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Kids' Calendar

Family, Teens, & Kids' Stuff

Ann Arbor is a family town, and the area provides a host of activities for kids of all ages. Let The Calendar help plan an after-school or weekend excursion.

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Tuesday


March 2019
 9:30 a.m. 

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

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Every Tues. & Sat. Crafts, science-themed stories, and hands-on activities for young kids, accompanied by a parent. Geared toward kids ages 3-6; older siblings welcome.
9:30 a.m. (Tues.) & 10:30 a.m. (Sat.), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. Free with regular admission: $12.50 (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-9439. [map]


 10-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Playgroups for Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Playgroup for kids up to 24 months, accompanied by an adult. No older siblings.

Mon. 10:30-11:30 a.m. except Mar. 4. Downtown.

Tues. 10-11 a.m. Malletts Creek.

Wed. 11 a.m.-noon. Pittsfield.

Thurs. 2-3 p.m. Westgate & 6:30-7:30 p.m. Malletts Creek.

Fri. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.
Every Mon.-Fri. (except Mar. 4), various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.


 10-10:30 & 11-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (accompanied by an adult).

Mon. 11-11:30 a.m. Westgate.

Tue. 10-10:30 a.m., except Mar. 5. Downtown & 11-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.

Wed. 10-10:30 a.m. Malletts Creek, 11-11:30 a.m. except Mar. 6. Downtown, & 6-6:30 p.m. Traverwood.

Thurs. 10-10:30 a.m. Traverwood & 7-7:30 p.m. Pittsfield.

Fri. 10-10:30 a.m. Westgate & Pittsfield.
Various locations, every Mon.-Fri. (see listing). Free. 327-4200.


 10-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Tummy Times": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Tues. New and expecting parents encouraged to bring their babies and share new baby experiences.
10-11 a.m., AADL Westgate, Westgate shopping center, 2503 Jackson. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 10:30-11:15 a.m.  Free! 

"Babytime": Chelsea District Library.

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Every Tues., except Nov. 20, Dec. 25, Jan. 1, Feb. 5, & Mar. 12 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 KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


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Wednesday


March 2019
 10-11 a.m. 

"Nature Storytime": Leslie Science and Nature Center.

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Every Wed. and Sun., except Mar. 24 & 27. Kids ages 1-5 (accompanied by a caregiver) invited for a program of stories and nature-based activities on different themes.

Mar. 3 & 6: "Wiggly Worms."

Mar. 10 & 13: "Who Lives on the Forest Floor?"

Mar. 17 & 20: "What Do Animals Eat?"
10-11 a.m., LSNC, 1831 Traver. $5 per child ($4 per member), adults and children under 1 year old are free. 997-1553. [map]


 10-10:30 & 11-11:30 a.m. & 6-6:30 p.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (accompanied by an adult).

Mon. 11-11:30 a.m. Westgate.

Tue. 10-10:30 a.m., except Mar. 5. Downtown & 11-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.

Wed. 10-10:30 a.m. Malletts Creek, 11-11:30 a.m. except Mar. 6. Downtown, & 6-6:30 p.m. Traverwood.

Thurs. 10-10:30 a.m. Traverwood & 7-7:30 p.m. Pittsfield.

Fri. 10-10:30 a.m. Westgate & Pittsfield.
Various locations, every Mon.-Fri. (see listing). Free. 327-4200.


 10 a.m. 

"Jack and the Beanstalk": Wild Swan Theater.

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Mar. 20-23. This award-winning local children's theater presents local playwright Jeff Duncan's humorous adaptation of the classic story featuring a clever boy, his magic beans, and a silly giant, in a production geared toward kids ages 3-9. 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.
10 a.m. (Wed.-Fri.), 12:30 p.m. (Fri.), & 11 a.m. (Sat.), WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $12 (children & seniors, $10; lap pass for kids age 2 & under, $3) in advance at wildswantheater.org and by phone, and at the door. 995-0530. [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. [map]


 10:30-11 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.-noon  Free! 

"Playgroups for Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Playgroup for kids up to 24 months, accompanied by an adult. No older siblings.

Mon. 10:30-11:30 a.m. except Mar. 4. Downtown.

Tues. 10-11 a.m. Malletts Creek.

Wed. 11 a.m.-noon. Pittsfield.

Thurs. 2-3 p.m. Westgate & 6:30-7:30 p.m. Malletts Creek.

Fri. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.
Every Mon.-Fri. (except Mar. 4), various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.


 Noon  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. 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. Kids welcome.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]


 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Open Art for Teens": Saline District Library.

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Art supplies available for use, including watercolors, clay, markers, slime, and more.
3-4 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 429-5450. [map]


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Thursday


March 2019
 10-10:30 a.m. & 7-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (accompanied by an adult).

Mon. 11-11:30 a.m. Westgate.

Tue. 10-10:30 a.m., except Mar. 5. Downtown & 11-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.

Wed. 10-10:30 a.m. Malletts Creek, 11-11:30 a.m. except Mar. 6. Downtown, & 6-6:30 p.m. Traverwood.

Thurs. 10-10:30 a.m. Traverwood & 7-7:30 p.m. Pittsfield.

Fri. 10-10:30 a.m. Westgate & Pittsfield.
Various locations, every Mon.-Fri. (see listing). Free. 327-4200.


 10 a.m. 

"Jack and the Beanstalk": Wild Swan Theater.

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Mar. 20-23. This award-winning local children's theater presents local playwright Jeff Duncan's humorous adaptation of the classic story featuring a clever boy, his magic beans, and a silly giant, in a production geared toward kids ages 3-9. 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.
10 a.m. (Wed.-Fri.), 12:30 p.m. (Fri.), & 11 a.m. (Sat.), WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $12 (children & seniors, $10; lap pass for kids age 2 & under, $3) in advance at wildswantheater.org and by phone, and at the door. 995-0530. [map]



 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Preschool Hike: Earth Day": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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For kids ages 2-4 (with caregiver).
County Farm Park Pollinator Garden, 2230 Platt. Free; preregistration required at parksonline.ewashtenaw.org. 971-6337. [map]


 10:30 a.m. 

"Little Paws Story Time": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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Every Thurs. Stories, crafts, finger plays, and interaction with adoptable cats. Also, a chance to make a toy or treat for the animals. For kids ages 2-5, accompanied by an adult.
10:30 a.m., HSHV, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. $5 per child (babies under age 1, free). hshv.org, 661-3575. [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]


 2-3 p.m. & 6:30-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Playgroups for Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Playgroup for kids up to 24 months, accompanied by an adult. No older siblings.

Mon. 10:30-11:30 a.m. except Mar. 4. Downtown.

Tues. 10-11 a.m. Malletts Creek.

Wed. 11 a.m.-noon. Pittsfield.

Thurs. 2-3 p.m. Westgate & 6:30-7:30 p.m. Malletts Creek.

Fri. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.
Every Mon.-Fri. (except Mar. 4), various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.


 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

"After School Special": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Mar. 14 & 21. All teens invited to learn a new hobby, like knitting, writing, or drawing, or bring an art/craft project to work on.
3-5 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. . [map]


 3 & 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Lords of the Sky": Saline District Library.

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Howell Nature Center Staff show and discuss live birds of prey. For teens (3-5 p.m.) and kids age 4 & up (6:30 p.m.; kids must be accompanied by a caregiver).
3 & 6:30 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. Preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]


 3:30-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"LEGOs at the Library": Northfield Township Area Library.

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Calling all LEGO lovers, it's time to show off your skills and flex your creative muscles. All ages are welcome to come to the Library for some hands-on fun and build a masterpiece at our LEGO club. No registration is required for this FREE event.
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake. Free. 734-449-0066. hmccausland@ntal.org http://www.ntal.org/events.html [map]



 4:30 p.m.  Free! 

All Star Readers: Dexter District Library.

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Kids in grades 3 & 4 invited to discuss No Talking, Andrew Clements' 2007 novel about a contest between 5th-grade boys and girls.
4:30-5:30 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. Preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]


 4:30 p.m.  Free! 

Tween Book Club: Dexter District Library.

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Kids in grades 5 & 6 invited to discuss Island of Thieves, Josh Lacey's 2011 novel about a boy who burns down a shed while playing with matches and must spend his parents' vacation with his strange uncle because none of his other relatives will have him. Trivia, snacks, and prizes.
4:30-5:30 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. Preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]


 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Drummunity Circle"

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Lori Fithian, a local drummer and drum teacher, leads a drum circle. Instruments provided, or bring your own. Kids welcome. Preceded at 6:45 p.m. by a brief drum lesson.
7-9 p.m., Crazy Wisdom Bookstore, 114 S. Main. Free. 426-7818. [map]


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Friday


March 2019
 10-10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (accompanied by an adult).

Mon. 11-11:30 a.m. Westgate.

Tue. 10-10:30 a.m., except Mar. 5. Downtown & 11-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.

Wed. 10-10:30 a.m. Malletts Creek, 11-11:30 a.m. except Mar. 6. Downtown, & 6-6:30 p.m. Traverwood.

Thurs. 10-10:30 a.m. Traverwood & 7-7:30 p.m. Pittsfield.

Fri. 10-10:30 a.m. Westgate & Pittsfield.
Various locations, every Mon.-Fri. (see listing). Free. 327-4200.


 10 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. 

"Jack and the Beanstalk": Wild Swan Theater.

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Mar. 20-23. This award-winning local children's theater presents local playwright Jeff Duncan's humorous adaptation of the classic story featuring a clever boy, his magic beans, and a silly giant, in a production geared toward kids ages 3-9. 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.
10 a.m. (Wed.-Fri.), 12:30 p.m. (Fri.), & 11 a.m. (Sat.), WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $12 (children & seniors, $10; lap pass for kids age 2 & under, $3) in advance at wildswantheater.org and by phone, and at the door. 995-0530. [map]



 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Playgroups for Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Playgroup for kids up to 24 months, accompanied by an adult. No older siblings.

Mon. 10:30-11:30 a.m. except Mar. 4. Downtown.

Tues. 10-11 a.m. Malletts Creek.

Wed. 11 a.m.-noon. Pittsfield.

Thurs. 2-3 p.m. Westgate & 6:30-7:30 p.m. Malletts Creek.

Fri. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.
Every Mon.-Fri. (except Mar. 4), various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.


 10:30-11:15 a.m.  Free! 

"Sensation Stations": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All toddlers ages 18 months-3 years invited to drop in to engage their senses by scooping, pouring, squeezing, and shaking a variety of materials.
10:30-11:15 a.m., AADL Malletts Creek, 3090 E. Eisenhower Pkwy. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 Noon  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. 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. Kids welcome.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]


 12:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Movies at the Center": Chelsea Senior Center.

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A chance for seniors to watch a movie with their grandkids. Popcorn.

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Mar. 15: "The Commitments" (Alan Parker, 1991). Dramatic comedy about an unemployed Dubliner trying to start a soul band.

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Mar. 22: "Ready Player One" (Steven Spielberg, 2018). Adaptation of Ernest Cline's futuristic novel about a man who lives primarily in a virtual Utopia.

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Mar. 29: "The Straight Story" (David Lynch, 1999). Drama based on a true story about an elderly man who takes a long journey on a riding lawn mower to mend his relationship with his estranged brother.

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April-June schedule TBA at chelseaseniors.org.

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12:30 p.m. Chelsea Senior Center, 512 Washington, Chelsea. Free; donations accepted. 475-9242. [map]


 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Little Listeners": Northfield Township Area Library.

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Come to the Northfield Township Area Library every Friday for a storytime designed to promote early literacy. Little Listeners is for ages 0 to 6-years-old. Enjoy a half-hour of fun stories, silly songs, and age-appropriate hands-on activities.
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake. Free. 7344490066. hmccausland@ntal.org http://www.ntal.org/events.html [map]



 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Teen VR Adventure": Chelsea District Library.

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All teens invited to try out the library's collection of virtual reality systems, including Google Daydream & Lenovo Mirage.
4-5:30 p.m., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 5-9 p.m. 

"Pets & Pajamas Movie Night": Huron Valley Humane Society.

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Mar. 8 & 22. Kids ages 5-11 invited to watch the animated films Horton Hears a Who (Mar. 8) and Ponyo (Mar. 22). Also, a chance to interact with adoptable pets. Pizza dinner. Wear pajamas and bring a sleeping bag and pillow.
HSHV, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. $35 ($15 for each additional sibling). Preregistration required at hshv.org. 661-3575. [map]


 6 p.m.  Free! 

