Weekend Adventures: February 9 – 11

Many exciting Valentine’s Day activities are taking place this weekend, including Chelsea’s 10 Annual Chocolate Extravaganza and Love Birds at Hudson Mills Metropark.  Other highlights include Brick Bash (Skyline High School) and Search for the Yeti (Rolling Hills County Park).  Check out all the details below!

 

FRIDAY Events (2/9): Cloudy with snow; highs in the mid-20s

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.

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!

Friday Night Family Dance Party: From 5:30 to 8 PM, at Kidopolis (State Circle), families are invited to play and dance the evening away.  Cost is $7 per a person, which includes pizza and snacks.  Suitable for kids, ages 6 – 12.

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.  Please note that all classes at the Peachy Fitness Studio requires a 24-HOUR reservation.  Call 734 – 681 – 0477 or email info@peachyfitness.com to make a reservation.

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.

Family Mew-vie Night: From 7:30 to 9:30, at Tiny Lions Lounge and Adoption Center (Jackson Rd.), guests are welcome to bring any pillows, sleeping bags or blankets that you may wish to use. Guests may also bring snacks or drinks of their choice. Popcorn and water will be included in the program.   Additional concessions such as pop and candy will be available for $1.50 each. This program will provide a place for your family to snuggle with cats while enjoying popcorn and a family friendly movie, rated G or PG.  Cost is $10 per a person.

Mewvie night

 

SATURDAY Events (2/10): snow showers; highs in the upper-20s

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.  Please note that all classes at the Peachy Fitness Studio requires a 24-HOUR reservation.  Call 734 – 681 – 0477 or email info@peachyfitness.com to make a reservation.

10th Annual Chocolate Extravaganza: From 10 to 5 PM, in downtown Chelsea, more than 30 local businesses will offer a variety of chocolate treats, including free fair trade chocolate samples at Global Marketplace, freshly baked chocolate chip cookies at Maureen’s Designs, and a drawing for free Cherry Republic products at La Maison.  The fun goes beyond chocolate, and there are also opportunities for our customers to “make and take” free valentine crafts. At the Garden Mill, kids can make a free Valentine bird feeder, andUSArtQuest has paper craft projects for all ages and abilities.

LIVE for Kids: From 10 to 2 PM, at 102 S. Main Street, families are invited to come in from the cold and join us for magic, music, food, drinks, crafts and more fun for kids!  Hosted by Surfing 4 Sitters, the first annual LIVE for KIDS event will be donating all profits to North Star Reach, an incredible organization that offers life-changing experiences for children with serious health challenges and their families. LIVE for KIDS promises to be a good time for a good cause.  Cost is $10, per a child and includes a box lunch.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Winter Science Series: Love Birds: At 10 AM, at Hudson Mills Metropark, it’s almost Valentine’s Day, so come out and show the love! Learn how birds survive the cold, and how you can help our feathered friends. You’ll even create your very own heart shaped bird feeder ornament. Suitable for ages 8 – 12. Please preregister, 734-426-8211.  Cost is $7 per a child.

Kids Club: Valentine’s Day Cards: From 1o to Noon, at Michael’s Craft Store (Arborland), kids can craft, you shop! Kids 3 and up can enjoy a quick project. 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 Saturday’s craft is Valentine’s Day Cards!

Critters Up Close: From 10 to 4 PM, at the Hands-On Museum, every month, our visitors get up close and personal with some of our favorite critters from the natural world, thanks to our friends at Leslie Science & Nature Center! Join us for hands-on activities and a meet and greet with critters from 10-4 on Saturday (with a mid-day “Animal Naptime”) and 1-4 on Sunday. This month the featured critters are worms & friends, and they are ready for their close up!

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, you’re invited to help your child develop a love of science, technology, engineering and math. Hear stories, play games and do experiments together that encourage discovery!  This FREE event is for ages 7 and under, with a parent.

Family Art Studio: Red Circle: From 11 to 1 PM (again from 2 to 4 PM), at the U of M Museum of Art (State St.), you’re invited to create your own project inspired by the bold Japanese graphic design in UMMA’s exhibition Red Circle: Designing Japan in Contemporary Posters. Enjoy a gallery tour with UMMA docents followed by a hands-on workshop led by local artist Sophie Grillet. Designed for families with children ages six and up to experience art together. Parents must accompany children.  This is a Free event. Registration is required: email umma-program-registration@umich.edu.  This session is fully subscribed. Please email to be placed on the waitlist.

