Weekend Adventures: October 13 – 15

On Saturday, at the Chelsea Fairgrounds, there is the 3rd Annual Smoke and Ale Fall Festival.  Sunday’s highlight is Trick-or-treating on the Huron River…let’s hope the rain holds out!

 

FRIDAY Events (10/13): cloudy; highs near 70

Fire Department Open House: From 9 AM to 3 PM, Ann Arbor’s 5 Fire Stations are holding Open Houses for Fire Safety Prevention Week. They will be open Monday through Friday 9 am to 3 pm and Saturday 9 am to 7 pm from October 9-14, at all 5 Fire Stations. The Open House may close in the event of an emergency that they need to respond to.  Kids will get a tour, fire hats, and/or coloring books.

Quality 16 Morning Movies: At 10 AM, Quality 16 (Jackson Rd.) has Dollar Movies…all weekend long!  The movies continue through the fall.  This weekend’s movie is Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie.

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 6:30 to 7:30 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 (10/14): cloudy; 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

Ypsilanti Farmers Market (Depot Town): 9 AM to 1 PM.

Family Yoga: From 9:45 to 10:30 AM, at Peachy Fitness, this class is for parents and children, ages 3 -10.  Uplifting and supportive, this class provides gentle yet profound techniques to help build strength, flexibility and body awareness. Through mindfulness and self-acceptance, discover ways to de-stress from the pressures and expectations of daily life. Each class offers active asana (poses), balance work, breath work (pranayama) and relaxation.  Drop-ins are welcome or you can sign up for a five-week session.  Check out the dates with the link provided.

Quality 16 Morning Movies: At 10 AM, Quality 16 (Jackson Rd.) has Dollar Movies…all weekend long!  The movies continue through the fall.  This weekend’s movie is Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie.

Kids Club: Vampirina Web of Friendship: 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 Vampirina Web of Friendship.

Critters Up Close: Creature Diversity: From 10 to 4 PM, at the Hands-On Museum, get up close and personal with some of our favorite critters from the natural world, thanks to our friends at Leslie Science & Nature Center! Join in, for hands-on activities and a meet and greet with critters from 10-4 on Saturday (with a mid-day “Animal Naptime”) and 1-4 on Sunday. This month the featured theme is animal diversity, and the critters are ready for their close up!

Early Literacy Play Date and TALK Launch: From 10:30 to Noon, at the Dexter Public Library, you’re invited to celebrate the launch of TALK, our new early literacy texting service by coming to a play date at the library. Children ages 5 and under are invited to explore a variety of stations with open-ended creative activities designed to encourage early learning. Children need an active adult partner to help them play.

TALK Play Date: From 10:30 to Noon, at Ypsilanti’s Whittaker Library Branch, families are invited to join for a morning of learning fun as we launch TALK: Text and Learn for Kindergarten, our latest service for little ones. Sign up to receive text messages that will prepare your child for school success, then stay and play at our music, sensory and physical play stations. Community experts will be on hand to answer questions.

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.

3rd Annual Smoke and Ale Fall Festival: From 11 AM to 6 PM, at the Chelsea Fairgrounds ($5 entry fee), there will be food vendors and kids activities, including spin art t-shirts, tattoos, obstacle course bouncers, etc.  At 1:30 PM, at there will special appearances by Disney princesses.

Family Art Studio: Window Tattoos: From 11 to 1 PM (again from 2 to 4 PM), at University of Michigan Museum of Art (State St.), you are invited to create your own project inspired by Jim Cogswell’s dynamic window installation in UMMA’s exhibition Cosmogonic Tattoos. Enjoy a gallery tour with UMMA docents followed by a hands-on workshop led by local artist Susan Clinthorne. Designed for families with children ages six and up to experience art together. Parents must accompany children.  This is a FREE activity but Registration is required: email umma-program-registration@umich.edu. Please include date and title of program in the subject line of your email. Indicate if you would like to register for the 11:00 a.m. session or the 2:00 p.m. session and how many adults and children are in your group.

Hands-On Demo: Exploring Neuroscience: From 11 to 11:30 AM, at the Museum of Natural History, Join us for an exciting hands-on demonstration all about neuroscience. Learn how nerve cells transmit electrical signals, and what can turn them on or off.  They will be testing out some new experiments as well as bringing back some past favorites in this interactive program!  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.

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: After the Fall: at 11 AM, at Barnes and Noble, Humpty Dumpty is an avid bird watcher whose favorite place to be is high up on the city wall — that is, until after his famous fall. Now terrified of heights, Humpty can no longer do many of the things he loves most. Will he summon the courage to face his fear? Find out at Storytime, with activities to follow.

