Wednesday, July 4: “Clio Family Fun Day” at Clio City Park, 402 N. Mill Street, Clio * clio.govoffice.com
- (Event begins at 2 p.m.) This 36th annual celebration begins with a Flag Raising Ceremony and ends with fireworks at dusk.
Wednesday, July 4: “Corunna 4th of July Celebration” at Hugh McCurdy Park, 560 W. Corunna Road, Corunna * corunna4th.org
- (Visit website above for Celebration times) Enjoy this fun-filled family day with arts and crafts, children’s games, food vendors, a 5K and duck race, mini golf, live entertainment, a car show, bingo, a bike decorating contest, petting zoo and pony rides, a Firecracker Parade and more. The day ends with a fireworks celebration at dusk.
Wednesday, July 4, “Independence Day Celebration” at Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad, 6140 Bray Road, Flint * (800) 648-PARK * geneseecountyparks.org
- (Celebration runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Three cheers for red, white and blue! Come celebrate this country’s birthday in festive 19th century style with carnival games, face painting, an ice cream social, a flag retirement ceremony by Boy Scout Troop 129 and more.
Wednesday, July 4, “Fenton Freedom Festival” at Fenton Community & Cultural Center, 150 S. Leroy Street, Fenton * fentonchamber.com
- (Visit website above for Festival times) Celebrate the holiday by taking part in this family-fun event with the famous Freedom Festival parade, starting at 10 a.m., followed by a Firecracker 5K race, local art and craft vendors, live music, a chicken dinner, children’s games and fireworks over Silver Lake.
Wednesday, July 4, “Flint July 4th Festival” at Atwood Stadium, 701 University Avenue, Flint * flinttown.info
- (Festival begins at 6:30 p.m.) Come downtown Flint for this family-fun celebration with fireworks and a live concert by the Flint Symphony Orchestra performing favorites from popular movies under the stars.
Wednesday, July 4, “Lapeer Fireworks Celebration” at Rolland-Warner Middle School, 3145 W. Genesee Street, Lapeer * lapeerareachamber.org
- (Celebration runs 10 p.m. to 11 p.m.) The city of Lapeer will celebrate Independence Day with a colorful fireworks light show.
Tuesday, July 3: “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.
Thursday, July 5: “Drop-In Game Days” at the Flint Public Library/Main Branch, 1026 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 232-7111 * fpl.info
- (Event runs 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.) Play board and card games that will challenge your memory, dexterity and luck. Recommended for families with preschool to elementary school ages.
Friday, July 6: “Drop-In and Build” at the Flint Public Library/Main Branch, 1026 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 232-7111 * fpl.info
- (Event runs 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.) Come build with various materials such as a roller coaster, a windmill and/or a moving delivery truck with lights. Or perhaps just enjoy making buildings that light up! Recommended for families with preschool to elementary school ages.
Friday, July 6, “First Fridays Food Truck Festival” at Grand Blanc High School, 12500 Holly Road, Grand Blanc * cityofgrandblanc.com
- (Festival runs 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.) Enjoy this monthly summer event in the lower parking lot of the Grand Blanc High School with live entertainment, a children’s activity tent, car show, expo shopping area and a variety of food trucks. Outdoor seating is available.
Friday, July 6: “First Fridays: Movie Science” at Longway Planetarium, 1310 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 237-3409 * sloanlongway.org
- (Event runs 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.) While most action movies bend the laws of physics a little under the guise of artistic license others turn an entirely blind eye to science. Join Planetarium Manager Buddy Stark as he critiques some of the particularly bad science found on the silver screen. From the obvious lack of sound in space, to the subtle misuses of thermodynamics, learning to spot problems in films turns out to be a good way to teach yourself a little science. Admission includes the 7 p.m. showing of Stars: The Powerhouses of the Universe.
Saturday, July 7: “Butterfly Hike – NABA Butterfly Count Day” at For-Mar Nature Preserve, 2142 N. Genesee Road, Burton * (810) 789-8567 * geneseecountyparks.org
- (Event runs 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.) This year marks the 43rd annual North American Butterfly Associations Butterfly Count. Learn the basics of butterfly identification and how to collect data to add to this national citizen science project. Recommended for families with children ages 6 and older. Free admission.
Saturday, July 7: “Art & Music Fair” at Davison’s Downtown Entertainment District, Main Street, Davison * davisondda.org
- (Fair runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Celebrate the arts featuring paintings, jewelry, local authors, metal art, face painting, bird feeders, sculptures, wind chimes, Shabby Chic Furniture, a scavenger hunt, sidewalk chalk art and more including food vendors and live music from Bluegrass to Rock.
Saturday, July 7: “Saturday Family Programs: ARK Animal Encounters” 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.) Enjoy this interactive, educational, live animal show with ARK Animal Encounters company. Recommended for families of all ages.
Monday-Sunday, July 2-8 (Closed July 4th): 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.
- “An Equal Opportunity Lie” - In 1967, Flint Mayor Floyd McCree, resigned his appointed position, stating, “I refuse to live an equal opportunity lie.” He did so in protest of the city commission’s defeat of an open housing ordinance. Using objects and images from Sloan Museum’s collection, this exhibition examines the housing segregation that characterized Flint’s residential development, as well as efforts to wrest the city free from discriminatory housing practices.
Monday-Sunday, July 2-8 (Closed July 4th): 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 2-8 (Closed July 4th): 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-Sunday 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 3, 5 & 7: 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 3-8 (Closed July 4th): 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.
- “Tinker, Make, Create!” – Enjoy this interactive exhibit where kids will have fun creating space.
