27 Sandwiches to Try in Genesee County

It’s National Sandwich Month, so we asked nine local sandwich shops and eateries what their top three sellers are. Who else is feeling hungry?

Bear Soup Deli, 211 Main St., Davison

  • French Dip: Roast beef sandwich served with au jus
  • The Hibernator Panini: Salami, ham, cappicola, turkey, provolone cheese, tomato, banana peppers and spicy mayo on ciabatta bread
  • Grumpy Bear Panini: Pepperoni, ham, roast beef, bacon, cheddar cheese, tomato, banana peppers and spicy mayo on ciabatta bread

Great Lakes Sandwich Co. & Café, 5332 Corunna Road, Flint

  • BBQ Pulled Pork: Slow roasted BBQ pork, banana peppers and coleslaw on toasted ciabatta bread
  • Chicken Cordon Bleu: Grilled chicken breast, ham, mozzarella cheese, tomato, lettuce and mayo on toasted ciabatta bread
  • BBQ Brisket Bacon & Cheddar: Brisket, bacon, cheddar, sautéed peppers and onions, topped with coleslaw

Hoffman’s Deco Deli & Café, 503 Garland St., Flint

  • Rock’n Ruben: Corn beef OR turkey, sauerkraut OR the eatery’s “almost healthy” coleslaw, Swiss and thousand island dressing
  • College Club: Ham, turkey and bacon with cheddar cheese, leaf lettuce, tomato and dill mayo
  • Hurley Med: Turkey, bacon, red onion, aged sharp white cheddar, honey Dijon mustard, lettuce and grilled pineapple on toasted bread of your choice

The Laundry, 125 W. Shiawassee Ave., Fenton

  • #11 Reuben:Warm house-boiled corned beef, Emmentaler cheese, sauerkraut and housemade Russian dressing on grilled Bowery Rye
  • #89 The French Dip:Real roast beef on a buttered crusty baguette served au jus (a rich beef-based broth made with a splash of brandy and sautéed onions)
  • #12 Georgia Reuben:Turkey breast, Emmentaler cheese, coleslaw and housemade Russian dressing on grilled Bowery Rye

The Local Grocer, 601 Martin Luther King Ave, Flint

  • Korean Turkey: Oven-roasted turkey in a ginger sauce with sautéed kale, topped with house made kimchi
  • Sweet & Cheesy Italian Panini: Organic sausage, red onion, peppered cheese and kale, pressed in fresh rustic bread
  • Chicken Salad: Michigan chicken, celery, dried cranberries and peas in a sour cream dill dressing with cheddar cheese on toasted rustic bread

The Lunch Studio, 444 S. Saginaw St., Flint

  • Turkey and Avocado: Turkey, avocado, jack cheese, tomato, onion, sprout and mayo on sourdough
  • Waldorf Chicken Salad: Chicken, grapes, celery, chopped walnuts and mayo on whole wheat
  • Corned Beef Reuben: Corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss and 1000 Island

Market Deli by Hoffman’s, 300 E. First St., Flint

  • The Cuban: Cuban-style pork roast, fire smoked ham, beer ale mustard, Swiss cheese and shaved pickles on an eight-inch French baguette
  • Deep Fried Turkey Breast: Deep fried turkey breast, white sharp cheddar cheese, house coleslaw, chopped kale and pecan smoke bacon
  • Making Strides Flint: Honey turkey, pecan smoke bacon, smoked Gouda, avocado, micro greens and fresh tomato on organic bread. (A portion of the proceeds benefits breast cancer awareness and research)

Oliver T’s Market, 1553 Hill Road, Grand Blanc

  • Georgia Reuben: Turkey, Swiss cheese, coleslaw and Thousand Island dressing on rye bread
  • Oliver T’s Club: Classic‎ triple-decker featuring ham, turkey, bacon, choice of cheese, lettuce and tomato
  • Smart Turkey: Smoked turkey breast, low-fat swiss cheese and honey mustard on whole wheat or rye

Steady Eddy’s Café at the Market, 300 E. First St., Flint

  • San Francisco: Turkey, Monterey Jack, avocado, tomato and mayo topped with sprouts on crunchy sourdough bread
  • Club: A double-decker piled high with turkey, ham, Swiss and American cheese, lettuce, tomato and mayo on your choice of toasted bread
  • The Dagwood: Triple-decker with roast beef; turkey ham; turkey; salami; Swiss, American and Monterey Jack cheese; lettuce; tomato; onion; mayo; mustard; and horseradish on your choice of bread

Flint in 48 Hours

 By Kim Skeltis

Step inside Table & Tap with its graffiti mural and communal table of reclaimed barn wood, and you could be in Chicago. A rack of hoodies with the phrase Hard as Flint reveals the restaurant’s locale – an apropos saying for a city that’s had more than its share of hard knocks.