After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again) (B&N Exclusive Edition)

Costume Clinic: SCRAP Box: From Noon to 5 PM, at the SCRAP Box (State Circle), our craft experts will open our studio for a series of costume creation stations and costume consultations.  Stop by to hear nifty tips! You will have access to all of our materials– perfect for making fabulous environmentally friendly costumes on the cheap with SCRAP BOX! Stations include Animal ears, Paper-wigs, Superhero cuffs/capes, Space Cadet communicators, horns, wings, and many more.  $5 is appreciated to cover materials, instructors, and supplies.  RSVP to info@scrapbox.org by 10/12 and only pay $4

Frankentoys: From Noon to 3 PM, you’re invited to channel your inner Dr. Frankenstein and create your own monster companion in time for Halloween!  We’ll be taking apart old stuffed animals and putting them back together using some simple hand stitching and gluing techniques. Bring your old toys and see what you can create.  This FREE activity is intended for grades 3 – adult.

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!

Open Swim at Mack Pool: From 1 to 5 PM, at Mack Pool (715 Brooks St.), there is open swim to the public.  Admission to Mack Pool is $5/adult, $4 for youth (ages 4-17) & seniors (55+). Children 3 and under are admitted free with a paying adult.

Creature Encounters: Red Kangaroos: From 1 to 5 PM, at The Creature Conservancy (4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd.), The Creature Conservancy is featuring Tulip and Maybelline, the Red Kangaroos, are the featured creatures for the month of October!  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: Exploring Neuroscience: From 3 to 3:30 PM, at the Museum of Natural History, Join us for an exciting hands-on demonstration all about neuroscience. Learn how nerve cells transmit electrical signals, and what can turn them on or off.  They will be testing out some new experiments as well as bringing back some past favorites in this interactive program!  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.

YpsiGlow Drangonmaking: From 3:30 to 5:30 PM, at the Ypsilanti District Library (Michigan Ave. location), children ages 8 and older are invited to help in creating a giant lighted, glow-in-the-dark fire breathing dragon parade puppet. The puppet will be used at YpsiGlow, held on October 27th. Many hands will be needed to create the dragon and to make him come ALIVE!

SUNDAY Events (10/15): scattered thunderstorms; highs in the low-70s

Quality 16 Morning Movies: At 10 AM, Quality 16 (Jackson Rd.) has Dollar Movies…all weekend long!  The movies continue through the fall.  This weekend’s movie is Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie.

Tales on the Trail: From 10 AM to Noon, at Lillie Park South (4365 Platt Rd.), families are invited to explore the walking trail at Lillie Park. There will be a seasonal story, great scenery, fresh fall air, and snacks & beverages provided after the walk.  For ages 3-10.  Pre-Register by October 12.  Cost is $5/Pittsfield Resident, $7/Non-Resident.

Nature Storytime: Rockin’ Reptiles: From 10 to 11 AM, at the Leslie Science and Nature Center, Nature Storytime has many opportunities for you and your little one to explore and appreciate the outdoors, such as live animal visits, hikes, stories, and hands-on activities. This week we will explore what makes reptiles unique. Nature Storytime takes place Wednesday mornings and every other Sunday for one hour. Each session includes indoor and outdoor activities – so make sure to dress for the weather!  Cost is $5 for children, 5 and under.

Critter House at Leslie Science and Nature center: From 10 AM t0 1 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!

Trick or Treat on the Huron River: From Noon to 5 PM, at Gallup Park Canoe Livery, all ages are invited to spend the afternoon enjoying the haunting fall beauty of the Huron River and trick or treating by canoe/kayak. As you around Gallup Pond, you will encounter creatures handing out treats/candy. Costumes welcome. Bring a bag to store your candy and watch out for pirates and monsters!  Cost is $18 for a 2-person canoe/kayak.  We LOVE this annual event!

Critters Up Close: Creature Diversity: From Noon to 4 PM, at the Hands-On Museum, get up close and personal with some of our favorite critters from the natural world, thanks to our friends at Leslie Science & Nature Center! Join in, for hands-on activities and a meet and greet with critters.  This month the featured theme is animal diversity, and the critters are ready for their close up!

Wondrous Strange: From 1 to 5 PM, at the Downtown Library Branch, all ages are invited to become a time-travelling archaeologist! Explore all things silly and strange in Ann Arbor’s past, present, and future. Make maps, train robots, scavenge objects, tell stories…save the world.

Spider Web Art: From 1 to 2 PM, at the Pittsfield Library Branch, you’re invited to make a cool spider web art just in time for Halloween!  This FREE activity is for preschoolers through grade 3.

Drawing For Kids: From 1 to 2 PM, at the Westgate Library Branch, 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 FREE activity is for grades 1 -5.

Open Swim at Mack Pool: From 1 to 6 PM, at Mack Pool (715 Brooks St.), there is open swim to the public.  Admission to Mack Pool is $5/adult, $4 for youth (ages 4-17) & seniors (55+). Children 3 and under are admitted free with a paying adult.

Creature Encounters: Red Kangaroos: From 1 to 5 PM, at The Creature Conservancy (4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd.), The Creature Conservancy is featuring Tulip and Maybelline, the Red Kangaroos, are the featured creatures for the month of October!  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: Exploring Neuroscience: From 3 to 3:30 PM, at the Museum of Natural History, Join us for an exciting hands-on demonstration all about neuroscience. Learn how nerve cells transmit electrical signals, and what can turn them on or off.  They will be testing out some new experiments as well as bringing back some past favorites in this interactive program!  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.

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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