Take mom on an outdoor adventure this weekend

Take mom on an outdoor adventure this weekend

Moms do so much for families, and Mother’s Day is a great time to recognize her many efforts by spending the day together.

This weekend, there’s a lot of entertaining activities for Mom, and to do with Mom, in and around Flint. There is geocaching, bird walks and butterfly fun to be had.

Take a few pics and get those posts up on facebook and out on instagram.

If you’re looking for even more great things to do this weekend and beyond, check out this month’s GOguide, which makes it even easier to find fun, family-friendly activities.

ARTWALK. Get a look at how Flint’s middle and high-school students see the world through their artistic expressions which showcase how art can improve the city and surrounding neighborhoods.  You’ll walk away inspired!

MAY 12; 6 p.m. -9 p.m.
Flint ArtWalk featuring YouthQuest exhibits
Mott Foundation Building, 503 S. Saginaw St., Flint
For the second year in a row, YouthQuest will participate in Flint’s 2nd Friday ArtWalk. A special exhibition area will feature artwork and performances by approximately 70 middle school and high school students who participate in the afterschool enrichment program at Northwestern High School, Southwestern Academy and the International Academy of Flint.
Ages: All are welcome.
Cost: FREE
Learn more: yquest.org


GEOCACHE. If you haven’t tried this unique hunt for clues around Genesee county, then get out to this event. It’s a great group activity.

May 13; 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
E.A. Cummings Event Center
Genesee Recreation Area
6130 E. Mt. Morris Rd.
Mt. Morris, MI 48458
800-648-PARK Ext. 6
Discover the more than 100 geocaches located throughout Genesee County Parks. Some liken geocaching to a modern day treasure hunt, but instead of a worn map marked with an “X,” geocache explorers use a GPS receiver, a set of coordinates and clues to find hidden “treasures.” Auto City Geocachers will receive a free commemorative coin and be eligible for door prizes. There’s a potluck meal at 5 p.m. on Saturday. Auto City Catchers will supply free hotdogs and buns.
Ages: All ages and abilities
Cost: FREE
Learn more: http://geneseecountyparks.org/events/2017-geocache-weekend/

FLOWER WALK. What Mom doesn’t enjoy a fresh bouquet? This year, why not give her the gift of exploring nature’s garden at this event that will teach her all about flowers and plants.

MAY 13; 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
For-Mar Nature Preserve and Arboretum
2142 Genesee Rd.
Burton, MI 48509
Join Jim Cohen, a botanist from Kettering University, to learn about the ever-changing flora of For-Mar. Participants will look at, and learn to identify, many plants throughout the Nature Preserve and Arboretum.
Registration: Required by May 11
Ages: For ages 16+ / All abilities
Cost: $3 per person
Learn more: geneseeparks.org/events

BIRD WALK. Don’t know a blue jay from a robin? Then this tour of man’s feathered friends is for you and your family.

MAY 13; 10 a.m. – Noon
Richfield County Park, Pavilion 4
6322 N. Irish Rd.
Davison Michigan 48423
Come explore the park and see the many species of warblers flying through the area as they migrate north to their summer homes. A few will stay right here. Bring binoculars if you have them. A limited number will be available for loan on a first-come, first-served basis.
Registration: Pre-registration not required
Ages: For families all ages and abilities.
Cost: FREE
Learn more: geneseeparks.org/events

BUTTERFLIES. There’s something magical about these creatures with their amazing wings, unique patterns and big travels.

MAY 13; 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
For-Mar Nature Preserve and Arboretum
2142 Genesee Rd.
Burton, MI 48509
Come learn how you can be part of this statewide Citizen Science project to monitor and collect valuable information about our Michigan butterfly population. During the second day of training volunteers will be practicing the protocol basics and taking part in hands-on butterfly identification in the field. Dress to be outdoors.
Ages: Suggested for children 12+ / All abilities
Cost: FREE
Learn more: geneseeparks.org/events

WILDFLOWERS. Grandma will love this activity, which teaches participants how to garden like the masters.

MAY 13: 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
For-Mar Nature Preserve and Arboretum
2142 Genesee Rd.
Burton, MI 48509
Seniors, this one-hour, once-a-month program focuses on healthy living, gardening and nature found in the Genesee County Parks.
Registration: Pre-registration required by May 11
Ages: For seniors / All abilities.
Cost: $2 per person

WALKING TOUR. See what this county park has to offer with an enjoyable walk around the grounds.

MAY 16: Noon
3606 Dupont St.
Flint, MI 48503
Join this walking group for all ages as it hits the trails to enjoy lively conversation, tips on walking and the scenery along the park’s trails.
Registration: Pre-registration not required
Ages: For all ages and abilities.
Cost: FREE
Learn more: geneseecountyparks.org/events

LIVE THEATER. Every kid and kid at heart will enjoy hearing the story of the Cat in the Hat as best told with live actors.

MAY 13: 2 p.m.
1220 E. Kearnsley, Flint
Dr. Seuss’ The Cat and the Hat
“We looked! Then we saw him step in on the mat! We looked! And we saw him! The Cat in the Hat!” Dr Seuss’ classic story is brought to vibrant life in this delightful new adaptation.
Registration: At theater
Ages: For all ages and abilities.
Learn more: http://member.flintandgenesee.org/events/details/dr-seuss-the-cat-and-the-hat-05-13-2017-4275

BIKE RIDE. Get out there to see the sights on two wheels – it’s the best way to slow down and enjoy the ride.

Sundays; 2 p.m.

Original Flint Farmers’ Market
420 East Blvd.
Flint, MI 48503
Meet up with other bikers on Sundays at the original Farmers Market site and enjoy a group ride on the Flint River Trails.
Cost: FREE
Learn more: Call event organizer Bruce at 810-742-0071 or to learn more about the trail visit traillink.com (Enter “Flint River Trail Michigan”)

PLAY DATE. Meet your friends and find new ones at this playdate for younger kids and their families.

May 13: 2 p.m.
Children’s Afternoon Play Date
Flint Public Library/Main Branch
1026 E. Kearsley Street
Flint, MI 48503
In celebration of Mother’s Day, gather in the Children’s Room for some card and tissue paper flower making. Recommended for preschool, kindergarten and elementary school ages. For more information and a schedule of upcoming Library events visit fpl.info.
Cost: Free
Learn more: http://member.flintandgenesee.org/events/details/children-s-afternoon-play-date-4304

Editor’s Note: To see more local activity listings see TheHUB’s GOguide monthly activity calendar, sponsored by the Michigan Fitness Foundation.




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