Magic: The Gathering: Dexter District Library.

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Kids in grades 6-12 invited to play this popular collectible card game. Basic knowledge of the rules required. Pizza & prizes. Prompt arrival requested.
6-8:30 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"The Boy at the Edge of Everything": EMU Theatre for the Young.

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Mark Isler directs EMU drama students in Australian playwright Finegan Kruckemeyer's 45-minute play about a 12-year-old whose overscheduled life has him dreaming of a place where he's not pressured to do anything. A series of humorously fantastical events send him on a time-traveling trek across space. Recommended for grades 4-8. Also, on Sat. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Quirk Theatre, "Dramatopia!" ($5 includes pizza lunch), a series of arts activities and interactive drama for kids in grades 4-8 that includes a Q&A with actors after the matinee.
7 p.m. (Fri.) & 2 p.m. (Sat.), EMU Sponberg Theater, Quirk Hall, Ypsilanti. Free; donations accepted at the door. 487-1220.


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Saturday


March 2019
 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Urban Hike & Sustainable Art": Fjallraven.

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Every Sat. All invited to walk through downtown to Eberwhite Woods and back. In warmer weather, hikes may go to the Huron River or the Arb. Followed at 10 a.m. by family-friendly art projects. Coffee & donuts.
9 a.m., Fjallraven, 213 S. Main. Free. 585-5628. [map]


 9:30 & 11:30 a.m. 

"Faerie Doors": U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens.

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Kids ages 4-12, accompanied by an adult, invited to make a fairy door to take home.
9:30 & 11:30 a.m., Matthaei, 1800 N. Dixboro. $12 per child. Preregistration recommended. 647-7600. [map]


 10 & 11 a.m. and noon 

"Maple Sugaring: A Journey to the Sugar Bush": Hudson Mills Metropark Interpretive Nature Programs.

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Every Sat. & Sun., Mar. 2-31. Naturalist Mark Irish discusses the history of maple sugaring and lead a hike to a stand of maple trees to see how they are tapped, followed by a trip to an evaporator to learn how sap is turned into syrup. Also, a pancake and sausage breakfast ($6; kids, $4), 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
10 & 11 a.m. and noon, Hudson Mills Metropark Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $5 (kids, $3). Preregistration required. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 426-8211. [map]



 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Pop-Up Makerspace": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Hands-on engineering activity. This month's challenge: "Spheres and Slides"
AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. Free with regular admission: $12.50 (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-9439. [map]


 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. 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. Kids welcome.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]


 10:30 a.m. 

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

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Every Tues. & Sat. Crafts, science-themed stories, and hands-on activities for young kids, accompanied by a parent. Geared toward kids ages 3-6; older siblings welcome.
9:30 a.m. (Tues.) & 10:30 a.m. (Sat.), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. Free with regular admission: $12.50 (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-9439. [map]


 11 a.m.  Free! 

"BMR Kids Club- Blackstone Bookstore": Black Men Read.

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The BMR Kids Club is back at Black Stone Bookstore!! We are hosting our children's story hour on the fourth Saturday, every other month, at 11am, stop by Black Stone Bookstore and Cultural Center in Ypsilanti, MI with your K-5 grade youth for our Kids Club!
BMR (Black Men Read) is an homage to the history of the storytelling among African people. We have gathered a group of committed men who are available to read to children in school and at area bookstores. Black Men Read is a bridge- a tool for community connection between our beloved children and the pillars of our communites. All families are invited and encouraged to attend
Blackstone Bookstore & Cultural Center, 214 Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. Free. bmrprogram@gmail.com [map]


 11 a.m.  Free! 

Children's Storytime: Barnes & Noble.

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Every Sat. Storytelling programs and occasional craft activities for kids age 3 & up.
11 a.m., Barnes & Noble, 3235 Washtenaw. Free. 973-1618. [map]



 11 a.m.  Free! 

Story Time: Bookbound.

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Every Sat. Linda Zimmer reads seasonal stories for kids age 6 & under.
Bookbound, Courtyard Shops. Free. 369-4345.


 11 a.m. 

"Jack and the Beanstalk": Wild Swan Theater.

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Mar. 20-23. This award-winning local children's theater presents local playwright Jeff Duncan's humorous adaptation of the classic story featuring a clever boy, his magic beans, and a silly giant, in a production geared toward kids ages 3-9. 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.
10 a.m. (Wed.-Fri.), 12:30 p.m. (Fri.), & 11 a.m. (Sat.), WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $12 (children & seniors, $10; lap pass for kids age 2 & under, $3) in advance at wildswantheater.org and by phone, and at the door. 995-0530. [map]



 11:30 a.m. 

"Packard Health Kids Run": Epic Races.

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400-meter (age 12 & under) & 200-meter (age 8 & under) runs in anticipation of the upcoming Ann Arbor Marathon (see 24 Sunday Events listing). Bibs, hats, and finisher's medals.
242 Community Center, 648 Wagner. $10 in advance at theannarbormarathon.com. 585-7101. [map]


 1-5 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show off a kangaroo (2 & 4 p.m.) and an emu (3 p.m.). Also, presentations every half hour with a black swan and blue-tongued skink, and a chance to see the conservancy's other animals, including a sloth, a cougar, bald eagle, an Arctic fox, and more. 1-5 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 (kids ages 2-12, $8; age 1 & under, free). 929-9324.
1-5 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 (kids ages 2-12, $8; age 1 & under, free). 929-9324. [map]


 2-4 p.m. 

"Junior Naturalist: Color Crazy": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Kelsey Dehring leads a nature program for kids ages 7-12.
Whitmore Lake Preserve, 1551 7 Mile Rd., Whitmore Lake. Free; preregistration required at parksonline.ewashtenaw.org. 971-6337. [map]


 2 p.m.  Free! 

"The Boy at the Edge of Everything": EMU Theatre for the Young.

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Mark Isler directs EMU drama students in Australian playwright Finegan Kruckemeyer's 45-minute play about a 12-year-old whose overscheduled life has him dreaming of a place where he's not pressured to do anything. A series of humorously fantastical events send him on a time-traveling trek across space. Recommended for grades 4-8. Also, on Sat. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Quirk Theatre, "Dramatopia!" ($5 includes pizza lunch), a series of arts activities and interactive drama for kids in grades 4-8 that includes a Q&A with actors after the matinee.
7 p.m. (Fri.) & 2 p.m. (Sat.), EMU Sponberg Theater, Quirk Hall, Ypsilanti. Free; donations accepted at the door. 487-1220.


 2:30-3:30 p.m. 

"Hand Balancing & Contortion for Ages 8-17": A2 Aviary.

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This all-level class is designed for active young people (ages 8-17) to build the courage for inversions and the strength to stay upside down. Students will learn to balance on their hands, create absurd shapes, and find their bendiest self. Each class includes 15-20 minutes of warm-up and stretching, followed by practicing hand balancing and contortion fundamentals. This is not a drop in class, all student MUST please register via the Aviary's website before arriving to the studio.
The Ann Arbor Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk St, Suite A. $15. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/ [map]



 6-9 p.m. 

"Dancing Downtown": Satchel's BBQ.

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Every Sat. All invited to dance to recorded music. Families welcome.
6-9 p.m., Satchel's, 221 W. Liberty. Free. 929-4240. [map]


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Sunday


March 2019
 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

Drop-in Luminary Workshops: WonderFool Productions.

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Every Sun. Local artists show how to make a lantern to carry in the FoolMoon processionals on Apr. 5. Materials provided. Refreshments.
10 a.m.-5 p.m., Workantile, 118 S. Main. Free, but donations accepted ($10 suggested). wonderfoolproductions@gmail.com, 763-7550. [map]


 10 & 11 a.m. and noon 

"Maple Sugaring: A Journey to the Sugar Bush": Hudson Mills Metropark Interpretive Nature Programs.

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Every Sat. & Sun., Mar. 2-31. Naturalist Mark Irish discusses the history of maple sugaring and lead a hike to a stand of maple trees to see how they are tapped, followed by a trip to an evaporator to learn how sap is turned into syrup. Also, a pancake and sausage breakfast ($6; kids, $4), 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
10 & 11 a.m. and noon, Hudson Mills Metropark Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $5 (kids, $3). Preregistration required. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 426-8211. [map]



 Noon-4 p.m. 

"Pop-Up Makerspace": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Hands-on engineering activity. This month's challenge: "Spheres and Slides"
AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. Free with regular admission: $12.50 (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-9439. [map]


 1 p.m. 

Gemini: The Ark.

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Family concert by this popular acoustic duo that has built a strong following among kids and adults throughout the Great Lakes area. Twin brothers Sandor and Laszlo Slomovits offer sing-alongs, folk songs from around the world, and upbeat originals about life's simple pleasures, all performed with a boisterous sense of fun on more than a dozen instruments.
1 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $10 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office and theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]


 1-5 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show off a kangaroo (2 & 4 p.m.) and an emu (3 p.m.). Also, presentations every half hour with a black swan and blue-tongued skink, and a chance to see the conservancy's other animals, including a sloth, a cougar, bald eagle, an Arctic fox, and more. 1-5 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 (kids ages 2-12, $8; age 1 & under, free). 929-9324.
1-5 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 (kids ages 2-12, $8; age 1 & under, free). 929-9324. [map]


 1-1:40 p.m.  Free! 

"Dancing Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Robinsongs for Kids director Robin Robinson presents a program of music and movement for babies through 5-year-olds, accompanied by an adult.
1-1:40 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 E. Eisenhower (between Stone School & Packard). Free. 327-4200. [map]


 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Drawing for Kids": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Sun. Ann Arbor Art Center artists host a different directed drawing activity each week for kids in grades 1-5.
1-2 p.m., AADL Westgate (Mar. 3), AADL Downtown 4th fl. meeting rm. (Mar. 10, 17, & 24), & AADL Malletts Creek (Mar. 31). Free. 327-4200. .


 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Bottle Cap Bugs": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Craft project for kids in grades preK-3.
2-3 p.m., AADL Traverwood, 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy. Free. 327-4200. [map]


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Monday


March 2019
 9 a.m. 

"SCRAP Box Spring Camp": SCRAP Box Ann Arbor.

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Camp SCRAP is an art camp centered on themes of creative reuse. This camp is for children who LOVE inventing, making, and bringing their creative ideas to life! Each day there will be a fun mix of staff-led projects and time for free building. During free building, campers will have access to the wide variety of materials in the SCRAP store to create a project of their choice.
Spring Camp runs March 25th - 28th 9am - 3:30pm. Camp SCRAP is for kids entering 1st - 6th grade.
To register visit www.scrapbox.org.
For scholarship information email kamron@scrapbox.org.
A limited number of spots are available. Sign up today to ensure your seat!
SCRAP Box, 581 State Circle. 7349940012. claire@scrapbox.org scrapbox.org [map]



 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Playgroups for Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Playgroup for kids up to 24 months, accompanied by an adult. No older siblings.

Mon. 10:30-11:30 a.m. except Mar. 4. Downtown.

Tues. 10-11 a.m. Malletts Creek.

Wed. 11 a.m.-noon. Pittsfield.

Thurs. 2-3 p.m. Westgate & 6:30-7:30 p.m. Malletts Creek.

Fri. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.
Every Mon.-Fri. (except Mar. 4), various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.


 11-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (accompanied by an adult).

Mon. 11-11:30 a.m. Westgate.

Tue. 10-10:30 a.m., except Mar. 5. Downtown & 11-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.

Wed. 10-10:30 a.m. Malletts Creek, 11-11:30 a.m. except Mar. 6. Downtown, & 6-6:30 p.m. Traverwood.

Thurs. 10-10:30 a.m. Traverwood & 7-7:30 p.m. Pittsfield.

Fri. 10-10:30 a.m. Westgate & Pittsfield.
Various locations, every Mon.-Fri. (see listing). Free. 327-4200.


 11 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Ahoy Matey! Pirate Storytime": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Pirate-themed story and craft project for kids in grades preK-3.
11 a.m.-noon, AADL Traverwood, 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy. Free. 327-4200. [map]


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Tuesday


March 2019
 9:30 a.m. 

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

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Every Tues. & Sat. Crafts, science-themed stories, and hands-on activities for young kids, accompanied by a parent. Geared toward kids ages 3-6; older siblings welcome.
9:30 a.m. (Tues.) & 10:30 a.m. (Sat.), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. Free with regular admission: $12.50 (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-9439. [map]


 10-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Playgroups for Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Playgroup for kids up to 24 months, accompanied by an adult. No older siblings.

