October's Family Fun Guide
Created by Great Lakes Bay Parents - Informing parents since 2012!
UPCOMING PARENT EVENTS:


Parent Coalition Family Night Out - Monday, October 25th

Watch the FACEBOOK page for more details.
RSVP by EMAILING: jkozan@sisd.cc
PRESCHOOL & CHILD CARE
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.

GREAT LAKES BAY PARENTS:
KIDS DAILY CALENDAR
The KIDS CALENDAR includes local BUSINESSES offering for both in-person and virtual programming.

HALLOWEEN - TRICK OR TREATING
2021 Family Halloween Guide

Includes:
- Trunk or Treat events in Bay, Isabella, Midland, and Saginaw County.
- Halloween Events
- Haunted House Directory
- Pumpkin & Apple Farm Directory

FREE KID/ FAMILY EVENTS
OCTOBER - TUESDAYS: Bridgeport Public Library, Bridgeport
OCTOBER - TUESDAYS: Farmers Market, Frankenmuth
OCTOBER - FRIDAYS: Butman-Fish Library, Saginaw
OCTOBER 1 - 31: Johnson's Pumpkin Farm, Saginaw
Johnson's Pumpkin Farm is open for the Season
WHERE: 4715 N Portsmouth Rd Saginaw

WHEN: September 11 - October 31

COST: Free

The farm is open seven days a week from September 11 until October 31.

Monday 11 am – 7 pm
Tuesday 9 am – 7 pm
Wednesday 9 am – 7 pm
Thursday 9 am – 7 pm
Friday 9 am – 7 pm
Saturday 9 am – 7 pm
Sunday 9 am – 7 pm

OCTOBER 2: Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum, Saginaw
WHERE:  Saginaw Valley State University, 7400 Bay Road, Saginaw, MI 48710

COST: Free

Drop in at the Museum from 1 to 4 pm to create your own Colorful Tube Sculpture like Regional Biennial artist Claudia Hershman! Participants will collage, draw, and paint patterns on a smaller scale cardboard tube and then create negative silhouettes of people or other things directly over the patterns using white paint! Take them home to display or share on social media (tag us at #MarshallFredericksMuseum). A fun and free activity for all ages!

OCTOBER 7 & 21: Castle Museum, Saginaw
OCTOBER 9 & 10: Lowes, Saginaw
DIY Kids Workshop - Periscope Kit
WHERE: 2258 Tittabawasee Rd, Saginaw

WHEN: October 9 & 10
COST: Free

Your child will love building and playing with this real working Periscope! Sign them up today!
 
Reserved kits can be picked up in-store at our customer service desk on Saturday, October 9th or Sunday, October 10th. If your kit is not picked up by 8 p.m. on Sunday, October 10th, it may be given to a non-registered customer.

OCTOBER 14: Online with the Public Libraries of Saginaw
Mother Goose Rock and Rhyme Puppet Shows
WHERE: Facebook

WHEN: October 14 all day

COST: Free

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!

SEPTEMBER 15: Price Nature Center, Saginaw
OCTOBER 23 - 24: Frankenmuth River Place Shops, Frankenmuth
Scarecrow Fest
WHERE: 925 S. Main, Frankenmuth

WHEN: October 23 & 24

COST: Free

Saturday and Sunday from noon - 6 pm, try your hand at the pumpkin catapult and see how far you can launch a pumpkin! You can also try your hand at pumpkin bowling, pumpkin painting, arts and crafts and take a ride on Grandpa Tiny’s barrel train. Some activities include a small fee.

We will also have free family entertainment in the Festival Platz near the Cass River and Grill during Kids Weekend – dance performances, music, yard games and more! More details to follow.

There is a Kids Costume Parade on Sunday, October 24 throughout the complex from 5:15 pm - 5:45 pm starting at the Fest Platz - kids who participate will receive a treat bag! Treat bags are first come, first served.