Hard as Flint is the mantra of a reborn city. Its tragedies have shaped a community of creators and doers who work hard to make Flint a better place, shifting from producing cars to beer, bread and boots. They know where the city has been, salvaging the best of its history to move forward. And from that grit and perseverance emerged a softer side of Flint. A college town. A foodie mecca. A beer city. An historic gem. And it makes Flint worth visiting right now.

If you’ve got 48 hours free, you can cover many of the city’s highlights and hidden gems. We’ve suggested a weekend itinerary below – hit everything or slow down the pace and pick some standouts.

FRIDAY EVENING – Downtown Immersion

Accessible from I-69 and I-75, Flint is an easy drive from most Midwest cities. Check into your hotel around 5 p.m. to enjoy a full evening. For proximity, Holiday Inn Express downtown can’t be beat. Or book one of six literary-themed rooms at elegant Knob Hill B&B, also in the city.

Start in the heart of downtown with a cocktail or glass of wine at Cork on Saginaw (Happy Hour runs until 6 p.m.), featuring 150 wines from around the world. Or hit Café Rhema for a pick-me-up at this Great Gatsby-inspired café. Order a cold coffee brew or share a French press. Kids will love fruity bubble tea or Italian soda.

After a cocktail or coffee, either stay at Cork for an eclectic European dish, or visit Table & Tap for dinner. This hotspot specializes in locally sourced food and barbecued meats, along with 30 rotating beers on tap, top-shelf bourbon and cocktails. If you’re feeling social, sidle up to other diners at the communal table.

Tonight, try one of Flint’s cultural offerings. University of Michigan-Flint features theater and dance performances Friday and Saturday evenings (October to April). Or check out the Flint Cultural Center with eight institutes on the wooded campus, including The Whiting, a 2,000-seat professional performing arts venue with live performances ranging from local Flint Youth Theatre to national touring productions like Blue Man Group. Other options include the Flint Institute of Arts Theater showing independent and classic films (starts in September), Longway Planetarium (Michigan’s largest) with First Friday events and special programs, and the 100-year-old Flint Symphony Orchestra hosting chamber music and Music in the Parks (summer), and classical concerts (October to May).

Got a late-night food craving? Cast your vote for Flint’s best burger between two watering holes: Soggy Bottom and the Torch Bar & Grill, ranked by Thrillist as one of the “33 Best Dive Bars in America” and its Torch Burger as one of the “33 Best Burgers in America

SATURDAY – Flint Food and Culture

Shop and nibble through your morning at the Flint Farmers’ Market. In existence since 1905, this storied market moved into the Flint Journal’s former 32,000 square-foot printing facility in 2014 after a 70-year hiatus from downtown. The bright, airy space holds 50 year-round vendors (another 20 outside in summer), commercial and demonstration kitchens, and event space. Wander the stalls of fresh produce, pop-up restaurants and handmade gift items, sampling a cinnamon roll at CINNAMOM or pho soup at MaMang. Stock up on weekend snacks like imported cheeses at Hills Home Cured Cheese or wine at d’Vine Wines. Steady Eddy’s Café is an alternative if you prefer a sit-down brunch.

Fueled on market finds, drive to Applewood Estate, a 34-acre, three-story estate built by automotive pioneer Charles Stewart Mott in 1916. While the grounds have been open for years, the home is open to the public for the first time this centennial year, offering free guided house tours daily (reservations recommended). You can also join a free guided garden walk (daily at 1 p.m.) or explore the grounds and exhibits on your own – kids can even check out an activity backpack. For lunch, stop at Applewood Café, a student-run, upscale casual restaurant inside nearby Mott Community College (open during school session).

You’re a stone’s throw from the 85-year-old Flint Institute of Arts, the second largest art museum in Michigan. Need another reason to stop? Free Saturdays! Spin through the highlights using a free, self-guided audio tour that brings the collection to life, followed by the gift shop.

Hit happy hour at Tenacity Brewing, Flint’s first brewery whose name became a prophecy during the Flint Water Crisis. Opening in 2015 in a 1912 fire station, Tenacity features 10 beers, two hard ciders plus a root beer on draft, so there’s something for everyone. While Tenacity doesn’t have a kitchen, food truck fave Vehicle City Tacos parks outside regularly.

