June 1, 2012

Weekend Events Round-Up: June 1-3

After today's rain, this weekend would be an excellent time to go Strawberry picking at Rowe's (10570 Martz Rd., Ypsilanti) I like to take the kids at this time of the year so that we can make our own strawberry jam for my husband. It's the only kind he'll eat and strawberry jam makes an excellent Father's Day gift! If that doesn't sound exciting then check out the Friday night fireworks in Milan during the Milan Fair, head to the Waterloo Farm Museum to see how tintypes were made or even heard out to the many sub-wide garage sales happening this weekend. My kids LOVE "shopping" garage sales.

Whatever ideas you have, I hope the Weekend Events Round-Up helps give more ideas on what to do with the kids in and around Ann Arbor!

The Milan Fair is in town with fantastic fireworks and Kids Day on Saturday!
Friday, June 1: 

5:00-9:00 p.m. Friday Fun Night at the The University of Michigan Museum of Natural History (1109 Geddes Ave., Ann Arbor). Families can enjoy $3 planetarium shows hourly starting at 5:30, free dinosaur tours hourly starting at 6:00 p.m. and a a free DNA demo at 6:00 p.m. The event will also have storytime for the youngest family members. The book Stellaluna will be read at 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. with images from the book projected projected onto the planetarium dome. That's a great way to spend a night at the museum!

7:00-10:00 p.m. The 63rd Annual Milan Fair (Wilson Park - Wabash St., Milan) is in town through June 2 with a whopping Wild West theme. A co-worker told me too, that the Friday night fireworks (at 10:00 p.m.) shouldn't be missed! The fair will also host midway rides and typical fair vendors to wander. You're kids will LOVE to go!

Saturday, June 2: 

7:30 a.m. Bring your entire family to  Hudson Mills Metropark to observe the birds for an early morning bird hike. Check out the many species in the park at this time of the year, record their location, and better understand their migratory trends from year to year. Families will get to explore a variety of habitats and bird species throughout the park. If you have them, bring binoculars and a field guide. Cost for this event is $3 plus a vehicle entry fee.

9:00 a.m. - noon Get an early start on Father's Day by taking your child to Home Depot (3300 Carpenter Rd., Ypsilanti) so they can build Dad his own organizer! Projects take 30-45 minutes to complete and dad will surely like the gift!

11:00 a.m. Kids Fly Tying at Schultz Outfitters (4 East Cross St., Ypsilanti). Kids learn to make their own bait, which when considering the amount of bait we go through when fishing, is priceless!

11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Tour The Rentschler Farm & Saline Railroad Depot Museums.

Noon-midnight - Milan Fair. Kids Day happens from noon-5:00 p.m. too! The tractor show happens on Saturday too.

1:00-5:00 p.m. Head to the Waterloo Farm Museum (13493 Waterloo-Munith Rd., Grass Lake) to see a group of re-enactors as the grounds become a 19th century portrait studio. Your family can get a better understanding of early photography viewing the making of wetplate collodion photographs or "tintypes". Watch as photos are taken on Victorian cameras then developed before your eyes! Admission is $5 Adults, $2 children age 5-12. Children under 5 receive free admission.

2:00-3:30 p.m. The Fly Children's Art Center (32 N. Washington, Ypsilanti) posted the Duct Tape Art event on the Ann Arbor Mom Facebook page the other day - The duct tape flowers sure look like a fun craft project! Make a purse, flowers or a wallet for Father's Day. The event is only $15 per child.

Sunday June 3:

11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Tour The Rentschler Farm & Saline Railroad Depot Museums.

1:00-5:00 p.m. Waterloo Farm Museum Victorian photography day.

2:00-4:00 p.m. Does your child enjoy getting wet and muddy while exploring outdoors? Then

Crossing the Marsh with Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation will be right up your alley. Wear old shoes and long pants to explore at Independence Lake Park. Families should meet at
lot across from construction work at Gamble Group Center for this free nature program.


  1. I ended up at the Milan Fair by accident last night. Picked my son up after he and friends hung out. He told me to pick him up at the park, but I didn't realize the fair was going on. It looked like a fun time.

    I'm looking forward to picking strawberries this year. I've never been to Rowe's, but I keep saying I'm going. No more excuses.

    Thanks for the ideas.

  2. Rowe's is a lot of fun for the whole family Angela. You'll be happy you went. Picking the biggest, most ripe berries is the only way to go!