Mon. 10:30-11:30 a.m. except Mar. 4. Downtown.

Tues. 10-11 a.m. Malletts Creek.

Wed. 11 a.m.-noon. Pittsfield.

Thurs. 2-3 p.m. Westgate & 6:30-7:30 p.m. Malletts Creek.

Fri. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.
Every Mon.-Fri. (except Mar. 4), various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.


 10-10:30 & 11-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (accompanied by an adult).

Mon. 11-11:30 a.m. Westgate.

Tue. 10-10:30 a.m., except Mar. 5. Downtown & 11-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.

Wed. 10-10:30 a.m. Malletts Creek, 11-11:30 a.m. except Mar. 6. Downtown, & 6-6:30 p.m. Traverwood.

Thurs. 10-10:30 a.m. Traverwood & 7-7:30 p.m. Pittsfield.

Fri. 10-10:30 a.m. Westgate & Pittsfield.
Various locations, every Mon.-Fri. (see listing). Free. 327-4200.


 10-11:30 a.m. 

"Natural Egg Dyeing": Hudson Mills Metropark Interpretive Nature Programs.

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All-ages egg dyeing event with natural dyes. Bring your own hard-boiled eggs.
10-11:30 a.m. (Mar. 26 & Apr. 2) & 1-2:30 p.m. (Apr. 6), park activity center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $4. Preregistration required. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 426-8211. [map]


 10-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Tummy Times": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Tues. New and expecting parents encouraged to bring their babies and share new baby experiences.
10-11 a.m., AADL Westgate, Westgate shopping center, 2503 Jackson. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 10:30-11:15 a.m.  Free! 

"Babytime": Chelsea District Library.

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Every Tues., except Nov. 20, Dec. 25, Jan. 1, Feb. 5, & Mar. 12 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 KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 2-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Puppet Show!": Ann Arbor District Library.

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AADL storytellers present a puppet show for grades preK-3.
2-2:30 p.m., AADL Downtown Multipurpose Rm., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Totoro Crafts & Movie": Dexter District Library.

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Screening of the Studio Ghibli anime film My Neighbor Totoro. Crafts & pizza. For grades 5-12.
2-4 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. Preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]


 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Anime Afternoons": Saline District Library.

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All teens invited to watch new and classic anime shows. Sushi & other Japanese snacks.
3-4:15 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 429-5450. [map]


 4:30 p.m.  Free! 

20th Annual Wet Meadow Burn: Buhr Park Children's Wet Meadow.

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City natural area program staff conduct the annual prescribed burn of the wet meadows. "It's quite a sight--my daughter has gone to prescribed burns since age 2 and loves them," says one parent. "I think it's quite safe for kids of any age if they're with a parent." If you'd like to help prepare for the burn, check the website for current info on seed collecting. If there are sufficient seeds available, show up at 3:30 p.m. with a paper shopping bag to help with seed collecting. Then help scatter native plant seeds on the meadow after the burn. In case of rain or high humidity, the burn is postponed until March 27 or later. See www.wetmeadow.org for updates.
4:30 p.m., Buhr Park, 2751 Packard. Free. 734-971-5870. [map]


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Wednesday


March 2019
 10-10:30 & 11-11:30 a.m. & 6-6:30 p.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (accompanied by an adult).

Mon. 11-11:30 a.m. Westgate.

Tue. 10-10:30 a.m., except Mar. 5. Downtown & 11-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.

Wed. 10-10:30 a.m. Malletts Creek, 11-11:30 a.m. except Mar. 6. Downtown, & 6-6:30 p.m. Traverwood.

Thurs. 10-10:30 a.m. Traverwood & 7-7:30 p.m. Pittsfield.

Fri. 10-10:30 a.m. Westgate & Pittsfield.
Various locations, every Mon.-Fri. (see listing). Free. 327-4200.


 10:30-11 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.-noon  Free! 

"Playgroups for Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Playgroup for kids up to 24 months, accompanied by an adult. No older siblings.

Mon. 10:30-11:30 a.m. except Mar. 4. Downtown.

Tues. 10-11 a.m. Malletts Creek.

Wed. 11 a.m.-noon. Pittsfield.

Thurs. 2-3 p.m. Westgate & 6:30-7:30 p.m. Malletts Creek.

Fri. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.
Every Mon.-Fri. (except Mar. 4), various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.


 Noon  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. 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. Kids welcome.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]


 1 p.m.  Free! 

"DIY Crochet Bracelets": Dexter District Library.

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Craft for grades 5-12.
1 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. Preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]


 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Glow-in-the-Dark Play Sand": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All kids in grades K-5 invited to make glow-in-the-dark play sand with paint and epsom salts.
2-3 p.m., AADL Pittsfield, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Life in the Next Frontier": Ann Arbor District Library.

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U-M Natural History museum staffers present family-friendly hands-on activity stations exploring how animals adapt to cities and how humans adapt to conditions in space.
2-3 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Read-Along Dog": Saline District Library.

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Kids in grades 1-4 invited to read to Vedder and Summer, registered Therapaws reading dogs.
6:30-7:30 p.m. (Wed.) & 2-3 p.m. (Sun.), SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. Preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]


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Thursday


March 2019
 10-10:30 a.m. & 7-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (accompanied by an adult).

Mon. 11-11:30 a.m. Westgate.

Tue. 10-10:30 a.m., except Mar. 5. Downtown & 11-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.

Wed. 10-10:30 a.m. Malletts Creek, 11-11:30 a.m. except Mar. 6. Downtown, & 6-6:30 p.m. Traverwood.

Thurs. 10-10:30 a.m. Traverwood & 7-7:30 p.m. Pittsfield.

Fri. 10-10:30 a.m. Westgate & Pittsfield.
Various locations, every Mon.-Fri. (see listing). Free. 327-4200.


 10:30 a.m. 

"Little Paws Story Time": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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Every Thurs. Stories, crafts, finger plays, and interaction with adoptable cats. Also, a chance to make a toy or treat for the animals. For kids ages 2-5, accompanied by an adult.
10:30 a.m., HSHV, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. $5 per child (babies under age 1, free). hshv.org, 661-3575. [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]


 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Mission to Mars!": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Space-themed crafts & activities for kids in grades K-5.
1-3 p.m., AADL Downtown. Free. 327-4200.


 2-3 p.m. & 6:30-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Playgroups for Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Playgroup for kids up to 24 months, accompanied by an adult. No older siblings.

Mon. 10:30-11:30 a.m. except Mar. 4. Downtown.

Tues. 10-11 a.m. Malletts Creek.

Wed. 11 a.m.-noon. Pittsfield.

Thurs. 2-3 p.m. Westgate & 6:30-7:30 p.m. Malletts Creek.

Fri. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.
Every Mon.-Fri. (except Mar. 4), various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.


 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Makerspace": Dexter District Library.

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Grades K-8 invited to do crafts and building challenges. Materials provided.
2 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. Preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]


 3:30-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"LEGOs at the Library": Northfield Township Area Library.

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Calling all LEGO lovers, it's time to show off your skills and flex your creative muscles. All ages are welcome to come to the Library for some hands-on fun and build a masterpiece at our LEGO club. No registration is required for this FREE event.
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake. Free. 734-449-0066. hmccausland@ntal.org http://www.ntal.org/events.html [map]



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Friday


March 2019
 10-10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (accompanied by an adult).

Mon. 11-11:30 a.m. Westgate.

Tue. 10-10:30 a.m., except Mar. 5. Downtown & 11-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.

Wed. 10-10:30 a.m. Malletts Creek, 11-11:30 a.m. except Mar. 6. Downtown, & 6-6:30 p.m. Traverwood.

Thurs. 10-10:30 a.m. Traverwood & 7-7:30 p.m. Pittsfield.

Fri. 10-10:30 a.m. Westgate & Pittsfield.
Various locations, every Mon.-Fri. (see listing). Free. 327-4200.


 10 a.m.-noon 

"Just Deserts": U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens.

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Kids ages 5-12, accompanied by an adult, invited to learn about the biodiversity in deserts and make a desert garden with succulents to take home.
9:30 & 11:30 a.m., Matthaei, 1800 N. Dixboro. $12 per child. Preregistration recommended. 647-7600. [map]


 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Walkalong Gliders": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All kids in grades 3-12 invited to make a lightweight model aircraft that's kept aloft by drafts created by body movement.
10 a.m.-noon, AADL Downtown multipurpose rm., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Playgroups for Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Playgroup for kids up to 24 months, accompanied by an adult. No older siblings.

Mon. 10:30-11:30 a.m. except Mar. 4. Downtown.

Tues. 10-11 a.m. Malletts Creek.

Wed. 11 a.m.-noon. Pittsfield.

Thurs. 2-3 p.m. Westgate & 6:30-7:30 p.m. Malletts Creek.

Fri. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.
Every Mon.-Fri. (except Mar. 4), various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.


 11 a.m.  Free! 

"Elephant & Piggie Party": Dexter District Library.

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Librarians read stories from Mo Willems' popular series of picture books. Games, crafts, and snacks. For grades K-3.
11 a.m.-noon, DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]


 Noon  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. 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. Kids welcome.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]


 12:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Movies at the Center": Chelsea Senior Center.

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A chance for seniors to watch a movie with their grandkids. Popcorn.

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Mar. 15: "The Commitments" (Alan Parker, 1991). Dramatic comedy about an unemployed Dubliner trying to start a soul band.

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Mar. 22: "Ready Player One" (Steven Spielberg, 2018). Adaptation of Ernest Cline's futuristic novel about a man who lives primarily in a virtual Utopia.

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Mar. 29: "The Straight Story" (David Lynch, 1999). Drama based on a true story about an elderly man who takes a long journey on a riding lawn mower to mend his relationship with his estranged brother.

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April-June schedule TBA at chelseaseniors.org.

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12:30 p.m. Chelsea Senior Center, 512 Washington, Chelsea. Free; donations accepted. 475-9242. [map]


 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Little Listeners": Northfield Township Area Library.

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Come to the Northfield Township Area Library every Friday for a storytime designed to promote early literacy. Little Listeners is for ages 0 to 6-years-old. Enjoy a half-hour of fun stories, silly songs, and age-appropriate hands-on activities.
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake. Free. 7344490066. hmccausland@ntal.org http://www.ntal.org/events.html [map]



 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Pirate Party!": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Pirate themed crafts & activities for kids in grades K-5.
2-4 p.m., AADL Downtown multipurpose rm., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 5 p.m.  Free! 

"After Hours Magic: The Gathering": Saline District Library.

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All teens invited to play this popular collectible card game. Food.
5-6:30 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. Preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]


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Saturday


March 2019
 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Urban Hike & Sustainable Art": Fjallraven.

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Every Sat. All invited to walk through downtown to Eberwhite Woods and back. In warmer weather, hikes may go to the Huron River or the Arb. Followed at 10 a.m. by family-friendly art projects. Coffee & donuts.
9 a.m., Fjallraven, 213 S. Main. Free. 585-5628. [map]


 10 & 11 a.m. and noon 

"Maple Sugaring: A Journey to the Sugar Bush": Hudson Mills Metropark Interpretive Nature Programs.

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Every Sat. & Sun., Mar. 2-31. Naturalist Mark Irish discusses the history of maple sugaring and lead a hike to a stand of maple trees to see how they are tapped, followed by a trip to an evaporator to learn how sap is turned into syrup. Also, a pancake and sausage breakfast ($6; kids, $4), 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
10 & 11 a.m. and noon, Hudson Mills Metropark Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $5 (kids, $3). Preregistration required. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 426-8211. [map]



 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. 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. Kids welcome.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]


 10:30 a.m. 

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

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Every Tues. & Sat. Crafts, science-themed stories, and hands-on activities for young kids, accompanied by a parent. Geared toward kids ages 3-6; older siblings welcome.
9:30 a.m. (Tues.) & 10:30 a.m. (Sat.), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. Free with regular admission: $12.50 (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-9439. [map]


 11 a.m.  Free! 

"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--PJwwi
Keith Hafner's Karate, 214 S. Main. Free. 734-994-0333. khafner@provide.net www.karateisgoodforyou.com [map]



 11 a.m.  Free! 

Children's Storytime: Barnes & Noble.

