Fun for kids of all ages at the Ann Arbor Summer Festival
Summer in Ann Arbor means lots of outdoor activities for kids! If you’re looking for something to do, check out the KidZone tent at the Ann Arbor Summer Festival. With the support of our community, they’re putting on free, fun, hands-on activities for kids all summer long. Your child can take a free karate class, practice their science skills, visit an instrument petting zoo, or maybe even see some specimens from polar regions. Of course there will be many opportunities to sing, dance, and wiggle, as kids like to do!
The KidZone tent offers free sessions for kids from 5-8pm every Tuesday through Sunday from Friday, June 14 to Sunday, July 7. Keep your eye on the calendar because every evening is a different opportunity to learn and play. The Kidzone Tent at Top of the Park is marked with an H on the A2SF Map.
Friday, June 14 at 5pm
Make fun paper lanterns that kids can light with a glow stick and carry with them into the summer night!
Saturday, June 15 at 5pm
An opportunity for children to to learn more about nature and our planet through hands-on crafts and activities.
Sunday, June 16 at 5pm
Learn about animal survival in polar regions. Kids can see and touch specimens, learn facts, and do a fun activity relating to polar bears and penguins.
Tuesday, June 18 at 5pm
Kids will have the opportunity to do origami, write calligraphy, make paper puppets, and practice using Chinese yo-yos.
Wednesday, June 19 at 5pm
Kids can participate in interactive read- and sing-a-longs to children’s books Can I Play Too? and My Friend is Sad. There will also be an opportunity to make Elephant and Piggie hand puppets.
Thursday, June 20 at 5pm
Friday, June 21 at 5pm
Play games and learn about different cultures with AFS high school exchange students from all over the world! Kids can get flags from countries they learn about and fill their AFS passports.
Saturday, June 22 at 5pm
Feel the beat through fun, interactive music and rhythm activities for kids of all ages! Clap, stomp, snap, and dance with GoNoodle, make paper drums, and discover the sounds of the musical world.
Sunday, June 23 at 5pm
A sensory-friendly evening for all children.
Tuesday, June 25 at 5pm
Fun, interactive tabletop projects for kids of all ages, including science experiments, make-and-take crafts, and art creations.
Wednesday, June 26 at 5pm
Part participation, part demonstration, and an appearance by Leonard the Karate Lion, the school mascot!
Thursday, June 27 at 5pm
Kids of all ages are invited to create a stained glass window using transparency sheets and a rainbow of markers, then add stickers, a paper frame, and a colorful ribbon to hang their finished projects.
Friday, June 28 at 5pm
Bow a violin, pluck a cello, buzz a trumpet, blow through a flute, and play other instruments seen and heard in an orchestra. It’s hands-on fun for the whole family!
Saturday, June 30 at 5pm
Learn how science and technology influence our lives and then put your knowledge to work through activities that model how we use scientific principles to solve real-world problems. Children of all ages will have a blast getting their hands dirty and learning about science and engineering.
Sunday, June 30 at 5pm
Band-Aid art, Airbrush Tattooing, Balloon Sculptures, a Bubble Machine and More!
Tuesday, July 2 at 5pm
Activities include coloring sheets, small crafts, a veggie bean bag toss game, and full-size veggie costumes!
Wednesday, July 3 at 5pm
Enjoy Korean games like Jegichagi (Korean hacky sack), Yut Nori (iconic Korean board game) and Tuho (rubber arrow tossing). Kids will learn about Korean customs and even have the chance to try on Hanboks (traditional Korean garments).
Thursday, July 4 at 5pm
Crafts, games, and an interactive group mural to celebrate the unified diversity of the United States of America!
Friday, July 5 at 5pm
Kids can observe animals up close and investigate the different ways they survive in the wild.
Saturday, July 6 at 5pm
Create simple puppets for storytelling and imaginative story boxes from everyday, upcycled materials!
Sunday, July 7 at 5pm
Create garden themed treasures to take home!