September 2022
Created by Great Lakes Bay Parents - Informing parents since 2012!
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COMMUNITY RESOURCES
Talking is Teaching
Let’s Talk about LAUNDRY TIME!

Let’s talk, read, and sing about LAUNDRY! Loading the washer, hanging wet clothes to dry, and folding clean clothes are great activities that will help your toddler develop and strengthen their gross motor skills. Make laundry time extra joyful by singing and dancing as you work together to get all the laundry done. Be sure to let your child know how thankful you are for such a great little laundry helper.

AGES & STAGES DEVELOPMENT SCREENING OR A SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL SCREENING
Great Start Saginaw
Is My Child On Track?

Families with children between the ages of 2 months and five residing in Saginaw County can complete a FREE Ages and Stages developmental screening or a social-emotional screening. Screenings take ten minutes to complete and the results are back within a week. Results tell parents what to expect at each state of development. Often times, early diagnosis can help give a child the best opportunity to reach their potential.

IMAGINATION LIBRARY

The Imagination Library program is available to children throughout Saginaw County between the ages of Birth-5 and provides the opportunity for children to receive FREE, age appropriate books mailed directly to their homes. After the child is signed up for the program, they will receive one book, per month, until their fifth birthday.

BEDTIME MATH

BEDTIME MATH is a FREE "app for iPhone/iPad or Android, available in both English and Spanish, is a great way for families with kids ages 3-9 to have fun with math together! "
Mission: Our charitable mission is to help kids love numbers so they can handle the math in real life.

HOME VISITING

The intimacy of visiting in the home can make parents more comfortable about opening up and identifying their needs. It also helps home visitors to better tailor their support and guidance to the families’ needs. From observing the family in their home, home visitors can build on their strengths and can also identify risk factors in the children’s growth and development, such as maternal depression, poor parenting practices, and lack of support. Many parents can sometimes feel isolated and home visits from a trained service provider can offer a valuable connection to the outside community and the services available.

PRESCHOOLS
MSU EXTENSION
The Parent Talk System:
September 26 to October 31at 11:30 AM - 1 PM

Extension Extras Parenting Hour:
Together we Can: Co-Parenting
September 6 at 8 - 9:30 PM

Importance of Indoor Play
September 13 at 8 - 9:30 pm

Positive Discipline
September 20 at 8 - 9:30 PM

Resilience Toolbox
September 27at 8 - 9:30 PM

Can Council
Making Parenting A Pleasure
September 3, 10,17 & 24

More Information & Register:
(989) 752-7226
FREE KID/ FAMILY EVENTS
Visit Great Lakes Bay Parents' KIDS DAILY CALENDAR for a full listing of story times, family/ kid events, and new places to discover in the Great Lakes Bay Region.
FALL/ HALLOWEEN GUIDE

Start planning your family's fall outs by including a Fall Festival, visiting an apple or pumpkin farm, attend a trunk or treat, or one of the many Halloween events occurring in our Region.


FARMERS MARKETS
Support Our Local Farmers

The Farmers Market Directory list markets in Arenac, Bay, Isabella, Midland, and Saginaw County. 

APPLE & PUMPKIN FARMS & CORN MAZES

This directory includes fall farms that you and your family can explore. 

STEM Passport App

The Great Lakes Bay Region is home to a variety of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) destinations and programs. The Great Lakes Bay Region STEM Passport is a learning resource for 19 different hands-on, dynamic STEM organizations in the community. Now locating them is easy! 

September 1 & 10
Saginaw: FREE – National Night Out @ Saginaw Township Soccer Complex
DATE: September 1, 15 & 29 at 4 - 5 PM
LOCATION: 7400 Bay Road, University Center

SVSU Community Youth Days sponsored by Jolt Credit Union are back! This year we will be hosting six (6) days with the first being football.

FREE admission to the football game after the clinic vs. West Virginia Wesleyan at 6pm!

September 1 & 15
Saginaw: FREE - Preschool Story Time @ Castle Museum
Location: 500 Federal Avenue, Saginaw
Dates: September 1 & 15 at 10:30 AM

This event is free but registration is a MUST.

REGISTER: contact Kristi at kfurtaw@castlemuseum.org or 989-752-2861 ext. 311

September 2
Frankenmuth: FREE – FRIDAY FUN NIGHTS @ Downtown Frankenmuth
Location: Main St., Frankenmuth
Date: September 2 at 6 - 9 PM

Main Street comes alive from 6pm – 9pm with live music and street performers EVERY FRIDAY. Discover talented musicians from around the state as well as some local favorites. Face painting, balloon twisting and magicians, oh my! The lineup changes weekly, so be sure to check the website or our Facebook page for what fun awaits along Main Street. Entertainment is free, but if you happen upon an act you enjoy, consider throwing them a few bucks to keep them coming back!

