Tons of family-friendly things to do this month

Tons of family-friendly things to do this month
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The winter chill doesn’t mean fun hits a standstill. Local events are available for parents and children who want to learn and enjoy adventures together throughout the year.

Community venues offer a wide variety of both indoor and outdoor activities that free of admission or with minimal strain on the wallet. So bundle up and brave the elements for a bit of physical activity or enjoy the exhibitions and programs at a museum or rec center. Cold months don’t have to put a freeze on the good times.

DAILY

Flint Children’s Museum (FCM)
1602 W. University Ave., Flint, MI 48507
810-767-5437
Let the kids run, climb and explore the FCM’s Discovery Zone and its many educational exhibits. The Discovery Zone currently features a Best Friends Veterinary Clinic. Your kids will love the examination center and walking from exhibit to exhibit. They’ll love walking from exhibit to exhibit.
Hours: Tues. – Sat., 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sun, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Cost: $6 per person
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 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 passes cannot be applied to special events or group programs. Enjoy free admission all day Saturday courtesy of  Huntington Bank.
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

Sloan Museum – Courtland Center Mall
4190 E. Court St. Burton, MI 48509
810-237-3450
Come out and enjoy the Sloan Museum Courtland Center Mall’s Rainforest Adventure Maze. Visitors can swing like a spider monkey, glide like a butterfly and explore the two fully interactive mazes. The Sloan Museum is located inside Courtland Center, accessible through the Court St. mall entrance, right next to El Cozumel Mexican Grill.
Ages: Museum is open to all ages. The Rainforest Adventure Maze is recommend for guests ages 4 to adult.
Cost: FREE to Genesee County Residents, Veterans, Active Duty Military Families, Teachers and Children under one.
Cost (non-residents):  $7 adults, $6 seniors 60+, $5 youth ages 2 – 11
Hours: Mon. – Sat., 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.; Sun., Noon – 5 p.m.; Last admittance at 4:30 p.m.
Learn more: Call 810-237-3450 or visit sloan@sloanlongway.org

2nd MONDAYS; 5:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
MINDFUL MONDAY
Crim Fitness Foundation
452 S. Saginaw St.. Flint, MI 48502
810-235-3396
Come out and get your “calm on” at free yoga night at the Crim Fitness Foundation. Wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing. Yoga mats will be available to borrow if you don’t have your own. There is no charge for sessions but donations are accepted.
Ages: Ages 8 and older
Cost: FREE
Registration: Register at crim.org
Learn more: Call 810-235-3396 or visit crim.org

WEDNESDAYS

1st WEDNESDAYS; 5:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
COMMUNITY YOGA
Crim Fitness Foundation
452 S. Saginaw St., Suite 100. Flint, MI 48502
810-235-3396
Come out and get your “calm on” at free yoga night at the Crim Fitness Foundation. Wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing. Yoga mats will be available to borrow if you don’t have your own. There is no charge for sessions but donations are accepted.
Ages: Ages 8 and older
Cost: FREE
Registration: Register at crim.org
Learn more: Call 810-235-3396 or visit crim.org

WEDNESDAYS; 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
COMMUNITY YOGA (NORTH)
Brownell Holmes STEM Academy
6302 Oxley Drive, Flint, MI 48505
Come out and get your “calm on” at free yoga night at the Crim Fitness Foundation. Wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing. Yoga mats will be available to borrow if you don’t have your own. There is no charge for sessions but donations are accepted.
Ages: Ages 8 and older
Cost: FREE
Registration: Register at crim.org
Learn more: Call 810-235-3396 or visit crim.org

THURSDAYS; 5 p.m – 6 p.m.
COMMUNITY YOGA (SOUTH)
Southwestern High School
1420 W. 12th St., Flint, MI 48507
Come out and get your “calm on” at free yoga night at the Crim Fitness Foundation. Wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing. Yoga mats will be available to borrow if you don’t have your own. There is no charge for sessions but donations are accepted.
Ages: Ages 8 and older
Cost: FREE
Registration: Register at crim.org
Learn more: Call 810-235-3396 or visit crim.org

FRIDAYS

2nd FRIDAYS, MARCH 8; 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
SECOND FRIDAYS ARTWALK
Greater Flint Art Council
816 S. Saginaw St., Flint, MI 48502
810-238-2787
Grab the family and enjoy ARTWALK’s walking tour of Flint’s many art galleries. The event takes place every second Friday of the month. Locations vary. Call or visit website for event starting point.
Cost: FREE
Learn more: greaterflintartscouncil.org

