March 2023
Created by Great Lakes Bay Parents - Informing parents since 2012!
Let's Talk, Read, and Sing About BOOKS!

Learning begins at birth! TALKING IS TEACHING is a resource that gives parents ideas on how to talk, read, and sing to their young children. This continuous interaction helps to build their brains and prepare them for success in school and life.

When you read with your child every day, you are helping to boost her early language and brain development. This will help to prepare your little one for success in school and in life.

Households needing assistance finding resources can call 2-1-1 or visit to find local food resources.

MSU Extension
Extension Extras Parenting Hour
WHEN: Tuesdays at 8 - 9:30 PM

March 7 - Importance of Outdoor Play
March 14 - Setting the Stage: Promoting Social-Emotional Health in Young Children
March 21 - Screen Time for Children
March 28 - RELAX: Alternatives to Anger for Parents and Caregivers

The Parent Talk System Webinar Series - March-April Webinar
March 2, 2023 - April 6, 2023 11:30am-1:00pm

Online Kinship Caregiver Workshops
March 8 at 7 PM - Introduction to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES)

Guiding Principles for Highly Successful Parenting Webinar Series: March-April 2023
March 13, 2023 - April 10, 2023 8:00pm-9:30pm

Mindful Wednesday Lunch & Learn
March 15, 2023 at 12- 1 PM - Mindfully Feeding Infants & Toddlers

Mindful Monday
March 20, 2023 at 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM - Mindfully Feeding Infants & Toddlers
Count the Kicks

One out of every 169 pregnancies ends in stillbirth in the U.S., and that rate is two times higher for Black expectant parents.

The link between fetal movement and a healthy baby is clear, but research continues to uncover more about the importance of tracking baby’s movements. Count the Kicks uses the latest research to help achieve our mission.
Count the Kicks provides free, evidence-based resources for expectant parents to stay informed and monitor their baby’s well-being.

Learn more about: COUNT THE KICKS
Preschool & Child Care
Great Start to Quality

Children learn so much in their first five years. Quality licensed programs, for children 0-12, help children learn, grow, and develop. The foundation is set for children to be successful in school, work, and life when they have a safe place to learn, explore their world, and build relationships. Great Start to Quality is committed to helping Michigan families find child care that fits their budget and schedule.

Great Start to Quality is Michigan’s quality rating and improvement system that evaluates the quality of licensed programs, for children 0-12. As a Michigan family, you can use Great Start to Quality as a tool to help you look up and compare early childhood programs to find the best child care. On a scale of one- to five-stars, Michigan child care, preschool, and afterschool programs are scored in different areas, and those scores are combined to give them their Star rating.

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.
STEM Pipeline

You and your child can explore STEM Passport locations and events in the Great Lakes Bay Region (GLBR) by accessing our STEM calendar of events or our partner websites in the list below.

Arenac & Bay County STEM-Rich Organizations

  • Arenac Community Center, Standish
  • Bay City State Recreation Area, Bay City
  • Bay County Library System
  • The Historical Museum of Bay County, Bay City
  • Delta College Planetarium
  • Delta Kids / Michigan Learning Channel

Start Exploring: STEM PASSPORT

Storyland Explorers (age 2-5)
Rauchholz Memorial Library
Mondays at 10:30 AM

Monday/ Tuesday

Story Time with Mrs. Emmons Frankenmuth Wickson District Library
Mondays & Tuesdays at 10 AM


Story Hour
Bridgeport Public Library
Tuesdays at 10:30 AM


Children’s Story Hour
(age 3-4)
River Rapids District Library
Tuesdays at 10:30 AM


Storytime (ages 2-5)
Carolyn R. Otto Family Literacy Center
Wednesdays at 11 AM


Children’s Story Hour
(age 5-8)
River Rapids District Library
Thursdays at 6 - 7 PM


Preschool Storytime Butman-Fish Library
Fridays at 10:30 AM


Preschool Storytime
Zauel Library
Saturdays at 10:30 – 11 AM

March 1, 8 & 15
Online: FREE – “Creative Coping: An art-based workshop for kids and parents” *RSVP with
Location: Online
Dates: Wednesdays at 6 - 8 pM

Do your kids like to draw, paint, or sculpt? Would they enjoy having Mom or Dad (or both) join in? This interactive webinar series gives your family an opportunity to make art together while learning about identity, self-awareness, and expressing emotions. These lessons can help your child develop the ability to cope with the ups and downs of life.