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Every Sat. Storytelling programs and occasional craft activities for kids age 3 & up.
11 a.m., Barnes & Noble, 3235 Washtenaw. Free. 973-1618. [map]



 11 a.m.  Free! 

Story Time: Bookbound.

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Every Sat. Linda Zimmer reads seasonal stories for kids age 6 & under.
Bookbound, Courtyard Shops. Free. 369-4345.


 11 a.m.  Free! 

"Puzzle Palooza!": Dexter District Library.

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All invited to work on jigsaw puzzles. Families welcome.
11 a.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. Space limited; preregistration recommended. 426-4477. [map]


 1-5 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show off a kangaroo (2 & 4 p.m.) and an emu (3 p.m.). Also, presentations every half hour with a black swan and blue-tongued skink, and a chance to see the conservancy's other animals, including a sloth, a cougar, bald eagle, an Arctic fox, and more. 1-5 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 (kids ages 2-12, $8; age 1 & under, free). 929-9324.
1-5 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 (kids ages 2-12, $8; age 1 & under, free). 929-9324. [map]


 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Kinetic Sandbox!": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All kids in grades preK-5 invited for free play with the modeling toy Kinetic Sand. Molds provided.
2-3 p.m., AADL Mallett Creek Branch, 3090 E. Eisenhower (between Stone School & Packard). Free. 327-4200. [map]


 2-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

Minecraft Workshop: Ann Arbor District Library.

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All kids in grades 3-8 invited to try out this popular computer game that involves constructing things with virtual blocks. Participants work as a team to build and landscape, solve puzzles, battle monsters, and create a new virtual world. New & experienced players welcome.
2-3:30 p.m., AADL Downtown Training Center, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 2:30-3:30 p.m. 

"Hand Balancing & Contortion for Ages 8-17": A2 Aviary.

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This all-level class is designed for active young people (ages 8-17) to build the courage for inversions and the strength to stay upside down. Students will learn to balance on their hands, create absurd shapes, and find their bendiest self. Each class includes 15-20 minutes of warm-up and stretching, followed by practicing hand balancing and contortion fundamentals. This is not a drop in class, all student MUST please register via the Aviary's website before arriving to the studio.
The Ann Arbor Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk St, Suite A. $15. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/ [map]



 3-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Korean Storytime": Ann Arbor District Library.

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U-M Korean studies students perform Korean stories and songs for babies & toddlers.
3-4 p.m., AADL Traverwood, 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 6-9 p.m. 

"Dancing Downtown": Satchel's BBQ.

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Every Sat. All invited to dance to recorded music. Families welcome.
6-9 p.m., Satchel's, 221 W. Liberty. Free. 929-4240. [map]


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Sunday


March 2019
 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

Drop-in Luminary Workshops: WonderFool Productions.

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Every Sun. Local artists show how to make a lantern to carry in the FoolMoon processionals on Apr. 5. Materials provided. Refreshments.
10 a.m.-5 p.m., Workantile, 118 S. Main. Free, but donations accepted ($10 suggested). wonderfoolproductions@gmail.com, 763-7550. [map]


 10 & 11 a.m. and noon 

"Maple Sugaring: A Journey to the Sugar Bush": Hudson Mills Metropark Interpretive Nature Programs.

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Every Sat. & Sun., Mar. 2-31. Naturalist Mark Irish discusses the history of maple sugaring and lead a hike to a stand of maple trees to see how they are tapped, followed by a trip to an evaporator to learn how sap is turned into syrup. Also, a pancake and sausage breakfast ($6; kids, $4), 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
10 & 11 a.m. and noon, Hudson Mills Metropark Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $5 (kids, $3). Preregistration required. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 426-8211. [map]



 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Drawing for Kids": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Sun. Ann Arbor Art Center artists host a different directed drawing activity each week for kids in grades 1-5.
1-2 p.m., AADL Westgate (Mar. 3), AADL Downtown 4th fl. meeting rm. (Mar. 10, 17, & 24), & AADL Malletts Creek (Mar. 31). Free. 327-4200. .


 3-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Fish Storytime & Craft": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All kids in grades preK-5 invited to learn about Poisson d'Avril ("April Fish"), the French version of April Fool's Day, where kids pin paper fish to people's backs as a prank.
3-4 p.m., AADL Traverwood, 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy. Free. 327-4200. [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 from 5 to 17 years old. Classes are held Sundays, 4:30 - 5:30pm.
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


April 2019
 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Playgroups for Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Playgroup for kids up to 24 months, accompanied by an adult. No older siblings.

Mon. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Downtown.

Tues. 10-11 a.m. (Apr. 2 only): Malletts Creek.

Wed. 11 a.m.-noon. Pittsfield.

Thurs. 2-3 p.m. Westgate & 6:30-7:30 p.m. Malletts Creek, Apr. 4; Traverwood Apr. 11, 18, & 25.

Fri. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.
Every Mon.-Fri., various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.


 11-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Preschool Storytimes": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (accompanied by an adult).

Mon. 11-11:30 a.m. Westgate.

Tue. 10-10:30 a.m. Downtown, & 11-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.

Wed. 10-10:30 a.m. Malletts Creek, Apr. 3 only 11-11:30 a.m. Downtown, & 6-6:30 p.m. Traverwood.

Thurs. 10-10:30 a.m. Traverwood & 7-7:30 p.m.Pittsfield.

Fri. 10-10:30 a.m. Westgate & Pittsfield.
Various locations, every Mon.-Fri. (see listing). Free. 327-4200.


 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Movie & Popcorn for Kids": Dexter District Library.

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Screening of family-friendly movies.

Apr. 1 (1 p.m.): Mary Poppins Returns, Rob Marshall's 2018 sequel, set in 1930s London, about a new generation of Banks children in need of a practically perfect nanny.

May 24 (11 a.m.): The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, Mike Mitchell's new animated sequel about a Lego world battling invaders from outer space. 1 p.m. (Apr.) & 11 a.m. (May).

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DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]


 3:30-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

"First Monday Lego Club": Chelsea District Library.

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All kids ages 5-11 invited to participate in a collaborative building activity, followed by free play.
3:30-4:30 p.m., CDL McKune Rm., 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


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Tuesday


April 2019
 10-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Playgroups for Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Playgroup for kids up to 24 months, accompanied by an adult. No older siblings.

Mon. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Downtown.

Tues. 10-11 a.m. (Apr. 2 only): Malletts Creek.

Wed. 11 a.m.-noon. Pittsfield.

Thurs. 2-3 p.m. Westgate & 6:30-7:30 p.m. Malletts Creek, Apr. 4; Traverwood Apr. 11, 18, & 25.

Fri. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.
Every Mon.-Fri., various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.


 10-10:30 & 11-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Preschool Storytimes": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (accompanied by an adult).

Mon. 11-11:30 a.m. Westgate.

Tue. 10-10:30 a.m. Downtown, & 11-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.

Wed. 10-10:30 a.m. Malletts Creek, Apr. 3 only 11-11:30 a.m. Downtown, & 6-6:30 p.m. Traverwood.

Thurs. 10-10:30 a.m. Traverwood & 7-7:30 p.m.Pittsfield.

Fri. 10-10:30 a.m. Westgate & Pittsfield.
Various locations, every Mon.-Fri. (see listing). Free. 327-4200.


 10-11:30 a.m. 

"Natural Egg Dyeing": Hudson Mills Metropark Interpretive Nature Programs.

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All-ages egg dyeing event with natural dyes. Bring your own hard-boiled eggs.
10-11:30 a.m. (Mar. 26 & Apr. 2) & 1-2:30 p.m. (Apr. 6), park activity center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $4. Preregistration required. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 426-8211. [map]


 10-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Tummy Times": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Tues. New and expecting parents encouraged to bring their babies and share new baby experiences.
10-11 a.m., AADL Westgate, Westgate shopping center, 2503 Jackson. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 10:30-11:15 a.m.  Free! 

"Babytime": Chelsea District Library.

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Every Tues., except Nov. 20, Dec. 25, Jan. 1, Feb. 5, & Mar. 12 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 KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


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Wednesday


April 2019
 10-10:30 & 11-11:30 a.m. & 6-6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Preschool Storytimes": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (accompanied by an adult).

Mon. 11-11:30 a.m. Westgate.

Tue. 10-10:30 a.m. Downtown, & 11-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.

Wed. 10-10:30 a.m. Malletts Creek, Apr. 3 only 11-11:30 a.m. Downtown, & 6-6:30 p.m. Traverwood.

Thurs. 10-10:30 a.m. Traverwood & 7-7:30 p.m.Pittsfield.

Fri. 10-10:30 a.m. Westgate & Pittsfield.
Various locations, every Mon.-Fri. (see listing). Free. 327-4200.


 10-11 a.m. 

"Nature Storytime": Leslie Science and Nature Center.

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All kids ages 1-5 (accompanied by a caregiver) invited for a program of stories and nature-based activities on different themes. Apr. 3: "Eggstravagant Eggs." Apr. 10: "Sensing Spring." Apr. 17: "Windy Weather." Apr. 21 & 24: "Garden Playtime."
LSNC, 1831 Traver. $5 per child ($4 per member), adults and children under 1 year old are free. 997-1553. [map]


 10:30-11 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.-noon  Free! 

"Playgroups for Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Playgroup for kids up to 24 months, accompanied by an adult. No older siblings.

Mon. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Downtown.

Tues. 10-11 a.m. (Apr. 2 only): Malletts Creek.

Wed. 11 a.m.-noon. Pittsfield.

Thurs. 2-3 p.m. Westgate & 6:30-7:30 p.m. Malletts Creek, Apr. 4; Traverwood Apr. 11, 18, & 25.

Fri. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.
Every Mon.-Fri., various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.


 Noon  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. 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. Kids welcome.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]


 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Money Smart Piggie Banks": Saline District Library.

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An Old National Bank representative discusses financial literacy for teens.
SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. Salinelibrary.org, 429-5450. [map]


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Thursday


April 2019
 10-10:30 a.m. & 7-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Preschool Storytimes": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (accompanied by an adult).

Mon. 11-11:30 a.m. Westgate.

Tue. 10-10:30 a.m. Downtown, & 11-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.

Wed. 10-10:30 a.m. Malletts Creek, Apr. 3 only 11-11:30 a.m. Downtown, & 6-6:30 p.m. Traverwood.

Thurs. 10-10:30 a.m. Traverwood & 7-7:30 p.m.Pittsfield.

Fri. 10-10:30 a.m. Westgate & Pittsfield.
Various locations, every Mon.-Fri. (see listing). Free. 327-4200.


 10:30-11:15 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]


 2-3 p.m. & 6:30-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Playgroups for Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Playgroup for kids up to 24 months, accompanied by an adult. No older siblings.

Mon. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Downtown.

Tues. 10-11 a.m. (Apr. 2 only): Malletts Creek.

Wed. 11 a.m.-noon. Pittsfield.

Thurs. 2-3 p.m. Westgate & 6:30-7:30 p.m. Malletts Creek, Apr. 4; Traverwood Apr. 11, 18, & 25.

Fri. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.
Every Mon.-Fri., various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.


 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

"After School Special": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Thurs. All teens invited to learn a new hobby, like knitting, writing, or drawing, or bring an art/craft project to work on.
3-5 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 3:30-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"LEGOs at the Library": Northfield Township Area Library.

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Calling all LEGO lovers, it's time to show off your skills and flex your creative muscles. All ages are welcome to come to the Library for some hands-on fun and build a masterpiece at our LEGO club. No registration is required for this FREE event.
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake. Free. 734-449-0066. hmccausland@ntal.org http://www.ntal.org/events.html [map]



 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Book Folding": Chelsea District Library.

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All teens invited to fold the pages of a book into a word or picture. Books and patterns provided, but bring your own, if you like.
7-8 p.m., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


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Friday


April 2019
 10-10:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Preschool Storytimes": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (accompanied by an adult).

Mon. 11-11:30 a.m. Westgate.

Tue. 10-10:30 a.m. Downtown, & 11-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.

Wed. 10-10:30 a.m. Malletts Creek, Apr. 3 only 11-11:30 a.m. Downtown, & 6-6:30 p.m. Traverwood.

Thurs. 10-10:30 a.m. Traverwood & 7-7:30 p.m.Pittsfield.

Fri. 10-10:30 a.m. Westgate & Pittsfield.
Various locations, every Mon.-Fri. (see listing). Free. 327-4200.


