Weekend Adventures: December 29 – 31

Several New Year’s Eve highlights include Friday afternoon events, at Ann Arbor libraries, The Bubble Man returns to Hands-On Museum all weekend, and a New Year’s Eve Family Swim, at Goldfish Swim School (Sunday evening).

FRIDAY Events (12/29): cloudy; high near 20

Happy Noon Year!: From 11 to 12:30, the Dexter Public Library, everyone is invited to stop by for a variety of games and winter crafts while enjoying some snacks and music.  At 11:50 am, we will pass out party hats and noisemakers, countdown to noon (with Olaf, our special snowman guest) and celebrate Happy Noon Year.  This is a great way for little ones to enjoy the thrill of New Year’s Eve without staying awake until midnight.  Registration is not required.

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.

Drummunity: From 1 to 3 PM, at the Hands-On Museum, calling all musicians! Whether you are a trained musician or a toddler banging on pots and pans, this interactive show is for you. Using hand drums, percussion, and simple drum circle games, Lori Fithian creates a positive, non-competitive experience for people of all ages and abilities to share. Stop by as long or short as you’d like and join in the music making!

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

New Year’s Storytime: From 2 to 2:30 PM, at the Downtown Library Branch, join AADL storytellers Elizabeth and Allison as they share festive stories in celebration of a new year!  Happy 2018!  This FREE event is for ages 2 – 5.

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!

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. (LAST CLASS IS DEC. 17th)

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.

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.

 

SATURDAY Events (12/30): sun and clouds; high in the mid-teens

Saline Farmers Market (Liberty School; 7265 Saline Ann Arbor Rd.): 9 AM to Noon; third Saturday of the month

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

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.  (LAST CLASS IS DECEMBER 17th, until the new year!)

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: The Story of Ferdinand: at 11 AM, at Barnes and Noble, all the other bulls love to run and jump and butt their heads together, but not Ferdinand. He would rather sit and smell the flowers. Then one day he is picked for the bullfights in Madrid. Join us to find out how Ferdinand fares in this classic story, in theaters now. Activities to follow.

The Story of Ferdinand

Ron Loyd: The Bubble Man: With performances at 1 and 3 PM, at the Hands-On Museum, they are welcoming back one of their most popular performers – The Bubble Man! This hit show features bubbles of all shapes and sizes and never ceases to amaze. Ron Loyd had been performing at the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum for over 20 years, and it is always standing-room only. Make sure to get here early!

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.

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!  CLASSES START BACK IN THE WINTER!

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!

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.

End of the Year Kidopolis Dance Party: From 6 to 9 PM (call to confirm the start time!), at Kidopolis (509 State Circle), Celebrate the end of the year as they host the last dance party of 2017! There will be pizza, party favors and refreshments (for adults too)! Bring your moves and ‘tudes to welcome 2018!  Cost is $7 for children and $5 for adults.

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 (12/31): sun and clouds; high just above 10

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!  CLOSED FOR CHRISTMAS EVE

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.

Ron Loyd: The Bubble Man: With performances at 1 and 3 PM, at the Hands-On Museum, they are welcoming back one of their most popular performers – The Bubble Man! This hit show features bubbles of all shapes and sizes and never ceases to amaze. Ron Loyd had been performing at the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum for over 20 years, and it is always standing-room only. Make sure to get here early!  MUSEUM IS OPEN FROM 1 to 5 PM, on New Year’s Eve!

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!  CLOSED FOR THE HOLIDAY!

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.

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.

NEW YEAR’S EVE 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! Ring in the New Year with Goldfish Swim School! Please join us for family swim, crafts, a balloon drops and snacks!
Cost is $5 per a person or $15 per a family.

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