Monday-Sunday, August 20-26: “Genesee County Fair” at E.A. Cummings Event Center, 6130 E. Mt. Morris Road, Mt. Morris * gcf.org
- (Visit the website above for a detailed schedule of activities and times) Come out and enjoy this family event that attracts over 150,000 visitors featuring live stock, carnival rides, an entertainment tent, monster trucks and derby races, a baby animal tent and petting zoo, Bingo tent, racing pigs, a hog calling contest, a dog show, Cornhole tournaments, tomato baseball, Pure Pro wrestling, an X-Treme chainsaw show and much more. Grandstand events happen daily with performances by Granger Smith, Earl Dibbles Jr. and Audrey Ray on Wednesday, Craig Campbell and Tweed & Dixie on Thursday and All That Remains and Westfall on Friday.
Tuesday, August 21: “Let’s Hike It Baby!” at For-Mar Nature Preserve, 2142 N. Genesee Road, Burton * (810) 789-8567 * geneseecountyparks.org
- (Event runs 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.) Get outside, get active and explore. Meet at For-Mar’s Visitors Center for a story and some stretching, then hit the trails. This program is designed to encourage a love for the outdoors at a young age. Dress for the weather. Recommended for families with toddlers.
Wednesday, August 22: “Caterpillar Kids – Know Your Butterflies” at For-Mar Nature Preserve, 2142 N. Genesee Road, Burton * (810) 789-8567 * geneseecountyparks.org
- (Event runs 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.) Meet in the butterfly garden and learn how to identify the many different butterflies and caterpillars that call Michigan home through games, crafts and a nature hike. Recommended for families of all ages. Free admission.
Friday, August 24: “Treehouse Storytime: Awesome Amphibians” at For-Mar Nature Preserve, 2142 N. Genesee Road, Burton * (810) 789-8567 * geneseecountyparks.org
- (Event runs 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.) Sprout the love of reading and nature while sharing books, singing songs and making a craft. Recommended for families with children ages two and older.
Friday, August 24: “Nutrition in the Treehouse” at For-Mar Nature Preserve, 2142 N. Genesee Road, Burton * (810) 789-8567 * geneseecountyparks.org
- (Event runs 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.) Join a trained nutrition instructor from the Hurley Community Wellness team, in For-Mar’s treehouse, and learn about nutrition in wellness. Recommended for families of all ages. Free admission.
Friday & Saturday, August 24 & 25: 42nd Annual “HAP Crim Festival of Races” in Flint’s Downtown Entertainment District, Saginaw Street, Flint * crim.org
- (Visit the website above for a detailed schedule of races and activities) Enjoy two-days of family fun as the city of Flint welcomes over 15,000 runners, walkers and fitness enthusiasts to participate in this annual event featuring the Crim 10-Mile Race along with a variety of other races, a Health and Fitness Expo, a Friday evening Crim Pasta Party and the Michigan Mile Race Series. Races begin on Saturday at 7:30 a.m., followed by an afternoon of fun with live bands, an entertainment tent, food vendors and more.
Saturday, August 25: “Swartz Creek Kiwanis Art in the Park Festival” at Swartz Creek Elms Park, 4071 Elms Road, Swartz Creek * swartzcreekkiwanis.org/art/
- (Festival runs 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Known as one of the most successful annual art fairs in Mid-Michigan, browse and purchase fine art along with entertainment, local foods and engaging children activities. This is a juried, fine art show that includes paintings, photography, sculpture, jewelry, mixed media and more.
Saturday, August 25: “Honeybee Hive Inspection” at For-Mar Nature Preserve, 2142 N. Genesee Road, Burton * (810) 789-8567 * geneseecountyparks.org
- (Event runs 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.) Join Bee Keeper, Jim Withers from Withers Mountain Honey Farm, at For-Mar’s Arboretum and find out how our busy bee friends are doing as he opens up some learning hives. Recommended for families of all ages. Free admission.
Saturday, August 25: Auto City Speedway presents “Pro Late Model III,” 10205 N. Saginaw Street, Clio * (810) 687-7384 / (810) 686-9500 * autocityspeedway.com
- (Grandstand opens 4:30 p.m./Races begin 7 p.m.) Experience a fast-paced, fun-filled family night at the tracks featuring Champion Night with Herald Pure Stocks, the All American Truck Series, Figure 8’s, MCR Dwarf cars, Spectator Drags and Kiddy Stocks and Tire Roll for kids – come early to sign up (10 kids per race).
Saturday, August 25: “Bishop Trust Concert Series: Blues on the Library Lawn” at the Flint Public Library/Main Branch, 1026 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 232-7111 * fpl.info
- (Concert runs 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.) Enjoy some sizzling, hot summer live Blues music on the lawn of the Flint Public Library featuring a special performance by Maurice “King of the Party Blues” Davis and band. Recommended for families of all ages.
