September's Family Fun Guide
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The KIDS CALENDAR includes local BUSINESSES offering for both in-person and virtual programming.

Apple & Pumpkin Farms

Apple & pumpkin farms are opening for the season.

SEPTEMBER 4, 11 & 25: Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum, Saginaw
WHERE:  Saginaw Valley State University, 7400 Bay Road, Saginaw, MI 48710

COST: Free

Drop in at the Museum from 1 to 4 pm to create your own Colorful Tube Sculpture like Regional Biennial artist Claudia Hershman! Participants will collage, draw, and paint patterns on a smaller scale cardboard tube and then create negative silhouettes of people or other things directly over the patterns using white paint! Take them home to display or share on social media (tag us at #MarshallFredericksMuseum). A fun and free activity for all ages!

SEPTEMBER 6: Wooden Covered Bridge, Frankenmuth
Wooden Covered Bridge Labor Day Walk
WHERE: Covered Bridge Lane, Frankenmuth

WHEN: September 6 at 12 PM

COST: Free

The Wooden Covered Bridge Labor Day Walk this year will take place at noon, Monday, September 6. This event will begin on the east side of the bridge. Walkers will arrive approximately five minutes later at the Fischer Platz outdoor café, located at the southwest corner of the Bavarian Inn Restaurant. Once there, all in attendance will be able to enjoy musical entertainment along with their favorite food and beverages that will be available for purchase.

SEPTEMBER 9: Online with the Public Libraries of Saginaw
Mother Goose Rock and Rhyme Puppet Shows
WHERE: Facebook

WHEN: September 9 all day

COST: Free

Puppets take traditional fairy tales and bring them to life, define, them, or just make them funny in a performance format. Visit the Public Libraries of Saginaw Facebook page for new puppet shows posted on Thursdays!

SEPTEMBER 9 & 23: Castle Museum, Saginaw
Preschool Storytime
WHERE: 500 Federal Avenue, Saginaw

WHEN: September 9 & 23 at 10:30 AM

COST: Free

Free preschool storytime for kids ages 3-5 is held in a different area in the museum each month. This month's area is our Post Office Exhibit, and the story will be inspired by that area. There will be a short exploration along with some playtime.

Limited to 10 kids plus their parents and RSVP is a must!

Please RSVP to our Education Coordinator, Kristi Furtaw, at the front desk or call 989-752-2861 ext. 311, or email

SEPTEMBER 10, 17, & 24: Butman-Fish Library, Saginaw
Preschool Storytime
WHERE: 1716 Hancock Street, Saginaw

WHEN: September 10, 17, & 24 at 10:30 AM - 12 PM

COST: Free

Drop-in storytime presented by Miss Beth. We can't wait to have you join us for stories, music, crafts, games, and more!

SEPTEMBER 11: Old Town Saginaw, Saginaw
SEPTEMBER 11: Zauel Library, Saginaw
Preschool Storytime
WHERE: 3100 North Center Road, Saginaw

WHEN: September 11 at 10:30 -11 AM

COST: Free

To celebrate the first story time of 2021, we are inviting children to our story time for 30 minutes of read aloud stories, songs, finger plays, and fun. A theme related craft project is included for fun and fine motor skills practice. Stories and content are prepared for children ages 3-5 but all children are welcome.

SEPTEMBER 11: Howard Nixon Memorial Airport, Chesaning
Airport Fun Fest
WHERE: 102 S 4th St., Chesaning

WHEN: September 11 at 10 AM - 4 PM

COST: Free

This event includes aircraft on display along with pilot participation in contest to test their skills. We also have a classic car show, and many exhibitors and crafters on the grounds. Please come out for the day and enjoy the fun.

SEPTEMBER 11 & 12: Lowes, Saginaw
DIY Kids Workshop - Bird Bungalow Kit
WHERE: 2258 Tittabawasee Rd, Saginaw

WHEN: September 11 & 12

COST: Free

Bring your child to Lowe's and they can build their feathered friends the perfect home!  
Reserved kits can be picked up in-store at our customer service desk on September, September 11th or Sunday, September 12th. If your kit is not picked up by 8 p.m. on Sunday, September 12th, it may be given to a non-registered customer.

SEPTEMBER 11, 18, & 25: Hoyt Library, Saginaw
Back to School Movie
WHERE: 505 Janes Avenue, Saginaw

WHEN: September 11, 18 & 25 at 2 - 4 PM

COST: Free

Take a break from the back to school rush every Saturday in September with our Back to School Flicks movie series! 

