Although T.S. Eliot thinks April is the “cruellest month” we at Michigan Family Travel sure don’t think so-we love April in Michigan!
Ten things to do (plus a bonus activity!)
- Smartprize and Smartprize Jr. in Marquette. Marquette, one of the most amazing cities on the planet, is closing in on Grand Rapids for cool cultural event with Smartprize from March 31- April 9. Quite simply, this event is geared towards innovators, with contestants earning prizes for their inventions and ideas. Our friends at the UP Children’s Museum are open as a public viewing venue on April 2 from 2-4 pm. Get to Marquette this weekend and be inspired!
2. Hike the North Country Trail. The weather should be mild enough to go for a longer hike. They are having a group hike of about 5 miles on April 1st, but if you can’t make that, be sure to check out their website and trail guides for more information-remember you are probably no more than 2 hours from the North Country Trail-so try to get out and enjoy!
3. Headlands Dark Sky Park- April 7 is Statewide Astronomy Night. What better place to enjoy it than Michigan’s own awesome dark sky park. If you can’t make it up to Headlands, than be sure to look for a program near you. What a wonderful gift to share with your family, time enjoying the amazing beauty of our universe in a natural setting.
4. Edison-the Wizard of Menlo Park. Presented by the Circle Theatre at the Gerald Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids on Tuesday April 18th and Wednesday April 19th. You must reserve your tickets in advance.
5. Speaking of Edison-GREENFIELD VILLAGE IS OPENING APRIL 15!!!! We have this date circled on our calendar. Special kudos to Greenfield Village for collaborating with the Autism Alliance of Michigan for Sensory Friendly Saturday as part of their Day out with Thomas program. This special event will allow families with children on the autism spectrum to have quiet spaces, participate in special programs and have access to specially trained staff during this program. Great work GFV!
6. Children’s Story Time at the Arab American National Museum. This features author Noor Abdelrahman reading her book Everyone is Smart, teaching children about the eight intelligences. It is two pm, April 15 and FREE, but reservations are requested.
7. Polk Conservation Center turns 1! Happy Birthday! Get to the Detroit Zoo in April and enjoy this wonderful facility. Go on April 22 and participate in the GreenFest celebration.
8. Speaking of Earth Day. Consider getting to the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) Motherhouse in Monroe and take a tour of their amazing “green” facility. Older children interested in history and the environment will enjoy this tour. Be sure to check out the Living Water Art Exhibit, which runs April 10-May 21 and features work of students from Detroit’s Cristo Rey High School, Marian High School, and Monroe-area high schools. Artists were asked to create based on contemplating questions such as-“How is water sacred and essential to all life?” “What role does water play in human health and the global economy.”
9. Youth Choirs Spring Concert. Want to help celebrate the arts? Head to the Midland Center for the Arts Youth Choir Spring Concert, April 19 at 7pm. Tickets are $8 for a wonderful evening of singing.
10. Need more music? The Michigan Tech Concert Choir is performing April 21 at 7:30 in preparation for their international tour to South Africa in May 2017-awesome!
11. Close out the month of non-stop action at the Oscoda Family Fun Fair, April 29th, from 10-2 at the Oscoda High School. This event, in coordination with 4H will feature engaging family programs and activities.
Hope you all have a great month! Talk to you soon! Since April is also National Poetry Month, be sure to enjoy the beauty of great poetry, read quietly or spoken aloud!