Weekend Adventures: July 14 – 16

Manchester’s Community Fair and Saline’s Annual Celtic Festival take place this weekend!  Ideal weather conditions for outdoor adventures!

FRIDAY Events (7/14): Partly cloudy; highs in the mid-70s

Summer Morning Movies: At 10 AM, at Goodrich Quality 16, those belonging to our Frequent Moviegoer Rewards (FMG) will be able to see any movie in the series free-of-charge when they present their FMG card at the box office. Each member will get up to 6 free admissions with their FMG card per show. Non-members will be charged $1.00 per ticket. It’s easy to become an FMG member for FREE today or at the theater!  The movie this week is Storks.

Manchester Community Fair: Located at Alumni Memorial Field (corner of wolverine street and vernon street), Carnival Rides open at 1 PM, with a ‘toddler time’ (under 6 years old) from 1 – 3 PM (wristbands are only $6!).  Performance by School of Rock at 6 PM.

Pressed Flower Fairies: From 1 to 2:30 PM, at the Downtown Library Branch, pressing flowers is a craft that dates back to the nineteenth century.  Use all sorts of pressed flowers and flora to make some flora fairies or whatever you imagine. We will provide all supplies but you are welcome to bring your own natural material to use for this project.  This program is in partnership with The Wonder of Learning—The Hundred Languages of Children traveling exhibit and the North American Reggio Emilia Alliance. The exhibit is on display at the U-M Stamps School of Art and Design & the James and Anne Duderstadt Center on North Campus through August 27.

Lunch and Listen: From 1 to 2 PM, at two Ypsilanti Library Branches (Whittaker and Michigan Ave. locations), children of all ages are invited to enjoy a nutritious lunch while listening to a story. Bonus: earn Summer Challenge badges for time spent listening! Lunches provided at the exact times listed at each location from June 26 through August 19. Sponsored by Food Gatherers of Ann Arbor and the Michigan Department of Education.

Outdoor Fun: From 2 to 3 PM, at Ypsilanti’s Whittaker Library Branch, you’re invited to learn and play outside after lunch on Fridays. From physical fitness activities like hip hop dance and capoeira to gardening to outdoor art and science, activities to engage your body, mind and spirit. These will be weather permitting. In case of inclement weather, we will have board games available inside for family fun.  July 14: Petal Bombs and Flower Art.

Dixboro Farmers Market: From 3 to 7 PM, in the little town of Dexter (5221 Church Rd.), the market includes vendors selling produce, baked goods, and homemade products.  There is often live music 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.

Kids Zumba: From 5:45 to 6:45 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.

Family Game Night: From 6:30 to 8:30 PM, at the Westgate Library Branch, join the Ann Arbor District Library and educational toy store Learning Express for an evening of games!  This FREE event is intended for grades K – 6.

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.

 

 SATURDAY Events (7/15): Sunny; highs in the low-80s

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

Saline Farmers Market (Downtown on S. Ann Arbor Street, 1/2 block south of Michigan Ave): 8 AM to Noon

Dexter Farmers Market (Downtown Dexter; Alpine Street): 8 AM to 1 PM

Kids Club: Mermaids and Unicorns: From 10 to Noon, at Michael’s Craft Store (Arborland), your little one is invited to craft, while you shop! Kids 3 and up can enjoy a quick project and take home a finished masterpiece. 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 week’s craft is a Mermaids and Unicorns!

Saline Celtic Festival: Starting at 10 AM, this annual festival is located at Mill Pond Park (565 W. Bennett St.).  A highlight for the little ones is the Wee Folks Islands!  There are games (mini golf, defeat the dragon, carnival games) and crafts (crowns, fairy doors, swords, Blarney stone).

Free for Kids: Summer Film Series: At 10 AM, at Emagine Theatre (Saline), admission is free for children 11 and under.  This Saturday, the movie is Hotel Transylvania 2.

Wonder of Learning: Shifting Forms: From 10 to 4 PM, at the Hands-On Museum, you’re invited to venture into a world where science and art meet by immersing yourself in structure, color, and shadow. Build structures and landscapes– learning basic physics principals as you go– while adding light, color, and movement to explore how these elements seem to magically change the space in which you’re standing. Delve into design, examine engineering, and contemplate color in a hands-on activity space that is sure to captivate.

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.

Saturday Morning Fever: From 10:30 to 11:30, at Ypsilanti’s Whittaker Library Branch, families are invited to shake your sillies out with dancing, rhymes and songs. Shakers and dance scarves provided.

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!

