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November Family Fun Guide

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LET'S TALK ABOUT BEDTIME!

Let’s talk, read and sing about BEDTIME! When our little ones are sleeping, their brains are busy building connections! Sleep is important for brain development, learning, and

physical development.


For more ideas on how to talk, read, and sing together about PRESCHOOL: TALKING IS TEACHING

Books are a wonderful way to start a discussion on a specific subject with your little one, like BEDTIME. Talking is Teaching has a great list of recommended books, but also visit your local library and ask your librarian for ideas. 

View and print: BOOK & VIDEO RECOMMENDATIONS

COMMUNITY RESOURCES

Kindergarten Readiness Goal:


  • Do a somersault and hop.
  • Suggests solutions to social problems.
  • Writes strings of letters, not necessarily words.
  • Uses numbers to compare, knows the purpose of standard measuring tools.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of Earth's environment (seasons, weather, day and night) 

HEALTHY FOOD

Cooking Matters Recipe:

FRUIT AND YOGURT MIX

15 Minutes 4 Servings


Create a before bedtime snack that is healthy and yummy! Let your child mix the ingredients together and together count the cuts made for each fruit.



Ingredients:

  • 1 cup nonfat plain yogurt
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon


Instructions:

  1. In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients.
  2. Mix well.


Chef’s Notes:

  • For a tangy treat, try adding 1 teaspoon lemon or lime zest instead of cinnamon. Zest fruit using the small holes on a box grater.
  • If you use vanilla yogurt, do not add honey to recipe.
  • Serve as a dip with any cut-up fruits you like. Try apples, kiwis, bananas, grapes, or strawberries. For best price, buy fruits in season.


View the Recipe: FRUIT AND YOGURT DIP

AT HOME STEAM ACTIVITIES

Learn more: SOCIAL EMOTIONAL RESOURCE GUIDE

IS YOUR CHILD ON TRACK?

Families with children between the ages of 2 months and five residing in Saginaw County can complete a FREE Ages and Stages developmental screening or a social-emotional screening. Screenings take ten minutes to complete and the results are back within a week. Results tell parents what to expect at each state of development. Often times, early diagnosis can help give a child the best opportunity to reach their potential.


Learn more: AGES & STAGES QUESTIONNAIRES

COUNT THE KICKS

One out of every 169 pregnancies ends in stillbirth in the U.S., and that rate is two times higher for Black expectant parents.


The link between fetal movement and a healthy baby is clear, but research continues to uncover more about the importance of tracking baby’s movements. Count the Kicks uses the latest research to help achieve our mission.

Count the Kicks provides free, evidence-based resources for expectant parents to stay informed and monitor their baby’s well-being.


Learn more about: COUNT THE KICKS

PRESCHOOL & CHILD CARE

Great Start to Quality


Children learn so much in their first five years. Quality licensed programs, for children 0-12, help children learn, grow, and develop. The foundation is set for children to be successful in school, work, and life when they have a safe place to learn, explore their world, and build relationships. Great Start to Quality is committed to helping Michigan families find child care that fits their budget and schedule.


Great Start to Quality is Michigan’s quality rating and improvement system that evaluates the quality of licensed programs, for children 0-12. As a Michigan family, you can use Great Start to Quality as a tool to help you look up and compare early childhood programs to find the best child care. On a scale of one- to five-stars, Michigan child care, preschool, and afterschool programs are scored in different areas, and those scores are combined to give them their Star rating.



Learn More: GREAT START TO QUALITY

PARENT SUPPORT & CLASSES

MSU EXTENSION

Extension Extras Parenting Hour

WHEN: Tuesdays at 8 - 9:30 PM

October 24 - Mathematics for Infants and Toddlers

November 7 - Positive Discipline

November 14 - Together to Develop Early Literacy Skills - Infant/Toddler

November 21 - Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder and Neurodiversity

November 28 - We Can: Co-Parenting


The Parent Talk System Webinar Series - November-December Webinar

November 7, 14, 21, December 5, 12 at 11:30 AM - 1 PM


Online Kinship Caregiver Workshops: Essential Skills for Learning and Life

December 13 at 7:00PM - 8:30PM


Learn More & Register: MSU EXTENSION PARENT CLASSES

GREAT LAKES BAY HEALTH CENTER

Learn more: MATERNAL HEALTH PROJECT TO SUPPORT MOMS & BABIES

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Visit Great Lakes Bay Parents' KIDS DAILY CALENDAR for a full listing of story times, family/ kid events, and new places to discover in the Great Lakes Bay Region.

