Apple: FREE Camp for Kids!

Apple stores are hosting FREE Apple Camp for kids ages 8-12 throughout this summer! This FREE camp lasts 1 1/2 hours per day on 3 separate days and is available at Apple Retail Stores throughout the country.

Space is limited and workshops fill up quickly so sign your kids up now. Just click here to find an Apple Camp and then select the week you would like to sign up for (each child is limited to no more than one Apple Camp workshop). Note that a parent must stay with child(ren) during Apple Camp.


Emagine Theaters: FREE Summer Movies for Kids!

Starting in June, Emagine Theaters will host FREE kids films on Wednesdays and Saturdays! Admission is free for children 11 and under and is just $2 for guests 12 and up. Tickets available at the box office only.

Participating Michigan & Illinois Locations: Royal Oak, Palladium, Saline, Rochester Hills, Macomb, Canton, Novi, Birch Run & Frankfort.

Movie Line-Up: All Films Start at 10AM

  • Wed, June 14 & Sat, Jun 17: Kung Fu Panda 3
  • Wed, June 21 & Sat, June 24: The Secret Life of Pets
  • Wed, June 28 & Sat, July 1: Trolls
  • Wed, July 5 & Sat, July 8: Kubo & The Two Strings
  • Wed, July 12 & Sat, July 15: Hotel Transylvania 2
  • Wed, July 19 & Sat, July 22: Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life
  • Wed, July 26 & Sat, July 29: Ice Age: Collision Course
  • Wed, August 2 & Sat, August 5: The Angry Birds Movie
  • Wed, August 9 & Sat, August 12: Monster Trucks
  • Wed, August 16 & Sat, August 19: Rock Dog

Click here for more information!

Saline Rec Center: 25th Anniversary Celebration {06/12/16}

Sunday, June 12 from 1-4pm at the Saline Rec Center

On Sunday, June 12, 2016 the Saline Rec Center will be celebrating its 25th anniversay  from 1-4pm. A special ceremony will be held at 1 pm then the doors will open for the event. Bouncers, music, cake, hotdogs, swimming, fun and games will be offered FREE for the entire community! If you have a special memory you would like to share about the Rec Center, please email Carla Scruggs at

The Saline Rec Center is located at 1866 Woodland Drive, Saline, MI 48176.

FREE Parkridge Summer Fest this Saturday! {08/23/14}

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Washtenaw County is partnering with the Parkridge Summer Festival Committee to host a FREE Summer Fest this Saturday, 08/23/14 from 11 am – 6 pm. The event will take place at Parkridge Park adjacent to Perry Child Development Center in Ypsilanti, MI. There will be FREE food, kids games, live entertainment, various vendors and more! Non-profit agencies as well as DTE Energy, Comcast Cable and KeyBank will be on hand between 12 and 4 pm to provide information and resources.


July 4th Celebrations!

There are several events taking place throughout the Washtenaw County are to celebrate Independence Day! Below are just a few:

Hudson Mills FireworksThursday, 07/03/14, Dusk (10-10:30 pm)
Near Dexter/Ann Arbor. Tony Vasquez’s DJ Service will provide music from 7-11 pm at the Activity Center with a break for fireworks at 10 pm. Food items such as cotton candy, caramel apples, elephant ears, Bearclaw Coffee, pizza, hot dogs, burgers and popcorn will be available for purchase, as well as’ novelty glow products. There is a $10 special event daily vehicle permit required after 5 pm; free admission with annual permit. Park staff recommends arriving early; the park tends to hit capacity by 9 pm. For more information, call Hudson Mills Metropark at 734-426-8211.

Manchester Fireworks Display Thursday, 07/03/14 (10-10:30 pm)

  • Time: Dusk
  • Address: Carr Park, 600 W. Main St., Manchester
  • Cost: free, donations welcome
  • Phone: 734-476-4565

The Manchester Men’s Club sponsors this annual display, which usually brightens up the night sky at 10:15 p.m.

Plymouth Township Fireworks and Fourth of July FunJuly 3-4, 2014

  • Time: 10:15 pm Thursday, 9 am-4 pm Friday
  • Address: Township Park, 46640 Ann Arbor Trail, Plymouth
  • Cost: free
  • Phone: 734-453-3840

Enjoy a fantastic firework display on Thursday; then head back to Township Park Friday for a parade down Main Street (9 am) and the “Good Old-Fashioned Picnic” (11 am-4 pm).

Ann Arbor Fourth of July ParadeFriday, 07/04/14, 10 am

  • Downtown Ann Arbor (State, Liberty, Main, and William St). The route is approximately 1 mile long and begins at the intersection of State Street and William Street.

Weather Delay Information: Check the website the day of the parade for any weather-related information. You may also call 734-531-9626 to hear a recorded message or to speak with someone.

Ypsilanti Independence Day Parade – Friday, 07/04/14, 11 am
The parade will begin at the corner of Oakwood and Cross and end at Rice Street in Ypsilanti’s Historic Depot Town.