Saturday, August 25: “Astro Nite” at For-Mar Nature Preserve, 2142 N. Genesee Road, Burton * (810) 789-8567 * geneseecountyparks.org
- (Event runs 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.) Celebrate the end of summer and the night sky by heading outside with a For-Mar staff and other Astronomy lovers for activities, crafts, telescopes, a campfire and more. Recommended for families of all ages. Free admission.
Sunday, August 26: “TEA Rex” at Sloan Museum’s Courtland Center Mall Location (accessible through the main mall entrance near El Cozumel Mexican Grill Restaurant), 4190 E. Court Street, Flint * (810) 237-3427 * sloanlongway.org
- (Event runs 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.) This kid-friendly prehistoric tea service includes small snacks, an assortment of teas and a special Tea Rex punch. Admission to the Dinosaurs Unearthed exhibit is included.
Sunday, August 26: “Searching for Salamanders” at Atlas County Park, 9139 Hegel Road, Goodrich * (800) 648-PARK * geneseecountyparks.org
- (Event runs 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.) Join the For-Mar team and explore Genesee County Parks newest park. With wetlands, ponds, streams and fallen logs, this new property looks like perfect salamander territory. All amphibian and reptile findings will be added to the Michigan Herp Atlas. Recommended for families with children 5 years and older. Free admission.
Monday-Sunday, August 20-26: Sloan Museum, 1221 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 237-3450 * sloanlongway.org
- (Open Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.) Enjoy regional history, historic automobiles and hands-on science activities where children and adults can explore principles of chemistry and physics through exhibits and staff presentations.
- “RACE: Are We So Different?” (Free admission) – Presented by the University of Michigan-Flint and the Community Foundation of Greater Flint, this exhibit is the first in a series of events designed to inspire community conversations and explores three primary themes:
- The Science of human variation, and where current scientific understanding is inconsistent with popular notions of race.
- The history of the idea of race, with an emphasis on the role of science in shaping the concept of race.
- The contemporary experience of race and racism in the US, and the often-invisible ways race and racism have infiltrated laws, customs and institutions.
- “Collecting Flint from A to Z” – The Sloan Museum has a variety of artifacts, nearly 400,000 of them! You name it, they probably have one. This exhibit highlights 26 groups from Sloan’s vast and varied collection. Each alphabetized set reveals something about Flint’s shared history. View historic automobiles, firearms, radios, wedding dresses, beer, blueprints and everything in-between.
- “Flint and the American Dream” – Take a fascinating journey through Flint in the 20th century – from the birth of the auto industry to the present. The gallery displays over 600 artifacts and photographs, including rare antique automobiles, colorful neon signs, period clothing, household furnishings and commercial goods.
- “Flint Sit Down Strike” – Celebrating the 1936-37 Sit-Down Strike in Flint, this exhibit tells the story of the struggles of automotive workers and their families, as well as what was happening in General Motors offices, through videos, displays and hands-on activities.
Monday-Sunday, August 20-26: Sloan Museum at Courtland Center Mall (accessible through the main mall entrance near El Cozumel Mexican Grill Restaurant), 4190 E. Court Street, Flint * (810) 237-3450 * sloanlongway.org
- (Open Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.) “Dinosaurs Unearthed” – Roaring, moving, life-size dinosaurs are thundering into Flint! This state-of-the-art and scientifically accurate exhibit features 18 animatronic dinosaurs as well as giant skeletons, fossil casts of skulls, claws and horns, real specimens of Mosasaur and Spinosaurus teeth, an Oviraptor egg and even coprolite (dinosaur poop). Also, enjoy hands-on activities such as a kids’ dig site and interactive stations that explore dinosaur digestion, sounds, skin and bones.
- Admission into Sloan’s new Courtland Center location also includes an exhibit of 40 historic vehicles and Wisner’s Whizbang Emporium, an interactive gallery where families can play together – wonder at toys from the past, shop for food in a miniature grocery store or cook in a play kitchen.
Monday-Sunday, August 20-26: Longway Planetarium, 1310 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 237-3409 / (810) 237-3400 * sloanlongway.org
- Due to the dark planetarium environment, shows listed below are recommended for children 4 years and older. No late seating and no re-entry after show begins. Tickets go on sale ½ hour before show time. Shows are subject to change without notice. Please call ahead.
- “Space School” - (Show starts daily 1 p.m.) Plunge into microgravity simulation in the world’s most high-tech swimming pool, where astronauts practice repairing the International Space Station. Explore an extreme underwater training habitat and discover how astronauts test equipment, conduct experiments and live in isolation to prepare for space.
- “Skies Over Michigan” - (Show starts daily 3 p.m.) Learn about the rotation of the Earth, find the North Star and the way around the night sky, find out what’s a constellation and which are visible in the current night sky. Also, learn about Moon phases, the daily and monthly motion of the Moon through the sky, visible planets and their movement among the stars. Recommended for ages 6 and older.