Storytime at the Museum: From 11:15 to Noon, at the U of M Museum of Art (State St.), storytime at the Museum promotes art enjoyment for our youngest patrons. Children ages three to six are invited to join in on some children’s fun, hear a story, and do a short activity responding to the art on display. Parents must accompany children. Siblings are welcome to join the group. Meet in front of the UMMA Store.

Brick Bash 2018: From 11 to 6 PM, at Skyline High School (2552 N. Maple Rd.), families are invited to view LEGO creations built by people from across the country.  There are trains, trucks, towns, robotics, machines, art, and giant piles of LEGO to play with.  Also, there are animated films made with LEGO products and additional children’s activities.  Admission is $5 (max $20 for a family).

Mo Willems Party: From 11 to Noon, at the Westgate Library Branch, do you love Mo Willems books as much as we do? Join Kayla and Amanda for stories and crafts featuring your favorite Mo characters like Elephant and Piggie!  This FREE event is for preschoolers through grade 3.

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: Click, Clack, Moo I Love You!: at 11 AM, at Barnes and Noble, little Duck and all of her friends on the farm celebrate Valentine’s Day by inviting a newcomer to join in the fun in this charming addition to the award-winning Click, Clack series from the New York Times bestselling and Caldecott winning team who brought you Click, Clack, Moo and Click, Clack, Surprise! Activities to follow.

Click, Clack, Moo I Love You!

DIY Valentine’s Day Cards: From 11 to Noon, at the Dexter Public Library, kids and teens of all ages are invited to make Valentine’s Day cards for friends and family using a variety of craft materials.  This is a FREE event!

Make A Sweetling!: at 11:30 AM, at Learning Express Toys of Ann Arbor (Westgate Shopping Center), you’re invited to make a sweetling for Valentine’s Day!  This FREE event is for ages 6 and up.  RSVP at 734-997-0707; limit of 10 people!

Ice Carving Festival: From Noon to 4 PM, at County Farm Park, enjoy refreshments and crafts as you watch college ice carving teams from across SE Michigan compete. Teams will use techniques that involve flamethrowers, chainsaws, and more!

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!

“Splash Day” at Mack Pool: From 1 to 4 PM, at Mack Pool (715 Brooks St.), there is open swim to the public.  There will be a family-oriented afternoon of pool games and contests and prizes.
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: Crested Porcupine: From 1 to 5 PM, at The Creature Conservancy (4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd.), The Creature Conservancy is featuring the Crested Porcupines, for the month of February!  See the sloth 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!

Muppets take Manhatten: With a performance at 1:30, at State Theater, the movie is shown as Part of the Toyota Family-Friendly Film Series Presented by the Benard L. Maas Foundation, and the “Jim Henson Presents the Muppets” Film Series.  Free for kids 12 and under!
When Kermit the Frog and friends start a stage act, they decide to take the show from their college town to Broadway. However, once the Muppets wind up in New York City, they have difficulty finding financial support for the production, instead running into cheats like Murray Plotsky (Dabney Coleman). Unable to stage the show, the group splits up, and they all take different jobs around the country. Just as Kermit thinks he has finally found a backer, an accident gives him amnesia.  Reserve your seats in advance, as some spots are sold out!

The Muppets Take Manhattan

Make a Valentine Card!: From 2 to 3, at the Malletts Creek Library Branch, all ages are invited to get ready for Valentine’s Day by making heart-themed cards using scrapbook paper and old books.

Chinese New Year Lunar Party: From 2 to 3 PM, at Ypsilanti’s Whittaker Library Branch, the Lunar Festival marks the beginning of spring. Join Frances Kai-Hwa Wang and learn about the terrible Nian monster that comes out on New Year’s Even, the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac, the luckiest way to clean and decorate your house for the New Year, and see the Chinese Yo-Yo Troupe from the Ann Arbor Chinese Center of Michigan perform!

