Start the Summer Off Strong in June With These Free Family Events

Event happening all month 

Little Trees, Big Impact

Throughout June, Matthaei Botanical Gardens Botanical Gardens will be holding a month long bonsai celebration. Each week is themed out. Check out the website for the schedule. 

Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Road, Ann Arbor. 

June 3

26th Annual African American Downtown Festival 

The event was created to pay homage to the various black businesses and families that resided in the Downtown Kerrytown area in the 1950’s and1960’s. Today there are no black families or businesses that remain. The community is invited to celebrate the history of these families and the contributions of these business owners. 

101 E. Huron St, Ann Arbor.

Pat-A-Cake Group for Children with Developmental Disabilities

The Pat-A-Cake Playgroup provides parents a place to chat while their children with developmental disabilities and their siblings are participating in structured play. 

Work and Play Cafe. 444 North Hewitt Road, Ypsilanti.

Read and Look

At this event, take over a corner of the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology and read a book about the ancient world together. Then participants will have the opportunity to find related artifacts and art on display.

The Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, 434 South State Street, Ann Arbor.

June 4

Free Community Park Day: The Howell Nature Center

The Howell Nature Center invites guests to enjoy the Wildlife & Discovery Park, Raptor Center, Ambassador Trail, and Alexandria’s NatureScape at no cost for the entire day. Registration is required. 

Howell Nature Center. 1005 Triangle Lake Road, Howell.

June 10 and June 11

Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival (A2CAF)

The Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival is a two day celebration of a lifelong love of comics with workshops, art activities, and one-on-one encounters between comics readers and comics makers. Both days of A2CAF go from 11 a.m.- 6 p.m.

A2SF Kidzone: Events throughout the month

The Ann Arbor Summer Fair (A2SF) will host a Kidzone each night. From swim safety, to storytimes, and more, here’s a full rundown of each Kidzone.

Ingalls Mall, 881 N. University, Ann Arbor.

June 9

Goldfish Swim School – Fish for Bubbles

At this event, kids can try their luck at fishing for bubbles in a kiddie pool, win fun prizes, and add their artistic genius to their Goldfish Mural.

June 10

A2ZERO Week

The City of Ann Arbor’s A2ZERO Week celebrates all things sustainable and innovative. Join them at A2SF’s Kidzone to learn new ways you can help keep the planet healthy.  The fun will include games, interactive creativity stations, and exhibits from the University of Michigan Natural History Museum. 

June 11

C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital

Child Life Specialists from C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital will help with guests with art projects using medical supplies such as Band-aids and gauze, among other surprise family-friendly activities.

 

June 13

A2SF Storytime with Booksweet

At the start of each hour, from 5-7 p.m, kids are welcome to gather and enjoy a story together. This will be followed by a kid-led author Q&A. This is a chance for the youngest readers to ask authors about their work and their very cool job. They’ll also do a fun zine craft together.

June 14

Zero-Waste Zone – U-M Campus of Sustainability

Join University of Michigan’s Office of Campus Sustainability for fun activities such as coloring sheets (printed on recycled paper) and other activities. Sustainable stories will also be read at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.

June 15

AADL Storytime

Ann Arbor District Library’s storytellers will hold three sessions of fun songs, stories, puppets and movement at storytime.

June 16

Juneteenth Cakewalk – U-M Juneteenth Planning Committee

Attendees of this event will learn about the origins of the now very popular cake walk. After learning the history, participants will partake in a modern cake walk. Winners will receive large prepackaged candy bars or other candy treats in lieu of providing cake.

June 17

Storytime with Jadein Black

Kids are invited to join Jadein Black in sharing stories, songs and joy on the hour at 5:30 p.m, 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Stop by for this special evening of Drag Queen Storytelling!

June 18

Discover the World of STEM

Celebrate the diverse and exciting world of STEM with the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum and Leslie Science and Nature Center. Kids will have the opportunity to do hands-on activities, investigate and ask questions about their favorite parts of science and nature. 

June 19

Riverside Arts Center – Exploring Our World & Beyond

Bring your little ones and make bubble wands which produce the best bubbles for floating through the air. Children will also be able to create cosmic drawings of the fascinating worlds above us.

June 21

A2SO – Instrument Petting Zoo

Join the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra’s Learning and Community team at their Instrument Petting Zoo. Learn about how professional musicians play their instruments and even get to hold and play one yourself!

June 22

Notebook-Making – Clonlara

Learn about Clonlara’s global community and personalized learning approach through a notebook-making activity that asks, “What do YOU want to learn?” With a colorful selection of paper in different sizes and textures, young audiences will enjoy assembling their own notebooks to record their stories, thoughts and interests over the summer.

June 23

A2SF Storytime with Booksweet

At the start of each hour, from 5-7 p.m, kids are welcome to gather and enjoy a story together. This will be followed by a kid-led author Q&A. This is a chance for the youngest readers to ask authors about their work and their very cool job. They’ll also do a fun zine craft together. This is the second time this event will occur at the festival. 

June 24

A2SF Storytime with Booksweet feat. Black Men Read

Book Parties with Black Men Read brings stories of the African diaspora to young readers and celebrates Black men as storytellers, readers, and community leaders. 

Recent Articles