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Parenting From the Sidelines

Find out what Ann Arbor area coaches and parents have to say


• July 2019 •

Volume 25 • Issue 7 July 2019



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Special Features Parenting From the Sidelines

Family Favorites 2019

Find out what Ann Arbor area coaches and parents have to say

Find the best place to buy shoes, where to buy nursery furniture, the best coffee shop to visit with kids, and more


departments ann arbor favorites




what’s briefly happening


new kids


tween the lines


By Jessica Schrader

Online July By Emma Barron

Furry friends to love

calendar 21 marketplace 22 Garden and Grow Guide

Find out all about local farmer’s markets, seasonal produce, and a growing guide

food fight 20

Fiesta! Fiesta! Bandito’s makes a colorful comeback

By Julie and David Sturza

By Mary Rose Kulczak

Fireworks and Independence Day Guide Fireworks, parades, BBQs, and more! By Emma Barron

[Always online]

Most Read Online

1. Summer Camp Guide Part 1 2. 2019 Summer Carnival 3. How Does your School Measure Up?


Your guide to finding summer’s sweet treats

healthy kids 18


Get the Scoop

family matters 17



Penny Pinching

These Rescue Runts and Rescue Runts Babies by KD Kids, their smaller counterpart, need a home to call their own! The super soft plush puppies Rescue Runts arrive in their crate packaging with matted fur full of fleas, dirty paws, bruises and bumps, tears in their eyes and downturned ears. Care for your Rescue Runt using the included grooming kit to pick out the fleas, remove the cast, clean the dirt from their paws, wipe away their tears and brush their messy fur. Need a fun, compact pal for your child to play with while traveling this summer? The four-inch plush Rescue Runts Babies are a great option and offer so many ways for kids to engage in imaginative play. Kids can not only adopt the pet they’ve been longing for but also develop responsibility and nurturing skills. This month we’re giving one lucky winner a set of one Rescue Runt and one Rescue Runts Baby (over $30 value).

To enter, visit


our June Giveaway Winner


Save money this summer with our money-saving guide. Ways to earn money as a mom and more! Join us and our 1,500+ followers for laughs, updates & parenting discussions.

On the cover Liana, 2, Ann Arbor Photo By Lesley Mason

recycle this paper For our children's future ... • July 2019 •


Adams Street Publishing Co. What’s your favorite summertime fare? Publisher/Editor in Chief Collette Jacobs

Tea is for the tub, too

A bad day makes for a good read

Sometimes being a kid is hard! Being Edie is Hard Today, by Ben Brashares, is a story that can help. Through Edie’s story, children can learn how to deal with big emotions and be encouraged to be themselves, no matter what. This book can be especially poignant for any kid dealing with anxiety or low self-confidence. This heartwarming book is encouraging for kids and adults alike. —LL $18.99

Being a mother is a stressful job, but using these Bathtub Teas can give every mom a few moments of relaxation. Steep one of the tea bags in the bath water for a few minutes and enjoy a calming aromatherapy experience. Available scents include heal, relax, clarity, and refresh. Each tea bag includes all-natural herbs and essential oils. Alternatively, hang them in the shower or put them under a pillow. —EB $4.95

One book, three different ways to create These Trace-Along Scratch and Sketch Activity books offer multiple ways to play! Your child can use the included wooden stylus to scratch mesmerizing designs on black-coated holographic paper; take advantage of illustrated coloring pages; or use the remaining blank pages to sketch anything they can dream up. With themes like space, animal safari, butterflies, dragons and unicorns, there is a book for every child’s interest. —LL $14.99

KIDS HOROSCOPE June 21 – July 23

By Kimmie Rose Your Cancer is smart, independent and loves being at home. They have an amazing imagination but can also be a pack rat. This month will bring a curious nature to your Cancer child and this might be a little frustrating for a parent when it comes to the house being turned upside down. Your little one will be busy opening cupboards and drawers looking for hidden treasures to save,in case they need them in the future. Have a treasure hunt with them to satisfy their adventurous mind! Draw a treasure map on a piece of paper and make a list of important treasures to find in the house. Be sure to participate in the hunt and find things that will be useful to them. Hide a flashlight, a book, crayons and other items that will be useful for your little explorer. Then, get a shoebox or some type of container and let your child decorate it and put it in a special place of their own.


Co-publisher/Chief Financial Officer

Mark I. Jacobs ( REGGIES RIBS.


Sales Coordinator Jenny Leach ( GRILLED ANYTHING! Sales/ Classifieds Trilby Becker ( CUCMBER MINT SALAD. Ron Katz ( SMOKING RIBS.


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( HOT DOGS, NICELY CHARRED! Associate Editor Athena Cocoves ( FRESH FRUIT. Editorial Interns Emma Barron SLIGHTLY BURNT S’MORES. Lindsey Lincoln ANYTHING COOKED ON A CAMPFIRE! Contributing Writers Laura Eliason, Kimmie Rose, Julie Sturza, David Sturza, Lori Maranville, Heather Mooney, Christa Melnyck Hines, Emma Barron, Lindsey Lincoln, Mary Rose Kulczak, Jessica Schrader


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Administration Accounting Robin Armstrong



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Aras, 3, at the Toledo Zoo

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A Girl in Love Photography.

Leila, Ann Arbor, Improvised her own mini swimming pool! No swimming pool? No problem! Stay cool.

Kite Fest Winner

GrieveWell decorating contest ambassador Jusiah, a second grader at Lakewood Elementary in Ann Arbor, shows off his winning kite at the Lucy Ann Lance Show radio station. • July 2019 •


Compiled by Laura Eliason

Fly a kite this summer

If you’re looking for a fun summer activity for the family, stop by Brick and Mortar in Ypsilanti’s Depot Town! This summer they are offering their “Rent a Kite” program, which lets you borrow a kite and take it to Riverside/Frog Island Parks. It’s $10 to rent for two hours, and upon return you will receive $4 back (cash only). The hours are 11am-8pm Wednesday to Saturday, and 11am-5pm on Sunday. The store is closed Mondays and Tuesdays. —EB

Students trade Spanish for STEM in Saline School District

For more information, visit

The elementary Spanish program in the Saline School District will be replaced by a new special called “Innovation Lab,” as students weren’t demonstrating desired levels of fluency in Spanish. Administrators made the swap, hoping to maximise student time in the classroom and encourage more self-directed engagement. This change, part of Saline Schools recent push toward project-based learning, will be in effect for students at the start of the 2019-2020 school year. Classes will be 72 minutes and give students in Kindergarten through fifth grades access to makerspaces, as well as opportunities to learn engineering and computer science concepts. The goal is to help students develop into flexible, creative, and engaged problemsolvers. The district was able to avoid layoffs by re-assigning elementary Spanish teachers to different schools. —LL


