Created by Great Lakes Bay Parents - Informing parents since 2012!
August's FAMILY FUN Guide
GREAT START PROGRAM
RSVP LINK for Parenting During A Pandemic Summer Parent Cafe Series
SUMMER FUN ACTIVITIES
GREAT LAKES BAY PARENTS' CALENDAR OF ACTIVITIES

Local BUSINESSES offering onsite and virtual programming: 

• Virtual & in house events
• Fun places that are open
• Story Times
• STEM events

***Please check out the BAY COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENTS  GUIDELINES for slowing the spread of COVID-19 and staying safe outside your home.
UPCOMING EVENTS
PUBLIC LIBRARIES OF SAGINAW
Story Time on Facebook - LEARN MORE

Design Time Tuesdays To Go at Wickes Library - LEARN MORE

Summer Reading Program until August 28th - LEARN MORE
FRANKENMUTH WICKSON DISTRICT LIBRARY
Story Time with Mrs. S on Zoom on August 11 - RSVP

Summer Reading Program until August 15 - LEARN MORE
BRIDGEPORT PUBLIC LIBRARY
Story Hour Live! on Facebook - LEARN MORE
4-H SPIN CLUB - VIRTUAL PROGRAMS
FUN PLACES TO VISIT
WILLIAM H. HAITHCO RECREATION AREA

Beach, playground, and picnic area

FARMERS MARKET

in Saginaw, Chesaning, Hemlock, and Frankenmuth


THE WILDLIFE DRIVE

at Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge

LITTLE FREE LIBRARY

Little Free Libraries are book-sharing boxes where free book exchanges take place. Anyone can take a book or bring a book to share. Our boxes inspire a love of reading, build community, and spark creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges. The libraries can be found throughout Saginaw County.

STEM PASSPORT
Save money with the STEM Passport .

The STEM Passport includes TWENTY-ONE STEM-rich institutions and community-based STEM programs. Many offer coupons, discounts and souvenirs when you show your passport.

*UPDATE: Coupons Expire December 2020

See the STEM Passport

LOVE SCREEN FREE TIME
We are dedicated to promoting screen-free time! The #LoveScreenFreeTime campaign promotes activities that helps you unplug and connect. Sign-up to the TEXT MESSAGE NETWORK and follow #LoveScreenFreeTime on social media for ideas and resources.

Sign up for FREE text messages at this link: https://www.remind.com/join/f93akk
PICK YOUR OWN FRUIT/ VEGGIES
in the Great Lakes Bay Region

Great Lakes Bay Parents directory of local U-PICK FARMS

#LoveScreenFreeTime

7 SIMPLE WAYS TO RECONNECT WITH YOUR KIDS THIS SUMMER

Laugh, Bond, Make Lasting Memories

This guide will offer tips on how to make the most of your summer.

 MATH IN THE MAIL

Math in the Mail focuses on developing mathematical skills in three-year-old children by providing the tools needed in home environments for parents, guardians, and other caregivers.

 CAN Council's Virtual Ducky Derby & Family Fun Fest - COLORING PAGE   

Submit a Ducky Derby coloring page by August 14th for your chance to win a little prize package!

Tune in to our FACEBOOK Live Saturday, August 15th at 11:30AM where the lucky ducky winner will be drawn! 
Make sure to post a photo of your coloring page on the FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE .

TALKING IS TEACHING PARENTING TIP
RESOURCES FOR PARENTS
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. 

FOR DADS
LOCATE 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.

DIAPER DISTRIBUTION
with CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region
FOOD RESOURCES
DO YOU NEED FOOD?
Michigan's Meet Up and Eat Up Map
If you are in need of food, please check it out for a organization that is providing free meals near yo u.

COVID-19 RESOURCES
MAKE SURE YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS ARE WEARING THEIR MASK CORRECTLY
When in a public setting, be sure your mask is covering both your mouth and your nose. Making sure your face mask is properly secured plays a huge role in reducing the spread of COVID-19.
DO YOU NEED HELP?
DO YOU FEEL ALONE?
If you’re experiencing anxiety during these times, you’re not alone. 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, abuse, and more.

Text BELONG to 741741.
2020 CENSUS - Be Counted
2020 CENSUS FAST FACTS

For each person not counted, Michigan loses $1,800 of annual federal funding. That's funding for programs like school lunches, MIChild and special education.