March 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28 & 30
Saginaw: FREE – Tales for Twos @ Zauel Library
Location: 3100 N Center Rd., Saginaw
Dates: Tuesdays & Thursdays at 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.

March 2 & 16
Saginaw: FREE – Preschool Story Time @ Castle Museum
Location: 500 Federal Avenue, Saginaw
Dates: March 2 & 16 at 10:30 AM

This event is free but registration is a MUST.

REGISTER: contact Kristi at or 989-752-2861 ext. 311

March 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31
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.

March 4
Saginaw: FREE – Kids Workshops @ Home Depot
Location: 3132 Bueker Dr., Saginaw & 8670 Gratiot Rd., Saginaw
Date: First Saturday at 9 AM – 12 PM

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

March 4, 11, 18 & 25
Saginaw: FREE – Saturdays @ Saginaw Art Museum
Location: 1126 N Michigan Ave., Saginaw
Date: Saturdays at 12 - 5 PM

In an effort to increase accessibility to the museum, we have extended our regular hours to include Saturday afternoons Noon-5pm starting this week, for FREE! We look forward to welcoming you and yours into our gem of a museum to explore our collection, exhibitions, and gardens.

Brought to you through the generous support of The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation

March 4
Chesaning: FREE – LEGO Club @ River Rapids District Library
Location: 227 E Broad St., Chesaning
Date: 1st Saturday October – May from 12 – 1 PM

Bring your own LEGO or uses ours. A different theme each week. Snacks and beverages provided.

March 4
Saginaw: FREE – Drop in Art Workshop @ Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum
Location: 7400 Bay Rd., Saginaw

March 4 at 1 - 4 PM

Drop in Art Workshop: Op Art Design
View and learn about Bridget Riley’s Op Art in the Off Kilter, On Point exhibition. She is a famous woman artist that created many Op Artworks. Op Art is short for Optical Art and is a style of visual art that uses optical illusions. It is mostly black and white but can have color too. View Riley’s artwork in the Off Kilter exhibition to learn the concept of Op Art and create your own design to take home.

March 7, 14, 21 & 28
Hemlock: FREE – Play to Learn (age 0-5) @ Rauchholz Memorial Library
Location: 1140 N Hemlock Rd., Hemlock
Date: March 7, 14, 21 & 28 @ 10:30 AM

Hemlock: FREE – Play to Learn (age 0-5) @ Rauchholz Memorial Library

March 11
Saginaw: Books for Breakfast @ Hunger Solution Center
Location: 940 E. Geneses, Saginaw
Date: March 11 at 9 - 11:30 AM

The 15th Annual “Books for Breakfast” is returning this year! Please plan to attend Hidden Harvest on Saturday, March 11, from 9:00am-11:30am to enjoy all-you-can-eat pancakes, free books, storytelling, literacy activities, and more! Enjoy information and activities from our community partners (Saginaw Children’s Zoo, Public Libraries of Saginaw, Castle Museum), and local author, Errina McKissick Hinds.

**Cost: $3.00 and children (under 1 are free) and will be available at the door.

March 11
Saginaw: FREE – Magic at the Museum *RSVP @ Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum
Location: 315 W Genesee Ave
Date: March 11 at 11 AM & 12 PM

March 15
Hemlock: FREE – Life-Size Mario Party *RSVP @ Rauchholz Memorial Library
Location: 1140 N Hemlock Rd., Hemlock
March 15 at 2 – 7 PM

Come to the library for a life-size Mario Party experience! Move around the game board, play mini-games, and earn lots of coins and stars. Prizes await our winners! (Feel free to dress as your favorite Mario characters!)

Sign your family or group up for a time slot to participate.

March 18
Saginaw: FREE – Kids Workshop *RSVP @ Lowes
Location: 2258 Tittabawasee Rd., Saginaw
March 18 at 10 AM – 12 PM

March – Cardinal Garden Ornament Workshop
Gather your little builders to spread their DIY wings and craft a Cardinal Garden Ornament. Kids will learn basic building skills as they follow the steps to create a unique item for the garden.

Calling all little builders! Kids will love this holiday DIY-U workshop where they’ll learn to build a handmade wreath ornament that also makes a one-of-a-kind keepsake.

March 18
Saginaw: FREE – March Hands on History @ Castle Museum
Location: 500 Federal Avenue, Saginaw
Date: March 18 at 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM

March 20
Saginaw: FREE – Spring Storytime Special with READ Association! (age 2-5) *RSVP @ Hoyt Main Library
Location: 505 Janes Ave., Saginaw
Date: March 20 at 11 AM – 12 PM