Weekend Adventures: December 1 – 3

The weekend adventures ahead are filled with holiday events, including Kerrytown’s KindleFest (Friday evening), Chelsea’s Annual Hometown Holiday, Christmas on the Farm at Waterloo Farm Museum, and ornament decorating at the Downtown Library (Sunday afternoon).

FRIDAY Events (12/1): sun and clouds; highs in the mid-40s

Public Skate at Yost Ice Arena: From Noon to 1 PM, at Yost Ice Arena (entrance of State St.), cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children/students.  Skate rental is available for $3 as well.

Buhr Outdoor Ice Rink: Open Skate: From Noon to 2 PM (SPECIAL holiday hours!), at Buhr’s Outdoor Ice Rink (2781 Packard Rd.), there will be public skating available.  The facility has a heated lobby, vending, restrooms and four separate locker rooms for hockey.  Cost is $5 for adults and $4 for children.  Skate rentals is $3.  Skate learners are FREE.

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.  Check their calendar for when the class is available and there are drop-in classes too!

Pets and Pajamas Movie Night: From 5 to 9 PM, at the Humane Society of Huron Valley (3100 Cherry Hill), what could be more fun than spending your Friday night with our furry friends at HSHV?  This paw-tastic event is appropriate for ages 5 to 11 and will include adoptable animal interactions, a cheese pizza dinner and an animal themed movie with popcorn! Children are invited to wear their pajamas, bring a sleeping bag and pillow and be ready for some animal-themed fun while parents enjoy a night out on the town! The cost is $35 for the first child, and $15 for each additional sibling.  Please call us for details regarding this evening’s movie selection! 734-661-3575.

Pets and Pajamas

Downtown Tree Lighting: From 6 to 7 PM, Ypsilanti’s District Library, Michigan Library Plaza, join us for caroling led by the Ypsilanti Community Choir. Enjoy hot chocolate, cookies, and a visit from Santa! Sponsored by the Downtown Association of Ypsilanti.

Kerrytown’s 8th Annual KindleFest: From 6 to 8 PM, at Kerrytown’s Market and Shops, this is an annual, free and outdoor holiday market featuring local and regional artisans and farmers selling hand-crafted ornaments, toys and unique holiday gifts, as well as German foods, sweets and beverages. Enjoy live music, fire pits to keep you warm, a heated tent, s’more roasting and a Lantern Parade in the Kerrytown neighborhood. Bring your family to the Christkindlmarket and parade around with colorful lanterns while singing Holiday carols.

Kids Zumba: From 6:30 to 7:30 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.

Annual Hometown Holiday: Chelsea: Starting at 6:30 PM, in Downtown Chelsea, there will be family activities, including Santa visits and crafts. Gingerbread house displays in shop windows, and luminarias along Main St. in the evening. Merchant sales with entertainment and refreshments at many stores. The celebration also includes shows by the Chelsea Area Players Youth Theater and Ballet Chelsea. Friday: Tree lighting ceremony and Santa’s arrival (6-6:30 p.m., Pierce Park), Santa’s workshop with storytelling and children’s crafts (6:30-8:30 p.m., Chelsea Depot), cookie decorating(6:30-8:30 p.m., Chelsea ATA Martial Arts), Common Chords handbell choir holiday concert (7-8 p.m., Chelsea District Library McKune Room), holiday décor at the newChelsea Area Historical Museum (6:30-8:30 p.m., 128 Jackson), a Live Nativity Scene(time & location TBA).

The Polar Express Story time: at 7 PM, at Barnes and Noble, all are invited… All aboard! Come in your PJs and join us for a magical evening as we host our annual Story time of the beloved classic The Polar Express. Coloring and activities to follow.

The Polar Express 30th anniversary edition

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.

Buhr Outdoor Ice Rink: Open Skate: From 7:15 to 8:45 PM, at Buhr’s Outdoor Ice Rink (2781 Packard Rd.), there will be public skating available.  The facility has a heated lobby, vending, restrooms and four separate locker rooms for hockey.  Cost is $5 for adults and $4 for children.  Skate rentals is $3.  Skate learners are FREE.

