April 2022
Created by Great Lakes Bay Parents - Informing parents since 2012!
Talking is Teaching
Let’s talk about COUNTING! 

Go on a nature walk with your child and count all the beautiful things you see outside together! How many tall trees did you pass on your walk? How many colorful flowers did you spot? Look up in the sky and count all the puffy white clouds you see. Counting with your child helps to build a solid foundation for future math skills like addition and subtraction.

Talk to Learn
Conversation can help grow your child’s capacity to learn for a lifetime.

What Talk to Learn has to offer parents:
  • More about the value of parent-child talk
  • How to increase the quality of parent-child conversations
  • How to add more parent-child conversation to reading aloud
  • Ideas for adding conversation to everyday activities

Lending Library
The Great Start to Quality Easter Resource Center offers materials and resources for parents, center based programs, school teachers and others to check out at no cost. The lending library offers age-appropriate, hands-on learning materials for children birth to five. It's the same concept as checking out a book from your local library. Fill out a request online or stop in to see what we have.
You've been invited to participate in the Ages & Stages Questionnaires, Third Edition (ASQ-3), to help you keep track of your child's development. The questionnaire may be provided every 2-, 4- or 6- month period. You will be asked to answer questions about some things your child can and cannot do. The questionnaire includes questions about your child's communication, gross motor, fine motor, problem solving, and personal social skills.

Great Start to Quality Resources Center helps parents find quality licensed programs, for children ages 0-12.


Stewards of Children-Mini
Learn how to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child abuse.
April 5 at 12 PM

Adult Media Safety
A one-hour presentation educating adults on the dangers of the internet while providing tools to keep their children safe online. 
April 11 at 10 AM

Guiding Principles for Highly Successful parenting:
Webinar Series
April 12 to May 10 at 7:30 - 9 PM

The Parent Talk System
Webinar Series
April 11 to May 16 at 8 to 9:30 PM

Online Extension Extras Parenting Hour:
Alternative to Anger for Parents & Caregivers
April 5 at 8 - 9:30 PM

Autism Spectrum Disorder and Neurodiversity
April 12 at 8 - 9:30 pm

Working Together to Develop Early Literacy Skills (Infant/ Toddlers)
April 19 at 8 - 9:30pm

Parent & Provider Communications
April 26 at 8 - 9:30 pm

Covenant HealthCare
Infant & Child CPR Class
April 5, 20 at 2-4 pm

Breastfeeding Support Group
Mondays at 6:30 pm

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.
Easter Egg Hunts

Spring is in the air, and what better way to celebrate than attending one of our region’s EASTER EGG HUNTS. 

Search by County or see the full listing for the Great Lakes Bay Region.

2022 STEM Passport Mobile

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! The app is a great resource to access information about current STEM-based activities and events in the region.

April 2, 9, 23 & 30
Saginaw: FREE - Preschool Storytime @ Zauel Library
Location: 3100 N Center Rd., Saginaw
Dates: April 2, 9, 23 & 30 at 10:30 am

Children ages 3-5 and their families are welcome to join us for stories, songs, fingerplays, crafts, and fun!

April 2
Chesaning: FREE – Lego Club @ River Rapid Library
Location: 227 E Broad St., Chesaning
Date: April 2 at 12 pm

Lego club with Daya. A different theme each week. What Lego creation will you come up with? Snacks and Beverages Provided. Bring Your own Legos or use ours.

*except for Holidays

April 4
Saginaw: FREE - Stories & STEM (age 4-10) @ Hoyt Library
Location: 505 Janes Ave., Saginaw
Date: April 4 at 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Enjoy a storytime presentation of a classic fairytale. Then, participate in a collaborative project to help engineer chairs that are ‘just right’ for Goldilocks and the bears. You can plan, build, and test your design on site or take a challenge card to try it out at home. Ages 4-10 with an adult helper.

April 4, 11, 18 & 25
Hemlock: FREE - Storyland Explorers *RSVP @ Rauchholz Memorial Library
Location: 1140 N Hemlock Rd., Hemlock
Dates: April 4, 11, 18 & 25 at 10:30 am

For kids ages 2-5 years and their adult helper. A new storytime program that features books, flannel board stories, interactive songs and rhymes, and sensory play and learning.

*Sign-up is required to attend. Please visit the library to sign up in person.

