Play with slime, observe live animals at Kerrytown BookFest's kids area Sunday

By Meredith Bruckner - Community News Producer

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ANN ARBOR - The Kerrytown BookFest is just days away, and for families attending with little ones, the Children's Activity Tent is sure to be a hit.

Sponsored by Unity in Learning, a new collaboration between the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, Leslie Science and Nature Center and Yankee Air Museum, there will be lots of educational activities in which to participate and observe.

From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., children and their parents or caregivers can enjoy the following:

  • Examine the properties of matter with the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum while exploring what makes solids, liquids, and gasses so different (hint: slime will be readily available).
  • Celebrate the diversity of wildlife with LSNC! Discover all of the interesting ways animals survive in the wild by observing them up close.
  • Come investigate the forces of flight with the Yankee Air Museum, including building your own helicopter.

For older children, teens and young adults, there will be a designated tent with a full day of programming, including:

  • 10:30 a.m. - "Mother Goose"
  • 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. - "Creating a Picture Book - Roles of the Author & Illustrator" featuring Deb Diesen, Kelly DiPucchio, Leslie Helakoski, Amy Young and moderated by Shutta Crum.
  • 12 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. - "Power of the Middle Grade Novel" featuring Ruth Behar, Jack Cheng, Jean Alicia Elster and moderated by Shutta Crum.
  • 1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. "Science in a Graphic Novel Way!" (Ages 9 and up) featuring Anne Drozd, Jerzy Drozd, Nick Yribar and moderated by Jim Ottaviani.
  • 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. - "Exploring the YA Novel" featuring Joelle Charbonneau, Cinda Williams Chima, Caleb Roehrig and moderated by Frank Morelli. 
  • 3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.- "NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) For Teens" featuring published NaNoWriMo author Cheryl Honigford and moderated by Jeff Kass.

Happy BookFest!

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