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4-H Youth Programs (MSU Extension Washtenaw County)

705 N. Zeeb [map]
(734) 997-1678

Community clubs for youth ages 5-19. Subjects from animal science, art, entrepreneurship, science and technology to clothing and textiles, etc. Annual 4-H Youth Show last week in July at Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds. Enroll Sept. 1. $20 yearly participation fee. Some activities open to non-members. msue.washtenaw@county.msu.edu, canr.msu.edu/4h/index


Ann Arbor Area Piano Teachers Guild


(503) 476-4495

Piano lessons by qualified teachers. Student performance opportunities, achievement testing, and piano ensemble camp. Financial aid available. a2pianoteachers.com


Ann Arbor Art Center

117 W. Liberty [map]
(734) 994-8004

Art classes for all ages. Painting, mixed media, jewelry, ceramics, Art Lab (where traditional art meets technology), kids day camps during Ann Arbor Public School breaks, art parties, and events throughout the year. Mon.- Fri. 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. & Sun. noon-5 p.m. annarborartcenter.org


Ann Arbor District Library

343 S. Fifth Ave. [map]

3090 E. Eisenhower [map]
Malletts Creek Branch Library

2359 Oak Valley [map]
Pittsfield Branch Library

3333 Traverwood [map]
Traverwood Branch Library

2503 Jackson [map]
West Branch Library, in the Westgate Shopping Center
(734) 327-4200

Activities and materials for youth and families year-round at the Downtown Library and local branches. Playgroups (children under age 2 accompanied by caregivers) and preschool storytimes (children age 2 & over accompanied by caregivers) year round at most AADL locations. Summer Game for all ages offers activities, programs, and prizes. Events include hands-on science activities, crafts, performances, video game tournaments, author and storyteller visits, and musical programs. No charge for library events. aadl.org, jump.aadl.org (information for children newborn-5th grade).


Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum

220 E. Ann [map]
(734) 995-5439

More than 250 interactive science and technology exhibits, including a light and optics gallery, a full-size ambulance, a 3-story rocket, and dedicated preschool room full of exhibits for younger visitors. Special demonstrations and events most weekends. New and traveling exhibitions, birthday parties, field trips, programming for libraries and community groups, and distance learning programs. Memberships available. See website for hours and prices. museum@aahom.org, aahom.org


Ann Arbor Music School

1806 Dexter [map]
(213) 948-8007

Private lessons in guitar, bass, mandolin, ukulele, and songwriting/production. Lessons 7 days/wk. for ages 4 and up. Band mentoring/coaching through the process of playing together, writing songs, booking shows, and recording. a2musicschool@gmail.com, a2musicschool.com


Ann Arbor Saline Music Center

312 S. Ashley [map]
(734) 883-4751

Private lessons in guitar, bass (electric and upright), drums, voice, piano, banjo, saxophone, trumpet, cello, viola, and violin since 1998. Rock and jazz band classes for age 7-adult. Rock and jazz summer camps. All ages and skill levels. Classes 7 days/wk. year-round. Instrument repairs and rentals. Custom-made guitars and basses. Workshops, clinics. a2musiccenter@gmail.com, a2musicCenter.com


Ann Arbor Suzuki Institute of Music


Mary Lou Roberts, coordinator, (734) 726-0171

Instruction in violin, viola, cello, bass, and guitar for children ages 3 through adult. Early childhood classes for parents with babies and toddlers. annarborsuzuki@gmail.com, sites.google.com/site/suzukiannarbor


Ann Arbor Youth Chorale

1100 N. Main, #111 [map]
(734) 996-4404

For over 30 years, two auditioned choirs, (Descant Choir and Concert Choir), for boys and girls, ages 9-16. Both choirs meet Tuesday evenings and perform annual winter & spring concerts. Both choirs travel locally each season. Concert Choir tours nationally on a biannual basis. Sept.-May. Auditions held May and June. aaycadmin@annarboryouthchorale.org, annarboryouthchorale.org