- “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 4-8: 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. Visit the village on Wednesday, July 4, and celebrate this country’s birthday in festive 19th century style with carnival games, face painting, an ice cream social, a flag retirement ceremony by Boy Scout Troop 129 and more. On Saturday and Sunday, have fun during “Huckleberry Playtime” with old-fashioned favorites such as jump rope, relay races and water games for the whole family to enjoy. It is recommended that Huckleberry Railroad train tickets be purchased in advance as the train often sells out.
Thursday-Sunday, July 5-8: 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, July 2-6 (Closed July 4th): 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 with artwork on display by Leo Brennan, Christopher Collins, Judy Enright and Janice McCoy. Free admission.
Monday-Sunday, July 2-8 (Closed July 4th): 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.
- “In Search of Lost Time: Peter Milton Prints” – Drawn from the FIA’s permanent collection and loans from a private collection, these elaborately detailed, large-scale etchings explain Peter Milton’s fascination with the 19th century, using references from literature, early photography and painters such as John Singer Sargent as well as his interest in photographers of the 1930s such as Andre Kertesz.
- “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, July 3, 5 & 7: 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 5-7: 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 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.) 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 5-7: 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. Free admission.
Monday-Saturday, July 2-7: 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 2-8: 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 2-8: 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 2-8: 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 2-8: 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/
- July 2-5: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom: An IMAX 3D Experience – A volcanic eruption threatens the remaining dinosaurs on the island of Isla Nublar, where the creatures have freely roamed for several years after the demise of an animal theme park known as Jurassic World. The former park manager has now founded the Dinosaur Protection Group, an organization dedicated to protecting the dinosaurs. To help with the cause, a former dinosaur trainer is recruited to help prevent the extinction of the dinosaurs once again. This film is rated PG13. Show is subject to change without notice. Please call ahead.
- July 6-8: 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 2-8: 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 2-8: 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 2-8: 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 2-8: 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 2-8: 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 2-8: 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 2-8: 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 3-8: 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 3-8: 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 3-8: 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 4 & 6-8: 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 2-8: 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 2-8: 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
Talerico’s Nursery & Herbs: 11331 N. Genesee Road, Clio * (810) 687-6888 * talericos.com
- Local nursery selling quality plants, flowers, trees, bushes, vegetables, herbs and unique gifts. Visit the website above for hours of operation.
Davison Farmers Market: 8110 E. Court Street, Davison * (810) 412-5883 * davisonfarmersmarket.com
- Open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, shop for local fresh produce, vegetables, baked goods, flowers, herbs, crafts, candles, essential oils and more. Market also offers a variety of places to eat. Visit the website above for hours of operation.
Electric Crown Records: 5225 S. Saginaw Street, Flint * (810) 293-1727 * facebook.com/ECRGB/
- Flint areas newest music retailer with fast and friendly service. If you are looking for it, and they don’t have it, they can get it. Visit the Facebook Page above for hours of operation.
The English Pantry: 8241 S. State Road, Goodrich * (810) 636-9109 * theenglishpantry.net
- Shop high quality dry bulk goods such as snacks, nuts, pasta, rice, grains, beans, seeds, oats, sugar, flours, tea, coffee, candy and more. Their selection is constantly growing and evolving to offer healthy non-GMO, organic, Kosher and gluten free nourishment. Visit the website above for hours of operation.
Cosmo Cowgirl: 16095 Bird Road, Linden * (517) 819-7390 * facebook.com/pg/CosmoCowgirlShop/about/?ref=page_internal
- 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, July 2-7 (Closed Monday-Wednesday): 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 2-7 (Closed July 4th): 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 2-8 (Closed July 4th): 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 2-8 (Closed July 4th): 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 2-8: 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 2-8 (Open July 4th until 3 p.m.): 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 2-8 (Open July 4th until 1 p.m.): 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 2-8 (Closed July 4th): 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 3-8 (Closed July 4th): 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 8: 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
Lucky’s Steakhouse: 11451 Linden Road, Clio * (810) 686-8600 * luckyssteakhouse.com/locations/luckys-steakhouse-clio/
- A family-owned restaurant since 1998, this casual dining setting offers great dishes and drinks for lunch and dinner, including the finest U.S.D.A. top choice ages midwestern beef. Visit the website above for hours of operation.
Leo’s Coney Island: 15010 Silver Pkwy, Fenton * (810) 620-8400 * leosconeyisland.com
- Local restaurant chain providing quality food and service since 1972. Enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner in a comfortable atmosphere. Visit the website above for hours of operation.
Soggy Bottom Bar: 613 Martin Luther King Avenue, Flint * (810) 239-8058 * facebook.com/soggy.bar/?rf=178759438820743
- Unique, local bar located in downtown Flint serving carefully prepared fresh food and fresh ingredient cocktails in a friendly, fun atmosphere. Visit the Facebook Page above for hours of operation.
China Garden: 618 W. Broad Street, Linden * (810) 735-6888 * facebook.com/China-Garden-221292144693624/
- Delicious Chinese food featuring Bourbon, Honey, Pepper, Mongolian and Qian Quan Chicken and daily specials. Visit the Facebook Page above for hours of operation.
Sam’s Italian Restaurant: 4105 Grand Blanc Road, Swartz Creek * (810) 655-8063 * samsitalianrestaurant.com
- Established in 1973, this family-owned and operated restaurant offers homemade Italian specialties such as pizza, lasagna, antipasto salad or just a true home-cooked meal. Visit the website above for hours of operation.
Friday, July 6: “Patio Night” 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.) Located inside the Flint Institute of Arts, enjoy Happy Hour on the FIA patio with food and drink specials and outdoor giant games including Jenga, Connect 4, Cornhole and Frisbee.
Friday, July 6: The Agitated Grape Wine Tasting Bar, 310 N. Main Street, Davison * (810) 652-6575 * theagitatedgrape.com
- (Entertainment runs 6 p.m. to 10 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.
Saturday, July 7: 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.