane Society, 3100 Cherry Hill. $35 (additional children, $15), preregistration required (capacity limited to 10 participants). hshv.org, 661-3575. [map]


 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

"A Drive-Through Christmas Experience": Ann Arbor Baptist Church.

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Dec. 10-13. Carside entertainment featuring a decorated 25-foot Christmas tree and a live Nativity scene. Also, screening of The Christmas Truce, a 5-minute animation based on WWI soldiers' memories of an unusual Christmas on the front lines. Take-home cookies and hot chocolate (or eat them in the car, if you like).
Ann Arbor Baptist Church, 2150 S. Wagner. Free. 995-5144. [map]


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Saturday


December 2020
 10:30 a.m.  Free!  Online 

Know Obstacles: Oz's Music Environment.

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All invited to play instruments, sing songs, and tell jokes with members of this band for kids and adults with special needs. Spectators welcome.
For online meeting URL see bit.ly/ozkidsopenmic (meeting ID, 933 1925 5392; password, 362147). Free. 662-8283.


 Noon-8 p.m. 

Santa: Briarwood Mall.

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Daily through Dec. 24. All kids invited to visit with Santa from a distance; photos available for purchase. Masks required. Note: Santa takes breaks
Briarwood Von Maur court. Appointments required at SimonSanta.com; walk-ins available the first and last hour of each day only. 769-9610. [map]


 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Solstice Celebration": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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All ages 7-11 invited to share some of your favorite moments in nature with others around a bonfire. Hot drinks. Led by WCPARC naturalists Elle Bogle and Kelsey Dehring. One parent welcome to lurk for free. Masks required.
Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennings, Whitmore Lake. Free. Capacity limited; preregistration required at ParksOnline.eWashtenaw.org (search Activity #821004). [map]


 1-3 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"40th Annual Winter Festival": Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor.

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Featuring virtual craft demos, storytelling, and a magic show. Geared towards kids in grades K-5. Raffle for accompanying adults.
For online URL see SteinerSchool.org. Free. 995-4141.


 1-2:30 p.m. & 3-4:30 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers introduce Sven the reindeer, Mike the Shire horse, and Nanai the Siberian lynx on the indoor stage. Guests invited to view other animals on display, including a kangaroo, albino alligator, African crested porcupines, and binturongs. Masks required.
Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 (kids ages 2-12, $8; age 2 & under, free) in advance only at TheCreatureConservancy.org (capacity limited). 929-9324. [map]


 2 p.m.  Free!  Online 

55th Annual Community Messiah Sing.

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All people capable of reading and singing vocal parts are invited to join this friendly, informal, unrehearsed virtual performance of Handel's beloved oratorio. Between 100 and 200 singers usually participate, including professionals, semiprofessionals, serious amateurs, families, and church choirs. Volunteer instrumentalists welcome.
for online URL, email a2messiahsing@gmail.com. Free. Facebook.com (search "Community Messiah Sing").


 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

"A Drive-Through Christmas Experience": Ann Arbor Baptist Church.

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Dec. 10-13. Carside entertainment featuring a decorated 25-foot Christmas tree and a live Nativity scene. Also, screening of The Christmas Truce, a 5-minute animation based on WWI soldiers' memories of an unusual Christmas on the front lines. Take-home cookies and hot chocolate (or eat them in the car, if you like).
Ann Arbor Baptist Church, 2150 S. Wagner. Free. 995-5144. [map]


 6:30-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Illuminate": Beth Israel Congregation/Jewish Community Center.

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Carside entertainment. Highlights include fire eating and other tricks by Detroit Circus performers and an 8-foot light-up dreidel. Fresh popcorn.
Beth Israel parking lot, 2000 Washtenaw Ave. Free, but donations for Food Gatherers welcome. Preregistration requested at BethIsrael-aa.org/form/illuminate. Engage@BethIsrael-AA.org. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m. 

"New Moon Hike": Leslie Science & Nature Center.

