3 Places for Fun & Games in Genesee County

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Pokemon GO! has brought out the inner gamer in an estimated 25 million daily users. Whether you’re among them or not, there are plenty of ways to kick back and have some fun in Genesee County. 

LIKE RIDDLES?

Take part in a real-life adventure game at Michigan Escape Games (9023 Davison Road, Davison). After selecting their preferred theme, players must solve several clues in order to escape from a locked room within 60 minutes. For instance, in one of the rooms, participants learn that the Centers for Disease Control has accidentally released a contagion capable of wiping out the entire population of earth. There’s a single vial of anti-virus located somewhere in the lab but your team has only an hour to find it. After that, the damage is done!

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For details, call (820) 652-6165 or visit www.michiganescapegames.com.  

PREFER BOARD GAMES? 

Pull up a seat at Card Table Republic – A Board Game Lounge (8427 Davison Road, Davison). This is a place where, or a small fee, people of all ages can choose among more than 500 board, card and dice games to play with friends and family. The selection includes both classic games (e.g., Monopoly, Life, Battleship and Trouble) as well as newer games (i.e., Ticket To Ride, Catan, Carcassonne and Cards Against Humanity). Even better, the snack bar offers Michigan-made products like Faygo and Better Made chips.

The facility is open from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday; noon to 11 p.m. Saturday; and 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.

For more info, call (810) 652-6363 or visit www.cardtablerepublic.com

LOVE TO FEEL THE WIND IN YOUR HAIR?

Hop in a go-kart at Extreme Indoor Kart Racing (2259 W. Vienna Road, Clio). Visitors to Michigan’s largest indoor kart track usually lap the 1/4-mile track about 8 to 10 times in a given race. Adults reach speeds of up to 40 mph, and youth (ages 8-15) drive karts with just slightly less horsepower, usually reaching speeds of up to 15 mph. 

Adult pricing starts at $14 for members and $16 for the general public. Junior karts cost $10 per race.

To learn more,  call (810) 687-3546 or visit www.eikr.net.

Where to Hunt for Easter Eggs in Flint & Genesee

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It looks like the Easter Bunny will be making a few stops in Genesee County before Easter Sunday. Here’s when/where you can find some of the treats he leaves behind. 

Friday, March 25

  • The Flint Children’s Museum, at 1602 W. University Ave., Flint, will host its Easter Egg Treasure Hunt program at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. The 3 p.m. event will be a special needs hunt for children who may need extra assistance. Cost is $2 extra per child and $1 extra per adult.
  • The Ambassadors/Namo Clubs will host a hunt from 4-6 p.m. at Berston Field House, 3300 N. Saginaw St., Flint,

Saturday March 26

  • For Mar Nature Preserve and Arboretum will kick off an egg hunt at 10 a.m. at 2142 N. Genesee Road in Burton. Afterward, youth 4-12 can learn how to grow plants using old eggshells. Pre-registration for Growing Gardeners is required by March 24. Cost is $3 per child.
  • Bring a basket or a bag for your child to collect eggs in during the Easter egg hunt at Wojo’s Garden Splendors, 7360 E. Court St., Davison. The event kicks off at 10 a.m. and everyone goes home with goodies.
  • The Clio Lions Club will host its annual Easter Egg Hunt at 10 a.m. at Clio City Park, 402 N. Mill St., Clio.

Know of an Easter egg hunt that’s not listed above? Let us know in the comments below!

5 Kid-Friendly Things to Do this Weekend

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Wondering what to do with the kiddos this weekend? Here are a few events and activities taking place in Flint and Genesee County!

  1. Grab a “mock”iato at Wildroot Coffee in Flint. It’s the perfect way for kids to get the coffee shop experience – without the coffee! Learn more about the new, local business at www.facebook.com/wildrootcoffee.
  2. Watch the Clio Cast & Crew perform “The Phantom Tollbooth” at Theatre 57. The play, based on the famous children’s adventure, follows a bored youngster who is transported to the Land of Wisdom after driving through his toy tollbooth. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. March 11-12 and at 2:30 p.m. March 13. For details, visit www.cliocastandcrew.com.
  3. Skate with Leonardo the Ninja Turtle at the Crystal Fieldhouse Ice Arena on Saturday, March 12, from 2-4 p.m. Bring your own ice skates or rent a pair for $3. Regular admission, VIP and family passes available. Visit www.crystalfh.com for more info.
  4. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with arts and crafts at the Flint Public Library on Saturday, March 12. This event runs from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., and is recommended for preschool, kindergarten and elementary school ages. To learn more, visit www.fpl.info.
  5. Awaken their imagine at the Flint Children’s Museum. Not only is the venue home to more than 40 hands-on exhibits, it’s also offering free admission from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 13. For more information, visit www.thefcm.org.