BLOG ARTICLE: Get Up and Get Down to Earth at Midland Center for the Arts!


The Midland Center for the Arts offer programming for young children. Families can explore the most recent exhibit, attend upcoming productions in the theaters, and participate in a special event.


Upcoming programs: MIDLAND CENTER FOR THE ART

STEM Passport - Calendar


You and your child can explore STEM Passport locations and events in the Great Lakes Bay Region (GLBR) by accessing our STEM calendar. The GLBR is home to a variety of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) destinations and programs. Afterschool programs help children learn, grow, discover who they are and what they love to do, and ultimately realize their full potential. They enhance a child’s foundational skills, like communication, teamwork, and problem solving, and prepare them for the jobs of tomorrow. Research shows that this added participation in afterschool programs sparks interest in school so students attend school more often, get better grades, and are more likely to graduate.


Learn more: STEM PASSPORT

November 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 - Story Time

WHERE: Carolyn R. Otto Family Literacy Center, Saginaw


DATE: Wednesdays at 11 AM


Join us each week in the Carolyn R. Otto Family Literacy Center for songs, fingerplays, stories and activities! Storytimes are for ages 2-5, but all are welcome! Our activities are open-ended and engaging so all children can participate. Each week children also receive a free book to take home to help build their personal library.


Learn More: STORY TIME

November 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 29 & 30 - Raising Readers Academy

WHERE: Carolyn R. Otto Family Literacy Center, Saginaw


DATE: Wednesdays & Thursdays


Learn More: RAISING READERS

November 2, 9, 16 & 30 - Tales for Two

WHERE: Zauel Memorial Library, Saginaw


DATE: November 2, 9, 16 & 30 at 10:30 AM


We are adding Thursday's to our regularly scheduled Preschool Storytimes! Join us at Zauel for 30 minutes of read-aloud stories, songs, and fun! A theme related craft is included. Geared towards children ages 3-5, but all children are welcome.


Learn More: TALES FOR TWO

November 3, 10 & 17 - Preschool Storytime

WHERE: Butman-Fish Library, Saginaw


DATE: November 3, 10 & 17 at 10:30 AM


Drop-in storytime fun! We can't wait to have you join us for stories, music, crafts, games, and more!


Learn More: PRESCHOOL STORYTIME

November 3 - Art at the Mexican American Council

WHERE: Mexican American Council, Saginaw


DATE: November 3 at 4-6 PM


You are invited to the MAC for free youth art programs this year. These art programs are hosted at the Mexican American Council in partnership with the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum. All programs take place at the MAC, 1537 S. Washington St. in Saginaw.


Learn More: ART PROGRAM

November 3-4 - Stuffed Animal Sleepover

WHERE: Butman-Fish Library, Saginaw


DATE: November 3-4


Drop off your stuffed animal at Butman-Fish Library on Friday, November 3 between 4:00 and 4:30 p.m. for a Stuffed Animal Sleepover! At the drop off event, you will make a name tag for your friend and we will tuck them in and read a story to them. Then, they'll spend the night at Butman-Fish Library under the supervision of Mr. Paws (our giant teddy bear, in case you didn't know). You will come back Saturday morning, between 10 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. to pick up your friend from the sleepover. We'll have pictures of what they did all night at the library. Enjoy a donut as you see and view all the fun they had!  

Dolls and other "babies" are welcome. One toy per child, please. 


Learn More: STUFFED ANIMAL SLEEPOVER

November 4 - Kids Workshop

WHERE: Home Depot, Saginaw


DATE: First Saturday at 9 AM – 12 PM


Join us the first Saturday of each month between 9 am – 12 pm for free in-person Kids Workshops.


