February's Family Fun Guide
Created by Great Lakes Bay Parents - Informing parents since 2012!
UPCOMING EVENTS:
VIRTUAL PARENT CAFE
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TALKING IS TEACHING
You are your child's lifelong teacher.

"Talking is Teaching: Talk, Read, Sing" is a public awareness and action campaign that helps parents recognize their power to boost their children’s early brain and vocabulary development through simple, everyday actions ... "

For more Talking is Teaching tips and resources visit: https://talkingisteaching.org/
UPCOMING EVENTS & RESOURCES FOR KIDS
GREAT LAKES BAY PARENTS

Calendar includes local BUSINESSES offering both onsite and virtual programming: 

  • Virtual & in-house events
  • Story Times
  • Fun places that are open
  • STEM events
GREAT LAKES BAY PARENTS' BLOG
DOODLES FROM THE HEART

Lunchbox Doodles - The Book was created by a local parent, John Bellsmith, as a way to connect with his daughter as she returned back to school after a fun-filled summer. This book will make you smile with its silly jokes, funny facts, and special day cartoons. Learn more about the book and a special Great Lakes Bay Parents discount.

SAGINAW - PUBLIC LIBRARIES OF SAGINAW
The Public Libraries of Saginaw have gone all virtual. To learn more about their upcoming programs visit their website: https://www.saginawlibrary.org/events/upcoming

Miss Maureen's Preschool Story Time - Tuesdays in February
Online story time presented by Miss Maureen. We can't wait to have you join us for a wonderful story reaching into your home or classroom wherever that may be! Visit the Public Libraries of Saginaw's Facebook page for new story time postings every Tuesday!

Mother Goose Rock & Rhyme Puppet Shows - Thursdays in February
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!

Miss Beth's Krazy Krafts - Fridays in February
Join Miss Beth on the Public Libraries of Saginaw's Facebook Page doing striking and fun crafts related to the week's story time theme for kids ages 3-6!

Listen & Move Storytime - February 6th & 20th
Listen a little and move a little with this fun storytime. Join Miss Michelle every other Saturday on the Public Libraries of Saginaw's Facebook page. This program is designed for preschool age children but all ages are welcome to participate!  

New Book News! - February 13
Visit the library Facebook page to hear all about new book titles that are available for check out. Picture books, easy readers, fiction, and non-fiction titles will be reviewed. During each session about 8-10 of the best new books will be introduced.
**The Public Libraries of Saginaw is a participant in the STEM Passport. Attend events (in-person or virtual) and receive a $25 gift card courtesy of MiSTEM. 

BRIDGEPORT PUBLIC LIBRARY
FRANKENMUTH WICKSON DISTRICT LIBRARY
1000 BOOKS BEFORE KINDERGARTEN
Start a life-long love of reading

Children ages birth through the time they enter kindergarten sign up for the program at the Frankenmuth Wickson District Library and receive a “1000 Books Before Kindergarten” journal with instructions. Prizes are awarded after reading and recording 100, 250, 500, 750 and 1000 books. When they complete the program they will get their picture taken as part of our 1000 Book Club and receive a t-shirt saying that they “Read 1000 books Before Kindergarten”. This program is self-paced and may take a few months or a few years to complete, anytime before they enter Kindergarten.

This program is FREE and open to anyone who comes into the library to sign up, with no residency requirements. Please call or email us @ 652-8323 or wicksonlibrary@gmail.com to obtain your 1000 books before kindergarten booklet. 
RAUCHHOLZ MEMORIAL LIBRARY
Follow along with Miss Audrey to read stories, sing songs, and act out a story on the flannel board!

Follow the link to watch the video: https://youtu.be/UQEg9VvmJSw
ST. CHARLES DISTRICT LIBRARY
Follow St. Charles District Library's FACEBOOK for weekly Story Time.
FRANKENMUTH - February 6
SAGINAW - February 6 & 13
FREE Night Skate & Sledding
Hoyt Park
Saturday, February 6 at 4-7pm

FREE Skate & Sledding
Hoyt Park
Saturday, February 13 at 4-7pm

FREE skate rentals courtesy of Saginaw County Parks & Recreation.

ST. CHARLES - February 26
SAGINAW COUNTY PARKS
SAGINAW COUNTY'S LITTLE FREE LIBRARY
LEARN MORE about the Little Free Library: greatstartsaginaw.org/little-free-library.html
PARENTING CLASSES
CAN COUNCIL
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OUR COMMUNITY LISTENS - VIRTUAL EVENT
MSU EXTENSION
MSU EXTENSION
Stay Well - Family Support Group
February 3 and 17 at 4pm

Many MI parents are feeling overwhelmed by extra responsibilities and stress from COVID-19. Register for a virtual support group specifically for parents of children 18 and younger, hosted by our Stay Well counseling team. Find comfort talking to others who share similar feelings.

RESOURCES
SAGINAW COUNTY GSC ASQ ONLINE
Is My Child On Track: Track your child's development
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.

DAY CARE & PRESCHOOL
Great Start to Quality helps families find the best early learning settings for their children and helps educators improve the care they give to children.

SAGINAW COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT
YMCA OF SAGINAW
Grab & Go Meals at YMCA of Saginaw
1915 Fordney St.
Saginaw, MI 48601
989.753.7721

YMCA of Saginaw is proud to offer FREE healthy meals for every child 18 and under through our Mission Nutrition and Healthy Out of School Time programs.

The meals we serve every school day and everyday throughout the summer help more children get the nutrition they need for good health.

Pick up meals Monday to Friday from 4-6pm.

COVID-19 RESOURCES
VACCINE
The Saginaw County Health Department now has an online COVID-19 vaccine registration form available for non-hospital affiliated health facilities that fall under Phase 1A/Priority Three:

Group A -- Workers with direct patient contact who conduct high-risk procedures (e.g. dentists, endoscopy, dialysis)
Group B -- Outpatient, urgent care, ambulatory care, and home health care
Group C -- Workers who have indirect patient contact with specialized skills critical to the health care system (e.g. laboratories, pharmacies)

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