Weekend Adventures: July 21 – 23

With the Ann Arbor Art Fair taking place ALL weekend, it may be best to avoid downtown!  On Sunday, Zingerman’s Cornman Farm is hosting their 2nd Annual Summer Festival.

FRIDAY Events (7/21): sun and clouds; highs in the upper-80s

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 Peanuts Movie.

Flying Aces Professional Frisbee Team: From 11 AM to Noon, at the Dexter Library, the Flying Aces have entertained audiences of all ages for over 34 years. They are experts in Frisbee golf, Frisbee dog acts, Ultimate Frisbee, snakeboards, hacky sacks or any subject related to alternative sports. In fact, the Flying Aces Pro Frisbee Team is the only full-time pro Frisbee demo squad in the world. You can’t get much more unique than that. Kids will love the spectacular athletic skills displayed by the performers. The show ends with an audience participation contest. Recommended for ages 4 and up.

Art Fair: Art Activity Zone: From 11 AM to 6 PM, at Ingalls Mall (N. University), there will be projects for kids!  This year the project will be set up at the UM diag.  Projects include:

  • Legoland sponsored by Legoland Discovery Center
  • Mixed-Media Mosaics sponsored by Detroit Institute of the Arts
  • Fantastic Figurines sponsored by Cranbrook Art Museum
  • Dancing Dinosaurs sponsored by University of Michigan Museum of Natural History
  • Pinch-a-Pot sponsored by Clay Works Studio
  • Multiple Art Activities sponsored by Flipside Art Studio

Caped Crusaders: From 1 to 2 PM, at the Westgate Library Branch, you’re invited to make a one-of-a-kind super hero cape! We’ll show you how.  This FREE activity is intended for grades K – 5.

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 21: Wiffle Ball.

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.

Movies in the Park: Starting at 6:30 PM, at Mill Pond Park (Saline), there will be an inflatable obstacle course and bouncer, music, games, activities, and more. Concessions too!  The fun is followed at sundown by a film (The Lego Batman Movie). The July 21 event is in conjunction with a “Family Campout” (5 p.m.-10 a.m., $10 per tent in advance, $20 on the day, continental breakfast included).

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 (7/22): scattered thunderstorms; highs around 80

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: Safari Animal Canvas: 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 Safari Animal Canvas!

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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 Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life.

Sensory Storytime: From 10 to 11 AM, at the Pittsfield Library Branch, this special storytime includes 20 minutes of interactive stories, rhymes, and movement, plus 40 minutes of adaptive free play!  This event is designed for young listeners (ages 3 – 8) with developmental disabilities and their friends and families.

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.

Yoga Storytime: From 10:30 to 11:30 AM, at the Ypsilanti’s Whittaker Library Branch, children are invited to hear great stories and learn simple animated yoga poses to go with them. Children will build strength, coordination and body awareness as they bark in downward dog, hiss in cobra pose and flutter wings in butterfly! No experience necessary.

Art Fair: Art Activity Zone: From 11 AM to 6 PM, at Ingalls Mall (N. University), there will be projects for kids!  This year the project will be set up at the UM diag.  Projects include:

  • Legoland sponsored by Legoland Discovery Center
  • Mixed-Media Mosaics sponsored by Detroit Institute of the Arts
  • Fantastic Figurines sponsored by Cranbrook Art Museum
  • Dancing Dinosaurs sponsored by University of Michigan Museum of Natural History
  • Pinch-a-Pot sponsored by Clay Works Studio
  • Multiple Art Activities sponsored by Flipside Art Studio

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: What Do You Do With a Problem?: at 11 AM, at Barnes and Noble, this is the story of a persistent problem and the child who isn’t so sure what to make of it. The longer the problem is avoided, the bigger it seems to get. But when the child finally musters up the courage to face it, the problem turns out to be something quite different than it appeared. Activities to follow.

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!

Professor Ray’s Everyday Science: ChemMystery: From 1 to 3:30 PM, at the Hands-On Museum, you’re invited to consider, What’s a chemical? Do you think you’ve ever seen one before? Guess what?! You have! Today we’ll explore how items in your salad produce real chemical reactions and discover whether water really can explode. Interactive demos at 1:00 and 3:00 in the Legacy Gallery.

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!

Face Painting and Fun: From 2 to 3:30 PM, at Ypsilanti’s Superior Library Branch, children, ages 5 -12, are invited!  What would you like painted on your face? We’ll paint it! We’ll also have hula hoops, frisbees, music, and cookies.

Summer Splash Days: From 2 to 4 PM, at Veteran’s Memorial Park Pool (off Jackson 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.

Elephant and Piggy: From 3:30 to 5 PM, at Ypsilanti’s Michigan Ave. Library Branch, children (ages 5 -8) are invited to hear an Elephant & Piggie story, make an elephant or piggie mask, play party games and enjoy a treat.

SUNDAY Events (7/23): scattered thunderstorms; highs in the mid-80s

Art Fair: Art Activity Zone: From Noon to 6 PM, at Ingalls Mall (N. University), there will be projects for kids!  This year the project will be set up at the UM diag.  Projects include:

  • Legoland sponsored by Legoland Discovery Center
  • Mixed-Media Mosaics sponsored by Detroit Institute of the Arts
  • Fantastic Figurines sponsored by Cranbrook Art Museum
  • Dancing Dinosaurs sponsored by University of Michigan Museum of Natural History
  • Pinch-a-Pot sponsored by Clay Works Studio
  • Multiple Art Activities sponsored by Flipside Art Studio

Zingerman’s Cornman Farms 2nd Annual Festival: From Noon to 4 PM, at Cornman Farms (8540 Island Lake road, Dexter), celebrate Zingerman’s 35th Jubilee.  Admission is $10 and can be purchased online.  Activities included with admission include:

  • Activities: Live Music, Cookie Decorating, Face Painting, Petting Zoo
  • Refreshments: Complimentary water & herbal infused iced tea. Cash bar for soda, beer, wine, and cocktails
  • A Taste of Zingerman’s: Free Samples from the Zingerman’s businesses and food available for purchase.

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!

Dancing Babies with Dianne Dudley: From 1 to 1:40, at Malletts Creek Library Branch, Dianne, a teacher with Ann Arbor Public Schools, leads a program of music and motion!  This FREE event is intended for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers, up to age 5.

Balloon Yo-Yo: From 1 to 2 PM, at the Traverwood Library Branch, you’re invited to make it inside, play with it outside. Drop in to make your own toy.  This FREE activity is intended for grades K – 5.

Courtyard Concerts: Kerrytown Markets and Shops: From 1 to 3 PM, in the Kerrytown courtyard, join the local kid-friendly singer-songwriter Joe Reilly,whose songs often have an environmental theme.  This is a FREE concert!

Professor Ray’s Everyday Science: ChemMystery: From 1 to 3:30 PM, at the Hands-On Museum, you’re invited to consider, What’s a chemical? Do you think you’ve ever seen one before? Guess what?! You have! Today we’ll explore how items in your salad produce real chemical reactions and discover whether water really can explode. Interactive demos at 1:00 and 3:00 in the Legacy Gallery.

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!

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.

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