Monday, July 28, 2014

August at Learning Express Includes a Visit from Anna & Elsa

Learning Express of Ann Arbor released their August calendar a couple of days ago and they have some great events to wrap up summer. The events are held at the Learning Express stores in Ann Arbor, Maumee, and Sylvania.

The highlight of the month, is a visit by Elsa and Anna from Frozen. They will be at the Ann Arbor location on Sunday, August 24 from noon-2p. If you can't make that date, consider visiting with the princesses at the Sylvania store on Saturday, August 16 (11a-1p) or the Maumee store on Sunday, August 17 (noon-2p).
Learning Express continues their Thursday Rainbow Loom classes. Classes are free, but you do need to register in advance (and bring your own supplies).

They are having several Back to School events in August. They Back to School Events start on Saturday, August 2 with a Pencil Box and Pencil Grip craft at 11a and 2p. The event costs $4 and you need to RSVP. Tween Scene is on Thursday, August 7 from 6-7:30p. There will be glitter tattoos, jean tattoos, BOPO Nail Polish, and more. They will be offering 20% off Locker Lookz during the event only.

Tuesday is FREE craft or game day with events at 11a and 2p each day. Tuesday, August 5 is Zingo Play. I definitely recommend Zingo for preschoolers to early elementary. My daughter loved the game. Tuesday, August 12 is Pixel Pop Duck for ages 5+. Then, on August 19 kids can make a Plushcraft Felt Petal Purse. The month will wrap-up with Paper Plate Bugs (for ages 3+) on Tuesday, August 26.

There are also FREE events on select Saturday. The Mad Scientist Lab is on Saturday, August 9 at 11a and 2p (RSVP required). On August 23, they will have the Max Love Project at 11a and 2p (RSVP required). Then, August 30 is LEGO Day with a FREE LEGO Build at 11a and 2p and LEGO Trading at 3p.

The three Learning Express stores in Ann Arbor, Sylvania, and Maumee are:

  • Ann Arbor: 2465 West Stadium Blvd in Westgate shopping center -- (734) 997-0707
  • Sylvania: 5577 Monroe St, Sylvania OH in Promenade Shops -- (419) 885-3969
  • Maumee 3100 Main St, Maumee, OH in Fallen Timbers -- (419) 878-2446

Fairies at the Sunday Artisan Market This Week

This weekend is the fourth annual Fairies at the Market celebration at the Sunday Artisan Market.

There will be a quest to retrieve tokens for an invitation to a princess and prince party.

Jonathan Wright will be on hand for a book signing, fairy information session, and more. Kids can even become a certified fairyologist (small cost).

Conrad's Fairy Booth will also be there taking fairy photos complete with costumes and wings.

Ophir Crafts will have a setup for kids to make fairy crafts like wings, crowns, and wands.

Kids can also get their faces painted like fairies and join the dance party to live Irish fairy music.

The Sunday Artisan Market is held from 11a-4p each Sunday from the first Sunday in April through the weekend before Christmas. It is held at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market in Kerrytown (315 Detroit Street).

Happy 95th Birthday Ann Arbor Farmers Market

The Ann Arbor Farmers Market will be celebrating its 95th birthday on Saturday, August 2. The market is open from 7a-3p with special activities from 11a-2p. 

Special activities will include a birthday card craft, whipped cream pie eating contest, face painting, giant Connect 4, water balloon toss, and photo booth. 

They will have special 95th anniversary swag available at both the Wednesday and Saturday markets. Swag includes totes, kids t-shirts, and coffee mugs. 

Weekly Roundup - Almost August

My top pick for the week is Life-Sized Angry Birds ! This event sounds awesome and from what I heard from last year's event it was a ton of fun. Of course, we are unable to attend again this year. Life-Sized Angry Birds is sponsored by Ann Arbor District Library at Meri Lou Murray Rec Center. At Christmas two years ago, my daughter received a couple of Angry Bird plush animals and enjoyed setting up her empty boxes in different configurations to toss the birds at. She had a ton of fun, and I know she would love this event.

Other top picks from AADL include Mini Yarn Monsters at Malletts Creek on Tuesday afternoon, Joel's ScienceRific Comedy Show at Malletts Creek on Tuesday evening, and Gumdrop People on Thursday afternoon. Kids ages 7+ may also enjoy the Ypsilanti Library's Face Plates on Thursday afternoon at the Whittaker Branch.