 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Playgroups for Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Playgroup for kids up to 24 months, accompanied by an adult. No older siblings.

Mon. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Downtown.

Tues. 10-11 a.m. (Apr. 2 only): Malletts Creek.

Wed. 11 a.m.-noon. Pittsfield.

Thurs. 2-3 p.m. Westgate & 6:30-7:30 p.m. Malletts Creek, Apr. 4; Traverwood Apr. 11, 18, & 25.

Fri. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.
Every Mon.-Fri., various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.


 Noon  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. 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. Kids welcome.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]


 8 p.m.  Free! 

9th Annual FoolMoon: Wonderfool Productions.

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This outdoor festival features a vast array of huge, quirky, and beautiful handmade illuminated sculptures. Also, interactive installations, laser shows, a beer tent, dance performances, and music spun by DJs. Food available. This year's theme is "FOOLin'-a-Round." All invited to join one of 3 processions of shimmering handmade luminaries that leave at 7:45 p.m. and proceed from the U-M Museum of Art lawn, Arbor Brewing Company, and Braun Ct. to join the festivities in the Farmers Market.
Dusk-midnight, Farmers Market. Free. wonderfoolproductions.org, 763-7550.


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Saturday


April 2019
 9-10 a.m. 

"Nature Storytime": Hudson Mills Activity Center.

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Nature-themed stories & crafts for ages 4-7.

Apr. 6: "Bouncing Bunnies."

May 4: "Spring Wildflowers."

June 1: "For the Birds."
9-10 a.m., Hudson Mills Metropark Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $5 per child. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 426-8211. [map]


 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Urban Hike & Sustainable Art": Fjallraven.

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Every Sat. All invited to walk through downtown to Eberwhite Woods and back. In warmer weather, hikes may go to the Huron River or the Arb. Followed at 10 a.m. by family-friendly art projects. Coffee & donuts.
9 a.m., Fjallraven, 213 S. Main. Free. 585-5628. [map]


 10 a.m.  Free! 

Ukulele Club: Dexter District Library.

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Youth in grades 4-12 invited to try out ukuleles. Light refreshments. Instruments provided, or bring your own. Parents welcome to participate.
10-11 a.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]


 10-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Sensory Storytime": Ann Arbor District Library.

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A "sensory friendly" event for kids ages 3-7 with developmental disabilities. Includes 20 minutes of interactive stories & movement, followed by 40 minutes of free play.
10-11 a.m., AADL Westgate, Westgate shopping center, 2503 Jackson. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. 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. Kids welcome.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]


 11 a.m.  Free! 

Children's Storytime: Barnes & Noble.

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Every Sat. Storytelling programs and occasional craft activities for kids age 3 & up.
11 a.m., Barnes & Noble, 3235 Washtenaw. Free. 973-1618. [map]



 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 

"Brick Bash 2019": Skyline High School Band Fundraiser.

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Apr. 6 & 7. This public Lego building party for all ages includes piles of Lego, Duplo, and Bionicle parts to play with. Also, a Duplo play area for young kids and displays of amazing models by Lego hobbyists from around the country. Sat. only: a performance by the Skyline Drumline (2 p.m.), followed by a percussion petting zoo. Sale of Lego products, custom sets, and jewelry. Concessions.
11 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sat.) & noon-5 p.m. (Sun.), Skyline High School, 2552 N. Maple. $5 (families, $20). BrickBash.com. [map]


 Noon  Free! 

Teen Advisory Group: Dexter District Library.

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All youth in grades 7-12 invited to brainstorm about new programs, book selections, and volunteer opportunities. Pizza.
DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. Preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]


 1-2:30 p.m. 

"Natural Egg Dyeing": Hudson Mills Metropark Interpretive Nature Programs.

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All-ages egg dyeing event with natural dyes. Bring your own hard-boiled eggs.
10-11:30 a.m. (Mar. 26 & Apr. 2) & 1-2:30 p.m. (Apr. 6), park activity center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $4. Preregistration required. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 426-8211. [map]


 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Celebrate Spring Party": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Spring-themed stories, crafts, and snacks for kids in grades preK & K.
2-3 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek, 3090 E. Eisenhower Pkwy. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 2:30-3:30 p.m. 

"Hand Balancing & Contortion for Ages 8-17": A2 Aviary.

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This all-level class is designed for active young people (ages 8-17) to build the courage for inversions and the strength to stay upside down. Students will learn to balance on their hands, create absurd shapes, and find their bendiest self. Each class includes 15-20 minutes of warm-up and stretching, followed by practicing hand balancing and contortion fundamentals. This is not a drop in class, all student MUST please register via the Aviary's website before arriving to the studio.
The Ann Arbor Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk St, Suite A. $15. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/ [map]



 3 p.m. 

5th Annual Kid Fest: First Steps Benefit.

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Family concert, with sing-alongs, by local singer-songwriter Joe Reilly, whose playful songs draw on blues, Native American, and other traditional American idioms and address ecological and spiritual themes. The program begins with kids activities and a silent auction of kid-friendly items. Drawings for prizes (tickets 4 for $5).
3 p.m. (concert begins at 4 p.m.), Forsythe Middle School Auditorium, 1655 Newport Rd. $12 (kids ages 2-17, $8; families, $40) in advance at firststeps-annarborkidfest.weebly.com. hyde@a2schools.org, 994-2300, ext. 53186. [map]


 3-4 & 4-5 p.m. 

"Strum & Drum": Oz's Music Environment.

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Families invited to get on stage to sing and make music on a variety of instruments. Also, at 4 p.m., a free Kids Open Stage.
3-4 p.m., Oz's, 1920 Packard. $15 per family. 662-8283. [map]


 6 p.m. 

"Dancing Downtown": Satchel's BBQ.

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Every Sat. All invited to dance to recorded music. Families welcome.
6-9 p.m., Satchel's, 221 W. Liberty. Free. 929-4240. [map]


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Sunday


April 2019
 Noon-5 p.m. 

"Brick Bash 2019": Skyline High School Band Fundraiser.

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Apr. 6 & 7. This public Lego building party for all ages includes piles of Lego, Duplo, and Bionicle parts to play with. Also, a Duplo play area for young kids and displays of amazing models by Lego hobbyists from around the country. Sat. only: a performance by the Skyline Drumline (2 p.m.), followed by a percussion petting zoo. Sale of Lego products, custom sets, and jewelry. Concessions.
11 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sat.) & noon-5 p.m. (Sun.), Skyline High School, 2552 N. Maple. $5 (families, $20). BrickBash.com. [map]


 1-1:40 p.m.  Free! 

"Dancing Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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First Steps Washtenaw instructor Monica Higman leads infants through 5-year-olds (accompanied by an adult) in a program of music and movement.
1-1:40 p.m., AADL Traverwood, 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Drawing for Kids": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Sun. except Apr. 21. Ann Arbor Art Center artists host a different directed drawing activity each week for kids in grades 1-5.
1-2 p.m., Downtown 4th fl. meeting rm., 343 S. Fifth Ave. (Apr. 7 & 14), and AADL Westgate (Apr. 28). Free. 327-4200.


 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Pipe Cleaner Worms & Candy Flowers": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Craft project for kids in grades preK-3.
1-2 p.m., AADL Westgate. Free. 327-4200.


 1:30 p.m. 

"Junie B. Jones": Theatreworks USA (Michigan Theater Foundation Not Just for Kids Series).

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This renowned NYC-based children's theater troupe performs its colorful, funny, fast-paced musical based on Barbara Clark's book about the adventures of a precocious first grader. Geared toward grades K-5.
1:30 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $13 (MTF members, $11) in advance at Nicola's Books in Westgate & at michtheater.org/njfk. To charge by phone, call (800) 745-3000. [map]


 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Read-Along Dog": Saline District Library.

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Kids in grades 1-4 invited to read to Vedder and Summer, registered Therapaws reading dogs.
6:30-7:30 p.m. (Wed.) & 2-3 p.m. (Sun.), SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. Preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]


 4 p.m.  Free! 

13th Annual FestiFools.

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This popular gigantic public art parade down Main Street features magnificent, huge, bizarre papier-mâché puppets that range from animals and fantastical creatures to local and national celebrities. Community members in costume invited to join the parade (to participate, email wonderfoolproductions@gmail.com). Those who wish to join the Ann Arbor District Library's bird-themed group of marchers and musicians are invited to wear bird costumes and meet in the library lobby (343 S. Fifth Ave.) at 3:30 p.m. to march over to the parade. The parade is followed 5-5:20 p.m. by "Mindfoolness of Listening," a chance to sit in silence on Main St. and listen to the sounds of the waning parade. Bring a chair or cushion, if you like.
4-5 p.m., Main between William and Washington. Free. wonderfoolproductions.org, 763-7550. [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 from 5 to 17 years old. Classes are held Sundays, 4:30 - 5:30pm.
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


April 2019
 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Playgroups for Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Playgroup for kids up to 24 months, accompanied by an adult. No older siblings.

Mon. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Downtown.

Tues. 10-11 a.m. (Apr. 2 only): Malletts Creek.

Wed. 11 a.m.-noon. Pittsfield.

Thurs. 2-3 p.m. Westgate & 6:30-7:30 p.m. Malletts Creek, Apr. 4; Traverwood Apr. 11, 18, & 25.

Fri. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.
Every Mon.-Fri., various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.


 10:30-11:15 a.m.  Free! 

"Sensation Stations": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All toddlers ages 18 months-3 years invited to drop in to engage their senses by scooping, pouring, squeezing, and shaking a variety of materials.
10:30-11:15 a.m., AADL Traverwood Branch, 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 11-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Preschool Storytimes": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (accompanied by an adult).

Mon. 11-11:30 a.m. Westgate.

Tue. 10-10:30 a.m. Downtown, & 11-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.

Wed. 10-10:30 a.m. Malletts Creek, Apr. 3 only 11-11:30 a.m. Downtown, & 6-6:30 p.m. Traverwood.

Thurs. 10-10:30 a.m. Traverwood & 7-7:30 p.m.Pittsfield.

Fri. 10-10:30 a.m. Westgate & Pittsfield.
Various locations, every Mon.-Fri. (see listing). Free. 327-4200.


 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]


 4:15 p.m.  Free! 

"Bingo for Books": Saline District Library.

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All kids in grades 1-6 invited to play bingo to win books.
4:15-5 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. Salinelibrary.org, 429-5450. [map]


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Tuesday


April 2019
 9 a.m. & 10 a.m.  Free! 

Daycroft School Open House: Daycroft Office of Admissions.

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Please join us for group tours of our toddler, preschool and kindergarten classrooms. Please register for a tour at admissions@daycroft.org. Visit us at www.daycroft.org.
Daycroft School Preprimary Campus, 100 Oakbrook Dr. Free. 734-930-0333. admissions@daycroft.org www.daycroft.org [map]



 10-10:30 & 11-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Preschool Storytimes": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (accompanied by an adult).

Mon. 11-11:30 a.m. Westgate.

Tue. 10-10:30 a.m. Downtown, & 11-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.

Wed. 10-10:30 a.m. Malletts Creek, Apr. 3 only 11-11:30 a.m. Downtown, & 6-6:30 p.m. Traverwood.

Thurs. 10-10:30 a.m. Traverwood & 7-7:30 p.m.Pittsfield.

Fri. 10-10:30 a.m. Westgate & Pittsfield.
Various locations, every Mon.-Fri. (see listing). Free. 327-4200.


 10-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Tummy Times": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Tues. New and expecting parents encouraged to bring their babies and share new baby experiences.
10-11 a.m., AADL Westgate, Westgate shopping center, 2503 Jackson. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 10:30-11:15 a.m.  Free! 

"Babytime": Chelsea District Library.

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Every Tues., except Nov. 20, Dec. 25, Jan. 1, Feb. 5, & Mar. 12 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 KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 2:30 & 6:30 p.m. 

"Noah": Fathom Events.

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Apr. 9, 11, & 13. Broadcast of a Sight & Sound Theatres (Lancaster, PA, and Branson, MO) production of this drama about the Biblical story Noah and the Ark. The production uses massive sets, lots of special effects, and live animals.
2:30 p.m. (Apr. 9), 6:30 p.m. (Apr. 9 & 11), & 12:55 p.m. (Apr. 13), Emagine, 1335 E. Michigan Ave., Saline. Tickets $12.50 in advance at fathomevents.com/events and at the door. 316-5500. [map]


 4-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Pizza and Paperbacks Teen Book Club": Chelsea District Library.

