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  * New * FREE and Low Cost Activities and Events
Looking for FREE and LOW COST activites and events to do with your family? Click on the link below and scroll through the Macomb County Great Start Calendar.
http://greatstartmacomb.org/news_events/calendar/

* New * Becoming a new Big Brother/Sister?
This 90-minute class is for kids ages 3 to 10 whose parents are expecting a new baby. Children will make a greeting card with a picture of themselves for the new baby, tour the nursery, see a real baby and watch a video about becoming a big brother or sister. Sunday, March 11, 2012 at Henry Ford Macomb Hospital, Clinton Township campus, 15855 Nineteen Mile Road. The fee is $15 per family. Call 800-532-2411 to register.
http://www.henryfordmacomb.com/body.cfm?id=55265®istration=true&action=detail&ref=2423

FREE PRESCHOOL Programs! Early Head Start and Head Start
Early Head Start and Head Start offer FREE preschool programs, including home and center based options, designed to serve income-eligible families. Both are federally funded and sponsored locally by the Macomb County Board of Commissioners. Call 586-469-5215.
http://www.macombcountymi.gov/MCCSA/hs.htm

The Status of Young Children in Macomb County
Please share your thoughts, ideas and the challenges of raising young children in an effort to answer the question 'What can be done in Macomb County to assure that every young child arrives at kindergarten healthy, safe and eager to succeed in school?"
Report to the Community
Click here to take survey
http://www.misd.net/Training/Flyers/10-8CommunityConversations.pdf

* Help Wanted
Looking for parents of children newborn-12 years of age to join Parent Coalition of Macomb County.
http://www.misd.net/Training/Flyers/helpwanted.pdf

* Join the Macomb Parent Coalition!
The Parent Coalition is made up of residents working to improve programming for all families of young children. See the schedule of monthly meetings which include(with pre-registration)FREE dinner and licensed child care. Pleasejoin the effort and fun!
http://greatstartmacomb.org/parent_coalition/meeting_minutes_/

* Museum Adventure Pass 2012 *
The Detroit Museum Adventure Pass (MAP) program will return for a fifth and final year in late May, 2012. Thanks to the generous support of program sponsor Macys, as well as the collaboration of our partners, The Library Network, Cultural Alliance of Southeast Michigan and Library of Michigan Foundation, a total of nearly 300,000 passes to metropolitan Detroit cultural attractions have been checked out to public library patrons in a nine county area since October, 2007.
http://www.detroitadventurepass.org/

* New * Guide to Family Fun 2012 - Available May 1!
Inside you will find many ideas for activities and places to visit with your family throughout the year! From museums, nature centers, local libraries, parks, recreation departments and theaters, you will find endless possibilities for enjoyment, learning and relaxation.

* SAVE THE DATE * MAY 16, 2012 6th Annual STAR POWER event at the State Capitol
Join us for the 6th Annual Star Power 2012. Parents, teachers, advocates and community members devoted to supporting Michigan infants and young children, will gather in the state's Capitol on Thursday, May 16th, 2012, to meet with lawmakers, encourage support of early childhood investment, celebrate early childhood initiatives and enjoy activities for the entire family including a picnic on the Capitol lawn and more!
http://greatstartforkids.org/star-power/starpower2012

** Parent Survey
Click Here to take survey
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=IAnGKzJ1crDWfaCiLWVd6Q_3d_3d

*Community Calendar from Metro Parent
Click on the tab for "Family Fun Guide" to find a listing of community events and activities in Southeast Michigan.
http://www.metroparent.com

Activities and Information for Families
Macomb County's Association for the Education of Young Children (AEYC) is an organization dedicated to promoting the rights and needs of all young children in a caring and professional manner.
http://www.macombaeyc.com/family.html

ACTIVITIES: "What Can We Do at Home Today?"
This 8 page excerpt from the 2011 Guide to Fun lists a number of low- or no-cost ideas to make stay-at-home time fun for you and your children. Includes indoor and outdoor activities.
http://www.misd.net/Training/Flyers/WhatCanWeDoatHomeToday.pdf

