September 16, 2011

Weekend Events Round-Up: September 16-18

Fall can be the perfect time to capture a family moment, be sure
to take advantage out the many photo opts in the area
during the wonderful weekend weather!

We're going to have a beautiful fall weekend in lower Michigan, which is the perfect time to hit the many cider mills, orchards and u-pick places around town, for the younger set, consider hitting Jenny's Farm Stand for some fun, or even Wiards! If that doesn't sound fun, there are several free teen events, some for pre-school and the toddler set and even more for the rest of the family, so be sure to plan your weekend in Ann Arbor with kids wisely - You won't be disappointed!

Friday, September 16:
  • Kid's ages 5+ can become a scientist and make your own "Bouncy Ball" at 3:00-6:00 p.m. at Tree Town Toys (2611 Plymouth Rd., Ann Arbor) for only $1!
  • Slip into your jammies, bring a favorite stuffed animal and perhaps a blanket to enjoy bedtime storytime at the Ypsilanti District Library (229 W. Michigan Ave.,
    Ypsilanti)  at 7:00 p.m. Milk and cookies will be served after the free event.
Saturday, September 17:
  • Check out the free movies at the local Goodrich Theatres Saturday and Sunday at 9:00 and 10:00 a.m.  This week's movie is "better than the average bear" - er - is Yogi Bear! Don't forget your pic-a-nik basket for snack time fun during the intermission. (Really just head to the concession stand, not sure my channeling Yogi Bear in text is really working!)
  • Preschoolers can become a pirate during the Pre-School Pirate Party at Ypsilanti District Library(5577 Whittaker Rd., Ypsilanti) from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Climb aboard to set sail for high-seas adventure and crafts.
  • Children ages 4-7 will enjoy Storytime at the University of Michigan Museum of Art (525 S. State St., Ann Arbor) at 11:00 a.m. Listen to a story that will bring art to life then stay to visit the galleries with mom and dad.
  • Mathnasium Ann Arbor (2111 Packard Rd, Ann Arbor) is celebrating Math Month by hosting a an Open House with Free pizza, math games and plenty of fun from 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Teens can stop by the Ann Arbor District Library (3333 Traverwood Dr., Ann Arbor)
    for a Locker Makeover craft 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. to create cool stuff to organize, decorate and fix up your locker. Free teen event for kids in grades 6 – 12.
  • Older kids and teens will enjoy attending the Amigurumi Crochet Craft at Ypsilanti District Library (5577 Whittaker Rd., Ypsilanti) 2:00-4:00 p.m. This free event if for teens and older kids ages 12-19, registration however is required by calling 482-4110 ext. 1326. Create
    small Japanese creatures (a cupcake or octopus called a crocheted “Amigurumi.” (I need to be loaned a teen, this sounds like a really fun, free activity!)
Sunday, September 18:
  • Dancing babies? What? Find out what it's all about during Dancing Babies with Aron Kaufman at Ann Arbor District Library (2359 Oak Valley Dr., Ann Arbor). On Sunday from 1:00-1:40 p.m. toddlers to age 5 can jam with Aron Kaufman, in a program of music and movement.
  • The entire family can enjoy Bug Fest at 1:00-3:00 p.m. at the Leslie Science and Nature Center (1831 Traver Rd., Ann Arbor). Celebrate bugs, beetles, butterflies and more as we search, sweep, dip and dig into the incredible world of insects. Participants will search for insects and arthropods, learn how to classify and identify common insects in our area, and get an up close look at insects under our video microscope. Pre-registration can net a discount admission rate, however tickets are available at the door $8/ person or $30 for the entire family.
  • What about taking the family out for a slow hike on the Prairie? The Prairie Hike at Independence Lake Park at 2:00 p.m. that is!

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