Enjoy dinner downtown at 501 Bar & Grill, a fresh, modernist restaurant known for small plates and martinis. From chicken and waffles to bone marrow, you’ll find an eclectic selection of sharable, bite-size entrees. Healthier appetites may prefer a flatbread pizza, burger or full entrée.

Take in a local sporting event tonight like a Flint Firebirds ice hockey game at the Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center east of downtown. Games are Fridays and Saturdays (season starts in September). For another type of skating, watch the Flint City Derby Girls at Rollhaven Skating Center in Grand Blanc.

SUNDAY – Suburbs/Genesee County

A visit to Flint isn’t complete without visiting its surrounding environs of Genesee County, boasting Michigan’s largest county park system, dozens of fruit orchards, 17-mile asphalt Flint River Trail and 142-mile Flint River. The hardest part will be narrowing your options.

Option #1: Small-Town Shopping and Dining

Enjoy a leisurely morning, then drive 25 minutes to quaint Fenton with its circa-1830s downtown. Indulge in a pastry at CRUST, cranking out 2,000 cookies and 1,000 artisan-style bread loaves daily that are sold locally and across the country, including to DEAN & DELUCA and Williams-Sonoma. Linger over a pain au chocolat and latte in the café or grab a dozen chocolate chip and sea salt cookies to go. Inquire about pie, scone/biscuit and bread-making classes.

Next, shop Fenton’s unique downtown stores like La Petite Maison and The Iron Grate for home décor, Yesterday’s Treasures for antiques, Fenton’s Open Book for literary treasures, and Eclections for clothing and accessories. Walk to the Fenton Fire Hall, a 1938 fire station resurrected in 2013 by the owners of famed Clarkston Union and Vinsetta Garage in metro Detroit. Photographs of volunteer firefighters adorn the walls with old fire station ledgers, memos and other correspondence in homage to its roots. Share a legendary mac and cheese dish or slow-smoked pulled pork for a snack.  Be sure to scan the 48 beers on tap. Then drive to nearby Heavenly Scent Herb Farm, a 1910-era barn and gardens with gift items, flowers and plants for sale.

Your Flint weekend is winding down, but not before you indulge in one final culinary experience. Visit The Laundry Room, a private event space next door to The Laundry, in Fenton by 5 p.m. when Chef Jody prepares a four-course Sunday Supper once a month for the first 24 people who arrive. Menu items are unveiled tableside and served family style. If you miss Sunday Supper, don’t fret – The Laundry’s standing menu of European-inspired dishes gives plenty of options.

Option #2: Historic Village

Kids and history buffs alike will love Crossroads Village and Huckleberry Railroad (May through September). Turning 40 this year, the park showcases 34 Genesee County buildings replicating an 1800s village. Also check out Halloween Ghosts and Goodies in October and Christmas at Crossroads Holiday Magic in December.

Take a 40-minute ride on the circa-1857 Huckleberry Railroad steam locomotive.  Legend says that it ran so slow that a person could jump off, pick huckleberries, and jump back on. Another park jewel is the Genesee Belle Paddlewheel Riverboat replicating riverboats that traveled the Mississippi a century ago. Catch a 45-minute cruise around Mott Lake (May through September).

Close your weekend with a local tradition – a Flint Original Coney Island at the 24-hour Starlite Diner that the owners have been cranking out since 1966. According to locals, the dry, loose meat makes it a Flint-style Coney. Add a side of Coney Cheese Fries, and you’re primed for the drive home.

NOTE: All Flint businesses mentioned here use a combination of certified water filters, bottled water and hydration stations to provide visitors with clean, safe water.

See What’s Happening In and Around Flint & Genesee for the week of August 15–21

Information and dates are subject to change without notice. Please call ahead to confirm.

Events

Monday-Friday, August 15 – 19: “Tunes at Noon Festival” at Downtown Flint’s Willson Park, 303 E. First Street (located across the street from the Flint Farmers’ Market) * geneseefun.com

  • (Live music runs 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. daily) Enjoy lunch with an eclectic soundboard of musicians featuring Faatima Brandon (Monday/R&B), Eddy Blues Barney & Bluehouse (Tuesday/Blues), Dave Huber (Wednesday/Jazz), Ben Schlater (Thursday/Jazz) and Tzell & Johnny (Friday/Gospel). Tunes at Noon rain location: Greater Flint Arts Council, 816 S. Saginaw Street, Flint.