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LSNC staffers lead a family-friendly hike and discuss how different animals see in the dark. Also, visit with the center's nocturnal residents. Followed by moon-themed stories & poems around a bonfire. Hot chocolate-bring your own mug if you wish. Masks required for age 4 & up.
LSNC, 1831 Traver Rd. $5 per person. Capacity limited; preregistration required. LeslieSNC.org, 997-1553. [map]


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Sunday


December 2020
 Noon-6 p.m. 

Santa: Briarwood Mall.

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Daily through Dec. 24. All kids invited to visit with Santa from a distance; photos available for purchase. Masks required. Note: Santa takes breaks
Briarwood Von Maur court. Appointments required at SimonSanta.com; walk-ins available the first and last hour of each day only. 769-9610. [map]


 Noon or so  Free!  Online 

"Ho, Ho, Ho! The North Pole Chronicles": The Saline Area Players.

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Sam Kempf and Mackenna Kofahl direct local actors-plus a few from out of state-in a virtual staged reading of Houston playwright Pat Cook's family-friendly play centered around a press conference with Santa, his reindeer, and the elves who work a gift suggestion hotline.
Afternoon time TBA, online at Facebook.com/SalineAreaPlayers. Free.


 1-2:30 p.m. & 3-4:30 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers introduce Sven the reindeer, Mike the Shire horse, and Nanai the Siberian lynx on the indoor stage. Guests invited to view other animals on display, including a kangaroo, albino alligator, African crested porcupines, and binturongs. Masks required.
Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 (kids ages 2-12, $8; age 2 & under, free) in advance only at TheCreatureConservancy.org (capacity limited). 929-9324. [map]


 1-3 p.m. 

"Santa's Winter Wonderland Walk": Hudson Mills Metropark Interpretive Nature Programs.

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Hudson Mills naturalists lead short walks along a trail lined with candy canes to meet various Christmas characters, including Santa in his workshop.
Hudson Mills Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $5 per person (kids 2 & under, free). Capacity limited; preregistration required by Dec. 12. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 426-8211. [map]


 2 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Kerry Tales with Mother Goose."

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Every Sun. 5-10 minute long program of rhymes, riddles, & stories with local storyteller Trudy Bulkley as Mother Goose. Archived performances available at bit.ly/kerrytales.
For livestream URL, see Facebook.com/Kerrytown. Free. [map]


 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

"A Drive-Through Christmas Experience": Ann Arbor Baptist Church.

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Dec. 10-13. Carside entertainment featuring a decorated 25-foot Christmas tree and a live Nativity scene. Also, screening of The Christmas Truce, a 5-minute animation based on WWI soldiers' memories of an unusual Christmas on the front lines. Take-home cookies and hot chocolate (or eat them in the car, if you like).
Ann Arbor Baptist Church, 2150 S. Wagner. Free. 995-5144. [map]


 7-9 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Ann Arbor (Mostly) Acoustic Open Mic.

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Musicians of all ability levels and ages invited to sing and play anything from classic rock, Motown, and blues to bluegrass, folk, and country. All acoustic instruments (strings, horns, and woodwinds) welcome. Led by veteran local musicians Bill Connors and Phil McMillion.
For online meeting URL preregister at MeetUp.com/Ann-Arbor-Acoustic-Jam. 973-7791.


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Monday


December 2020
 11-11:30 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Baby Time": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All infants through 2-year-olds (accompanied by a caregiver) invited to this program of songs, rhymes, movements, stories, and other activities.
Online at AADL.tv.


 Noon-8 p.m. 

Santa: Briarwood Mall.

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Daily through Dec. 24. All kids invited to visit with Santa from a distance; photos available for purchase. Masks required. Note: Santa takes breaks
Briarwood Von Maur court. Appointments required at SimonSanta.com; walk-ins available the first and last hour of each day only. 769-9610. [map]


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Tuesday


December 2020
 10:30 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Hanukkah Celebration": Jewish Cultural Society.

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All invited to this celebration, including latkes, dreidels, and a bazaar with gently used items for sale.
Jewish Community Center, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. Free. 975-9872. [map]


 11 a.m.  Online 

"I Wonder What Happens If...": Early Childhood Division Rec & Ed, First Steps.

