Weekend Adventures: August 11 – 13

Dexter Daze Festival AND Saline’s Summerfest both take place this weekend!  Zingerman’s 35th Anniversary Street Fair will be in Kerrytown, Saturday afternoon.  Lots of fun adventures around Ann Arbor, this weekend!

FRIDAY Events (8/11): scattered thunderstorms; highs in the low-80s

Dexter Daze Festival: From 10 AM to 11 PM, at Downtown Dexter, this is a fun-filled event for the entire family!  At the Gazebo, from 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm – School of Rock – Ann Arbor, 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Toppermost and 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm – Men in Black.  At Mill Creek Park, from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm – Yo-Yo Zeemo12:30 pm – 1:30 pm – Funny Puppet Guy Ventriloquist and 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Americas Nature Guy.

Summer Morning Movies: At 10 AM, at Goodrich Quality 16, those belonging to our Frequent Moviegoer Rewards (FMG) will be able to see any movie in the series free-of-charge when they present their FMG card at the box office. Each member will get up to 6 free admissions with their FMG card per show. Non-members will be charged $1.00 per ticket. It’s easy to become an FMG member for FREE today or at the theater!  The movie this week is Sing.

Afternoon Dance Party: From 1 to 2 PM, at the Pittsfield Library Branch, show off your amazing dance moves, eat some snacks, and play some of AADL’s giant games!  This FREE event is for preschoolers – grade 5.

Lunch and Listen: From 1 to 2 PM, at two Ypsilanti Library Branches (Whittaker and Michigan Ave. locations), children of all ages are invited to enjoy a nutritious lunch while listening to a story. Bonus: earn Summer Challenge badges for time spent listening! Lunches provided at the exact times listed at each location from June 26 through August 19. Sponsored by Food Gatherers of Ann Arbor and the Michigan Department of Education.

Outdoor Fun: From 2 to 3 PM, at Ypsilanti’s Whittaker Library Branch, you’re invited to learn and play outside after lunch on Fridays. From physical fitness activities like hip hop dance and capoeira to gardening to outdoor art and science, activities to engage your body, mind and spirit. These will be weather permitting. In case of inclement weather, we will have board games available inside for family fun.  August 11th: Boomwhacker Music Competition.

Rolling Hills Family Campout: starting at 2 PM, at Rolling Hills County Park (Stony Creek Rd.), you and your family are invited to join us for an overnight camping adventure! We’ll have fun activities like fishing, crafts, playground fun, hiking, stargazing, delicious s’mores and a warm campfire!  Cost is $10.

Dixboro Farmers Market: From 3 to 7 PM, in the little town of Dexter (5221 Church Rd.), the market includes vendors selling produce, baked goods, and homemade products.  There is often live music as well!

FitPoint: Fit Kids and Conditioning: From 4:30 to 5:30 PM, at FitPoint (off Eisenhower), this class gets kids moving with cross training and strengthening, and a variety of explosiveness, agility, balance and flexibility exercises. It builds skills for any sport, or helps kids just be fit and healthy!  This class is intended for ages 7 – 13.

Saline Summerfest: From 5 to 11 PM, at Henne Field and downtown Saline, this downtown festival features a large craft show, live music, kids activities, inflatables, a volleyball tournament, a chalk art challenge, contests, a chicken broil, the Saline Street Machines Car Show, food, a beer and wine tent, and more.  Admission is FREE!

Kids Zumba: From 5:45 to 6:45 PM, at Peachy Fitness (2385 S. Huron), the Zumba® Kids program is the ultimate dance-fitness party for young Zumba fans boys & girls ages 6-13, where they can play it loud and rock with friends to their own rules! This program features age-appropriate music and moves that get kids movin’ to the beat. It’s all about feeling fearless on the dance floor, reinforcing the idea that it’s okay to just be yourself and dance like no one’s watching!  Cost is $15 for a drop-in or 3 classes for $30.

Tiny Lions Mewvie Nights:  From 7 to 9 PM, at Tiny Lions Center (Jackson Rd.), join for a fun screening of Wall-E, Andrew Stanton’s touching 2008 animation about a robot designed to clean up a polluted Earth that’s been evacuated by humans. Also, here’s a chance to snuggle with adoptable cats. Popcorn, juice, and water are provided.  Kids must be accompanied by an adult (at least 1 for every 3 kids). Bring pillows, sleeping bags, and blankets, if you wish. Note: This event usually sells out so preregistration is recommended.  Cost is $10.

Family Swim at Goldfish Swim School:  From 7 PM to 8 PM, Goldfish Swim School (2107 W. Stadium Blvd.) offers family swim for all! Cost is $5 per a person or $15 per a family.

 

SATURDAY Events (8/12): Mostly cloudy; highs in the upper-70s

Ann Arbor Farmers Market (Kerrytown): 7 AM to 3 PM.

Saline Farmers Market (Downtown on S. Ann Arbor Street, 1/2 block south of Michigan Ave): 8 AM to Noon

Dexter Farmers Market (Downtown Dexter; Alpine Street): 8 AM to 1 PM

Ypsilanti Farmers Market (Depot Town): 9 AM to 1 PM.  Join the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra at Ypsilanti Farmers Market for the Taste of Music.  They will have their instrument Petting Zoo for kids of ALL ages. 

