July 2022
Created by Great Lakes Bay Parents - Informing parents since 2012!
Talking is Teaching
Let’s Talk about COMMUNITY!

Let’s talk, read, and sing about COMMUNITY! When children feel like they are a part of a community, they feel a sense of belonging! You can ask your child, “What are some of your favorite areas in our community?” and “How can we be helpers in our community?”

Meet Up & Eat Up - FREE Meals for Kids
Department of Education - Grants Coordination & School Support Child Nutrition Programs
The Summer Food Service Program was created to ensure that children in lower-income areas could continue to receive nutritious meals during long school vacations, when they do not have access to the National School Lunch or School Breakfast Programs. Visit the website to find a location near you.

Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
Saginaw County Health Department
WIC is a federally-funded program that serves pregnant women, breastfeeding moms, postpartum women, infants, and children up to age 5.

The program provides a combination of nutrition education, supplement foods, breastfeeding promotion and support, and referrals to other health care partners. WIC foods are selected to meet various nutrient needs such as calcium, iron, folic acid, vitamins A & C and fiber. Participants use a WIC Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card to purchase food at approved retail grocery stores and pharmacies.

A family of four may earn $51,338 per year and qualify for WIC. Read the WIC income guidelines or call 989-758-3733.

Great Start to Quality Resources Center helps parents find quality licensed programs, for children ages 0-12.

Online Extension Extras Parenting Hour:
Picky Eaters
July 12 at 8 - 9:30 PM

Postive Discipline
July 19 at 8 - 9:30 pm

Introduction to ACES (Adverse Childhood Experiences) & Trauma
July 26 at 8 - 9:30 PM

Covenant HealthCare
Infant & Child CPR Class
July 12 at 7 - 9 PM
July 13 at 4 - 6 PM
July 26 at 7 - 9 PM
July 28 at 4 - 6 PM

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.
Start Planning Your Child's Summer
Summer Camp Page Sponsor: Bay Shore Camp & Ministries

The 2022 Summer Camps is a directory that list hundreds of camps located in the Great Lakes Bay Region (Arenac, Bay, Isabella, Midland, and Saginaw County). Find in-person and virtual camps, over-night camps, and special needs camps.

2022 STEM Passport App

You and your child can explore STEM in the Great Lakes Bay Region (GLBR) with our new mobile app. The GLBR is home to a variety of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) destinations and programs. The Great Lakes Bay Region STEM Passport is a learning resource for 19 different hands-on, dynamic STEM organizations in the community. Now locating them is easy!

July - Playdates
July Summer Fun @ Castle Museum
July 1, 8 & 22
Saginaw: FREE – Stories & Stretches @ Butman-Fish Library
Location: 1716 Hancock, Saginaw
June 1, 8, & 22 at 10:30 AM – 12 PM

This 30-minute storytime combines easy stretches and movement with a fun story to create a playful opportunity to explore physical activity. We will be using our new Handee Bands! This program is geared towards ages 4-8 and parents are encouraged to participate.

July 1, 15 & 29
Saginaw: FREE – Miss Beth's Boombox @ Butman-Fish Library
Location: 1716 Hancock, Saginaw
July 1, 15 & 29 at 10:30 AM – 12 PM

Join Miss Beth for songs, stories, and preschool silliness every other Friday this summer!

July 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29
Frankenmuth: FREE – FRIDAY FUN NIGHTS @ Downtown Frankenmuth
Location: Main St., Frankenmuth
Dates: Fridays at 6 - 9 PM

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. Entertainment is free.

July 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30
Saginaw: FREE – Preschool Storytime @ Zauel Library
Location: 3100 N Center Rd., Saginaw
Dates: July 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 at 10:30 AM

Preschool Storytime at Zauel Memorial – every Saturday morning.

July 4
July 4th Events
Celebrate our nations birthday by attending one of our regions July 4th events.

July 5, 12, 19 & 26
Saginaw: FREE – Tales for Twos @ Zauel Library
Location: 3100 N Center Rd., Saginaw
Dates: July 5, 12, 19 & 26 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.

July 7 & 21
Saginaw: FREE - Preschool Story Time @ Castle Museum
Location: 500 Federal Avenue, Saginaw
Dates: July 7 & 21 at 10:30 AM

This event is free but registration is a MUST.

REGISTER: contact Kristi at kfurtaw@castlemuseum.org or 989-752-2861 ext. 311

July 7, 14, 21 & 28
Bridgeport: FREE – Story Hour @ Bridgeport Public Library
Location: 3399 Williamson Rd., Saginaw
Tuesdays at 10:30 AM – 12 PM

Have fun with stories as Miss Cindy reads and discusses each story. We also sing songs, learn rhymes and fingerplays and make crafts. We promote early literacy by teach the Ready to Read Michigan skills during each story hour.

