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Local Activites

Low or no cost activities for children, young adults and parents in the Mid-Michigan area.

  • Art Reach of Mt. Pleasant (Mt. Pleasant) Art Reach’s mission is to cultivate interest, stir passion and provide educational tools for the arts in Mid Michigan.

  • Chippewa Nature Center (Midland) Nature trails, hands on ecosystem gallery, homestead farm complex, sugar house, arboretum, wildflower walkway. Open to the public. No admission fee. Chippewa Nature Center is a non-profit organization whose mission is to facilitate the enjoyment and understanding of our natural and cultural resources as relevant to the Saginaw Valley’s ecosystems, to promote environmental awareness and to foster responsible stewardship.

  • Clare County Museum (Between Harrison and Clare) Open Saturdays May-October, Free Admission. The CCHS Museum has three buildings: The Dover School, Ott Cabin and the Main Museum Building.

  • Harmony Youth Ranch Harmony Youth Ranch exists to provide a safe environment of clean fun for young people in a way that they can develop relationships with caring adults and cool horses so that they can grow their life skills and broaden their horizons. 989-539-2671

  • Isabella County Parks and Recreation (Mt. Pleasant) To actively promote a healthy and enjoyable lifestyle to all residents and visitors of Isabella County by providing quality facilities and diverse recreation opportunities through the responsible management of human, financial and environmental resources.

  • Midland Center for the Arts (Midland) Alden B. Dow Museum of Science and Art.

  • Mt. Pleasant Discovery Museum (Mt. Pleasant) The Mt. Pleasant Discovery Museum is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to establishing a fun, unique, hands-on, & educational experience for children ages 0-12 and families in Isabella, Clare, Gratiot, Midland, Mecosta, and Montcalm counties.

  • Museum of Cultural and Natural History (Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant)

  • Pere Marquette Rail Trail (Midland to Clare County) Non-motorized recreational Trail

  • The Sound Garden (Cadillac) The Sound Garden is a rustic musical art sculpture located at the Headwaters of the Clam River Greenway on Chestnut Street. The Sound Garden was a community art project that was initially funded through a Michigan Association of Community Arts Agencies Community Partners Artists in Residence Program. Native materials, primarily silver maple, beach, and ironwood were used to fashion “instruments” which emit pure and natural sound when honed and played by a inspired patron. A series of other borrowed artifacts, such as steel brake drums and scrap metal, create a range of symphony in the midst of nature compelling even the non-musical to pick up a mallet and “play”.

  • Ziibiwing Center (Mt. Pleasant)-Tells the story of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe and the Great Lakes Anishinabek. Features details of collections, events, a research center and workshops.