Tons of fun: October activity guide

Tons of fun: October activity guide

Autumn isn’t just about watching the leaves change into beautiful colors. It’s also a great time to explore nature’s playground — the great outdoors. Events like For-Mar Nature Preserve & Arboretum’s 12th​​ Annual Fall Harvest Festival and Chippewa​​ Nature Center’s Nature at Night program are good places to start. The change of seasons is a fun time to take the leap into new family ventures.

 

SPECIAL EVENTS​​ 

 

OCTOBER 18 & 19; 5 p.m. – 12 a.m.
MICHIGAN’S BIG COUNTRY FEST

Heritage Park

601 Weiss Street

Frankenmuth, MI 48734
989-652-8008
There’s something for everyone at Michigan’s Big Country Fest, featuring games, activities, live music, line dancing lessons, open corn hole, ping pong tournaments and more.​​ 
Ages: All – alcohol is served at this event
Cost: FREE
Learn more:​​ bigcountryfest.com

 

OCOTBER 19, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

12th​​ ANNUAL FALL HARVEST FESTIVAL

For-Mar Nature Preserve & Arboretum

For-Mar Preserve & Arboretum

2142 Genesee Road

Burton, MI 48509

Celebrate the fall season at For-Mar’s Harvest Festival, featuring fall colors wagon rides, crafts, cider-making, tree house play and more. Wagons depart every 45 minutes. Participants can register in advance for rides departing at: 10:15 a.m., 11 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:15 p.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:15 p.m., 2 p.m. or 2:45 p.m.

Ages:​​ All​​ 

Cost:​​ $2 per person, $3 with wagon ride

Registration: By Oct. 17

Learn more:​​ geneseecountyparks.org​​ (search event calendar)

 

OCTOBER 24 - 25; HOURS VARY

TAPOLOGY VISITING SCHOOL DAYS

Flint Institute of Music

1025 E. Kearsley Street

Flint, MI 48503

Schools and home schooling parents are encouraged to register students to attend Tapology’s annual “School Days” workshop, featuring a dance class/workshop, a historical presentation of dance by Constance Valis and performances by visiting artists.​​ 

Ages: 6-17

Cost:​​ FREE

Registration:​​ Open now. This workshop fills quickly and is limited to the first 300 students.

 

OCTOBER 25 & 26, 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.​​ 

NATURE AT NIGHT

Chippewa Nature Center

400 S. Badour Road

Midland, MI 48640

989-631-0830

Learn about nocturnal animals and the night sky through games and hands-on activities at this free, family-friendly event.​​ Visitors will have the opportunity to view constellations, watch a puppet show, search for nocturnal animals and even make a raccoon mask. Enjoy hiking along the jack-o-lantern-lit Arbury Trail and participate in an obstacle course as a raccoon. Wear appropriate clothing for outdoor activities.

Ages:​​ All​​ 

Cost:​​ FREE​​ 

Registration:​​ Not required

Learn more:​​ chippewanaturecenter.org/nature-at-night

 

NOW - OCTOBER 31; 4 p.m. daily, 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday & Saturday

OOKY SPOOKY LIGHT SHOW

Longway Planetarium

1310 East Kearsley

Flint, MI 48503

Get ready for a fabulous time at the “Ooky Spooky Light Show” featuring artists and performers illuminated by amazing graphics and lighting, who’ll perform to popular tunes such as “Monster Mash,” “Ghostbusters” and “Thriller.”

Ages:​​ All

Cost:​​ $3.50 adult, $2.50 seniors, $2.50 ages 2-11, under 2 FREE

Learn more:​​ http://sloanlongway.org/ookyspookyshow/

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NOW - OCTOBER 31, NOON - 9 p.m.

