December 7, 2012

Weekend Events Round-up: Dec 7-9

How is your weekend shaping up? We (as always) are going to be busy. I get to perform a brief Holiday show for my father's holiday party - I might even include my children in a song or two since they've been rehearsing along with me! I'm super happy about the party too since the kids will visit Santa and hand-over their lists, which means Santa can finish shopping. Then I wanted to take some time out to spend a night with some friends so we've planned a family game night!

So what's on your weekend planner? There are events and activities a plenty happening throughout town. I've selected a few to list below, and of course don't forget to check out the Ann Arbor holiday event planner on Ann Arbor Mom too though, it's filled with events and activities that are geared for the holidays.

Join in the Christmas caroling fun in Kerrytown this Friday night! 
Friday, December 7: 

Want to know what happens at UM Museum of Natural History? Well you can tonight during one of their Night at the Museum programs. Stop by from 5:00-9:00 p.m. for plenty of great events and fun for the entire family!

If music is in your blood, or you can't help but singing along to the Christmas music on the radio, then perhaps a Friday night Caroling Party in Kerrytown (313 Detroit St., Ann Arbor) is in order. From 6:00-9:00 p.m. join into an old fashioned sing-along of holiday songs! Gather by the Kerrytown Clock tower to sing each hour on the hour from starting at 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Maybe the kids would enjoy slipping into their jammies to hear the holiday favorite, The Polar Express  for some storytime fun at Barnes & Noble (3235 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor). Check in at 7:00 p.m. with the conductor for this annual event, then take a seat and enjoy an interactive storytime and reading of The Polar Express. Each child will receive bells, activity sheets and get to play "the-conductor-says" game plus there will be complimentary treats to eat!

Saturday, December 8:

Saturday is Dinosaur Discovery Day at University of Michigan Museum of Natural History (1109 Geddes Ave., Ann Arbor)! Join in the  Paleo Jo programs at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., or 3:00 p.m. or take a free dinosaur tour at 2:00 p.m. The entire day will be Dino-mite with digging into dinosaurs and learning the newest discoveries in paleontology.

The Winter Solstice is almost here, so why not celebrate with a program at Matthaei Botanical Gardens (1800 N. Dixboro Rd., Ann Arbor) . For only $10/pp you and your child can learn about the change of seasons, decorate with native plants and other evergreens, and make a holiday card and decorations to take home. 10:00 a.m. - noon

Your little scientist will love to see what it's all about at the hands-on eye dissection at University of Michigan Museum of Natural History (1109 Geddes Ave., Ann Arbor). This free event is at 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Kids will get to dissect a cow’s eye to take a closer look at the organ that helps us see the world. The interactive program lasts 20-30 minutes.

Your children and teens (ages 8-18) can create their own Duct Tape Designs: Lanyards and Keychains

at the Ypsilanti District Library (8975 MacArthur Blvd., Superior Township). Design a gift or keep it for yourself using the coolest duct tape provided by the library! Need another crafty idea for kids in grades K-5? How about Playing With Polymers at Ann Arbor District Library (343 S. Fifth Ave., Ann Arbor). At 2:00 p.m. your child gets to play with long chains of molecules to make slime, bouncy balls, and mock snow!

Sunday, December 9:

Take your family to enjoy a free movie at the Michigan Theater (603 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor) when Elf is played at 1:30 p.m.

Need an idea for your teen? What about Crafting With Copper Leaf at Ann Arbor District Library (2359 Oak Valley Dr., Ann Arbor) at 2:00 p.m.? This free event will show your teen to use simple materials, to create a decorative vase or candle holder with shimmery geometric copper designs. Great program for youtr teen to create their own Christmas gift to give!

Get a second chance for the hands-on eye dissection at University of Michigan Museum of Natural History (1109 Geddes Ave., Ann Arbor) at 3:00 p.m.!

So whatever your needs, I'm SURE you can find something to do in Ann Arbor with the kids on the Ann Arbor Mom blog! If you find something especially cool, or would like to share photos of your families enjoying any of the holiday events, please feel free to share your photos on the Ann Arbor Mom Facebook Page!