Spend An Evening Under The Stars This Saturday

Infant_Stars_in_Orion_660pxThis Saturday you are invited to spend an evening under the stars at the Longway Planetarium with a Star Party.  Things will kick off at 7:30PM with a star show under the dome where families will be treated to a fun filled journey through our skies and beyond.  After your exploration of the skies under the dome everyone will head outside to look at the world above through telescopes to see what our neighbors in outer space are up to these days. The weather is still a little chilly so make sure to bundle everyone up but it should be a beautiful night for stargazing.

This evening of fun under the stars is absolutely free compliments of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and is a wonderful opportunity to get the family out and to inspire the young scientists and astronomers out there.


Star Party

Longway Planetarium

Saturday, April 5, 2014


Ages 5 and up



One For The Night Owls

owl1_650x366This Friday you will get an opportunity to learn all about our local owl culture at For-Mar Nature Preserve.  The fun begins at 6PM and you will get a chance to learn all about the owls that call this region home.  Once you learn about how the owls sound you will be able to take a trek down the trails at For-Mar and practice your own owl calling.  It’s a little cold out so you’ll want to bundle up but this is a wonderful time of year to meet some of the animals of the area that we don’t normally see.  The cost of this owl-centric evening is $3 and they ask that you bring your own flashlight since it gets pretty dark out by 6PM at this time of year.  If you need a break from all the holidays and want a fun, inexpensive night of activities this sounds like a great way to spend your evening.

Calling All Owls

Friday, December 20, 2013

6PM – 7:30PM

For-Mar Nature Preserve and Arboretum

2142 N. Genesee Rd.

Burton, MI 48509

$3 per person


Celebrate a Victorian Christmas At Whaley Historic House

treeAs the temperatures dip down and the lights go up on the houses we are quickly rushing towards Christmas.  During all the hectic planning, partying, and merry making though we can miss out on some of the simpler things that make this season special and The Whaley Historic House is offering guests a chance to experience nineteenth century holiday traditions.

There are different events on different days so please check the dates on their website.

December 14th  and 21st, 1PM – 4PM  – With admission to the museum ($5) you will get a chance to enjoy some Victorian Christmas Traditions where you’ll be able to do a craft with your child, listen to Christmas carols, hear a reading of ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas, see a skit, and enjoy and possibly participate in some entertainment.

December 19th, 6:30PM – 8:30PM – There will be ‘A Christmas Carol’.

Regular admission rates apply for entry into the museum.

This is such a busy time of year that it’s easy to miss out on some of the quieter celebrations of the season where you can enjoy time with the family without the noise and chaos that so often spills over into our lives. If you are looking for a way to break from the norm and to start a new tradition maybe The Whaley Historic House is just what you’ve been looking for.

Christmas At Whaley

December 14, 15, 19, and 21st.

Time vary.

$5 Museum Admission

Whaley Historic House Museum
624 E. Kearsley St.
Flint, Michigan 48503



Celebrate Fall’s Arrival At Applewood This Week

harvest festSeptember 28 will bring the Fall Harvest Festival back to Applewood and with it will be bounty of free fun for everyone.   The event runs from 10 in the morning to 5 in the evening and will be a boon for apple lovers as the large crop that has come in from Applewood’s many trees will mean lots of apple tasting during the day.  Among the many activities will be a scavenger hunt, mini-pumpkin decorating, and a contest surrounding the weight of pumpkins.  There will even be bluegrass music throughout the day from True Blue and singer Eddie Barney.  If you’d like to get a glimpse at how things were back in the days of CS Mott there will be horses and other farm friends located in the barn.

If you have never gotten a chance to see Applewood before I really cannot tell you how much you need to go.  I have certainly said it before but it’s easily one of the most beautiful spots in the city and possibly the whole of the county.  With the trees starting to put on their fall colors this is a perfect opportunity to check out Applewood and to celebrate some good harvest fun.  This is a free event and there are golf shuttles available for visitors with mobility issues.  While this event IS free visitors are encouraged to bring food or personal care items to be donated to local shelters.

Fall Harvest Festival

Applewood, 1400 Kearsley Street, Flint, MI

Saturday, September 28

10AM – 5PM


Visitors are encouraged to bring food or a personal care item to donate. All products will be given to local shelters.

For more information –

http://www.applewood.org, or call 810-233-3835.

The YMCA Of Greater Flint Wants To Give Local Youths More Safe Places

ImageWith the help of the Ruth Mott Foundation the YMCA of Greater Flint will be improving the lives of local youths through the Y Safe Places program.  Utilizing a considerable grant the program will provide youth and families with support and encouragement in a safe environment that will build positive self-esteem and where they will also learn about the benefits of physical activity.  The two sites for the program are the New Jerusalem Full Gospel Baptist Church’s Community Outreach for Family and Youth Center and the Second Chance Ministries and they will begin programming at the end of the current school year.  With summer upon us this is a wonderful program that young people and their families can greatly benefit from in the months to come.  For more information on the program call YMCA of Greater Flint Chief Executive Officer Fritz Cheek at 810-232-9622 or email him at [email protected]