March in Michigan-what a marvelous time! The days will be lighter longer, the maple syrup is flowing, the crocuses are blooming, the air is warming and it is Reading Month-what else could a Michigander want?
Here is a preview of some engaging family friendly activities for March 2017.
Coming up the weekend of March 11th and 12th, the Michigan State University Extension at Tollgate Farm and Education Center is having a Maple Tapping and Pancake Breakfast. The morning session begins with pancakes from 9-10 and the Maple Tapping Program from 10-12. The afternoon session has pancakes from 12-1 and the Maple Tapping Program from 1-3. There is a fee and registration closes midnight March 9th, so check out their website for more info.
In the Alpena area March 11 and 12th? Check out the Thunder Bay Theater dramatic presentation of the classic Rudyard Kipling tale, The Jungle Book. The Thunder Bay Theatre is located 400 N. 2nd Avenue Alpena, Michigan, 49707. Be sure to reserve tickets in advance! This story is such a classic and has been wonderfully portrayed on cinema, I am sure that the live performance will be wonderful! The Jungle Book is available for purchase at iTunes here.
The Portage Lake District Library in Houghton is commencing the North Woods Kids Art Exhibition beginning on March 13th. Located at 58 Huron St in Houghton. This will be located in the Copper Country Community Arts Space in the library and will be on display until mid-April. Come celebrate creativity!
In the metro-Detroit area on Sunday March 13th? Join the Redford Civic Symphony Orchestra in a Celebration of Spring Concert at 3pm at Covenant Community Church located at 25800 Student St. in Redford. The RCSO is one of the only community orchestras with FREE concerts. They are on a mission to celebrate classical music and share it with the community. This concert will feature Voices of Spring by Strauss, Academic Festival Overture by Brahms and highlights from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s beloved The Sound of Music. The 50th Anniversary Edition of the soundtrack is available for purchase at iTunes here.
Need more music? Head to Escanaba on Friday March 17th at 7:30 for a wonderful celebration of traditional folk music, at The Johns Irish Concert located at the Bay College Besse Center Theatre. I would imagine that Michigan’s newest Contra and Square Dance Band, may break out an Irish tune or two for this event! Toe-tapping fun to be sure! Tickets are reasonably priced at $10 for general admission and $5 for students.
I am sure you will be celebrating March is Reading Month all month long, but if you are looking for a wonderful culminating event, please check out the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Outdoor Adventure Center on March 25 from 1-3:30. Located at 1801 Atwater St. in Detroit, there will be a celebration of the family classic, Paddle to the Sea through their exhibit hall. If you haven’t read this in a while, you definitely will want to check it out!
Sunday March 26, our friends at the Upper Peninsula Museum will be featuring Katie's Creative Kitchen from 11-1. This is a chance for toddlers and their caregivers to engage in some enriching play activities.
Don’t forget, every Saturday through May at The Henry Ford is Make Something Saturday from 10am-3pm. Kids will be able to engage in hands-on activities that change month-to-month.
We can’t forget to support our indy book store friends! Literati Bookstore in Ann Arbor continues to feature their weekly Saturday Children’s Story Time at 11am. The bookstore, located at 124 E. Washington St. Ann Arbor, Michigan. Before you go to the Hands-on Museum for the afternoon, stop by the Literati Children’s Story Time!
March is the season of Lent for our Christian friends. Why not truly travel local and stop by a Friday Fish Fry, a Catholic tradition, at least in Michigan. Most parishes have them, simply drive by on Friday usually between 4-7 or check out The Michigan Catholic “Fish Fry Guide” or the 2017 Lenten Dinner Directory as it is formally known! Even if you are fully vegetarian, many serve mac and cheese, soup, salads or pasta now. A great way to make new friends with other families.
Featured Michigan Artist: The Ragbirds. This wonderful group of Michigan musician's has been enriching audiences with their abundant talent, well-crafted songs, and enthusiastic shows. They play a roots-based music with a hint of world-music influences for extra spice. Check out this wonderful group and their song, Learn to Shine, available at iTunes.
Enjoy and Travel Local!