Two of the 600 treat bags will include a 'Golden Ticket' that you can redeem for an awesome Halloween prize package including a huge pumpkin to carve or paint with included paint markers, special candy treats and gift certificates that can be used at any of our stores at River Place Shops!

Must be redeemed onsite before October 31, 2021. No cash value.

OCTOBER 23: Birch Run Speedway, Birch Run
OCTOBER 23: Mid-Michigan Children's Museum, Saginaw
OCTOBER 29: Paramount Rehabilitation Services, Saginaw
OCTOBER 29: SVRC Marketplace, Saginaw
OCTOBER 30: Birch Run Premium Outlets, Birch Run
Trick or Treat Event
WHERE: 12240 South Beyer Rd, Birch Run

WHEN: October 30, 3 - 5 pm

COST: Free

Birch Run Premium Outlets is excited to host a free, "SPOOKtacular" community Trick or Treat Event on October 30th, 2021, from 3:00-5:00pm! The only requirements for this event are, children be in costume and are 12 years old or younger!
Retailers that are participating in handing out candy to trick or treaters will be recognizable by signage in their storefront windows!

OCTOBER 31: Historical Society of Bridgeport, Bridgeport
Trunk or Treat
WHERE: 6190 Dixie Highway, Bridgeport

WHEN: October 31, 5-7 pm

COST: Free

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: talkingisteaching.org
ONLINE SUPPORT GROUPS
This event is FREE for all. 
Class Information

Parenting stress? New baby in the house? Trouble with tantrums? Learn how to help your young child manage their strong emotions! Building Early Emotional Skills or BEES is a four-week class for parents and other primary caregivers of children 0-3 that teaches about how young children develop social emotional skills and helps give parents skills to deal with the stress of caring for children and help their children develop strong social emotional skills. BEES will help you learn about:

  • Your child’s temperament and stress
  • Your triggers and how to manage them
  • Being reflective about feelings and emotion coaching
  • Reducing biting, conflict and frustration and handling tantrums
  • Building a solid foundation for tomorrow

RESOURCES
IS MY CHILD ON TRACK?
TRACK YOUR CHILD'S DEVELOPMENT

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.

LITTLE FREE LIBRARY
COVID-19 VACCINE
Schedule an appointment with the Saginaw County Health Department for your COVID-19 vaccine.

HIGH ANXIETY & STRESS
Are you overwhelmed with anxiety and stress? Help is available by texting BELONG to 741741.

Crisis Text Line offers free, confidential, and 24/7 crisis counseling that anyone can reach with just a text. They have trained crisis counselors to take on hard conversations about anxiety, stress, abuse, and more. 

If you’re struggling, text BELONG to 741741.
INTERNET CONNECTION NEEDS
Enrollment for the Emergency Broadband Benefit is now open. The temporary benefit provides a discount of up to $50 per month toward broadband service for eligible consumers who are struggling to stay connected during the pandemic. 

DIAPER NEEDS
The Diaper Alliance

The Diaper Alliance cannot give diapers directly to families, please contact one of the partner agencies.

LifeClinic Community Resources 989.754.0091
4364 State Street
Saginaw, MI 48603

Saginaw County Business & Education Partnership SCBEP
989.399.0025
1213 S. Washington
Saginaw, MI 48601

CAN Council
989.752.7226
1311 N. Michigan Avenue
Saginaw, MI 48602
Pregnancy Care Center
989.752.7664
916 Gratiot Avenue
Saginaw, MI 48602"

Teen Parent Services Youth Protection Council
989.792.6789
1226 N. Michigan Avenue
Saginaw, MI 48602

Great Lakes Bay Health Centers
989.759.6470
501 Lapeer Avenue
Saginaw, MI 48607
RESOURCES TO HELP PAY UTILITY BILLS
Consumers Energy

Visit the Consumer Energy website to learn about how they can assist you with paying your energy bill.

Learn about:
  • Consumers Affordable Resource for Energy (CARE)
  • Public Assistance Programs
  • Payment Plans

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