- “Life of Trees” – (Show starts daily 4 p.m.) A cheeky ladybug name Dolores and a quirky firefly called Mike take all on a fascinating journey into the wondrous world of trees. From the perspective of insects, this show reveals the magic of the microcosm. Find out how plants get food from the sun, how trees grow, how water gets from the roots to the top of a trees crown and more. Recommended for families ages 6-10.
- “Stars: The Powerhouses of the Universe” – (Show starts Thursday-Saturday 7 p.m.) Narrated by Mark Hamill, journey to the farthest reaches of our galaxy and experience both the awesome beauty and destructive power of STARS.
- “SpacePark 360” – (Show starts Thursday-Saturday 8 p.m.) Come experience the thrill of amusement park rides – roller coasters, pendulums, inverters and more. From the rider’s point of view, dip toward molten pools, dodge flying particles in the rings of Uranus and hold tight through a loop-the-loop in the canyons of Mars. Nine different “rides” are set to popular music in an immersive experience. Recommended for all ages.
- “We Are Stars” – (Show starts Saturday & Sunday 2 p.m.) Narrated by Andy Serkis, explore the secrets of our cosmic chemistry and our explosive origins. Connect life on Earth to the evolution of the Universe by following the formation of Hydrogen atoms to the synthesis of Carbon and the molecules for life. Recommended for ages 10 and older.
Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday, August 21, 23 & 25: Flint Farmers’ Market, 300 E. First Street, Flint * (810) 232-1399 * flintfarmersmarket.com
- (Open Tuesday & Thursday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Open year-round, shop Flint’s city market featuring over 50 inside vendors selling produce, including fresh, locally grown foods, a meat market, poultry, breads and baked goods, cheese, a wine shop, art gallery, flowers, gourmet coffees, crafts, fine arts and more. On Saturday, browse and purchase from over 25 produce and flower vendors, as well as art and craft vendors, at the market’s outdoor pavilion area. Also, enjoy breakfast and lunch at “Steady Eddy’s”, a unique market café that purchases a large selection of their menu ingredients from market vendors (also open limited hours on off market days). Outdoor seating/dining available – weather permitting.
Tuesday-Sunday, August 21-26: Flint Children’s Museum, 1602 W. University Avenue, Flint * (810) 767-5437 * thefcm.org
- (Open Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.) Home to over 50 exhibits designed for children ages 1-10 to inspire a lifelong love for learning through exploration and hands-on play.
- “The Great Sticker Experiment” – Help create the largest art project yet in the museum’s Discovery Zone. The room has been painted white - floors, walls, furniture and even a grand piano. Pick up a variety pack of colorful stickers, upon arrival to the museum, and stick them anywhere and in any pattern you want to in the room. At the end of the exhibit in September, the room will be covered in almost 50,000 bright and colorful stickers.
- “Sproutside” – (Tuesday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.) Weather permitting, enjoy this outdoor learning area where children can experience the great outdoors with educational programs, physical activities and/or even a picnic lunch.
Wednesday-Sunday, August 22-26: Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad (Day Out With Thomas), 6140 Bray Road, Flint * (800) 648-PARK * geneseecountyparks.org
- (Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Travel back to a time when things were a lot simpler. Crossroads Village is a Great Lakes town from the turn of the century with 34 historic structures and a thriving community. Enjoy a 40-minute journey on an authentic Baldwin steam locomotive, the Huckleberry Railroad (it is recommended that Huckleberry Railroad train tickets be purchased in advance as the train often sells out), take a scenic ride on the Genesee Belle, a replica of the paddlewheel riverboats that were popular during Mark Twain’s time, catch a show at the Colwell Opera House or learn a trade from one of the village’s craftspeople.
- “Day Out With Thomas” (Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Friday through Sunday, Day Out With Thomas is back for their annual visit to Crossroads Village. This favorite engine is a dream-come-true for all young visitors. Enjoy a train ride with Thomas, meet special guests throughout the weekend and much more. Thomas tickets include admission into the village and Thomas and village activities. Purchase tickets on line at ticketweb.com.
Thursday-Sunday, August 23-26: Applewood Estate, 1400 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 233-3835 * applewood.org
- (Open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.) From guided tours of the house and gardens to exhibits in the historic garage, barn and chicken coop, visitors will enjoy this Mott family legacy. Guided house tours are available of the first floor of the main house and family areas that until now have been private such as the master bedroom, staff quarters and the basement recreation rooms (reservations required). Visitors can also explore the grounds on their own during regular business hours or take a free guided walking tour of the gardens daily at 12 noon. Friday, starting at 11:30 a.m., join in on story time for young children with a lively reading followed by a hands-on activity connected to the book’s theme. All events, activities and exhibits are free.
Monday-Friday, August 20-24: Greater Flint Arts Council (GFAC), 816 S. Saginaw Street, Flint * (810) 238-ARTS * greaterflintartscouncil.org
- (Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) The GFAC programs and services are designed to engage the community in creative processes and support the work of Michigan artists. This is accomplished by showcasing a new exhibit monthly, in their downtown Flint gallery, featuring the “Michigan Artists Invitational” exhibit this month. Free admission.
