Great Family-Friendly Events to Check Out Together This Weekend

Great Family-Friendly Events to Check Out Together This Weekend

Kids and animals go together like peanut butter and jelly – it’s a natural combination. If you have a budding veterarian on your hands, then there are a wide array of events this weekend for you to check out.

Honor Mother Earth, learn about animal adaption or enjoy some playtime together with these fun Flint events.

If you’re looking for even more great things to do this weekend and beyond, check out this month’s GOguide, which makes it even easier to find fun, family-friendly activities.

ANTIMAL ANTICS. Do you know how bats can “see?” Can you figure out how bees communicate? This event is for you.

APRIL 29 & 30; 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
ANIMAL ANTICS
For-Mar Nature Preserve and Arboretum
2142 Genesee Rd.
Burton, MI 48509
800-648-7275
Kids are invited to come out and learn how animals adapt to their environment.
Registration: April 24
Ages: Parents, toddlers
Cost: $3 per participant
Learn more: geneseeparks.org/events

BONE HEADS. Learn more about animal bones and how they connect to one another and animal behavior at this kid-friendly learning opportunity.

APRIL 29 & 30; 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
BONE HEADS
For-Mar Nature Preserve and Arboretum
2142 Genesee Rd.
Burton, MI 48509
800-648-7275
Students ages 7 to 12 will use skulls to investigate how keen animals’ senses are, discovering the “why” and “how” behind animal behavior. Prepare for outdoor activities and dress for the weather.
Registration: Register by April 25
Ages: 7-12, all abilities
Cost: $3 per student
Learn more: geneseeparks.org/events

EARTH DAY. Learn more about how nature works and how wildlife survives everyday challenges at this enjoyable activity.

APRIL 29; 10 a.m. – Noon
EARTH DAY AT THE TREEHOUSE
For-Mar Nature Preserve and Arboretum
2142 Genesee Rd.
Burton, MI 48509
800-648-7275
Learn ways you can love and protect the earth during the Earth Day event at the Treehouse. Students will learn about the 3Rs, caring for wildlife, and how they can become junior naturalists.
Registration: Call to check availability
Ages: 5+, all abilities / Great for scout groups!
Cost: $5 per student
Learn more: geneseeparks.org/events

CLEAN UP. Keep the Flint River clean by volunteering to take care of this mighty riverfront with your family, friends and neighbors.

APRIL 29; Times Vary
ANNUAL FLINT RIVERBANKS CLEAN-UP
Volunteers of all ages are invited to assemble at one of 15 locations across Genesee and Lapeer Counties to help clean-up Flint River banks. Clean-up is from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. with an appreciation lunch (and thank you gift) for volunteers held from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. in GENESSEE at Vietnam Veterans Park and 12 to 1 p.m. in LAPEER at Cramton Park.
Cost: FREE
Learn more: : Call Jaime Welch at 810-767-7140 or visit www.fintriver.org

APPLEWOOD ESTATE. Every kid who is fascinated by farm life will have a ball at this outdoor event space.

Thurs. – Sun 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Closed Mon. & Wed.
APPLEWOOD ESTATE
1400 E. Kearsley St
Flint, MI 48503
810-233-3835
Come out to Applewood and explore the grounds on your own or meet up for a guided tour, which takes place at 1 p.m. during the estate’s season. Visitors are encouraged to get hands-on with its new exhibits in the garage, barn, and chicken coop and discover new ideas in Mott’s Demonstration Gardens. Activity backpacks, which contain lots of tools to enjoy the visit, can be checked out at the Visitors Center. Pack a sack lunch and spend the day. Home tours are also available from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Registration: Although walk-ons are available, visitors are encouraged to pre-register by visiting: ruthmottfoundation.org/reservations
Cost: FREE
Learn More: ruthmottfoundation.org/visit-applewood

CHILDREN’S MUSEUM. Move those muscles and enjoy a day of play together at the beloved Flint Children’s Museum.

HANDS-ON PLAY
Flint Children’s Museum (FCM)
1602 W. University Ave.
Flint, MI 48504
810-767-5437
Let the kids run, climb and explore the FCM’s Discovery Zone and its Busy Builders exhibit.
Hours: Tues.- Sat., 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.; Sun., 12 p.m.– 4 p.m.
Cost: $6 adults & children
Financial aid: Discounted rates are available through the Museums For All program (MFA). Guests are asked to present a valid Bridge Card and photo ID to receive up to four admissions for $3 each.
Parking: FREE
Learn more: thefcm.org

FLINT ARTS. Engage your senses in every way and get an eyeful of art at the Flint Institute of Arts during one of its Free Family Days.

FREE FAMILY DAY
Flint Institute of Arts (FIA)
1120 E. Kearsley St.
Flint, MI 48503
810-234-1695
Bridge Card holders can enjoy free admission to the Flint Institute of Arts, a participant in the Museums For All program. Present your Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card and a valid photo ID to the Visitor Services representative at the FIA lobby front desk to get up to four individual entry passes. Please note the passes cannot be applied to special events or group programs.
Hours: Mon. – Fri., noon – 5 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sun., 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Cost: FREE
Learn more: flintarts.org

Editor’s Note: To see more local activity listings see TheHUB’s GOguide monthly activity calendar, sponsored by the Michigan Fitness Foundation.

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