Weekend Adventures: September 29 – October 1

Kinder Concerts are taking place at several local libraries, including Ann Arbor’s Downtown library Friday, and Dexter and Chelsea’s Public libraries on Saturday.  Also, check out the annual ‘Harvest Time’ at Rentschler Farm Museum, on Sunday!

FRIDAY Events (9/29): sun and clouds; highs in the upper-60s

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 The Boss Baby.

Kinder Concert: From 10 to 10:30 (repeat performance at 11 AM), at the Downtown Library, preschoolers are invited to learn about the harp from Maurice Draughn and the piano from Kathryn Goodson, and listen, dance, and hear a story with Gari Stein.  This is a VERY popular event, so get there early!

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 5:45 to 6:45 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 (9/30): sun and clouds; highs in the mid-60s

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.

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 The Boss Baby.

Lego Ninja Scavenger Hunt: From 10 AM to 1 PM, at Target (Carpenter location), children of all ages are invited to celebrate the new LEGO Ninjago movie with a special scavenger hunt.  This is a FREE event!

Kinder Concert: At 10 AM, at the Dexter Library, there will be music and movement with Gari Stein and members of the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra for ages 5 and under.  The harp will be featured as well.  These are very popular concerts and always entertaining for little ones!

Kids Club: Pom Pom Pumpkin Banner: 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 Pom Pom Pumpkin Banner!

Activity Remix: From 10 AM to 4 PM, at the Hands-On Museum, they are constantly developing new activities…and want your help! Be the first to pilot activities, help us find new twists on some of our classic programs, and give us your ideas about future events. Get your creative juices flowing, learn some science, and help create the Museum of your dreams!

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.

The Pigeon Goes to School Storytime: From 10:30 to 11:30, at Ypsilanti’s Whittaker Library Branch, you’re invited to join us for Mo Willems stories and activities at this special Saturday morning family storytime! This FREE event is intended for ages 6 and under.

Back to School Washi Tape Crafts: From 11 AM to Noon, at the Dexter Library, kids in grades 3 through 12 are invited to make a variety of crafts using washi tape and other supplies to decorate their locker and desk.  Registration is required.

Hands-On Demo: Fantastic Fluid: From 11 to 11:30 AM (repeated at 3 PM), at the Museum of Natural History (off Geddes rd.), you’re invited to explore the fascinating world of fluid dynamics! Together we will discuss what is a “fluid,” and through experimentation, we will learn how fluids move and interact. Learn how wind creates waves, and test the surface tension of different liquids. How do different fluids mix? Can you ever unmix them? This demo is filled to the brim with hands-on experiments. Funded by the National Science Foundation. Hands-on demonstrations are 20-30 minute interactive programs on the 2nd floor of the Museum.​ ​They 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!

bookbound

Barnes and Noble Storytime: Runny Rabbit Returns: at 11 AM, at Barnes and Noble, Runny Babbit Returns, a collection of 41 never-before-published poems and drawings by Shel Silverstein, features Runny and other woodland characters who speak a language all their own.  Join us for Storytime, with activities to follow.

Runny Babbit Returns: Another Billy Sook

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!

Clonlara School’s 50th Anniversary Celebration: From 1 to 4 PM, at Clonlara School (1289 Jewett Rd.), all families are invited for family-Fun Games and Activities, Bounce House, Bubbles, Face Painting and Henna Tattoos, 50th Anniversary Cake Cutting, Mayoral Proclamation,Founder Pat Montgomery’s Book Launch and Signing • Usborne & Kane Miller Book Sale…  There will be a Silent Auction featuring U-M vs. MSU football tickets, an Ann Arbor getaway, Encore Musical Theatre Co. tickets, Cottage Inn and Barry Bagels packages, and more.

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: Warthogs: From 1 to 5 PM, at The Creature Conservancy (4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd.), The Creature Conservancy is featuring Sophia and Piki Piki, the African Warthogs, are the featured creatures for the month of September!  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!

Penny Batteries: From 2 to 3 PM, at the Pittsfield Library Branch, you’re invited to make a working battery from pocket change.  This FREE activity is intended for grades K – 5.

Princess Poppy Meet and Greet: From 2 to 4, at Learning Express Toys of Ann Arbor (Westgate Shopping Center), there will be Princess Poppy from Trolls for a Meet and Greet!  All are welcome!

YpsiGlow Drangonmaking: From 3:30 to 5:30 PM, at Ypsilanti’s District Library (Michigan Youth area), you’re invited to spend 4 Saturdays 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!  This FREE activity is intended for all ages!

SUNDAY Events (10/1): sun and clouds; high near 70

Fall Color Hayrides: Hudson Mills Metropark Interpretive Nature Programs: At 9 AM, 10 AM, and Noon, at Hudson Mills Metropark (8801 North Territorial Rd, Dexter), families are invited to leisurely ride through the park to see the fall colors and the winterizing of natural habitats.  Preregistration is required.  Cost is $3 per child, $5 per adult.  There is also a $10 vehicle entrance fee. 

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 The Boss Baby.

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!

Activity Remix: From Noon to 4 PM, at the Hands-On Museum, they are constantly developing new activities…and want your help! Be the first to pilot activities, help us find new twists on some of our classic programs, and give us your ideas about future events. Get your creative juices flowing, learn some science, and help create the Museum of your dreams!

Harvest Time at the Rentschler Farm Museum: From Noon to 5 PM, at the Rentschler Farm Museum (1265 E. Michigan Ave.), there will be self-guided tours of this century-old family sheep farm, now a museum, which today features demonstrations of period activities.   There will be crafts, kids activities, lawn games, wagon rides, as well as food available.  Cost is $1 for adults and kids are FREE!

Drawing For Kids: From 1 to 2 PM, at the Downtown 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!

LEGO Connection: From 1 to 2:30 PM, at the Malletts Creek Library Branch, you’re invited to get connected with other LEGO-minded people and build cool things during this open LEGO play. AADL will supply the LEGO pieces, so leave your supply at home!  Although your LEGO creation must be left here, it may be photographed for our LEGO Look Book.  This FREE activity is for kids in grades K – 5.

Kerry Tales: Jack Sprat and Mother Goose: At 2 PM, at Hollanders (410 N. Fourth Ave., Kerrytown), there will be a 30-minute family-oriented program of rhymes, riddles, and stories with local storyteller Trudy Bulkley as Mother Goose.

Crazy Craft Craze: From 2 to 3:30 PM, at the Downtown Library Branch, with yarn, felt, ribbon, and paper scraps, as well as pipe cleaners, feathers, and much more, let your imagination go wild! The possibilities are endless!  This FREE activity is for preschoolers through grade 5.

Hands-On Demo: Fantastic Fluid: At 3 PM, at the Museum of Natural History (off Geddes rd.), you’re invited to explore the fascinating world of fluid dynamics! Together we will discuss what is a “fluid,” and through experimentation, we will learn how fluids move and interact. Learn how wind creates waves, and test the surface tension of different liquids. How do different fluids mix? Can you ever unmix them? This demo is filled to the brim with hands-on experiments. Funded by the National Science Foundation. Hands-on demonstrations are 20-30 minute interactive programs on the 2nd floor of the Museum.​ ​They 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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