Get otter here! Toledo Zoo opens Natural History Museum Following renovations that began in June 2017, the ProMedica Museum of Natural History at the Toledo Zoo opened in May. The museum, comprised of two levels, contains links showing how animals and conservation are connected throughout time. One exhibit includes an interactive nature walk through ecosystems surrounding the Great Lakes. The Mazza Gallery contains art from children’s books that are zoo and animal-themed. Science is brought to life in the museum’s collections of fossils, bones and other interactive artifacts. The new museum also features a rental facility that is available for parties and weddings of up to 200 people. —EB

Rewarding summer reading Stop in the Huron Village Barnes & Noble to pick up a Summer Reading Journal for your child! The journals are located throughout the store for your child to find. This is a great way for them to keep track of the books they read this summer, practice their comprehension skills, and earn a free book. The challenge is simple; kids read eight books to complete the reading journal, return it to Barnes & Noble during the month of August, and choose their free book from the list. The challenge is open to all children in grades 1-6. —LL Barnes & Noble, Huron Village, 3235 Washtenaw Ave. 734-973-0846. Reading Journals can also be downloaded and printed from

For more information on Toledo Zoo and The Promedica Museum of Natural History, visit


Kids movies that won’t break the bank this summer The AMC Summer Movie Camp provides budget friendly entertainment nationwide at AMC theaters, including the AMC Classic Plaza 8 in Jackson, MI. Movies will be screened on Wednesday mornings at 11 a.m. throughout the summer. Kids can get a movie ticket, popcorn, drink, and a pack of AMC Frooti Tootis candy for $4. Even better? Chaperones can take advantage of the $4 deal, too. There will be films for all ages, including Peter Rabbit, Trolls, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, Smallfoot, and more. —LL Wednesdays, June 26 to August 14, 11 a.m. $4+tax/child. AMC Classic Plaza 8, 1700 N Wisner St, Jackson, MI 49202. (517) 784-5514. 6

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New playground encourages playing together In an effort to make the Washtenaw County Health Department’s Human Services Building more welcoming, and to help families claim and play in the space a new play scape opened in May and will be complete in August. The Play Here: Play Together design includes two concepts: play features and interactive sidewalks painted with bright vibrant colors. Want to leave your mark on the playground, literally? Join them for sidewalk painting on Saturday, July 13 and Sunday, July 14. Sign up online. 555 Towner St., Ypsilanti. 734-544-6700.

Combining Art With STEM

This summer Makers ‘N Shakers is offering youth classes at the Plymouth Artist Collective. Makerspace is a movement that involves combining DIY art projects with education. Session one is from July 9-July 30, and session two is from August 6-August 27. Some projects featured will include stick weaving looms, floral color wheel and paper forest. Concepts like color theory, composition and environment and measurements will be explored through projects designed for ages six and up. —EB Tuesdays, 10am-12pm. $40 per class or $149 per session (four classes). 650 Church Street, Plymouth.

Morgan & York converts to York, adds Ricewood BBQ walk-up window

The infamous Morgan & York, home of the Cheese, Cheese, Cheese vintage sign out front, changed ownership in mid-June with the departure of Matthew Morgan. Tommy York continues on, renaming and remodeling the wine, cheese, coffee, store/cafe/bar at 1928 Packard St, now named York. Additionally, Ricewood BBQ, a former food truck, will operate a permanent walk-up window featuring a newly expanded menu. Monday-Friday from 7:30am to 9pm, Saturdays from 8am-9pm and Sundays from 9am-5pm. 1928 Packard St. 734-662-0798.

K & D Bistro Vietnamese fare in Ypsi Twp Opened in mid-May in the strip mall just off Whittaker across from the Eaglecrest Marriott, K & D Bistro offers fast, casual and affordable Vietnamese food. The menu consists of Vietnamense favorites (all under $10), like Bahn Mi (a Vietnamese sub) or Pho (Vietnamese noodles) with eggrolls and a selection of beverages. Daily, 11am-8pm. 1290 Anna J. Stepp Dr. 734-262-5262.

UMMA Cafe Joining the trend of creating social spaces in public cultural institutions, the University of Michigan Museum of Art opened the UMMA Cafe last month, featuring pastries, sandwiches, bento boxes, salads and signature drinks. UMMA plans to offer Cafe programming in the future including talks, special events, music and more. 525 S. State St. 734-764-0395.

Zion Well, meditation/ yoga studio, on Ford Lake


Zion Well is nestled among trees in a small commercial building in Ypsilanti overlooking the north end of Ford Lake. Check the schedule for daily courses offering various lineups of 30-minute meditation classes and hour-long yoga classes for all levels of practitioners with a variety of price packages.

Offer valid one-time per household. New customers only.

Check online for class schedules. 874 South Grove St., Ypsilanti. 734-404-8899. • July 2019 •


tween the lines

advice for parents with children 10-16

Emily McCulloch with some of the blankets that she will be delivering to recipients at local hospitals.

Stitched With Hope

Saline teen gives gift of comfort with handmade blankets By Mary Rose Kulczak

For Emily McCulloch, sewing blankets is her skill, but giving them away is her passion. McCulloch, a fifteen year old freshman at Saline High School, created Hope Blankets, a website that connects her blankets with children who have various medical conditions. To date, she has given away over 150 blankets to children across the country and around the world.


“I send blankets to kids with special needs: cancer, chronic illness, medical disabilities. In general, to people who need some extra kindness,” she explained. “Right now, I’m making a blanket for a little boy who was a victim of a gunshot who is at Mott (Children's Hospital) right now. Families reach out to me, and I reach out to them.”

Connecting With People McCulloch connects with recipients of her blankets through her website and Instagram account. “I follow a lot of prayer pages and awareness pages. Sometimes they ask me, or a lot of times I contact them.” Through the online application process, McCulloch is able to gather information on the child, and uses their special likes and interests to create a custom blanket for them. The finished blanket is either shipped to the child, or hand delivered if they are in the area. “I just want to be able to send them to as many kids as possible. Right now, it’s challenging because of funding. I’ve done bottle drives and bake sales and t-shirt fundraisers. I want to be able to contact more people and reach as many people as possible. My favorite thing to do is hand deliver them. I really like the face to face and meeting the kids is really special to me. It’s my favorite part.” Speaking with kids about kindness Recently, McCulloch was invited by a teacher at a Plymouth elementary school to speak to the students about her mission. “I had a whole presentation put together with photos of kids, a bunch of slides about being kind to people and choosing to make decisions that spread good things to other people, and that disabilities are not always visible,” she said. “I think the kids pick it up better when it’s coming from someone closer to their age rather than an adult coming in to talk about it.”

