There are two weeks left in the school year, so in addition to their regular programming, Ann Arbor District Library will be launching their Summer Game as well as adding additional programming for school aged kids over the summer. I have listed events below, however, please verify the times and locations before attending. The library has already relocated some events from the Downtown Library’s Multi-Purpose room to other locations both within the Downtown Branch and to other branches due to elevator problems which have required closing the lower level with the Multi-Purpose Room.
Unless otherwise specified, the events below are for elementary aged children (grades K-5). There are separate blog posts with AADL Events for Babies through Preschoolers and AADL Events for Teens through Adults.
There may be only a few days left of school, but the library will continue to offer Circle K Homework Help at the Downtown Branch. Sessions are:
Of course you will want to mark your calendar for the library’s 9th Annual LEGO Contest
which returns to Kensington Court on Thursday, August 7. Drop off is from 9a-3p with the doors opening at 6p and the awards ceremony at 8p. We love the LEGO contest and my daughter will definitely be participating.
AADL has events to celebrate holidays this summer…both Father’s Day and Fourth of July. Kids (K-5) can get ready to celebrate Father’s Day on Saturday, June 14 from 2-3:30p by Making a Father’s Day Card
at the Malletts Creek Branch. We have loved celebrating Fourth of July with the Happy Birthday, America! crafts at the Pittsfield Branch in past year’s. This year’s Happy Birthday, America!
celebration will be on Wednesday, July 2 from 2-3p at the Pittsfield Branch. Past crafts have inspired our decorations of my daughter’s bike for the Ann Arbor Jaycees Fourth of July Parade
The Ann Arbor District Library sponsors Kids Rock Sundays at the Ann Arbor Summer Festival
. As part of the celebration, they will host two events at the library. On Sunday, June 15 The Dirty Sock Funtime Band Wants YOU!
to join the fun from 1-2p at the Pittsfield Branch as they write a song to be used at their 7p show at the Ann Arbor Summer Festival. Then, on Sunday June 29 join Aaron Nigel Smith at the Downtown Branch from 1-2p and learn to Make Your Own Instrument
to bring to his 7p show at Ann Arbor Summer Festival. The event is designed for grades K-3.
The summer schedule starts in full force on Monday, June 16 with the first weekday of summer vacation for the Ann Arbor Public Schools. Unless otherwise noted, the events below are geared for elementary school aged children (K-5) although younger or older children can join in the fun.
Kids can learn about Braille – both the history and hands-on with tactile materials – at Read with Feeling
on Tuesday June 17 from 2-3p at the Downtown Branch. Then, on Friday, June 20 they can Craft Their Name in Braille
at the Downtown Branch from 2-3p.
The fifth annual Kids Read Comics event will be from 11a-6p on Saturday, June 21
and 12:30-6p on Sunday, June 22
. Kids Read Comics is designed for kids in grade 4-adult. I’ll provide more details as the event draws closer. There is more Comic Book fun for those in grades 3 and up on Tuesday, July 8 from 2-3p with Comic Book Creations
where kids can recycle comic books into a pendant or magnet. Bring the comic you wish to use if you have one. Kids can make their own super hero cape on Friday, July 25 at Caped Crusaders
from 2-3p at the Pittsfield Branch
There are a number of engineering programs all summer. Learn some Eggcellent Engineering
on Friday, June 27 from 2-3p at the Pittsfield Branch. Kids (K-8) will build a contraption to protect an egg from a drop off a ladder. Kids (K-5) can continue the engineering theme on Sunday, June 29 from 2-3p at the Traverwood Branch with Craft Stick Catapults
. There is also Pop-Up Paper Engineering
from 2-3p at the Traverwood Branch on Tuesday, July 1. Then, on Thursday, July 10 from 2-3p they can join the Roller Coaster Engineering Challenge
from 2-3:30p at Pittsfield Branch. I am marking our calendar for this event since my daughter loves roller coasters and we have been unable to attend this event in the past. In Manufacturama
on Sunday, July 13 from 2-5p at Pittsfield and again on Sunday, August 10
from 2-5p at Downtown Branch, kids in grades 3-5 will use conductive paint to create simple circuits in their inventions. They can also learn about Simple Circuits with Engineers!
on Sunday, July 27 from 2-5p at the Malletts Creek Branch. Simple Circuits with Engineering
will be held again on Sunday, August 17 from 2-5p. The Marshmallow Engineering Challenge
is on Sunday, July 13 from 2-3p at the Malletts Creek Branch. Then, on Thursday, July 17 from 2-3p at the Malletts Creek Branch kids can make Soda Straw Rockets
. Straw Bridge Engineering
will be held on Wednesday, August 13 from 2-3p at the Traverwood Branch. It is for kids in grades 3-8. Kids can learn about scientific experimenting with The Great Diaper Experiment
on Wednesday, August 20 from 2-3p at the Traverwood Branch.
