Weekend Adventures: May 5 – 7

Highlights of the weekend include “First Friday on the Farm”, at Domino’s Petting Farm, and ‘Passport to Pittsfield” on Sunday afternoon!

 

FRIDAY Events (5/5): Rainy; highs in the mid-40s

Noon Skate at Yost Ice Arena: From Noon to 1 pm, there is public skate available at Yost Ice Arena (1116 State St.).  Cost is $3 and $2 for skate rentals.

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.

First Friday on the Farm: Domino Farms:  From 5 to 8 PM, the petting farm is open late, with food trucks, kids activities, and games.  Preceded 10 AM to 4 PM by “Shearing Day,” which offers a chance to watch llamas, alpacas, sheep, and goats get their spring shearing.

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.

Honk! Jr Presented by Ann Arbor Civic Theatre Junior Theatre: With a performance at 7:30 PM, Denyse Clayton directs young local actors in in the junior version of George Stiles and Anthony Drewe’s musical adaptation of “The Ugly Duckling.” When a gawky duckling is cruelly teased by other farmyard animals and nearly eaten by a hungry cat, he flees for greener pastures. After adventures both rollicking and harrowing, he makes a beautiful discovery.  The performance is at the Arthur Miller Theatre (North Campus).  Tickets are $10 ($8 for kids), at the door.

 

SATURDAY Events (5/6): AM showers; highs in the low-50s

Ann Arbor Farmers Market (Kerrytown): 7 AM to 3 PM.

Saline Farmers Market (Located at Liberty School, 7265 Saline Ann Arbor Rd): 9 AM to Noon (LAST Saturday of the month!)

Build a Flower Pot: From 9 to Noon, at Home Depot (Carpenter Location), you’re invited to join their hands-on workshop, where you and your child can build a flower pot to hold spring flowers to keep or give to Mom. Once the project is complete, your child can paint their project to personalize it.  All kids get to keep their project, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last.  Children must be present at the store to participate in the workshop and receive the kit, apron and pin.  This monthly workshop is VERY popular!

Open Swim @ Mack Pool: From 9 to 5 PM, Mack Pool (715 Brooks St.) is open to the public.  Admission is $5 for adults and $4 for youth (3 and under are free!).  There are family rates as well.  I like that that pool has a ramp leading into the water, ideal for little ones to walk slowly into the pool.

Kids Club: Sprout Mother’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 Sprout Mother’s Day Frame!

Family Yoga at Peachy Fitness: From 10:15 AM to 11:15 AM, at Peachy Fitness (2385 S. Huron Parkway), this class includes postures for the entire family, including children ages 3 and up!  Drop-ins are welcome, and you can register for the class online! 

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.

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!

bookbound

Barnes and Noble Storytime: Dragons Love Tacos Too: The Sequel: at 11 AM, at Barnes and Noble, it has just been discovered that there are no more tacos left anywhere in the world. This is a huge problem because, as you know, dragons love tacos. Join us as we read the hilarious companion to the bestselling phenomenon, with 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!

Noon Skate at Yost Ice Arena: From 1 to 3 PM, there is public skate available at Yost Ice Arena (1116 State St.).  Cost is $3 and $2 for skate rentals.

Open Skate at Veteran’s Ice Rink: From 1 to 2:30 PM, at Veteran’s Ice Rink (2150 Jackson Rd.), the public is welcome to skate!  Cost is $5 for adults, $4 for youth (17 and under), and $3 for skate rental.  skate learners are available at no extra cost.

Professor Ray’s Everyday Science: Mind over Matter: From 1 to 3:30 PM, at the Hands-On Museum, you can consider, ‘Well, what’s the matter?’ They’ve got states! States of matter, that is. You can explore the three states of matter—solids and liquids and gases —in all sorts of crazy ways. We’ll see gas in solid form, watch as liquid expands 700 hundred times to produce explosive consequences, and figure out how cold matter can get! Interactive demos at 1:00 and 3:00 in the Legacy Gallery.

Creature Encounters: Warthog: From 1 to 5 PM, at The Creature Conservancy (4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd.), The Creature Conservancy is featuring Sophia and Piki Piki, African warthogs, for the month of May!  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!

Honk! Jr Presented by Ann Arbor Civic Theatre Junior Theatre: With a performances at 1 and 3:30 PM, Denyse Clayton directs young local actors in in the junior version of George Stiles and Anthony Drewe’s musical adaptation of “The Ugly Duckling.” When a gawky duckling is cruelly teased by other farmyard animals and nearly eaten by a hungry cat, he flees for greener pastures. After adventures both rollicking and harrowing, he makes a beautiful discovery.  The performance is at the Arthur Miller Theatre (North Campus).  Tickets are $10 ($8 for kids), at the door.

