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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, clothing & textiles, and art, to entrepreneurship and science & technology. Annual 4-H Youth Show last week in July at Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds. Enroll Sept. 1. Some activities open to nonmembers. msue.washtenaw@county.msu.edu, canr.msu.edu/washtenaw/washtenaw_county_4_h/general-4-h-information


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. During Covid-19: in-person events on hold. Check website for updates. 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.-6 p.m., Sat. & Sun. noon-5 p.m. annarborartcenter.org


Ann Arbor District Library


(734) 327-4200

Downtown Library, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 E. Eisenhower. Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley. Traverwood Branch, 3333 Traverwood. Westgate Branch, 2503 Jackson. Activities, books, movies, musical instruments, games, and more for kids and families year-round at 5 library locations. Weekday preschool storytimes online and eventually in-person (children age 2 & over accompanied by caregivers) and baby playgroups (children under age 2 accompanied by caregivers). The Summer Game offers a classic summer reading game, activities, programs, and prizes. Library events include hands-on science activities, crafts, performances, video game tournaments, author and storyteller visits, and musical programs. No charge for library events. ask@aadl.org, aadl.org


Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum

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

Offering more than 250 interactive exhibits, the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum attracts nearly 300,000 visitors annually and works to inspire curiosity, exploration, and respect for STEM and the natural world. The museum and Leslie Science & Nature also Center offer learning, nature, and outreach programming for schools and libraries statewide and around the world. During Covid-19: Offering prescheduled, limited visits. Reserve tickets and times online. Check website for updates. 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. During Covid-19: Limited lessons given in rooms with plexiglass partitions. Check website for updates. 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. arborguitar@gmail.com, annarborsuzuki.org


Ann Arbor Youth Chorale

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

Auditions Aug 28, 2021. AAYC has been making music for over 30 years. Two auditioned choirs (Descant Choir and Concert Choir) for boys and girls ages 9-16. Both choirs meet Tues. evenings Sept.-May, perform annual winter & spring concerts, and travel locally. Concert Choir tours nationally on a biannual basis. aaycadmin@a2yc.org, www.a2yc.org


Ann-Hua Chinese School

3250 Plymouth, #203 [map]
(734) 780-7081

Offers Chinese language and cultural classes plus other enrichment classes in math, science, and English language arts for grades Pre-K-12 and adults. In-person classes meet Sun. 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; online classes Mon.-Sun. evenings. Follows AAPS calendar. Summer culture camp and summer school enrichment classes. Chinese New Year celebration, Moon Festival celebration, youth talent show, college forum, and high school student volunteering opportunities for ages 5-17. Online registration for fall, winter, & spring available in Aug. Summer Program registrations available in May. principal@annhua.org, annhua.org


Boychoir of Ann Arbor

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

Non-profit community choir offering choral music experience and performance opportunities for boys ages 8-18. Three choirs perform classical, sacred, secular, and contemporary music in local concerts and at area community events, weddings, and private functions. Optional travel to a choral festival. Ongoing open auditions year round by appointment. No experience needed. Daycamp 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. Six-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 Hikone, Green Baxter, Creekside Court, and Arrowwood Hills. 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. wetmeadow.org


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, seniors (60+) $5.50; children 23 months and younger free. Open year round, but hours vary seasonally. Pony rides 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 2-7 (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/departments/Parks-Recreation/parks-places/gallup/Pages/River-Programs.aspx


Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan

1671 Plymouth [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


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. During Covid-19: Summer 2021 virtual camps offered. On-campus offerings planned for summer 2022. idtech.com/locations/michigan-summer-camps/university-of-michigan


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. After-care till 6 p.m., transportation options. Computer lab, homework support, nutritious snacks, indoor and outdoor play, and more. Monthly theme weeks incorporate athletics, arts, crafts, creative learning, and more. Vacation activities and field trips when school is not in session. marlowesusselman@jccannarbor.org, jccannarbor.org/departments/youthteens/kidzone/

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Leslie Science & Nature Center

1831 Traver [map]
(734) 997-1553

Builds curiosity through programs for families, schools, scouts, and other groups including field trips or parties at Leslie, or classroom and community outreach at their own location. Summer camps, school break camps, and camp-at-home programs. Native Michigan wildlife, including raptors, amphibians, reptiles. Grounds, trails, & raptor enclosures open daily, free of charge. See website for program offerings and registration information. 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

Intensive summer performing arts programs for U.S. and international students, including music technology, music performance, theatre, and dance. Programs vary in length and require an audition and application. Some financial assistance available. During Covid-19: All MPulse institutes involving minors (17 and younger) are virtual for Summer 2021. 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 children from infancy-5 years and their grown-ups. Sing With Me-music, movement, instrument, & art exploration. Mixed-age class Wed. in studio. Nurturing Baby and You for babies to pre-walkers and Sing, Dance, Play for babies-5; outdoor and virtual Music Playgroup through Ann Arbor YMCA. Ann Arbor Symphony KinderConcerts at area libraries. Check website for schedule and locations. During Covid-19: Library KinderConcerts virtual. 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. In-studio classes resume Fall 2021. Programs offered: Mixed Age (5 yrs. & under); babies (8 months & under); Rhythm Kids (4-8 yrs. for music, movement, & drumming), and Music Together With Japanese (5 yrs. & under). During Covid-19: outdoor and online classes also available. Check website for updates. 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: Mon.-Thurs. 2:30-8 p.m. & 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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Scouting BSA, Michigan Crossroads Council

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

Activities for boys and girls in Cub Scouts (grades K-5) and leadership activities in Scouts BSA (grades 6-12), Venturing, and Sea Scouting (14-21, 13 if eighth grade completed). See website for area groups. During Covid-19: Service Center offices open by appointment. michiganscouting.org


Scrap Creative Reuse

4567 Washtenaw [map]
(734) 800-4137

Donated surplus materials spark kids' imagination for crafting, building, or projects. Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sun. noon-5 p.m. annarbor.scrapcreativereuse.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. info@spinningdot.org, spinningdot.org


Talking Colors Art School

2230 Pontiac Tr., Rudolf Steiner High School [map]
(734) 680-3532

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

Exhibits explore the natural world from molecules to dinosaurs. Also, a planetarium to discover the universe, public labs to do actual science, and opportunities to meet real scientists. Free for families and individuals. Check website for schedule. ummnh.org


U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum


(734) 647-7600

Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Nichols Arboretum, 1610 Washington Hts. Matthaei 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 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, U-M School of Music, Theatre, and Dance [map]
(734) 936-2660

Students from across the region work directly with U-M faculty and graduate students to develop their skills through weekly rehearsals and annual performances. Ensembles include the Michigan Youth Symphony Orchestra (MYSO), Michigan Youth Symphonic Band (MYSB), Michigan Youth Jazz Orchestra (MYJO), Michigan Youth Chamber Singers (MYCS), as well as smaller chamber ensembles and a non-performing musicianship course. Audition required for most programs. See website for more information. smtd-youthandadult@umich.edu, smtd.umich.edu/programs-degrees/youth-adult-programs/youth-programs/michigan-youth-ensembles/


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 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, theater 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. ypt@youngpeoplestheater.com, youngpeoplestheater.com




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