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The students at the school had a fundraiser and donated over $750 in gift cards to Joann Fabrics so that Emily could purchase supplies. In addition, the students also made 18 blankets and donated them to C.S. Mott’s Children’s Hospital. McCulloch’s mother, Jenny, is supportive of her daughter's work. “I think she’s opened our whole family to new opportunities,” she said. “Her Dad and I take her to visits to drop off the blankets and we get to meet the families as well. It’s amazing to see the difference she makes and the way she connects with people. We’re very proud of her.” Passion for the future In the future, McCulloch would like to continue helping children by becoming an occupational therapist. In the summer, she volunteers with Hornet Camp, a Saline Area Schools camp for students with special needs. She has also worked with a program called Light Up that offers camps for special needs kids learning how to ride bikes. “I always liked working with kids and had a passion for helping people,” she said. Every week, McCulloch stitches fabric at her sewing machine to make a positive impact in her community, one blanket at a time. For more information on Hope Blankets, visit the website or follow Hope Blankets on Instagram @hope.blankets.

You voted, now see who won. Plan the best overnight trip, pick out a great place for your family to volunteer, find the best cupcakes, and more! These Family Favorites are a great way to discover the best that the Ann Arbor area has to offer. And since our readers are the experts on Tree Town save this guide to all things local year round.



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Dipping 34 Flavors of Ice Cream Every Day!

SPORTING EVENT FOR FAMILIES University of Michigan Basketball

Runner-up: Ann Arbor Roller Derby

Pla&ces spaces


Serving Ann Arbor & the University of Michigan Community Since 1934

Family Life Services of Washtenaw County


Runner-up: Traverse City, MI

Huron Valley

The Creature Conservancy

Nature Center

Runner-up: 242 Community Center

Mon. – Thur. 5am to 10pm Fri. 5am to 11pm Sat. 6am to 11pm Sun. 6am to 10pm


Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum


Runner-up: Humane Society of


Runner-up: Leslie Science &

602 S. Ashley St. Ann Arbor, MI (734) 662-3244



Matthaei Botanical Gardens

Runner-up: Leslie Science & Nature Center

Toledo Zoo

Runner-up: Henry Ford Museum Greenfield Village

Donuts Made Fresh Daily



Pinckney Recreation Area Michigan Department of Natural Resources

Runner-up: The Little Seedling


Runner-up: Mackinaw Mill

Saline District Library


Runner-up: Ann Arbor District Library - Westgate


Creek Camping

Temple Beth Emeth

Runner-up: 242 Community Church

242 Community Center


Runner-up: Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum Hands-on Museum

Runner-up: University of Michigan Museum of Natural History

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Thank You for choosing Saline District Library as your favorite library branch for 2019!

we hope you’ll visit us this summer in person or online at 555 N. Maple Road, Saline, MI 48176 | 734-429-5450 • July 2019 •


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Timaerttyo P PLACE TO BUY A BIRTHDAY CAKE Dexter Bakery

Runner-up: Baker's Nook



Learning Express

Runner-up: The Little Seedling PLACE FOR AN INDOOR BIRTHDAY BASH

Champion Gymnastics


Leslie Science & Nature Center

Runner-up: Gallup Park

Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation

The Creature Conservancy If you’ve ever wanted to invite a three-banded armadillo or a gila monster to your birthday party, the Creature Conservancy is the venue for you! A party at this nonprofit includes an interactive presentation with 5-8 animals of your choice and an hour of unstructured time for games or refreshments. An experienced employee will show all guests––the nervous and the curious––how to properly hold and handle the animals, creating plenty of opportunities for photos. After all, what’s a better party favor than a picture with a boa constrictor? The party space, a sunny room filled with lush green plants, can fit 25-30 guests and is spacious enough for kids to play party games. The Creature Conservancy does not provide refreshments, but a fridge and freezer are available for food and drink storage. -LL

Runner-up: Chamberlin Pony Rides & Mobile Petting Zoo

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FROZEN YOGURT SHOP Dom-Bakeries/116166961738910

Dom Bakeries

Runner-up: The Cupcake Station CANDY SHOP

Kilwin’s Ann Arbor

Runner-up: The Rocket FAMILY-FRIENDLY RESTAURANT Zingerman's Roadhouse

Runner-up: Pizza House

Menchie's Frozen Yogurt

Runner-up: Dexter Creamery LOCAL PIZZA PLACE

Cottage Inn Pizza

Runner-up: Pizza House PLACE WHERE KIDS EAT FREE

MAIZ Mexican Cantina Need some coffee and you’re out and about with the whole family? Come to Carrigan Café in Saline! Their products are almost exclusively locally-sourced, including coffee from Coffee Express in Plymouth. They offer breakfast, lunch and dinner with an assortment of different sandwiches and soup. Every Sunday is family day where you can either bring a board game or borrow one from the café. Stop by with the family to enjoy a hot beverage and delicious gluten-free baked goods! - EB

Runner-up: Cultivate Coffee & Taphouse

Runner-up: The Pretzel Bell

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Jerusalem Garden

Runner-up: Seva Restaurant ICE CREAM SHOP Washtenaw Dairy

Runner-up: Blank Slate Creamery


Thank You for Voting for Us! Winner fSoerrvices

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Once Upon a Child Best place to volunteer

Runner-up: The Little Seedling

Runner-up: The Little Seedling



Once Upon a Child

(734) 661-3530 5245 JACKSON RD, ANN ARBOR Tuesdays - Fridays (11-7) Saturdays (10-7) • Sundays (10-5)



Free admission for one person when one person pays regular price. Weekdays only, subject to maximum capacity. 1-time use only. Expires 8/31/19.

Learning Express

The Little Seedling

Runner-up: Grow With Me

Runner-up: Kidopolis



Runner-up: Kat Foley

Busch's Fresh Food Market

Runner-up: Arbor Farms Market PLACE FOR FURNISHING THE NURSERY The Little Seedling


The Little Seedling

Runner-up: My Urban Toddler


Golden Wolf Photography


Wheels in Motion

Runner-up: Tree Fort Bikes PLACE TO BUY CHILDREN'S BOOKS Nicola's Books

Runner-up: Literati Bookstore


Ann Arbor Area Mamas Network annarbormamas

Runner-up: Hike it Baby Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor With Kids


Runner-up: Experienced Bad Mom

Runner-up: @thelittleseedling


We love our campers!