REGISTER: call (989) 642-8621

April 5, 12, 19 & 26
Hemlock: FREE – Play to Learn *RSVP @ Rauchholz Memorial Library
Location: 1140 N Hemlock Rd., Hemlock
Dates: April 5, 12, 19 & 26 at 9:30 am

For kids ages 0-5 and their adult helper. Children, parents, and caregivers all have fun socializing through play, music, and more.

*Sign-up is required to attend. Please visit the library to sign up in person.

REGISTER: call 989.642.8621

April 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27 & 28
Story Time @ Frankenmuth Wickson District Library
Location: 359 S Franklin St.,Frankenmuth
Dates: Tuesdays, Wednesday & Thursday at 10 - 11:40 am

Young children can explore early literacy through stories, games, songs, and activities.

April 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26 & 28
Chesaning: FREE – Children’s Story Hour *RSVP @ River Rapid Library
Location: 227 E Broad St., Chesaning
Dates: Tuesdays at 10:30 am &
Thursdays at 6 pm

Preschool reading fun with Jan.

REGISTER: call 989-845-3211

April 5, 12, 19 & 26
Bridgeport: FREE – Story Hour @ Bridgeport Public Library
Location: 3399 Williamson Rd. Saginaw
Dates: Tuesdays at 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.

April 7 & 21
Saginaw: FREE - Preschool Story Time @ Castle Museum
Location: 500 Federal Avenue, Saginaw
Dates: April 7 & 21 at 10:30 AM

Join us as we explore archaeology. Come read stories with us, and everyone's favorite, digging in the dirt!

This event is free but registration is a MUST.

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

April 8, 22 & 29
Hemlock: FREE – Jumping Jammers *RSVP @ Rauchholz Memorial Library
Location: 1140 N Hemlock Rd., Hemlock
April 8, 22 & 29 at 10:30 am

For kids ages 2-5 and their adult helper. a new interactive music program where we will sing, dance, and make music!

*Sign-up is required to attend. Please visit the library to sign up in person.

REGISTER: call (989) 642-8621

April 9
Saginaw: FREE – Second Saturdays @ Saginaw Art Museum
Location: 1126 N Michigan Ave. Saginaw
Date: April 9 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.

April 9
Saginaw: FREE – Create & Take “The Art of Photograph Weaving” @ Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum
Location: 7400 Bay Rd., Saginaw
Date: Saturday, April 9, 1- 4 pm

Participants will learn how to weave using photographs like Tradition Interrupted exhibition artist Dinh Q. Le.

Free and all ages welcome.

April 9
Saginaw: FREE – Making $ense of Cents! @ Butman-Fish Library
Location: 1716 Hancock, Saginaw
Date: Saturday, April 9, 2:00pm – 3:00pm

It is Money $mart Time and we have a great program planned for families to enjoy together. With generous monetary support from Michigan’s credit unions, every child will receive a free book. Wildfire Credit Union will also be here with an activity and a goodie bag.

For children of all ages and their families!

April 14
Saginaw: FREE – Family Movie Night: “Hop” @ Butman-Fish Library
Location: 1716 Hancock, Saginaw
Date: April 14 at 4:00pm – 5:45pm

Bring your family and enjoy the movie HOP (2011, PG) and a treat.

It’s a comedy about candy, chicks, and rock ‘n’ roll.

April 16
Saginaw: FREE – The Little Gardener’s Workshop *RSVP @ Lowes
Location: 2258 Tittabawasee Rd., Saginaw
Date: April 16 at 9:00am – 12:00pm

Bring your mini-DIYer into Lowe’s at one of the select time slots. Workshops hosted by one of our experts are held from 9:00am – 12:00pm. Wasn’t able to sign up for one of the expert hosted workshops? Choose the 12:00pm – 8:00pm time slot to stop by to pick up a kit from Customer Service and enjoy building your kit at home.

April 22
Saginaw: FREE – Earth Day @ Shiawassee Refuge – The Ferguson Bayou
Location: 6000 Bishop Road., Saginaw
Date: April 22, 2022 at 5:30 PM

Using this year’s theme “Invest in our planet” we will learn how we can take care of our Great Lakes. A presentation will be followed by a craft activity and a short hike.

April 28 - May 1
Freeland: Walleye Festival @ Freeland
Location: Freeland
Date: April 28 - May 1

Parade – April 29 at 6 pm

Kids’ Trout Fishing Pond (ages 0-14) – at Tittabawassee Township Park on April 30 at 9 am – 12 noon

Freeland Walleye Festival Garage Sales! – April 28 – May 1

​Car Show – April 30

​5K/10K Races and Kids Mile – May 1