HALLOWEEN GHOSTS & GOODIES

Crossroads Villages

6140 Bray Road

Flint, MI 48505

Enjoy a family-friendly visit to Crossroads Village’s Halloween Ghosts & Goodies days, complete with an enchanted forest, a musical​​ comedy at the Colwell Opera House, and a trek through its Straw Maze and 20 treat stops. Visitors may also take a 40-minute ride on the Huckleberry Ghost Train Express or a cruise around Mott Lake on the famous Genesee Belle/

Cost Village Entry:​​ $12 per person (ages 13 months+)

Cost Village/Train:​​ $19 per person (ages 13 months+)

Ages: All

Learn more:​​ geneseecountyparks.org​​ (search event calendar)

 

REOCCURING EVENTS BY DAYS OF THE WEEK

DAILY; HOURS VARY
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. Check out “What Happens at Night,” an exploration of the creatures and constellations that come out after dark.​​ 
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. 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

 

DAILY; HOURS VARY
FREE FAMILY DAY
Flint Institute of Arts (FIA)
1120 E. Kearsley St., Flint, MI 48503
810-234-1695
Visitors love Italian Renaissance painter Giuseppe Arcimboldo’s 15-foot-tall botanical forms on display in the museum’s Hurand Sculpture courtyard. Don’t miss a stop at the FIA’s free glass-blowing demonstrations, which take place between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturdays. 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’s 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

 

OPEN DAILY; 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
SAGINAW ZOO
1730 S. Washington Ave. Saginaw, MI 48601
989-759-1408
Grab the kids and take a trek through the Saginaw Zoo, which boasts more than 150 animals and an amazing Wetland Experience Center with a natural well and ecosystem that supports native plants and fish. The exhibit includes an underwater viewing area and crawl-through beaver dam. The zoo also is home to a special Horticultural Center where kids are encouraged to plant seeds, water and care for a variety of plants used to feed some of the zoo’s animals.​​ 
Fee: Admission ($5); Veterans (Discount with ID); under 11 months (FREE)
Discounted EntryThrifty Tuesday $3 Admission
Learn more: saginawzoo.com

 

DAILY: HOURS VARY
SLOAN MUSEUM – COURTLAND CENTER MALL
4190 E. Court St. Burton, MI 48509
810-237-3450
Step into the world of Wild Kratts to explore the secret lives of amazing creatures in Sloan’s newest exhibit where kids can immerse themselves in animal habitats from around the globe. Youth can also discover incredible creature powers and go on a mission to foil the villains’ nefarious plans. A family play​​ area gives kids a place to be active. They can explore the outdoor-themed climber, giant dollhouse, grocery store, and puppet show performance areas. The Sloan Museum Courtland Center Mall location is accessible through the Court Street entrance next to El​​ Cozumel Mexican Grill.
Ages: All​​ 
Cost: FREE to Genesee County residents, veterans, active-duty military families, teachers and children younger than 1.
Cost (non-residents): $7 adults, $6 seniors, $5 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 sloanlongway.org

 

TUESDAYS; 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Tasting Table at the Flint Farmers’ Market
300 E 1st St., Flint, MI 48052
810-237-3450
Stop by the Crim Fitness Foundation’s tasting table at the Flint Farmers’ Market to sample featured recipes from Michigan’s harvest item of the month. Get healthy meal tips and speak to nutrition experts.
Cost: FREE
Learn more: Call 810-235-3396 or visit crim.org​​ 

 

2nd​​ WEDNESDAYS; 5:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
MINDFUL MOVEMENT AROUND TOWN
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. The location of this event varies by month. Call or visit the Crim Fitness Foundation for location detail.
Ages:​​ 8 and older
Cost: FREE
Registration: Visit​​ crim.org
Learn more: Call 810-235-3396 or visit crim.org

 

WEDNESDAYS; 4:30 p.m. – 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: 8 and older
Cost: FREE
Registration: Visit crim.org
Learn more: Call 810-235-3396 or visit crim.org

 

THURSDAYS; 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Tasting Table at the Flint Farmers’ Market
300 E. 1st St., Flint, MI 48052
810-237-3450
Stop at the Crim Fitness Foundation’s tasting table at the Flint Farmers’ Market to sample featured recipes from Michigan’s harvest item of the month. Get healthy meal tips and speak to nutrition experts.
Cost: FREE
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: 8 and older
Cost: FREE
Registration: Visit crim.org
Learn more: Call 810-235-3396 or visit crim.org

 

THURSDAYS; 8:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.
SOCIAL CYCLE FLINT
125 E. Kearsley St.

