March 26, 2015

Spring Welcome a Children’s Program

Let us enjoy a hearty "Spring Welcome!" with Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation. On Thursday, April 2, join naturalist Shawn Severance at County Farm Park (Medford Lot) to explore the magic of spring.  

During this program children ages 2-5 will read the book “Tap the Magic Tree” which will be followed by a tap, jiggle, wiggle and brush as the kids breeze their way through the woods.  Hopefully the kids will wake up the tiny leaves and flowers nestled snug in their buds, waiting for spring. This free event will be held at 10:30 a.m.

March 25, 2015

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie Coming to Performance Network


Rescheduled from December, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie is coming to the Performance Network (120 E. Huron St, Ann Arbor, MI, 48104) May 30-31. This delightful family theatrical production explores the delicious chain reaction set in motion when a little boy offers a cookie to a visiting mouse. Performances are May 30 and ­31 at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 each and may be purchased online at www.pntheatre.org or by calling the box office at 734-­663-­0681.

 Want a chance to win (2) free tickets to the Saturday, May 30th at 2:00 p.m.? Thanks to performance Network, the Ann Arbor Mom blog has the opportunity to give one family free admission to the program. Just comment below on what part of the book If You Give a Mouse a Cookie is your child's favorite part. A random winner from all entries posted by midnight April 8. Tickets will then be held in will-call at the theater for the winner.

March 22, 2015

Exploring the Back Forty

Get outdoors and Explore the Back Forty of Rolling Hills. On Sunday, March 29, 2:00-4:00 p.m. (meet in the northern Sports Field Lot) join naturalist Faye Stoner to explore  the western-most fields and hedge rows of the park. Hikers will discuss the plant and animal life found. Some easy bushwhacking may be required for this hike so dress appropriately.

March 20, 2015

Toledo Zoo Aquarium Grand Re-opening

On March 27, 2015, the Aquarium at the Toledo Zoo will re-open. The newly renovated Aquarium houses 3000+ aquatic animals in 178,000 gallons of water – nearly four times the volume as the previous Aquarium. Although the two and half year renovation preserved the exterior of the Works Progress Administration (WPA)-era structure, the new Aquarium experience, from sleek sharks to glittering tropical fish, is like nothing seen before in this region.

Families will now be able to touch a stingray, stand beside a sea turtle as it glides by, and talk to a diver inside The Reef. Every step leads further into the mysteries that lurk underwater, from flooded forests of the Amazon and deep seas of the Pacific to fish that glow in the dark and sea nettles that kill with a touch.

So what's new in the Toledo Zoo aquarium?

Exhibit water volume:
Old: 46,000 gallons
New: 178,000 gallons

Largest Exhibit:
Old: 7,600 gallons
New: 90,000 gallons

Percentage of marine (saltwater) exhibits:
Old: 37%
New: 87%

That's a lot of change to check out, so be sure to stop in after they re-open March 27!

March 18, 2015

Spring Break Camp Programs Around Ann Arbor

With spring break rapidly approaching, area parents are beginning to plan for the big question: “What will I do with my child when they are out of school on break?” If you haven’t done so already, following is a list of spring break camp programs in and around Ann Arbor. I will add to the list as additional camp opportunities are brought to my attention!

Ann Arbor Art Center Spring Break Camp
 Kids ages 5-12 get creative at the Ann Arbor Art Center. Before and after care is available. Cost $360+.

Girl Scouts Heart Of Michigan Spring Break Camp - Ypsilanti
Girls have a lot to experience over spring break. Find daily programs or stay the whole week. For more information or to register, call the GSHOM at 734-714-5140.

Leslie Science & Nature Center Spring Break Camp
Kids in grades K-5 can experience the great outdoors with a walk in the woods, frolic in the fields, or poke around local ponds, filling spring break with natural wonders - Other activities include outdoor games, survival skills and explorations on the wet and wild side. Register online, drop off or mail-in form at 1831 Traver Road (Ann Arbor, MI 48105) or call 734.997.1553. Cost: $250.

Peachy Fitness Spring Break Camp
Yoga and fitness camp for kids ages 5-14 runs daily 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.. Cost $175.

Summers-Knoll School Spring Break Camp
Kids in grades pre-k through 8th grade should plan to join in on a week of spring break adventures at Summers-Knoll School (2203 Platt, Ann Arbor, 48104). The program offers engaging and educational programs for children ages 4.9 years through 13 years. Campers are divided into age-appropriate groups for daily art, science, and outdoor activities. Pre and post camp care is also available for an additional fee. Register online and contact Rachel Goldberg (rgoldberg@summers-knoll.org or 734.971.7991734.971.7991 with questions. Cost $255.

WideWorld Sports Spring Break Camp
Experience an indoor soccer camp during spring break for half or full day. Before care starts as early as 7:30 a.m. with a late pick-up up until 6:00 p.m. Cost: $135/$195

If you have additional spring break camp information, please list it below in the comments of contact me at tmayrend (at) gmail dot com.