SATURDAYS

SATURDAYS; 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
FREE FAMILY DAY
Flint Institute of Arts (FIA)
1120 E. Kearsley St., Flint, MI 48503
810-234-1695
Thanks to the support of Huntington Bank, the Flint Institute of Arts provides visitors with free access on Saturdays.
Hours: Mon. – Fri., noon – 5 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sun., 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Cost: Saturdays FREE
Learn more: flintarts.org

SATURDAYS; 11 a.m. – noon
LEGO CLUB AT GAINES STATION
Genesee District Library – Gaines Station
103 West Walker St., Gaines, MI  48436
989-271-8720
Participants of all ages are invited to come out and enjoy building Lego projects that will be displayed at the library.
Cost: FREE
Learn more: thegdl.org

HOURS VARY
UM-FLINT OUTDOOR ICE RINK
303 S. Saginaw St., Flint, MI 48503
810-762-3441
Everyone will enjoy skating on Flint’s outdoor ice rink located on Saginaw Street in Flint’s downtown district. Bring your own skates or rent a pair for $3 at the University Pavilion’s Saginaw Room. Note: No hockey sticks, pucks or other play items or equipment is allowed on the ice during open skate.
Ages: All ages
Cost: FREE entry
Equipment Rental: $3 Skate rental
Hours: Wednesdays 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., Fridays 5 p.m. – 8 p.m., Saturdays & Sundays Noon – 4 p.m.

FEB. 9; 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.
PASSPORT TO NATURE
For-Mar Nature Preserve and Arboretum
2142 Genesee Rd., Burton, MI 48509
800-648-PARK
Experience and explore a different habitat around For-Mar. This month’s exploration features the “Subnivean Zone” and how animals stay active during the winter. Participants ages 4 to 12 will get a passport book and a stamp for each different habitat they learn about.
Ages: Ages 4 to 12 years-of-age
Cost: $3 per person
Registration: Registration required by Feb. 7
Learn more: geneseecountyparks.org (search calendar by event date)

FEB. 10; 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
WIG WAM IN WINTER
Chippewa Nature Center
400 S. Badour Rd., Midland, MI 48640
989-631-0830
Ever wonder how Native Americans made it through the rougher seasons? Discover the secrets of the Ojibwa Indians in a real wigwam set along the Pine River. Find out about their hunting, cooking, clothing, and domestic practices. Make sure to save time to walk through the Chippewa Nature Center’s trails.
Ages: All ages. Participants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Cost: FREE
Registration: Registration is not necessary
Learn more: chippewanaturecenter.org (search February calendar)

FEB. 16; 9 a.m.  – 10 a.m.
MORNING BIRD WALK
Chippewa Nature Center
400 S. Badour Rd., Midland, MI 48640
989-631-0830
Dust off your binoculars or borrow a pair of ours for a morning bird walk to find the Center’s resident birds. An expert guide will explain how to identify field marks, as well as how to count and record bird sightings for the citizen science project called the Great Backyard Bird Count.
Ages: Recommended for ages 9 and up. Participants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Cost: FREE
Registration: Registration is not necessary
Learn more: chippewanaturecenter.org (search February calendar)

FEB. 19; 6 p.m.  – 7:30 p.m.
FULL MOON STROLL
Chippewa Nature Center
400 S. Badour Rd., Midland, MI 48640
989-631-0830
Join a nature expert on a guided wildlife walk as the sun sets and the evening moon rises. Wear dark clothing and bring a flashlight. If conditions allow, snowshoes will be made available to participants. Reserve snowshoes online or call 989-631-0830.
Ages: Recommended for ages 9 and up. Participants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Cost: FREE
Registration: Registration is not necessary
Learn more: chippewanaturecenter.org (search February calendar)

FEB. 20; 10 a.m.  – 11:30 a.m.
WILD ADVENTURES: THE FOREST VS. THE JUNGLE 
For-Mar Nature Preserve & Arboretum
5045 Stanley Road, Flint, MI 48506
800-648-PARK
Students ages 7 to 12 years of age are invited to join a For-Mar naturalist in an exploration to compare the park’s habitats to other habitats around the world. Dress for weather conditions. Join a nature expert on a guided wildlife walk as the sun sets and the evening moon rises. Wear dark clothing and bring a flashlight. If conditions allow, snowshoes will be made available to participants. Reserve snowshoes online or call 989-631-0830.
Ages: Recommended for students ages 7 to 12 years of age
Cost: $3 per student
Registration: Register by Feb. 18
Learn more: geneseecountyparks.org (search February calendar)