September 11: Monsters University (G)

September 18: Akeelah and the Bee (PG)

September 25: School of Rock (PG-13)

SEPTEMBER 11 - OCTOBER 31: Johnson's Pumpkin Farm, Saginaw
Johnson's Pumpkin Farm is open for the Season
WHERE: 4715 N Portsmouth Rd Saginaw

WHEN: September 11 - October 31

COST: Free

The farm is open seven days a week from September 11 until October 31.

Monday 11 am – 7 pm
Tuesday 9 am – 7 pm
Wednesday 9 am – 7 pm
Thursday 9 am – 7 pm
Friday 9 am – 7 pm
Saturday 9 am – 7 pm
Sunday 9 am – 7 pm

SEPTEMBER 12: Bridgeport Fire Department, Bridgeport
SEPTEMBER 17: Richland Township Park, Hemlock
SEPTEMBER 18: Zauel Library, Saginaw
Preschool Storytime
WHERE: 3100 North Center Road, Saginaw

WHEN: September 18 at 10:30 -11 AM

COST: Free

Ahoy Mateys, it's International Talk Like a Pirate Day and we are celebrating with a pirate themed story time experience. We are inviting children to our story time for 30 minutes of read aloud stories, songs, finger plays, and fun. A theme related craft project is included for fun and fine motor skills practice. Stories and content are prepared for children ages 3-5 but all children are welcome.

SEPTEMBER 25: SVRC Marketplace, Saginaw

OX Eye Con
WHERE: 203 S. Washington Ave. Saginaw

WHEN: September 25 at 10 am - 6 pm

COST: Free

Comics and Games galore. Come out to our first OxEyeCon. Over 50 vendors and artists will be there to greet you. 2 floors of activities: Games, Contests, Cosplay and More!

SEPTEMBER 25: Mid-Michigan Children's Museum, Saginaw
Touch a Truck
WHERE: 315 W. Genesee Ave. Saginaw, MI

WHEN: September 25 at 10 AM - 4 PM

COST: Free

Join us, rain or shine, at this interactive event for children and the young at heart! Touch-A-Truck gives kiddos a chance to climb on, touch, and explore big trucks and vehicles including construction equipment, emergency responders, antique trucks, big rigs, and so much more!
PLUS, head inside to check out our 11 fun, hands-on museum galleries!

SEPTEMBER 25: Butman-Fish Library, Saginaw
Hispanic Heritage Fiesta
WHERE: 1716 Hancock Street, Saginaw

WHEN: September 25 at 9 AM - 5 PM

COST: Free

This year, Butman-Fish’s Hispanic Heritage Fiesta will be takeout style, with crafts and snacks to go. Stop by Butman-Fish on Saturday, September 25 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to pick up your kits while supplies last!

You are your child's lifelong teacher.

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Each parent comes with their own way of raising their children. At times, differences in parenting styles can cause friction and make parenting together difficult. The good news is that cooperative parenting in a relationship is achievable, and we have tools to help.

In this course, you will gain the necessary skills to navigate parenting with your partner and learn better ways to communicate in challenging situations.

Schedule an appointment with the Saginaw County Health Department for your COVID-19 vaccine.

Are you overwhelmed with anxiety and stress? Help is available by texting BELONG to 741741.

Crisis Text Line offers free, confidential, and 24/7 crisis counseling that anyone can reach with just a text. They have trained crisis counselors to take on hard conversations about anxiety, stress, abuse, and more. 

If you’re struggling, text BELONG to 741741.
Enrollment for the Emergency Broadband Benefit is now open. The temporary benefit provides a discount of up to $50 per month toward broadband service for eligible consumers who are struggling to stay connected during the pandemic. 

The Diaper Alliance

The Diaper Alliance cannot give diapers directly to families, please contact one of the partner agencies.

LifeClinic Community Resources 989.754.0091
4364 State Street
Saginaw, MI 48603

Saginaw County Business & Education Partnership SCBEP
1213 S. Washington
Saginaw, MI 48601

CAN Council
1311 N. Michigan Avenue
Saginaw, MI 48602
Pregnancy Care Center
916 Gratiot Avenue
Saginaw, MI 48602"

Teen Parent Services Youth Protection Council
1226 N. Michigan Avenue
Saginaw, MI 48602

Great Lakes Bay Health Centers
501 Lapeer Avenue
Saginaw, MI 48607
Consumers Energy

Visit the Consumer Energy website to learn about how they can assist you with paying your energy bill.

Learn about:
  • Consumers Affordable Resource for Energy (CARE)
  • Public Assistance Programs
  • Payment Plans