September 3
Saginaw: FREE – Kids Workshops @ Home Depot
Location: 3132 Bueker Drive, Saginaw or 8670 Gratiot Rd., Saginaw
Date: September 3 at 9 - 12 PM

Join us the first Saturday of each month between 9 am – 12 pm for free in-person Kids Workshops.

September 3, 10, 17 & 24
Saginaw: FREE – Preschool Storytime @ Zauel Library
Location: 3100 N Center Rd., Saginaw
Dates: September 3, 10, 17 & 24 at 10:30 AM

Preschool Storytime at Zauel Memorial – every Saturday morning.

September 5
Frankenmuth: FREE – Labor Day Walk @ Wooden Covered Bridge (Holz Brücke)
Location: One Covered Bridge Lane, Frankenmuth
Date: September 5 at 12 PM

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 6, 13, 20 & 27
Saginaw: FREE – Tales for Twos @ Zauel Library
Location: 3100 N Center Rd., Saginaw
Dates: September 6, 13, 20 & 27 @ 10:30 AM

Come read, laugh, and play at our story time program designed for toddlers ages 18 months to 3 years. Our story time provides active young children and their caregivers with stories, fingerplays and songs based on simple concepts, repetition, and lots of movement.

September 6, 13, 20 & 27
Bridgeport: FREE – Story Hour @ Bridgeport Public Library
Location: 3399 Williamson Rd., Saginaw
Dates: September 6, 13, 20 & 27 @ 10:30 AM

Have fun with stories as Miss Cindy reads and discusses each story. We also sing songs, learn rhymes and fingerplays and make crafts. We promote early literacy by teach the Ready to Read Michigan skills during each story hour.

September 8
Hemlock: FREE – Pokémon Go Safari @ Richland Township Park
Location: 348 Colorado Ridge Dr., Hemlock
Dates: September 8 at 6 - 7 PM

Join Miss Audrey by the playground at the Richland Township Park during the farmer’s market for a Pokémon Go Safari! You will be challenged to perform different tasks in the game by interacting with the many Pokéstops found at the park for a chance to win a prize!

You will need a cell phone with the Pokémon Go app installed in order to participate. When you arrive, make sure to check in with Miss Audrey so you can get the list of tasks to complete and be in the running to win a prize. Check back in with Miss Audrey at 7pm to turn in your results and find out who the winner is!

September 9, 16, 23 & 30
Saginaw: FREE – Preschool Storytime @ Butman-Fish Library
Location: 1716 Hancock, Saginaw
Date: September 9, 16, 23 & 30 att 10:30 AM

Drop-in storytime fun! We can’t wait to have you join us for stories, music, crafts, games, and more!

September 10
Saginaw: FREE – Second Saturdays @ Saginaw Art Museum
Location: 1126 N Michigan Ave., Saginaw
Date: September 10 at 12 – 5 PM

As we work on creating increased access to the museum’s collection and exhibitions, we will be opening the second Saturday of the month into the Spring. There will be no admission to the museum, however special activities such as docent tours or classes may have cost. You can stay connected with all the happenings through our website and social media channels.

September 15
Hemlock: FREE – Paper Airplane Challenge @ Rauchholz Memorial Library
Location: 1140 N Hemlock Rd., Hemlock
Date: September 14 at 6 – 7 PM

Kids K-5th grade, show off your paper airplane building skills at this exciting program at the library! Put your design skills to the test and find out who can invent the fastest, highest, longest-flying paper airplane!

September 15, 16, 17 & 18
Saginaw: FREE – 2nd Annual Fiesta K?onda @ SVRC Marketplace
Location: 203 S. Washington Ave., Saginaw
Dates: September 15 at 10 AM - 6 PM
September 16 at 5:30 – 9:30 PM
September 17 at 5:30 – 9:30 PM
September 18 at 10 AM – 7 PM

September 16
Saginaw: FREE – Stuffed Animal Sleepover @ Butman-Fish Library
Location: 1716 Hancock, Saginaw
Dates: September 16 at 3:30 – 4:30 PM

Drop off your stuffed animal at Butman-Fish Library on September 16th between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. for a Stuffed Animal Sleepover! At the drop off event, you will make a name tag for your friend and we will tuck them in and read a story to them. Then, they’ll spend the night at the Library under the supervision of Mr. Paws (our giant teddy bear, in case you didn’t know).

