Monday, July 16: “Creature Feature: Turtles” at Max Brandon Park/Pavilion #2, 3606 Dupont Street, Flint * (800) 648-PARK * geneseecountyparks.org
- (Event runs 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.) Join a For-Mar Naturalist for a live animal presentation about Michigan turtles, including a story, activities and time with For-Mar’s live turtle friends. Recommended for families with young children. Free admission.
Monday-Friday, July 16-20: “Tunes at Noon” at Downtown Flint’s Willson Park, 303 E. First Street, Flint (across the street from the Flint Farmers’ Market) * geneseefun.com
- (Live music runs daily 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.) Enjoy lunch while listening to a wide variety of music featuring the Reichlin Small Group (Jazz) on Monday, Larry B & The Boomers House Rocking on Tuesday, Sweet Willie Tea Roots (Blues) on Wednesday, Free2B (variety) on Thursday and Gwen Pennyman-Hemphill & Friends on Friday. Bring chairs and blankets. Free admission.
Tuesday, July 17: “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.
Tuesday, July 17: “Lunch on the Lawn Storytime” at the Flint Public Library/Main Branch, 1026 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 232-7111 * fpl.info
- (Event runs 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.) Bring your blankets and lunch and enjoy stories and play games on the lawn of the Flint Public Library. In bad weather, Storytime will be indoors in the Children’s Learning Place. Recommended for families with toddlers to elementary school ages.
Tuesday, July 17: “Avian Adventures with a Bird Nerd: Summer Residents” at Richfield County Park/Pavilion #1, 6322 N. Irish Road, Davison * (800) 648-PARK * geneseecountyparks.org
- (Event runs 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.) Take a walk with favorite bird nerd, Tom Esper, through woods and grassland to see and hear the birds that make Richfield County Park home during the summer. Recommended for families of all ages. Free admission.
Wednesday, July 18: “Honeybee Kids – How is Honey Made?” 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 at the observation hive for a fun and interactive kid-friendly honeybee program. Learn about honeybee’s first hand and find out how honey is made. For-Mar Bee Keeper, Jim Withers, will be on hand to answer questions. Recommended for families of all ages. Free admission.
Wednesday, July 18: “Downtown Throwdown” at the Flint Farmers’ Market, 300 E. First Street, Flint * (810) 232-1399 * flinttown.info
- (Event runs 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.) Stroll the Flint Farmers’ Market and browse through arts and crafts and enjoy entertainment with Mike & Jerry and Peaceful Authority along with food vendors, beverages, carnival games and inflatable fun for the whole family.
Wednesday, July 18: “Craft Academy: Color Pooling” with Flint Handmade at The Local Grocer, 601 Martin Luther King Avenue, Flint * (810) 285-9900 * flinthandmade.org
- (Event runs 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.) Yarn Brigade Coordinator, Hayley Randol of Good and Evil Studios, will teach this basic Craft Academy class on how to use variegated yarn to create argyle patterns. All materials and instructions provided.
Thursday, July 19: “A Walk In The Woods” at Flushing County Park/Pavilion #1, 4417 N. McKinley Road, Flushing * (800) 648-PARK * geneseecountyparks.org
- (Event runs 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.) Join a park horticulturist for a hike on the trails of Flushing County Park and explore the diverse, and sometimes edible, plants that make this Genesee County Park unique. Recommended for ages 16 and older. Free admission.
Thursday, July 19: “Bat Walk” at For-Mar Nature Preserve, 2142 N. Genesee Road, Burton * (810) 789-8567 * geneseecountyparks.org
- (Event runs 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.) Investigate the myths and mysteries of one of the most misunderstood creatures, Bats! Listen in on their secret calls and learn how these nocturnal super heroes protect us and our food from a variety of pests. Then, walk the grounds of For-Mar and see these super powers in action. Recommended for families of all ages. Free admission.
Friday, July 20: “An Evening of Storytelling” at the Flint Public Library/Main Branch, 1026 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 232-7111 * fpl.info
- (Event runs 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.) Three fantastic Flint Storytellers, Brenda Harris, Cathee Johnson and Sharon Boone, will engage the audience in folktales, song and laughter and present tales from many lands with remarkable stories for an evening of adventure. LaRon Williams will MC this special event.
Saturday, July 21: “Saturday Family Programs: Howell Nature Center – Lord of the Skies with Kili the Bald Eagle” at the Flint Public Library/Main Branch, 1026 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 232-7111 * fpl.info
- (Event runs 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.) This majestic bald eagle, Kili, is a permanent resident of the Wild Wonders Wildlife Park. Unable to return to nature, Kili spends time reminding people of the freedom we enjoy. Recommended for families of all ages.