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4 Plays to Catch in Flint & Genesee this Week

curtainsLooking for an entertaining way to spend your weekend? Here are four plays to catch in Flint & Genesee this week!

A Fairy Tale Christmas Carol with the Clio Cast & Crew (Dec. 9-13)

In this adaptation of Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol,” Jacob Midas, who could turn anything to gold warns his old business partner, the Big Bad Wolf, that he’ll be visited by The Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. Performances at Theatre 57, 2220 W. Vienna Road, Clio, begin at 7:30 p.m.Wednesday-Friday; 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m Saturday; and 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

It’s a Wonderful Life at the Whiting (Dec. 10)

This adaptation of Frank Capra’s holiday classic is portrayed as a live radio broadcast. In this version, it’s Christmas Eve in 1945, and only a handful of WVL Radio’s actors have braved the blizzard to perform the evening’s broadcast. (Tickets are no longer available; Call the box office at (810) 237-7333 to inquire about the wait list.)

Black Nativity at the New McCree Theatre (Dec. 10-12)

This spectacular special recalls the birth of Jesus the Christ, the transformation of His special day of joy and selfless giving into a commercial enterprise, and the call to return to the Season’s true meaning, all told in song, dance and powerful testimony. Performances begin at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday.

The Wizard of Oz at the Flint Youth Theatre (Dec. 11-13)

Follow Dorothy on her trip to Oz and back and learn along with her that there truly is “no place like home.”  Recommended for ages 6 and up. Performances begin at  7 p.m. Friday; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday; and 2 p.m. Sunday.

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‘Barbecuing Hamlet’ with the Clio Cast & Crew

1440902328-bbqhamlet-ckThis weekend, the Clio Cast & Crew will take on “Barbecuing Hamlet,” a play-within-a-play-style comedy, at Theatre 57.

The show follows Margo Daley, who has been hired to direct a William Shakespeare play at a renovated funeral home with a cast of only four actors. Considering that Margo has to meet certain demands – such as inserting sponsoring names into the play, which is set in the Old West – things don’t go as smoothly as she might like.

“Barbecuing Hamlet” runs Oct. 2-4 at 2220 W. Vienna Road, Clio. Tickets are $14.

For more information, call (810) 687-2588 or visit www.cliocastandcrew.com.

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Beyond Books: Libraries Offer Yoga, Cheesemaking Classes

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The Genesee District Library has 19 branch locations, many providing community events in addition to the standard book, movie and music offerings. Here’s just a sampling of programs being offered in the near future.

  • Yoga at Grand Blanc-McFarlen Library (Monday, Sept. 28)
    • Stretch, reach and bend your way toward a calmer life. Bring a mat, towel and belt (or stretch band) and improve your flexibility and stress levels. 6-7 p.m.
  • Cheesemaking at Flushing Area Library (Tuesday, Sept. 29)
    • Attendees will learn how to make mozzarella and ricotta during this demonstration. 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Magic Show at Mt. Morris Library (Saturday, Oct. 3)
    • Dynamike, a professional children’s magician, will entertain the whole family from 11 a.m. to noon.
  • Makin’ Sweet and Sour Chicken at Clio Area Library (Saturday, Oct. 10)
    • Chef Ming Louie will teach attendees how to make this popular Chinese dish during a demonstration that runs from 2:30-3:30 p.m.

For more information about upcoming events and classes, visit www.thegdl.org.

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4 Ways to Celebrate Independence Day in Flint & Genesee

fireworks-1758_640The Fourth of July is fast approaching. Here are four festivals and fireworks displays that will keep area residents and visitors entertained this week.

Flint’s Carnival and Fireworks Display, July 2-5
Downtown Flint’s Entertainment District, Saginaw Street

Enjoy four days of family fun in downtown Flint with carnival rides, vendors and more. Fireworks are scheduled for Friday evening.

Clio Family Fun Day, July 4
Clio City Park, 402 N. Mill Street, Clio

The 33rd annual celebration will begin at 2 p.m. with a flag raising ceremony and end with a fireworks display at dusk.

Fenton Freedom Festival, July 4
Fenton Community & Cultural Center, 150 S. Leroy Street, Fenton

The 25th annual celebration will feature a pancake breakfast, parade, 5K race and fun run/walk, food vendors, rubber ducky race, classic car display, arts and crafts and more.  A fireworks display, set to music, will light up the sky at Silver Lake Park starting at dusk. The event runs from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Fourth of July Fireworks in Montrose, July 4
Montrose Township Barber Park, 11410 Seymour Road

Hosted by the Montrose Patriots Club, the event will include a petting zoo, the launching of sky lanterns, concessions, music and entertainment. Residents can purchase a lantern for $5 at the Farmers’ Market on Thursday from 4-8 p.m. or at M-57 Aggregate in downtown Montrose.

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