Monday-Sunday, August 20-26: Flint Institute of Arts (FIA), 1120 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 234-1695 * flintarts.org
- (Open Monday-Friday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.) Visit FIA and browse their outstanding collections of American, European, Native American, African and Asian art including paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings and decorative arts featuring a complete set of 17th century French tapestries that tell a story. Also, watch amazing glass blowing demonstrations every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Demonstrations are held every hour and are free thanks to McLaren Healthcare.
- “Surrealismo: Ojos de Mexico” – This exhibit features photographs that demonstrate the enduring influence of Surrealism on Photography in Mexico, a style that emerged from the ashes of World War I. At a time when artists and intellectuals turned against the “high culture” of the Europe that they believed spawned the horrors of war, some artists viewed Surrealism as a mechanism for celebrating the mysteries of the subconscious mind. The style provides a lens for viewing a country with many contrasts, with subjects that are unexpected, ironic, sad, humorous, frustrating and hopeful.
- “Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde” – Scenes from the 1941 Victor Fleming horror film, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, are restaged frame-by-frame with new performers occupying the body spaces of the original cast.
- “Small Worlds” – Small Worlds highlights different techniques, styles and various types of paperweights from the 19th century, the classic period for paperweight manufacture, to present day. This exhibition features works from the classic period by European glass factories like French crystal manufacturers Baccarat, Clichy and Saint-Louis. Some of the earliest contemporary paperweights in Small Worlds were created by Charles Kaziun and Dominick Labino, both members of the Studio Glass Movement. Numerous works by Paul Stankard, Rick Ayotte and Cathy Richardson as well as artworks by seventeen other contemporary paperweight makers are also featured.
- “Breaking with Tradition: Contemporary Ceramics” – During the mid-to-late 20th century, ceramicists used a sculptural approach in their work instead of using traditional shapes. Free of the need to make useful or “utilitarian” objects, ceramicists explored the properties of clay and the chemistry of glazes. This exhibition reflects the desire of ceramicists to experiment and depart from ceramics as purely functional objects.
Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday, August 21, 23 & 25: Art at the Market Gallery at the Flint Farmers’ Market, 300 E. First Street, Flint * (810) 238-9202 * artatthemarket.com
- (Open Tuesday & Thursday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Located in the Flint Farmers’ Market, enjoy browsing, and purchasing, at this unique art gallery showcasing original artwork from over 30 local artists. Free admission.
Thursday-Saturday, August 23-25: Mott-Warsh Collection Gallery, 815 S. Saginaw Street, Flint (Gallery entrance is on E. Court Street) * (810) 835-4900 * m-wc.org
- (Open Thursday & Friday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the 2nd Friday of each month from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. for Second Friday ARTWALK) The Mott-Warsh Collection is a private collection of fine art created by artists of the African diaspora. Maryanne Mott and her late husband, Herman Warsh, initiated the collection in 2001 as a means of providing fine art to a broader audience in the City of Flint and beyond. With a focus on art produced since 1940, the Mott-Warsh Collection contains work by over 125 artists covering a range of media from drawing to painting, prints to photography and mixed media to sculpture. Exhibitions change frequently. Free admission.
Thursday-Saturday, August 23-25: Buckham Gallery, 134 ½ W. Second Street, Flint * (810) 239-6233 * buckhamgallery.org
- (Open Thursday & Friday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the 2nd Friday of each month from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. for Second Friday ARTWALK) Founded in 1984, Buckham Gallery is an artist-run, not-for-profit exhibition and performance space that features artists from as many diverse locations as possible. It is the philosophy of the gallery to create an open atmosphere, which allows both emerging and established artists to take charge of their own creative pursuits. Visit Buckham Gallery and view their newest exhibit “Before” featuring artists C.S. Greig and L.E. Young-Siri with a new large-scale, video installation. Free admission.
Monday-Saturday, August 20-25: Ice Skating at Flint Iceland Arena, 1160 S. Elms Road, Flint * (810) 635-8487 * flinticeland.com
- (Visit website above for hours of operation and events) Enjoy the sport of ice skating with friends and family. Public skating sessions are a great way to get out on the ice, get some exercise and have fun while doing it. Public skating schedule is subject to change without notice. Please call ahead.
Monday-Sunday, August 20-26: Ice Skating at Crystal Fieldhouse Ice Arena, 5371 Daly Farms Drive, Burton * (810) 744-0800 * crystalfh.com
- (Visit website above for hours of operation and calendar of events page for a listing of all events) Enjoy public skating, drop-in hockey, stick-n-puck, broomball, U-of-M Flint Hockey games for both men and women, Powers Catholic High School home games, GFHA Youth Hockey leagues, Try Hockey for free days, learn to play hockey, CRYSTAL Skating Academy learn to skate, learn to gure skate, hockey skating skills, private lessons, adult learn to skate classes, adult hockey leagues, tournaments, camps and clinics. Book birthday parties and/or school and church field trips. Event times are subject to change. Please call ahead.
