February 24, 2015

Full Moon Hike with Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation

On March 5, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at County Farm Park (Medford Lot), families can explore the surrounding woods, fields, sky and snow as the last full moon of winter rises. Dress for the weather (and in suitably celebratory celestial attire) for this free event. At the end of the hike, hot drinks will be served by the campfire at 7:30 p.m..

This wonderful program is appropriate for the entire family, including children in strollers. Please pre-register with Shawn Severance at severances@ewashtenaw.org or call 734- 971-6337 x 335.

February 22, 2015

All-Ages Mario Kart Tournament

The Ann Arbor District Library (Downtown branch - 4th floor meeting room) is hosting a Mario Kart Tournament for all ages on Sunday March 1. This free event starts at 1:00 p.m. and last until 4:00 p.m. Think you and your kids have what it takes to compete in this Mario Kart 8 Tourney? Stop in to find out!

Bring the family for an afternoon of fun!

February 19, 2015

Visiting the Sugarbush: Maple Syrup Events for the Family

I love real maple syrup. It's yummy on pancakes and waffles and even used as an ice cream topping! I even love making homemade maple syrup with the family, it's easy to do and yields wonderful results. If you don't want to make your own though, in Washtenaw County and close to Ann Arbor, there are several places where families can go to learn about maple syrup, it's history and how to make your own maple syrup!

February 28: The first event to highlight is the Sap to Syrup – Making It Yourself program through Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation on February 28. Each program ( 1:00-2:00 p.m. and 3:00-4:00 p.m.) is limited to 25 attendees though and pre-registration is required. The free event for children ages 4+ and adults will be hosted at County Farm Park (Field Operations Bldg., next to playground at Platt Rd. entrance) and it will teach you all you need to know to make some maple syrup at home! To reserve your space, call 971-6337, X334 or email stonerf@ewashtenaw.org.

February 28: Saturdays and Sundays in March at the Hudson Mills Activity Center (8801 N. Territorial Rd., Dexter), families can journey to the sugar bush on a guided tour traveling back in time to experience how maple syrup has been made over the years. While you are there, enjoy an all you can eat pancake and sausage breakfast served from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. The guided tour (10:00 or 11:00 a.m. noon and by appointment) is $3/person with the pancake breakfast at $3.50/child and $5.50/adult. Call 734-426-8211734-426-8211 to register.

March 21: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the Gerald E. Eddy Discovery Center at the Waterloo Recreation Area (17030 Bush Rd., Chelsea) families can join in the fun at a Maple Sugar Festival to observe the process of making maple syrup from tree to the pancake! Observe demonstrations of the whole process of making maple syrup from collecting the sap to the evaporation process, watch a short film demonstrating old-time methods and find many maple products for sale. Program fees are $2/person or $5/family for non-members of the Waterloo Natural History Association. Contact 734-475-3170 for more information.

Saturdays and Sundays in March at the Hudson Mills Activity Center (8801 N. Territorial Rd., Dexter), families can journey to the sugar bush on a guided tour traveling back in time to experience how maple syrup has been made over the years. While you are there, enjoy an all you can eat pancake and sausage breakfast served from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. The guided tour (10:00 or 11:00 a.m. noon and by appointment) is $3/person with the pancake breakfast at $3.50/child and $5.50/adult. Call 734-426-8211734-426-8211 to register.

Weekends throughout March, Arbor families can take a short drive to visit learn "Maples Sweet Story" at Kensington Metropark (2240 W. Buno Rd., Milford). Tours are given every half hour from noon until 3:00 p.m. where families can learn about maple sugaring. Stop in for a hot breakfast from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Farmhouse Grille, and then head on a guided tour to the sugar bush to see the maple sugaring process, including tapping trees and boiling down the sap. You might even see some Native American re-enactors telling the tale of the sugarbush!  For more information call 800-477-3178800-477-3178. A Metroparks vehicle entry permit is required to enter any Metropark in addition to a small fee of $3/adults and $1/seniors and children 3 to 12 years; kids under 3 are free.

Real maple syrup is very much worth the effort and worth checking out, so if your children would enjoy trying something a little different, be sure to check out the full list of Metroparks Maple Syrup programs and events around Ann Arbor in the coming month! Or if you feel up to the challenge try your hand at making maple syrup with your family, it's really easy to do.

February 10, 2015

Castaway Bay Discount to Chase Away the Winter Blues!

Hello Ann Arbor Mom families. I mentioned a week or so ago that I had the opportunity to get away to 82-degrees and now you can too. With the way the weather has been going we all need a break, and now families can enjoy a special Castaway Bay discount just for you.

The package while we visited included our room, waterpark passes and a breakfast buffet package. As a Cedar Point Blogger, I am now able to offer you this limited time opportunity for just $149. To receive this special rate, simply use promo code BLOG at castawaybay.com or by calling 419.627.2106.

 But hurry the deal won't last long ~ Everyone deserves a break, why not take one this weekend?

February 1, 2015

Make a Free Storykit

Families can make an At-Home Storykit on Saturday, February 28 at 10:30 a.m. This free event hosted by the Ypsilanti District Library will help you create your own kit for storytime at home with your little ones! Create song cubes, and other story time components to take home and use. Not feeling crafty enough for this, fear not as no craft experience is necessary.

Bring the entire family or have some alone time, whichever you choose though, be sure to register with the YDL first!