Movies this week offer lots of great options. Rave's Summer Movie Clubhouse pick for this week is The LEGO Movie on Tuesday at 10a. My daughter loves The LEGO Movie and has already watched it a number of times on her iPad or our Apple TV. Michigan Theater is having another Sing-A-Long The Wizard of Oz at 7p on Tuesday if you missed the Sunday show. We are also looking forward to Guardians of the Galaxy being released on Friday. My husband and I are planning on attending a screening on Wednesday, so look for my review on Friday, including whether we will let our 8 year old see the movie - she is hoping for a Yes. From the initial reports I have heard from my fellow bloggers who saw a screening last week, the movie is very good. Quality 16's Dollar Movie is TMNT this week with showings at 10a each weekday.

There are a number of fun events at book stores around Ann Arbor. Nicola's Books will have Preschool Story Time with Ieva Bates at Nicola's Books on Tuesday and Story Time with Zoo for Elementary Aged Children on Wednesday. My top pick at Barnes & Noble is Frozen Friday! on Friday evening. Barnes & Noble will also have What Do You Do With an Idea? Storytime on Tuesday.

At local museums, Read and Look at Kelsey Museum of Archaeology sounds fun for kids ages 4-6 to hear a story and explore the museum. The Hands On Museum offers Pop Up Makerspace through Thursday (the last day of July). Their H2Oh! was also a big hit for my daughter and we want to return for L is for Laser.

Of course, if the weather is good, the pools and water parks are always a fun option. I haven't managed to make it to Blue Heron Bay yet this year (although my daughter went with friends) and we have only been to Rolling Hills once - I need a few more trips to make my annual vehicle pass worthwhile.

If you have younger kids (toddlers and preschoolers), don't forget to check out my suggestions to Escape the Big Kid Invasion.
Special events for the younger kids today include Preschool Storytime at Nicola's and Read & Look at Kelsey Museum.

For older kids, there are still a few weeks left of Summer Camp and plenty of options available for registration.

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Friday, August 1

Washtenaw County 4H Youth Show this Week

The Washtenaw County 4H Youth Show started yesterday, Sunday July 27 and runs through Friday, August 1 at Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds. Admission is Free!

In addition to seeing all of the animals and animals showings, there will be Make & Take Activities on Thursday from 9a-noon. I know my daughter would be interested in watching the archery contest (Friday at 1p) and the Ag Olympics (Friday around 3:30p).

You can find more information on the Wasthenaw 4H website and a list of highlights on MLive.

The Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds are located at 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Updated Champion Gymnastics Open Gym/Toddler Time Schedules

Champion Gymnastics in Ann Arbor offers several open sessions throughout the week.

There current schedule is listed below, however it can change, so I recommend verifying it on their website before attendance.

They have Toddler Time on Tuesday from 10-11a and Thursday from 11a-noon. Toddler Time is $7/child for a 1 hour drop-in session. Children under 5 must be accompanied by an adult.

Wednesday Morning Open Gym is from 9-10a for kids over the age of 5. It costs $7/child.

Champion Gymnastics is located at 240 Metty Drive, Suite C. It is located off of Jackson Rd west of Zeeb Rd.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

The Super Run Ann Arbor: Signup and Giveaway

Ever since my husband introduced our daughter to Super Heroes she has been hooked. She is now as big of a fan of the Super Hero movies as we are. We are all counting down the days to the release of Guardians of the Galaxy - she is hoping to receive clearance to see the movie after we watch it first.
Disclaimer: In exchange for promoting the race, The Super Run has offered my daughter an I free race registration and a cape from SuperflyKids. All opinions are 100% my own.
The Super Run is a super hero themed race that is coming to Ann Arbor on Saturday, September 7. Day of registration will begin at 8a with activities starting at 8:30a, a kids 1K at 10a, and a 5K at 10:30a. The race will be held at Gallup Park. With my daughter's love for super heroes, I know she will be thrilled to participate in The Super Run. Unfortunately, we are waiting on the soccer schedule before signing up since the race day is the first day of her soccer season.

The best part of The Super Run is that your registration includes a cape of your very own (plus a temporary tattoo and silicone bracelet)! Last fall we ran the Girls on the Run Super Hero 5K and my daughter wanted to wear a cape to run. It was a rainy day and we ran in our Disney rain ponchos, so I tried to convince her that the poncho was like a cape. She will be thrilled with a cape from this race.