Flexible Scheduling | Themed Weeks | Weekly Field Trips | Daily Swimming


Our day camp is almost sold out, but we still have room in our Specialty Camps:

FTC Robotics • Theatre Camp • Reader’s Theater • Backyard Ballistics Enrichment program & extended daycare, 8am-6pm for campers entering kindergarten to 13 years

1735 S. Wagner Rd., Ann Arbor | 734.994.2636 ext. 2240 |


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School Age Child Care, Ann Arbor Public Schools

Ann Arbor Public Schools Community Education and Recreation Department is proud to offer a quality after school care option that is committed to enhancing the overall well being of children who attend their School Age Child Care Program. Their program is designed to both enrich and complement a child’s school experience at local public elementary schools. The child care program features age-appropriate activities and games for both fun and to learn new skills. They also are proud to offer kids a snack menu that meet or exceed the National After School Association of Healthy Eating Standards. In line with the school districts priorities, they are committed to financial accessibility and offer a scholarship program. -LE

Runner-up: Hand in Hand Music


Bonnie Jacques (Saline Cooperative Preschool)

Runner-up: Ms. Rauchelle

(Stone School)


Tracey Smith (Early Learning Center)

Runner-up: Michele Buchanan

Runner-up: Washtenaw Christian Academy CHARTER SCHOOL

Honey Creek Community School

Runner-up: South Arbor Charter Academy PRIVATE/PAROCHIAL SCHOOL

Washtenaw Christian Academy

Runner-up: St. Francis of Assisi

(Daycroft School)



Great Lakes Educational Group

Washtenaw Christian Academy Runner-up: Kumon of Ann Arbor

Runner-up: Pleasant Ridge Elementary SPECIAL NEEDS SERVICES

Creating Brighter Futures

Runner-up: A2 Therapy Works DAYCARE

Discovery Center

Runner-up: Gretchen's House Child

Salt Springs Brewery

Champion Gymnastics

Runner-up: Spinning Dot Theatre

Runner-up: Gym America



Hand in Hand Music

Runner-up: The Studio Centre

Runner-up: Kindermusik with



Hensel Kenpo Karate

Runner-up: Ann Arbor Art Center

Runner-up: The Discovery Center

Saline Middle School



Riverside Arts Center

Development Centers


Dance Xplosion


Early Learning Center

Meme Ti

enrichment Activities Center Stage Production


Jeanna Hoyt

Runner-up: Saline ATA Martial Arts

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Runner-up: Gratzi GIRLS NIGHT OUT Vinology

Runner-up: Muse Atelier Vintage



Bellanina Day Spa

Runner-up: Vis-Vis Salon & Spa COFFEE SHOP FOR MOM AND DAD Carrigan Cafe

Runner-up: Brewed Awakenings 2084 South Main St. | Ann Arbor 734.975.8730 |

Thank you for voting us family favorite for place where kids eat free!

734.340.6010 • July 2019 •


Thank you Ann Arbor Family readers, patients, families and friends… We appreciate your confidence in voting Dr. Katherine Kelly and team Your Family Favorite Orthodontist 2019

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Jenni Schultz, CNM, IHA Nurse Midwives

Runner-up: Ann Arbor Birth & Family

Child Health Associates

Runner-up: Liberty Pediatrics URGENT CARE

IHA Urgent Care - West Arbor

Runner-up: IHA Urgent Care

We strive to provide our patients with exceptional quality care in a fun family environment. Thank you for acknowledging our mission!

Call today to schedule a Complimentary consultation

Dr. Katherine Kelly ORTHODONTICS


Domino's Farms

Moving to a new location at:


August 2019 Just .8 “smiles” away from our current location… A new home but same great focus!

Runner-up: Tree Town Pediatric Dentistry


Dr. Amanda Kaufman

Dr. Katherine Kelly Orthodontics

Runner-up: Dr. Jill Ann Noble

Runner-up: Ann Arbor Orthodontics



Creating Brighter Futures

C.S. Mott Children's Hospital

Dr. Glenn Edward Green, Michigan Medicine Ped Otolaryngology Clinic

Runner-up: Saint Joseph Mercy

Runner-up: Dr. Jan Anders Akervall,

Health System

St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor





Saint Joseph Mercy Health System Hospital - Michigan Medicine

Ann Arbor Pediatric Dentistry



New Era Chiropractor Dr. Norman Gove, IHA OB/GYN Domino's Farms Runner-up: Ann Arbor Chiropractic


Runner-up: Obstetrics &

Gynecology at Briarwood Center Michigan Medicine

Runner-up: A2 Therapy Works Ann Arbor Birth & Family

Dr. Erica Carder, Ann Arbor Clinic Runner-up: Ann Arbor Center for Vision Enhancement for the Family

Runner-up: Von Voigtlander Women's Runner-up: Bennett Optometry




Runner-up: Integrative Health Providers

Wellness Center



Dr. Marc McMorris, Michigan Medicine Allergy Clinic

Affordable Vet Services

Runner-up: Animal Medical Center of Saline marc-s-mcmorris-md

Runner-up: Dr. Jeffery Leflein, Allergy

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Getive Act PLACE TO GO ICE SKATING Ann Arbor Ice Cube

& Immunology Associates of Michigan


Upward Basketball and Cheerleading

Runner-up: Saline FC

Ann Arbor YMCA

Runner-up: Delirium Fitness

Runner-up: Veterans Memorial Park


Indoor Ice Arena


University of Michigan Sports Camp

Runner-up: Saline Recreation Center

Runner-up: WideWorld Sports Center



Preschool and Young 5’s Programs Accepting Enrollments for the 2019-2020 School Year

Runner-up: Saline FC

Runner-up: County Farm Park


Runner-up: Stone Mountain Mini Golf PARK OR PLAYGROUND Gallup Park


Rolling Hills Water Park Rolling-Hills-Water-Park

Runner-up: Veterans Memorial Pool



Goldfish Swim School

Putterz Golf and Games

Ann Arbor Recreation and Education

Honey Creek Community School Summer Program

Runner-up: Stone School Cooperative Preschool

Ann Arbor Recreation and Education


Runner-up: Washtenaw County Upward Sports

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242 Community Church

Runner-up: SpringHill Summer Camps

“Wak e up!”

“Attack the ball!”

Parenting From the Sidelines: The Good, Bad and the Ugly

Find out what Ann Arbor area coaches and parents have to say about this controversial topic. By Jessica Schrader

Any sports parent knows this scene well: you’re in the stands or on the sidelines watching your kid play her heart out, but you’re also listening to the other parents offering a little ametuer “coaching” from their seats. It ranges from the good – like cheering for a goal or shouting out “nice hustle!” – to the less-thanencouraging examples above. In extreme cases, it can get ugly, too: harsh criticism directed at other people’s kids, insulting referees and even altercations with coaches. It’s a classic case of parents behaving badly, and many parents don’t even realize they’re doing it. From a coaching perspective, though, the effects are clear. “Even at the younger levels, when parents yell – even if it’s a ‘go get the ball’ and they’re not even really yelling – the kid freezes up,” says Seth Dodson, Ann Arbor Rec and Ed team sports manager, who has previously coached competitive high school basketball and his own kids’ sports teams. “They hear their dad or their mom and we’ve noticed that (they freeze). A dad screams and the kids all stop.” ‘Let the coach be the voice’ That’s the opposite of what parents intend to happen, but it’s one of many reasons moms and dads are encouraged to step back and allow coaches to do their jobs. “Let the coach be the voice during the games,” Dodson recommends. “Don’t try to get in the middle of anything.” That’s a theme that was echoed by those involved in Ann Arbor area youth sports when talking about sideline parenting. It’s a controversial topic that gets a lot of press, especially when bad parent behavior makes headlines. Setting an example Ann Arbor mom Kara Hewett, whose 12-year-old daughter plays soccer, has seen it all: parents calling out their kids for missing a shot or pass, referee-taunting, policing “rough” behavior from the opposing team, and more. “Just a couple of weeks ago a player on our team was pushed down by an opponent,” she explains. “The girl apologized and the parent got mad and told her daughter to not apologize and said 'don't talk to us.’”=