Tuesday-Saturday, August 16 – 20: 12th Annual “Back to the Bricks” Cruise and Car Show, Flint’s Downtown Entertainment District and Genesee County * backtothebricks.org

  • (For a schedule of daily events and times visit the website above) Be part of one of the biggest car events that attracts over 500,000 car enthusiasts yearly. This five-day extravaganza begins Tuesday with a family-friendly evening at US 23 Drive-In Theater with the showing of BULLITT, a 1968 thriller starring Steve McQueen. Tuesday through Friday, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., crowds will line Saginaw Street from downtown Flint to Grand Blanc for rolling cruises. Friday night’s concert will take place at the IINN Property on Saginaw Street, starting at 7 p.m., starring the Motortown All-Stars – a Motown review group from Detroit. Then on Saturday, stroll the bricks downtown Flint, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and admire vehicles of every age and description. Free admission.

Tuesday, August 16: “Caterpillar Kids: Know Your Butterflies” at For-Mar Nature Preserve, 2142 Genesee Road, Burton * (810) 789-8567 * geneseecountyparks.org

  • (Event runs 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.) Meet at the Butterfly Garden and learn how to identify the many different butterflies and caterpillars that call Michigan home through games, crafts and nature hikes. Recommended for families of all ages. Free admission.

Wednesday, August 17: “Paddle the Flint River” hosted by the Flint River Watershed Coalition, Birch Run, Morseville Road to Seymour Road * flintriver.org

  • (Event runs 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. arrive no later than 4:45 p.m.) Escape the heat by taking a refreshing 2-hour paddle on the Flint River. This gorgeous stretch is home to many Bald Eagles. Bring your own canoe/kayak or rent one, which includes insurance and shuttling fees. A limited number of canoes/kayaks are available for rent – early registration suggested. To register and/or reserve a kayak/canoe contact Jamie Welch at [email protected] or call (810) 767-7140. (Trip: Birch Run Road to Morseville Road, across from the Taymouth Township Office, paddling to Seymour Road by the railroad tracks.)

Wednesday, August 17: “Reuse, Recycle, and Repurpose!” at Davison Roadside Park Pavilion, 6160 Davison Road, Burton * (800) 648-PARK * geneseecountyparks.org

  • (Event runs 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.) Celebrate National Thrift Shop Day by reusing old picture frames and making them new again. Frames and supplies will be provided or feel free to bring your own frame and anything you would like to use to decorate. Recommended for families of all ages. Free admission.

Thursday, August 18: “Music in the Parks” at Max Brandon Park – Pavilion #2, 3606 Dupont Street, Flint (near MLK and Stewart Avenue) * thefso.org

  • (Music runs 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.) Music in the Parks is a fun way to get out and celebrate Flint’s diverse cultural heritage through music. Tonight, enjoy a Gospel Gathering. Please bring lawn chairs and blankets. Recommended for families of all ages. Free admission.

Friday, August 19: “Acting OUT with Flint Youth Theatre” at For-Mar Nature Preserve, 2142 N. Genesee Road, Burton * (810) 789-8567 * geneseecountyparks.org

  • (Event runs 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.) Working with a Flint Youth Theatre Educator, participants will create amazing characters and stories from literature and their own imaginations, while working on acting techniques, teamwork, confidence, self-worth and responsibility. Class will be outside, weather permitting. Recommended for families of all ages. Free admission.

Friday & Saturday, August 19 & 20: “Flint Public Art Project’s Free City Festival” at Chevy Commons, N. Chevrolet Avenue, Flint * flintpublicartproject.com

  • (Event runs 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. both evenings) Now in its fourth season, Free City takes on the theme of Motion and Play inviting installations, sculptures, projections and performances employing movement of objects and people through unexpected, unexplainable and uncanny means. In its investigation of the phenomenology of motion, the event invites artists and participants to ask – how do we move and for what purpose?

Saturday, August 20: “Float the Flint” hosted by the Flint River Watershed Coalition, M-15 to Irish Road * flintriver.org

  • (Event runs 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. arrive no later than 9:45 a.m.) Escape the heat by enjoying a relaxing 2-hour paddle on the Flint River. Bring your own canoe/kayak or rent one, which includes insurance and shuttling fees. A limited number of canoes/kayaks are available for rent – early registration suggested. To register and/or reserve a kayak/canoe contact Jamie Welch at [email protected] or call (810) 767-7140.

