BROADWAY MUSICAL IN DETROIT!
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. The smash hit Broadway Musical! May 20-22, 2016 at the Fox Theater, 2211 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI. Tickets start at $37.50 and can be purchased through the Fox Theater Box Office, Ticketmaster or calling 800-745-3000. For more information visit OlympiaEntertainment.com or www.BeautyAndTheBeastOnTour.com.
Butterfly Festival. On Saturday, May 14th from 10:00AM-2:00PM. Meet these delicate insects up close, make your own wings and help plant the butterfly and pollinator garden, weather permitting. University of Michigan Museum of Natural History, 1109 Geddes Ave., Ann Arbor. $6 suggested donation. Call 734-764-0478 or visit ummnh.org for more information.
Star Wars Celebration. On Saturday, May 14th from 3:30PM-5:00PM– Dress as your favorite character and make a light saber, decorate a mask, enjoy snacks and more at the Ypsilanti District Library, 229 W. Michigan Ave. Ages 6-12. For more information visit ypsilibrary.org or call 734-483-4110.
Farm Fest. This big event, on Saturday, May 21st, has baby animals, sheep and llama shearing, kid’s activities, hayrides and more. 10:00AM-4:00PM. The cost is $4 per person; children under age 2 are free. The Farm Fest is held at Maybury Farm, 50165 Eight Mile Road, Northville Township. Call 248-374-0200or visit northvillecommunityfoundation.org for more information.
St. Mary’s Polish Country Fair. The 45th annual fair features a midway with 45 plus rides, including an 80 foot roller coaster, authentic Polish cuisine, dancing, live entertainment and a kids area. Friday, May 27 from 5:00PM-11:00PM,Saturday, May 28 from 11:00AM-11:00PM, Sunday, May 29 from 11:00AM-11:00PM and Monday, May 30 from 11:00AM-7:00PM. The fair is held at Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Campus, 3535 Commerce Road in Orchard Lake. Tickets are $6.00/person, $15.00/family, children 3 and under are free. For more information visit stmaryspolishcountryfair.com or call 248-706-6775.
The Frisch Marionettes’ Puppet Kapow takes place on Sunday, May 22nd at2:00PM. This family friendly show features custom, hand carved and painted 19th century puppets. Free to Wayne, Oakland and Macomb County residents; others: $12.50/adults, $7.00/college students and $6.00/ages 6-17. At the Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Avenue, Detroit. For more information call 313-833-7900 or visit dia.org.
Wan Jan Puppet Theater. Tuesday, May 24th, 7:00-8:30PM at the Ann Arbor District Library Downtown Branch, 343 S. Fifth Avenue, Ann Arbor. This Taiwan troupe brings its life-like puppets for a show and an audience Question and Answer. For more information visit aadl.org or call 734-327-4200.
Watch the 2015 Disney/Pixar movie – The Good Dinosaur (rated PG) onTuesday, May 31st 11:00AM-12:30PM at the Dexter District Library, 3255 Alpine Street, Dexter. Both the movie and popcorn are free! For more information visit dexter.lib.mi.us or call 734-426-4477.
Another SUMMER CAMP EXPERIENCE
Camp Explorations at the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History.Enjoy a summer full of science fun! Weeklong sessions from June 20-August 19. Morning Sessions are from 8:00AM-12:00AM, afternoon sessions are from 1:00PM-4:00PM. Lunch supervision is provided for students registering for both morning and afternoon sessions.
Each session is a new experience for children ages 4-12. Topics include astronomy, paleontology, physics and more!
FAIRIES AROUND TOWN
The story is that a fairy is born when a baby laughs for the first time. Magical, tiny doors for fairies have popped up all over southeast Michigan. With the coming of spring, fairies are out and about again and here is where to see their little, bitty homes.
Ann Arbor is a fairy haven. At urban-fairies.com, find a map to little fairy doors that are located by various downtown businesses.
They’re also fun in your garden or a child’s bedroom, according to Liz Glynn, the children’s education coordinator at Matthaei Botanical Gardens. “Think of it like a door for little creatures to come through and to visit.”
Matthaei hosts workshops on making fairy gardens and doors, sells supplies in its store and occasionally has fairy gardens on display.
Matthaei Botanical Gardens is located at 1800 N. Dixboro Road, Ann Arbor.
Downtown Northville also has a growing population of fairies. Find teensy doors at more than 50 businesses – and even go on a “stamp quest” to find them all.
“It’s a mystery and it’s something that everybody can do together,” says Lori Dow, owner of The Bee’s Knees Pottery. “It gets the kids out of the house, you’re outside most of the time and it’s just something different.”
Dow offers classes on creating fairy houses, doors and miniatures at her studio and helps organize the city’s fairy activities. You can buy the Fairies of Northville Coloring Books & Stamp Quest for $3 here, at The Northville Gallery or Starring the Gallery. Start on your hunt during business hours and collect stamps at each shop when you find their door. Find more atdowntownnorthville.com
Looking for tiny-sized merchandise? Travel to The Flower Market in Monroe for a huge selection of fairies, fairy doors and miniatures.
Owners Kurt and Lita Smith say fairy gardens are great for bringing the family together. “It is something that both parents and kids are doing together, also grandparents and kids,” Lita says. “It’s great for the imagination and gets them outdoors. It is also something you can build on, add to and continue to grow. Besides, it’s just fun!”