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Ages 3 - 5 and an Adult. Do you love to try new things out and see what happens? This new class invites you to bring your curiosity, some easily gathered items from your home and YOU. Each week we'll apply inquiry-based principles to open-ended math, science and social/emotional questions. Share ideas, make predictions, change variables and come to conclusions as a group. For example, what happens if I mix cornstarch and water together? Or, what will paint look like on ice? How does a homemade scale work to weight objects? The list of "I Wonder" questions are endless, so let's figure out together how and why the world works the way it does one week at a time. Join us in this open-ended, interactive and unique class. Instructor: Susanna Brown. 7 classes. Scholarship recipients pay $10.
Zoom Link, Your Home. Online. $95. 734 994 2300 X 0. browns@aaps.k12.mi.us https://apm.activecommunities.com/aareced/Activity_Search/i-wonder-what-happens-if-new/53982


 Noon-8 p.m. 

Santa: Briarwood Mall.

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Daily through Dec. 24. All kids invited to visit with Santa from a distance; photos available for purchase. Masks required. Note: Santa takes breaks
Briarwood Von Maur court. Appointments required at SimonSanta.com; walk-ins available the first and last hour of each day only. 769-9610. [map]


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Wednesday


December 2020
 11 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Little Listeners Story Time": Northfield Township Area Library.

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Join us on Facebook every Wednesday at 11 a.m. for fun stories, silly songs, and age appropriate hands-on activities. Story time is designed to promote early literacy. Register for your Little Listener craft kits online at www.ntal.org/events.
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake. Free. Online. 7344490066. hmccausland@ntal.org www.ntal.org/events [map]



 11 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Storytime": Nicola's Books.

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Every Wed. Picture book readings by Nicola's booksellers and guests TBA.
Online at Facebook.com/NicolasBooksA2. Free. NicolasBooks.com.


 Noon-8 p.m. 

Santa: Briarwood Mall.

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Daily through Dec. 24. All kids invited to visit with Santa from a distance; photos available for purchase. Masks required. Note: Santa takes breaks
Briarwood Von Maur court. Appointments required at SimonSanta.com; walk-ins available the first and last hour of each day only. 769-9610. [map]


 6 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Virtual Bingo!: Northfield Township Area Library.

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Join us for a fun virtual bingo game! The link to the Zoom meeting will be sent to the e-mail address used to register along with instructions on how to login to play. Pick up your bingo cards at the library or print your own at home using this link. https://bingobaker.com/view/1228516
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake. Free. Online. 7344490066. hmccausland@ntal.org www.ntal.org/events [map]



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Thursday


December 2020
 9:30 a.m.  Online 

"Jump into Speech": Early Childhood Division Rec & Ed, First Steps.

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15 to 30 months & an Adult. Between 15 and 30 months toddlers develop their vocabulary at an amazing rate. This class provides tools and strategies for adults to use to with their children all centered around communication skills. There is time for social chatting and dialogue at the beginning and end of each class facilitated and modeled by Susanna with help from the participating adults using puppets, stuffed animals, visual aids and other props we may have around the house. Circle Time includes songs and fingerplays with movements, partner activities and "What's In The Box" A weekly extension will be available privately on YouTube highlighting the specific strategies to practice after class ends as well as a private group for posting additional content, building community and sharing progress. Instructor: Susanna Brown. 6 classes. Scholarship recipients pay $10. No Class 11/26.
Zoom Link, Your Home. Online. $79. 734 994 2300 X 0. browns@aaps.k12.mi.us https://apm.activecommunities.com/aareced/Activity_Search/jump-into-speech-with-miss-susanna-online-thurs/53984


 10:30 a.m.  Online 

"Oh! Susanna Online with Silly Times and Surprises": Early Childhood Division Rec & Ed, First Steps.