Monday-Sunday, August 20-26: Michigan Escape Games, 9023 Davison Road, Davison * (810) 652-6165 * michiganescapegames.com
- (For game times and availability call the phone number above or visit the website) If you’re a gamer and think you’ve got what it takes to test your clue-cracking skills in the real world, then this is for you. Designed for small groups of 2-12 people and team events up to 50 people, challenge your wits, skills and teamwork to find clues and solve ciphers to escape from a locked room in under 60 minutes. Each themed room transports all into an adventure and one that will never be forgotten!
Monday-Sunday, August 20-26: The Sandbox Virtual Reality Arcade, 4290 Miller Road (Somerset Town Centre), Flint * (810) 715-9791 * thesandboxvra.com
- (Open Monday-Thursday & Sunday 12 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday 12 p.m. to 12 a.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 12 a.m.) Get ready for something you have never experienced before by taking a trip into a Virtual World. Become an astronaut, a race car driver, zombie hunter, Jedi Knight, an artist or even take a trip to the bottom of the ocean or climb Mount Everest. Comfortable atmosphere for all ages, private rooms for friends and parties, drinks and snacks available and extra VR equipment to enhance the experience. Online reservations suggested, but walk-ins welcome (no guarantee for instant play).
Monday-Sunday, August 20-26: IMAX Trillium Theatre Grand Blanc/NCG Cinemas, 8220 Trillium Circle Avenue, Grand Blanc * Show Times (810) 695-5000 / Main (810) 953-0650 * ncgmovies.com/grand-blanc/
- “The Meg: An IMAX 2D Experience” – After escaping an attack by what he claims was a 70-foot shark, Jonas Taylor must confront his fears to save those trapped in a sunken submersible. This film is rated PG13. Show is subject to change without notice. Please call ahead.
Monday-Sunday, August 20-26: US 23 Drive-In Theater, 5200 Fenton Road, Flint * Movie Hotline (810) 238-0751 * us23driveintheater.com
- (Gates open 7:30 p.m./Movies begin at dusk) Enjoy this original Flint & Genesee drive-in theater, which opened in 1952, featuring 3 screens with double first run films. A concession stand is also available for those drive-in traditions serving popcorn, Root Beer Floats, cotton candy, corn dogs, pizza and more. Open starlight or rain.
Monday-Sunday, August 20-26: Card Table Republic – A Board Game Lounge “where board games and friends unite,” 8427 Davison Road, Davison * (810) 652-6363 * cardtablerepublic.com
- (Open Monday 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Tuesday-Thursday 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday 3 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.) Card Table Republic is a place where, for a small fee, people of all ages can relax and challenge themselves playing over 500 board, card and dice games with friends and family. Old classic games such as Monopoly, Life, Battleship and Trouble are available to play as well as the newer style games such as Ticket To Ride, Catan, Carcassonne and Cards Against Humanity. Their snack bar features made in Michigan products like Faygo and Better Made chips.
Monday-Sunday, August 20-26: Cops & Robbers Ice Cream & Gifts - “Where It’s A Crime Not To Have A Good Time!” 323 E. Main Street, Flushing * (810) 202-1001 * copsandrobbersshop.com
- (Open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.) Located in Flushing’s former police station, this amazingly unique store offers a variety of toys, books, jewelry, nail polish, soaps, puzzles, games, playing cards, greeting cards, coffee mugs and much more including the largest local selection of J.R. Watkins products. Also enjoy delicious treats from Bella Birches Bakery, ice cream from New Era, Michigan’s Country Dairy as well as slushies, fresh baked cookies, Cops & Robbers homemade chocolate bark, dipped and decorated cones, malts and more. Recommended for all ages.
Monday-Sunday, August 20-26: Uncle Ray’s Dairyland and Mini-Golf, 1462 N. Leroy Street, Fenton * (810) 629-1791 * uncleraysdairyland.com
- (Open Sunday-Thursday 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Friday & Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.) One of Southeastern Michigan’s Favorite Destinations for over 35 Years, enjoy Uncle Ray’s 18-hole mini-golf course and then relax with a tasty ice cream.
Monday-Sunday, August 20-26: Chuck E. Cheese’s, 3489 Miller Road, Flint * (810) 733-7404 * chuckecheese.com
- (Open Sunday-Thursday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.) Chuck E. Cheese’s is the ultimate place “Where a Kid Can Be a Kid” and parents can enjoy every moment. That’s why Chuck E. himself takes pride in providing a safe, family-friendly environment offering video games, high-tech simulator rides, skytubes, kiddie rides for the little ones, tickets to redeem for prizes, stage shows and more.
