Weekend Adventures: January 5 – 7

Frigid temperatures continue, through the weekend…you may want to consider a weekend story hour, indoor open skate, or a local museum, for your weekend adventures!

FRIDAY Events (1/5): Sun and clouds; highs around 7

Open Skate: From 11 to 3 PM, at Veteran’s Ice Arena (2150 Jackson Rd.), there will be a SPECIAL open skate.  Admission is $5 for adults and $4 for youth.  They do have skate rentals for $3.

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.

Hands-on Science: Flight: From 1 to 2 PM, at the Dexter Public Library, children in grades 3 – 6, are invited to design and make a variety of objects and test their ability to fly.

Little Creatures Co: From 1 to 4 PM, at the Hands-On Museum, you’re invited to come meet some of our favorite critters of all shapes and size by joining “Dan the Creature Man” and his menagerie of animals from The Little Creatures Co!

Puppet Show: From 2 to 2:30 PM, at the Downtown Library, several storytellers perform a puppet show for preschoolers through students in grade 3.  This is a FREE event!

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 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! Pets and Pajamas Movie Night is offered once a month and is a great way for children to enjoy some after hours time at HSHV!  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

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 … click link for new session)

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 PM, at Tiny Lions Lounge and Adoption Center (5245 Jackson Rd.), looking for a fun way to spend a Friday night with your family? Join us for our Family Mew-vie nights at Tiny Lions Lounge and Adoption Center! 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.  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.  The movie is always rated G or PG.

 

SATURDAY Events (1/6): sunny; highs near 10

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.

Home Depot: Kids Workshop: From 9 to Noon, at The Home Depot (Carpenter Rd. location ONLY), kids are invited to get organized for 2018 in our hands-on Workshop!  You and your child can assemble a wooden block calendar to kick off the new year. Useful year-round, the block calendar is perfect for a tabletop display. Once the calendar construction is complete, your child can decorate it with paint and stickers.  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.  We LOVE these workshops with my preschoolers!

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!).

Tinkergarten FREE Trial Classes: From 10 to 11:15, at Greenview Nature Area (7th Street), at Tinkergarten, families meet outdoors to connect and learn through play. In this free trial, Tinkergarten Leader, Tarisa Tugun, will facilitate an expert-designed play scenario, allowing children of various ages and needs to explore, problem solve, communicate, collaborate, and create together. Parents and caregivers learn, too, as we’ll share insight into your child’s development. Registration is required, at  https://www.tinkergarten.com/leaders/tarisa.tugun

Dancing Babies:  From 10 to 10:40 AM, at the Malletts Creek Library Branch, Robinsongs for Kids director Robin Robinson presents a program of music and movement for babies through 5-year-olds, accompanied by an adult.  This is a FREE event!

Kids Club: Snowman Canvas: 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.

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: What Do You Do With A Chance?: at 11 AM, at Barnes and Noble, the final book in the award-winning What Do You Do With …? picture book series by bestselling author Kobi Yamada and illustrator Mae Besom, What Do You Do With a Chance? inspires kids of all ages to find the courage to go for the opportunities that come their way.

What Do You Do with a Chance?

Professor Ray’s Everyday Science: Mind over Matter: From 1 to 3:30, at the Hands-On Museum…well, what’s the matter? We’ve got states! States of matter, that is. Today we’ll explore the three states of matter—solids and liquids and gases —in all sorts of crazy ways. We’ll see gas in solid form, watch as liquid expands 700 hundred times to produce explosive consequences, and figure out how cold matter can get! Interactive demos at 1:00 and 3:00 in the Legacy Gallery.

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: 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 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.

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 (1/7): snow showers; highs near 30 (finally!)

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!

Professor Ray’s Everyday Science: Mind over Matter: From 1 to 3:30, at the Hands-On Museum…well, what’s the matter? We’ve got states! States of matter, that is. Today we’ll explore the three states of matter—solids and liquids and gases —in all sorts of crazy ways. We’ll see gas in solid form, watch as liquid expands 700 hundred times to produce explosive consequences, and figure out how cold matter can get! Interactive demos at 1:00 and 3:00 in the Legacy Gallery.

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!

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

Mini Yarn Monsters: From 2 to 3 PM, at the Traverwood Library Branch, all kids in grades K – 5 are invited to learn how to turn yarn into a monster.  This is a FREE event!

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.

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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