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2 through 4 years olds & an Adult. Gather together to actively experience some familiar First Steps favorites (like Jack in the Box and traditional circle time songs) while also being introduced to new material. Susanna combines the old and new through simple games, partner activities, dances and fingerplays that help build important skills like sequencing, recall, memorization and following multi-step directions. Social interaction between families and children is encouraged as we build community and stay connected. Bonus material to access during the week is also part of this class. Instructor: Susanna Brown. 6 classes. Scholarship recipients pay $10. No Class 11/26.
Zoom Link, Your Home. Online. $75. 734 994 2300 X 0. browns@aaps.k12.mi.us https://apm.activecommunities.com/aareced/Activity_Search/oh-susanna-with-silly-times-and-surprises-online/53991


 10:30 a.m. 

"Little Paws Story Time": 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 ages 2-5 (with caregiver); kids age 5 & up must wear a face mask. Social distancing enforced.
Humane Society, 3100 Cherry Hill. $5 per kid (babies 11 months & under, free), preregistration required. hshv.org, 661-3575. [map]


 Noon-8 p.m. 

Santa: Briarwood Mall.

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Daily through Dec. 24. All kids invited to visit with Santa from a distance; photos available for purchase. Masks required. Note: Santa takes breaks
Briarwood Von Maur court. Appointments required at SimonSanta.com; walk-ins available the first and last hour of each day only. 769-9610. [map]


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Friday


December 2020
 10 a.m.  Online 

"Baby Sign Language": Early Childhood Division Rec & Ed, First Steps.

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6 months to 3 years old & an Adult. Did you know babies can sign months before they can speak? Babies begin intentionally communicating with signs as early as 8 months. Each week offers a new theme with plenty of time to practice through songs and interactions with others. You'll be amazed at how quickly your baby learns meaningful signs and can tell you what they need,want, see or is thinking about. Avoid moments of frustration for your baby by giving them another tool to communicate! In addition to a live virtual lesson, this class uses a private group for posting additional content, building community and sharing progress. Whitney is passionate about baby sign and has had beautiful signing relationships with both of her babies! Instructor: Whitney Wilkes-Krier. 6 classes. Scholarship recipients pay $10. No class 11/27
Zoom Link, Your Home. Online. $79. 734 994 2300 X 0. browns@aaps.k12.mi.us https://apm.activecommunities.com/aareced/Activity_Search/baby-sign-language-on-line-nov-13/54084


 Noon-8 p.m. 

Santa: Briarwood Mall.

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Daily through Dec. 24. All kids invited to visit with Santa from a distance; photos available for purchase. Masks required. Note: Santa takes breaks
Briarwood Von Maur court. Appointments required at SimonSanta.com; walk-ins available the first and last hour of each day only. 769-9610. [map]


 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Raptor Feeding": Leslie Science & Nature Center.

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LSNC staff feed and answer questions about the center's red-tailed hawk, peregrine falcon, and other resident raptors, who may come out of their enclosures to eat. Masks required for all age 4 & up.
LSNC, 1831 Traver Rd. Free. 997-1553, LeslieSNC.org. [map]


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Saturday


December 2020
 Noon-8 p.m. 

Santa: Briarwood Mall.

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Daily through Dec. 24. All kids invited to visit with Santa from a distance; photos available for purchase. Masks required. Note: Santa takes breaks
Briarwood Von Maur court. Appointments required at SimonSanta.com; walk-ins available the first and last hour of each day only. 769-9610. [map]


 1-2:30 p.m. & 3-4:30 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers introduce Sven the reindeer, Mike the Shire horse, and Nanai the Siberian lynx on the indoor stage. Guests invited to view other animals on display, including a kangaroo, albino alligator, African crested porcupines, and binturongs. Masks required.
Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 (kids ages 2-12, $8; age 2 & under, free) in advance only at TheCreatureConservancy.org (capacity limited). 929-9324. [map]


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Sunday


December 2020
 10 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"E-Waste": Ecology Center of Ann Arbor.

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Ecology Center staffers discuss what happens to electronic waste and offer tips for reducing or recycling it. Followed by a demo on how to reuse common household items as gift wrapping.
Online at YouTube.com (search "Ecology Center of Ann Arbor"). Free. mmunro@ecocenter.org.


 Noon-6 p.m. 

Santa: Briarwood Mall.