Monday-Sunday, August 20-26: Bowl Flint - B’s Bowling Center * 750 S. Center Road, Flint * (810) 743-7570; Richfield Bowl * 5340 Richfield Road, Flint * (810) 736-4880 * bowlflint.com
- (Visit website above for hours of operation and events) Richfield Bowl and B’s Bowling are dedicated in providing one of the best entertainment venues in Flint & Genesee. These modern bowling centers offer kid-friendly bumper bowling lanes with lightweight bowling balls and small shoes. Also, experience Cosmic Bowling, on the weekends, with glow in the dark lanes along with laser, disco, black and runway lights, fog and music.
Monday-Sunday, August 20-26: Bowl Grand Blanc Lanes, 5301 S. Saginaw Road, Flint * (810) 771-4273 * grandblanclanes.com
- (Visit website above for hours of operation and events) Enjoy Genesee County’s largest bowling center with 76 modern lanes featuring the “Main Side” with 44 Brunswick synthetic lanes and the “Annex Side” with 32 wood lanes. Both sides have their own snack bar, lounge and bowling counter. Bumper bowling and automatic scorers make for a great family outing. On Friday and Saturday, come rock, dance and bowl during Cosmic Bowling.
Monday-Sunday, August 20-26: Roller Skating at Rollhaven Skate & Fun Center, 5315 S. Saginaw Road, Grand Blanc Twp. * (810) 694-4533 * rollhaven.com
- (Visit website above for hours of operation and events) This family-fun center offers open skate sessions, adult skate, friends & family skate, kid specials, a Friday Nite Live skate, Junior Roller Derby, laser tag, a giant soft play area and more.
Tuesday-Sunday, August 21-26: CRU Paintball, 4403 Clio Road, Flint * (810) 785-2278 * crupaintball.com
- (Open Tuesday-Thursday 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday 2 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.) CRU Paintball is an unforgettable, adrenaline rush experience for paintball enthusiast and newcomers alike. With the largest indoor field in Michigan along with multiple indoor and outdoor fields, players are never kept waiting and can spend as much time on the fields as they desire. To ensure a fair match and make sure everyone has fun, teams are balanced.
Tuesday-Sunday, August 21-26: The Summit Play Park, 2630 Lippincott Boulevard, Flint * (810) 820-2341 * facebook.com/Summit-Play-Park-414386245585135/
- (Open Tuesday-Friday 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.) Enjoy this indoor, family-fun play park featuring inflatables, air hockey, obstacle courses, gaming stations, giant slides, pool tables, arcade games, a full service concession stand and more.
Wednesday & Friday-Sunday, August 22 & 24-26: Roller Skating at Skateland Arena, 8460 N. Dort Highway, Mt. Morris * (810) 686-6110 * skatelandarena.com
- (Visit website above for hours of operation and events) Family owned and operated for over 50 years, Skateland has been entertaining families at an affordable price. Come out and skate on their large rink offering skate themed nights and Roller Hockey Arena along with an arcade and play center, laser tag, full concessions, skating lessons, a Volleyball Club and more. Wednesday is adult R&B/Old School Skate for ages 18 and older only.
Monday-Sunday, August 20-26: Genesee Valley Center, 3341 S. Linden Road, Flint Township * (810) 732-4000 * geneseemall.com
- (Visit website above for hours of operation and coupon savings) “Shop until you drop” at Flint’s 1.3 million square feet of shopping space with over 130 retailers, anchored by Macy’s, JC Penney, Sears and Burlington. Find those unique buys at the Center’s one-of-a-kind shops and markets such as Buckle, Best Buy Mobile and Forever 21. The Outdoor Village offers 65,000 square feet of boulevard-style shopping and national tenants including Barnes & Noble, Bar Louie, The Sleep Number Store and more. Kids will have fun playing in the bounce houses at the center’s American Fun Center.
Monday-Sunday, August 20-26: Courtland Center Mall, 4190 E. Court Street, Burton * (810) 744-0742 * courtlandcenter.com
- (Visit website above for hours of operation and special store offers) Located off I-69, Courtland Center offers 472,000 square feet of shopping featuring national retail anchors including JC Penney, Staples, Jo-Ann Superstore and Dunham’s Sports. Visit more than 50 retailers and eateries while enjoying this friendly shopping experience with convenient parking.
“Weekly Featured” Shopping
Argentine Antiques and Unique Collectables: 8572 Silver Laker Road, Argentine * (810) 458-4443 * facebook.com/westwindmill/
- Shop items that add character to your home or make great gifts such as glassware, pictures, furniture, dishes, jewelry and more. Visit the Facebook Page above for hours of operation.
Above the Rest Consignment: 8467 Davison Road, Davison * (810) 214-1940 * facebook.com/abovetherestconsignment/
- Enjoy browsing and purchasing from this thrift and consignment store offering furniture, clothing, jewelry, dishes, antiques and more. Visit the Facebook Page above for hours of operation.
Brush Alley Skateshop: 111 E. 3rd Street, Flint * (810) 820-9031 * brushalleyskateshop.com
- One-of-a-kind skate shop specializing in skateboards, shoes, clothing and accessories – all relating to skateboarding. Visit the website above for hours of operation.