FEB. 27; 6:30 a.m.  – 8:00 p.m.
FULL MOON HIKE
For-Mar Nature Preserve & Arboretum
5045 Stanley Road, Flint, MI 48506
800-648-PARK
The entire family will love hiking For-Mar under the magical glow of the full moon. Join a naturalist and experience what the park’s animals see at night.
Ages: Recommended for all ages
Cost: $3 per person
Registration: Register by Feb. 21
Learn more: geneseecountyparks.org (search February calendar)

INDOOR SWIMMING
The new year is a great time to make resolutions and recommit to exercise. Kick it all off with a membership to the YMCA. Family-friendly programs from Learn-to-Swim sessions and open family swim events to family gym nights are all available. Call or visit the YMCA website for additional information. Income-based scholarships are available.

 

YMCA OF GREATER FLINT
411 E. 3rd St., Flint, MI  48503
810-232-9622
Hours: Hours vary. Call or check the website for current schedule.
Admission: Day passes available ranging from $5 to $12.
Learn more: flintymca.com

CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING
Take in the beauty of a Michigan winter with a brisk cross-country ski session. Trails abound in every county. To find a complete list, visit https://tinyurl.com/y8kjbmtk

 

 

 

TRAILS
What could be better than being outdoors in the brisk air and getting in some great physical activity? Spend a few hours of free time working off those holiday calories with a hike or try something new by snowshoeing. For those willing to go the distance, many of these trails also lead to another trail system. To learn more, call 810-736-7100 or visit geneseecountyparks.org

 

CHIPPEWA NATURE CENTER
400 S. Badour Rd., Midland, MI 48640
989-631-0830
A full 7½ miles of trails are groomed for walkers, cross-country skiers and snowshoe lovers to enjoy the winter. Check out the 3 mile River Trail, 0.6 mile Homestead Trail, and 3.5 mile Chippewa Trail. Equipment is not available for rent. Trails are marked but not lit. Open 365 days a year dawn to dusk, weather permitting.

BLUEBELL BEACH
5500 Bray Rd., Flint, MI 48505
Almost a mile of trails along the shores of Mott Lake offer visitors a variety of views overlooking the lake to the quieter wooded part of the path.

BUELL LAKE COUNTY PARK
14098 Genesee Rd., Clio, MI 48420
The one-mile Buell trail begins steps away from the Buell Lake boat ramp and is perfect for a family hike. There’s also a play area and restroom at the trail end.

FLUSHING COUNTY PARK
4417 N. McKinley Rd., Flushing, MI 48433
Enjoy the one-mile paved loop path, which runs along Carpenter Road and swings close to the Flint River.

FOR-MAR NATURE PRESERVE & ARBORETUM
2142 N. Genesee Rd., Burton, MI  48509
Numerous miles of trails, including a 5k route at the north and main entrances, can be accessed to enjoy the beauty of For-Mar. Hike along the bend of Kearsley Creek and explore the pathways that twist through the stream’s heavily wooded mudflats. The trails have 60 signposts to help point visitors in the right direction.

LINDEN COUNTY PARK
15349 S. Linden Rd., Linden, MI 48451
Visitors can explore two trails at Linden County Park. One is a 1.5-mile loop through beautiful terrain. The other is perfect for winter hikes and cuts right through the center.

RICHFIELD COUNTY PARK
6322 N. Irish Rd., Davison, MI 48423
With the Flint River meandering through two miles of trails, visitors will discover a suspension bridge dating to 1930 that connects the north and south side of this Genesee County park. The north side features trails perfect for walking.

STEPPING STONE FALLS
5161 Brand Rd., Flint, MI 48506
Take a walk on the 1.25 miles of recently repaved terrain around the western side of Mott Lake and around the Flint River to Stepping Stone Falls.

Although every attempt is made to verify all listings, always call the location you wish to visit to confirm information detail. Did we miss listing your organization or is there an error in your published listing? Let us know at: thehubflint@gmail.com

This article was written for the online newsletter 810 KIDS! To subscribe, click here. Copyright 2019 Michigan Fitness Foundation. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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