After School Activities Guide

. January 31, 2013.

Back to school is the season of new. Whether it’s a new backpack, new teacher or new friends, the year promises plenty of excitement. But what can kids do when the school day is done? Ann Arbor Family’s After School Guide has compiled the best in the area for staying active outside the classroom!

Arts in Motion
2841 Boardwalk Dr.
Arts in Motion Dance and
Music Studio is committed to providing high quality dance and music training for students of all ages in a professional, state-of-the-art facility. It is vitally important for kids to have a place to go where they can be creative in a supportive and challenging environment. Arts in Motion is that place!




Barb’s Sewing School
Barb’s Sewing School offers varied classes including clothing construction and courses for beginning and intermediate
sewers. Children are provided with an hour of instruction one day per week and create their own handmade projects. With Barb’s Sewing School students learn to sew in a small environment
from an enthusiastic, hands-on instructor! For further information, contact Barb at barb@barbssewingschoolaa.
com or 734-662-6891.

Great Lakes
Educational Group
152 S. Industrial Dr., Saline
Great Lakes Educational Group provides expert K-12 academic tutoring and college test preparation. Our mission is to create a positive learning experience and develop a customized approach that maximizes each student’s potential. Sign up for academic tutoring before September 15th and have your registration fee waived!

Green Apple Garden Childcare and Bilingual Preschool
2664 Miller Rd.
Expand your horizons at Green AppleGarden Childcare and Bilingual Preschool! Offering an educational experience with an outdoor focus, Green Apple provides students, children six and under, hands-on learning with the use of gardening and outdoor play in its play-based curriculum. In addition, the Preschool boasts a nature program on Tuesday mornings, Spanish immersion preschool three days per week and both flexible scheduling and full time care.

1 Discovery Way
Toledo, OH
A field trip to Imagination Station is an ideal way for students to turn abstract concepts into hands-on action. With over 250 interactive exhibits, all aligned to state academic standards, field trips are a useful tool to help teach much needed science concepts and 21st century skills. For traditional classrooms, home schools or parents just looking for extracurricular educational opportunities, Imagination Station is a community partner dedicated to inspiring in children the wonder of science.

Kenville Studios
323 East Hoover Ave.
Embrace creativity and movement at Kenville Studios. Fostering grace and discipline, Kenville Studios provides instruction in ballroom, ballet, tap and jazz for all ages from beginner to advanced learners. Zumba, pilates, yoga and Broadway are ideal for mom and dad while little ones get creative with clay, puppets or art and movement classes on the weekends. Registration is currently underway!

Leslie Science and Nature Center
1831 Traver Rd.
Leslie Science and Nature Center offers a variety of programs that will teach and inspire students both at LSNC and at site. Field trips to LSNC offer 50 acres of fields, woods, pond and prairie to use as your outdoor classroom. LSNC also brings nature and the outside world to your facility. Programs at your site may include live animals, interactive activities, and exploring your outside habitats.
We offer programs for pre-school- High school. All LSNC programs have been designed to complement and enrich the GLCES. To schedule a program or for more info visit or call 734-997-1553.

ArtClass Round up

Get creative! From the Ann Arbor Art Center to the pottery wheel, there’s plenty of ways to get the creative juices flowing in Ann Arbor.

Children can create a multitude of projects at Abrakadoodle. Learn about color and texture, sculpture and even digital photographing in these mixed media classes. To schedule a class call.

1133 Broadway
Explore your inner potter! Clay classes let students try hand building and the pottery wheel to create their own works of art.

Chelsea Center for the Arts
400 Congdon St., Chelsea
Learn to crochet, capture the perfect photograph or draw to your heart’s content at the Chelsea Center for The Arts’ vast variety of classes.

Ann Arbor Art Center
117 W. Liberty St.
Become a potter or illustrate your own graphic novel! The Ann Arbor Art Center is a longstanding tradition of educational creativity in Ann Arbor where students can learn any medium and nurture their inner artist.

Two Twelve Arts Center
216 W. Michigan Ave., Saline
Learn the fundamentals of drawing, practice throwing on a pottery wheel or try glassblowing
in a variety of classes!