Hewett says her daughter’s soccer club reminds parents to serve as positive examples, to be respectful and to avoid arguments with refs. “I always simply offer positive encouragement during games and leave any constructive criticism for the drive home,” she says. “It is the coach’s role to provide that constructive criticism or feedback to the players.” More harm than good For most of us, slightly overzealous sideline criticism – the “you should’ve had that!” sort of comment – is as bad as it gets. Ann Arbor tends to be a friendly place, after all, and coaches and parents agree that camaraderie among team families is strong. “We really do have a phenomenal set of parents,” Dodson says. “I’d say 98 percent of our parents are so supportive of their teams.” Unfortunately, those who don’t fall into that category can cast a long shadow. When parents aggressively “coach” from the sidelines, players are often left distracted or even conflicted on how to manage a play. “When a parent’s talking to their kid, the player is not listening to what I’m trying to instruct them to do,” he says. “The coach then becomes secondary and the kids are looking in the stands to hear what mom or dad thinks should happen.” Too much parental input can put undue pressure on young athletes, leading to burnout. “When a parent is more invested than the child in that activity, as soon as there’s a chance for that player to get out of playing the sport, they’re going to do just that.” Ultimately, this behavior can lead to fewer coaches willing to get involved. “A lot of times the coach says, ‘I’m not dealing with this; I quit.’ People don’t necessarily want to coach when you’re dealing with that,” Dodson says. All in good fun So what can parents do instead? If they feel strongly about offering feedback to their young athlete, they can save those conversations for the car on the way home. “I think the most important thing is to really let the child play. Let them have fun, let them enjoy the sport,” Dodson says. “Let the coach coach, and be positive.”

Though it can be tough to remember in competitive sports, it’s not all about winning. As Dodson once told a parent, his job wasn’t to prepare that student for a spot on a certain high school team. “I said my job is to make sure that the coach is instructing the kids so that in 20 years that kid is still loving the sport that they were taught at Rec and Ed,” he says. “And when they have kids, that they will want to coach their kid, paying it forward.” Parents can also feel free to clap and cheer as a positive way to encourage their player – and, preferably, their teammates and even the opposing team. “We want it to be encouraging and supporting instead of instruction,” says Leigh Rumbold, director of coaching for the Saline Area Soccer Association. “Some people can get a little over excited – we’re not playing for the World Cup here – but I’ve seen cases where teams have praised the other teams as well for good play, which is excellent to see. The overall goal is to improve kids’ development. Sometimes

praising the other team speaks volumes for your own team.” Just as negative feedback can weigh kids down, “encouragement that’s positive, can lift them up.” Even though Saline FC is part of a travel soccer league, the more competitive atmosphere doesn’t grant parents a pass for critical sideline behavior. “Sometimes we need to recognize that they’re kids and they’re trying to learn the game,” says Rumbold, who coached in England before coming to coach in the U.S. six years ago. “The game’s all about decision-making and sometimes in order to improve they’ll need to make the wrong decision and learn from it to next time make the right decision.” The focus is more on developing the player, he says. “Ultimately we’re all here to set a good example for the players,” he says. “We do want to win, but everybody’s a human being at the end of the day.”

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Getting Real About Being ‘Fine’ Local Author Camille Pagán Depicts Midlife Marriage in Her Latest

Ann Arbor author and mom Camille Pagán offers a fictional depiction of a woman struggling to be ‘enough’ in I’m Fine and Neither Are You.

By Lori Maranville

Author Camille Pagán’s new book, I’m Fine and Neither Are You may resonate with the overextended mothers of today’s world. A busy mom of two living in Ann Arbor, Pagán purposely stays away from autobiographical storytelling, although her ideas are stoked by real life interactions. Striving to create relatable characters, this latest book is her fifth, with another due out next year and one more in the works. “A lot of people say that (reading) my books are like having a candid conversation with a good friend.” Penelope’s story The newest story centers on Penelope RuizKar, a wife, mother and breadwinner for her family, trying desperately to hold it all together. Meanwhile, her friend Jenny Sweet seems to have the perfect life until tragedy strikes and the veneer of perfection is shattered. Penelope reacts by trying to inject radical honesty into her own life and marriage which causes its own brand of upheaval. Pagán says the character of Penelope grew out of a conversation she had with a good friend several years ago whose mother was going through cancer treatments. At the time, Pagán was working full-time as an editor and trying to finish a book. Her son wasn’t sleeping through the night and she had a lot going on. When her friend asked how she was, she answered the way so many women answer—“I’m fine.” “I didn’t want to say I wasn’t fine because I was measuring my pain against hers.” “She looked at me and said: ‘Camille, I didn’t ask you to be nice. I want the honest answer. It’s okay if you’re not fine,' and she said 'you know that right?’ I think I knew it logically but not emotionally.”

Q&A with Camille Pagán Favorite local spot to relax with the family: Our front porch. We live on a one-block street, and we’re a tightknit little community. When we’re out on the porch, we often wind up having neighbors stop over. Where do you do your most productive writing: My home office. That’s where I do 99% of my writing. The cover of Camille Pagán’s new book I’m Fine and Neither Are You. Facade of fine Pagán said she wanted to bring the spirit of that interaction to life in story form knowing many mothers wear the facade of being “fine” when they really are not. The other theme of the story came to her when she heard about a distant acquaintance who had died of an opioid overdose. “Everyone in her life was really surprised because she looked like she had it all together,” Pagán said. As a health writer for 20 years, she had been hearing about the opioid epidemic for a long time and the personal story of the acquaintance hit her especially hard. Her book is a meditation on midlife marriage, describing mothers trying to do it all and sometimes losing themselves in the process. The fact that her characters are similar to her and her husband in terms of life stage is really where the similarity ends, but she writes with an understanding of the overextended lives of working moms. “I just think everyone is stretched thin and exhaustion is almost a default state as a working parent.” Pagán counts herself lucky in being able to work from home as a writer. She also has a supportive husband, JP, who does much of the cooking and is a very hands on parent when it comes to their children, Indira, 11 and Xavi, 8.

