Weekend Adventures: January 12 – 14

Several, kid-friendly events taking place at the local libraries, including Sensation stations (Friday morning), Be the Change Storytime and Crafts (Saturday morning), Felt Ball Fun (Saturday afternoon), and Watercolor Snowflake Craft (Sunday morning).  The Plymouth Ice Festival is also a fun, family-friendly event to attend!

 

FRIDAY Events (1/12): AM Snow; wind and highs in the low-30s

Sensation Stations: From 10:30 to 11:15, at the Downtown Library Branch, all toddlers, ages 18 months-3 years, are invited to drop in to engage their senses by scooping, pouring, squeezing, and shaking a variety of materials.

Winter Crafts for Preschoolers: From 11 to Noon, at the Dexter Public Library, children ages 5 and under, along with their caregiver, are invited to stop by the Library and create a variety of winter crafts.  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.

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!

Plymouth Ice Festival: From 5 to 10 PM, in downtown Plymouth, there will be interactive ice sculptures, live entertainment, booths set up by local businesses and much more!

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.

 

SATURDAY Events (1/13): mostly cloudy; highs 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.  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.

Plymouth Ice Festival: From 10 AM to 10 PM, in downtown Plymouth, there will be interactive ice sculptures, live entertainment, booths set up by local businesses and much more!

Winter Science Series: The Astronomy of it All: At 10 AM, at Hudson Mills Metropark (8801 N. Territorial Rd.), you’re invited to find out why we have seasons through interactive demos. Explore the night sky with marshmallow constellations, and review what you learned with a paper craft.  The event costs $7, per a child, and is suitable for ages 8 – 12. Please preregister, at 734-426-8211.

Be the Change: Stories and Crafts for First Steps in Social Injustice: From 10 to 10:40, at the Westgate Library Branch, Mindfulness Instructor Grace Helms Kotre will read the picture book, Skin Again, by Bell Hooks and lead a brief discussion about how and why skin color varies.  Children will be invited to explore objects that match their own skin tone and create a self portrait with fun craft materials.  Parent resources on discussing race with young children will be provided.

Critters Up Close: From 10 to 4 PM, at the Hands-On Museum, 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 mammals, and they are ready for their close up!

Kids Club: Snowman Page Marker: 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 a Snowman Page Marker!

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: Paddington Bear: at 11 AM, at Barnes and Noble, over 50 years ago, a small bear set out on the adventure of a lifetime.  Since then, Paddington has charmed readers around the world with his earnest good intentions and humorous misadventures. Join us for Storytime featuring this beloved classic, in theaters now.

Paddington

Family Art Studio: The Line Comes Alive: From 11 to 1 (and again from 2 to 4 PM), at U of M’s Museum of Art (State St.), create your own project inspired by the drawings of Henri Matisse and Ellsworth Kelly.  UMMA docents will lead a tour of the exhibition followed by a hands-on workshop led by local artist Nora Venturelli. Designed for families with children ages six and up to experience art together. Parents must accompany children.  This is a FREE event, but registration is required: email umma-program-registration@umich.edu. Please include date and title of program in the subject line of your email. Indicate if you would like to register for the 11:00 a.m. session or the 2:00 p.m. session and how many adults and children are in your group.

Kids Coding Hour: From 1 to 2 PM, at the Downtown Library, kids in grades 3 – 8 are invited to come hang with other kids while playing around with code. We will provide basic instruction and support to build apps using BitsBox, or you can come work on your own project in your preferred language. Absolutely no coding experience required. Computers will be provided.

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.

Splash Days at Mack Pool:  From 1:30 to 3:30 PM, at Mack Pool (715 Brooks St.), families are invited for a family-oriented afternoon of pool games and contests.  There are prizes too!  Admission is $4 for youth and $5 for adults.

Creature Encounters: Sloth: From 1 to 5 PM, at The Creature Conservancy (4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd.), The Creature Conservancy is featuring Poco, the sloth, for the month of January!  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!

Felt Ball Fun: From 2 to 3:30, at the Pittsfield Library Branch, local crafter, Beth Battey, leads this hands-on workshop.  Start with colorful wool roving, add warm water, a little soap, and some patience to get a fun felt ball! Felt balls can be toys for kids and pets, jewelry, a garland or a fun decoration.  This FREE event is for grades K – adult.

Dollars and Cents: From 2 to 3 PM, at Ypsilanti’s Superior Library Branch, school-age children are invited to learn that money doesn’t grow on trees! Learn about being responsible with saving and spending through stories and activities, and decorate a piggy bank to take home. Supplies are limited to first 24 people.

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.

Tool Zoo: Maker Works:  At 4:30 and 5:30 PM, at Maker Works (3765 Plaza Drive), shop members lead a tour of the shop and demonstrate tools, including a 3-D printer, a pewter casting machine, a laser cutter, a wood engraver, and a plasma steel cutter. Examples to take home. Kids must be accompanied by a parent.  Cost is $5 per a person or $8 for the family.  Click on the link above to register in advance.

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.

Dive In Movie: Wonder Woman: At 7:30, at Mack Pool (715 Brooks St.), all are invited to bring an inner tube and float in Mack Pool for a family-oriented screening of Patty Jenkins’ 2017 drama starring Gal Gadot as the iconic DC Comics superhero.  Admission is $5 for adults and $4 for youth.

SUNDAY Events (1/14): Sunny; highs in the low-20s

Plymouth Ice Festival: From 10 to 6 PM, in downtown Plymouth, there will be interactive ice sculptures, live entertainment, booths set up by local businesses and much more!

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!

Watercolor Snowflake Art: From 1 to 2 PM, at the Pittsfield Library Branch, preschoolers through children in grade 3, are invited to create beautiful snowflake art to celebrate the winter season!

Drawing For Kids: From 1 to 2 PM, at the Downtown Library Branch (4th floor meeting room), 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.

Critters Up Close: From 1 to 4 PM, at the Hands-On Museum, 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 the critters!  This month the featured critters are mammals, and they are ready for their close up!

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: Sloth: From 1 to 5 PM, at The Creature Conservancy (4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd.), The Creature Conservancy is featuring Poco, the sloth, for the month of January!  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!

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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