Learn more: KIDS WORKSHOP

November 4 - Saturday Movie

WHERE: WHERE: Bridgeport Public Library, Bridgeport


DATE: November 4 at 11 AM


We will be showing "Mary and the Witch's Flower". It is a Japanese animated fantasy film released in 2017.


Learn more: SATURDAY MOVIE

November 4 - Snakes Alive

WHERE: Saginaw YMCS, Saginaw


DATE: November 4 at 11 AM - 12 PM


Learn More: SNAKES ALIVE

November 4 - 4th Annual Dia de Los Muertos Celebration

WHERE: Saginaw Art Museum, Saginaw


DATE: November 4 at 12 - 5 PM


Ofrenda displays, children’s activities courtesy of Creative 360 and Children’s Grief Center, Food available from Maria’s Mexican Restaurant


Learn More: DIA DE LOS MUERTOS

November 4 - Community Youth Day

WHERE: SVSU, Saginaw


DATE: November 4 at 12 - 1 PM


Learn More: COMMUNITY YOUTH DAY

November 4, 11, 18 & 25 - Free Saturdays @ Saginaw Art Museum

WHERE: Saginaw Art Museum, Saginaw


DATE: November 4, 11, 18 & 25 at 12 - 5 PM


In an effort to increase accessibility to the museum, we have extended our regular hours to include Saturday afternoons Noon-5pm starting this week, for FREE! We look forward to welcoming you and yours into our gem of a museum to explore our collection, exhibitions, and gardens.


Learn More: FREE SATURDAYS

November 4, 11, 18 & 25 - Preschool Storytime

WHERE: Zauel Library, Saginaw


DATE: November 4, 11, 18 & 25 at 10:30 AM


Preschool Storytime at Zauel


Learn More: PRESCHOOL STORYTIME

November 6, 13, 20 & 27 - Story Hour

WHERE: Rauchholz Library, Hemlock


DATE: November 6, 13, 20 & 27 at 10:30 AM


For kids ages 2-5. Drop-ins are welcome!


Learn More: STORY HOUR

November 6, 13 & 20 - Kindergarten Boot Camp: Preschool Story Time

WHERE: Zauel Library, Saginaw


DATE: November 6, 13 & 20 at 10:30 AM


This story time is an interactive learning experience that helps preschool aged children strengthen the skills necessary for a successful transition to kindergarten. Story time and activities focus on early literacy and kindergarten readiness skills such as colors, shapes, numbers, counting, letters, and scissors practice. Stories, activities, and crafts are prepared for children ages 3 to 6.  

 

This program is a weekly story time that meets on Mondays at 10:30 in the Zauel Children's Story Room.


Learn More: KINDERGARTEN BOOT CAMP

November 6, 7, 13, 14, 19, 20, 26 & 27 - Story Time with Mrs. Emmons

WHERE: Frankenmuth Wickson District Library, Frankenmuth


DATE: November 6, 7, 13, 14, 19, 20, 26 & 27


Learn More: STORY TIME

November 7, 14, 21 & 28 - Raising Readers Academy

WHERE: Carrolton Elementary School, Saginaw


DATE:Tuesdays at 3:15 PM


Learn More: READ ACADEMY

November 7, 14, 21 & 28 - Story Hour

WHERE: Bridgeport Public Library, Bridgeport


DATE: November 7, 14, 21 & 28 at 10:30 AM


Have fun with stories as Miss Cindy reads and discusses each story. We also sing songs, learn rhymes and fingerplays and make crafts. We promote early literacy by teach the Ready to Read Michigan skills during each story hour.


Learn More: STORY HOUR

November 7, 14, 21 & 28 - Play to Learn

WHERE: Rauchholz Library, Hemlock


DATE: November 7, 14, 21 & 28 at 10:30 AM


Play to Learn: Playgroup at the Library

September 19th-May 14th (with some breaks)

For kids ages 0-5. Drop-ins are welcome!


