Get out and enjoy the spring warm-up this weekend! It’s a great time to get out the bikes, visit area parks and participate in fun springtime activities from Flint’s Arwalk to the many free and low cost activities at area museums.
Let your creative side show this weekend with family-friendly artistic events in and around the area. There are a variety of ways to get your hands dirty with paint or any other medium you prefer.
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.
YOUNG ARTISTS TODAY is an exhibition of works of art by talented high school students in Genesee, Lapeer and Shiawassee Counties. The exhibition will take place in the Gallery at Greater Flint Arts Council. An opening reception will take place during ARTWALK. There will be an awards ceremony at 5:30 p.m.
APRIL 14; 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Greater Flint Arts Council
816 Saginaw Street
Flint, MI 48502
Learn more: greaterflintartscouncil.org
FAMILY DAY. Create an Art Deco Mermaid at Painting with a Twist. The family-friendly event will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday at Painting with a Twist, 17155 Silver Parkway in Fenton. There is a small fee to participate. Source: paintingwithatwist.com
APRIL 15; 11 a.m.
PAINTING WITH A TWIST
17155 Silver Parkway
Cost: $35 per participant; includes materials
Learn more: paintingwithatwist.com
ART SMART. Grab the family and take a walk through Flint’s Institute of Arts (FIA). Flint Institute of Arts (FIA). Bridge Card holders can enjoy free admission. 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.
DAILY; 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
FLINT INSTITUTE OF ARTS
1120 Kearsley Street
Cost: FREE with Bridge Card. See website for general admission prices.
Learn more: Call 810-234-1695 or visit flintarts.org
EGG HUNT This is not your ordinary egg hunt! During the Animal Egg Hunt, kids will learn all about animals that come from eggs and even meeting a few up-close!
APRIL 15; 10:30 a.m. – Noon
ANIMAL EGG HUNT
For-Mar Nature Preserve and Arboretum 2142 Genesee Rd. Burton, MI 48509
Youth ages 5+ will love this extraordinary egg hunt, which introduces them to animals that come from eggs. They’ll even have an opportunity to get close to a few of them, before they head outdoors to hike the trails in search of animal eggs. Dress for the weather.
Registration: Pre-registration not required
Ages: 5+, all abilities
Cost: $3 per student
Learn more: geneseeparks.org/events
WOLF WALK. Be among the first families to see the Children’s Zoo’s new Mexican Grey Wolves exhibit, which opens tomorrow.
APRIL 15; 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
CHILDREN’S ZOO AT CELEBRATION SQUARE
1730 S. Washington Ave.
Saginaw, MI 48601
Zoo members are invited to come out enjoy this pre-opening event and be among the first to see its Mexican Grey Wolves in their newly built exhibit. Zoo membership package costs vary in price, beginning at an annual individual membership ($40) to the popular family package ($95). Other options are also available.
Cost: FREE to members
Learn more: saginawzoo.com
JACK & THE BEANSTALK. Follow Jack as he journeys up the fantastical beanstalk to an encounter with a very silly giant, and to the rescue of his father, learning valuable lessons about other people’s things. This Wild Swan production is recommended for ages 3 and up.
APRIL 14; 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.
JACK & THE BEANSTALK
1025 E Kearsley St.
Flint, MI 48503
Cost: $10 per participant
Learn more: thefyt.org
DISC GOLF. Players of all ages are getting into Goldenrod’s 18-basket disc golf course, which features rubber tee pads. Disc golf is played like ball golf but uses flying discs that look like Frisbees. One stroke is counted each time the disc is thrown and when a penalty is incurred. After teeing off, the player whose disc is farthest from the hole always throws first. The player with the fewest strokes on the previous hole is first to tee off. The winner is the golfer with the lowest score. A printable scorecard with playing instructions is available on the Genesee County Parks website. Players must bring their own equipment.
DAILY: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
GOLDENROD DISC GOLF
6405 Irish Road
Learn more: Call 810-736-7100 or visit geneseecountyparks.org