Monday, July 30: “Creature Feature: Insects” at Flushing County Park/Pavilion #5, 4417 N. McKinley Road, Flushing * (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 our six-legged friend, the insect. Enjoy a story, activities and time with For-Mar’s live insect friends. Recommended for families with young children. Free admission.
Monday-Friday, July 30-August 3: “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 Jimmy Dill (Song Stylist) on Monday, Shani Womack & Friends (Inspirational) on Tuesday, the Corner Boys (Jazz) on Wednesday, OVACiir (Jazz solo) on Thursday and the Blue Mykals (Jazz solo) on Friday. Chairs and blankets are welcome. Free admission.
Tuesday, July 31: “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 31: “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 31: “Pajama Storytime & Crafts” with Flint Handmade at R&B Used Books, 12830 S. Saginaw Street, Grand Blanc * (810) 695-7762 * flinthandmade.org
- (Event runs 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.) Join the fun with stories with Miss Shelley, crafts with Miss Crystal, snacks with Miss Beth and more. Pajamas, slippers, blankets and stuffed animals are highly encouraged. Recommended for families with children ages 3 to 8.
Tuesday, July 31: “Creature Feature: Turtles” at Davison Roadside Park Pavilion, 6160 Davison Road (at N. Belsay Road), Burton * (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. Enjoy a story, activities and time with For-Mar’s live turtle friends. Recommended for families with young children. Free admission.
Wednesday, August 1: “Craft Academy: Basic Crochet” 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 crochet class on chaining along with single and double crochet. All materials and instructions provided.
Thursday, August 2: “Yoga In Nature” at For-Mar Nature Preserve, 2142 N. Genesee Road, Burton * (810) 789-8567 * geneseecountyparks.org
- (Event runs 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.) This yoga series offers a variety of classes from slow pace yoga to help unwind after a long day, to a heart-pumping flow to help stay fit. Yoga mats are provided. Class will be held outside, weather permitting. Recommended for families ages 13 and older.
Friday, August 3: “Drop-In and Build Fridays” 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.) Stop in at the General Reading Room and build a roller coaster, a windmill or a building that lights up from various building materials. Recommended for preschool to elementary school ages.
Friday, August 3: “First Fridays Food Truck Festival” at Grand Blanc High School, 12500 Holly Road, Grand Blanc * cityofgrandblanc.com
- (Event runs 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.) The City of Grand Blanc Downtown Development Authority will host this event in the lower parking lot of the Grand Blanc High School with live entertainment, a car show, children activities, bounce houses and a variety of food trucks serving up the best of Genesee County. Outdoor seating is available. Free admission.
Friday, August 3: “Next Stop: Mars” at Longway Planetarium, 1310 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 237-3409 / (810) 237-3400 * sloanlongway.org
- (Event runs 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.) Planet Mars has fascinated the public and scientists for centuries with its curious surface features and dynamic atmosphere. Scientists have long speculated about life there. Interest in Mars peaks every 15 years, when the still mysterious planet draws especially close to earth and becomes one of the brightest planets in the sky. In late summer of 2018, Mars is closer and brighter than it has been since 2003. A spacecraft called InSight is on its way to Mars, and more exploratory probes are planned in coming years. Simultaneously, serious efforts are being mounted by both NASA and private enterprise to send a human mission to Mars when it draws close in 2033. Join David DeBruyn for a discussion of the enigmatic red planet. Event includes the 7 p.m. showing of Stars: The Powerhouses of the Universe.
Saturday, August 4: “Wet Paint Day” at Applewood Estate, 1400 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 233-3835 * applewood.org
- (Event runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) The Flint Institute of Arts and the Ruth Mott Foundation are partnering to host Plein Air artists of all media (from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) as they draw inspiration from the 34 acres of Applewood Estate’s beautiful gardens, grounds and historic buildings. The public is welcome to tour the grounds to view these artists at work. There will also be strolling tours of the house with no reservations required, performances and kid’s painting activities. The completed paintings will be framed and onsite and then installed at the Flint Institute of Arts’ Art School.
Saturday, August 4: Good Times in Goodrich Community Festival, Downtown Goodrich Entertainment District * goodrichfestival.com
- (Festival runs 10 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.) Come out for this yearly event featuring a car show with over 200 cars on display, a Corn Hole tournament, kid’s zone, crafts, vendors, Fenton Adopt-a-pet, a quilt show, pie eating contest, beer tent, live entertainment all day and much more.
