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.

 

 

ACTIVITIES BY DAYS OF THE WEEK

 

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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 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

 

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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 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

 

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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

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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

 

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FRIDAYS, JAN. 12 & FEB 15; 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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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Noon – 4 p.m.

UM-FLINT OUTDOOR ICE RINK

303 S. Saginaw Street

Flint, MI 48503

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

Learn more: Call 810.762.3441

 

 

EVENTS

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JAN. 19; 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

SHOWSHOE SAMPLER

Chippewa Nature Center

400 S. Badour Rd.

Midland, MI 48640

989-631-0830

The Pavilion at the end of Homestead Road is the starting point for this enjoyable afternoon outside. Snowshoes can be reserved online on a first-come, first-served basis or by calling ahead.

Ages: All ages. Participants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Cost: FREE

Registration: Registration not required

Learn more: chippewanaturecenter.org (search January calendar)

 

JAN. 23; 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

KNEE HIGH NATURALIST: ANIMAL TRACKS

For-Mar Nature Preserve and Arboretum
2142 Genesee Rd.
Burton, MI 48509

800-648-PARK

Parents with children ages 3 to 6 are invited to join For-Mar Nature Preserve experts as they help participants discover signs of its Arboretum Animals, which make their presence known in lots of ways. Bring an old or new shirt to imprint animal tracks. An adult must accompany children.

Cost: $3 per person

Registration: Registration required by Jan. 21

Learn more: geneseecountyparks.org (search calendar by event date)

 

JAN. 26; 10 a.m – Noon

SNOWSHOEING 101

For-Mar Nature Preserve and Arboretum
2142 Genesee Rd.
Burton, MI 48509

800-648-PARK

Join For-Mar’s guides on this winter adventure, which will teach participants the history of snowshoeing, provide instruction on how to use them, and host a guided walk down its trails.  For-Mar has a limited number of snowshoes available; bring your own pair if you have them.

Ages: For families, ages 5 and older

Cost: $5 per person

Registration: Pre-registration required by Jan. 24

Learn more: geneseecountyparks.org (search calendar by event date)

 

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FEB. 1; 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

GROUNDHOG DAY CELEBRATION

Chippewa Nature Center

400 S. Badour Rd.

Midland, MI 48640

989-631-0830

Throw off the winter blahs and venture out with the whole family to celebrate Groundhog’s Day, winter and the coming spring! Enjoy activities including nature crafts, games, shadow play and a puppet show starring the groundhog!

Ages: All ages. Participants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Cost: FREE

Registration: Registration not required

Learn more: chippewanaturecenter.org (search February calendar)

 

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FEB 2; 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

GROUNDHOG DAY CELEBRATION!

For-Mar Nature Preserve and Arboretum
2142 Genesee Rd.
Burton, MI 48509

800-648-PARK

Everyone is invited out to For-Mar’s annual Groundhog Day celebration. Visitors will have a chance to see if Punxsutawney For-Mar saw his shadow and participate in crafts, activities and groundhog tunnel forts.

Ages: All ages. Participants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Cost: FREE

Registration: Registration not required

Learn more: geneseecountyparks.org (search calendar by event date)

 

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FEB. 2; 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

SHOWSHOE SAMPLER

Chippewa Nature Center

400 S. Badour Rd.

Midland, MI 48640

989-631-0830

The Pavilion at the end of Homestead Road is the starting point for this enjoyable afternoon outside. Snowshoes can be reserved online on a first-come, first-served basis or by calling ahead.

Ages: All ages. Participants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Cost: FREE

Registration: Registration not required

Learn more: chippewanaturecenter.org (search February calendar)

 

 

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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.

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)

 

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FEB. 9; 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.

PASSPORT TO NATURE

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)

 

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.

 

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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 passesavailable 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 michigan.gov/documents/dnr/CrossCountySkiPathways_547649_7.pdf.

 

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.

Trail map: goo.gl/bSNygF

 

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.

Trail map:  goo.gl/D559yz

 

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.

Trail map: goo.gl/mfS7Zc

 

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.

Trail map: goo.gl/XLjSqn

 

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.

Trail map: goo.gl/k6tAWV

 

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.

Trail map:  goo.gl/iZ7EcC

 

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.

Trail map:  goo.gl/iJrteM

 

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