Weekend Adventures: June 9 – 11

Top of the Park, including the Kid’s Tent, starts Friday!  Kids Rock on the Top, Sunday evening, starts at 7 PM and includes a performance by Jazzy Ash and the Leaping Lizards.  Other weekend highlights include the Ya’ssoo Greek Festival and Sunday morning’s Annual Airport Pancake Breakfast!

 

FRIDAY Events (6/9): thunderstorms possible; highs in the mid-70s

Ya’ssoo Greek Festival: Starting at 11 AM, at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church (3109 Scio Church Rd.), this popular lively festival features lots of Greek food from pastitsio to souvlaki and pastries, including loukoumathes (honey-dipped doughnut puffs), karithopita (walnut cakes), and other delicacies. Also, a kids corner (Fri. 5-10 p.m., Sat. noon-10 p.m., Sun. noon-5 p.m.), live Greek music by the local Greek party band Kefi and the Detroit band Enigma, performances by the St. Nicholas Dancers, and open dancing (Fri. 9 p.m.-midnight & Sat. 8 p.m.-midnight). Also, popular church tours, raffles with a grand prize trip to Greece, and a sale of Greek souvenirs, jewelry, ceramics, books, and more.  Admission is $3 and children 12 and under are FREE (before 4 PM).

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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 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.

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 (6/10): sun and clouds; highs in the mid-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: Play Doh Ice Cream Cone: 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 Play Doh Ice Cream Cone!

Critters Up Close: From 10 to 4 PM, at the Hands-On Museum, the Leslie Science & Nature Center brings live animal interactions directly to Museum visitors! Animals will be meeting and greeting from 10-4 on Saturday (with a mid-day “Animal Naptime”) and 1-4 on Sunday. Visitors will also learn more about our natural world through hands-on activities. This month the featured critters are turtles!

Dancing Babies with Monica Higman: From 10 to 10:40, at Traverwood Library Branch, Melissa Hudson, teacher with KinderRock, leads a program of music and motion!  This FREE event is intended for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers, up to age 5.

Free Fishing Weekend: Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commision: All invited to try fishing. Kids (accompanied by an adult) welcome. Poles, bait, & instruction provided. No fishing license necessary. Bring sunscreen and a water bottle.  10 & 11 a.m., Rolling Hills County Park (June 10), 7660 Stony Creek Rd., Ypsilanti, and Independence Lake County Park (June 11), meet at the fishing dock near the Beach Center, 3200 Jennings, north off North Territorial, Dexter. Free; preregistration required at parksonline.ewashtenaw.org (registration #841001, section C for 10 a.m. & section D for 11 a.m.). $6 vehicle entry fee (or $30 annual pass) required

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.

STEM Storytime: From 10:30 to 11:30 AM, at Ypsilanti’s Whittaker Library Branch, help your child develop a love of science, technology, engineering and math. Hear stories, play games and do experiments together that encourage discovery!  This FREE event is intended for families, ages 7 and under.

Ya’ssoo Greek Festival: Starting at 11 AM, at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church (3109 Scio Church Rd.), this popular lively festival features lots of Greek food from pastitsio to souvlaki and pastries, including loukoumathes (honey-dipped doughnut puffs), karithopita (walnut cakes), and other delicacies. Also, a kids corner (Fri. 5-10 p.m., Sat. noon-10 p.m., Sun. noon-5 p.m.), live Greek music by the local Greek party band Kefi and the Detroit band Enigma, performances by the St. Nicholas Dancers, and open dancing (Fri. 9 p.m.-midnight & Sat. 8 p.m.-midnight). Also, popular church tours, raffles with a grand prize trip to Greece, and a sale of Greek souvenirs, jewelry, ceramics, books, and more.  Admission is $3 and children 12 and under are FREE (before 4 PM).

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: Oh, The Places You’ll Go!: at 11 AM, at Barnes and Noble, With his trademark use of humorous verse and illustrations, Dr. Seuss’s wonderfully wise graduation speech will truly inspire anyone starting out in the world! Join us at this special Storytime, with 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 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.

Father’s Day Craft: At 11:30 AM and 2 PM, at the Learning Express Toys of Ann Arbor (Westgate Shopping Center), you are invited to make a wind chime and Father’s Day card for Dad!  RSVP Required as space is limited. For ages 6+!

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: 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!

Funky Monster Art: From 2 to 3 PM, at Malletts Creek Library Branch, you’re invited to use mixed media to create your own friendly monster mini-sculpture with a story all its own!  This FREE event is intended for kids in grades K-5.

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 (6/11): sun and clouds; high of 90!

Airport Pancake Breakfast: From 8 AM to Noon, at Ann Arbor’s Airport (903 Airport Drive), the community event is open to the public and includes fun and games for the kids, an aircraft display and a great tasting breakfast.

Free Fishing Weekend: Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commision: All invited to try fishing. Kids (accompanied by an adult) welcome. Poles, bait, & instruction provided. No fishing license necessary. Bring sunscreen and a water bottle.  10 & 11 a.m., Rolling Hills County Park (June 10), 7660 Stony Creek Rd., Ypsilanti, and Independence Lake County Park (June 11), meet at the fishing dock near the Beach Center, 3200 Jennings, north off North Territorial, Dexter. Free; preregistration required at parksonline.ewashtenaw.org (registration #841001, section C for 10 a.m. & section D for 11 a.m.). $6 vehicle entry fee (or $30 annual pass) required

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! 

Ya’ssoo Greek Festival: Starting at Noon, at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church (3109 Scio Church Rd.), this popular lively festival features lots of Greek food from pastitsio to souvlaki and pastries, including loukoumathes (honey-dipped doughnut puffs), karithopita (walnut cakes), and other delicacies. Also, a kids corner (Sun. noon-5 p.m.).  Also, popular church tours, raffles with a grand prize trip to Greece, and a sale of Greek souvenirs, jewelry, ceramics, books, and more.  Admission is $2 and children 12 and under are FREE (before 4 PM).

Caterpillar and Butterfly Magnets: From 1 to 2 PM, at the Malletts Creek Branch, you’re invited to invent your own species of caterpillars and butterfly magnets using clothespins, pompoms, colorful paper, and your imagination!  The room will be aflutter with these DIY insects!  This FREE event is intended for preschoolers through grade 5.

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.

Critters Up Close: From 1 to 4 PM, at the Hands-On Museum, the Leslie Science & Nature Center brings live animal interactions directly to Museum visitors! Visitors will also learn more about our natural world through hands-on activities. This month the featured critters are turtles!

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.

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: Jazzy Ash & The Leaping Lizards: at 7 PM, you’re encouraged to kick off the AADL Summer Game with this family-friendly concert!  Jazzy Ash invites the whole family to come along on a Crescent City-inspired jazzy music adventure!  Her songs celebrate the magic of movement, with a lot of sugar and sass thrown in, New Orleans–style. She features gypsy jazz, zydeco, swing, blues, and Dixieland to encourage kids and their grown-ups to celebrate the music of New Orleans as part of the American folk music heritage.

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