Flint, MI 48502
Join Social Cycle Flint riders for their Thursday Night Party Ride, which welcomes bikers of all ages and abilities. The group meets at 8:30 p.m. weekly through October​​ and rides from the Downtown Flint Flat Lot.
Ages: All
Cost: FREE
Registration: Not required
Learn more: Social Cycling Facebook Page

 

2nd FRIDAYS
FRIDAYS, OCTOBER 11; 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
SECOND FRIDAYS ARTWALK
Greater Flint Arts 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 the​​ website to learn the event’s starting point.
Cost: FREE
Learn more: greaterflintartscouncil.org

 

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

 

SUNDAYS 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
FRIENDS OF FLINT RIVER TRAIL RIDE
Old Flint Farmer’s Market
420 E. Boulevard Dr.​​ 

Flint, MI 48503
The Friends of the Flint River Trail lead bike rides every Sunday, May​​ through October, starting promptly at 2 p.m. from the old Flint Farmers’ Market, rain or shine. Rides are typically 13 to 15 miles in length and conducted at a leisurely pace.  All rides are followed by “sweeps” to assist with bike problems, such as flat tires or chain adjustments. The group has a no-rider-left-behind policy and encourages experienced riders, beginners and families to come out and ride.​​ 
Cost: FREE

Registration:​​ Not required
Learn more: Friends of Flint River

 

EVENTS BY DATE

 

OCTOBER 5, 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.

PASSPORT TO NATURE: DOWN IN THE UNDERGROUND
For-Mar Nature Preserve & Arboretum

Youth ages 4 to 12 will enjoy exploring the different habitat around For-Mar. The subject matter changes monthly and participants get their very own passport to document their discoveries and a stamp for each habitat they study. This month is focused on animals that make their homes underground.

Ages:​​ 4 to 12​​ 

Cost:​​ $4 per student

Registration: By Oct. 3

Learn more:​​ geneseecountyparks.org​​ (search event calendar)

 

OCTOBER 5, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

PASSPORT TO OUR PARKS: FLUSHING COUNTY PARKS

Flushing County Park - Pavilion 1

4417​​ N. McKinley Road

Flushing, MI 48433

Teens and adults will love this one-hour exploration of Flushing County Park.

Ages:​​ Teens and adults

Cost:​​ $3

Registration:​​ Not required

Learn more:​​ geneseecountyparks.org​​ (search event calendar)

 

OCTOBER 8 – 12, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

PUMPKINS & TEES

Flint Children’s Museum

1602 University Ave.

Flint, MI 48504

Young participants will tap golf tees into pumpkins to create a unique web of colorful yarn.

Ages:​​ Recommended for 4 to 9

Cost:​​ Included with $6 general admission; Bridge Card-holders get in free

Registration:​​ Not required

Learn more:​​ flintchildrensmuseum.org​​ (search event calendar)

 

OCTOBER 13, 1 p.m.​​ – 2 p.m.

PASSPORT TO OUR PARKS: RICHFIELD COUNTY PARK

Richfield County Park - Pavilion 3 Parking Lot

6322 N. Irish Road

Davison, MI 48423

Teens and adults will love this one-hour exploration of Richfield County Park.

Ages:​​ Teens and adults

Cost:​​ $3

Registration:​​ Not required

Learn more:​​ geneseecountyparks.org​​ (search event calendar)

 

 

OCTOBER 15-18; 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

FALL COLLAGE

Flint Children’s Museum

1602 University Ave.

Flint, MI 48504

Young participants will make their own collages from nature objects like acorns and leaves.

