September 18, 2014

SNAG Golf for Kids 4-10: Ann Arbor Kids Learn Golf

A few weeks back I mentioned that Ypsilanti's Pine View Golf course allowed kids to golf for $1, and I've been trying to track down a few golf courses where kids could golf with mom or dad for free (or very cheaply), however I did run across this great opportunity for Ann Arbor kids to learn golf. The weather is right, so why not teach your kids to golf in this fun, and unique environment?

Children with have a great time learning to golf with SNAG!
SNAG, is a t-ball style teaching method for kids golf. The kids meet once a week for 1 hour for six weeks. Classes are taught at Burns Park, and in the event of in-climate weather, lessons are held inside the Ann Arbor Senior Center which is adjacent to the park.  The cost is just $89/student for 12 classes, twice a week for 6 weeks.

SNAG Golf Schedule:
Tuesday/Thursday - Sept. 9-Oct. 16 
Session 1: 4:30-5:30 p.m. Ages ages 5–7
Session 2: 6:00-7:00 p.m. Ages 8–10

Tuesday/Thursdays - Oct. 20-Dec. 2
(No class Nov. 27)
Session 3: 4:30-5:30 p.m. Ages 5–7
Session 4: 6:00-7:00 p.m. Ages 8–10

To register for kids golf lessons, call or visit the Ann Arbor Senior Center (734.794.6520) or call or visit Huron Hills Golf course  (734.794.6246). Online registration for golf lessons for kids can be found at

Sounds like a great way for kids to learn to play golf doesn't it?

Details about SNAG:
  • SNAG integrates MODIFIED GOLF equipment to make learning fun and easy.
  • SNAG is designed to be SAFE and can be taught and PLAYED ANYWHERE.
  • The club-heads have more surface area to significantly increase the success of the learner.
  • The psychology of color is used in each of the components to reduce anxiety.
  • The five-sided grip ensures that the student holds the club properly.
  • The Launch Pad™ makes the game portable and serves as an alignment tool.
  • Targets are used to help the student focus on aim and accuracy. Training tools help each student develop skill acquisition quickly.
The program is put on as a result of a $12,000 grant for the equipment and the program, it's focused to give all junior participants “an opportunity” to then play on our courses. To make sure that our students “enjoyed golf and their experience playing & leaning the game.

Cider Mills, Apple Orchards and Pumpkin Patches in Washtenaw County

School is back in session, football season is just around the corner, the days are getting shorter and the nights have begun to cool ever so slightly. These subtle changes indicate that it's time for cider, donuts, and visiting area apple orchards! Fall is one of my favorite times of the year, and visiting the many great apple orchards and cider mills is the highlight of the season. In the interest of shopping locally however, I have compiled a list of cider mills, pumpkin patches and apple orchards in Washtenaw County that I have visited and like to visit. Be sure to add additional locations in the comments below!


DeBuck's Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch (50240 Martz Rd., Belleville, MI 48111): Enjoy the kids are as well as go carts, hay slide, a pumpkin patch, and corn maze highlighting Frozen.
(734) 260-0334

2 The Pumpkin Factory (48651 Harris Rd., Belleville MI 48111)  
Haunted hayride, a country store, pumpkins a playground for the kids, farm animals, children's maze, straw jump, the free little haunted house, pony rides on weekends and a corn maze. (734)461-2763    


3 Berry Hill Farm (12835 N. Territorial Rd., Dexter MI 48130): Buy pumpkins or patch-pick in the field. Also find honey from hives on the farm. Typically open August through October. Parking and fall scenery are free. From the owner of Berry Hill Farm (Dexter).

The Blast Corn Maze (6175 Daly Rd., Dexter MI 48130): Kids pumpkin patch field, corn maze, hay bale maze, wagon rides, snacks and refreshment stand. Restrooms, a picnic area, and farm animals are also available. Open September through October. Cost: $5+ Kids under 4 free. Hayrides are $3/ride.

5 Dexter Cider Mill (3685 Central St., Dexter MI 48130): The Dexter Cider Mill is the oldest operating cider mill in Michigan. Families can find natural cider, fresh apples, doughnuts, caramel apples and bakery goods in addition to seasonally available locally grown vegetables and apple products. Families can also enjoy slushies, and popcorn. Open mid-August. Cost: Admission and parking are free.

6 Lesser Farms and Orchard (12651 Island Lake Rd., Dexter MI 48130): Offering families plums, apples, cider, homemade jams and jellies, beeswax candles, honey, soaps and pumpkins. Open year round, cider and apples are available in the fall. Free parking.
734 426-0606


7 Alber Orchard & Cider Mill plus corn maze (13011 Bethel Church Rd., Manchester MI 48158): Families enjoy a family owned orchard that has been in business since 1890. View an old fashioned cider press, pick pumpkins, enjoy the fresh cider, wander the corn maze or take a hay ride. Open Labor day through November 7. School tours are $5.00 per child or parent, corn maze admission $5+. Many free events at the orchard throughout the season.