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The Palette Café: Yet Another Solid Reason to Visit the FIA

The Flint Institute of Arts is the second largest art museum in Michigan and one of the largest museum art schools in the country. Its collection exceeds 8,000 pieces and dates back 5,000 years. It also screens a variety of films each weekend, starting in September, from the comfort of its 330-seat theater.

The fact that the venue’s in-house cafe makes a mean turkey bacon gouda sandwich? Now that’s just the cherry on top. 

The Palette Café, located next to the museum’s gift shop, is led by Chef Antwain Trimble, who studied at the Pennsylvania Culinary Institute and previously worked in the kitchens of the Hilton Garden Inn in Ann Arbor and Westin Book Cadillac in Detroit.

“I’ve been to a lot of different places, but Flint is home” says Trimble, who attended Carman Ainsworth High School before moving to Pittsburgh in 2000. “I’m excited to be back.”

Since taking the reigns at the Palette in April, Trimble has been experimenting with different specials each week, paying close attention to what performs well and what doesn’t. He plans to release a new menu by the end of the summer that features customer favorites — based off of both the current menu as well as the weekly specials.

While the new menu has yet to be solidified, there are a few items that Trimble confirms will make the list. These include the Turkey Rachel, the Caprese Sandwich and the Cobb Salad. 

The FIA has also talked about launching open mic nights in the near future. When they do, Trimble plans to have a special bar menu that’s “short and sweet,” with items like chicken wings and homemade caramel corn.

Sweet treats are favorite of Trimble, who highlights different pastries and desserts throughout the week in the cafe’s glass display. “I make a very delicious salted caramel cheesecake that has a pretzel crust,” he says.

According to Trimble, the cafe is busiest on Wednesdays, when the museum hosts Art à la Carte — an free lunchtime program focusing on the arts. The event kicks off at 12:15 p.m., and participants are welcome to bring their lunch or grab something from The Palette. (The next three Art à la Carte events will show the three-part PBS series, The Mystery of Matter: Search for the Elements, which explores the discovery of the basic building blocks of matter. For details, click here.)

The Palette is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p..m. Saturday; and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. 

Members of the FIA receive a 10 percent discount. To place a carry-out order, call 810-249-0593.  

To read the current menu, click here.

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!

For game times and availability, click here.  

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.

27 Ways to Be a Tourist in Your Home Town (Flint)

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Flint’s “Be a Tourist in Your Home Town” is just a few days away!

As part of the annual event, hosted by the Flint & Genesee Convention & Visitors Bureau, residents and visitors alike will have the opportunity to explore some of the city’s favorite sites. Admission is $1 and grants guests not only free access to more than 25 area attractions, but also free transportation, courtesy of the MTA.

Participants can pick and choose among multiple sites and attractions from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 16. For instance, one might…

