November 9, 2012

Weekend Event Round-up: Nov 9-11

There is always so much going on around Ann Arbor and the surrounding communities. When the kids were younger we took full advantage of storytime programs that were often followed by a short craft and sometimes a snack, we also took full advantage of the MANY parks and loved participating with the many free programs offered by the naturalists at Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation. We also searched for weekly programs and activities - Which is part of why I started blogging to begin with!

For this weekend? Well tomorrow we'll be attending the EMU vs. CMU football game with my Cub Scouts and Daisy's (Fire Up Chips!) and continuing to pick up the house after having a small repair in our home. (By small I mean a pinprick in the water line to the fridge that caused some damage! Nothing like a little pin "prick" to ruin your day eh?)

There are a few things happening all weekend, like the Ann Arbor Civic Junior Theatre production of Stuart Little, Fri-Sun at 7:30 p.m. and Sat-Sun at 11:00 a.m. Your entire family can get an inexpensive night out for only $8/adult, and $5/child. Tickets are available at the door or by calling  (734) 971-2228.

So what will you be doing this weekend around Ann Arbor with kids in tow?

Friday, November 9:

Did you miss out on going on a hayride or corn maze? Well Three Cedars Farm (7897 Six Mile Rd.,   Northville) is still open all weekend for those latecomers...  Their hours this weekend are Fri-Sun 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Enjoy donuts and cider, take a hayride, wander through the cornmaze, or watch the kids enjoy the play area. Their store however will be closed to decorate for Santa's visit!

Saturday, November 10:

Buhr Park Outdoor Ice Arena opens today for the 2012-13 season. The lobby is heated, vending machines are available and there are skate rentals for those who do not own their own skates. New this year, families might also consider buying a discount ice skating pass for Buhr (also valid at Veterans Memorial Indoor Ice Arena) for 10 or 30 visits! visit for open skate times. Skating is a great way to stay active in the winter too.

Take your little nature lover, age 1-5, to the Leslie Science and Nature Center (1831 Traver Rd., Ann Arbor) for Turtle Tales at 10:00 a.m. The fee for this program is only $2.00 and pre-registration is not required. Enjoy a story followed by a few hands-on, nature-themed activities and live animal visits. Turtle Tales runs throughout the month or November.

Your little scientist will enjoy the many great programs available at the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History (1109 Geddes Ave., Ann Arbor) today. The kids could even spend all day exploring science without getting bored! First have your child "see" what the hype is about during a hands-on eye dissection at 11:00 a.m. where your child can dissect a cow's eyeball. Then head to the planetarium show at 12:30 p.m. for a $5 view of planets and galaxies. Have a quick bite to eat then take the 2:00 p.m. free dinosaur tour. Sounds like a good way to spend the day with the family in Ann Arbor right?

You can get a second chance at dissection at 3:00 p.m. or take the 2:30 dinosaur tour too!

If your teen is bored, make sure to get them up off the couch with Hip op with Tiffany at the Ypsilanti District Library (229 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti) at 2:30 p.m. This free program helps teens learn to dance.

Feeling crafty? The Saline Craft Show is this weekend if you need some inspiration (or shopping therapy, but I encourage you to leave the kids home when shopping!) or take the kids to the Ypsilanti District Library (8795 MacArthur Blvd., Ypsilanti 48198) at 2:00 p.m. so they can create Thanksgiving or winter holiday cards. Knitting has turned into a "cool" event so your teen might enjoy learning to knit. Michael's Crafts has a free event at 10:00 a.m. - Noon where teens 14+ can learn to make a Yarn Scarf (with purchase of Craft Smart Yarn).

Sunday, November 11:

Your kids have three opportunities this weekend
to dissect a cow's eyeball at the University of
Michigan Museum of Natural History
Your little ones aren't left in the dust of the older kids crafting. In fact Michael's Crafts has a free event just for them too. From 1:00-3:00 p.m. kids ages 3 and up can make a Holiday Ornament while supplies last.

Take 2! Your kids have one more chance this weekend to participate in the eye dissection at  the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History at 3:00 p.m.

Incidentally if your children have Veteran's Day (Monday) off of school, the Metroparks are all offering free entry! Happy weekend everyone - May your weekend events be plenty and your planning be merry!

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