Whitmore Lake Parade and Fireworks07/04/14

  • Time: 10 am Friday/parade, 10 pm Friday/fireworks (rain date Saturday, July 5)
  • Address: Parade: Barker Road and travels south on Main Street; fireworks: Whitmore Lake, viewing area across from the post office (9725 Main St.)
  • Cost: free, fees/some events, activities
  • Phone: 734-678-5679 (talk to Patricia) or 734-368-1629 (talk to Nancy)

In its 55th year, this family-friendly fireworks display and parade, sponsored by the Kiwanis Clubs of Whitmore Lake and other members of the community, is a great celebration. With live music, games, activities and fun floats, there are plenty of ways to occupy the whole family. This year’s parade theme is “Whitmore Lake Salutes America.”

Scroll through for even more events happening in and around other parts of Southeast Michigan! Continue reading

FREE Rolling Hills Youth Day Event {07/15/14}

Rolling Hills is having a FREE Youth Day on Tuesday, 07/15/14 from 11 am – 3 pm! All youth ages 13 – 17 are welcome to attend this FREE event!*

* Important Note: Pre-registration is required by 07/11/14 to receive FREE passes for this event.


This is an annual event hosted by Washtenaw Area Teens for Tomorrow (WATT) in conjunction with Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation and Teen Center Without Walls (TCW2). It is completely FREE to all high school aged youth through out the county who pre-register. There will be games, food, and much more! If you’re interested in participating visit to register and to receive a FREE parking pass!

Keep in mind that youth will need to complete a “passport” by visiting with youth-serving agencies that will have valuable information for teens before receive a water park pass. Rolling Hills Park is located at 7660 Stony Creek Road in Ypsilanti, Michigan. The event will take place under Prairie Pavilion.

Register at or contact the WATT office at

FREE 2-Day Camp 9-1-1 for Children ages 8-12

Huron Valley Ambulance is offering a FREE 2-day camp to kids ages 8-12 that are interested in learning about emergency services and safety. The program is taught by local EMTs and teaches kids how to perform lifesaving skills on injured victims, including CPR! Programming runs 9 am – 4:30 pm for each of the two days.

Locations of the day-camp are held throughout Washtenaw County all summer long, so there are many opportunities to sign your kid(s) up. For more information on the camp or service provided by Huron Valley Ambulance, visit the HVA website. These fill up quickly so don’t wait to register! The remaining dates and locations of Camp 9-1-1 are as follows:

  • Temperance: July 9-10
  • Saline: July 14-15 (Full)
  • Albion: July 17-18
  • Monroe: July 23-24
  • Jackson: July 28-29
  • Belleville: August 6-7
  • Ypsilanti: August 13-14 (Full)
  • Tecumseh: August 20-21
  • Chelsea: August 25-26

To register your child(-ren) for this FREE day-camp online, visit the HVA Camp 9-1-1 website. Flip Flops 2/$1 with In-Store Pick Up!

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FREE Movies at the Park!

Three FREE movies will be shown at Mill Pond Park (565 W. Bennett Street in Saline) this summer on a giant inflatable screen! Go as early as 6:30 pm to enjoy an inflatable obstacle course and bouncer, pre-show music, the playground, sponsor activity area, games and more! The movies begin at dusk (around 9:30 pm). The events are FREE but you can purchase concessions for the movie.

Click on the Summer Happenings tab at House of Rana for a list of more fun events in and around Ann Arbor!

Ann Arbor YMCA: Healthy Kids Day {05/17/14}

On Saturday, May 17, 2014 the Ann Arbor YMCA will present Healthy Kids Day®: a FREE community event to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active all summer long. The event will be held at Adams Elementary School and Prospect Park in Ypsilanti, 503 Oak Street, Ypsilanti, MI 48197 from 9:30a- 12:30p. Several community organizations will be partnering with the Y to make a morning of active fun, including Growing Hope, Common Cycle, Ypsilanti Library, UM Soccer Team, Safe Kids Washtenaw County and Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

The Ann Arbor Y’s Healthy Kids Day will feature fun, active play and educational activities:

  • A bike rodeo and maintenance booth sponsored by Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society and Safe Kids Washtenaw County (over 70 donated helmets will be available!)
  • Penalty kick competition sponsored by UM Soccer team
  • A “bicycle-powered” blender smoothie bar sponsored by Growing Hope
  • Start your own kale seeds
  • Create your own Monster Story with author Connie Harris
  • A hula hoop clinic
  • Family yoga
  • Youth gymnastics
  • Face Painting
  • Healthy Snacks
  • Obstacle Course
  • Family Scavenger hunt
  • Family Zumba
  • Pitch/Hit/Run Competition

YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day is intentionally scheduled to coincide with Ypsilanti P.R.I.D.E Day (People Restoring Image and Developing the Environment), a community-wide event intended to foster community pride and encourage local business growth by creating a clean and welcoming environment. The Y is proud to be an Ypsilanti community partner and to continue to expand its presence in Ypsilanti, offering subsidized afterschool activities and ten weeks of summer day camp as well as offerings for adults: there is a “Y” in Ypsi!