  1. Tour the first floor of the Charles Stewart Mott’s family home, which opened to the public earlier this year as part of Applewood’s centennial anniversary.
  2. Check out four GM “Dream Cars” – and the production models they inspired – at Buick Gallery & Research Center.
  3. Catch up on all of the work being done at the Dryden, a historic building that now serves as the headquarters of the Hagerman Foundation and SkyPoint Ventures and other growing businesses including: Article One, Co+Work space, the Ground Floor Market and (in the near future) iSource Worldwide.
  4. Smell the snapdragons at EmFlower, Flint’s first urban cut flower farm.
  5. Buy fresh fruits and veggies at the Flint Farmers’ Market — one of the American Planning Association’s 15 Great Places in America in 2015. (While you’re there, be sure to check out the new Flint Handmade Summer Art & Craft Street Fair, which features local artisans, face painting and make-and-take activities!)
  6. Explore Michigan’s second largest art museum, which houses more than 8,000 pieces in its collection. Bonus: Be a Tourist guests at the Flint Institute of Arts will receive discounts in the Museum Shop and The Palette Café .
  7. Browse though some of the 50,000 children’s books available at the Flint Public Library, which will also be hosting various family activities throughout the day.
  8. Go behind-the-scenes at the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan’s Hunger Solution Center, which distributed over 25 million pounds of food and fresh produce to hungry families last year.
  9. Study the works of artists from the African diaspora and browse through the papers of former U.S. Rep Dale E. Kildee and U.S. Sen. Donald W. Riegle at the Frances Willson Thompson Library & Genesee Historical Collections Center.
  10. See what local artists have been up to at the Greater Flint Arts Council.
  11. Take a moonwalk, explore the night sky or follow the adventures of the “Accidental Astronauts” at the recently renovated Longway Planetarium.
  12. Listen to more than a dozen national and local gospel artists during the Genesee County Gospel Festival.
  13. Explore the first floor of the MSU College of Human Medicine during a tour of the former Flint Journal building.
  14. Visit Flint’s Mass Transportation Authority Customer Service Center, a public transit hub that doubles as a civil rights arts museum.
  15. Check out the MW Gallery’s inaugural exhibition, “Unconstrained Voices: Highlights from the Mott-Warsh Collection,” which features the artwork of renowned artists from the 20th and 21st centuries.
  16. Get up close and personal with your favorite (or least favorite) insects at “A Bug’s World” at the Sloan Museum.
  17. Find out what the UM-Flint Recreation Center has to offer: an indoor track, pool, spa, fitness classes and more.
  18. Learn about the Flint residents who used to call Kearlsey Street home during walking tours led by staff from the Whaley Historic House Museum.
  19. Enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of the Whiting — a 2,043 seat theater that originally opened in 1967.
  20. Hike the seven miles of trails at the 383-acre For-Mar Nature Preserve and Arboretum, which will also host several family friendly programs and activities throughout the day.
  21. Learn about harvest tracking and plant identification at the Edible Flint Demonstration Garden, near Hurley Hospital at 5th and Begole.
  22. Build a tree fort at the Flint Children’s Museum, which is currently home to the “Into the Woods” educational exhibition.
  23. Enjoy a glass of lemonade after touring Knob Hill Bed & Breakfast, a nearly 4,000-square-foot B&B featuring rooms themed around different literary classics.
  24. Go back to school during tours of the Michigan School for the Deaf and Powers Catholic High School.
  25. Enjoy a guided tour of the historic Stockton Center at Spring Grove, which was built in 1872 and later became the first St. Joseph Hospital in Flint.
  26. Stop by the Superintendent’s Cottage, the oldest building on the campus of the Michigan School for the Deaf.
  27. Grab lunch at one of the city’s many restaurants – several of which will be offering discounts to Be a Tourist participants on July 16. These include 501 Bar and Grill, Blackstone’s Pub & Grill, Café Rhema, Churchill’s Food and Spirits, Cork on Saginaw, The Flint Crepe Company, Halo Burger, Hoffman’s Deco Deli & Café, The Local Grocer, The Lunch Studio, Merge, Soggy Bottom Bar, Table & Tap, Tenacity Brewing, Torch Bar & Grill and Totem Books.

To purchase a Be a Tourist passport, click here or stop by the Riverfront Banquet Center, at 1 Riverfront Plaza, on the day of the event.

Update: Event organizers recommend parking in the flat lot at Saginaw and Kearsley Streets in downtown Flint. Parking in this lot is free on weekends. 

5 Ways to Enjoy Summer with the Kids this Week

thumbnail_IMG_0375Summer is officially underway in Genesee County. Here are a few ways to enjoy the warm weather and long days with the kids this week: 

  • Build a boat at Linden County Park (15345 S. Linden Road, Linden). As part of “Junk Box Wars,” family teams will be given 45 minutes to create a boat from a box of stuff provided for them. Afterward, they will compete against other families to see which boat floats the farthest. The free event will run from 7-8 p.m on Monday, June 27.
  • Hear stories on the lawn of the Flint Public Library (1026 E. Kearsley St., Flint). On Tuesday, June 28, families are welcome to bring a blanket and lunch with them during storytime, which kicks off at noon. In the event of bad weather, meet inside the library.
  • Celebrate Independence Day a few days beforehand in downtown Flint. As part of the Flint Water Festival, fireworks will be displayed starting at dusk on Friday, July 1. 
  • Roll around in the mud! Families of all ages are encouraged to celebrate International Mud Day” at Bluebell Beach (5500 Bray Road, Flint). The park will provide a mud pit (made from 30 yards of dirt and 7,000 gallons of water) for visitors to slip and slide through from 1-3 p.m on Saturday, July 2. 
  • Learn about your favorite (or least favorite!) insects at Sloan Museum’s newest exhibition,“A Bug’s World.” Visitors will learn about entomology while exploring common backyard species magnified 40-120 times their size in scientifically accurate animatronic detail. 

Looking for more sites to see and things to do? Check out the Trending Flint & Genesee Facebook page!