You will come back Saturday morning, between 11 a.m. and Noon to pick up your friend from the sleepover. We’ll have pictures of what they did all night at the library. Enjoy a donut as you see and view all the fun they had!

Dolls and other “babies” are welcome. One toy per child, please.

September 16, 17 & 18
Hemlock: FREE – Sawdust Days @ Richland Township Park
Location: 348 Colorado Ridge Dr., Hemlock
Date: September 16 at 6 PM – Midnight

September 17 at 7 AM – Midnight

7-10 AM - Pancake Breakfast at the Four Points United Methodist Church, Hemlock Campus, on Maple St. ($)
10 AM - Sawdust Days Parade
10 AM - 6 PM - Bounce Houses and Kids Games
11 AM - 5 PM - Crafters/Vendors/Food Trucks/Petting Zoo

September 18 at 10 AM – 3 PM

Noon-3 PM - Crafts/Vendors/Food Trucks
Noon-3 PM - Petting Zoo/Pumpkin Carving Contest

September 17
Saginaw: FREE – Kids Workshop *RSVP @ Lowes
Location: 2258 Tittabawasee Rd., Saginaw
September 17 at 9 AM – 12 PM

Kick off the season with your mini DIYer when you build a Football Goal Post Kit! Score big with this hands-on, kid’s workshop where everyone leaves a winner. See who can hit the game winning field goal!

September 17
Saginaw: FREE – 9th Annual Touch-a-Truck @ Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum
Location: 315 W Genesee Ave., Saginaw
Date: September 17 at 10 AM – 3 PM

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!

September 17
Saginaw: FREE – STEM @ Castle Museum
Location: 500 Federal Avenue, Saginaw
Date: September 17 at 10:30 AM – 1 PM

Drop in and explore optics and the Goodridge Brothers’ camera.

September 17
Saginaw: FREE – Let’s Rock! @ Butman-Fish Library
Location: 1716 Hancock, Saginaw
Date: September 17 at 3 - 4 PM

Did you know that our state of Michigan is a treasure trove of rocks, fossils and minerals? Come to our Let’s Rock! program to learn about Michigan’s cool rocks, find some fossils of your own, and paint your own rock! This program is for children of all ages. Children under 7 need a responsible helper.

September 18
Saginaw: FREE – Japan Festival @ Japanese Cultural Center, Tea House and Gardens of Saginaw
Location: 527 Ezra Rust Dr., Saginaw
Date: September 18 at 1 - 4 PM

September 19 & 26
Hemlock: FREE – Storyland Explorers (age 2-5)*RSVP @ Rauchholz Memorial Library
Location: 1140 N Hemlock Rd., Hemlock
Date: Mondays at 10:30-11:15 AM

A fun storytime program that features stories from books and on the flannel board, interactive songs and rhymes, and sensory play and learning!

For kids ages 2-5 years and their adult helper.

September 20
Hemlock: FREE – Play Dough Club (age 0-5) @ Rauchholz Memorial Library
Location: 1140 N Hemlock Rd., Hemlock
Date: September 20 at 3 PM

Kids age 3-1st grade, come have fun with play dough at the library! Be a play dough chef and make play dough cookies, play dough ice cream, and play dough pizza. Or be a play dough barber and give the play dough people fantastic haircuts! Or be extra creative and make whatever you want!

We ask that caregivers remain in the library during this program, however, you are not required to stay in the program corner unless you want to.

September 23 & 30
Hemlock: FREE – Jumping Jammers (age 2-5) @ Rauchholz Memorial Library
Location: 1140 N Hemlock Rd., Hemlock
Date: Fridays at 10:30-11:15 AM

A fun interactive music program where kids will sing, dance, and make music!

For kids ages 2-5 years and their adult helper.

September 24
Saginaw: FREE – STEM SATURDAY – “Force and Motion, Cars, Cars, Cars!!!” *RSVP @ Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy
Location: 1903 N. Niagara Street, Saginaw
Date: September 24 at 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

September 24
Chesaning: FREE – Lake Sturgeon Release @ Cole Park
Location: N Canal St., Chesaning
Date: September 24 at 12 - 12:30 PM

Local, state, and federal partners invite the public to a lake sturgeon release celebration on September 24, 2022, in the Saginaw Bay Watershed. Releases will reintroduce +100 hatchery-raised sturgeon into each tributary of the Saginaw Bay Watershed (Cass, Flint, Shiawassee, and Tittabawassee rivers). Short presentations may be made at three of the events by local partners.

Frankenmuth: FREE – Lake Sturgeon Release @ Gunzenhausen Walkway
Location: 600 Gunzenhausen St., Frankenmuth
Date: September 24 at 2 - 2:30 PM

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