The Year Without a Panto Claus: Theatre Nova: At 7:30 PM, at The Yellow Barn (416 W. Huron), Melissa Freilich directs the world premiere of Theatre Nova artistic director Carla Milarch and local composer R. Mackenzie Lewis’s musical panto. When Santa disappears after calling off Christmas, 2 of his elves try to find him in some unlikely locations. A panto is a British pantomime genre that blends children’s stories with a bit of vaudeville sensibility to create a raucous family entertainment. This production features appearances by local celebrities, and all the candy you can eat. Stars Ramona Burns, Lisa Michaels, and Scott Screws.   Tickets are $20 or $10 for children.

 

SATURDAY Events (12/2): sun and clouds; highs in the mid-40s

Saline Farmers Market (Liberty School; 7265 Saline Ann Arbor Rd.): 9 AM to Noon

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

Ypsilanti Farmers Market (Depot Town): 9 AM to 1 PM.

Annual Hometown Holiday: Chelsea: Starting at 9 AM, in Downtown Chelsea, there will be family activities, including Santa visits and crafts. Also, on Saturday: Free breakfast with Santa (8:30-10:30 a.m., Chelsea Comfort Inn & Village Conference Center), “Material Girls Christmas Bazaar”for kids age 4 through 6th grade and a parents corner & bake sale (10 a.m.-4 p.m., Chelsea First United Methodist Church; preregistration required atchelseafestivals.com), cookie decorating and live music for families at the Winter Farmers Market (9 a.m.-1 p.m., 500 E. Washington), Gingerbread House decorating for families (11 a.m.-noon & noon-1 p.m., First Congregational Church; space limited; preregistration required by calling 475-1145), Holiday Homemade Gift workshop for teens & tweens (1:30-3 p.m., Chelsea District Library), docent-led Holiday Home Tour(1-4 p.m., starts at Chelsea Area Historical Museum, 128 Jackson; $20 in advance at the Garden Mill & Chelsea Pharmacy and on the tour day at the museum; 476-2010),holiday parade (6 p.m., along Main St.) featuring dozens of lighted floats and vehicles, marching bands, and Santa, and more.

Christmas at the Mansion: From 9 to 5 PM, at Gordan Hall (8347 Island Lake Rd.), the 19th-century mansion built by Dexter founder Judge Samuel Dexter whose many rooms have all been lavishly decorated for the holidays.  There is the display of the museum’s Christmas Vintage Collection, Milt Campbell’s huge collection of Department 56 collectible holiday houses, buildings, and figures that was once traditionally seen in the windows of Huron Camera in downtown Dexter throughout the holiday season. On Sat., Santa is on hand to talk with kids, who also can make their own gingerbread house to take home.  Cost is $5.

Dinosaur Discovery Day: From 9 to 5 PM, at the Museum of Natural History, the whole day is devoted to digging into dinosaurs and learning about the newest discoveries in paleontology. How do scientists learn about dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals? Take part in a fossil dig, Make your own cast of a dinosaur tooth or claw, Talk with paleontologists from U-M’s Museum of Paleontology, Make a dinosaur hat, and enjoy a dinosaur show, in the Planetarium.  This is a FREE event and no registration is required.

Home Depot Kids Workshop: From 9 to Noon, at Home Depot (Carpenter Rd. location), build holiday memories in our hands-on workshop where you and your child can put together a wooden gingerbread house that will last year after year. No frosting required! Once the gingerbread house is built, your child can decorate it with paint and stickers. All Kids Workshop attendees must be accompanied by a parent or adult at all times. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last.

Family Yoga: From 9:45 to 10:30 AM, at Peachy Fitness, this class is for parents and children, ages 3 -10.  Uplifting and supportive, this class provides gentle yet profound techniques to help build strength, flexibility and body awareness. Through mindfulness and self-acceptance, discover ways to de-stress from the pressures and expectations of daily life. Each class offers active asana (poses), balance work, breath work (pranayama) and relaxation.  Drop-ins are welcome or you can sign up for a five-week session.  Check out the dates with the link provided.

