happening today: Get the kids out of the house with Hands-On Museum's 'Hot & Cold,' storytelling, and more
These are "Hands-On Holidays: Hot & Cold" at the Ann Arbor Hands On Museum. Dec. 27-29 and Jan. 2-5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 30, Jan. 6 and Tuesday, Jan. 1, from noon to 4 p.m. From ice candles to snow games to seeing heat to learning about international holiday traditions, the schedule is packed with hands-on excitement. Each activity highlights a science concept, making the programming educational and entertaining for children and adults alike. $10 for ages 2 and up. 220 E. Ann St., Ann Arbor. 734-995-5439.
Jeff Daniels returns "Onstage & Unplugged" at the Purple Rose Theater. Today and Friday at 8 p.m. Saturday at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. A prolific songwriter as well as playwright, Daniels will perform an arsenal of songs that are alternately humorous and poignant. We're lucky to get him; he's on HBO now in "The Newsroom." $75. 8 p.m. show on Dec. 31 is $250. Get tickets by phone at 734-433-7673 and online at www.PurpleRoseTheatre.org. 137 Park Street, Chelsea.
Join one of Ann Arbor's best storytellers, Laura Pershin Raynor, at "Storytelling: New Year Nonsense!" the at Ann Arbor District Library, Downtown Branch. 2-2:45 p.m. Raynor is joined by Rosalie Koenig for ridiculous riddles, silly songs, and stories. Bring your favorite joke to tell. There will be tales and talk to tickle the whole family. For more information on this event, call 734-327-8301. 343 S. Fifth Ave., Ann Arbor. 734-327-4200.
There will be plenty of "Winter Break Fun for Teens" at the Ypsilanti District Library, Michigan Ave. Today it's Girls Only Gaming, 2:30 p.m. On Saturday (3:30 p.m.), it's "Teen Flix," vote on a movie to watch. On January 2 (6 p.m.), take part in an xBox Tournament. On January 3 (2:30 p.m.) create at the Art Zone. Free. 229 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti. 734-482-4110.
It's your last week to catch "A Little Night Music" at the Performance Network Theatre. Through December 30. Shows are at 7:30 today, at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, a 2 p.m. matinees on Sunday, and special 3 p.m. matinees on Saturday. Set in Sweden in the early 1900’s, A Little Night Music follows a series of love triangles during “a weekend in the country." Tickets can be ordered by calling 734-663-0681, online at www.performancenetwork.org or at the theater. 120 E. Huron St., Ann Arbor.