Learn More: PLAY TO LEARN

November 8, 15, 22 & 29 - Raising Readers Academy

WHERE: Jesse Rouse Elementary School, Saginaw


DATE: Wednesdays at 3:30 PM


Learn More: READ ACADEMY

November 8 - Live Action Pokémon

WHERE: Rauchholz Library, Hemlock


DATE: November 8 at 5:30 - 7 PM


Become a Pokémon trainer at the library! Receive and paint your own starter Pokémon, havePokémon battles, fill out aPokédex, and earn gym badges! Family event for kids of all ages, must be accompanied by an adult.


***Supplies are limited. Sign up to be guaranteed your own Pokémon figurine & Pokédex! 989-642-8621.*** 


Learn More: LIVE ACTION POKéMON

November 9 - Tree Lighting Ceremony

WHERE: Birch Run Premium Outlets, Birch Run


DATE: November 9 at 6-7:30 PM


Birch Run Premium Outlets invites you and your family to join us at our 5th Annual Tree Lighting Celebration!


Including:

- Birch Run High School band will be performing Christmas music

- Santa will join as our special guest for the night for picture taking

- Interactive glow wands for children to help light the tree

- Hot cocoa, candy canes, cookies

& MORE!


Learn More: TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY

November 10 & 17 - Jumping Jammers

WHERE: Rauchholz Library, Hemlock


DATE: November 10 & 17 at 10:30 AM


Jumping Jammers: Music Time at the Library!

September 22nd-May 17th (with some breaks)

For kids ages 2-5. Drop-ins are welcome!


Learn More: JUMPING JAMMERS

November 11 - Hands on History: Lumbering

The Castle Museum of Saginaw County History, Saginaw


DATE: November 11 at 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM


Learn More: HANDS ON HISTORY

November 11 - Open Studio

WHERE: Saginaw Art Museum, Saginaw


DATE: November 11 at 1-4 PM


Come make the studio space your own and turn one of your ideas into a reality! Drop-in between 1pm-4pm on the Second Saturday of the month September-December for unguided art making. We have plenty of materials for you to access, like yarn, fabric, markers, colored pencils, and more.


Learn More: OPEN STUDIO

November 13 - Hoots at Hoyt Storytime

WHERE: Hoyt Main Library, Saginaw


DATE: November 13 at 7 PM


Come join us in the Children's Area at Hoyt Library for Evening Storytime! Enjoy a snack as our overly enthusiastic reader reads a variety of stories with a variety of voices! (and he may even sing if the kids ask him nicely!) Spend an evening with us filled with books, rhymes, and good times! Have a hoot at Hoyt!


Learn More: HOOT MAIN LIBRARY

November 16 - Preschool Story Time

WHERE: The Castle Museum of Saginaw County History, Saginaw


DATE: November 16 at 10:30 AM


Learn More: PRESCHOOL STORYTIME

November 16 - Destination Story Time

WHERE: Frankenmuth-Birch Run Veterinary Clinic, Frankenmuth


DATE: November 16 at 11 AM


Check out all the awesome play dough toys at the library's Play Dough Party! Make play dough food, give a play dough haircut, make play dough puppets, and much more! Family event for kids of all ages. Must be accompanied by an adult.


Learn More: DESTINATION STORY TIME

November 16 - Play Dough Party

WHERE: Rauchholz Library, Hemlock


DATE: November 16 at 6 PM


Check out all the awesome play dough toys at the library's Play Dough Party! Make play dough food, give a play dough haircut, make play dough puppets, and much more! Family event for kids of all ages. Must be accompanied by an adult.


Learn More: PLAY DOUGH PARTY

November 17 & 18 - Holidays in the Heart of the City

WHERE: Downtown Saginaw


DATE: November 17 & 18


Learn More: HOLIDAYS IN THE HEART OF THE CITY

November 18 - Kids Workshop

WHERE: Lowes, Saginaw


DATE: November 18 at 10 AM - 12 PM


Calling all little builders! Kids will love this holiday DIY-U workshop where they’ll learn to build a handmade wreath ornament that also makes a one-of-a-kind keepsake.


The Thanksgiving table won’t be complete without a festive Turkey Photo Holder, built by your own little DIYer. Join us for this festive Kids Workshop where we’ll provide everything your child needs to create a memorable table decoration that you’ll be thankful to have.