July 9
Saginaw: FREE – Drive-In Movie: Shark Tale (2004, PG) @ Butman-Fish Library
Location: 1716 Hancock, Saginaw
July 9 at 10 AM – 12 PM

Children 3 to 8 years old are invited to bring their favorite blanket and pillow for a drive-in movie experience. Plastic bins have been converted into “cars” that kids sit in while enjoying a movie, snack, and drink!

July 9
Saginaw: FREE – Second Saturdays @ Saginaw Art Museum
Location: 1126 N Michigan Ave., Saginaw
Date: July 9 at 12 – 5 PM

As we work on creating increased access to the museum’s collection and exhibitions, we will be opening the second Saturday of the month into the Spring. There will be no admission to the museum, however special activities such as docent tours or classes may have cost. You can stay connected with all the happenings through our website and social media channels.

July 11
Hemlock: FREE – Summer Storytime @ Rauchholz Memorial Library
Location: 140 N Hemlock Rd., Hemlock
Dates: July 11, 18 & 25 at 10:30 AM

Drop in at the library for a fun story and music storytime for kids ages 2-5 and their caregivers!

July 11
Location: 1716 Hancock, Saginaw
Dates: July 11 at 6 PM

A comedy Magic Show for kids with over the top fun, 20,000 laughs, and a few wet and wild tricks incorporating mysteries of the Seas. It’s 45-minute giggle fest.

This live show combines learning with incredible fun, spectacular sets, backdrops, one-of-a-kind props and tons of audience participation.

July 12
Frankenmuth: FREE – Story Time @ Frankenmuth Farmers Market
Location: 534 N Main St., Frankenmuth
Date: July 12, 19 & 26 at 10 – 11 AM

Join us for a fun, interactive Story Time session every Tuesday at the Framer’s Market. Bring a blanket or folding chairs and participate in our weekly outdoor Story Time for all ages. Story Time Fun packets will be distributed to every participant to continue the fun and learning at home.

July 13 & 27
Saginaw: FREE – Light Up The City Saginaw @ Covenant Medical HealthCare
Location: 1447 N Harrison St., Saginaw
Dates: July 13 at 5:30 – 7:30 PM

Saginaw: FREE – Light Up The City Saginaw @ Jerome Elementary School
Location: 1515 Sweet St., Saginaw
Dates: July 27 at 5:30 - 7:30 PM

A grassroots, crime prevention initiative with the Michigan State Police, Saginaw Police Department Consumers Energy and key community business partners.

Join the walk for pizza, water, give-aways, and Saginaw LUTC T-shirts.

July 13, 20 & 27
Freeland: FREE – Summer Rec Program @ Hayes Park
Location: 9200 Midland Rd., Freeland
July 13, 20 & 27 at 10 AM – 12 PM

Free event. The theme changes each week.

July 14
Saginaw: FREE – Hawk Hill Raptors Show @ Zauel Branch Library
Location: 3100 N Center Rd., Saginaw
Dates: July 14 at 3 - 5 PM

See birds of prey up close at Zauel! Hawk Hill Raptors presents raptors of the world with an exhibit of hawks, falcons and owls. Learn about adaptations, behaviors, habitats and conservation while getting up close and personal with live birds of prey.

July 18
Location: 1716 Hancock, Saginaw
July 18 at 6 PM

This 45-minute high-energy program by Jania Taylor will engage children with audience participation and they will help make the magic happen. It’s full of laughs, comedy, magic, and storytelling while it stays focused on delivering the message that reading is fun!

July 19
Chesaning: FREE – Kids Lego Activity @ River Rapids District Library
Location: 227 E Broad St., Chesaning
July 19 at 2 PM

Kids Lego Activity in Library

July 23
Saginaw: FREE – Create & Take @ Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum
Location: 7400 Bay Rd., Saginaw
Dates: July 23 at 1 - 4 PM

All create and Take programs are drop in programs. All you need to bring is your creativity.

Pop Art Pets / Choose your favorite from a selection of different cat and dog outlines to trace as you compose your work of art … No drawing expertise needed! Have fun filling in each section of your piece with colors and patterns. This process is like a coloring book on canvas, and a great way to pay homage to your favorite furry friends.

July 26
Saginaw: FREE – Summer Family Cinema: Raya and the Last Dragon @ Hoyt Main Library
Location: 505 Janes Ave., Saginaw
July 26 at 5:30 PM

Try a hands-on STEM activity and score free Michigan Learning Channel Summer Activity Books.