Christmas on the Farm: From 10 to 4 PM, at the Waterloo Farm Museum (13493 Waterloo-Munith Road), this German immigrant pioneer homestead comes alive with the sights, sounds, and smells of a rural 1880s Michigan Christmas as costumed guides lead tours of the 2-story brick farmhouse, 1840s log house, outbuildings (with a blacksmith at work at the forge), and the one-room Dewey School (a short drive away on Territorial). Also, sales of baked goods, holiday greens, and gifts. Singers & musicians TBA perform traditional holiday music. Refreshments. $5 admission, 5-12 are $2, and 4 and under are FREE!

Santa at Kerrytown Shops: From 10 to 2 PM, at Kerrytown Market and Shops (upstairs), All kids invited to meet Santa. On Saturdays only, Humans of Ann Arbor photographer Susan K. Campbell is on hand to take photos, which will be posted on one of the Kerrytown Market and Shops trees the following week.

Dancing Babies with Dianne Dudley: From 10 to 10:40, at the Malletts Creek Library Branch, Dianne, a teacher with Ann Arbor Public Schools, leads a program of music and motion!  This FREE event is intended for babies, preschoolers, and toddlers, up to age 5!

Kids Club: Unicorn Slime: From 10 to Noon, at Michael’s Craft Store (Arborland), children are invited to make a craft to take home!  Cost is $2, which includes all the supplies.  This Saturday, the project is Unicorn Slime!

Professor Ray’s Everyday Science: Air Apparent: From 10 to 4 PM, at the Hands-On Museum, you can consider: What is air pressure? What does air pressure do? Today we’ll explore principles of air pressure while we apply them in all sorts of interesting ways, like crushing a can and levitating objects. Interactive demos at 1:00 and 3:00 in the Legacy Gallery.

World Language Storytime: From 10:30 to 11:30 AM, at Ypsilanti’s Whittaker Library Branch, 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. December’s culture is Portuguese…including music and movement.

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.

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!

bookbound

Barnes and Noble Storytime: How the Grinch Stole Christmas: at 11 AM, at Barnes and Noble, this classic, heartwarming story about the effects of the Christmas spirit will grow even the coldest and smallest of hearts three sizes. Activities to follow.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

Winter Ballet Storytime: From 1 to 1:30, at the Pittsfield Library Branch, enjoy a special celebration of the art of ballet! Join us for a program of creative movement, music, and fun.  This FREE event is intended for preschoolers – grade 2.

Public Skate at Yost Ice Arena: From 1 to 2:30 PM, at Yost Ice Arena (entrance of State St.), cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children/students.  Skate rental is available for $3 as well.

Pom Pom Bookmark: From 1 to 2 PM, at the Traverwood Library Branch, learn how to make a simple pompom and use it as a decorative bookmark!  We will have all the supplies and instructions to craft a fluffy tuft out of yarn. Scissors are required, and parents may need to help the younger crafters with trimming to shape the pompom ball.  This FREE activity is for grades K – adult.

Veteran’s Memorial Indoor Ice Arena: From 1 to 2:30 PM, at Veteran’s Memorials Indoor Ice Arena (2150 Jackson Rd.), there will be public skating available.  The facility has a heated lobby, vending, restrooms and separate locker rooms for hockey.  Cost is $5 for adults and $4 for children.  Skate rentals is $3.  Skate learners are FREE.

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!

Open Swim at Mack Pool: From 1 to 5 PM, at Mack Pool (715 Brooks St.), there is open swim to the public.  Admission to Mack Pool is $5/adult, $4 for youth (ages 4-17) & seniors (55+). Children 3 and under are admitted free with a paying adult.

Creature Encounters: Reindeer: From 1 to 5 PM, at The Creature Conservancy (4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd.), The Creature Conservancy is featuring Sven, the reindeer, for the month of December!  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!

Origami Meets Engineering with Evgueni Filipov: From 2 to 3:30 PM, at the Downtown Library, Origami meets science and engineering. Evgueni Filipov, Assistant Professor in Engineering and Civil Sciences invites you to explore a new world of foldable structures that can withstand amazing weight. You’ll learn how origami can be used to make stronger structures and you’ll even get a chance to fold your own engineering inspired origami.  This FREE event is intended for children in grade 1 – adult.