What is your favorite children’s book to read to/with your children: The Frog and Toad books by Arnold Lobel. All four of us quote them all the time. Favorite Ann Arbor-area restaurant: Morgan & York is my go-to hangout for lunch and coffee (and now wine! They just opened a bar). The owner, Tommy York, knows all of his regular customers. Best outdoor recreation spot within 20 miles of your home: The Arb! I loved it when I was a student at UM. I lived right near there, and all these years later, the appeal hasn’t worn off. To find out more about Camille and her upcoming book ‘This Won’t End Well,’ visit her website at • July 2019 •


healthy kids Direct Primary Care Debuts in Washtenaw County Dr. Jeff O’Boyle brings personalized, affordable care to family medicine By Mary Rose Kulczak

Eight minutes. That is the average length of time that a primary care physician spends with their patients. That is, if you actually see a primary care physician and not a nurse practitioner or a physician’s assistant. It is easy to feel like a number and not a person in the insurance-driven medical system. Dr. Jeff O’Boyle knows the frustration. He felt it when he first began his career in medicine. “Originally, I did work for a large hospital system,” he said. “I kid you not, I was miserable within three months of my job. We are taught to give the patients an opportunity to talk about one or two issues. But what if the patient comes in with five issues or seven issues? Just have them come back. Well, that’s another co-pay, and sometimes people are taking half a day off work just to be seen.”

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Partners in health Families are increasingly turning to a new model of personalized health care that embraces a more accessible and affordable approach. Direct Primary Care, which replaces high cost insurance models with affordable membership options, has been growing for the past fifteen years, with over 2000 clinics across the country. Locally, there are clinics in Brighton, Detroit, Okemos, Rochester Hills and now, Ann Arbor. Dr. O’Boyle opened his Ann Arbor practice, Beyond Primary Care, in 2018 with the goal of working directly for the patients. Often referred to as “blue collar concierge medicine”, his membership-forcare practice covers everything from pediatric to adult primary care. “I’m passionate about affordable and accessible health care,” Dr. O’Boyle said. “We eliminate the unnecessary overhead found in the insurance-based systems. For me, that allows me to create time and space again. I can give individualized care, not just a cookie cutter approach that someone may be getting when they are seeing a doctor for five to eight minutes facetime.” A different approach Patients quickly realize they are in for a different experience as they are greeted by Dr. O’Boyle the minute they walk through the door. There are no receptionists, nurses or assistants. He offers bottled water and sits with patients at the kitchen table in the homey foyer, where they comfortably discuss their concerns before heading to the examination room. Dr. O’Boyle collects vital patient information himself, and even conducts blood draws and dis-

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Dr. Jeff O’Boyle penses common prescriptions from his pharmacy, all at wholesale costs that are a fraction of the pricing with typical insurance plans. “I am in family medicine, so I take care of everyone from newborns to toddlers to teenage years and their parents, also. You can bring them all in. If you make an appointment, you know it is me you are seeing every time.” This personal approach is evident in how he communicates with his patients as well. He is responsive to phone calls, emails, and texts. Through his website and blog, he shares information on medical conditions, family financial issues, and healthy recipes, all in an effort to engage with the community. “That level of communication just does not exist in the insurance-based model,” he said. Dr. O’Boyle understands the strain that medical costs can put on families. He offers affordable monthly and yearly membership options, with transparent pricing for meds, labs, and imaging. “You are not going to get a surprise bill in the mail,” he promises. “Being seen by a primary care doctor is proven to be one of the main drivers for cost containment in health care,” he said. “If you can’t see a primary care physician, you go to urgent care or the emergency room, in which case the costs go up. I offer same day and next day appointments.” “A lot of people have co-pays and deductibles that they have to meet, and often those deductibles can be cost prohibitive to even use that medical care. My clinic, hopefully, bridges that gap.” For more information on direct primary care, visit O'Boyle's website,

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Fiesta! Fiesta!

Bandito’s makes a colorful comeback By Julie and David Sturza

BANDITO’S FRESH MEX 3395 Plymouth Rd Ann Arbor, MI 48105 (734) 996-0234 Monday – Saturday 10am-10pm Sunday – Closed

Everybody loves a good comeback story and Bandito’s Fresh Mex restaurant is having just that. About two years ago, Bandito’s owner, Kanwar Sandhanwalia, was told he would have to close for a few hours to accommodate a construction project at the restaurant’s former location on Fourth Avenue in Ann Arbor. A few hours turned into a few months, which eventually turned into 18 months of financial and legal issues that turned, Sandhanwalia’s world upside down. But step into the new location on Plymouth Road (the former Olga’s Kitchen), and you quickly see that Bandito’s future looks bright. Colorful walls, carved chairs with amazing details, and marbled tabletops are just a few of the design elements that brighten up the large space and invite diners in for classic Tex-Mex. In an era where many new restaurants are embracing sleek and modern designs, sometimes it’s nice to see a place embrace a little kitsch. Actually, the décor, including a life-size, ‘Día de los Muertos’ statue, was a highlight of our visit. Now, with three times the space of the Fourth Avenue location and three times the business, according to Sandhanwalia, Bandito’s is on its way to writing its next joyful chapter.


Colorful art covers the walls at Bandito’s. Standard Tex-Mex options abound The menu at Bandito’s is large and packed with the Tex-Mex standards we all know and love. Fresh chips and homemade salsa are complementary and we added queso ($7.95) to keep us busy while we waited for our entrees to come out. The homemade salsa was mild enough that even our 11-month old was happy to enjoy a spoonful. The Fiesta Combo platters work well for those of us who like a little bit of everything. We chose the #35, three enchiladas, one beef, one chicken and one cheese, plus a hardshell beef taco, served with rice, beans, guacamole and sour cream ($13.50). It was a great sampling of what Bandito’s has to offer and the shredded beef was the standout for us. We also tasted the Chimichanga ($8.50), the fried burrito which has become standard Tex-Mex fare. We chose the vegetarian option with only beans, cheese and onion. The tortilla was the best part, perfectly warm and flaky, yet still soft and chewy, an excellent vessel for any filling.

(Top to bottom) A combo plate featuring enchiladas, and hard shell taco plus rice and beans. The enchilada plate.

Not seeing any kid-specific menu items, we ordered regular nachos ($7.95), crispy chips topped with cheese served with salsa, and a cheese quesadilla ($9.95) for our little ones. Both were simple and satisfactory for their tastes, which is sometimes all we can ask. Of course, the large portion and higher price did give us pause. After our meal, Sandhanwalia informed us that Bandito’s does in fact have a kids’ menu, but in the chaos of opening the new location, they haven’t yet printed them. So families looking for alternative kids’ choices should be sure to ask about options before ordering. Bandito’s has a range of dessert options to end the meal on a sweet note, including caramel flan ($5.95), tres leches cake ($7.50), and strawberry cheesecake ($6.95). We opted for the hot fudge sundae ($5.95), which distinguishes itself with its crisp fried dough bowl, a tasty and a fun new experience for the kids. Bandito’s also offers a full bar with margaritas which locals rave about, but being that it was 11am on a Saturday, we decided to stick with soda, water, and lemonade.