Saline Summerfest: From 7:30 AM to 11 PM, at Henne Field and downtown Saline, this downtown festival features a large craft show, live music, kids activities, inflatables, a volleyball tournament, a chalk art challenge, contests, a chicken broil, the Saline Street Machines Car Show, food, a beer and wine tent, and more.  Admission is FREE!

The Saturday live entertainment schedule includes the Saline Fiddlers Philharmonic (noon), short plays and other entertainment by local groups (1-4 p.m.), the Detroit rockabilly trio Detroit Special (2 p.m. at the car show), Marshall (MI) 16-year-old blues-rock guitarist Jake Kershaw (4-5 p.m. & 6-7 p.m.), the veteran local country-based band Drivin’ Sideways(5-6 p.m. & 7-8 p.m.), and the popular Detroit 70s and 80s classic rock band 50 Amp Fuse (8-11 p.m.).

Dexter Daze Festival: From 10 AM to 11 PM, at Downtown Dexter, this is a fun-filled event for the entire family!  At 10:00 am is the Dexter Daze Parade  – Marching band, Colors the Clown .  At the Gazebo, 12pm – 3:00 pmThe Hangabouts (Acoustic)4:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Randy Brock Group (Rock/Blues)8:00 pm – 11:00 pm – Flying Latini Brothers (Americana/Blues).  At Mill Creek Pond, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm – Colors the clown1:30 pm – 2:30 pm – Kevin S. Devine – Rollicking Participatory Children’s Music, 3:00 pm -4:00 pm – Bacchanal Promotions– Top Hat Performers, and 10:00 pm – FIREWORKS (Mill Creek Park North).

Kids Club: Kawaii Backpack Tags: From 10 to Noon, at Michael’s Craft Store (Arborland), your little one is invited to craft, while you shop! Kids 3 and up can enjoy a quick project and take home a finished masterpiece. Sign up in store or online, or just drop in. $2 per project, supplies included. Parent or guardian must remain on premises during the event.  This week’s craft is Kawaii Backpack Tags!

Critters Up Close: Snakes: From 10 to 4 PM, at the Hands-On Museum, friends at Leslie Science & Nature Center bring live animal interactions directly to Museum visitors! Animals will be meeting and greeting from 10-4 on Saturday (with a mid-day “Animal Naptime”) and 1-4 on Sunday. Visitors will also learn more about our natural world through hands-on activities. This month the featured critters are snakes!

Free for Kids: Summer Film Series: At 10 AM, at Emagine Theatre (Saline), admission is free for children 11 and under.  This Saturday, the movie is Monster Trucks.

The Little Scientist Club: From 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM, in the Green Room (lower level) of the Hands-On Museum, their youngest visitors will explore their sense of wonder about the world through observation and hands-on activities, science-themed stories, make-and-take projects, and much more. Older siblings are welcome, too, and registration is not necessary.

STEM Storytime: From 10:30 to 11:30, at Ypsilanti’s Whittaker Library Branch, children 7 and under are invited to develop a love of science, technology, engineering and math. Hear stories, play games and do experiments together that encourage discovery!

Storytime with Linda Zimmer: Every Saturday, at 11 AM, join Linda Zimmer at Bookbound (1729 Plymouth Rd.) for a FREE story time.  This event is intended for children ages 6 and under!

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Barnes and Noble Storytime: Goodnight Lab: A Scientific Parody: at 11 AM, at Barnes and Noble, while poking fun at the clutter and chaos of lab life, this sweet parody of the beloved Goodnight Moon gives scientists of all ages everything they need to say goodnight and rest before returning to the research world in the morning. Activities to follow.

Hands-On Demo: Fantastic Fluid: At 11 AM (also at 3 PM), at the Museum of Natural History (Geddes Rd.), you have the opportunity to explore the fascinating world of fluid dynamics! Together we will discuss what is a “fluid”, and through experimentation, we will learn how they move and interact. Learn how wind creates waves and test the surface tension of different liquids. How do different fluids mix? Can you ever unmix them? Learn about how and why U-M researchers are studying fluid dynamics. This demo is filled to the brim with hands-on experiments. Hands-on demonstrations are 20-30 minute interactive programs on the 2nd floor of the Museum.​ ​They include both brief presentations highlighting University research and engaging hands-on activities, and are suitable for adults and children ages 5 and up.

FitPoint: Fit Kids and Conditioning: From 1 to 2 PM, at FITPoint (250 W. Eisenhower), this class encourages children, ages 7 to 13, to have fun and be creative with movement! This is an important age when coordination, balance, hand-eye coordination is developed!  Although there are class packages, drop-ins can pay $20 a class, AND the first week of classes is FREE for new visitors to FitPoint!

