September 21, 2009

Why Didn't I Think of That?

As the cool Michigan Fall is beginning to settle in with the crisp cool breezes and leaves that crinkle beneath your feet, parent’s begin to think about indoor weekend activities for their kids - Well maybe not every family does this, but Michael and I do. Summer is simply too busy to plan much and besides, who wants to do anything indoors when it’s so beautiful outside.

Here are a couple of ongoing free indoor activities that I always forget about. They are a great way to spend a rainy lazy weekend day.

Free fall matinees at the Quality 16 Theatres

We are lucky to have two Quality Theatres conveniently located, one on the West Side of Ann Arbor (3686 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor 48103/Info: 734 623-7469) and a second located in Canton (43555 Ford Road, Canton 48187/Info:734 844-3456). This fall they are offering some great movies too – Family friendly, fun and free! Each of the matinees does have a 15-minute intermission, so parents be prepared with a few dollars for snacks. Those parents with younger toddlers, this is the time when you will likely loose the attention span of your youngest too!

The movies are every Saturday and Sunday at 10:00 & 11:00 AM.

September 26-27: Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
October 3-4: Aliens in the Attic
October 10-11: Monsters vs. Aliens
October 17-18: Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
October 24-25: Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
October 31-November 1: Coraline
November 7-8: The Tale of Despereaux

Build and Grow Kids Clinics

For families with more active children, Lowes offers some wonderful free Saturday buiding workshops. The projects are fun and easy to create, but not so simple as to loose your child’s attention. The clinics are geared for children in elementary school, however many times I have seen projects offered that I’d like to build!

There are two projects currently listed on the Build and Grow registration website a cool fire truck and a ball toss game. The Build and Grow Clinics run for 1 hour and are free.

Fire Truck Saturday September 26, 2009 10:00-11:00 AM
Ball Toss Saturday October 10, 2009 10:00-11:00 AM

To register for the clinics be sure to visit your local Lowes store or register at the Build and Grow website.

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