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New customers welcome! According to Sandhanwalia, the new location is attracting lots of new customers, while continuing to serve the loyal regulars who visited the Fourth Avenue location for years. The easy parking is something many diners appreciate, another reason why there are more families than ever before. We think many families will enjoy the combination of extra elbow room, Tex-Mex dishes and the fun, colorful decor. See for yourself why Bandito’s has created such a large group of devotees!

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Kid-friendly: Yes. To avoid wait: Come anytime, there’s plenty of room! Noise level: Low. Bathroom amenities: Changing table. High chairs? Yes. Kids’ menu? Yes. Anything healthy for kids? Yes. Food allergy concerns? Talk to your server – almost all items are made in house, so they know the ingredients well.

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Food Truck Rallies 5-8pm. Ann Arbor Farmers Market. Free Taste a variety of food truck fare while enjoying live music. cdd



Jaycees Fourth of July Parade 10am. Downtown Ann Arbor. Free Start your 4th of July by taking your family to enjoy the sights and sounds of the parade. Route available online. Saline 4th of July Fireworks 10pm. Crabtree Field, Saline. Free Bring the family to see a stunning fireworks display among Crabtree Field! Free parking available at adjacent Liberty School and Saline Middle School parking lots. Washtenaw Dairy’s 85th Year Celebration 11am-2pm. Washtenaw Dairy. Free Celebrate 85 years in production with a sprawling street party coupled with music, food, live acts, dancing, games and more!

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Camaro Superfest 2019 8am. Riverside Park, Ypsilanti. Free Check out a span of Camaro history at the annual superfest, or bring your own to be judged for a chance to take home a reward! Also on Saturday and Sunday. First Friday at the Farm 5-8pm. $6. The Petting Farm at Domino’s Farms. There’s something for animal lovers and foodies at First Friday! Visit a variety of food trucks at the pavilion before or after you make your rounds at the petting zoo. Whitmore Lake Boat Parade of Lights 9:30pm. Mac’s Marina, Whitmore Lake. Free Enjoy the beautiful boat parade as it lights up the night! You can even decorate your own boat with lights and enter it in the parade for a chance to a prize. cdd



Booksilanti Readers’ Fair 9am-4pm. Ypsilanti Freighthouse, Ypsilanti. Free Bookworms of all ages are invited to enjoy local authors, artisans, book sharing, kids’ story hours, and more!

Discover your inner cowboy

Southeast Michigan might not be the wild, wild West, but Horse’ N Around Stables BBQ Chuck-Wagon Trail Rides provide a oncein-a-lifetime opportunity to be a cowboy for a day! For $50 per person, cowboys at heart will be provided with a steady steed and a real chuck-wagon prepared meal out on the trail. Don’t miss the chance to explore the forests of Michigan wilderness on this hour long trail ride in the Waterloo State Recreation Area. This opportunity is for riders age six and up and a reservation is required. If you have your own horse, they are invited too! Just call to reserve a meal. —LL

Nature Story Time: Beautiful Bugs 9-10am. $5. Hudson Mills Metropark, Dexter. Take your child’s fear out of insects with an hour of engaging story and craft. Ages 4-8 with an adult. Pre-register at 734-426-8211.




The Greatest Showman 10pm. Rackham Auditorium. Free Check out this showing of The Greatest Showman, a 2017 musical film with numbers written by University of Michigan alumni Benj Pasek and Justin Paul! cdd


Friday, July 12-Sunday, July 14. Breakfast, lunch, or dinner reservations available. $50/person. 12891 Trist Road, Grass Lake. 734-637-4457.

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Space-Palooza 2-3pm. Tecumseh District Library, Tecumseh. Free Give your children a view into the historic Apollo 11, as well as other out-of-this-world facts presented by author Rhonda Gowler Greene. Call 517-423-2238 to register.



For the third year, the Charter Township of Ypsilanti is hosting the Rosie the Riveter Arts and Craft Show at beautiful North Bay Park. This year’s familyfriendly event will feature over 100 unique crafters, vendors and a food truck rally along with face painting, a bounce house, music, and the newly installed, ADA compliant play-scape. New for this year will be Merchant’s Row featuring non-crafter, local businesses. The Willow Run chapter of the American Rosie the Riveter Association (AARA) featuring the “Original Rosies” will be in attendance to share history and take photos. The Ypsilanti Township Fire Department will roll out their “Rosie the Riveter” themed fire engine and the Washtenaw County Road Commission’s “big trucks” will make an appearance. The “Rosie Show” has something for everyone! —LE


MomShare Group 1pm. Women’s Center of Southeastern Michigan. Free Meet and chat with other expecting mothers and new mothers at this drop-in support group. All mothers are welcome. Teen Advisory Group 4:30pm. YDL-Whittaker, Ypsilanti. Free Plan programs, recommend materials, volunteer in the community, develop leadership skills, eat snacks, and meet friends. Apply online at Ages 12-18. Also on 7/23. cdd



Domino World 2019 10am-4pm. Free-$12.50. Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum. Watch the construction of a 25,000-piece domino structure, then help to knock it down at 6pm on Thursday, 7/18! Explore a variety of other domino-related activities at the Museum throughout the week. Children’s Concert 8pm. West Park Bandshell, Ann Arbor. Free A special evening of music for the young and young at heart. Bring your Teddy Bear and join in the Teddy Bear Picnic Parade. Hosted by the Ann Arbor Civic Band. cdd


Saturday, July 27. 10am-4pm. Parking is $2. North Bay Park, 1001 N. Huron St., Ypsilanti. Find the event page on Facebook. cdd



2019 Lavender Harvest Festival 10am. $4-$7. Lavender Lane, Milan. Take in the sights and scents of the festival, featuring a sprawl of lavender, plus live music, artisans, food, drinks and more! Daring Day for Kids Camp 10am-2pm. $30. Hudson Mills Metropark, Dexter. Children can learn an array of survival skills through interactive fun in the Daring Day camp! Ages 8 and up. Bring a lunch and water bottle. Pre-register at 734-426-8211.

Super Sprouts Kid’s Club Event: Painted Pot Wind Chime 11:30am. $5. English Gardens Plymouth Nursery, Plymouth. Create and take home a craft. Supplies provided. Adult supervision required. Pre-register online. Petal Pittsfield 9:30-11am. Lillie Park South. Free Cyclists of all ages can learn about bike safety and maintenance skills, and get your bike checked out by the pros, all before an awesome group-ride through the park. Pre-registration required. Continued on pg. 22


24th Annual Rolling Sculpture Car Show 2-10pm. Downtown Ann Arbor. Free Take in the sights of automotive history with this sprawling car show, featuring more than 300 different vehicles. Saline Celtic Festival 10am. Free-$45. 100 N. Harris St., Saline. Engage your family into the diverse world of Celtic culture, with music, dance, Irish athletics of the past and present, sheep herding and more! Also on Saturday. • July 2019 •




Backyard Creatures Craft 2-3pm. Ann Arbor Pittsfield Branch Library. Free Create your own birds, frogs, and fish. Supplies provided. For grades K-5.




