Children smile an average of 400 times a day, but adults only 15 times.
Ever wonder why?
Make time for fun! Playing with your children develops lasting bonds.
Whether you are looking for family friendly festivals, or a weekend of relaxation and fun on the lake, there is something here for everyone! Visit https://www.visitlenawee.com/ for more info.
Michigan's Ecology Center, a non-profit environmental group, has tested thousands of toys in order to provide parents with the information they need when purchasing toys and other child products: www.healthystuff.org/departments/toys/
Local Parks & Recreation Centers
> Frank and Shirley Dick Family YMCA ( 5660 N. Adrian Hwy, Adrian)
> Hidden Lake Gardens (Tipton)
> Hayes State Park (Onsted)
> The Centre (Christian Family Center, Wolf Creek Hwy & 223, Adrian)
Books, story hours and special programs make libraries a great place to start learning.
Get to know the one nearest you.
Adrian Public Library
Clinton Twp Library
Hudson Public Library
Tecumseh District Library
Books for Your Child!
Dolly Parton's Imagination Library will help you read with your child. It sounds almost too simple ot be true, but by reading regularly with your children during their preschool years, you are giving them the biggest boost toward a successful education they will ever get. If you are not sure you can afford books for your child, the Imagination Library and Lenawee Community Foundation will make it happen, every month, through age 5 years! Sign up and each month a new, carefully selcect book will be mailed in your child's name directly to your home. Fill out the form in this brochure and get started on your reading adventure!
Lenawee Great Start created a free Book Basket program. Book Baskets are found at many locations in the Adrian area, and provide an opportunity for a young child to select and keep a book from the basket, completely free. The goal of these baskets is to ensure that all children in Lenawee County are exposed to books, as research shows that the more a child can interact with a book and be read to, the more prepared they are for school. We have a wonderful partnership with Goodwill in which they allow us to come once a month and sort through their children’s books. Many of these books are hardly used. Along with the Goodwill LINC program we clean the books, label them, put them in baskets and refill our locations.
Currently, these baskets can be found at the following locations:
- Community Action Agency
- Associated Charities
- Department of Human Services
- Health Department
- Community Mental Health
- Bixby Hospital Registration Waiting Room
- FabriCare Express Laundry
- Porter Education Center
- Adrian Urgent Care
- Adrian REA Literacy Center
- Adrian Super Laundromat
- Family Medical Center
- Fostering Solutions
- Housing Help of Lenawee
- Salvation Army Office
- Social Security Office
- Michigan Works
- Friend of the Court
- Care Pregnancy Center
- St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry
- Catholic Charities
- Fabricare Cleaners Coin Laundry
- Health Specialist of Lenawee
- ProMedica Physcians Adrian Pediatrics
- Nuga Pedatrics of Lenawee
Great Start is always taking donations of gently used children’s books that range from board books, picture books, to easy-to-read beginner chapter books. Anyone interested in donating can contact Lenawee Great Start at 517-266-4821 for more information.
Boys & Girls Club of Lenawee
The Boys & Girls Club of Lenawee serves all youth, ages 7-18. The membership fee is only $3 per child, per calendar year. Locations are in Adrian (7/8 Building on church St.) and in Hudson (in the middle/high school building). Members enjoy games, receive homework help, participate in technology programs, take field trips, and much more. Sign up information is available at www.bgclenawee.org.