March 22, 2013

Week 12 - Weekend Events Round-up: March 22-24

There are lots of great things happening this weekend and it seems too that there are many Easter Egg Hunts starting up including the Jaycees' Frog Island Park hunt and one at Hudson Mills. Be sure to check the Ypsilanti/Ann Arbor Egg Hunt post for more information. For something to do, also consider visiting the Easter Bunny at Briarwood Mall.

If that's not your thing, this weekend the Wild Swan Theater is presenting 'Peter Rabbit' at Towsley Auditorium (Morris Lawrence Building - 4800 E. Huron River Dr., Ann Arbor) Friday (10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.), Saturday (11:00 a.m.). Tickets for the production are $12 for adults and $8 for youth and seniors. $3 lap passes are available for infants and children under 2 years of age.

Here are the Pysanska Ukrainian Easter eggs the kids created in 2012.

My family will be busy wrapping up the Upward Cheer season, creating beautiful Ukrainian Easter Eggs and prepping for the holiday, which means cleaning. And by cleaning that means that *I* will be cleaning while everyone else will do whatever it is they do when I am cleaning, and re-cleaning their newest messes. Sigh...

What are your weekend plans? Found any activities to keep the kids busy? The Ann Arbor Mom always has ideas for fun, free (or cheap) activities or Ann Arbor events to fill your weekend event planner!

Saturday, March23

Start the day at 10:00 a.m. with a blast of spring as your child explores the Fairie Gardens at  Matthaei Botanical Gardens (1800 N. Dixboro Rd., Ann Arbor). Kids even get to craft their own Fairy Door! This event requires per-registration.  This workshop costs $10.00/child and includes materials and activities.

Need an excuse to hide away in the warmth of a movie theater? Well the weekend won't let you down since there are free movies at the local Quality Theaters at 9:00 and 10:00 a.m. This weekend see Rise of the Guardians. In My opinion, this movie was worth seeing too. See my review of Rise of the Guardians.

Want to check out some real bunnies while enjoying a special spring craft and storytime? Then Hop to It by heading to the Ypsilanti District Library (5577 Whittaker Rd., Ypsilanti) at 10:30 a.m.This free event replaces the regular storytime and will feature critters from the Great Lakes Rabbit Sanctuary. We've attended this event in year's past and found it to be quite crowded, so make sure to get there early! If you can't make it to the library, Nicola's Books (2513 Jackson Rd., Ann Arbor) also has a story time program at 11:00 a.m. featuring Peter Rabbit.

I have mentioned in the past few weeks that there is an free educational program going on at the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History (1109 Geddes Ave. Ann Arbor) called DNA and Race. The free 20-30 minute interactive program is at 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. for kids ages 5+. Explore DNA and learn to better understand how it makes up the cells that make our bodies and even extract and examine their own DNA! Take the family to spend the day and enjoy free dinosaur tours as well. If science is your child's "thing" the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History is hosting a second hands-on demo event at the Ann Arbor District Library (343 S. Fifth Ave., Ann Arbor) 1:00-4:00 p.m. where kids will design and fly a spacecraft during the Kerbal Space Program. There will even be a prize awarded for the farthest successful return trip!

Maybe free kids crafts are your thing. If that's the case,EASTER EGG MOSAIC BY PERLER® BEADS let your kids explore their creativity for only $2, while you shop. Every 30-minutes starting at 10:00-11:30 a.m., store associates will help your children create their own Easter Egg Mosiac. Your teens can event get crafty with a free teen event at the Ann Arbor District Library (3090 E. Eisenhower Pky., Ann Arbor) at 2:00 p.m. creating jewelry and embellishments from hardware - That's washer's and nuts!

It will be a chilly evening, but that makes the after-hike bonfire even more enticing... On Saturday night, head out for the Almost the Worm Moon - Night Hike and Campfire at Park Lyndon (18801 N Territorial Rd., Chelsea) 7:30-9:30 p.m. Join naturalist Faye Stoner to hike the trail to the wetlands and back, talk about seasonal changes, listen for night sounds, learn about frogs and owls and other night animals, and look for the moon! Hot drinks and fire in the fireplace will be enjoyed at the end of the hike. Dress to be warm
for the hike.

Sunday, March 24

Certainly above I mentioned visiting the Easter Bunny and Briarwood Mall, however it is worth pointing out that at 9:00-11:00 a.m. special needs children can visit the "Caring Bunny" in a more controlled atmosphere!
Your kids can still have a great experience at the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History for free dinosaur tours and the hands-on DNA demo at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Need another crafting opportunity?? How about 8-Bit Stitch at Ann Arbor District Library (343 S. Fifth Ave., Ann Arbor) at 2:00 p.m. Teens in grades 6+ can dig into DIY and crafty things by converting classic video game graphics into cross-stitch patterns.  Learn the basic techniques so that other classic characters can be turned into patterns to be made later.For the younger set, be sure to stop by your local Joanne's at 2:00 p.m. to create a cute t-shirt headband during their free make-it-take-it event.

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