Buhr Outdoor Ice Rink: Open Skate: From 2:30 to 4:30 PM, at Buhr’s Outdoor Ice Rink (2781 Packard Rd.), there will be public skating available.  The facility has a heated lobby, vending, restrooms and four separate locker rooms for hockey.  Cost is $5 for adults and $4 for children.  Skate rentals is $3.  Skate learners are FREE.

The Year Without a Panto Claus: Theatre Nova: At 3 PM and 7:30 PM, at The Yellow Barn (416 W. Huron), Melissa Freilich directs the world premiere of Theatre Nova artistic director Carla Milarch and local composer R. Mackenzie Lewis’s musical panto. When Santa disappears after calling off Christmas, 2 of his elves try to find him in some unlikely locations. A panto is a British pantomime genre that blends children’s stories with a bit of vaudeville sensibility to create a raucous family entertainment. This production features appearances by local celebrities, and all the candy you can eat. Stars Ramona Burns, Lisa Michaels, and Scott Screws.   Tickets are $20 or $10 for children.

Full Moon Hike: From 7 to 9 PM, at the Leslie Science and Nature Center, families are invited to enjoy the height of the lunar month with a moonlit hike through the woods. Do some simple science experiments out on the trail to understand how different animals eyes see in the dark, learn about night hike safety, and visit some of LSNC’s nocturnal animals to learn more about how they survive. We’ll also hear some stories and poems inspired by the moon and enjoy hot cocoa by the camp fire–go green by bringing your own reuseable mug!  Cost is $9 per a person or $34 for a family.  Register for this event online, or call 734-997-1553.

Buhr Outdoor Ice Rink: Open Skate: From 7:15 to 8:45 PM, at Buhr’s Outdoor Ice Rink (2781 Packard Rd.), there will be public skating available.  The facility has a heated lobby, vending, restrooms and four separate locker rooms for hockey.  Cost is $5 for adults and $4 for children.  Skate rentals is $3.  Skate learners are FREE.

SUNDAY Events (12/3): sun and clouds; highs near 50

Critter House at Leslie Science and Nature center: From 10 AM t0 1 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!

Nature Storytime: Stories in the Snow: Animal Prints: From 10 to 11 AM, at the Leslie Science and Nature Center, you and your little ones are invited to explore and appreciate the outdoors, such as live animal visits, hikes, stories, and hands-on activities. This week we will act like detectives as we find clues that animals left outside. *This theme may swap with 12/20 if there is snowfall.* Each session includes indoor and outdoor activities – so make sure to dress for the weather!  Cost is $5 per a child, ages 1 -5 recommended.

Santa Visits Dixboro: From 11:30 to 4 PM, at the Dixboro General Store (5206 Plymouth Rd.), Santa Claus will be visiting the Dixboro General Store on Sundays leading up to Christmas.  Bring your camera and stop by to see Santa at no cost.

Annual Hometown Holiday: Chelsea: Starting at 9 AM, in Downtown Chelsea, there will be family activities, including Santa visits and crafts. Also, on Sunday: Hometown Holiday Concert (3 & 7 p.m., First Methodist Church) by the Chelsea Chamber Players, the First Methodist Mosaic Choir and church organist Kyle Webber, and 18-20 Chelsea High School string and vocal students.  Chelsea Creche Celebration (1-7 p.m., Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1330 N. Freer) features a display of creches (Nativity scenes) from around the world, along with brief musical programs at 2 & 5 p.m. featuring traditional Christmas hymns and performances by tenor Stanford Olsen, a U-M voice professor who has been a frequent guest soloist with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

Professor Ray’s Everyday Science: Air Apparent: From Noon to 4 PM, at the Hands-On Museum, you can consider: What is air pressure? What does air pressure do? Today we’ll explore principles of air pressure while we apply them in all sorts of interesting ways, like crushing a can and levitating objects. Interactive demos at 1:00 and 3:00 in the Legacy Gallery.