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Daily through Dec. 24. All kids invited to visit with Santa from a distance; photos available for purchase. Masks required. Note: Santa takes breaks
Briarwood Von Maur court. Appointments required at SimonSanta.com; walk-ins available the first and last hour of each day only. 769-9610. [map]


 1-2:30 p.m. & 3-4:30 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers introduce Sven the reindeer, Mike the Shire horse, and Nanai the Siberian lynx on the indoor stage. Guests invited to view other animals on display, including a kangaroo, albino alligator, African crested porcupines, and binturongs. Masks required.
Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 (kids ages 2-12, $8; age 2 & under, free) in advance only at TheCreatureConservancy.org (capacity limited). 929-9324. [map]


 2 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Kerry Tales with Mother Goose."

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Every Sun. 5-10 minute long program of rhymes, riddles, & stories with local storyteller Trudy Bulkley as Mother Goose. Archived performances available at bit.ly/kerrytales.
For livestream URL, see Facebook.com/Kerrytown. Free. [map]


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Monday


December 2020
 11-11:30 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Baby Time": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All infants through 2-year-olds (accompanied by a caregiver) invited to this program of songs, rhymes, movements, stories, and other activities.
Online at AADL.tv.


 Noon-8 p.m. 

Santa: Briarwood Mall.

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Daily through Dec. 24. All kids invited to visit with Santa from a distance; photos available for purchase. Masks required. Note: Santa takes breaks
Briarwood Von Maur court. Appointments required at SimonSanta.com; walk-ins available the first and last hour of each day only. 769-9610. [map]


 3 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Hands-On Holidays": Ann Arbor Hands On Museum/Leslie Science & Nature Center.

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Dec. 21, 22, 28, & 29. AAHOM & LSNC staffers demonstrate various at-home activities and crafts using common household items. Participants are sent a printable PDF to follow along with.
For online URL preregistration required. $5 per household (members, $3). LeslieSNC.org, 997-1553.


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Tuesday


December 2020
 Noon-8 p.m. 

Santa: Briarwood Mall.

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Daily through Dec. 24. All kids invited to visit with Santa from a distance; photos available for purchase. Masks required. Note: Santa takes breaks
Briarwood Von Maur court. Appointments required at SimonSanta.com; walk-ins available the first and last hour of each day only. 769-9610. [map]


 3 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Hands-On Holidays": Ann Arbor Hands On Museum/Leslie Science & Nature Center.

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Dec. 21, 22, 28, & 29. AAHOM & LSNC staffers demonstrate various at-home activities and crafts using common household items. Participants are sent a printable PDF to follow along with.
For online URL preregistration required. $5 per household (members, $3). LeslieSNC.org, 997-1553.


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Wednesday


December 2020
 11 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Little Listeners Story Time": Northfield Township Area Library.

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Join us on Facebook every Wednesday at 11 a.m. for fun stories, silly songs, and age appropriate hands-on activities. Story time is designed to promote early literacy. Register for your Little Listener craft kits online at www.ntal.org/events.
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake. Free. Online. 7344490066. hmccausland@ntal.org www.ntal.org/events [map]



 11 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Storytime": Nicola's Books.

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Every Wed. Picture book readings by Nicola's booksellers and guests TBA.
Online at Facebook.com/NicolasBooksA2. Free. NicolasBooks.com.


 Noon-8 p.m. 

Santa: Briarwood Mall.

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Daily through Dec. 24. All kids invited to visit with Santa from a distance; photos available for purchase. Masks required. Note: Santa takes breaks
Briarwood Von Maur court. Appointments required at SimonSanta.com; walk-ins available the first and last hour of each day only. 769-9610. [map]


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Thursday


December 2020
 Noon-8 p.m. 

Santa: Briarwood Mall.