ACTIVITIES: "What's Going On Today?"
This is a 10 page excerpt from the 2011 Guide to Fun. It's a chronological listing of area festivals, carnivals, parades, annual events, and other great things for a full year, ending May 2012. Keep this handy for quick day trips and staycations with your family.
http://www.misd.net/Training/Flyers/WhatsgoingonToday.pdf

Camp Resource for Families
A comprehensive camp resource for families offering expert advice from camp professionals on camp selection, readiness, child and youth development, and issues of importance to families. 1.877.823.0005
http://www.campparents.org/

Detroit Institute of Art's Family Sundays sponsored by Target
After a hectic week of car pooling, homework and after-school activities, it's time for the whole family to relax and recharge at the DIA's Target Family Sundays. Take in family performances, storytelling, art-making workshops and much more. See the link below for upcoming Target Family Sunday events. The new DIA. Let yourself go!
http://www.dia.org/calendar/friday_nights/sundays.asp

FAMILY FUN: Lakeshore Family YMCA - St. Clair Shores, MI 48080
We build strong kids, strong families and strong communities! By providing safe places, caring/trained volunteers and staff/programs that teach life skills, the YMCA builds strong communities with a focus on kids and families. Whether it's a place to go after school, a place to learn leadership skills or a place for the family to play and connect, the YMCA is a dedicated resource. 23401 East Jefferson, 586-778-5811.
http://www.ymcadetroit.org/site/c.iuIPLaMWJvE/b.4168379/k.4E7F/Lakeshore_Family_YMCA.htm

FAMILY FUN: Mount Clemens Family YMCA - Mt. Clemens, MI 48043
We build strong kids, strong families and strong communities! By providing safe places, caring/trained volunteers and staff/programs that teach life skills, the YMCA builds strong communities with a focus on kids and families. Whether it's a place to go after school, a place to learn leadership skills or a place for the family to play and connect, the YMCA is a dedicated resource. 10 North River Road, 48043; 586-468-1411.
http://www.ymcadetroit.org/site/c.iuIPLaMWJvE/b.4169043/k.B37D/Macomb_Family_YMCA.htm

FAMILY FUN: What Can We Do For Le$$
Family-centered events and fun activities taking place in our community and offering discount tickets, buy one free, free birthday meals for children and other DEALS!
http://demo.misd.net/Training/Flyers/WhatCanWeDoForLess.pdf

FAMILY FUN: Where Can We Go TODAY?
A 24 page listing of attractions and places to visit in and around Macomb County.
http://www.misd.net/Training/Flyers/WhereCanWeGoToday.pdf

FUN AT HOME: Fun and Games with Songs
It is important to share songs and rhymes with your children. Say and read nursery rhymes so that your child hears words that rhyme. Rhyming is the beginning of understanding that words are made up of smaller parts. Babies and young toddlers often have short attention spans, but rhymes and songs are perfect for quick sharing.
http://www.misd.net/Training/Flyers/FunandGameswithSongs.pdf

HEALTH: St. Joseph Mercy Health Exploration Station, Canton, MI
For family fun, tour the Interactive Exhibit Gallery. Imagine seeing real germs grow,crawling through a giant intestinal tract and learning about body systems while playing a TV-style game show. These are the tools of the St. Joseph Mercy Health Exploration Station, Michigan's first interactive health education center -- one of only about 30 in the entire country. Explore the Exhibit Gallery -- a giant walk-through (not to mention crawl and slide through!) of the human body filled with exhibits to engage the senses of touch, sound and sight. Kids -- and kids at heart -- will enjoy leaping, pulling and stretching in the fitness area, hearing the rhythm of their own heartbeat and testing their nutrition savvy using a touch screen. You can expect to spend 40-60 minutes for the tour. No reservations are necessary and anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Call 734.398.7518 for times and admission fees.
http://www.healthexplorationstation.com/aboutus.html

Information and Referral Line to Great Parents, Great Start
Call toll-free in Macomb County for information on community activities and events for young children, or for information regarding your young child's (birth-60 months) development. (866) 462-2662
http://www.misd.net/greatparents/gpgsflyer.pdf

Library Collections and Events
With a click of the mouse, find information on children's FREE Lap-Sits, Story Times and other events. Patrons with a valid library card and "in good standing," may also place a "hold" on items to be conveniently delivered to your community's library for pick-up.
http://www.libcoop.net/slclibraries.html