Ann-Hua Chinese School

4800 E. Huron River, Crane Liberal Arts & Science Building, 2nd Floor, WCC [map]
(734) 707-1998

Offers Chinese language, math, and cultural classes for heritage and non-heritage students in grades Pre-K-12. Meets Sun. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Follows AAPS calendar. Summer culture camp. Chinese New Year celebration, Moon Festival celebration, Youth Talent Show, College Forum, and High School Student Volunteering opportunities for ages 5-17. Online registration available. contact-us@annhua.org, annhua.org


Boy Scouts of America, Southern Shores Field Service Council

3914 Bestech, Ypsilanti [map]
(734) 971-7100

Indoor and outdoor activities for Cub Scouts (co-ed, grades 1-5) and leadership activities for Boy Scouts (grades 6-12), Venturing or Sea Scouting (both co-ed, 14-21 years-old. Or 13 and completed eighth grade). See website for area groups. michiganscouting.org/SouthernShores


Boychoir of Ann Arbor

1100 N. Main [map]
(734) 663-5377

Choral performance, vocal training, and music education for boys ages 8-18. Three choirs perform classical, sacred, and secular music in local concerts and at area community events, weddings, and private functions. Auditions by appointment year round. Camp in June. office@a2boychoir.org, aaboychoir.org, facebook.com/BoychoirAnnArbor


Bryant Community Center (Community Action Network)

3 W. Eden Ct. [map]
(734) 477-0292

Supervised after-school educational and recreational programs for grades K-12. Five-week summer day camp for grades K-5 features swimming, reading, activities with dogs, art, games, and field trips. Call for fees, schedule, and eligibility requirement information for Bryant residents. Scholarships available. Similar programs available for residents of the Hikone, Green Baxter, and children who attend Mitchell Elementary School. canwashtenaw.org/education

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Buhr Park Children's Wet Meadow Project

2751 Packard [map]
(734) 794-6230

Children helped create and continue to care for this educational site and ecosystem. Features throughout the park act as filters for stormwater runoff and support a diverse habitat of plants and animals. Workdays and projects open to all ages. facebook.com/wetmeadow


Community Music School of Ann Arbor

P.O. Box 2447, Ann Arbor 48106
(734) 213-2000

Programs include chamber music, jazz combos, creative ensembles, and more. programs@cmsa2.org, cmsa2.org


Domino's Petting Farm

3001 Earhart [map]
(734) 998-0182

Since 1984. Ponies, alpaca, llamas, goats, pigs, sheep, chickens, peacocks, cows, and a donkey. Adults & children $6, Senior (60+) $5.50; children 23 months and younger are free. Open year round, but hours vary seasonally. Pony rides on most weekends. Birthday party packages and private events. Group rates for parties of 15+. info@pettingfarm.com, pettingfarm.com


Gallup Park River Kids

3000 Fuller [map]
(734) 794-6240

Exploratory program for age 2-6 (with caregiver) using kayaks, paddleboats, and canoes, plus fishing and storytelling. May-September. Call for dates and times; $70-$84/per child per month. csaam@a2gov.org, a2gov.org/canoe (click on Gallup Park Canoe Livery).


Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan

444 James L. Hart Pkwy, Ypsilanti [map]
(734) 714-5140

Six age divisions for girls ages 5-18. Activities include camping, leadership and career exploration, and community service. Call to volunteer, join, or start a troop. gshom@gshom.org, gshom.org


KidZone at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Ann Arbor

2935 Birch Hollow [map]
(734) 971-0990

For kids in a young fives program to age 5. KidZone Afterschool provides care 5 days/wk. from afterschool to 6 p.m. Ask about transportation options. Computer lab, homework support, nutritious snacks, indoor and outdoor play, and more. Enrichment activities through the use of monthly theme weeks that incorporate athletics, arts, crafts, creative learning, and more. KidZone Vacation provides activities and field trips when school is not in session. nicolefeinberg@jccannarbor.org, jccannarbor.org (click on Departments, then Youth & Teens)

