April 6, 2015

Ann Arbor Earth Day Celebrations, Activities & Events

Do you want to teach your children to appreciate their natural environment? Why of course you do, what parent wouldn't. The world we live in needs to be around for generations to come, and our kids need to understand what they can do to live in, and improve it. Since Earth Day arrives on Good Friday this year, many events are taking place around that day. Take a look, and find an event you can attend to show off mother Nature in all her glory!

The Annual Ann Arbor Area Earth Day Festival will be held on April 19, noon-4:00 p.m. at the Leslie Science and Nature Center (1831 Traver Rd., Ann Arbor). The free event features educational displays, music, hands-on activities, face painting, animals, clean energy expo, and family entertainment including storytelling and sing-alongs. The event always includes the All Species Parade too, with many participants in costumes representing plants and animals. For a full list of Earth Day activities at the LSNC be sure to refer to their website.

Another great way to encourage sustainability  a love for nature and taking responsibility is through allowing your children to participate in a Earth Day project, a spring clean-up event or other community conservation project.

April 4, 2015

Family Fun Night at UM Natural History Museum

This Friday Night spend a Night at the Museum specifically a Fun Friday Night The University of Michigan Natural History Museum (1109 Geddes Ave, Ann Arbor).  On Friday April 10, the museum will be open until 8:00 p.m. so the entire family can enjoy experiencing all the museum has to offer. This free event includes storytime, cow eyeball dissections, the Planetarium and fun activities. The entire event is free however donations are accepted. For planetarium shows at 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30 p.m., there is a $3 cost. Each show is 30 minutes long. Tickets can be purchased the night of the event at the Museum Gift Shop.

Be sure to arrive early as some activities have limited space. The Fun Friday Night includes:
  • Planetarium shows at 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30 p.m
  • Storytime at 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. (limited to 36 people)
  • Free demonstrations
  • Dinosaur tour at 7:00 p.m. (limited to 15 people)

April 3, 2015

Free Program: Birds, Music and Spanish! Ages 3-7

On April 10 at 11:0 a.m., your tot will surely enjoy participating in "Twitter, Tweek, De Aves" sponsored by Anchors Unlimited Science Fun, Inc. at the Ann Arbor District Library (downtown). Kids ages 3-7 will have the opportunity to listen and learn about birds while enjoying music and Spanish during this free program. The program incorporates hands-on learning stations too!

Space is limited for this event though, so be sure to register early. For questions, please feel free to email captain@anchorsciencefun.com.

April 1, 2015

Kids Learn About Michigan Frogs and Toads

Join the Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation and Faye Stoner exploring Michigan's frogs and toads on Saturday, April 11, 7:00-8:30 p.m. The free program is perfect for all ages and takes place at the Beach Center at Independence Lake (3200 Jennings Rd, Whitmore Lake, MI 48189). A brief indoor presentation will be followed by hike to look and listen for frogs. A few live frogs will be on hand to see and touch.

New Exhibit at U-M Museum of Natural History

Starting April 4 and running through January 2016, families should consider visiting the new exhibit The Shape of the Universe.   The exhibit traces the history of our evolving understanding of the Universe, from Einstein's discovery of space-time, through the development of theories explaining the Big Bang and cosmic expansion, up to cutting-edge research on gravity waves being conducted by U-M mathematician Lydia Bieri. This exhibit will include interactives, video, beautiful NASA photographs, and artwork by local high school students.