There are plenty of “Critter Crafts” planned at the library this summer. Sunday, June 8 is the Lucky Flying Fish craft
for kids in grades K-5 at the Traverwood Branch from 2-3:30p.
What kid doesn’t love Balloon Critters
? They can learn to make their own on Wednesday, June 25 from 2-3p at the Downtown Branch. The can also make Mini Yarn Monsters
on Tuesday, July 29 from 2-3p at the Malletts Creek Branch. On Thursday, July 31 kids can make Gumdrop People
from 2-3p at the Malletts Creek Branch.
is on Thursday, June 26 from 2-3p at Malletts Creek Branch. Turn Paper Bags into Puppets
at the Malletts Creek Branch on Saturday, July 12 from 2-3p. On Tuesday, July 15 from 2-3p kids can make Kaledioscopes
at the Pittsfield Branch. Then on Tuesday, July 22 they can make Jolly Paper Jellyfish
from 2-3p at the Pittsfield Branch. Magnet Crafts
will be held on Saturday, August 9 from 2-3p at the Traverwood Branch. Magnet Crafts are for grades K-8. On Sunday, August 10 kids can make Duct Tape Balls
at the Malletts Creek Branch from 2-3p. Kids can make a Crazy Collage
on Thursday, August 14 from 7-8p at the Downtown Branch. Grades 3 through adults can make Noteworthy Notebooks
on Tuesday, August 19 from 1-2p at the Malletts Creek Branch.
Kids can make their own fishing game with felt, magnets, washers, glue, and scissors at Let’s Go Fishing
on Wednesday, July 9 from 2-3p at the Pittsfield Branch.
Kids can make Acorn Necklaces
on Thursday, July 10 from 1-2p at the Malletts Creek Branch. Those in 3rd grade through adults can make Paperclip Fashion Necklaces
on Tuesday, August 5 from 2-3p at the Malletts Creek Branch. Kids (grade 3-adult) can learn a little about binary code as they make Binary Keychains
with their name in Binary code at the Pittsfield Branch on Tuesday, August 12 from 6:30-8p.
On Thursday, July 10 from 7-7:45p the Downtown Branch will host a Joe Reilly Concert
for kids in grades 3-5. Joel’s ScienceRific Comedy Show
is on Tuesday, July 29 from 7-7:45p at the Malletts Creek Branch. Join the Pajama Jam on Friday, August 8 from 7-7:30p at the Pittsfield Branch. Pajama Jam
will feature stories and songs with a storyteller and musician. Come in PJs with a stuffed animal or blanket. Pajama Jam is for preschoolers through 3rd graders. The Frankenstein Puppet Show
will be held at the Pittsfield Branch from 3-3:45p on Monday, August 11.
Kids can get ready for late summer vacations with Pack Your Stuff!
on Thursday, July 17 from 1-2p at the Pittsfield Branch. They will make holders for their toothbrush, toothpaste, and soap.
Kids can be inspired by their favorite wand bearing characters from stories – Harry Potter, Rainbow Magic Fairies, or some other tale – at the Make-A-Wand Workshop
on Wednesday, August 6 from 2-3p at the Pittsfield Branch.
By August, kids will be looking to cool off, so it is a great time for Ice Cream in a Bag at the Traverwood Branch on Thursday, August 7 from 2-3p.
Kids (grades 3 and up) and adults can bring their Hula Hoops on Tuesday, August 19 from 7-8p to the Downtown Branch for Hula Hoopla where they will learn new tricks.
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Ann Arbor with Kids is your go-to source for Ann Arbor Family Fun. It got its start in an activity list that I was compiling for the playgroup I ran at our church. When my daughter started preschool, the other moms were thrilled to hear about my list. I decided to take the list public in 2009.