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Leslie Science & Nature Center

1831 Traver [map]
(734) 997-1553

As of summer 2019, camps and activities have been moved offsite as a result of soil testing. Elevated levels of heavy metals and other contaminants were found. Leslie grounds are open, with some roped-off areas. See website or sign up for the newsletter to keep up to date. Educates children and adults to discover, understand, and respect their natural environment. All programs incorporate the park's 50 acres of fields and forest trails. Outdoor raptor enclosure and adopt-a-critter program. Events and exhibits on raptors, insects, reptiles & amphibians, and many other critters. Families, schools, scouts, and other groups may plan field trips or parties at Leslie, or classroom outreach at their own location. Summer camps and school break camps. Grounds, trails, & raptor enclosures open daily, free of charge. Contact for Critter House open hours and upcoming events. info@lesliesnc.org, lesliesnc.org


MPulse Summer Performing Arts Institutes

2005 Baits, Stearns Building, U-M School of Music, Theater, and Dance [map]
(734) 936-2660

U-M School of Music, Theatre and Dance faculty welcomes 250 eligible high school students from across the country for this summer performing arts program. The residential intensive offers music technology, performance, theater, and dance and is an introduction to life on campus. Institutes vary in length and require an audition and application. Some financial assistance is available. mpulse@umich.edu, smtd.umich.edu/yap


Music For Little Folks

205 Pineridge [map]
(734) 741-1510

Gari Stein, founder & director. Community music school based in traditional folk music for chidren from infancy to 5 years and their grown-ups. Sing With Me-music, movement & instrument exploration. Nurturing Baby and You for babies to pre-walkers and Toddler Music Playgroup at Ann Arbor YMCA. Ann Arbor Symphony KinderConcerts-Ann Arbor-Dexter-Saline-Chelsea-Whittaker Libraries. Check website for schedule and locations. garistein@aol.com, little-folks-music.com


Music Together

1526 N. Maple, (Robinsongs for Kids Studio) [map]
(734) 929-2133

Music and movement classes for young children and their parents or caretakers. Classes come with songbook/CD and include singing, movement, rhythmic rhymes, and instrument play. Programs offered: Mixed Age: kids 5 yrs. and under; Babies: 8 months and under; Rhythm Kids: 4-8 yrs. for music, movement and drumming, and Music Together With Japanese: 5 yrs. and under. director@robinsongsforkids.com, robinsongsforkids.com


Neutral Zone

310 E. Washington [map]
(734) 214-9995

Youth-driven teen center for grades 9-12, offering programs in the visual arts, music technology, community leadership, education, and literary arts. Drop-in activities include tutoring, pool, ping-pong, art studio, computer lab, and a recording studio. Weekend events (sometimes a cover charge) include live music performances, DJ parties, movie nights, and poetry slams. Drop-in activities and tutoring are free; program fees vary (scholarships available). Hours during the school year are Mon.-Thurs. 2:30-8 p.m., and Fri. 2:30-6 p.m. with special events on Sat. & Sun. info@neutral-zone.org, neutral-zone.org


Rec&Ed (Ann Arbor Public Schools Department of Community Education and Recreation)

1515 S. Seventh, Pioneer High School, "E" wing [map]
(734) 994-2300

Classes and sports leagues for preschool through high school offered year round after-school, evenings, and weekends. Instructional classes include art, dance, languages, gymnastics, LEGO robotics, martial arts, music, chess, and sports (see Youth Sports). Summer camps for children in preschool-high school. Call to receive youth sports mailings, scholarship information, or quarterly catalogs. aareced.com

