MAP Provides Free/Discounted Admission to Hundreds of Parks, Cultural Attractions

Poster%2024x36[1]Good news: The Michigan Activity Pass, or MAP, is back for its second year! As part of the program, cardholders at participating libraries (including the Genesee District Library) can explore hundreds of state parks, historic sites, cultural attractions, campgrounds and recreation areas – for free or at discounted rates.

Library cardholders can print out a one-day pass simply by visiting their local library or the program’s website. The passes can be used at any of Michigan’s 102 state parks or 138 state forest campgrounds. The program also offers free or discounted admission to 170 historical and cultural destinations in Michigan.

New this year: fourth graders can use the pass to score free admission into Michigan’s national parks and lakeshores, including Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Isle Royale National Park, Keweenaw National Historic Park, North County National Scenic Trails, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and River Raisin National Battlefield Park.

In Genesee County, participating locations include:

  • Applewood Estate
  • Buick Automotive Gallery
  • Flint Institute of Arts
  • Longway Planetarium
  • Montrose Historical and Telephone Pioneer Museum
  • Sloan Museum

When planning a visit to a venue through the MAP program, program officials recommend calling ahead to verify hours of operation.

For a full list of participating sites, click here and select “Brochure.”

Flint Cultural Center to Host 32nd Annual Holiday Walk

Holiday WalkAs part of the 32nd Annual Holiday Walk, the community is invited to tour the Flint Cultural Center’s 33-acre campus on Tuesday, Dec. 1.

The free event will begin at 5:15 p.m., when City of Flint Police Chief James Tolbert and Santa Claus will lead the annual tree lighting ceremony. From there, Santa will make his way to The Whiting for family visits and free photos.

The Flint Institute of Arts will offer live music as well as the opportunities for kids to meet with PBS’ Sid the Science Kid. There will also be a holiday film shown in the FIA Theater as well as a children’s activity in the FIA Art School.

Applewood will host ice-carving demonstrations and carolers, and the Buick Gallery will have Santa’s classic car on display.

Visitors can also swing by the Flint Public Library, where they can make a holiday ornament, listen to the bell choir from Goodrich United Methodist Church or watch a Punch & Judy performance.

There will be a number of musical performances at the Flint Institute of Music (in both the atrium as well as MacArthur Recital Hall) as well as a holiday comedy show and staged reading of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas at the Flint Youth Theatre. 

Longway Planetarium will kick off its showings of Cosmic Christmas: The Light Show. Both the Sloan and Whaley Historic House museums will host holiday crafts.

The MTA will provide a free shuttle bus that runs from the Flint Farmers’ Market, at the corner of East 2nd and Wallenberg streets, to the Flint Cultural Center. The bus will run every 15 minutes, starting at 5:15 p.m. and ending at 7:45 p.m.

Admission is free, although donations of non-perishable food or personal care items are encouraged. Proceeds will benefit the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan.

The Flint Cultural Center campus is located along Kearsley Street off I-475 at Longway Blvd. in Flint. For more information, call 810.237.7333 or visit www.FlintCulturalCenter.org/holidaywalk.

Top Secret: Interactive Exhibition Highlights Espionage Technology

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Starting Saturday, Sept. 19, visitors to Sloan Museum’s newest exhibition will be given a spy file and tasked with gathering intelligence from selected exhibits to uncover information on six suspects, leading them on a journey of discovery into the secret world of spies.

The temporary exhibition will be on display in Flint through Jan. 10, 2016 and aims to demonstrate how scientific thinking can be used to solve problems in many aspects of everyday life.

Visitors also have the opportunity to use various espionage-related technologies, learn how they work and how they can be used in the wider world. Exhibits include hands-on activities including cracking the code on the lock of a transparent safe and using an oscilloscope to find a hidden bug.

“Top Secret: License to Spy” caters for a wide audience and encourages families and students to collaborate to piece together the clues and fulfill the mission.

