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Kids Helmet Safety in Northern Michigan

By Jennifer Ritter on December 12, 2014 Children are adventurous by nature. Fun and play is their work, and for many the idea of fun also equals thrill! For children, teens and some adults, a “thrill” comes from doing something fast and maybe even a bit dangerous. This is normal human nature and shouldn’t beContinue Reading

Healthy Lifestyle Tips for Kids

By Eliza Foster on January 13, 2015 The Grand Traverse Bay YMCA in Traverse City has been open at their new location for several months and they brought several of their popular programs to the new space when they moved, including the Youth WOW program. The program was established in 2009 and focuses on weightContinue Reading

10 Places to Cross Country Ski in Northern Michigan

By Eliza Foster at mynorth.com With snow finally accumulating around Northern Michigan, the groomed cross country ski trails are perfect! Strap on a pair of skis and take in the great outdoors up close as you glide along several groomed trails. From Traverse City to Boyne Falls, we’ve compiled a list of 10 places to cross country skiContinue Reading

Moonlight Snowshoeing

Written by Jim Joque Published on February 4, 2012   Clement C. Moore expressed it poetically in The Night before Christmas when he wrote, “The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow gave the luster of midday to objects below.”  I think of this passage just about every time I snowshoe on a moonlitContinue Reading

Snowshoeing Games

Written by Jim Joque Published on March 22, 2005 Basketball, volleyball, football or kickball, you name it and it can be played in the snow on snowshoes.  All you need is a little creativity and modification to the rules.  The bases were loaded and a large orange beach ball was being rolled on a beaten-downContinue Reading

Sleigh rides and holiday cheer at McGulpin Point & Heritage Village, Dec. 6-7

Mackinaw City parks partner to share holiday cheer during ‘Christmas in Mackinaw’ weekend A magical holiday scene awaits visitors each year to McGulpin Point Lighthouse in Mackinaw City, which reopens for two special days each December to host a holiday open house on the Straits of Mackinac. The open house at McGulpin Point Lighthouse willContinue Reading

LTC Snowshoe Outings, Dec 2014

This early snow has prompted our education coordinators to start snowshoeing early! An impromptu series of snowshoe outings has been planned for the first three weeks of December! This program is geared towards school age youth and their adult chaperones. A limited number of snowshoes are available, so please call ahead if you’d like to borrow some.Continue Reading

2014 Petoskey Turkey Trot, Nov 27th

Join us in Petoskey for our 2nd Turkey Trot celebration that will consist of a 5K Run/Walk that will start and end at Pennsylvania Park downtown. View the race route here! With the sponsor assistance from Blue Cross Blue Shield, Fletch’s Buick GMC Audi, Bay Winds Federal Credit Union, Z93 and 9&10 News, The Grain Train and PrestonContinue Reading

Looking for Christmas gift ideas to get your kids outside this winter?

May of these items can be found locally at Rocking Horse Toy Co.  Supporting local businesses is good for you AND your kids.  www.parentables.howstuffworks.com/slideshows/nesting/10-awesome-outdoor-toys-winter-fun/  

12 Great Outdoor Winter Activities for Kids

Check out this link from the Appalachian Mountain Club for some ideas on what to do with your kids during the cold winter months ahead. www.outdoors.org/publications/outdoors/2012/kids/great-outdoor-winter-activities-for-kids.cfm