Weekend Adventures: June 2 – 4

With the Taste of Ann Arbor, Sunday afternoon, here’s to hoping the forecast of thunderstorms doesn’t deter you from downtown Ann Arbor, for this popular event!  In addition, Milan is hosting a fair, all weekend.

 

FRIDAY Events (6/2): sun and clouds; highs in the upper-70s

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!

Milan Fair and Fireworks:  Rides open at 4 PM, at Wilson Park, in Milan.  An unlimited carnival ride wristband is $22. Alternately individual tickets are available.  Entertainment starts at 5 PM.  Fireworks will be launched at 10:05 PM sharp. The fireworks will be shot above Ford Lake. Wabash Street will be blocked off for pedestrian traffic and viewing.

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.

‘First Friday on the Farm’: From 5 to 8 PM, at Domino’s Petting Farm (3001 Earhart Rd.), the petting farm is open late with food trucks, kids activities, and games.  Admission to the farm is $6 (under 2 is free!).

First Friday Summer Concert: From 6 to 8 PM, at Ypsilanti’s District Library Plaza, the Gratitude Steel Band, https://gratitudesteelband.com/, will welcome in summer with calypso, reggae, and other music from the Caribbean. Unveiled Dance Troupe will open with a mesmerizing belly dance performance. Sponsored by the Michigan Humanities Council and Downtown Association of Ypsilanti. Held in the Library Plaza, inside the library if it rains.

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 (6/3): sun and clouds; highs in the mid-70s

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

African American Downtown Festival: From 9 AM to 9 PM, on N. Fourth Avenue, between Ann and Catherine, this is their 21st festival.  Their Kids Corner runs from noon-6p: Interactive Kiosks, Face Painting, Balloon Twisting, Photo Booth, Learning Tree, Dancing, Arts & Crafts, and Free Tote Bags.

Ann Arbor Mini Maker Faire: From 10 to 4 PM, at the Downtown Library, the Ann Arbor Mini Maker Faire presents demonstrations and hands-on activities by makers of all types including roboticists, crafters, artists working with technology, and students.  Try your hand at demonstrations, interact with makers from all over the Ann Arbor area, and check out exhibits of all kinds, from soldering to sewing.  This FREE event is intended for all ages!

Kids Club: Sprout Flip Book: 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 Sprout Flip Book!

Amazing Amphibians: From 10 to Noon, at Hudson Mills Park (8801 N. Territorial), early June is time for the frogs and toads, born during the spring, to head to their woodland homes. Join an interpreter and explore the world of amphibians. Please preregister, 734-426-8211.  Cost is $5 per an adult and $3 per a child.

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.

World Language Storytime: From 10:30 to 11:30 AM, at Ypsilanti’s Whittaker Library Branch, families are invited to experience the diversity of Ypsi with stories in a different language each month! A native speaker of the language will read a story, which will be translated into English. Then we’ll have a craft or activity from another culture.

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: If You Ever Want To Bring a Circus To the Library, Don’t!: at 11 AM, at Barnes and Noble, if you see a poster that says “You Can Do Anything at the Library!,” it is NOT giving you permission to put on a circus! But Magnolia doesn’t see any problem with setting up her own big top. She’s got a lot of gusto and one mean human cannonball routine. So what if her greatest show on Earth won’t fit between the bookshelves? Activities to follow.

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

Preschool Paper Plate Dinosaurs: From 11 to Noon, at the Pittsfield Library Branch, you’re invited to create colorful dinosaurs from paper plates using felt, stickers, and other fun materials.  Give them shiny scales, feathers, or both!  This FREE event is intended for preschoolers.

Salem Flag Day Fireworks: From 11 AM to Dusk, at Salem Elementary School, join in on their Flag Day celebration. The day will conclude with fireworks at  approximately 10 PM. There will be music by Flat Rockers from 7-9 PM at Salem Elementary School (which has the best viewing for the fireworks).  The day kicks off with a parade at 11a. All afternoon (10a-2p) there will be food, beverages, crafts, and inflatables.

Milan Fair and Fireworks:  Kids Day beings at 12 PM, at Wilson Park, in Milan.  Skerbeck is back again providing a fun and safe environment for our kids.  Magic show is at 11 AM (forty minutes) and a visit from Captain America and Princess Belle at 5 PM.

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: Luminosity: From 1 to 3:30 PM, at the Hands-On Museum, you can consider how will energy and electricity be transformed into light? Let’s learn about mechanical, chemical and heat energy while we see a soda fluoresce and a pickle light up! Interactive demos at 1:00 and 3:00 in the Legacy Gallery

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, at the Museum of Natural History, you’re invited to 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.

 

SUNDAY Events (6/4): thunderstorms likely; highs in the mid-70s

Summer Game Preview @ the Taste of Ann Arbor: From 11 to 5 PM, you’re invited to visit the Library booth for sidewalk art and other fun stuff for kids!  From 1:00 – 3:00 pm, hula hoop expert Erin Mann will join us and share some fun tips!  You will hear all about the AADL Summer Game, too!

Taste of Ann Arbor: From 11 to 5 PM, on Main Street, this annual community event features local restaurants offering visitors bite-sized (and some not so bite-sized) tastes of what they do best. Tickets for food tastes can be purchased at the event for $1.00 each.  This event is VERY popular, so I recommend not bringing strollers, if possible.  Also, get there early!

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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! 

Professor Ray’s Everyday Science: Luminosity: From 1 to 3:30 PM, at the Hands-On Museum, you can consider how will energy and electricity be transformed into light? Let’s learn about mechanical, chemical and heat energy while we see a soda fluoresce and a pickle light up! Interactive demos at 1:00 and 3:00 in the Legacy Gallery

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!

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

Concert: Peony Blossoms and Pure Melodies: From 2 to 3 PM, at the Arb, you’re invited to bring a lawn blanket or chair to the Arboretum Peony Garden and join us at the 6th annual garden concert! An afternoon of live vocal concert, featuring Chinese flower songs, will be performed by the CIUM Singers (sung in Chinese). This annual garden concert is presented by the U-M Confucius Institute and U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum. Rain date: June 11. Free admission.

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. 

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