Weekend Adventures: August 4 – 6

Summer Splash Days takes place at Buhr Pool, Saturday afternoon, and the Annual Fairy Day is Sunday morning, at the artisan market, in Kerrytown!  Here are more adventures for the first weekend in August!

 

FRIDAY Events (8/4): thunderstorms likely in the morning; highs in the upper-70s

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 Trolls (seriously the CUTEST movie!).

Kevin Devine Concert: From 11 to Noon, at the Dexter Library, Ann Arbor native Kevin Devine is an award-winning singer, songwriter and recording artist specializing in rollicking participatory family concerts. Over the past 20 years, he has performed thousands of concerts all over the country, dazzling audiences with his mad-cap shenanigans, musical hi-jinx and original songs. Everyone is invited to this all audience, all participation performance for all ages.   Refreshments will be served at Farmers Market following the program.

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 4th: Capoeira.

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.

Make Your Own Putty: From 4:30 to 5:30 PM, at Learning Express Toys of Ann Arbor (Westgate Shopping Center), children, ages 6 and older, are invited to make their own putty to take home!

First Friday on the Farm: From 5 to 8 PM, at Domino Petting Farms, it is open late tonight with food trucks, kids activities, and games.

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.

Pajama Jam: From 7 to 7:30 PM, at the Westgate Library Branch, you’re invited for a family pajama jam featuring sleepy and silly stories and songs with AADL storytellers Ms. Amanda and Ms. Laura.  Children (preschool – grade 2) are encouraged to come in your pajamas, bring your favorite stuffed animal or blanket, and be ready for fun during this special storytime.

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 (8/5): partly 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

Home Depot: Kids Workshop: From 9 to Noon, at Home Depot (Carpenter location), you’re invited to join our hands-on workshop and you and your child can build a wooden Penske truck to roll some fun into August. Once the project is complete, your child can personalize their truck with stickers and paint. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Children must be present at the store to participate in the workshop and receive the kit, apron and pin.

Kids Club: Summer Planter: 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 a Sprout Pencil Topper!

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 Ice Age: Collision Course.

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.

World Language Storytime: From 10:30 to 11:30 AM, at Ypsilanti’s Whittaker Library Branch, families are invited to experience the diversity of Ypsi with stories in a different language each month! A native speaker of the language will read a story, which will be translated into English. Then we’ll have a craft or activity from another culture.  Auguster is Mandarin.

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: Peterrific and Aqualicious: at 11 AM, at Barnes and Noble, New York Times bestselling author Victoria Kann is back with a follow-up to the Pinkalicious book series. Join Peter, Pinkalicious’s little brother, as he tries to build a tower of blocks that will reach the moon. Storytime continues with a family trip to the beach in the popular Aqualicious. 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!

Domino Free Build: From 2 to 3 PM, at the Downtown Library Branch, you can consider the questions:  Do you set up dominoes, and invite friends to watch them fall down? Come, have fun setting up dominoes and learn some new tips and tricks.  Be sure to stay until the end to watch the entire connected project topple down with one push!  This FREE activity is intended for grades K – 5.

Magic Color-changing Words: From 2 to 3 PM, at the Downtown Library (Secret Lab), use your science skills to make your very own magic color-changing worms!  This FREE activity is for grades K-5.

Summer Splash Day: From 2 to 4 PM, at Buhr Park Pool, this is a family-oriented afternoon of special activities. including a jello pool, piñata, watermelon eating contest, and more.  $5 for adutls and $4 for youth (3 and under are FREE).

Feel the Thrill: From 4 to 5:30 PM, at Ypsilanti’s Whittaker Library Branch, families are invited to consider: ever wondered how roller coasters work? What makes them go? And what keeps you safe? Teens and adults of all ages are invited to learn about the technical dynamics of roller coaster design and safety in this informational session with representatives from American Coaster Enthusiasts, along with Anne Irvine, CEO of Irvine-Ondrey Engineering, which specializes in roller coaster ride control systems. Get ready for the thrill!

SUNDAY Events (8/6): cloudy with occasional rain showers; highs in the mid-70s

7th Annual Fairy Day: Sunday Artisan Market: From 11 to 4 PM, at the Kerrytown Artisan Market, there will be a day of fairy- and pirate-themed activities, including face painting (11 a.m.-4 p.m.), Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum activities (11 a.m.-2 p.m.), a discussion with local “fairyologist” Jonathan Wright (1 p.m.), crafts and a treasure hunt with prizes (noon-3 p.m.), and more.  Also, enjoy lemonade & cookies.  This is a FREE event!

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!

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.

Professor Ray’s Everyday Science: Spinning Things: From 1 to 3:30 PM, at the Hands-On Museum, you’re invited to consider: did you ever see a squash spin like a top? How about tops stacked 5 high? Some things only spin in one direction. “Spinning Things” will have these and much much more!

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!

Kerry Tales: Dogs Laugh with Mother Goose: At 2 PM, at Hollanders (Kerrytown), you’re invited to a 30-minute family-oriented program of rhymes, riddles, and stories with local storyteller Trudy Bulkley as Mother Goose.

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.

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 4 Sundays.  Playin’ Chicken will perform THIS Sunday!

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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.

 

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