Learn More & Register: LOWES

November 18 - Christmas Parade

WHERE: Downtown Saginaw


DATE: November 18 at 11 AM


he 2023 parade will begin at the corner of Washington and Johnson. We will then go south on S. Washington to Ezra Rust Avenue and disband on Ojibway Island. 

Featuring:


Marching Bands

Drill teams

Floats

Historical vehicles

Santa

And more


Learn More: CHRISTMAS PARADE

November 18 - Art Encounter: Gratitude Garden

WHERE: Saginaw Art Museum, Saginaw


DATE: November 18 at 1 - 4 PM


It’s the season for gratitude! Reflect on what you are thankful for and create a small design or poem with other community members. The art made will be laminated and stationed around the garden for the coming cold months. Even though the flowers will be gone, your art will keep the garden alive and be on display for all visitors to enjoy. All ages (kids and adults!) are welcome to participate.


Learn More: ART ENCOUNTER

November 18 & 19 - St. Nicholas to Santa Claus Event

WHERE: Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, Frankenmuth


DATE: November 18 & 19 at 2 - 3 PM


We'd love to have you join us in the Hoyt Children's area for a fun time of stories, jumpy songs, craft time, and a snack! What is this month's theme?... We'll be talking Turkey! See you there... gobble, gobble!


Learn More: ST. NICHOLAS TO SANTA CLAUS

November 20 - Together We Read

WHERE: Hoyt Main Library, Saginaw


DATE: November 20 at 10:30 AM


We'd love to have you join us in the Hoyt Children's area for a fun time of stories, jumpy songs, craft time, and a snack! What is this month's theme?... We'll be talking Turkey! See you there... gobble, gobble!


Learn More: TOGETHER WE READ!

November 24 - Frozen Fun Night

WHERE: Downtown Frankenmuth


DATE: November 24 at 5-8 PM


Kick off the 2023 holiday season in Frankenmuth with a fun-filled Friday night featuring some of our favorite Christmas traditions and many new additions!


Learn More: FROZEN FUN NIGHT

November 24 - December 24 - Santa Visits

WHERE: Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, Frankenmuth


DATE: Monday-Thursday: 2:00PM - 6:00PM

Friday: 1:00PM - 7:00PM

Saturday: 9:15AM to 7:00PM

Sunday: 12:00PM to 4:30PM


**Christmas Eve: 9:15AM - 3:00PM** Bronner's closes early at 4:00PM on Christmas Eve and is closed Christmas Day. Please note, guests should anticipate a wait primarily on Saturdays and Sundays.


Bring your camera and wish list to Bronner's because Santa Claus is coming to town! Located near the South Entrance.


Learn More: SANTA VISITS

November 25 & 26 - ‘Tis the Season Weekends

WHERE: Frankenmuth River Place Shops


DATE: November 25 & 26 at 1-5 PM


Experience the magic of the holiday season at River Place Shops – activities include strolling carol performances and a meet-and-greet opportunity with Santa Claus and his North Pole team. Free and open to the public; activity times are subject to change due to weather.


All activities take place outdoors in our elaborately decorated Santa’s Workshop and are weather-dependent.


Schedule of events:


1 – 5 PM: Visit Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus on the Fest Platz stage near the Cass River Bar and Grill. Share what you want for Christmas with the Head Elf himself, atop his magical Christmas throne surrounded by a North Pole-themed background. Photos encouraged.


1 – 4 PM: Enjoy strolling musical performances by by carolers featuring classic Christmas carols and new favorites. Tips encouraged if you enjoy the show!


Learn More: 'TIS THE SEASON

November 28 - Pizza and Pages Family Storytime

WHERE: Wickes Library, Saginaw


DATE: November 28 at 4:30 PM


Bring the whole family for stories, crafts and PIZZA at Wickes Library! This activity is specially prepared for children ages 2-5, but the whole family is welcome. Please let us know you can be there by calling Wickes Library at (989) 752-3821.


Learn More: PIZZA & PAGES FAMILY STORYTIME

Visit Great Lakes Bay Parents' KIDS DAILY CALENDAR for a full listing of story times, family/ kid events, and new places to discover in the Great Lakes Bay Region.

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