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Scrap Box

581 State Circle [map]
(734) 994-0012

Parents and children of all ages can browse through a warehouse of recycled materials sold in bulk by the bag ($7/small bag, $8.50/large) or individually. Nonprofit welcomes donations from businesses (remnants, samples, promotional material, and seconds) and from individuals (beads, spools, yarn, buttons, and seashells, etc.). Detailed wish list available online; all donated materials must be clean and safe for children. Onsite workshops and birthday parties for children and adults by appointment. Members receive discounts on materials and use of an outfitted workspace. Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Closed Sun. scrapbox.org


Spinning Dot Theatre


Creates international plays for kids and their families. Global stories performed by actors from age 8 and up. Summer theater camps. Artist in residency and satellite programs. jakoppera@gmail.com, spinningdot.org


Talking Colors Art School

2230 Pontiac Tr., Rudolf Steiner High School [map]

Art education for students age 6 and up. Summer camp and after school program. elenatef@gmail.com, talkingcolors.com


U-M Museum of Natural History

1105 N. University, Biological Sciences Building [map]
(734) 764-0478

The Museum of Natural History recently opened, (April, 2019), in the U-M Biological Sciences Building with more exhibits opening in November 2019. Exhibits in the new museum include: On the Trail of Mastodons; Evolution: Life through Time; Measuring Space and Time; and the Planetarium & Dome Theater. Museum admission free; donations encouraged; tickets required for planetarium shows. ummnh.org


U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum


(734) 647-7600

Matthaei (1800 N. Dixboro) offers self-guided or docent-led tours and daytime and evening classes for adults and children of all ages, and evening scout programs. The Arb (1610 Washington Hts.) has self-guided tours sunrise to sunset. For more information, see the Recreation listing. mbgna.umich.edu


U-M Michigan Youth Ensembles, (MYE)

2005 Baits, Stearns Building, School of Music, Theatre, and Dance (SMTD) [map]
(734) 936-2660

Students from around the country have the opportunity to work directly with SMTD faculty, conductors, and graduate students. Ensembles include: the Michigan Youth Symphony Orchestra, Michigan Youth Symphonic Band, Michigan Youth Jazz Orchestra, Michigan Youth Chamber Singers, and other small ensembles and a musicianship course. Prospective students must apply and audition. See website for information and fees. smtd-youthandadult@umich.edu, smtd.umich.edu/yap


Wild Swan Theater

6175 Jackson [map]
(734) 995-0530

Produces performances geared for family audiences at Towsley Auditorium, Washtenaw Community College. Also offers after-school theater classes, summer drama camps, and participatory workshops for students in grades K-12, including activities designed for participants with disabilities. wildswan@wildswantheater.org, wildswantheater.org, facebook.com/Wild.Swan.Theater


YMCA

400 W. Washington [map]
(734) 996-9622

Preschool programs for newborns-5 include parent/tot classes, dance, swimming, martial arts, Spanish, yoga and gymnastics. Programs for school age youth ages include after-school care, summer camp, dance, swimming, gymnastics, baseball/T-Ball, basketball and soccer leagues, flag football, fitness classes, Youth Volunteer Corps, art, music, theatre classes, yoga, and martial arts. Teen programs include after-school care, fitness classes, Youth Volunteer Corps, Youth in Government, summer camp, dance, swimming, basketball, martial arts, yoga, and fencing. Financial assistance available. Program details, rates, and registration online. annarborymca.org

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Young People's Theater

331 Metty, #3 [map]
(734) 222-4006

Professional quality theater productions for grades K-12. Acting, voice, and dance classes, workshops and private lessons. Summer performing arts camps. youngpeoplestheater@gmail.com, youngpeoplestheater.com


iD Tech Camps


(888) 709-8324

STEM program for kids and teens, ages 7-18. Code, design video games, mod Minecraft, create with Roblox, engineer robots, print 3D characters, work with AI and machine learning, build laptops, learn about cybersecurity. Summer programs held at University of Michigan. idtech.com/locations/michigan-summer-camps/university-of-michigan




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