Saturday, July 21: Auto City Speedway presents “AVSS Sprints-United Way/UAW Car Show & Autograph Night,” 10205 N. Saginaw Street, Clio * (810) 687-7384 / (810) 686-9500 * autocityspeedway.com
- (Car show starts 2 p.m./Autograph Night begins 6:30 p.m./Races begin 7:15 p.m.) Experience a fast-paced, fun-filled family night at the tracks featuring AVSS Bumper-to-Bumper Sprints, MCR Dwarfs, Pure Stocks, Figure-8’s, All American Trucks and Kitty Stocks for ages 4 to 8.
Sunday, July 22: “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, July 16-22: 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.
- “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, July 16-22: 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, July 16-22: 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, July 17, 19 & 21: 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, July 17-22: 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 in the room. At the end of the exhibit in September, the room will be covered in almost 50,000 bright and colorful stickers.
- “Dinosaur Dig” - (Tuesday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.) Dig out some hidden dinosaur bones, make your own fossils and dig for shark teeth in the sandbox.
- “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, July 18-22: Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad, 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, 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. On Saturday and Sunday, meet Village artisans and learn how they create their one-of-a-kind items during “Apprentice Weekend.” Explore the history of their trades and understand why it’s important to them to keep their traditional 19th century skills alive. Also, get the opportunity to try several different artisan crafts. It is recommended that Huckleberry Railroad train tickets be purchased in advance as the train often sells out.
Thursday-Sunday, July 19-22: 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.
Saturday, July 21: Historic House Tours at Stockton Center at Spring Grove Museum, 720 Ann Arbor Street, Flint * stocktoncenter.weebly.com
- (Tours run 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.) The Stockton House was constructed in 1872 by Thomas and Maria Stockton. In 1920, the grandson of Thomas and Maria sold the property to the Archdiocese of Detroit for the establishment of a hospital, to be operated by the Sisters of St. Joseph. Then in 2002, the house was purchased by the For Flint Investments. It was renovated in 2005 and designated as a Michigan Historical Site and State Historical Marker. Visit this hidden gem of Flint and learn about its unique history.
Monday-Friday, July 16-20: 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 “Chaldean Artists of Michigan” exhibit this month, curated by Sam Selou. Free admission.
Monday-Sunday, July 16-22: 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.
- “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.
- “From Lens to Eye to Hand: Photorealism 1969 to Today” – This exhibition reexamines the important contemporary art movement that found its roots in the late 1960s in California and New York and continues today, known as Photorealism. Photorealism features ordinary elements of contemporary life such as vehicles, buildings, streets and consumer products in an objective, often clinical, manner. The paintings that make up this exhibit demonstrate that Photorealism remains undiluted, conceptually coherent and consistently compelling.
- “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.
- “Surrealismo: Ojos de Mexico” – Opening to the public on Saturday, 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.
Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday, July 17, 19 & 21: 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, July 19-21: 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, July 19-21: Buckham Gallery, 134 ½ W. Second Street, Flint * (810) 239-6233 * buckhamgallery.org
- (Open 12 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.) 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. Stop in and view Buckham’s current exhibit “Surreal to Sublime” featuring the works of Buckham artists Susan Hagen, Tracie Hilder and more. Free admission.
Friday-Sunday, July 20-22: The Fenton Village Players presents Lionel Bart’s “Oliver!” at the Fenton Village Playhouse, 14197 Torrey Road, Fenton * (810) 750-7700 * fentontheatre.org
- (Performances begin Friday & Saturday 7 p.m. and Sunday 2 p.m.) This musical classic brings Charles Dickens’ beloved novel to life and takes audiences on a wild adventure through Victorian England. Join young, orphaned Oliver Twist as he navigates the London’s underworld of theft and violence, searching for a home, a family and most importantly – for love.
Monday-Saturday, July 16-21: 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, July 16-22: 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, July 16-22: 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, July 16-22: 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, July 16-22: 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/
- “Ant-Man and the Wasp: An IMAX 3D Experience” – As Scott Lang balances being both a superhero and a father, Hope Van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym present an urgent new mission that finds the Ant-Man fighting alongside the Wasp to uncover secrets from their past. This film is rated PG13. Show is subject to change without notice. Please call ahead.
Monday-Sunday, July 16-22: 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, July 16-22: 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, July 16-22: 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, July 16-22: 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, July 16-22: 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, July 16-22: 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, July 16-22: 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, July 17-22: Card Table Republic – A Board Game Lounge “where board games and friends unite,” 8427 Davison Road, Davison * (810) 652-6363 * cardtablerepublic.com
- (Open 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.
