How You Can Celebrate Earth Day in Michigan

Prepping for Earth Day in Michigan - The Awesome Mitten

Earth Day, an annual celebration since 1970, honors the planet’s environment each April 22nd. You will find many events that demonstrate, support, celebrate, and provide education concerning the environment and how we can help protect it. Starting in the United States as a grass-roots movement, Earth Day has grown to be observed world-wide. Outside of […]

Top Spooky and Not So Spooky Halloween Events in Jackson

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Halloween in Jackson means lots of tricks and treats. We love to be scared at Halloween, and there are plenty of haunted houses conveniently located in the mid-mitten area. Although I admit I’m a scaredy cat, I have made it to a few haunted houses in the area. For those looking for more not-so-scary family […]

5 Books For The Little Michigander

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When you become a parent, it’s your responsibility to educate and instill good morals into your child. For me, a displaced Michigander, that means buying lots of Michigan-themed children’s books and telling my kids that they are Michiganders at heart…even though neither one was born in Michigan. There are a surprising amount of Michigan children’s […]

Puppets Take Detroit

We all know Detroit is full of quirky, off the beaten path spaces that hold treasures and delights. This month, we hit on a big one, right in downtown. On our search for the unexpected, we found ourselves at PuppetART. This theater, museum and studio is all about one of the world’s oldest forms of performance […]

Get Kids Ready for Earth Day with Bat Zone Tour

Earth Day is right around the corner. This month, the kids and I got into the Earth Day spirit by visiting the Bat Zone in Bloomfield Hills where we learned first-hand about wildlife and picked up easy ways we, as a family, can protect our environment. Most of us don’t get the chance to see […]

Wild Winter Weekends at the Detroit Zoo for Kids and Adults

Like many parents of young children in Southeast Michigan, I have lost count on how many times we have been to the Detroit Zoo. Armed with a reasonably-priced annual membership, you don’t feel guilty going for an hour or only going to the playground. And once you figure out that using the members’ entrance eliminates […]

Day 96: Nottawa Fruit Farm

Fall family fun: This phrase full of alliteration brings to mind pumpkin patches, apple cider, donuts and maize mazes. (See what I did there? Alliteration and a play on words!) In the Awesome Mitten, there is no shortage of great fall places for all of these seasonal treats. In fact, I challenge you to throw […]

Day 19: Fireworks Guide

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We’ve updated our article to reflect 2016’s dates. Fire up for some awesome fireworks this summer! Check out what your region has to offer for decorations in the sky and don’t forget a blanket and a sweatshirt! Lansing When: July 4, 2016 at 10pm Where: Riverfront Park More Information Here! Detroit When: June 27, 2016 Where: […]