Saturday, August 4: “Flint River Flotilla” from Tenacity Brewing to Mott Park Recreation Area, 119 N. Grand Traverse Street, Flint * facebook.com/events/269717753573107/
- (Event runs 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. – Registration and Shuttle Service starts 12 p.m./Float begins 1 p.m.) The Flint River Flotilla returns for its 4th year as the best river party in Flint! This year, the party is floating to paradise with an island theme, so come in your finest island attire and decorate your ride to match. Bring your inner tube, paddle board, kayak, canoe, or anything that floats and join the party on this relaxing and fun journey down the Flint River from Tenacity Brewing to the Mott Park Recreation Area. Stay for the after party at Mott Park landing featuring food trucks, music and photo ops.
Saturday, August 4: “Saturday Family Programs: Cameron Zvarra – Magician and Balloon Sculptor” 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.) With lots of audience participation, Cameron’s show is packed with magic, comedy, juggling stunts, music and more. Recommended for families of all ages.
Saturday, August 4: Auto City Speedway presents “CRA All Star Tour,” 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 PS on the ½ mile, Figure 8’s, All American Trucks, Michigan Back 2 School Bash – “Gold Rush” for kids 4 to 14 years old. The first 100 kids get a school back pack.
Saturday & Sunday, August 4 & 5: “Grand Blanc Art Fair” at Physician’s Park, 218 Reid Road, Grand Blanc * grandblancartscouncil.org
- (Fair runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days) Browse and purchase from a variety of juried vendors featuring original art and fine crafts representing all media including metal, sculpture, glass, painting, photography, wood and jewelry. Physician’s Park includes a pavilion, clean indoor restrooms and a children’s play area. Restaurants and the Sunday Farmer’s Market are within walking distance from the fair. Free admission and parking. Fair held rain or shine.
Sunday, August 5: “Nature Mindfulness & Meditation” at For-Mar Nature Preserve, 2142 N. Genesee Road, Burton * (810) 789-8567 * geneseecountyparks.org
- (Event runs 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.) Relax with nature with Todd Robinson, a mindfulness and meditation master, while learning useful, everyday stress relieving techniques. Bring something comfortable to sit on and dress for the weather. Recommended for families of all ages. Free admission.
Monday-Sunday, July 30-August 5: 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 30-August 5: 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 30-August 5: 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 31 & August 2 & 4: 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 31-August 5: 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 1-5: 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 (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. On Saturday and Sunday, the Village celebrates “Railfans Weekend” as they open the Railroad Shop, so everyone can see the tools and equipment used for repairing and maintaining Crossroads’ vintage train cars and engines. There will also be model trains in full operation, Railroad Shop tours, train demonstrations and a special 90-minute photo run on the Huckleberry Railroad with several stops for photos and videos.
Thursday-Sunday, August 2-5: 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, August 4: Whaley Historic House Museum Tours, 624 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 471-4714 * whaleyhouse.com
- (Open 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with last tour starting 12 p.m.) Built in 1884 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Whaley House is filled with hundreds of family and period artifacts that tell the story of the Whaley’s and Victorian Era Flint. Tours last about 45 minutes and include the 1st and 2nd floors of the house. The Whaley House is also open Monday through Friday, by appointment only.
Monday-Friday, July 30-August 3: 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 30-August 5: 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, free glass blowing demonstrations sponsored by McLaren.
- “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” – 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 31 & August 2 & 4: 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 2-4: 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 2-4: 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. 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.
Monday-Saturday, July 30-August 4: 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 30-August 5: 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 30-August 5: 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 30-August 5: 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 30-August 5: 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/
- “Mission: Impossible – Fallout: An IMAX 2D Experience” – When an IMF mission ends badly, the world is faced with dire consequences. As Ethan Hunt takes it upon himself to fulfil his original briefing, the CIA begins to question his loyalty and motives. The IMF team finds themselves in a race against time, hunted by assassins while trying to prevent a global catastrophe. This film is rated PG13. Show is subject to change without notice. Please call ahead.
Monday-Sunday, July 30-August 5: 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 30-August 5: 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, July 30-August 5: 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 30-August 5: 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 30-August 5: 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 30-August 5: 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 30-August 5: 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 30-August 5: 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 31-August 5: 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 31-August 5: 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 1 & 3-5: 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 30-August 5: 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 30-August 5: 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
The Country Barn Antiques and More: 12108 N. Saginaw Road, Clio * (810) 640-7080 * thecountrybarnantiquesandmore.weebly.com/index.html
- Shop this antique store and outdoor flea market offering unique farm equipment, musical instruments, furniture, gas pumps, stoves and more. Visit the website above for hours of operation.
Luna’s in Fenton: 101 Shiawassee, Fenton * (810) 484-6581 * facebook.com/lunasinfenton/
- Great shop for unique and quirky items such as fun handbags, fairy gardens, decorative mugs, funky jewelry, dresses and more. Visit the Facebook Page above for hours of operation.