Tuesday-Sunday, July 17-22: 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, July 17-22: 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, July 18 & 20-22: 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, July 16-22: 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, July 16-22: 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 – Local Farmers Markets
Vienna Farm and Arts Market at the Clio Arts Center & Vienna Twp. Hall: 3370-3400 W. Vienna Road (M-57), Clio * (810) 564-7052 * viennatwp.com/community_links/vienna_township_farm_and_arts_market/index.php
- Open on Saturdays, shop for fresh produce and artistic visions. Visit the website above for hours of operation.
Davison Farmers Market: 8110 E. Court Street, Davison * (810) 412-5883 * davisonfarmersmarket.com
- Great place for local fresh produce, baked goods and so much more. Open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Visit the website above for hours of operation.
Fenton Farmers’ Market at the Fenton Community Center: 150 South Leroy Street, Fenton * (810) 714-2011 * fentonbecloser.com/1/Fenton_MI/farmes_market.asp
- Open on Thursdays, shop for fresh fruit, vegetables, flowers and unique artisan creations. Visit the website above for hours of operation.
Grand Blanc Farmers Market: Grand Boulevard, Grand Blanc * (810) 694-1118 * grandblancfarmers.wixsite.com/farmersmarket
- Open on Sundays, browse and shop at over 50 vendors from Michigan selling produce, flowers, arts & crafts, cheese, salsa and more along with entertainment for children and food vendors. Visit the website above for hours of operation.
Linden Farmers’ Market at Triangle Park: Silver Lake Road, Linden * (810) 714-2011
- Open on Wednesdays, shop for fresh summer produce and flowers along with food vendors and craft tables. Also, enjoy live entertainment at the downtown Linden Mill Pond (most weeks).
Monday-Saturday, July 16-21: 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, July 16-21: 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, July 16-22: 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, July 16-22: 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, July 16-22: 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, July 16-22: 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, July 16-22: 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, July 16-22: 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, July 17-22: 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, July 20: 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
Twins Pizza Pasta & More: 4195 W. Vienna Road, Clio * (810) 686-4100 * twinspizzaclio.com
- Enjoy this family-friendly restaurant offering the best in homemade, mouthwatering, over baked pizza and Italian delights. Visit the website above for hours of operation.
Italia Gardens: 1141 S. State Road, Davison * (810) 653-6899 * italiagardens.com
- Local Flint & Genesee chain serving pizza and Italian entrees, plus BBQ and seafood, in a relaxed atmosphere since 1931. Visit the website above for hours of operation.
Chill Coffee Cafe: G-3426 Beecher Road, Flint * (810) 339-6726 * facebook.com/chillcoffeecafeflint
- Sit back, relax and enjoy the beverage that soothes you the most! On Saturdays, bring the little ones in for cereal and cartoons from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Visit the Facebook Page above for hours of operation.
Sorrento’s Food & Spirits: 6395 W. Pierson Road, Flushing * (810) 659-4351 * eatsorrentos.com
- Deep-dish pizza, baked pastas and seafood headline the menu of this traditional Italian bistro and bar. Visit the website above for hours of operation.
Shirley’s Café & Grill: 522 W. Broad Street, Linden * (810) 735-6861 * facebook.com/Shirleys-cafe-and-grill-119106214829907/
- A unique café located in downtown Linden serving breakfast and lunch. Visit the Facebook Page above for hours of operation.
Tuesday, July 17: “The System – a Tribute to Bob Seger” at Clio Amphitheater, 301 Rogers Lodge Drive, Clio * (810) 686-5850 * facebook.com/Clio-Amphitheater-145507472136697/
- (Gates open 6 p.m./Show begins 7 p.m.) The System has been performing this tribute to Bob Seger to thousands of fans across the Midwest for more than a decade. Experience this recreated, classic 70s era concert combining studio as well as live versions from the multi-platinum “Live Bullet” album.
Thursday, July 19: “Concerts at The Valley” at the Outdoor Village, Genesee Valley Center, 3341 S. Linden Road, Flint * geneseemall.com
- (Live music runs 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.) Enjoy some outdoor summer entertainment with live music featuring “Have A Cigar” a Pink Floyd Tribute. Food and beverages available for purchase from restaurants and vendors. Seating is limited. Chairs welcome. Free admission.
Friday, July 20: “Patio Night – Tito’s Yappy Hour” at the Palette Café/Flint Institute of Arts (FIA), 1120 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 234-1695 * flintarts.org
- (Open 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.) Swing into summer with Friday Night Happy Hour on FIA’s patio, located inside the FIA, with food and drink specials. Tonight, bring your canine friends for toys and treats. For every Tito’s cocktail sold, $1 will be donated to a local animal charity.
Friday, July 20: 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 entertainment details.
Friday & Saturday, July 20 & 21: 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 entertainment details.
Saturday, July 21: 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 entertainment details.