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Daily through Dec. 24. All kids invited to visit with Santa from a distance; photos available for purchase. Masks required. Note: Santa takes breaks
Briarwood Von Maur court. Appointments required at SimonSanta.com; walk-ins available the first and last hour of each day only. 769-9610. [map]


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Saturday


December 2020
 1-2:30 p.m. & 3-4:30 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers introduce Sven the reindeer, Mike the Shire horse, and Nanai the Siberian lynx on the indoor stage. Guests invited to view other animals on display, including a kangaroo, albino alligator, African crested porcupines, and binturongs. Masks required.
Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 (kids ages 2-12, $8; age 2 & under, free) in advance only at TheCreatureConservancy.org (capacity limited). 929-9324. [map]


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Sunday


December 2020
 1-2:30 p.m. & 3-4:30 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers introduce Sven the reindeer, Mike the Shire horse, and Nanai the Siberian lynx on the indoor stage. Guests invited to view other animals on display, including a kangaroo, albino alligator, African crested porcupines, and binturongs. Masks required.
Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 (kids ages 2-12, $8; age 2 & under, free) in advance only at TheCreatureConservancy.org (capacity limited). 929-9324. [map]


 2 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Kerry Tales with Mother Goose."

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Every Sun. 5-10 minute long program of rhymes, riddles, & stories with local storyteller Trudy Bulkley as Mother Goose. Archived performances available at bit.ly/kerrytales.
For livestream URL, see Facebook.com/Kerrytown. Free. [map]


 6:30-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Fireside Fun": Leslie Science and Nature Center.

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All invited to sit around a campfire, roast marshmallows, and swap stories. If you like, bring camping chairs and s'mores fixings. Rain or shine (except thunder and lightning), so come dressed for the weather. Masks required for age 4 & up.
LSNC, 1831 Traver Rd. Free, but donations accepted. Capacity limited; preregistration required. LeslieSNC.org, 997-1553. [map]


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Monday


December 2020
 11-11:30 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Baby Time": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All infants through 2-year-olds (accompanied by a caregiver) invited to this program of songs, rhymes, movements, stories, and other activities.
Online at AADL.tv.


 3 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Hands-On Holidays": Ann Arbor Hands On Museum/Leslie Science & Nature Center.

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Dec. 21, 22, 28, & 29. AAHOM & LSNC staffers demonstrate various at-home activities and crafts using common household items. Participants are sent a printable PDF to follow along with.
For online URL preregistration required. $5 per household (members, $3). LeslieSNC.org, 997-1553.


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Tuesday


December 2020
 3 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Hands-On Holidays": Ann Arbor Hands On Museum/Leslie Science & Nature Center.

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Dec. 21, 22, 28, & 29. AAHOM & LSNC staffers demonstrate various at-home activities and crafts using common household items. Participants are sent a printable PDF to follow along with.
For online URL preregistration required. $5 per household (members, $3). LeslieSNC.org, 997-1553.


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Wednesday


December 2020
 11 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Little Listeners Story Time": Northfield Township Area Library.

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Join us on Facebook every Wednesday at 11 a.m. for fun stories, silly songs, and age appropriate hands-on activities. Story time is designed to promote early literacy. Register for your Little Listener craft kits online at www.ntal.org/events.
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake. Free. Online. 7344490066. hmccausland@ntal.org www.ntal.org/events [map]



 11 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Storytime": Nicola's Books.

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Every Wed. Picture book readings by Nicola's booksellers and guests TBA.
Online at Facebook.com/NicolasBooksA2. Free. NicolasBooks.com.


 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Hands-On Holidays Winter Outdoor Creation": Leslie Science & Nature Center.

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An afternoon of various family-friendly nature-based activities, featuring a self-guided scavenger hunt, birds of prey show-and-tell, and more. Masks required for age 4 & up.
LSNC, 1831 Traver Rd. $10 per person. Capacity limited; preregistration required. LeslieSNC.org, 997-1553. [map]


 6 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Virtual Bingo!: Northfield Township Area Library.

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Join us for a fun virtual bingo game! The link to the Zoom meeting will be sent to the e-mail address used to register along with instructions on how to login to play. Pick up your bingo cards at the library or print your own at home using this link. https://bingobaker.com/view/1228516
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake. Free. Online. 7344490066. hmccausland@ntal.org www.ntal.org/events [map]






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