Category Archives: Winter

Outdoor Fun on a Warm Winter Day

Mess Free Playgrounds - County Farm Park - Perennial Garden

The calendar may be the middle of February, but the weather this week is definitely spring like. Yesterday I was reviewing my activity reviews from the summer looking for outdoor ideas. Unfortunately, many outdoor activities are closed for the season. However, I do have a number of great outdoor suggestions for the next few days. Matthaei Botanical Gardens Matthaei Botanical Gardens is open year […]

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Camp Options for Days Off

Ann Arbor Day Off Camps

After relatively few days off from September through December. Local schools have quite a few days off from now through May. Ann Arbor Public School is closed for Martin Luther King Day, Presidents Day, May Election Day and more in other districts. Other local districts have other days off and I found a few camps for them as well.   […]

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Indoor Swimming Pool Guide

Ann Arbor Indoor Pool Guide

My daughter loves swimming! When she was younger, I found that swimming periodically would help her maintain her swimming skills. Fortunately there are a number of Ann Arbor Indoor Pool options so kids can swim year round.  Swimming Pools The Ann Arbor Indoor Pools below are open to the general public with a daily admission fee. Pools that require a membership are not included in this […]

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Ann Arbor Ice Skating Guide

Ann Arbor Ice Skating Guide

There are several Ann Arbor Ice Skating Rinks available including both indoor and outdoor options. Last year Ann Arbor added 3 natural outdoor rinks. For the 2016-2017 winter, there are 2 natural outdoor rinks which opened on December 22. As a child my favorite part of winter was ice skating. When I lived in Illinois, our neighborhood park offered outdoor ice skating (basically it […]

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Cold is Cool! Free Skiing*!

Cold is Cool - Free Skiing for 4th and 5th Graders

Again this year, Michigan Snowsports Industries Association (MSIA) is offering free skiing via a “Cold is Cool” Passport to all 4th and 5th graders in Michigan.  Free Skiing Offer Kids will be allowed up to 3 lift tickets or trail passes at each of 30 participating ski areas with their Cold is Cool passport. Mount Brighton is the nearest participating location to Ann […]

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The Nutcracker Ann Arbor Area Performance Guide

Ann Arbor Nutcracker Performances

For many families seeing The Nutcracker is an annual holiday tradition. We are lucky to have a number of Ann Arbor Nutcracker performances to choose from. When my daughter was younger, one performance that I would have selected is Ballet Chelsea’s Sunday matinee. They are offering a Sugar Plum Tea option before the performance. She would have loved dressing fancy and having a fairy […]

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Winter Storm Petros: An Ann Arbor Report

Winter Storm Petros - An Ann Arbor Report

Winter Storm Petros reached Ann Arbor this morning and is scheduled to impact us through Thursday afternoon. With current predictions calling for 6-10″ of snow, I am compiling information on School Closures, Road Conditions, and of course snow day activities. Traffic Conditions This morning we woke up just ahead of the start of the snow. My husband and daughter left for school right as the […]

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