Sloan Museum is located at 1221 E. Kearsley St., Flint. Museum hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays and noon-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors (60+) and $6 for youth ages 2-11. Children 1 and under enter free.

For more information, visit www.sloanlongway.org or call (810) 237-3450.

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‘The Accidental Astronauts’ Visit Longway Planetarium

Prepare for liftoff: “The Accidental Astronauts” is headed for Flint’s Longway Planetarium, with its first showing Tuesday, Sept. 8.

Geared toward families and children ages 3-8, the film follows the adventures of Cy and Annie and their dog Armstrong as they embark on an unexpected journey into space. The audience will explore the Earth, sun and moon system; follow an asteroid as it crashes into the moon; and get up close and personal with a solar storm.

The show will run through Sept. 30, with showings at 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Tickets are $6 for adults, $4 for seniors (60+), $4 for youth (2-11) and free for children (1 and under).

For more information, visit www.sloanlongway.org.

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Collector, Antique Cars Head to Sloan Museum’s Grounds this Weekend

11021337_10153106004928695_8585862862225174498_oMore than 600 vehicles are expected to park on the grounds of the Flint Cultural Center campus as part of the 43rd Annual Sloan Museum Auto Fair. The two-day event – to be held Saturday, June 27 and Sunday, June 28 – provides visitors with the opportunity to take pictures/videos of rare cars and learn about Flint’s historic role in the automotive industry.

Featured displays will fall into one of five categories: international/Canadian muscle cars, military vehicles, the history of the automobile (1895-1932), classic motorcycles and antique police cars.

The family-friendly event will also include music and activities, including bounce bubbles for kids. A Cruise-in will kicks off the festivities at the “Flushing A” diner from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday.

Admission is just $7 for adults and includes entry to the Sloan Museum and Buick Gallery. Children 11 and under are free.

All proceeds will go toward restoring, acquiring and maintaining the museum’s auto collection and archives.

For more information, visit www.sloanautofair.com.

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Michigan Activity Pass Provides Free Access to Hundreds of Parks, Cultural Attractions

Poster%2024x36[1]Michigan residents, take note: Your library card now provides you with access to explore hundreds of state parks, historic sites, cultural attractions, campgrounds and recreation areas – for free.

As part of the Michigan Activity Pass program, library cardholders can print out one-use admission passes simply by visiting their local library or the program’s website. (The passes are good for seven days after being printed.)

In Genesee County, participating locations include:

  • Applewood Estate
  • Buick Automotive Gallery
  • Flint Institute of Arts
  • Longway Planetarium
  • Montrose Historical and Telephone Pioneer Museum
  • Sloan Museum
  • Whaley Historic House Museum

When planning a visit to a venue through the MAP program, program officials recommend calling ahead to verify hours of operation.

For a full list of participating sites, click here. The program will run through May 23, 2016.

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New Exhibit at Buick Gallery Finds Connections in Automotive Collection

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All of the vehicles in Sloan Museum’s Buick Automotive Gallery and Research Center have at least one thing in common: they helped shape the lives of the people of Flint and Genesee County. But the gallery takes things a step further in the new exhibit “2 by 2: Dynamic Duos.”

Opening Friday, June 12, the exhibition breaks the gallery’s collection into couples of cars that are natural twosomes. Some are obvious, like a pair of World War II military vehicles. Others are less so, like a Buick racer and a Chevrolet production car. “2 by 2” will also touch on other unexpected connections, such as the link between two of Flint’s “orphan” car companies, the Whiting and the Little.

The gallery, at 303 Walnut St. in Flint, is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission to the gallery also includes admission to the Sloan Museum and costs $9 for adults, $8 for seniors, and $6 for youth (2-11). Children 1 and under are free.

For more information about the new exhibit, on display through May 29, 2016, visit www.sloanlongway.org/buick-gallery or call 810-237-3440.

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