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All teens invited to discuss Stargirl, Jerry Spinelli's 2000 YA novel about a boy who's alternately intrigued and disgusted by the quirky new girl at school. Pizza.
4-5 p.m., Chelsea District Library, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


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Wednesday


April 2019
 10-11 a.m. 

"Nature Storytime": Leslie Science and Nature Center.

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All kids ages 1-5 (accompanied by a caregiver) invited for a program of stories and nature-based activities on different themes. Apr. 3: "Eggstravagant Eggs." Apr. 10: "Sensing Spring." Apr. 17: "Windy Weather." Apr. 21 & 24: "Garden Playtime."
LSNC, 1831 Traver. $5 per child ($4 per member), adults and children under 1 year old are free. 997-1553. [map]


 10:30-11 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.-noon  Free! 

"Playgroups for Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Playgroup for kids up to 24 months, accompanied by an adult. No older siblings.

Mon. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Downtown.

Tues. 10-11 a.m. (Apr. 2 only): Malletts Creek.

Wed. 11 a.m.-noon. Pittsfield.

Thurs. 2-3 p.m. Westgate & 6:30-7:30 p.m. Malletts Creek, Apr. 4; Traverwood Apr. 11, 18, & 25.

Fri. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.
Every Mon.-Fri., various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.


 11-11:30 a.m. & 6-6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Preschool Storytimes": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (accompanied by an adult).

Mon. 11-11:30 a.m. Westgate.

Tue. 10-10:30 a.m. Downtown, & 11-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.

Wed. 10-10:30 a.m. Malletts Creek, Apr. 3 only 11-11:30 a.m. Downtown, & 6-6:30 p.m. Traverwood.

Thurs. 10-10:30 a.m. Traverwood & 7-7:30 p.m.Pittsfield.

Fri. 10-10:30 a.m. Westgate & Pittsfield.
Various locations, every Mon.-Fri. (see listing). Free. 327-4200.


 Noon  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. 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. Kids welcome.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Read-Along Dog": Saline District Library.

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Kids in grades 1-4 invited to read to Vedder and Summer, registered Therapaws reading dogs.
6:30-7:30 p.m. (Wed.) & 2-3 p.m. (Sun.), SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. Preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]


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Thursday


April 2019
 9-11 a.m.  Free! 

Daycroft School Open House Elementary Campus: Daycroft Office of Admissions.

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Come and explore what's happening at Daycroft School's elementary campus. Group tours start at 9 or 10am. Schedule a tour today by registering at admissions@daycroft.org. Check out our website at www.daycroft.org.
Daycroft School Elementary Campus, 1095 N. Zeeb Rd. Free. 734-930-0333. admissions@daycroft.org www.daycroft.org [map]



 10-10:30 a.m. & 7-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Preschool Storytimes": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (accompanied by an adult).

Mon. 11-11:30 a.m. Westgate.

Tue. 10-10:30 a.m. Downtown, & 11-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.

Wed. 10-10:30 a.m. Malletts Creek, Apr. 3 only 11-11:30 a.m. Downtown, & 6-6:30 p.m. Traverwood.

Thurs. 10-10:30 a.m. Traverwood & 7-7:30 p.m.Pittsfield.

Fri. 10-10:30 a.m. Westgate & Pittsfield.
Various locations, every Mon.-Fri. (see listing). Free. 327-4200.


 10:30-11:15 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]


 2-3 p.m. & 6:30-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Playgroups for Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Playgroup for kids up to 24 months, accompanied by an adult. No older siblings.

Mon. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Downtown.

Tues. 10-11 a.m. (Apr. 2 only): Malletts Creek.

Wed. 11 a.m.-noon. Pittsfield.

Thurs. 2-3 p.m. Westgate & 6:30-7:30 p.m. Malletts Creek, Apr. 4; Traverwood Apr. 11, 18, & 25.

Fri. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.
Every Mon.-Fri., various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.


 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

"After School Special": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Thurs. All teens invited to learn a new hobby, like knitting, writing, or drawing, or bring an art/craft project to work on.
3-5 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 3:30-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"LEGOs at the Library": Northfield Township Area Library.

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Calling all LEGO lovers, it's time to show off your skills and flex your creative muscles. All ages are welcome to come to the Library for some hands-on fun and build a masterpiece at our LEGO club. No registration is required for this FREE event.
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake. Free. 734-449-0066. hmccausland@ntal.org http://www.ntal.org/events.html [map]



 3:30-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Read to the Library Dogs": Chelsea District Library.

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All beginning readers ages 6-11 invited to read one-on-one for 10 minutes to a dog trained to act as if it's listening.
3:30-5 p.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]


 6:30 p.m. 

"Noah": Fathom Events.

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Apr. 9, 11, & 13. Broadcast of a Sight & Sound Theatres (Lancaster, PA, and Branson, MO) production of this drama about the Biblical story Noah and the Ark. The production uses massive sets, lots of special effects, and live animals.
2:30 p.m. (Apr. 9), 6:30 p.m. (Apr. 9 & 11), & 12:55 p.m. (Apr. 13), Emagine, 1335 E. Michigan Ave., Saline. Tickets $12.50 in advance at fathomevents.com/events and at the door. 316-5500. [map]


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Friday


April 2019
 10-10:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Preschool Storytimes": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (accompanied by an adult).

Mon. 11-11:30 a.m. Westgate.

Tue. 10-10:30 a.m. Downtown, & 11-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.

Wed. 10-10:30 a.m. Malletts Creek, Apr. 3 only 11-11:30 a.m. Downtown, & 6-6:30 p.m. Traverwood.

Thurs. 10-10:30 a.m. Traverwood & 7-7:30 p.m.Pittsfield.

Fri. 10-10:30 a.m. Westgate & Pittsfield.
Various locations, every Mon.-Fri. (see listing). Free. 327-4200.


 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Playgroups for Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Playgroup for kids up to 24 months, accompanied by an adult. No older siblings.

Mon. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Downtown.

Tues. 10-11 a.m. (Apr. 2 only): Malletts Creek.

Wed. 11 a.m.-noon. Pittsfield.

Thurs. 2-3 p.m. Westgate & 6:30-7:30 p.m. Malletts Creek, Apr. 4; Traverwood Apr. 11, 18, & 25.

Fri. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.
Every Mon.-Fri., various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.


 Noon  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. 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. Kids welcome.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]


 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Teen VR Adventure": Chelsea District Library.

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All teens invited to try out the library's collection of virtual reality systems, including Google Daydream & Lenovo Mirage.
4-5:30 p.m., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


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Saturday


April 2019
 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Fiber Expo.

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Apr. 13 & 14. Show and sale of a variety of yarns, rug hooking kits, felted items, roving, and fiber art products and craft items. Sheep, goat, and alpaca shearing demonstrations. Classes. Also, breeders on hand with alpacas, goats, Angora rabbits, and other animals. Concessions. No dogs allowed, except service dogs.
9 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sat.) & 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (Sun.), Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Tickets $4 ($6 for both days; kids age 12 & under, free). fiberexpo.com, 546-0032. [map]


 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Urban Hike & Sustainable Art": Fjallraven.

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Every Sat. All invited to walk through downtown to Eberwhite Woods and back. In warmer weather, hikes may go to the Huron River or the Arb. Followed at 10 a.m. by family-friendly art projects. Coffee & donuts.
9 a.m., Fjallraven, 213 S. Main. Free. 585-5628. [map]


 10 a.m.-4 p.m.  Free! 

12th Annual Farm Festival: Braun & Helmer.

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A tractor & engine show, toy show, large flea market, kids pedal pull, kids activities, tractor pull, trade show, live auction, and more. Lunch available. Bake sale.
10 a.m.-4 p.m., Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Saline. Free admission; donations accepted. 368-1733. [map]


 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. 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. Kids welcome.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]


 11 a.m.  Free! 

Children's Storytime: Barnes & Noble.

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Every Sat. Storytelling programs and occasional craft activities for kids age 3 & up.
11 a.m., Barnes & Noble, 3235 Washtenaw. Free. 973-1618. [map]



 12:55 p.m. 

"Noah": Fathom Events.

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Apr. 9, 11, & 13. Broadcast of a Sight & Sound Theatres (Lancaster, PA, and Branson, MO) production of this drama about the Biblical story Noah and the Ark. The production uses massive sets, lots of special effects, and live animals.
2:30 p.m. (Apr. 9), 6:30 p.m. (Apr. 9 & 11), & 12:55 p.m. (Apr. 13), Emagine, 1335 E. Michigan Ave., Saline. Tickets $12.50 in advance at fathomevents.com/events and at the door. 316-5500. [map]


 2:30-3:30 p.m. 

"Hand Balancing & Contortion for Ages 8-17": A2 Aviary.

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This all-level class is designed for active young people (ages 8-17) to build the courage for inversions and the strength to stay upside down. Students will learn to balance on their hands, create absurd shapes, and find their bendiest self. Each class includes 15-20 minutes of warm-up and stretching, followed by practicing hand balancing and contortion fundamentals. This is not a drop in class, all student MUST please register via the Aviary's website before arriving to the studio.
The Ann Arbor Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk St, Suite A. $15. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/ [map]



 6 p.m. 

"Dancing Downtown": Satchel's BBQ.

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Every Sat. All invited to dance to recorded music. Families welcome.
6-9 p.m., Satchel's, 221 W. Liberty. Free. 929-4240. [map]


 7 p.m. 

Pioneer HS 2019 Booster Bash Fundraiser: Pioneer HS Athletic Booster Club.

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The Ann Arbor Pioneer Athletics Booster Club is a non-profit, parent-run volunteer organization that is dedicated to promoting student athletes at Pioneer High School. On April 13, we will be hosting our annual Booster Fundraising Bash. The Booster Bash features amazing items donated by each athletic team, plus food and an open bar. Proceeds benefit all Pioneer sports teams and facilities. Come support our student athletes and coaches. Link for tickets:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ann-arbor-pioneer-booster-bash-2019-tickets-58330190169?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&aff=escb&utm-source=cp&utm-term=listing
Cobble Farm Road, 2781 Packard Street. Donation. $60 per person. laurenkinsherf@yahoo.com https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ann-arbor-pioneer-booster-bash-2019-tickets-58330190169?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&aff=escb&utm-source=cp&utm-term=listing [map]



 8-9:30 p.m. 

"Flashlight Egg Hunt": Hudson Mills Metropark Interpretative Nature Programs.

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For kids age 8 & up who want an extra challenge. Collection bags and glow-in-the-dark bracelets provided; bring your own flashlight.
8-9:30 p.m., Hudson Mills Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $5 (plus $10 vehicle entrance fee). Preregistration required at hm.interpreter@metroparks.com or by phone. 426-8211. [map]


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Sunday


April 2019
 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 

Fiber Expo.

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Apr. 13 & 14. Show and sale of a variety of yarns, rug hooking kits, felted items, roving, and fiber art products and craft items. Sheep, goat, and alpaca shearing demonstrations. Classes. Also, breeders on hand with alpacas, goats, Angora rabbits, and other animals. Concessions. No dogs allowed, except service dogs.
9 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sat.) & 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (Sun.), Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Tickets $4 ($6 for both days; kids age 12 & under, free). fiberexpo.com, 546-0032. [map]


 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Dexter Spring Fling: Dexter High School National Honor Society.

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Bring your family and friends to the first annual Dexter Spring Fling!
Activities:
One hour yoga class - all ages and skill levels welcome! (1pm to 2pm)
--- Bring your own mat ---
Community Partner Booths
Inflatable Bounce House
Children's Activities
Tug of War
First Responder Vehicles
Musical Petting Zoo
Crafts
Meet and Greet with High School Athletes
Live DJ
And more!
NO ENTRY FEE - but any donations made will go to the Cancer Support Community to help provide patients and their families afflicted by cancer with support services and financial assistance in the greater Washtenaw area.
Dexter High School Practice Fields, 2200 N Parker Rd, Dexter. Donation. 734-975-2500. info@cancersupportannarbor.org sproutlove.org [map]
 



 Noon-2 p.m. 

Easter Egg Scramble: Hudson Mills Metropark Interpretative Nature Programs.

