Weekend Adventures: June 16 – 18

The city of Canton is hosting Liberty Fest, all weekend.  Also, check out some great Kidzone events, each evening at 5 PM, at Top of the Park.

FRIDAY Events (6/16): PM thunderstorms; highs near 90

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 Wild Life.

Canton Liberty Fest: From 1 PM to 11 PM, at Heritage Park, there will be carnival rides, don’t miss the Scholastic Book Fair Tent.  Meet Captain Barnacls & Kawzii Kitten of the Octonauts (2 to 7 PM).  From 1-3p is a Sensory Free time with a quieter start to the festival. Everyone is invited, but it is geared towards kids who are more comfortable in a more sensory friendly setting.

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!

Rubber Duck Dash: Join the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan for the first Rubber Duck Race at Island Park (off Maiden Lane), in Ann Arbor!  5,000 rubber ducks will race to the finish line trying to win prizes for their lucky ticket holders. Join the fun at 4pm, and the race begins at 5 PM.  To enter the dash for your chance to win one of this year’s prizes, you can buy your duck for $5 each.

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 4:45 to 5:45, 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.

KidZone: The Wonder of Learning: From 5 to 8 PM, at Top of the Park, let your creativity loose to combine and manipulate many materials, natural and synthetic. Loose parts are materials that can be moved, carried, combined, redesigned, lined up, and taken apart and put back together in multiple ways. They are materials with no specific set of directions that can be used alone or combined with other materials. Join staff from the UM’s North Campus Children’s Center in this preview of their “Wonder of Learning Exhibit” for families and early childhood educators on campus.  An interactive area for our youngest festival-goers, the KidZone tent provides a fun and safe area for children and their parents to discover and explore a wide variety of hands-on activities with different community partners.

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 grade K – adult.

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 (6/17): Scattered thunderstorms in the PM; highs in the upper-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: Father’s Day Frame: 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 Father’s Day Frame!

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 Kung Fu Panda 3.

Canton Liberty Fest: Starting at 10 AM, at Heritage Park, there will be carnival rides, face painting, petting farm, spin art, Lego tent, music, and more!  Click the link above for ALL the awesome details!

Pop-Up Makerspace: From 10 to 4 PM, at the Hands-On Museum, you’re invited to design – Build – Test! Discover your inner engineer in our Pop-Up Makerspace. Today’s Challenge: Paper Engineering.

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 AM, at Ypsilanti’s Whittaker Library Branch, families are invited to shake their 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: Father’s Day Storytime: at 11 AM, at Barnes and Noble, just in time for Father’s Day, the playful book, Fathers Don’t Grow Up, follows four father-child pairs as they spend happy, silly times together, popping bubble wrap, watching cartoons and taking part in shopping cart races. These dads may look like grown-ups on the outside, but underneath they’re kids just like you! Activities to follow.

Hands-On Demo: Life: How Do We Find It?: From 11 to 11:30 AM, at the Museum of Natural History, you’re invited to consider the question 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.

School is Out! Tie-Dye is IN!: At 11:30 AM, at Learning Express Toys of Ann Arbor (Westgate Shopping Center), join for Tie-Dye T-shirts to celebrate the end of school. The event is for ages 6+. The event is free, but you need to bring your own t-shirt to dye. It will be repeated at 2p session.  An RSVP is required to reserve your space. You can RSVP in person or by calling the store at 734-997-0707.

Coney Day: From Noon to 3 PM, at Ypsilanti’s Whittaker Library Branch, the Summer Challenge kicks off with a fabulous YDL Coney Day! Visit the Coney Island exhibit, enjoy vintage music from 1880-1920 by the 20-member Town Band, earn prizes for carnival games, get your thrill on in one of bounce houses at Michigan Avenue or Superior, and bedazzle a carousel horse of your own to take home. Coney dogs will be for sale at Michigan Avenue and Whittaker Road with 10% of proceeds to be donated to the Friends of YDL.

Coney Day Superior: From Noon to 3 PM, at Ypsilanti’s Superior Library Branch, the Summer Challenge kicks off today with a fabulous YDL Coney Day! Earn prizes playing free carnival games, eat cotton candy, get your thrill on in a bounce house, and bedazzle a carousel horse of your own to take home.

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!

Make a Father’s Day Card: From 1 to 2 PM, at the Malletts Creek Library Branch, nothing says Happy Father’s Day like a homemade gift from the heart!  Join us as we create one-of-a-kind Father’s Day cards to celebrate dad, grandpa, or your favorite uncle!  This free event is intended for preschoolers through grade 6.

Creature Encounters: African Crested Porcupines: From 1 to 5 PM, at The Creature Conservancy (4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd.), The Creature Conservancy is featuring African Crested Porcupines, for the month of June!  See the warthogs 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?: From 3 to 3:30 PM, at the Museum of Natural History, you’re invited to consider the question 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.

KidZone: Flipside Art Studio: From 5 to 8 PM, at Top of the Park, you’re invited to Invent, experiment, create, and innovate tonight! The artists and teachers of Flipside Art Studio are transforming the KidZone into a lab where lots of colorful creations can come to life. Kids will experiment with color and art materials that allow them to be imaginative and inventive. It’s Art with a twist! It’s ArtSplosions!  An interactive area for our youngest festival-goers, the KidZone tent provides a fun and safe area for children and their parents to discover and explore a wide variety of hands-on activities with different community partners.

 

SUNDAY Events (6/18): thunderstorms likely; 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!

Pop-Up Makerspace: From Noon to 4 PM, at the Hands-On Museum, you’re invited to design – Build – Test! Discover your inner engineer in our Pop-Up Makerspace. Today’s Challenge: Paper Engineering.

Drawing for Youth:  From 1 to 2 PM, at the Downtown Library Branch, you’re invited to 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 weekly event is intended for students in grades 1 -5.

Creature Encounters: African Crested Porcupines: From 1 to 5 PM, at The Creature Conservancy (4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd.), The Creature Conservancy is featuring African Crested Porcupines, for the month of June!  See the warthogs 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.

Kidzone: C.S. Mott’s Children’s Hospital: From 5 to 8 PM, at Top of the Park, join the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital team for band-aid art, face painting, balloon sculptures, and more tonight in the KidZone!  An interactive area for our youngest festival-goers, the KidZone tent provides a fun and safe area for children and their parents to discover and explore a wide variety of hands-on activities with different community partners.

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.

Kids Rock at the Top: The Shake-ups: at 7 PM, the Shake Ups return to Ann Arbor for another crowd-pleasing power-pop show!  The Shake Ups play around the country at fan events and conventions, and have released three full length albums as the Shake Ups in Ponyville: “Mane Event,” “Pony Power Pop,” and “Rock Candy.”  Their newest musical project, The Shake Ups in Beach City, takes them to the world of Steven Universe with a dozen brand-new power-pop gems punctuated by blasts of surf guitar and new wave. Bring your gems and your dance moves for a fun family concert!

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