Wild Swan Theater
410 S. Maple Rd.
For over 30 years, families and teachers have made Wild Swan Theater a tradition, delighting in our magical, lively productions performed by our award-winning troupe of adult actors, dancers, musicians and American Sign Language performers. As the only professional theater dedicated to young people in Michigan, we realize parents and teachers alike count on us to bring to life the very best in children’s classics, introduce stories from other cultures in an accessible and fun way, while providing a theatrical experience like no other. site. Field trips to LSNC offer 50 acres of fields, woods, pond and prairie to use as your outdoor classroom. LSNC also brings nature and the outside world to your facility. Programs at your site may include live animals, interactive activities, and exploring your outside habitats.
We offer programs for pre-school- High school. All LSNC programs have been designed to complement and enrich the GLCES. To schedule a program or for more info visit or call 734-997-1553.

2111 Packard Rd., Suite C
Mathnasium of Ann Arbor offers year-round programs to help students (preK-12th grades) develop a strong math foundation and skills, as well as foster a deep understanding and growing confidence in math. Created in the U.S. by an acclaimed math educator over 35 years, the Mathnasium curriculum makes math make sense to kids. We tailor learning plans for each student based on sophisticated assessment tests. At each session, highly trained instructors provide guidance and encouragement to ensure success.

My Urban Toddler
7025 E. Michigan Ave.
My Urban Toddler provides something for them and something for you: a comprehensive shop with clothes and gear for expecting parents and young children, an award winning indoor play space, interactive classes including art, music, tumbling, ballet and prenatal classes and seminars focusing on childbirth
preparation. For more info please call 734-944-3628 or visit

The Wildlife Safari Company
The Wildlife Safari Company provides safe, fun entertaining and educational wildlife encounters, for all kinds of functions.
We specialize in safari-themed shows, lectures and exhibits that are great for schools, scout troops, libraries, birthday parties and more! Call us today at 734-454-1833 or visit www.theanimalguy. org

Now school is back in session, there's still time to enjoy the weather and gain an educational experience at the same time! Ann Arbor Family has collected a few great ideas to get classrooms out and active.

Blue House
1026 S. Main St.
Get creative at this locally loved handmade arts and crafts studio! Explore photography, make your own apron or learn to draw! Artists of all ages can expand their creativity with completely customizable projects. Visit the Community Studio during drop-in hours or schedule an activity for your preschool or elementary school students!

Calder Dairy and Farm
9334 Finzel Rd., Carleton
Learn about life on a diary farm. Watch as the "girls" are milked at 4pm every day. At 3pm, depending on the season, help the staff feed the baby calves. Students can also help feed the ducks, goats and sheep with Calder Dairy's hands-on, educational approach!

Chelsea Teddy Bear Factory
400 N. Main St., Chelsea
Embrace your inner teddy bear at the Chelsea Teddy Bear Factory. Groups can learn how teddy bears are made with a behind the scenes factory tour and investigate toys from the past in The Factory's Toy Museum.

Community Farm
1525 S. Fletcher Rd., Chelsea
Embrace Ann Arbor’s oldest CSA! Now in its 23rd year, the Community Farm offers hands-on lessons ranging from weeding and planting to learning about the Farm’s solar-powered tractor.

Jiffy Mix
201 W. North St., Chelsea
Right across the street from The Chelsea Teddy Bear Factory find The Chelsea Milling Company! Family owned and operated since 1930, the Milling Company
produces "JIFFY" prepared baking mix products. Groups and children ages six and up can tour the Chelsea facility Monday through Friday from 9am-1:30 pm. Watch a slideshow, have a snack and walk through the packaging plant!

Tantré Farm
2510 Hayes Road
Tantré Farm has been a certified organic farm since 1993 and grows over 50 varieties of fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers. Chickens, LaMancha goats and Guernsey cows also call the farm home. The family owned and operated organic farm shares a plethora of learning experiences with students from caring for barnyard animals to harvesting crops. Participating in the Edible Farm Tour is sure to keep students a buzz as they sample herbs, flowers and vegetables.

The Creature Conservancy
4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd.
Do as the creatures do. The Creature Conservancy brings animals to classrooms and hosts groups on-site with animals who can't make the trip. Whether it's a parma wallaby, crested porcupine, python or parrot, there's something for everyone with The Conservancy's specialized field trip programs including African Safari, Scales and Tails, Rainforest and Around the World in 80 minutes.