Christmas on the Farm: From Noon to 4 PM, at the Waterloo Farm Museum (13493 Waterloo-Munith Road), this German immigrant pioneer homestead comes alive with the sights, sounds, and smells of a rural 1880s Michigan Christmas as costumed guides lead tours of the 2-story brick farmhouse, 1840s log house, outbuildings (with a blacksmith at work at the forge), and the one-room Dewey School (a short drive away on Territorial). Also, sales of baked goods, holiday greens, and gifts. Singers & musicians TBA perform traditional holiday music. Refreshments. $5 admission, 5-12 are $2, and 4 and under are FREE!

Santa at Kerrytown Shops: From 1 to 3 PM, at Kerrytown Market and Shops (upstairs), All kids invited to meet Santa. On Saturdays only, Humans of Ann Arbor photographer Susan K. Campbell is on hand to take photos, which will be posted on one of the Kerrytown Market and Shops trees the following week.

Ornament Party: From 1 to 3 PM, at the Downtown Library (Secret Lab), join us to make an assortment of ornaments, perfect for decking the halls, trimming a tree, or giving as gifts.  This FREE activity is for ALL ages!

Drawing For Kids: Winter Wonders: From 1 to 2 PM, at the Westgate Library Branch, come draw with us! We’ll provide everything you need to practice your drawing skills. This week we’ll be drawing winter wonders using oil pastels.  Join us for a directed drawing activity for youth with artists from the Ann Arbor Art Center!  This FREE activity is intended for grades 1 – 5.

Veteran’s Memorial Indoor Ice Arena: From 1 to 2:30 PM, at Veteran’s Memorials Indoor Ice Arena (2150 Jackson Rd.), there will be public skating available.  The facility has a heated lobby, vending, restrooms and separate locker rooms for hockey.  Cost is $5 for adults and $4 for children.  Skate rentals is $3.  Skate learners are FREE.

Open Swim at Mack Pool: From 1 to 6 PM, at Mack Pool (715 Brooks St.), there is open swim to the public.  Admission to Mack Pool is $5/adult, $4 for youth (ages 4-17) & seniors (55+). Children 3 and under are admitted free with a paying adult.

Creature Encounters: Reindeer: From 1 to 5 PM, at The Creature Conservancy (4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd.), The Creature Conservancy is featuring Sven, the reindeer, for the month of December!  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: Candle Light with Mother Goose: at 2 PM, at Hollanders (Kerrytown shops), join for a 30-minute family-oriented program of rhymes, riddles, and stories with local storyteller Trudy Bulkley as Mother Goose.

The Year Without a Panto Claus: Theatre Nova: At 2 PM, at The Yellow Barn (416 W. Huron), Melissa Freilich directs the world premiere of Theatre Nova artistic director Carla Milarch and local composer R. Mackenzie Lewis’s musical panto. When Santa disappears after calling off Christmas, 2 of his elves try to find him in some unlikely locations. A panto is a British pantomime genre that blends children’s stories with a bit of vaudeville sensibility to create a raucous family entertainment. This production features appearances by local celebrities, and all the candy you can eat. Stars Ramona Burns, Lisa Michaels, and Scott Screws.   Tickets are $20 or $10 for children.

NJFK: Disney’s Frozen Sing-Along: at 3 PM, at the Michigan Theater, featuring on-screen lyrics, goody bags, special guests, and more!  Let it Go and sing along with the two-time Oscar winning Disney favorite! When the newly crowned Queen Elsa accidentally uses her power to turn things into ice to curse her home in infinite winter, her sister, Anna, teams up with a mountain man, his playful reindeer, and a snowman to change the weather condition.  Tickets are $16 ($11 for members).

Buhr Outdoor Ice Rink: Open Skate: From 3:15 to 5:30 PM, at Buhr’s Outdoor Ice Rink (2781 Packard Rd.), there will be public skating available.  The facility has a heated lobby, vending, restrooms and four separate locker rooms for hockey.  Cost is $5 for adults and $4 for children.  Skate rentals is $3.  Skate learners are FREE.

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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