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Posted on Fri, Dec 17, 2010 : 12:33 p.m.

Activities for kids over the holiday break at the Ann Arbor Art Center

By Tammy Mayrend

Trying to keep the kids out of your hair when they are on holiday break for the next few weeks? I will add several fun activities for kids in the next several days including this one from the Ann Arbor Art Center.

Each day, Monday through Thursday Dec. 20 - 31, the Ann Arbor Art Center (117 W. Liberty St., Ann Arbor) will offer a different fun, creative, hands-on workshop for all ages of children. Come to one or all, and leave with a unique creation to keep or give as a gift.

All workshops will be held at the Ann Arbor Art Center, from 1-4 p.m. To receive the special $18 reduced rate, families should register in advance. The drop-in or day of rate is $20. For more details and to register for classes, visit the Ann Arbor Art Center website.

The scheduled creative classes include the following:

Monday, Dec. 20 - Gingerbread House Party: Each child will create a unique gingerbread house with an abundant array of candy, sweets and frosting.

Tuesday, Dec. 21 - Think Inside the Memory Box: Kids should bring in an assortment of photographs and memorabilia to make a decoupage memory box for mom, dad or yourself.

Wednesday, Dec. 22 - Tin Journals: Personalize a tin covered journal using Prismacolor pencils and baubles for a one of a kind writing journal. This would be perfect to encouage a child to journal, write poetry or just write nightly thoughts.

Thursday, Dec. 23 - Gift Making: Give back this holiday season by making gifts for children living at the Kutumb Project in Varanasi, India. Children will make bouncy rubber balls, felted headbands and ponytail holders along with a personalized greeting card and photo of themselves!

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Monday, Dec. 27 - Make a Mobile: Inspired by the mobiles of Alexander Calder, each child or teen will make an asymmetrical hanging work of art.

Tuesday, Dec. 28 - Polymer Pendants: Kids of all ages will create a beautiful piece of jewelry with polymer clay and found objects.

Wednesday, Dec. 29 - Exquisite Snowmen: Mixed media and found objects will create parts of the snowmen individually and then work together to piece it all together for one great work of art!

Thursday, Dec. 30 - Fancy Face Mugs: Working from a wheel-thrown mug, kids will create a fun, functional whimsical creation.

Tammy Mayrend is a Ann Arbor search marketing professional and mother of two who blogs on low-cost local activities, events, and Ann Arbor area freebies for families at