Wasem Fruit Farm (6580 Judd Rd., Milan MI 48160): Families will find apple cider, donuts, pumpkins, squash, plums and seasonal fruits and veggies with u-pick raspberries. Open September through early November. Call for specifics. Parking is free. No u-pick apples for 2012.

9 Talladay Farms (6270 Judd Rd., Milan MI 48160): Find several corn mazes, a straw bale maze for kids and bonfire firepits. Located 1/4 mile from Wasem's Apple Orchard. Open September 16. Cost $1+.


10 Obstbaum Orchards and Cider Mill (9252 Currie Rd., Northville MI 48167): Take the family for u-Pick apples and pumpkins. Open September through late October. Free parking.

11 Three Cedars Farm (7897 6 Mile Rd., Northville MI 48167): Find a u-pick pumpkin patch, a variety of gathered pumpkins, a corn maze, tractor-pulled hay rides, produce, a gift shop, snacks and a refreshment stand with nearby picnic area and farm animals. Free parking.


12 Donahee Farms (6055 Tower Rd., Plymouth MI 48170): Three generations of farmers offering families u-pick pumpkins and a straw maze. Open seasonally. Free parking.

13 Plymouth Orchards & Cider Mill (10685 Warren Rd., Plymouth MI 48170): Pick a pumpkin or purchase and already picked one or take a leisurely wagon ride through the orchard - Lots to taste, see and do. Enjoy fresh donuts and apple cider while visiting the farm animals. Open August 27 to November 6. Free parking, wagon rides are $2+, children 3 and under are free.


14 Lutz Orchard (11030 Macon Rd., Saline MI 48176): Families will enjoy fresh picked apples, produce, and pumpkins. Children will enjoy seeing the animals on a real working farm. Closed on Thursdays. Open seasonally September through October. Free parking.

15 Coleman's Corn Maze (12758 Jordan Rd., Saline, MI 48176): Fun for the entire family including a petting zoo, kids maze, pumpkin patch, a hay pile and barrel train.


16 Wiard's Orchards and County Fair (5565 Merritt Rd., Ypsilanti MI 48197)
Enjoy a fall festival with apples, pumpkins, hay rides, inflatable bounce houses, putt putt, a petting farm and the perfect backdrop for fall family photos.

As the weather turns, like the leaves gently blowing outside the window, be sure to step out and visit one of these great local cider mills for their fall attractions and events, family fun and perfect apples, cider and donuts! Many will have weekend events and entertainment suitable for the whole family or for a visit from your child's classroom.

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Customer Appreciation Day @ Veterans Memorial Ice Arena

Don't miss Customer Appreciation Day on Saturday, Sept. 27 at Veterans Memorial Indoor Ice Arena ( 2150 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor). From 1:00-2:30 p.m. families will enjoy free ice skating.

The arena opened this week for the season too, so be sure to visit to see their open skate times and to register for the first session of learn-to-skate classes and beginner hockey classes!

I'm Back

Well things have finally begun to become a more normal for my family. While I'm not fully happy with my mom's outcome from her stem cell transplant (sadly she's not in remission) we can begin moving on with our lives. She is feeling a bit better and starting to get out.  School has started too, which means that we're back into a semi-routine.

So thank you for your continued support and patience. I am not sure of the volume I will be able to keep up with, but I will try to continue to provide Ann Arbor families with the best activities and free events in the area!

September 6, 2014

Free Movies: Fall 2014

Free movies at Goodrich Quality Theaters Sept. 6-Nov. 2, 2014.

Attention families, free movies are back! On weekends September 6 through November 2 at Goodrich Quality Theaters (Canton Cinema - 43555 Ford Rd., Canton and Quality 16 - 3686 Jackson Rd., Ann Arbor) at 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m., the entire family can enjoy a free movie. Tickets are first come, first serve and plan on an intermission with every show, otherwise everyone gets in free!

The schedule is as follows:
  • 9/6-7: Night at the Museum 
  •  9/13-9/14: Walking with Dinosaurs 
  • 9/20-9/21: The Croods 
  • 9/27-9/28: Turbo 
  •  10/4-10/5: Epic 
  • 10/11-10/12: Rio 2 
  • 10/18-10/19: Mr. Peabody and Sherman 
  • 10/25-10/26: How to Train Your Dragon 
  •  11/1-11/2 - Ice Age 4: Continental Drift