Glug! Glug! Adventures Under the Sea! 10am-noon. $125. Wild Swan Theater. Dive into life under the sea in this weeklong theater camp! Pre-registration and additional information is available online. For ages 4-6. Through Friday, 7/9. Townie Street Party 5-9:30pm. North University between Thayer and Fletcher. Free Enjoy local festivities, including live music, food, drinks, the Youth Art Fair, and more!




Disc Golf for Teens Camp 10am-2pm. $30. Hudson Mills Metropark, Dexter. Learn the game of disc golf, and play a few holes on the Hudson Mills Disc Golf Course! All equipment is provided. For ages 12-15. cdd



Nature Storytime: Mud Day 10-11am. $4-$5. Leslie Science and Nature Center. Get messy as you and your child learn about the mud! Bring a swimsuit or change of clothes. Free for adults and siblings under 2 years old. Felt Emojis and Emoji Masks 1-2pm. Traverwood Branch Library. Free July 17th is World Emoji Day! Celebrate by making a stuffed felt or a simple emoji mask. For grades K-8.



Spaced-Out Family Movie Night: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial 6pm. Saline District Library, Saline. Free Take the family to see the 1982 classic! Bring your own pillows and blankets; snacks and drinks are provided. Elementary children must be accompanied by an older sibling or adult.

Ann Arbor Art Fair Thursday-Saturday 10am-9pm, Sunday noon-6pm. Downtown Ann Arbor. Free Four separate fairs create one can’t-miss for art enthusiasts and curious onlookers alike. There’s something for everyone! Parking prices vary. For more information, see online. Through Sunday, 7/21. cdd



Movie in the Park: Incredibles 2 6:30pm. Mill Pond Park, Saline. Free Bring a blanket or lawn chairs to this free event featuring fun family activities starting at 6:30 pm including inflatable bouncers, music, sponsor activities, concessions, picnicking, games and more! Movie begins at dusk. Rain location: Liberty School. cdd



Dive-In Movies 8pm. $4-$5. Fuller Park Pool. Come and see The Little Mermaid while relaxing in the Fuller Park Pool with the whole family. The film begins at 8:30pm. Bring your own inner tube. Spider-Man: Far From Home (Autism Friendly) 10:30am. $6. Emagine Saline, Saline. This sensory friendly special program makes going to the movies a more enjoyable and accessible experience for families, children, and teens on the autism and special needs spectrums. Firefly 5k Glow-in-the-Dark Fun Run 6:30-10pm. County Farm Park. Free Run two laps through County Farm Park on a beautiful summer evening! Participants are invited to complete the course in whatever way makes them happy, whether running, walking, skipping, or hopping! cdd



Puppet Show | Wu Song Fights a Tiger 2-3:30pm. Ann Arbor District Library. Free Come and see this unique puppet show, based on an episode from the classic Chinese novel Outlaws of the March. Live music will accompany the show.

Washtenaw County 4-H Youth Show 8am. Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds. Free This weekly annual show features plenty of things to do for the whole family, including poultry showcases, animal shows, art project displays, contests, games and more! Through Friday. 7/26. Fireside Fun 6:30-8pm. Leslie Science and Nature Center. Free For some great, classic summer fun, come to the campfire circle with the whole family! All s’mores makings will be provided. cdd



Cartooning & Comic Book Drawing 5pm. YDL-Downtown, Ypsilanti. Free This workshop teaches children techniques to draw their favorite superheroes and villains, as well as crafting a story with their characters! For ages 8-13. cdd



DIY Frisbee Decorating 11am-noon. Dexter District Library, Dexter. Free Children craft their own frisbee design during this interactive project! For grades K-4. cdd



A Broadway Celebration 7:30pm. Morris Lawrence Building. Free Bring the whole family to enjoy a concert put on by the Washtenaw Community Concert Band. Sounds & Sights Festival Thursday 6:30-11pm, Friday 10am-11pm, Saturday 8am-11pm. Various locations, Chelsea. Free This annual three-day festival offers food and drinks, live music, a classic car show, KidZone, the Chalk Art Contest, a farmer’s market and more! The Social Tent, featuring live music, requires a $5 cover charge. Through Saturday, 7/27.




Summer Safari 10am-12pm. $8. Matthaei Botanical Gardens. Kids ages 4-11 can come to the botanical gardens to create their very own safari notebook. Then, take that notebook on a guided safari through the Matthaei trails! cdd



The Big Dig Noon-4pm. $10-$13. 20300 Civic Center Dr., Southfield. Little builders will have the chance to operate various pieces of construction equipment and heavy machinery! The event also includes other kid-friendly activities, a DJ, and entertainment with proceeds going toward pediatric cancer research! Free tickets for pediatric cancer patients. Maker Faire 9:30am-6pm. $28/adult, $19/ages 5-11, Free 4 & under. Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn. Enjoy DIY crafts and hands-on workshops for all ages! cdd


Concerts in the Park - Gemily: Gemini + Emily 3-4:30pm. Burns Park. Free Enjoy an afternoon of folk tunes from twin brothers Sandor and Laszlo Slomovits, known as Gemini, as well as performances from Sandor’s daughter Emily. All-Girls Skate 9-11am. Ann Arbor Skatepark. Free Girls just want to skate! Head down to the Ann Arbor Skatepark for instructional skate lessons or to just have a great time. Snacks and equipment will be provided. cdd



Family Maker Nights 6:30-8:30pm. Ypsilanti District Library, Ypsilanti. Free Enjoy a night of sewing, knitting, building, and invention with the family, alongside free pizza and supplies! Children must be accompanied by parent.

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Children’s Garden Pop-Up 10-11:30am. Matthaei Botanical Gardens. Free In the botanical gardens, the Gaffield Children’s Garden will host a hands-on gardening activity. The suggested ages for this activity are 3-7.

Ann Arbor Civic Band Summer Series 8pm. West Park Bandshell. Free End your night at the West Park Bandshell each Wednesday with the sounds of music! The Ann Arbor Civic Band will be playing instrumental shows throughout July in different themes, including “American Celebration,” “Children’s Concert,” “Let’s Fall in Love,” and “Pop Icons.” Check online for more information.


Yoga with Cats 7:30-8:30pm. $10. Tiny Lions Lounge and Adoption Center. Stimulate the mind with the calming meditation of yoga alongside a host of furry felines! Ages 12 and over (16 and under must be accompanied by an adult). Pre-register online.


Dexter Summer Concert Series 6:30pm. Monument Park Gazebo, Dexter. Free Swing into Monument Park every Friday for an evening of musical delight. Check online for the schedule.

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