Just Julie’s: 117 E. Main Street, Flushing * (810) 659-2987 * facebook.com/Just-Julies-114936201920365/
- A unique, one-of-a-kind women’s clothing store with trendy, artsy, contemporary styles. Visit the Facebook Page above for hours of operation.
Cosmo Cowgirl: 16095 Bird Road, Linden * (517) 819-7390 * facebook.com/CosmoCowgirlShop/
- Browse and shop for vintage items, antiques, painted furniture, custom leather purses, jewelry and more. Visit the Facebook Page above for hours of operation.
Monday-Saturday, August 20-25: Cranberries Café, 10250 Hegel Road, Goodrich * (810) 636-3409 * cranberriescafe.com
- (Open for lunch Monday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., dinner Tuesday-Thursday 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday & Saturday 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.) Enjoy great food and drinks, including Michigan beers on tap, while relaxing in this 1917 building featuring its original tin ceiling and flooring, an antique cherry bar and an original floral icebox, from northern Michigan, now converted into a wine cooler. Every Tuesday is Beer Night with half priced bottles and $2 off drafts with dinner. Dine at Cranberries on Wednesday and receive a bottle of wine half off with dinner and/or visit on Thursday for live entertainment from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Monday-Saturday, August 20-25: Johnny’s Pour House, 240 W. Main Street, Flushing * (810) 487-1020
- (Open Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 11p.m. and Friday & Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 12 a.m.) Enjoy one of Flushing’s most comfortable dining experiences for breakfast, lunch and dinner, in a casual atmosphere where friends and family can meet and enjoy the highest quality food, at affordable prices, along with friendly service. Live music runs most Friday and Saturday nights starting at 9 p.m.
Monday-Sunday, August 20-26: Beale Street Smokehouse BBQ, 2461 North Road, Fenton * (810) 750-0507 * bealestreetsmokehouse.com
- (Open Monday-Thursday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday & Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.) Using the highest quality meats, enjoy tasty pulled pork and chicken, brisket, St. Louis and baby-back ribs, Michigan craft beers on tap, and in bottles, and more. Beale Street offers that “Juke Joint” atmosphere with live weekend music from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Monday-Sunday, August 20-26: Blondie’s Food & Spirits, 2520 W. Hill Road, Flint * (810) 766-9680 * blondiesfoodandspirits.com
- (Open Monday-Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday & Saturday 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.) Blondie’s Food & Spirits has a passion for food and their guests. This unique restaurant offers more than just a commitment to fresh and traditional menu items, they make sure that every guest has a memorable dining experience in a warm and inviting atmosphere. Their extensive upscale, American comfort menu offers something for everyone for lunch, dinner and drinks. Live entertainment runs most Friday and Saturday nights starting at 7 p.m.
Monday-Sunday, August 20-26: Brickstreet of Grand Blanc, 1223 E. Grand Blanc Road, Grand Blanc * (810) 603-2114 * brickstreetbarandgrill.com
- (Open at 11a.m. Monday–Friday and at 12 p.m. on Saturday & Sunday) Famous for fresh seafood, house-cut steaks and signature entrees, enjoy lunch, dinner and drinks in a friendly and comfortable atmosphere. Relax and sing along with live pub entertainment every Thursday, Friday and Saturday beginning at 7 p.m. Brickstreet also offers a Sunday Brunch and Bloody Mary Bar from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. (reservations suggested). Outdoor seating/dining available – weather permitting.
Monday-Sunday, August 20-26: The Corner Bar & Grill, 4015 Owen Road, Fenton * (810) 354-8808 * cbgfenton.com
- (Open Monday-Wednesday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Thursday 11 a.m. to 12 a.m., Friday 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.) Enjoy this rock-n-roll gastro pub offering a unique mix of fun and elegance with quality food from gourmet burgers to excellent codfish tacos along with craft beer and handcrafted drinks. A delicious brunch is served every Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., with loaded omelets, brewcakes, chicken and waffles, breakfast hash, mimosas and more. In addition to great food, the Corner Bar & Grill hosts weekly entertainment with live music most weekends.
Monday-Sunday, August 20-26: The Rough Draught Coffee & Barroom, 134 N. Leroy Street, Fenton * (810) 714-3005 * roughdraughtbarroom.com
- (Open Monday & Tuesday 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., Wednesday & Thursday 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday & Saturday 6 a.m. to midnight and Sunday 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.) Come experience this unique reminiscent of an old bar in an industrial building with reclaimed brick, lighting and other structural elements offering a unique selection of craft beers and cocktails and exceptional wines. Baristas are on staff to brew up the perfect latte, cappuccino or gourmet coffee. A light menu is also available offering breakfast and lunch sandwiches, burgers, salads and more all specially prepared with house made ingredients. Enjoy live acoustic tunes by local artists on Saturday. Outdoor seating/dining available – weather permitting.