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Barnes and Noble Storytime: Pig the Pug and Pig the Winner: at 11 AM, at Barnes and Noble, join Pig the Pug as he learns lessons the hard way with his footlong playmate Trevor by his side. Young readers will love the irresistibly quirky and funny illustrations that are paired with a relatable lesson of learning to share with others. Activities to follow.

Decorate a Mist N’Sip: At 11 AM and 2 PM, at Learning Express Toys of Ann Arbor (Westgate Shopping Center), you’re invited to decorate a Mist N Sip. The event is for ages 6+. There is a $5 supply fee.  An RSVP is required to reserve your space. You can RSVP in person or by calling the store at 734-997-0707.

Manchester Community Fair: Located at Alumni Memorial Field (corner of wolverine street and vernon street), Carnival Rides open at 1 PM, with a ‘toddler time’ (under 6 years old) from 1 – 3 PM (wristbands are only $6!).  There will be animal shows, concession stands, tractor pulls, and more!

FITPoint: Fit Kids and Conditioning: From 1 PM 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!

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 July!  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!

Summer Science Festival: From 2 to 4 PM, at Ypsilanti’s Michigan Ave. Library Branch, Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum’s will fill the Library Plaza with interactive science and maker activities for kids of all ages! Win a prize for finishing all activities. Sponsored by Kiwanis of Ypsilanti. Held inside library if it rains.

Summer Splash Days: From 2 to 4 PM, at Fuller Pool (off of Fuller Rd.), there will be games, activities, prizes, and of course swimming. All activities are free with pool admission.  Admission is $5/adult, $4 for ages 4-17 and free for children 3 and under.

Movie Night at the Michigan Stadium: At 7 PM, at the Michigan Stadium, you are invited to watch Beauty and The Beast in the Big House!  Michigan Football Season Ticket holders have the opportunity to sit on the field on a first-come basis. General public seating will be in sections 8-15 in the south end zone. Free tickets will be required for either group, but need to be reserved and printed in advance on the MGoBlue website.  The gates will open at 5 PM. There will be a KidsZone featuring face painting, inflatables, and a photo station.

 

SUNDAY Events (7/16): Scattered Thunderstorms; highs in the low-80s

Critter House at Leslie Science and Nature center: From Noon to 3 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!

Wonder of Learning: Shifting Forms: From Noon to 4 PM, at the Hands-On Museum, you’re invited to venture into a world where science and art meet by immersing yourself in structure, color, and shadow. Build structures and landscapes– learning basic physics principals as you go– while adding light, color, and movement to explore how these elements seem to magically change the space in which you’re standing. Delve into design, examine engineering, and contemplate color in a hands-on activity space that is sure to captivate.

Summer Game Spectacular: From 1 to 4 PM, at Veteran’s Memorial Park (2150 Jackson Rd.), all ages are invited to come one, come all, to the first ever splendiferously staggering, outdoor, earn-a-million-points, Summer Game Spectacular!  Get outside and enjoy the summer with us in one of Ann Arbor’s greatest parks!  Featuring the high-flying circus The Aviary, AADL’s amazing outdoor game collection, a metal detector testing ground, face painting, food trucks, and more, this slam-bang event will knock your socks off no matter your age!

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 July!  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!

Emoji Clay Charms: From 2 to 3 PM, at the Downtown Library Branch, you’re invited to create mini clay charms of the most popular emojis!  This FREE activity is intended for children in grades K – adult.

Fitpoint: Kids and Parent Yoga: From 3:30 to 4:30 PM, at FITPoint (250 W. Eisenhower), you are invited to partner with your children in simple breathing exercises, animated poses and games that help to strengthen coordination and build body awareness. We’ll bark in downward dog, hiss in cobra pose, and flutter our wings in butterfly, while we take a yoga journey that your child will never forget! This fun class provides key bonding methods between parent and child, while strengthening their growing muscles and increasing their flexibility. The class is recommended for children ages 5 and older.

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.

Fireside Fun – A Good Old-Fashioned Campfire Circle: From 6:30 to 8 PM, at the Leslie Science and Nature Center, there’s nothing quite as relaxing as sitting around a campfire, roasting marshmallows and swapping stories.  Bring your family, friends, camp chairs, outdoor games, and s’mores fixings. They’ll provide a blazing outdoor campfire and plenty of marshmallows. This FREE event is rain or shine (except for thunder and lightening), so come dressed for the weather.

2 Comments on Weekend Adventures: July 14 – 16

  1. We actually went to Leslie science center last week and the times have changed. It is no longer 1-3. I believe it is now 10-1.

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