Macomb County Resturants where kids eat free!
Listing of resturants where kids eat free!
http://www.macombcountykidseatfree.com/

PARENTING: Websites for Parents
"Hundreds of Websites Rated by Popularity"
http://www.sitesforparents.com/index.html

PARENTING: Why Take a CARE Parenting Class?
Parents who take parenting classes are concerned about their relationship with their children. They know that being an effective parent in today's world can be a most difficult and challenging task. CARE'S parenting classes offer parents a realistic and practical approach to meeting the challenges of raising children today. Participants work together in small groups to actively discuss common concerns and learn specific child-training principles and techniques. The classes guide parents toward raising responsible children who will grow into responsible men and women, capable of living meaningful, happy adult lives. For information regarding class locations, dates, times and fees call CARE 586.541.0033 www.careofsem.com
http://www.misd.net/Training/Flyers/WhyTakeaParentingClass.pdf

RECREATION: Lake Shore Family YMCA - St. Clair Shores, MI 48080
We build strong kids, strong families and strong communities! By providing safe places, caring/trained volunteers and staff/programs that teach life skills, the YMCA builds strong communities with a focus on kids and families. Whether it's a place to go after school, a place to learn leadership skills or a place for the family to play and connect, the YMCA is a dedicated resource. 23401 East Jefferson,48080; 586-778-5811.
http://www.ymcadetroit.org/site/c.iuIPLaMWJvE/b.4168379/k.4E7F/Lakeshore_Family_YMCA.htm

RECREATION: Mount Clemens Family YMCA - Mt. Clemens, MI 48043
We build strong kids, strong families and strong communities! By providing safe places, caring/trained volunteers and staff/programs that teach life skills, the YMCA builds strong communities with a focus on kids and families. Whether it's a place to go after school, a place to learn leadership skills or a place for the family to play and connect, the YMCA is a dedicated resource. 10 North River Road, 48043; 586-468-1411.
http://www.ymcadetroit.org/site/c.iuIPLaMWJvE/b.4169043/k.B37D/Macomb_Family_YMCA.htm

RECREATION: Macomb County Parks and Recreation
Use this link to find parks and trails in Macomb County. This page will be updated on a regular basis; keep checking back for new and exciting recreational sites!
http://www.macombcountymi.gov/parksandrec/links.htm

RECREATION: YMCA
Looking for fun programs for you and your family? The YMCA offers a variety of different programs. The YMCA offers youth sports, fitness classes, preschool classes, summer day camp and much more. For more information check out the website.
http://www.ymcadetroit.org/site/c.iuIPLaMWJvE/b.4169823/

TRAVEL: "Where Can We Go Today?"
A 27 page listing of places to see with your children, including farms, cider mills, zoos, etc. It's time to get out of the house and explore! (An excerpt from the 2011 Guide to Fun)
http://www.misd.net/Training/Flyers/WhereCanWeGoToday.pdf

TRAVEL: Fun Things to do in Michigan
Turn off the TV, lock up the games console and have a great time with the children. Whatever the weather and whatever their age, discover loads of fantastic family friendly attractions just around the corner, throughout our great state of Michigan and all over America!
http://www.familydaysout.com/kids-things-to-do-usa/michigan

TRAVEL: Make traveling with children FUN and enjoyable.
Before you hit the road, don't forget to pack these fun printables containing checklists for the road, classic car games, backseat treat suggestions and craft ideas.
http://familyfun.go.com/family-travel/places/feature/doca0303travelprintable/

TRAVEL: Michigan State Capitol
Open to the public weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tours every half hour, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. FREE! Registration required for groups of 10 or more. 100 N. Capitol Ave. Lansing. 517.373.2353
http://www.michigan.gov/hal/0,1607,7-160-18835_18890-53726--,00.html

TRAVEL: Small Town Events
Get out into the crisp fall air and explore the small towns of Lapeer, Macomb, Oakland & St. Clair Counties. Each town in this guide has small treasures in the form of parks, nature trails, festivals and fairs, orchards and You-Pick farms, cultural events, farmers markets and historical buildings.
http://www.4ccf.org/pubs/rstt/treasures.php

 
 
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