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With over 4,000 candy- and toy-filled eggs for kids age 10 & under. Also, face painting, a visit from Farmer John with his farm animals for kids to pet, and a chance to visit with the Easter Bunny. Fields and scramble times are divided into age groups, so early arrival is recommended.
Noon-2 p.m., Hudson Mills Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $5 (plus $10 vehicle entrance fee). Preregistration required at hm.interpreter@metroparks.com or by phone. 426-8211. [map]


 12:30-1:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Arabic Songs and Stories": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local Arabic teacher and storyteller Heba Abdelaal tells stories and sings songs in Arabic. For ages 2-5.
12:30-1:30 p.m., AADL Pittsfield, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Drawing for Kids": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Sun. except Apr. 21. Ann Arbor Art Center artists host a different directed drawing activity each week for kids in grades 1-5.
1-2 p.m., Downtown 4th fl. meeting rm., 343 S. Fifth Ave. (Apr. 7 & 14), and AADL Westgate (Apr. 28). Free. 327-4200.


 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Junior Naturalist: Secrets of a Vernal Pool": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalist Shawn Severance leads a nature program for ages 7-12. Wear boots that can get wet and muddy.
Scio Woods Preserve, 4000 Scio Church Rd. Free. Preregistration required at parksonline.ewashtenaw.org. 971-6337. [map]


 2-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Klub Kito's Minecraft Masters": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All experienced players in grades 2-10 invited to play this popular computer game. Also, a PvP (player vs. player) minigame.
2-3:30 p.m., AADL Downtown Training Center, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Write On!" Short Story Contest Awards Celebration: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Mt. Clemens-based children's book writer Jeff Jantz, author of Gruel Snarl Draws a Wild Zugthing, discusses the art of writing and presents awards to the winners of the AADL short story contest for 3rd-5th graders.
2-3 p.m., AADL Westgate. Free. 327-4200. [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 from 5 to 17 years old. Classes are held Sundays, 4:30 - 5:30pm.
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


April 2019
 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Playgroups for Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Playgroup for kids up to 24 months, accompanied by an adult. No older siblings.

Mon. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Downtown.

Tues. 10-11 a.m. (Apr. 2 only): Malletts Creek.

Wed. 11 a.m.-noon. Pittsfield.

Thurs. 2-3 p.m. Westgate & 6:30-7:30 p.m. Malletts Creek, Apr. 4; Traverwood Apr. 11, 18, & 25.

Fri. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.
Every Mon.-Fri., various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.


 11-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Preschool Storytimes": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (accompanied by an adult).

Mon. 11-11:30 a.m. Westgate.

Tue. 10-10:30 a.m. Downtown, & 11-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.

Wed. 10-10:30 a.m. Malletts Creek, Apr. 3 only 11-11:30 a.m. Downtown, & 6-6:30 p.m. Traverwood.

Thurs. 10-10:30 a.m. Traverwood & 7-7:30 p.m.Pittsfield.

Fri. 10-10:30 a.m. Westgate & Pittsfield.
Various locations, every Mon.-Fri. (see listing). Free. 327-4200.


 5:30-6:30 p.m. 

"Just for Older Kids: Explore the World of Chocolate": Zingerman's Delicatessen.

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Staffers discuss types of chocolate, their favorite chocolates, and how to conduct chocolate tastings. For ages 10-16. Tastings.
5:30-6:30 p.m., Zingerman's Deli Upstairs. 422 Detroit St. $15 per kid includes tastings; parents welcome to lurk for free. 663-3354.


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Tuesday


April 2019
 10-10:30 & 11-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Preschool Storytimes": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (accompanied by an adult).

Mon. 11-11:30 a.m. Westgate.

Tue. 10-10:30 a.m. Downtown, & 11-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.

Wed. 10-10:30 a.m. Malletts Creek, Apr. 3 only 11-11:30 a.m. Downtown, & 6-6:30 p.m. Traverwood.

Thurs. 10-10:30 a.m. Traverwood & 7-7:30 p.m.Pittsfield.

Fri. 10-10:30 a.m. Westgate & Pittsfield.
Various locations, every Mon.-Fri. (see listing). Free. 327-4200.


 10:30-11:15 a.m.  Free! 

"Babytime": Chelsea District Library.

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Every Tues., except Nov. 20, Dec. 25, Jan. 1, Feb. 5, & Mar. 12 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 KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


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Wednesday


April 2019
 10-11 a.m. 

"Nature Storytime": Leslie Science and Nature Center.

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All kids ages 1-5 (accompanied by a caregiver) invited for a program of stories and nature-based activities on different themes. Apr. 3: "Eggstravagant Eggs." Apr. 10: "Sensing Spring." Apr. 17: "Windy Weather." Apr. 21 & 24: "Garden Playtime."
LSNC, 1831 Traver. $5 per child ($4 per member), adults and children under 1 year old are free. 997-1553. [map]


 10:30-11 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.-noon  Free! 

"Playgroups for Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Playgroup for kids up to 24 months, accompanied by an adult. No older siblings.

Mon. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Downtown.

Tues. 10-11 a.m. (Apr. 2 only): Malletts Creek.

Wed. 11 a.m.-noon. Pittsfield.

Thurs. 2-3 p.m. Westgate & 6:30-7:30 p.m. Malletts Creek, Apr. 4; Traverwood Apr. 11, 18, & 25.

Fri. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.
Every Mon.-Fri., various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.


 11-11:30 a.m. & 6-6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Preschool Storytimes": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (accompanied by an adult).

Mon. 11-11:30 a.m. Westgate.

Tue. 10-10:30 a.m. Downtown, & 11-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.

Wed. 10-10:30 a.m. Malletts Creek, Apr. 3 only 11-11:30 a.m. Downtown, & 6-6:30 p.m. Traverwood.

Thurs. 10-10:30 a.m. Traverwood & 7-7:30 p.m.Pittsfield.

Fri. 10-10:30 a.m. Westgate & Pittsfield.
Various locations, every Mon.-Fri. (see listing). Free. 327-4200.


 Noon  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. 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. Kids welcome.
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


April 2019
 10-10:30 a.m. & 7-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Preschool Storytimes": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (accompanied by an adult).

Mon. 11-11:30 a.m. Westgate.

Tue. 10-10:30 a.m. Downtown, & 11-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.

Wed. 10-10:30 a.m. Malletts Creek, Apr. 3 only 11-11:30 a.m. Downtown, & 6-6:30 p.m. Traverwood.

Thurs. 10-10:30 a.m. Traverwood & 7-7:30 p.m.Pittsfield.

Fri. 10-10:30 a.m. Westgate & Pittsfield.
Various locations, every Mon.-Fri. (see listing). Free. 327-4200.


 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. [map]


 10:30-11:15 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]


 2-3 p.m. & 6:30-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Playgroups for Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Playgroup for kids up to 24 months, accompanied by an adult. No older siblings.

Mon. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Downtown.

Tues. 10-11 a.m. (Apr. 2 only): Malletts Creek.

Wed. 11 a.m.-noon. Pittsfield.

Thurs. 2-3 p.m. Westgate & 6:30-7:30 p.m. Malletts Creek, Apr. 4; Traverwood Apr. 11, 18, & 25.

Fri. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.
Every Mon.-Fri., various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.


 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

"After School Special": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Thurs. All teens invited to learn a new hobby, like knitting, writing, or drawing, or bring an art/craft project to work on.
3-5 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 3:30-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"LEGOs at the Library": Northfield Township Area Library.

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Calling all LEGO lovers, it's time to show off your skills and flex your creative muscles. All ages are welcome to come to the Library for some hands-on fun and build a masterpiece at our LEGO club. No registration is required for this FREE event.
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake. Free. 734-449-0066. hmccausland@ntal.org http://www.ntal.org/events.html [map]



 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Oreo Taste Test": Chelsea District Library.

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All teens invited to taste and rate nontraditional Oreo flavors.
7-8 p.m., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]


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Friday


April 2019
 10-10:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Preschool Storytimes": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (accompanied by an adult).

Mon. 11-11:30 a.m. Westgate.

Tue. 10-10:30 a.m. Downtown, & 11-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.

Wed. 10-10:30 a.m. Malletts Creek, Apr. 3 only 11-11:30 a.m. Downtown, & 6-6:30 p.m. Traverwood.

Thurs. 10-10:30 a.m. Traverwood & 7-7:30 p.m.Pittsfield.

Fri. 10-10:30 a.m. Westgate & Pittsfield.
Various locations, every Mon.-Fri. (see listing). Free. 327-4200.


 10:30-11 a.m. 

"Just for Younger Kids: Storytime Tasting": Zingerman's Deli.

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Kids 2-5 invited to listen to a food-themed story. Snack provided. Caregivers must stay with their child.
10:30-11 a.m., Zingerman's Deli Upstairs. 422 Detroit St. $10 per child for storytime, additional $15 for tastings. Reservations required at events.zingermanscommunity.com. 663-3354.


 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Playgroups for Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Playgroup for kids up to 24 months, accompanied by an adult. No older siblings.

Mon. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Downtown.

Tues. 10-11 a.m. (Apr. 2 only): Malletts Creek.

Wed. 11 a.m.-noon. Pittsfield.

Thurs. 2-3 p.m. Westgate & 6:30-7:30 p.m. Malletts Creek, Apr. 4; Traverwood Apr. 11, 18, & 25.

Fri. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.
Every Mon.-Fri., various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.


 Noon  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. 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. Kids welcome.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]


 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

"DIY Pet Toys": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All in grades K-8 invited to make fleece toys for dogs and feather toys for cats.
1-3 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Tiny Window Greenhouse": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All kids in grades K-3 invited to learn how use a plastic bag and some framing materials to make a small greenhouse to tape to a window in their home.
2-3 p.m., AADL Pittsfield, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. (Apr. 19), & AADL Traverwood, 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy (Apr. 20). Free. 327-4200. [map]


 5:30-6:30 p.m. 

"Family Food Tasting: Explore the World of Spices": Zingerman's Delicatessen.

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Zingerman's staffers share the histories of their favorite spices. Tastings.
5:30-6:30 p.m., Zingerman's Deli Upstairs, 422 Detroit St. Tickets $10 per participant; registration required at events.zingermanscommunity.com. 663-3354. [map]


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Saturday


April 2019
 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Urban Hike & Sustainable Art": Fjallraven.

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Every Sat. All invited to walk through downtown to Eberwhite Woods and back. In warmer weather, hikes may go to the Huron River or the Arb. Followed at 10 a.m. by family-friendly art projects. Coffee & donuts.
9 a.m., Fjallraven, 213 S. Main. Free. 585-5628. [map]


 9:45 a.m. (tentative)  Free! 

26th Annual Easter Egg Hunt: Chelsea Kiwanis.

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With more than 2,500 hidden candy-filled plastic eggs, including a few that harbor special prizes. Prizes in 3 age divisions (age 3 & under, ages 4-7, age 8 & up). Also, photos with the Easter bunny.
9:45 a.m. (tentative), Chelsea Retirement Community, 805 W. Middle (west of Main), Chelsea. Free. 475-9701. [map]


 10 a.m.  Free! 

Easter Egg Hunt: Vineyard Church.

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Egg hunt, inflatables, pony rides, face painting, and a petting zoo. Breakfast.
Vineyard, 2275 Platt. Free. 477-9135. [map]


 10 a.m.-noon 

"Spring Eggstravaganza": Leslie Science and Nature Center.

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All kids invited to bring a basket or bag and set off on a scavenger egg hunt through LSNC trails, one for older and one for younger kids. Prizes. Also, a chance to learn about the LSNC animals that lay eggs and what their eggs look like and see the LSNC birds of prey up close. $8 per child. Preregistration required by Apr. 12.
10 a.m.-noon, LSNC, 1831 Traver. $8 per child. 997-1553. [map]


 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. 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. Kids welcome.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]


 11 a.m.  Free! 

"BMR Kids Club- YDL Superior": Black Men Read.

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Join us on the third Saturday of each month at YDL Superior for storytelling and crafts!
Black Men Read is an homage to the history of storytelling among African people. All families are invited and encouraged to attend. Stories and activities will be geared for children K-5
Ypsilanti District Library- Superior Branch, 8795 Macarthur Rd, Ypsilanti. Free. bmrprogram@gmail.com [map]


 11 a.m.  Free! 

Children's Storytime: Barnes & Noble.

