Holiday Resource Guide

The hallway in Longway Planetarium is decorated with images of planets and stars.

During the holiday break, it can be difficult to keep your students engaged and learning. YouthQuest will be out of session from Dec. 16 through Jan. 5. However, there are many different things families can do to keep their children learning and growing.

“Keeping your student engaged and active during the break doesn’t have to be a challenge,” says Nefertari Jones, director of Afterschool Education at Flint & Genesee Education & Talent. “We’re fortunate to have several resources available to families in Flint and Genesee County.”

To help students stay engaged, parents might check out:

The Flint Children Museum – The local museum is open to patrons offering fun and engaging exhibitions for young children. The museum also offers video programming for students to stay engaged at home.

Sloan Museum at Courtland Center – Currently located at Courtland Center, the Sloan Museum has rotating exhibitions that keep students learning and engaged. Through the holidays, students can experience “Mission Safari” and learn how animals move in their habitat and try it on for size themselves.

Longway Planetarium – The local planetarium has a variety of programming for students and adults alike. During the holiday break, enjoy “We Are Stars,” “Turtle Odyssey” and “Violent Universe.”

Flint Institute of Arts – The local museum is the second largest fine-arts museum is a great place to take the family for an educational and fun outing. Admission is available at no cost to Genesee County residents.

Mid-Michigan Moms – A local group that provides a user-friendly connection to the community, Mid-Michigan Moms is a collaborative of 35 local moms who create blog posts, resources and guides, build event calendars and more. The group has also created free distanced learning webinars that are available to watch on their website.

Local Bookstores – There are plenty of local bookstores in Flint and Genesee County for children to explore including A Bit of Earth, Totem Books and Comma Books & Social Hub in Flint, Beloved Books in Linden, Cottage Used Books in Goodrich, Fenton’s Open Book in Fenton and R&B Used Books in Grand Blanc.

Additionally, for families in need, there are several local resources and programs available during the holiday season. Some of these include:

YouthQuest is made possible through the generous support of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and 21st Century Community Learning Centers.