Gallup Park is a 69-acre park located along the Huron River & Geddes Pond. The park contains two playgrounds, a canoe livery, picnic areas and grills scattered throughout the park, two picnic shelters, open field for play, sceneic walkways, and over 3 miles trails that for biking, rollerblading, walking or running. Benches are scattered about for those who are there to just relax and maybe enjoy the sunny weather.
Neutral Zone Teen Center in downtown Ann Arbor, MI is located at 310 E Washington. The teen center focuses on being diverse, youth-driven teen center dedicated to promoting personal growth through artistic expression, community leadership and the exchange of ideas.
Its a place to keep kids safe and occupied after school and on weekends. To be hands-on you can check out their website www.neutral-zone.org to register to volunteer or donate.
In Ann Arbor, summer is full of events! Top of the Park, Art Fair, Summer Festival, etc., but what about fall?
In October there’s the Halloween Farmer’s Market in Kerrytown. Bring the kids that Saturday for trick-or-treating with the local vendors. They also have pumpkin carving! Sunday the Artisan’s Market & Kerrytown Shops have a kid costume parade with haystacks and stories, AND a treasure hunt! Also in Kerrytown, the Spice Merchants will have pumpkin dip & ginger cookies out Oct. 23 from 12-2. Hollanders School of Paper & Arts has many unique classes held the rest of the month- Letterpress Printing, journaling, Collage Techniques, & Paper Marbling.
And in November Ann Arbor holds the Jewish Book Fest at the Jewish Community Center. Have “Lunch and Learn” and shop the books for sale. It’s film counterpart is held mid-May. Nov. 13th Michigan A Cappella Fest (MACFest) will be at Rackham Auditorium doing a showcase of all 15 UM a’cappella groups.
Stay tuned for Winter events!
Ann Arbor might be full of entertainment and fun night life, with all the bars and events, but it is actually quite kid-friendly! So here’s one for the kids; the Ann Arbor Hands On Museum. Kids can learn with Professor Ray all about chemical reactions, solids and gases, and about sound vibrations. They also have special events such as foam ‘block parties’ and Creature Feature, where animal’s are brought in to share their unique qualities, like owls, iguanas, snakes, & giant turtles.
Open exhibits include a Butterfly and Moth exhibit, NASA Science exhibit, Internet exhibit, Solar and Light exhibits, plus a few others! Great for class field trips or just an afternoon out with Mom and Dad!