May 24, 2013

Weekend Events Round-up: May 24-27

Enjoy this holiday weekend in one of the many Ann Arbor pools, grilling,
watching fireworks or hanging with the family - No matter what there is
plenty to do with the kids in Ann Arbor!
Hello Ann Arbor families and welcome to the unofficial start to summer this weekend. Of course waking up this morning you might doubt that, but I assure you it's true. The weather will turn for the better soon. Very soon!

Of course it is Memorial Day weekend, I posted several holiday specific events that will honor local veterans. My family will actually be at Highland Cemetery tomorrow placing flags on the graves of veterans as well as marching in the Ypsilanti Memorial Day Parade Monday. Otherwise we'll be seeing family and working in the garden! What will your family do?

Want to start the summer with a festival? The Sumpter Township Country Fest at the fairgrounds (23501 Sumpter Rd., Belleville) started last night and will run through Monday. Your entire family will find free children's entertainment, bingo, pony rides a petting zoo,  several pageants, a car show, live music carnival rides, crafts and a demolition derby!!! But wait there is more. The first official fireworks also happen Sunday night. And of course most local pools including Rolling Hills Waterpark, open this weekend. I've heard too that the Compuware drive-in is also open for a sneak-peek weekend.

Check out this full list of activities and events to do with the kids in and around Ann Arbor!

Friday, May 24:

Start the weekend off with a little exercise and fun with FREE a kids Zumba & Yoga Class at 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 25:

The weather should be perfect to get outdoors for classic cars at the Ann Arbor City Club(1830 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor)  From noon to 4:00 p.m. see a great collection of classic, sporty, unusual and rare collectible cars, trucks, motorcycles.

Families that play with science together, stay together - or at least they are never bored! Lear about the Evolution of Whales at the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History (1109 Geddes Ave., Ann Arbor) 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. during a free hands-on program.  Discover how paleontologists study fossils and make a cast of an archaic Dorudon whale tooth. This free event is perfect for kids ages 5+ explores everything about whales. Make sure to stay the entire day and take advantage of the free dinosaur tours at 2:00-2:30 or see a planetarium show!

Make a felt heart at the FLY Studio (40 N. Huron, Ypsilanti) from 2:00-4:00 p.m. -For just $10, kids  6+ cal join fiber artist Amanda Cinco Hoyt of FreshCut Textiles to learn felting techniques and art. Registration is requested at

High school teens might find Science & Skeptics at the Ann Arbor District Library (Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room) cool. Stop in and check things out from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.  Learn how scientists provide explanations about the world and universe as the Ann Arbor Science & Skeptics present their second annual Scientists Fair.

Gaming kids might enjoy a Wii Sports Resort Team Tourney for at the AADL (Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room AB) form 1:00-4:00 p.m. - Play your way through the Resort's twelve awesome games. Prizes for the winners! This event is for all ages.

Sunday, May 26:

Here's one more chance to learn about the Evolution of Whales at University of Michigan Museum of Natural History (1109 Geddes Ave., Ann Arbor) 3:00 p.m.or the free dinosaur tours!

If you didn't get to Saturday's Wii Tourney fear not. Kids may also experience whizzing down the Wii race-track with a Mario Kart Tournament for all ages. From 1:00-4:00 p.m. at the AADL (Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room AB) participate in a Mario Kart Wii Tournament for kids, teens and adults!

Toddlers will enjoy getting their toes tapping at “Tiny Toes" Dance With Morgan Grubola at Ann Arbor District Library (343 S. Fifth Ave., Ann Arbor) at 1:00-1:40 p.m. Infants and children up to age 5 years will enjoy a creative movement class.

Grab a blanket (or two) and bundle up for Fireworks at  Sumpter Township Fairgrounds (23501 Sumpter Rd., Belleville)  at dusk. It's a great way to start summer while remembering our veterans.

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