The Super Run isn't just a fun super hero themed race. It is a charitable race that supports a number of local charities. The primary charity is Lutheran Social Services with a portion of registrations going to support the cause. Other participating charities are: American Association for Cancer Research, Children's Hospital of Michigan Foundation, UMS, and World Animal Awareness Society. If you wish to have your charity represented at The Super Run, you can contact them for more details and to signup.

One of the event sponsors is Superfly Kids that makes customized capes for kids. With the customizable capes, your child can make a cape with their own Superhero logo by choosing the colors, logo shape, and letter.
Even if you can't make The Super Run, your Super Hero loving child is sure to love their own Super Hero cape from Superfly Kids.

Registration for the kids 1K is $10 no matter when you register. The 5K registration is $20 before July 28, $25 from July 28 to the day prior to the event, and $30 on race day.

The Super Run is providing me with a registration and a cape from Superfly Kids to give away to one of my readers. Entry is via the Rafflecopter Giveaway below.
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Friday, July 25, 2014

NFL Flag Football - Youth League In Saline

Michigan Youth Flag Football operates 20 leagues across Michigan including one in Saline for Washtenaw County.

The Saline league will have games on Sundays at the Saline schools. Flag Football costs $125/child. It is an 8 week program with 7 games. Practices will begin the weekend of September 13/4 and the season will run through the first weekend of November. Included in your registration is a reversible team jersey, NFL FLAG belt & flags, and participation trophy or medal.

Michigan Youth Flag Football is for both boys and girls ages 4-14 with teams based on school and grade.

The registration deadline is August 1.

Weekend Roundup - Maker Faire & Movie Inspired Events

When I first looked at this weekend's activities, I didn't think it looked too busy, but then I found a few more events, and it is a typical weekend in Ann Arbor with lots of events scheduled. The weather is looking a little iffy (and uncertain) with rain in the forecast for Saturday (currently a 60% chance) and thunder storms for Sunday (30% chance), so it is good that there are a few indoor activities. The good news is the chance of storms on Sunday is down from when I originally wrote this post on Thursday night.

Museums are always a great way to spend a rainy day. This weekend is the Maker Faire at The Henry Ford in Dearborn. There will be exhibitors both indoors and outdoors, so if you arrive before the rain, I would check out the outside exhibitors first.

After our visit two weekends ago, I also recommend the Ann Arbor Hands On Museum with their new H2Oh! exhibit. My daughter exclaimed "Awesome! Awesome!! Awesome!!!" as she walked around it for the first time. We will need to take advantage of the membership that I purchased to return for the L is for Laser special feature which opened the day after our visit.

My picks for today are Caped Crusaders at Pittsfield Branch of AADL for all of the Super Hero fans so that they can make their own Super Hero Cape. Then, tonight, the whole family can enjoy Despicable Me 2 at Saline's Movie in the Park.

Saturday's top pick is Frozen Crafts at Learning Express Toys. Advance signup is required, and space is limited, so I recommend calling today.

My daughter really enjoys the Wizard of Oz, so I am picking Michigan Theater's Sing-A-Long The Wizard of Oz as my top pick for the weekend (Sunday afternoon). She loved the last Sing A Long movie that we saw at Michigan Theater (The Little Mermaid).
Another Sunday pick that would interest my daughter is Simple Circuits with Engineers at Malletts Creek Branch of AADL. She loved playing with Snap Circuits on her class field trip to the Hands on Museum this spring.

Looking forward to next week, you will want to mark your calendars for Life-Sized Angry Birds on Monday sponsored by AADL at the Meri Lou Murray Rec Center. Tuesday's Summer Movie Clubhouse Dollar Movie at Rave is The LEGO Movie. Nicola's Books Story Time with the Zoo for Elementary Aged Children on Wednesday, and Frozen Friday! at Barnes & Noble Ann Arbor.

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Sunday, July 27

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Taste of Music with A2 Symphony Orchestra at Ypsilanti Depot Town Farmers Market

Join the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, July 26 for Taste of Music at the Ypsilanti Depot Town Farmers Market.

A2SO will be there from 9a-1p with an instrument petting zoo for all ages. At 11a, a small group of orchestra musicians will perform.

My daughter enjoyed the Instrument Petting Zoo just last week at the Townie Street Party before Art Fair.
Instrument Petting Zoo at Townie Street Party
The Ypsilanti Depot Town Farmers Market is located at 100 Rice St and runs from 9a-1p on Saturdays from May-October.


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