Weekend Adventures: July 28 – 30

The German Park Recreation Club is hosting their German Picnic, Saturday afternoon.  The Botanical Gardens’ ‘Things with Wings’ is a family-friendly event, that takes place Sunday afternoon!  Check out the details to your weekend adventures ahead!

 

FRIDAY Events (7/28): Scattered Thunderstorms; highs in the mid-70s

Washtenaw County 4-H Youth Show:  This is the final day of events, with doors open from 8 AM to 9 PM, at the Washtenaw Farm Council Fairgrounds (5055 Ann Arbor Saline Rd.).  Parking and admission is FREE!  There are all sorts of animals at the 4-H fair: alpacas, goats, sheep, pigs, cattle, chickens, rabbits, and more.  There is an archery contest and costume contest too!

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 Monster Trucks.

Movie and Popcorn with Kids: From 11 to 12:30 PM, at the Dexter Library (Alpine St.), children of all ages are invited to view Boss Baby (rated PG).  The movie is 97 minutes.

Rainbow Ribbon Wands: From 1 to 2 PM, at the Westgate Library Branch, you’re invited to make a fun toy perfect for twirling, dancing, and playing pretend!  This FREE activity is intended for preschoolers through grade 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 28: Scavenger Hunt.

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 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 (7/29): Sunny and highs near 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: Summer Planter: 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 Summer Planter!!

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 The Angry Birds Movie.

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.

Sensory Stations: From 10:30 to 11:30, at Ypsilanti’s Whittaker Library Branch, children of all ages are invited to listen to a story and then explore our sensory stations, which include bubbles, finger painting, sand play and more.

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: Superheroes: at 11 AM, at Barnes and Noble, Superheroes have to get up in the morning, go to school and have a bedtime, just like you! Join us as we read about turning every day situations into amazing super adventures! The books that will be featured are Be a Star, Wonder Woman, Bedtime for Batman, and Good Morning, Superman!  Kids, come dressed as your favorite superhero, villain or character to show your fandom! Activities to follow.

Creatures From Around the World: From 11 to Noon, at Ypsilanti’s District Library (Michigan Ave.), the Creature Conservancy is bringing the zoo to you! See and learn about Burmese Pythons, Two-Toed Sloths, Hedgehogs, and other incredible critters. Sponsored by Kiwanis Club of Ypsilanti.

Hands-On Demo: Life: How Do We Find It? At 11 AM (also at 3 PM), at the Museum of Natural History (Geddes Rd.), you have the opportunity to consider, have we found life on Mars? Discover how scientists search for life on other planets. Through family friendly, interactive experimentation, you will learn about the field of astrobiology and re-evaluate the definition of “life.” Recreate an experiment from the Mars Viking Landers spacecraft expedition of 1976! Hands-on demonstrations are 20-30 minute interactive programs on the 2nd floor of the Museum.​ ​They include both brief presentations highlighting University research and engaging hands-on activities, and are suitable for adults and children ages 5 and up.

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!

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!

Marshmallow Engineer Challenge: From 2 to 3 PM, at the Westgate Library Branch, you’re invited to test your building skills with toothpicks and marshmallows. Will yours be the tallest?  This FREE activity is intended for kids in grades K – 5.

Kids’ Collage Art: From 2 to 3:30 PM, at Ypsilanti’s District Library (Superior Branch), youth are invited to create multi-media art using a variety of supplies and your imagination!

German Park Picnic: Gates open at 4 PM, at German Park Recreation Club (Pontiac Trail), there will be live music, delicious food, and fun for the entire family!  Admission is $5 (free for 12 and under) and food and beverage tickets available for purchase (plan to spend another 15 to 20 dollars on food and drinks).  We LOVE attending the German Park picnics.  Our preschoolers love the live music, large sandbox, open space, and soft pretzels!

SUNDAY Events (7/30): Sunny; highs in the mid-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!

Things with Wings: From 1 to 4 PM, at the Botanical Gardens (Dixboro Rd.), join for an afternoon of free family fun! Learn about our winged friends and interact with them, too. Drop in for one event or stay for the afternoon. All events are FREE!
Things with wings

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!

Hands-On Demo: Life: How Do We Find It? At 3 PM, at the Museum of Natural History (Geddes Rd.), you have the opportunity to consider, have we found life on Mars? Discover how scientists search for life on other planets. Through family friendly, interactive experimentation, you will learn about the field of astrobiology and re-evaluate the definition of “life.” Recreate an experiment from the Mars Viking Landers spacecraft expedition of 1976! Hands-on demonstrations are 20-30 minute interactive programs on the 2nd floor of the Museum.​ ​They include both brief presentations highlighting University research and engaging hands-on activities, and are suitable for adults and children ages 5 and up.

Concerts in the Park: at 3 PM, at Burns Park (next to the Burns Park Shelter on the corner of Wells and Baldwin Ave.), there will be FREE, children’s concerts for the next 4 Saturdays.  The Gemini Brothers (we love them!) kick of the series, THIS Sunday!

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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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