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

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.

Soon we'll be expanding our Little Free Library boxes to two more sites! While this is exciting news, we are in need of more new or gently used children's books to fill these boxes. All donations are MUCH appreciated and can be dropped off at one of the two locations on this flyer, OR we can pick up your donation at a location that works best for you!

Discover locations around the world: LITTLE FREE LIBRARIES
Register for our FREE toolkit that details affirmation day activities for you to do within your workplace (your own business or employer), your school, within a club you are part of, at home or with friends. The ways are endless! This is a day for all!

Learn more & register: AFFIRMATION DAY
This tool kit was created by Delta College and a sister station based on the needs we have heard around our regions. There are a variety of games, articles, recipes, and other items that you can use in your class, share with families, or even during home visits. We would love your feed back on this tool kit and would love to hear if you would like anything added.

Can Council
A 16-session virtual collaborative parenting series for highly stressed parents of children ages 0 to 8, covering topics such as nurturing, self-care, understanding stress, managing anger, communication and listening skills, child development, and alternatives in discipline.

Register by calling us at (989) 752-7226
MSU Extension
Extension Extras Parenting Hour
WHEN: Tuesdays at 8 - 9:30 PM
May 2 - Let's Talk: Parent and Provider Communication
May 9 - Unlock the Conversation: Safety from Guns for Parents
May 16 - Young at Art
May 23 - Together We Can: Co-Parenting
May 30 - Reducing Challenging Behaviors in Toddlers

Online Kinship Caregiver Workshops
May 10 at 7 PM - RELAX: Alternatives to Anger for Parents and Caregivers

Guiding Principles for Highly Successful Parenting Webinar Series
Wednesdays, May 10, 17, 24, 31, June 7 at 11:30 AM - 1 PM
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
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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

May 2
Hemlock: FREE – Play to Learn (age 0-5) @ Rauchholz Memorial Library
Location: 1140 N Hemlock Rd., Hemlock
Date: May 2 @ 10:30 AM

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

May 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25 & 30
Saginaw: FREE – Tales for Twos @ Zauel Library
Location: 3100 N Center Rd., Saginaw
Dates: May 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25 & 30 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.

May 4, 11, 18 & 25
Saginaw: FREE – Raising Readers Academy *RSVP @ Carolyn R. Otto Family Literacy Center
Location: 100 South Jefferson Avenue, Suite #203, Saginaw
Date: Thursdays to 4:30 - 6:30 PM

RSVP: call 989-755-8402 or email [email protected]

May 4 & 18
Saginaw: FREE – Preschool Story Time @ Castle Museum
Location: 500 Federal Avenue, Saginaw
Dates: May 4 & 18 at 10:30 AM

This event is free but registration is a MUST.

REGISTER: contact Kristi at [email protected] or 989-752-2861 ext. 311

May 6
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.

May 6
Saginaw: Cinco de Mayo Annual Festival @ Jolt Credit Union Event Park
Location: 300 Johnson Street, Saginaw
May 6 at 10 AM – 6 PM

Tickets: $5 for 10 years old and up
FREE 0-9 years old

May 6, 13, 20 & 27
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

May 6
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.

May 6
Saginaw: FREE – Drop in Art Workshop @ Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum
Location: 7400 Bay Rd., Saginaw
Date: May 6 at 1 - 4 PM

Drop in Art Workshop: Non-Representational Art
Learn about a “what-is-it? ” artwork that speaks to us using only visual elements such as line, texture, color, and shape. Using these visual elements, participants create a non-representational artwork. It challenges us to make an image that has nothing recognizable just line, texture, color and shape. Artist Albert Kotin’s artwork in Off Kilter is an example of this.

May 6
Saginaw: FREE – Cinco de Mayo Storytime in the Gardens @ Saginaw Art Museum
Location: 1126 N Michigan Ave.,Saginaw
Dates: May 6 at 1 - 2 PM

Come to the Saginaw Art Museum for this Cinco de Mayo-themed storytime in the garden!

Afterward, the Art Museum will lead us in an Art Encounter.

Plus, we’ll have our brand-new Mobile Outreach Vehicle on site for you to explore and check out materials! In case of inclement weather, we’ll have storytime in the galleries inside.

The Art Encounter is made possible through the generosity of the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation, the Michigan Arts and Culture Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Michigan Humanities Council.

May 20
Saginaw: FREE – Kids Workshop *RSVP @ Lowes
Location: 2258 Tittabawasee Rd., Saginaw
May 20 at 10 AM – 12 PM

Spring Popup Flower Box
Just in time for the heart of Spring, build a Pop-Up Flower Box with your mini-DIYer. Kids will learn basic building skills while they create a gift that’s sure to make your indoor garden smile.

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.

May 20
Saginaw: FREE – Hands on History @ Castle Museum
Location: 500 Federal Avenue, Saginaw
Date: May 20 at 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM

May 26
Frankenmuth: FRIDAY FUN NIGHTS @ Downtown Frankenmuth
Location: Downtown Frankenmuth
Date: Fridays from May 26th thru September 1st at 6 – 9 PM

Main Street comes alive from 6PM – 9PM with live music and street performers EVERY FRIDAY from May 26th thru September 1st. 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 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!

May 26, 27, 28 & 29
Frankenmuth: BALLOONS OVER BAVARIAN INN @ Bavariann Inn
Location: 925 S Main St, Frankenmuth
Date: Friday, May 26
Evening Balloon Flight: 7:00 to 8:30 PM
Nightly Balloon Glow: 9:00 to 10:00 PM at River Place Shops Field – Experience the magic of 25+ tethered hot air balloons inflating and glowing – includes opportunities to interact with the pilots and crew during each Nightly Balloon Glow at Dog Bowl

Saturday, May 27
Morning Balloon Flight: 6:00 to 8:00 AM
Evening Balloon Flight: 7:00 to 8:30 PM
Nightly Balloon Glow: 9:00 to 10:00 PM at River Place Shops Field

Sunday, May 28
Morning Balloon Flight: 6:00 to 8:00 AM
Evening Balloon Flight: 7:00 to 8:30 PM
Nightly Balloon Glow: 9:00 to 10:00 PM at River Place Shops Field

Monday, May 29
Morning Balloon Flight: 6:00 to 8:00 AM

May 27 & 28
Frankenmuth: FREE – FRANKENMUTH DOG BOWL @ Frankenmuth River Place Shops
Location: 925 S Main St, Frankenmuth
Date: May 27 & 28 at 8 AM – 10 PM

The FREE two-day family event takes place Memorial Day weekend – May 27 and 28, 2023 – and is the same weekend as Balloons over Bavarian Inn, with daily competitions and nightly balloon glow events in the grassy field near River Place Shops. Dogs are welcome but please note – all dogs must be on leashes!

May 29
Saginaw: FREE – Memorial Day Parade @ Downtown Saginaw
Location: Downtown Saginaw
Date: May 29 at 11 AM

Theme: Patriotic

Route: Along S. Washington from Janes to the Saginaw County Veterans Memorial Plaza at Hoyt Park.