Hand Balancing and Contortion: From 2:30 to 3:30, at Aviary: Aerial and Circus Arts (2875 Boardwalk), ground acrobatics are the foundation of flying. This all level class is designed for active young people (ages 8 – 12) to build the courage for inversions and the strength to stay upside down. Students will learn to balance on their hands, create absurd shapes, and find their bendiest self. Each class includes 15-20 minutes of warm-up and stretching, followed by practicing hand balancing and contortion fundamentals.  Cost is $15.  This is not a drop in class, all student MUST please register via the included link before arriving to class.

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.  This week they are hosting the “Buhr Blitz”.  This includes public skating, with a family-oriented program of games and contests and Prizes. In case of inclement weather, the event is rescheduled for Feb. 25.

Elmo’s Birthday Party: From 3:30 to 5 PM, at Ypsilanti’s Michigan Youth Area, you’re invited to join Elmo to celebrate his birthday with stories, crafts, and a snack.  This FREE event is intended for ages 3 to 8.

Open Gym: From 5 to 6:30, at Champion Gymnastics (Jackson Rd.), Open Gym is offered for ages 5 and up.  Under 5 must be accompanied by an adult.  Cost is $10, per a child.

Parents Night Out: Animal Engineers: From 5 to 10 PM, at the Leslie Science and Nature Center (Traver Rd.), it’s a night out for grown-ups while the kids enjoy an exciting evening at LSNC. Study the incredible adaptations that help animals hunt, run, jump, and swim, and then apply those ideas to your own inventions and creations. Sketch your ideas in your design notebook and then bring your inventions to life! Parents’ Night Out includes a Panera sandwich box with PB&J or Turkey sandwich as well as a late-night popcorn snack. Families are welcome to send their child with a brown-bag dinner. Activities will be outside as much as possible, so please come dressed for the weather! This Parents’ Night Out program coincides with our “Owl Do I Love Thee” adults-only program to provide you with a convenient child care option.  Cost is $30, per a child, in grades K – 6th.  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 (2/11): AM Snow showers; highs in the mid-20s

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: The Lorax: From 10 to 11, at the Leslie Science and Nature Center (Traver Rd.), nature Storytime has many opportunities for you and your little one to explore and appreciate the outdoors, such as live animal visits, hikes, stories, and hands-on activities. This week we will read the Lorax by Dr. Seuss and create some Lorax-inspired art.  Each session includes indoor and outdoor activities – so make sure to dress for the weather!  Cost is $5, per a child, ages 1 – 5.  Pre-registration is recommended. Register for this event online, or call 734-997-1553.

Brick Bash 2018: From Noon to 5 PM, at Skyline High School (2552 N. Maple Rd.), families are invited to view LEGO creations built by people from across the country.  There are trains, trucks, towns, robotics, machines, art, and giant piles of LEGO to play with.  Also, there are animated films made with LEGO products and additional children’s activities.  Admission is $5 (max $20 for a family).

Critters Up Close: From 1 to 4 PM, at the Hands-On Museum, every month, our visitors get up close and personal with some of our favorite critters from the natural world, thanks to our friends at Leslie Science & Nature Center! Join us for hands-on activities and a meet and greet. This month the featured critters are worms & friends, and they are ready for their close up!

Drawing For Kids: From 1 to 2 PM, at the Downtown Library Branch, 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.  This is a FREE event 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.

Hunt For the Yeti: From 1 to 3 PM, at Rolling Hills County Park (Stony Creek Rd, Ypsilanti), you’re invited to explore Rolling Hills County Park in search of the elusive Eddie the Yeti.  The best photo wins a prize! Crafts & light refreshments will also be provided.  Register online at parksonline.ewashtenaw.org.  Admission is $3 per a person.

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: Crested Porcupine: From 1 to 5 PM, at The Creature Conservancy (4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd.), The Creature Conservancy is featuring the Crested Porcupines, for the month of February!  See the sloth 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!

Roots Rocker Randy Kaplan!: From 3 to 3:45, at the Westgate Library Branch, nationally renowned bluesman and balladeer Randy Kaplan blends American roots music, country blues, and comedic storytelling into his interactive show for the whole family! “Randy Kaplan is one of those happy-they-exist people you can’t quite tell is playing kids’ music. And yet he is.” -New York Magazine. His blend of American Roots Music and Comedic Storytelling has inspired the likes of NPR, The Nashville Blues Society, and People Magazine to name Randy one of the nation’s top family entertainers.

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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