May 31, 2013

Weekend Events Round-up: May 31-June 2

This weekend offers Ann Arbor area families several fun opportunities with two local festivals. The first, a family carnival at the Burning Bush Church (770 James L. Hart Pkwy., Ypsilanti) offers all day ride armbands for $20, while offering the typical fair food and entertainment. I noticed the following $3 fair discount coupon when I stopped into the Girl Scout office yesterday too. The family carnival happens now through June 9. Hours this weekend are Friday 5:00 p.m.-midnight, Saturday noon-midnight and Sunday 3:00-10:00 p.m.

Get $3 off an unlimited ride armband for the Ypsilanti Family Carnival. Discount good on Thursday, June 6.

If adding a bit of culture to your outing is a goal, then the 7th annual Ya’ssoo Greek Festival (109 Scio Church Rd., Ann Arbor ) Weekend hours are Friday 11:00 a.m.-midnight; Saturday 11:00 a.m.-midnight; and Sunday from noon-6 p.m. The festival featuring Greek cuisine, live music and entertainment, dancing, a spectacular marketplace, and the Hellenic Cultural Exhibit. The festival offers free admission for children 12 and under and discount admission after 4:00 p.m. Friday and 1:00 p.m. Saturday. Sunday offers free admission for everyone.

Did that give you any ideas for the weekend? If not, there are certainly a few more ideas for events and activities around town. Check out this full list of things to do with the kids in and around Ann Arbor this weekend!

Friday, May 31:

If the weather doesn't cooperate, head to the Goldfish Swim School (2107 W Stadium Blvd, Ann Arbor) for their family swim event 6:30-8:00 p.m. Current families swim free however the event is open to the public for swimmers too for $5 a swimmer or $15 for the entire family!

The Milan Community Fair happens this weekend, may 30 through June 1. TFriday night though, enjoy their spectacular fireworks display at dusk. I have been told the Milan fireworks is an exceptional show too! I am assuming there is a rain date in case of inclement weather however that information isn't found on their website.

Saturday, June 1:

A few weeks ago I listed the many great summer reading programs. Barnes & Noble (3235 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor) is kicking off their Summer Reading Program at 10:00 a.m. storytelling, free crafts for kids, pictures with Beauty from The Singing Princess Entertainment, and a sing-a-long. Stop in to pick up some great summer reading for your kids and stay to check out this fun event! THAT'S an incentive worth bragging about.

Would you rather hang outside on Saturday? Then spend the day 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at the Cedar Lake Outdoor Center (2500 Pierce Rd., Chelsea). A variety of fun-filled, educational activities will be available for all ages including duck and goose calling demonstrations, archery, small caliber shooting, waterfowl biology and habitat exhibits, dog demonstrations, field first aid, and waterfowl identification. Your outdoor-loving-child or scout will love this free event!

The Peony Festival and sale happens tomorrow at the Matthai Botanical Gardens, but the kids can get into the action too. From noon-2:00 p.m. there are free kids crafts next to the Reader Center with free Children's Peony Bingo happening all day!

For the family that loves local history, why not take a tour of Sharon Mills? Visit the historic building along the River Raisin and learn about its varied history. The free tours happen at 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Want to get up-close and personal with the raptors at the Leslie Science & Nature Center (1831 Traver Rd., Ann Arbor)? Today would be a great day to do that while experiencing a feeding!  Saturdays throughout June, from  1:00-3:00 p.m. stop in to see how a bird's feet and beak work together to help them eat. Volunteers will be feeding the birds and answering your questions.

Spend the afternoon hiking in the Kosch Headwaters Preserve with Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation.  See what is growing, look for wildflowers and ferns, and “tune into” the birds and other animals of the forest. This is a free event at 2:00-4:00 p.m. Dress for the weather and being outdoors.

If your kids are interested in learning more about gardening, then perhaps they could help plant the annual learning garden at the Ypsilanti District Library (Superior). Kids will get dirty digging in the soil 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Does your teen enjoy music? Then "LIVE on Washington" is just the event for them.  From 2:00-10:0 p.m., check out the teen outdoor music festival in the 300 block of E. Washington (between 5th and Division St.) for music and entertainment, art, a giant slide, and the ever present food vendors. This is a free teen event.

Sunday, June 2:

If critters are your child's "thing" then stepping into the Critter House at the Leslie Science and Nature Center would be an excellent experience. From noon-3:00 p.m. Sundays throughout June, come in to observe frogs, turtles, snakes, rabbits, and as they hop, crawl, and slither in their homes! Spending time at the Critter House is an excellent way to get up close and personal with many of Mother Nature's friends while helping your child develop an appreciation for the natural world.

The Saline Rec Center is hosting a free family fun daynoon-6:00 p.m. Stop in for summer discounts or some free eats. Families can also try out a fitness class, play on the new Pirate Ship or to receive a free child ID kit.

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