Ages:​​ Recommended for 4 to 9

Cost:​​ Included with $6 general admission; Bridge Card-holders get in free

Registration:​​ Not required

Learn more:​​ flintchildrensmuseum.org​​ (search event calendar)

 

 

OCTOBER 16, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

WILD ADVENTURERS: OCTOBER’S FULL HUNTER’S MOON

For-Mar Preserve & Arboretum

2142 Genesee Road

Burton, MI 48509

Join a For-Mar naturalist for an exploration of the moon, planets and stars that surround earth.​​ 

Ages:​​ 7 to 12​​ 

Cost:​​ $4 per student

Registration: By Oct. 14

Learn more:​​ geneseecountyparks.org​​ (search event calendar)

 

OCTOBER 18, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

FULL MOON HIKE

For-Mar Preserve & Arboretum

2142 Genesee Road

Burton, MI 48509

Experience the night glow as For-Mar’s inhabitants go on a guided hike, led by a For-Mar naturalist.​​ 

Ages:​​ All​​ 

Cost:​​ $4​​ 

Registration:​​ By Oct. 17

Learn more:​​ geneseecountyparks.org​​ (search event calendar)

 

OCTOBER 20, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

PASSPORT TO OUR PARKS

Max Brandon Park - Pavilion 2

Martin Luther King Drive and Stewart

Flint, MI 48502

Teens and adults will love this one-hour exploration of Max Brandon Park. Meet near the park’s “Turtle Van” near Pavilion 2.

Ages:​​ Teens and adults

Cost:​​ $3​​ per person

Registration:​​ Not required

Learn more:​​ geneseecountyparks.org​​ (search event calendar)

 

OCTOBER 26, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

FALL COLOR HIKE

For-Mar Preserve & Arboretum

2142 Genesee Road

Burton, MI 48509

Join Angela Nelson on a fall colors hike through the For-Mar Forest to identify native trees and discuss the science of fall color changes.

Ages:​​ All​​ 

Cost:​​ $3 per person

Registration:​​ By Oct. 25

Learn more:​​ geneseecountyparks.org​​ (search event calendar)

 

OCTOBER 26, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

OWL PROWL

For-Mar Preserve & Arboretum

2142 Genesee Road

Burton, MI 48509

A For-Mar naturalist will take participants on a guided walk through the​​ park’s paths in search of owls. Learn about owl calls and practice your own owl-calling skills. Bring a flashlight.​​ 

Ages:​​ All

Cost:​​ $3 per person

Registration:​​ By Oct. 25

Learn more:​​ geneseecountyparks.org​​ (search event calendar)

 

OCTOBER 27, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

PASSPORT TO OUR PARKS

Stanley Road Tubes Fishing Site

12349 E. Stanley Road

Columbiaville, MI 48421

Teens and adults will love this one-hour exploration of Richfield County Park.

Ages:​​ Teens and adults

Cost:​​ $3 per person

Registration:​​ Not required

Learn more:​​ geneseecountyparks.org​​ (search event calendar)

 

Oct. 30, 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

FALL COLOR HIKE

For-Mar Preserve & Arboretum

Richfield County Park – Pavilion 1​​ 

6322 N. Irish Road

Davison, MI 48423

Join For-Mar staff on an exploration through Richfield County Park in search of its animal inhabitants. Participants will learn more about the science behind nature’s fall colors change. ​​ Participants will meet at Pavilion 1. Look for the park’s “Turtle Van.”

Ages:​​ All​​ 

Cost:​​ $3 per person

Registration:​​ Not required

Learn more:​​ geneseecountyparks.org​​ (search event calendar)

 

Nov. 2, 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

BIG FOOT HUNT

For-Mar Preserve & Arboretum

2142 Genesee Road

Burton, MI 48509

Practice your nature detective skills along For-Mar’s trails as you search for clues to find the park’s elusive “Big Foot.”

Ages:​​ All​​ 

Cost:​​ $4 per​​ person

Registration:​​ Not required

Learn more:​​ geneseecountyparks.org​​ (search event calendar)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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