13 Free Things to Do in Washtenaw County in January

January 16

KinderConcert

At KinderConcert, children are invited from 10-10:45 a.m. to dance to the tunes of pianist Kathryn Goodson and oboist Timothy Michling from the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra

Ypsilanti District Library, Whittaker Branch, 5577 Whittaker Rd, Ypsilanti.

January 18

Duplo Days

Duplo blocks are provided for kids and their grown ups during Duplo Days to use their imagination from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. 

Traverwood Branch Library, 3333 Traverwood Dr, Ann Arbor. 

January 19

Sensation Stations

Children 10 months to two years old are invited to engage their senses by scooping, pouring, shaking, and sorting a variety of materials, and will explore colors, shapes, textures, and sounds. 

Malletts Creek Branch Library, 3090 E. Eisenhower Pkwy, Ann Arbor. 

January 21

A Honey Bee Presentation with Bee Present Honey

Local Beekeepers Owen and Rebecca Wittekindt will offer engaging games, activities, and crafts to educate children about beekeeping from 1-2 p.m. 

Malletts Creek Branch Library, 3090 E. Eisenhower Pkwy, Ann Arbor

DIY Snow Globe

Make a waterless winter-themed snow globe at the library. Participants can bring their own figurine to use, or choose from the library’s supplies. 

Traverwood Branch Library, 3333 Traverwood Dr, Ann Arbor. 

January 22

Dancing Babies with Momo Kajiwara

Join Momo Kajiwara for a program of music and motion at the library from 1-1:45 p.m. 

AADL Downtown Branch, 343 S. 5th Ave, Ann Arbor.

January 27


Retro Gaming Night
First time players and seasoned veterans alike are welcome to compete at Retro Gaming Night and play some of Nintendo’s biggest retro hits like Mario Kart Double Dash, Super Smash Bros Melee, and other Gamecube classics. This event runs from 5:30-7:45 p.m.

AADL Downtown Branch, 343 S. 5th Ave, Ann Arbor.


Weekly free activities

Monday

Read with Me! Family Storytime

This family storytime experience offers an opportunity to explore a new book each week by reading the story, participating in themed activities, and examining the concepts of the story with songs and rhymes. It is held on Monday evenings from 6:30-7 p.m.

Ypsilanti District Library, Downtown Branch, 229 W. Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. 

Jumpstart Kindergarten

Through an engaging blend of activities and stories, Jumpstart Kindergarten is designed to help prepare preschoolers for school success. It is designed for readers ages four to six ready for longer stories and more independence. Each session builds school readiness skills and runs from 10:30-11:30 a.m. 

Ypsilanti District Library, Whittaker Branch, 5577 Whittaker Rd, Ypsilanti. 


Tuesday 

Discovery Time

Learn a variety of preschool readiness skills at fast-paced storytimes filled with music, movement, fingerplays, and books. Discovery Time is held on Tuesday mornings, 10:30-11:30am. 

Ypsilanti District Library, Whittaker Branch, 5577 Whittaker Rd, Ypsilanti. 


Wednesday

Toddler Takeover Storytime

Toddlers takeover and explore the library each Wednesday from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Stories, movement, music, and activities create a safe space and time for caregivers to connect with each other and allow young walkers to roam. 

Ypsilanti District Library, Downtown Branch, 229 W. Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. 

 

Kids Chess Club

Drop in from 4:30-5:30 p.m. and learn chess at the library with Jenny Skidmore Smith. All skill levels are welcome, but instruction will target beginners up to USCF 1500. This club is designed for youth ages eight-13 years old and their families. 

Ypsilanti District Library, Whittaker Branch, 5577 Whittaker Rd, Ypsilanti. 


Saturday

Kid’s Pokemon

At this weekly kids Pokemon event, participants learn to play or battle against others from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. This activity is designed for children ages six-12. 

The Upkeep Games, 2121 W. Stadium Blvd, Ann Arbor. 


 

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