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Every Sat. Storytelling programs and occasional craft activities for kids age 3 & up.
11 a.m., Barnes & Noble, 3235 Washtenaw. Free. 973-1618. [map]



 11 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Mo Willems Party!": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Librarians read stories from Mo Willems' popular series of picture books. Also, Elephant and Piggie-themed crafts. For grades preK-3.
11 a.m.-noon, AADL Westgate. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Tiny Window Greenhouse": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All kids in grades K-3 invited to learn how use a plastic bag and some framing materials to make a small greenhouse to tape to a window in their home.
2-3 p.m., AADL Pittsfield, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. (Apr. 19), & AADL Traverwood, 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy (Apr. 20). Free. 327-4200. [map]


 2:30-3:30 p.m. 

"Hand Balancing & Contortion for Ages 8-17": A2 Aviary.

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This all-level class is designed for active young people (ages 8-17) to build the courage for inversions and the strength to stay upside down. Students will learn to balance on their hands, create absurd shapes, and find their bendiest self. Each class includes 15-20 minutes of warm-up and stretching, followed by practicing hand balancing and contortion fundamentals. This is not a drop in class, all student MUST please register via the Aviary's website before arriving to the studio.
The Ann Arbor Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk St, Suite A. $15. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/ [map]



 6 p.m. 

"Dancing Downtown": Satchel's BBQ.

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Every Sat. All invited to dance to recorded music. Families welcome.
6-9 p.m., Satchel's, 221 W. Liberty. Free. 929-4240. [map]


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Sunday


April 2019
 10-11 a.m. 

"Nature Storytime": Leslie Science and Nature Center.

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All kids ages 1-5 (accompanied by a caregiver) invited for a program of stories and nature-based activities on different themes. Apr. 3: "Eggstravagant Eggs." Apr. 10: "Sensing Spring." Apr. 17: "Windy Weather." Apr. 21 & 24: "Garden Playtime."
LSNC, 1831 Traver. $5 per child ($4 per member), adults and children under 1 year old are free. 997-1553. [map]


 2 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.
Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $12 per family (members, free). 769-1052, 274-0773. [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 the rest of the s'mores fixings (marshmallows provided).
6:30-8 p.m., LSNC, 1831 Traver Rd. Free. 997-1553. [map]


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Monday


April 2019
 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Playgroups for Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Playgroup for kids up to 24 months, accompanied by an adult. No older siblings.

Mon. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Downtown.

Tues. 10-11 a.m. (Apr. 2 only): Malletts Creek.

Wed. 11 a.m.-noon. Pittsfield.

Thurs. 2-3 p.m. Westgate & 6:30-7:30 p.m. Malletts Creek, Apr. 4; Traverwood Apr. 11, 18, & 25.

Fri. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.
Every Mon.-Fri., various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.


 10:30-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Preschool Art Start": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Craft projects for kids aged 2-5, accompanied by an adult. Siblings welcome.
10:30-11 a.m., AADL Traverwood, 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 11-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Preschool Storytimes": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (accompanied by an adult).

Mon. 11-11:30 a.m. Westgate.

Tue. 10-10:30 a.m. Downtown, & 11-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.

Wed. 10-10:30 a.m. Malletts Creek, Apr. 3 only 11-11:30 a.m. Downtown, & 6-6:30 p.m. Traverwood.

Thurs. 10-10:30 a.m. Traverwood & 7-7:30 p.m.Pittsfield.

Fri. 10-10:30 a.m. Westgate & Pittsfield.
Various locations, every Mon.-Fri. (see listing). Free. 327-4200.


 4-5 p.m.  Free! 

"The Cloud Spinner": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Actors from Detroit-based Black and Brown Theatre perform their adaptation of Michael Catchpool's children's book about a young boy who can magically turn clouds into beautiful scarves. For grades K-3.
4-5 p.m., AADL Westgate. Free. 327-4200.


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Tuesday


April 2019
 10-10:30 & 11-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Preschool Storytimes": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (accompanied by an adult).

Mon. 11-11:30 a.m. Westgate.

Tue. 10-10:30 a.m. Downtown, & 11-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.

Wed. 10-10:30 a.m. Malletts Creek, Apr. 3 only 11-11:30 a.m. Downtown, & 6-6:30 p.m. Traverwood.

Thurs. 10-10:30 a.m. Traverwood & 7-7:30 p.m.Pittsfield.

Fri. 10-10:30 a.m. Westgate & Pittsfield.
Various locations, every Mon.-Fri. (see listing). Free. 327-4200.


 10-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Tummy Times": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Tues. New and expecting parents encouraged to bring their babies and share new baby experiences.
10-11 a.m., AADL Westgate, Westgate shopping center, 2503 Jackson. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 10:30-11:15 a.m.  Free! 

"Babytime": Chelsea District Library.

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Every Tues., except Nov. 20, Dec. 25, Jan. 1, Feb. 5, & Mar. 12 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 KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Anime Afternoons": Saline District Library.

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All teens invited to watch new and classic anime shows. Sushi & other Japanese snacks.
3-4:15 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 429-5450. [map]


 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Awesome Album Art": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All in grades 3-12 invited to make their own album cover. Blank LP sleeves and art supplies provided.
6-8 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Drummunity Circle"

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Lori Fithian, a local drummer and drum teacher, leads a drum circle. Instruments provided, or bring your own. Kids welcome. Preceded at 6:45 p.m. by a brief drum lesson.
7-9 p.m., Crazy Wisdom Bookstore, 114 S. Main. Free. 426-7818. [map]


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Wednesday


April 2019
 10-11 a.m. 

"Nature Storytime": Leslie Science and Nature Center.

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All kids ages 1-5 (accompanied by a caregiver) invited for a program of stories and nature-based activities on different themes. Apr. 3: "Eggstravagant Eggs." Apr. 10: "Sensing Spring." Apr. 17: "Windy Weather." Apr. 21 & 24: "Garden Playtime."
LSNC, 1831 Traver. $5 per child ($4 per member), adults and children under 1 year old are free. 997-1553. [map]


 10:30-11 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.-noon  Free! 

"Playgroups for Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Playgroup for kids up to 24 months, accompanied by an adult. No older siblings.

Mon. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Downtown.

Tues. 10-11 a.m. (Apr. 2 only): Malletts Creek.

Wed. 11 a.m.-noon. Pittsfield.

Thurs. 2-3 p.m. Westgate & 6:30-7:30 p.m. Malletts Creek, Apr. 4; Traverwood Apr. 11, 18, & 25.

Fri. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.
Every Mon.-Fri., various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.


 11-11:30 a.m. & 6-6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Preschool Storytimes": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (accompanied by an adult).

Mon. 11-11:30 a.m. Westgate.

Tue. 10-10:30 a.m. Downtown, & 11-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.

Wed. 10-10:30 a.m. Malletts Creek, Apr. 3 only 11-11:30 a.m. Downtown, & 6-6:30 p.m. Traverwood.

Thurs. 10-10:30 a.m. Traverwood & 7-7:30 p.m.Pittsfield.

Fri. 10-10:30 a.m. Westgate & Pittsfield.
Various locations, every Mon.-Fri. (see listing). Free. 327-4200.


 Noon  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. 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. Kids welcome.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Read-Along Dog": Saline District Library.

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Kids in grades 1-4 invited to read to Vedder and Summer, registered Therapaws reading dogs.
6:30-7:30 p.m. (Wed.) & 2-3 p.m. (Sun.), SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. Preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]


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Thursday


April 2019
 10-10:30 a.m. & 7-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Preschool Storytimes": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (accompanied by an adult).

Mon. 11-11:30 a.m. Westgate.

Tue. 10-10:30 a.m. Downtown, & 11-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.

Wed. 10-10:30 a.m. Malletts Creek, Apr. 3 only 11-11:30 a.m. Downtown, & 6-6:30 p.m. Traverwood.

Thurs. 10-10:30 a.m. Traverwood & 7-7:30 p.m.Pittsfield.

Fri. 10-10:30 a.m. Westgate & Pittsfield.
Various locations, every Mon.-Fri. (see listing). Free. 327-4200.


 10:30-11:15 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]


 2-3 p.m. & 6:30-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Playgroups for Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Playgroup for kids up to 24 months, accompanied by an adult. No older siblings.

Mon. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Downtown.

Tues. 10-11 a.m. (Apr. 2 only): Malletts Creek.

Wed. 11 a.m.-noon. Pittsfield.

Thurs. 2-3 p.m. Westgate & 6:30-7:30 p.m. Malletts Creek, Apr. 4; Traverwood Apr. 11, 18, & 25.

Fri. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.
Every Mon.-Fri., various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.


 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Makerspace": Dexter District Library.

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Grades K-8 invited to do crafts and building challenges. Materials provided.
2 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. Preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]


 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

"After School Special": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Thurs. All teens invited to learn a new hobby, like knitting, writing, or drawing, or bring an art/craft project to work on.
3-5 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Open Art for Teens": Saline District Library.

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Art supplies available for use, including watercolors, clay, markers, slime, and more.
3-4 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 429-5450. [map]


 3:30-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"LEGOs at the Library": Northfield Township Area Library.

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Calling all LEGO lovers, it's time to show off your skills and flex your creative muscles. All ages are welcome to come to the Library for some hands-on fun and build a masterpiece at our LEGO club. No registration is required for this FREE event.
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake. Free. 734-449-0066. hmccausland@ntal.org http://www.ntal.org/events.html [map]



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Friday


April 2019
 10-10:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Preschool Storytimes": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (accompanied by an adult).

Mon. 11-11:30 a.m. Westgate.

Tue. 10-10:30 a.m. Downtown, & 11-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.

Wed. 10-10:30 a.m. Malletts Creek, Apr. 3 only 11-11:30 a.m. Downtown, & 6-6:30 p.m. Traverwood.

Thurs. 10-10:30 a.m. Traverwood & 7-7:30 p.m.Pittsfield.

Fri. 10-10:30 a.m. Westgate & Pittsfield.
Various locations, every Mon.-Fri. (see listing). Free. 327-4200.


 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Playgroups for Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Playgroup for kids up to 24 months, accompanied by an adult. No older siblings.

Mon. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Downtown.

Tues. 10-11 a.m. (Apr. 2 only): Malletts Creek.

Wed. 11 a.m.-noon. Pittsfield.

Thurs. 2-3 p.m. Westgate & 6:30-7:30 p.m. Malletts Creek, Apr. 4; Traverwood Apr. 11, 18, & 25.

Fri. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.
Every Mon.-Fri., various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.


 Noon  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. 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. Kids welcome.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]


 5 p.m.  Free! 

"After Hours Magic: The Gathering": Saline District Library.

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All teens invited to play this popular collectible card game. Food.
5-6:30 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. Preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]


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April 2019
 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Urban Hike & Sustainable Art": Fjallraven.

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Every Sat. All invited to walk through downtown to Eberwhite Woods and back. In warmer weather, hikes may go to the Huron River or the Arb. Followed at 10 a.m. by family-friendly art projects. Coffee & donuts.
9 a.m., Fjallraven, 213 S. Main. Free. 585-5628. [map]


 10-10:40 a.m.  Free! 

"Dancing Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Music Together teacher Dianne Dudley leads infants through 5-year-olds (accompanied by an adult) in a program of music and dancing.
10-10:40 a.m., AADL Westgate Branch, Westgate shopping center, 2503 Jackson. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. 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. Kids welcome.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]


 11 a.m.  Free! 

Children's Storytime: Barnes & Noble.

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Every Sat. Storytelling programs and occasional craft activities for kids age 3 & up.
11 a.m., Barnes & Noble, 3235 Washtenaw. Free. 973-1618. [map]



 2:30-3:30 p.m. 

"Hand Balancing & Contortion for Ages 8-17": A2 Aviary.

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This all-level class is designed for active young people (ages 8-17) to build the courage for inversions and the strength to stay upside down. Students will learn to balance on their hands, create absurd shapes, and find their bendiest self. Each class includes 15-20 minutes of warm-up and stretching, followed by practicing hand balancing and contortion fundamentals. This is not a drop in class, all student MUST please register via the Aviary's website before arriving to the studio.
The Ann Arbor Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk St, Suite A. $15. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/ [map]



 5-10 p.m. 

"Parents Night Out: Stories of the Sky": Leslie Science and Nature Center.

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All in grades K-6 invited to learn the science behind telescopes while studying constellations and planets. Also, a Panera PB&J or turkey sandwich and a late-night popcorn snack. Activities held outdoors as much as possible, so kids should come dressed for the weather.
5-10 p.m., LSNC, 1831 Traver Rd. $30 (members, $25) per child. Registration required by noon on Apr. 24. 997-1553. [map]