Fun for the Family: Fireworks, Fishfly Festival and More
Plenty of fun to be had for youngsters of all ages in the area.
PRESCHOOL NATURE CLUB
Where/When: Metro Beach 31300 Metropolitan Parkway, Harrison Township; 1 p.m. June 21.
Why Go: It's No Child Left Inside Week and the Preschool Nature Club will meet at Metro Beach Nature Center, where youngsters will be introduced to the wonders of nature, do a craft, hear a story and then walk the trails to explore.
Pricing: Event fee is $3 per child. Registration is required. Call 586-463-4332 or 800-477-3172 to sign up.
TERRIFIC TUESDAYS READING CLUB
Where/When: St. Clair Shores Public Library; 2 - 3 p.m. June 21.
Why Go: Tuesdays are terrific for youngsters when they visit the library for a stay-cation get-away. They'll enjoy stories from around the world, crafts, games, music and more. Today's them is Australia. Good-day, mate!
BAY-RAMA FISHFLY FESTIVAL
Where/When: Downtown New Baltimore, near and at Walter and Mary Burke Park, 36300 Front St., June 22-26.
Why Go: Head on up the highway or snake in via Jefferson and enjoy this fabulous festival along the water, where there is something for everyone. There's the carnival for the kids and kids at heart, going on daily. If you're hungry for competition, sign up for food-eating contests. If you love clowning around, check out Rosco the Clown's act; he'll be peforming daily on the midway. Plus there will be live music each evening, plus dancing. Kids day is Saturday, with a petting zoo and other fun in the works. The beauty pageant, where Miss Bay-Rama 2011 gets crowned, will be held Wednesday evening. And of course, there's the parade, which begins 1 p.m. Sunday. And this is only the short list.
Pricing: Varies. Many activities are free.
GARDEN TEA PARTY
Where/When: The Selinsky-Green Farmhouse Museum, behind the St. Clair Shores Public Library; 2 - 4 p.m. June 22.
Why Go: Because it's tea time, of course! The Selinsky-Green Farmhouse Museum is holding its annual garden tea party on the lush, green grounds surrounding the farmhouse. Enjoy iced tea, lemonade, plus sweet and savory bites. Browse the garden and smell the flowers. Guests can also win door prizes and enjoy music. Don't forget your hat!
Pricing: Tickets sold at the gate. Cost is $3 for adults, and 50 cents for children.
POND DIPPING FUN
Where/When: Metro Beach Metropark, 31300 Metro Parkway, Harrison Township; 1 p.m. June 23.
Why Go: It's No Child Left Inside Week and the Metroparks are celebrating with plenty of activities, including Pond Dipping. Everyone will have a chance to discover insects and other small organisms that live in the water.
Pricing: $3 per person. Registration is required. Call 586-463-4332 or 800-477-3172.
LET'S GO BOATING OPEN HOUSE
Where/When: Veterans of Foreign Wars Bruce Post 1146; 7 p.m. June 23.
Why Go: Teen boys and girls can discover the fun, adventure and challenge of sailing, power boating anw water sports along the lake through the Venturing program. Get started on a lifelong passion with an open house and informational night at the Bruce Post.
FIREWORKS IN THE PARK
Where/When: Veterans Memorial Park; dusk, June 24.
Why Go: Oh, say can you see ... the 2011 St. Clair Shores-First State Bank Fireworks Extravaganza? It happens at dusk this Friday at Veterans Memorial Park. Fun is planned for the whole family. Arrive early and enjoy a picnic on the park lawn and music by Elite Entertainment, capped off by the fireworks extravaganza.
Pricing: Admission to the park is $2 per person (for residents and non-residents). Wristbands can be bought at Parks & Recreation, or at the two First State Bank locations (24335 Harper and 23600 Greater Mack). Parking will be available in the city-owned lot across from the park, for $5 per vehicle. Proceeds go toward expenses for the fireworks display.
CROCKER HOUSE GARDEN WALK
Where/When: The Crocker House Museum, 15 Union St., Mount Clemens; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. June 25.
Why Go: While away a summer Saturday morning and afternoon with this fabulous garden walk. You'll see the Crocker House Victorian Garden plus several other stunning gardens at historic homes in the area. You'll also see lace-making demonstrations and have a chance to tour the Crocker House. Plus you can sign up (in advance) for a continental breakfast with Cheryl English, where you'll learn about wildflowers.
Pricing: For the walk, tickets are $10 for members of the Macomb County Historical Society and $15 for non-members. For the lecture and breakfast: $6 for members, $8 for non-members. Call 586-465-2488 if you have questions.
COUNTRY FAIR FUN
Where/When: Wolcott Mill Farm Center, 65775 Wolcott Road, Ray Township; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. June 25 and 26.
Why Go: Wolcott Mill Farm Center is holding its Country Fair this weekend. Those who go will enjoy wagon rides, farm animals, live entertainment and much more. Demonstration will be held, including shoeing and riding horses, chainsaw carving, wool processing and weaving. Plus, the Sheriff Department's K-9 Unit will strut its canine stuff. Crafts will also be for sale, and food fun is in the works, including a pie-eating contests. Kids will have a shot at their own fun, including old-fashioned games and a petting zoo. That's only the tip of the iceberg.
Pricing: $5 per person. Children 2 and under get in free. Some activities will have additional charges, and food will be for sale if all the country fair fun works up an appetite.