Play It Again Sports: 4230 Miller Road, Flint * (810) 515-1659 * playitagainsportsflint.com
- Play It Again Sports is a neighborhood sporting goods store offering new and quality used sports and fitness equipment. Visit the Facebook Page above for hours of operation.
The Weed Lady: 9225 Fenton Road, Grand Blanc * (810) 655-2723 * theweedlady.com
- Locally owned and operated since 1998, The Weed Lady is a gift, home, landscape and full-service florist shop with a garden center and greenhous. Visit the website above for hours of operation.
Memories Antique Mall: 4036 Grand Blanc Road, Swartz Creek * (810) 655-8306 * facebook.com/Memories-Antique-Mall-Myauctionhoundcom-179852768722654/
- Enjoy over 7,000 square feet of antiques and collectibles in this unique “store inside of a store” atmosphere. Visit the Facebook Page above for hours of operation.
Monday-Saturday, July 30-August 4: 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 30-August 4: 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 30-August 5: 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 30-August 5: 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 30-August 5: 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 30-August 5: 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 30-August 5: 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 30-August 5: 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 31-August 5: 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 3: 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
MD’s Sports Tavern & Grill 3040 N. State Road, Davison * (810) 653-6408 * mdsportstavern.com/ Friendly atmosphere serving homemade entrees such as pulled pork nachos, ribs and pizza along with Michigan brews on tap. M.D.’s hosts talented musicians on the weekends. Visit the website above for hours of operation.
Scooter’s Bar & Grill 6004 Torrey Road, Flint * (810) 655-6884 * scootersflint.com/ Scooter’s serves lunch and dinner in a fun, friendly “home” feeling bar with a bit of a motorcycle atmosphere. Their menu features home cooked comfort foods like smoked meats, handmade hamburgers and some of the best smoked chicken wings around. Play some pool or darts and dance to live music every Thursday and Friday evening and a D.J. on Saturday night. Visit the website above for hours of operation.
Liberty Family Dining 6277 W. Pierson Road, Flushing * (810) 867-4768 * facebook.com/Liberty-Family-Dining-113250405403077/ Local diner serving breakfast, lunch and dinner for over 40 years in the Flushing area. Visit the Facebook Page above for hours of operation.
Bray Road Diner (Located in the Bray Road Plaza) 7513 N. Bray Road, Mt. Morris (Corner of Bray and Mt. Morris roads) * brayroadplaza.com Enjoy a variety of food choices including hamburgers and daily specials. Breakfast is served anytime. Visit the website above for hours of operation.
White’s Streetside Tavern 111 West State Street, Montrose * (810) 350-2551 * facebook.com/Whites-Streetside-Tavern-1763821453706873/ New tavern in downtown Montrose serving great dishes in a relaxing atmosphere such as roast beef, a crispy chicken pita, burgers and great barbecue sauce. [Top]
Monday, Friday & Saturday, July 30 & August 3 & 4 The Agitated Grape Wine Tasting Bar 310 N. Main Street, Davison * (810) 652-6575 * theagitatedgrape.com/ (Entertainment runs Monday 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday & Saturday 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 this week’s live entertainment details featuring “Ladies Night Out” on Monday evening.
Tuesday, July 31 “Shania Twin – a Tribute to Shania Twain” 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.) Donna Huber has been on the road since March of 1996 and is known to be the most successful Shania Twain tribute act in Canada and throughout the U.S. and Europe. Come out and enjoy the show.
Thursday, August 2 “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 High Definition. Food and beverages are available for purchase from restaurants and vendors. Seating is limited. Chairs welcome. Free admission.
Friday, August 3 “Happy Hour on the Patio – Giant Game 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.) Swing into summer with Friday Night Happy Hour on FIA’s patio, located inside the FIA, with food and drink specials. Tonight, have fun teaming up for a game of Giant Jenga, Giant Connect 4, Cornhole, Frisbee and more and enjoy free samples of Angry Orchard Rose and Truly Spiked & Sparkling.
Saturday, August 4 Tenacity Brewing 119 N. Grand Traverse Street, Flint * (810) 339-6676 * facebook.com/tenacitybrewing/ (Live music runs 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.) Located in downtown Flint’s entertainment district, Tenacity Brewing strives to brew extraordinary, creative beer to serve and celebrate Flint & Genesee. Visit the Facebook Page above for tonight’s live entertainment details.
Saturday, August 4 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. [Top] For more things to do and see, visit the Events Calendar and like us on Facebook at Explore Flint & Genesee.