Monday-Sunday, August 20-26: Sherman’s Lounge, 4211 Fenton Road, Flint * (810) 233-7057 * shermanslounge.com
- (Open Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. to 2 a.m.) Home to Flint’s Finest Entertainment for nearly 50 years, enjoy the best of live, local bands and events throughout the week. Sherman’s also features a fully stocked bar, multiple flat-screen TVs, three pool tables, video games, keno and more. Their menu offers pizza, subs, signature sandwiches and a variety of other tasty dishes.
Tuesday-Sunday, August 21-26: Fenton Winery & Brewery (FWB), 1370 N. Long Lake Road, Fenton * (810) 373-4194 * fentonwinery.com
- (Open Tuesday-Thursday 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday & Saturday 12 p.m. to 12 a.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.) Founded in 2007, FWB began as a typical winery featuring 15 wines and a tasting bar. They now offer a variety of beers on tap and over 20 wine choices (some on tap) with a steady rotation of seasonal wines and specialties. FWB also offers a retail store “Taproom” to purchase those favorites, a delicious menu, wine & beer samplings and live entertainment most weekends starting at 8 p.m. Outdoor seating/dining available – weather permitting.
Friday, August 24: The Jewel of Grand Blanc/Paddy McGee’s, 5270 Perry Road, Grand Blanc * (810) 694-5960 * jewelgolf.com
- (Open 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. or later) Located inside the Grand Blanc Golf Club, The Jewel of Grand Blanc offers Friday night country entertainment with DJ “Dan Richards’ along with line dancing from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Adjacent to The Jewel is Grand Blanc’s superior Irish Pub, Paddy McGee’s, serving an all-day full breakfast, lunch and dinner menu as well as drink specials. Outdoor seating/dining available – weather permitting.
“Weekly Featured” Dining
Elwood’s Restaurant and Pub: 1076 S. Belsay Road, Burton * (810) 715-9900 * elwoodsrestaurantandpub.com
- Enjoy rich and delicious comfort foods prepared daily from scratch along with an extensive list of craft beers, martinis and specialty cocktails. Visit the website above for hours of operation.
Nite-Cap Tavern: 155 W. Vienna Road, Clio * (810) 687-1280 * facebook.com/Nite-Cap-Tavern-269825814765/
- Stop in at this Clio tradition for lunch, dinner, coffee and drinks. Visit the Facebook Page above for hours of operation.
Vehicle City Classic Diner: G-3142 Miller Road, Flint * (810) 780-4828 * facebook.com/vehiclecityclassicdiner/
- Owned and operated by Vehicle City Harley Davidson, enjoy this classic diner serving up classic dishes for breakfast, lunch and early dinner. Visit the Facebook Page above for hours of operation.
China Wok Buffet Family Restaurant: 12755 S. Saginaw Street, Grand Blanc (Grand Mall) * (810) 694-8788 * gbchinawokbuffet.com
- A buffet-style restaurant specializing in Szechuan, Hunan and Cantonese cuisine including sushi rolls, shrimp, fried crab legs, fried scallops, noodles, egg rolls and much more. Visit the website above for hours of operation.
The Smoothie Shop: 9041 Miller Road, Swartz Creek * (810) 630-6141 * creeksmoothies.com
- Enjoy a tasting, refreshing smoothie made with your favorite blends of real fruit or grab a coffee, mocha or cocoa. The Smoothie Shop also serves wraps, salads, soups, hand dipped ice cream and more. Visit the website above for hours of operation.
Friday, August 24: “Happy Hour on the Patio – Trivia Night” at the Palette Café/Flint Institute of Arts (FIA), 1120 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 234-1695 * flintarts.org
- (Event runs 5 p.m. to 9 p.m./Trivia begins 7 p.m.) Swing into summer with Friday Night Happy Hour on FIA’s patio, located inside the FIA, with food and drink specials. Tonight, team up and compete for fun FIA prizes, with trivia topics that include pop culture, sports, history and art.
Friday, August 24: The Agitated Grape Wine Tasting Bar, 310 N. Main Street, Davison * (810) 652-6575 * theagitatedgrape.com
- (Entertainment runs 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.) This fun meeting place brings people together to taste Michigan wines and enjoy the flavors they offer. Visit the website above for tonight’s live entertainment details.
Friday & Saturday, August 24 & 25: The Machine Shop Concert Lounge, 3539 S. Dort Highway, Flint * (810) 715-2650 * themachineshop.info
- (Doors open at 7 p.m.) The Machine Shop hosts live rock-n-roll, metal and outlaw country events weekly. Visit the website above for this weekend’s live entertainment details featuring a tribute to Prince on Friday.
Saturday, August 25: The Old Sequoia Wine Bar & Martini Lounge, 5304 Gateway Centre Drive, Flint * (810) 233-8000 * theredwoodlodge.com
- (Live music begins 9 p.m.) Located inside the Redwood Steakhouse & Brewery, the Sequoia Lounge presents live music featuring local artists. Visit the website above for tonight’s live entertainment details.