I’ve reached this new stage in my life where although I’m not a mom, EVERY single one of my girlfriends is.  Yes, I love kids, and I’ve even been a nanny in the past, but it seems that each month when our group tries to get together, scheduling conflicts, or, dare I say it – the kids – pose problems.

To keep from once again uttering, “Oh come on!” under my breath, I have been trying my hardest to help these recent moms find events that they can attend, despite the lack of a sitter, or an interference with feeding time.

As the group grows with new additions (let’s not forget the husbands), it can be quite an effort to find activates for all of us to do.  To help with the transition, I’ve turned to Great (Lakes Bay) Moms’ event calendar and directories to find suggestions.  Here are two of my favorite sociable suggestions for the rest of the summer:


Great Lakes Loons

There are only a few weeks left of the season, but if you haven’t made it to a Great Lakes Loons’ game, you are missing out.  Last week, we got together for a night at the ballpark – babies included – and it was a huge success!  In addition to the game, there are several other activities taking place as well.  It is very hard to not get excited by all that is going on.

There are 13 home games left in the season including three dates with fireworks.  (I’m a sucker for fireworks.)  You can find their schedule with nightly promotions here.  They even feature two more Chemical Bank $1 Family Feast Nights that include $1 hotdogs, $1 ice cream sandwiches, and $1 pops.  There are two more Sunday’s to join in on the Farm Bureau Insurance Kids Run the Bases.  This opportunity offers youngsters (14 and under) the chance to run the bases after all Sunday home games.

While watching the game itself, is easily enjoyable, there are some added perks worth mentioning as well.  All kids attending Loon’s games get strapped with I.D. Wristbands, listing the child’s seating location, and parent information.  The purpose is to help identify children in the event that one goes missing.  Additionally, the park boasts a great play-place, and reasonable prices, making it a perfect place for a variety of attendees.

As we left the park the other night, we found ourselves singing the catchy jingle, “Dive in! It’s Loons’ Baseball time,” and already planning our next Loons’ outing.


Russell’s Blueberry Farm

Another perfect idea for a family outing is Russell’s Blueberry Farm in Saginaw.  I went there earlier this summer and picked a whopping 8.5 lbs of blueberries, and probably ate an additional pound in the process.  I was very impressed by their set-up, knowledge, quirky book barn, and AMAZING blueberry muffins.

Russell’s Blueberry Farm offers a nutritional and fun experience for all attendees.  Their group tours include a short tour of the farm, complete with a guided explanation of the history and biology of blueberries.  After the tour of the farm, children can pick their own pint of blueberries to take back home, along with an informative and fun coloring book about berries and their history.  The cost per child, including the tour, a pint of blueberries, and coloring book, is only $7.

Over the years, they have hosted hundreds of successful trips from a variety of organizations, including schools, day care centers, foster care facilities, nursing homes, and summer camps. Call Emily Russell at (989) 781-2859 or e-mail her at emily@therussellcorp.com for details and scheduling.  Their calendar fills up quickly so call today to reserve your spot!

As Russell’s website nicely puts it, “Make Russell’s a stop on your destination list.  Whether for a day of blueberry picking, or an afternoon picnic, Russell’s Blueberry Farm and Book Barn are fun for the whole family!”  What a perfect fit for a friendly group outing.  And the best part is that we have these resources right in our area.

Happy outings around the Great Lakes Bay Region!