Picture Books with Animals and Fundraiser for Humane Society of Huron Valley Bountiful Bowls Program: At 1 PM, at Nicola’s Bookstore, there will be multiple read alouds from two authors.  You are asked to bring a can of cat food or kitty litter as a donation.

3D Flower Art: From 2 to 3 PM, at the Traverwood Library Branch, you’re invited to make gorgeous 3D flowers to decorate your space or give as a gift.  This FREE activity is intended for kids in grades K – 5.

Library Lab: Hands-On Stations: From 2 to 4 PM, at Ypsilanti’s Whittaker Library Branch, families are invited to explore hands-on science with UM FEMMES (Females Excelling More in Math, Engineering, and Science.) Families can explore the Squishy Circuits, Edible DNA, and Penny Boats stations!

SUNDAY Events (5/7): mostly sunny; highs in the mid-50s

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! 

Drawing for Youth: Storytime Creatures: From 1 to 2, at the Pittsfield Library Branch, you’re invited to join a directed drawing activity for youth on Sundays in April with artists from the Ann Arbor Art Center! Be sure to check aadl.org for weekly themes and projects.  This FREE event is intended for children in grades 1 – 5.

Candy Sushi: From 1 to 2 PM, at Malletts Creek Library Branch, you’re invited to create your favorite sushi rolls in a very sweet way!  We’ll incorporate Western sweets with a traditional Asian art form to create fun and edible art!  This FREE activity is intended for grades K – 5.

Passport to Pittsfield: Pittsfield Township: From 1 to 5 PM, at various Pittsfield Township locations, open houses are highlighted by family-friendly activities, including a pop-up Farmers Market and a chance to make a “Recycled Box City” at the Township Hall (6201 W. Michigan), “Touch-a-Truck” activities at the Utilities Field Office (4467 Concourse), fire safety demos at Fire Station #3 (705 W. Ellsworth), and more. Refreshments & giveaways. See pittsfield-mi.gov/p2p for full list of buildings and activities.

Professor Ray’s Everyday Science: Mind over Matter: From 1 to 3:30 PM, at the Hands-On Museum, you can consider, ‘Well, what’s the matter?’ They’ve got states! States of matter, that is. You can explore the three states of matter—solids and liquids and gases —in all sorts of crazy ways. We’ll see gas in solid form, watch as liquid expands 700 hundred times to produce explosive consequences, and figure out how cold matter can get! Interactive demos at 1:00 and 3:00 in the Legacy Gallery.

Honk! Jr Presented by Ann Arbor Civic Theatre Junior Theatre: With a performance at 1 and 3:30 PM, Denyse Clayton directs young local actors in in the junior version of George Stiles and Anthony Drewe’s musical adaptation of “The Ugly Duckling.” When a gawky duckling is cruelly teased by other farmyard animals and nearly eaten by a hungry cat, he flees for greener pastures. After adventures both rollicking and harrowing, he makes a beautiful discovery.  The performance is at the Arthur Miller Theatre (North Campus).  Tickets are $10 ($8 for kids), at the door.

Creature Encounters: Warthog: From 1 to 5 PM, at The Creature Conservancy (4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd.), The Creature Conservancy is featuring Sophia and Piki Piki, African warthogs, for the month of May!  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!

Not Just For Kids: Anne of Green Gables: From 1:30 to 2:30, at the Michigan Theater, Anne of Green Gables is best for grades 2-6. Tickets are $10 for Michigan Theater Members or $12 for the general public.

Kerrytales: Pick Some Flowers with Mother Goose: At 2 PM, at the Kerrytown Shops, this is a 30-minute family-oriented program of rhymes, riddles, and stories with local storyteller Trudy Bulkley as Mother Goose.

Water Hill 7th Annual Music Festival: From 2 to 6 PM, in the Water Hill Neighborhood, this neighborhood music festival, which draws thousands of visitors, features performances by more than 100 local musicians on front porches and in yards and driveways in the Water Hill neighborhood-so called because of its water-themed street names (Spring, Fountain, and Brooks). The musicians perform in various genres from classical to jazz to rock and past festivals have included everyone from the nationally renowned trio the Chenille Sisters and veteran local singer-songwriter Dick Siegel to amateur family bands and young musicians.

Fitpoint: Kids and Yoga: From 3 to 4 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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