Creature Encounters: Sloth: From 1 to 5 PM, at The Creature Conservancy (4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd.), The Creature Conservancy is featuring Poco, the two-toed sloth, for the month of August!  See the reindeer for a special presentation on the Stone Stage each Saturday and Sunday – at 2:00 PM and again at 4:00 PM.  Admission is $6 for children (2-12) and $8 for adults.  There are MANY other , exotic animals to visit as well!

Summer Splash Day: From 2 to 4 PM, at Fuller Pool, join for fun and games in and out of the pool! Admission is $5 for adults and $4 for youth.  Join us and see what it’s all about (added fun games are FREE).  There are prizes too – great for all ages!

Superhero Training Academy: From 3:30 to 5 PM, at Ypsilanti’s District Library (Michigan Ave. Branch), children of all ages are invited to make a mask and cape, perform superhero tasks to earn your Superhero Academy diploma and refuel with super snacks.

Zingerman’s 35th Anniversary Street Fair: From 6 to 9 PM, at their location in Kerrytown, families are invited to come celebrate Zingerman’s 35th Anniversary at the Ann Arbor Farmers’ Market. The evening will feature some of the world’s most famous food makers, lots of great food and awesome music –all for free! Everyone is welcome.  We’re excited to bring together the people who make great food and the people who love to eat it. Meet the makers of your favorite cheeses, salamis, chocolates, and tons more. You’ll have the chance to hear the stories direct from the people who make the foods, plus sample tons of tasty treats.

Vintage Zingerman's Deli Exterior

 

SUNDAY Events (8/13): partly cloudy; highs in the upper-70s

Critter House at Leslie Science and Nature center: From Noon to 3 PM, at the Leslie Science and Nature Center (1831 Traver Rd.), you are invited to observe frogs, turtles, snakes, and more as they hop, crawl, and slither in their homes!  If you do not see an animal in the Critter House when you stop by they are either out educating a group or just taking turns in the exhibit room.  You can visit the critter house FREE of charge!

Dancing Babies with Monica Higman: From 1 to 1:40 PM, at the Westgate Library Branch, Monica Higman, a teacher with First Steps Washtenaw, leads a program of music and motion.  This FREE event is for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers, up to age 5.

Drawing for Youth: From 1 to 2 PM, at the Downtown Library, children in grades 1 – 5 are invited to join us for a directed drawing activity for youth with artists from the Ann Arbor Art Center! Be sure to check aadl.org for themes and projects.

Critters Up Close: Snakes: From 1 to 4 PM, at the Hands-On Museum, friends at Leslie Science & Nature Center bring live animal interactions directly to Museum visitors! Animals will be meeting and greeting from 1-4 on Sunday. Visitors will also learn more about our natural world through hands-on activities. This month the featured critters are snakes!

Creature Encounters: Sloth: From 1 to 5 PM, at The Creature Conservancy (4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd.), The Creature Conservancy is featuring Poco, the two-toed sloth, for the month of August!  See the reindeer for a special presentation on the Stone Stage each Saturday and Sunday – at 2:00 PM and again at 4:00 PM.  Admission is $6 for children (2-12) and $8 for adults.  There are MANY other , exotic animals to visit as well!

Hands-On Demo: Fantastic Fluid: At 3 PM, at the Museum of Natural History (Geddes Rd.), you have the opportunity to explore the fascinating world of fluid dynamics! Together we will discuss what is a “fluid”, and through experimentation, we will learn how they move and interact. Learn how wind creates waves and test the surface tension of different liquids. How do different fluids mix? Can you ever unmix them? Learn about how and why U-M researchers are studying fluid dynamics. This demo is filled to the brim with hands-on experiments. Hands-on demonstrations are 20-30 minute interactive programs on the 2nd floor of the Museum.​ ​They include both brief presentations highlighting University research and engaging hands-on activities, and are suitable for adults and children ages 5 and up.

3D Sculptures: From 3 to 4 PM, at the Pittsfield Library Branch, you’re invited to use wire, foam, and your imagination to create your own 3D sculpture!  This FREE activity is for preschoolers through grade 2.

Concerts in the Park: at 3 PM, at Burns Park (next to the Burns Park Shelter on the corner of Wells and Baldwin Ave.), there will be FREE, children’s concerts for the next 2 Sundays remaining.  John E. Lawrence and the Power Band will perform THIS Sunday!  Be prepared for some Motown Jazz!

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Fitpoint: Kids and Parent Yoga: From 3:30 to 4:30 PM, at FITPoint (250 W. Eisenhower), you are invited to partner with your children in simple breathing exercises, animated poses and games that help to strengthen coordination and build body awareness. We’ll bark in downward dog, hiss in cobra pose, and flutter our wings in butterfly, while we take a yoga journey that your child will never forget! This fun class provides key bonding methods between parent and child, while strengthening their growing muscles and increasing their flexibility. The class is recommended for children ages 5 and older.

Family Swim at Goldfish Swim School:  From 6 PM to 7:30 PM, Goldfish Swim School (2107 W. Stadium Blvd.) offers family swim for all!  Cost is $5 per a person or $15 per a family.

Fireside Fun:  From 6:30 to 8 PM, at the Leslie Science and Nature Center (1831 Traver Rd.), all are 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).

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