JUST FREEBIES & JUST FOR FUN!
FREE ARTS & CULTURAL PASSES!

Over 200 libraries are now participating throughout Genesee, Lapeer, Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St.Clair, Washtenaw and Wayne Counties!  Go to www.detroitadventurepass.org  to see if 
your library is participating and what attractions are offered!  Just use your library card to receive 
the Museum Adventure Pass and get FREE admission for two or four individuals, depending on the location at one of over 30 arts and cultural institutions in the greater Metro Detroit area.  



The Arab-American National Museum 
13624 Michigan Avenue
Dearborn MI  48126
Phone: 313-582-2266
Website:  www.arabamericanmuseum.org
Admission on Sundays is FREE for everyone!  Also has Free Craft Sundays for ages 6-12 (two-hour 
craft-making sessions in the museum classroom--check "Events" at the above website for upcoming dates).  Also has a free digital photography instructional program for 6th-8th grade students from Southwest Detroit after school---check under "Youth Programs" for more info or call Celia at 313-624-
0210 OR email cshallal@accesscommunity.org



HELP THE BELLE ISLE ZOO AND GET FREE PASSES!

The Detroit Zoo is recruiting volunteers for the Belle Isle Nature Zoo.  Volunteers are needed to greet visitors, answer questions, help staff special events and feed the zoo's deer.  The reward is FREE 
passes to the Detroit Zoo and more!  For more information call Linda Denomme, the zoo's volunteer services manager at 248-541-5717 ext. 3806.

The Detroit  Neighborhood City Halls have FREE Detroit Zoo tickets for low-income Detroit resident families.  The individuals must go to the City Hall in their neighborhood and show, City of Detroit 
address I.D.and Medicaid/Bridge card.  For more information call the Neighborhood City Halls 
at 313-224-3450.



VOLUNTEER FOR FREE CAMPING THIS SUMMER!

The Michigan Dept. of Natural Resources seeks volunteer hosts for its state parks and state forest campgrounds for the 2011 season.  In return for a free spot, you provide visitor assistance to camp-
ground visitors.  Applicants must be at least 18 years old and able to work five days or 30 hours 
a week for at least four consecutive weeks.  Those interested in hosting at a state park campground should contact 517-467-7401 and ask for Pam.  OR go to www.michigan.gov/dnrvolunteers and follow 
the links for becoming a volunteer campground host.  



VOLUNTEER FOR A FREE "VACATION" THIS SUMMER!

The Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association is accepting applications from anyone interested 
in living and working in one of two lighthouses in northern Michigan.  The first opportunity is at the 
St. Helena Island lighthouse, about eight miles west of the Mackinaw  Bridge.  Positions open to singles, couples and families; however children must be at least 8 years of age to participate.  The second volunteer keeper opportunity offered by the Association is at the Cheboygan River Front Range lighthouse, in downtown Cheboygan.  Two volunteers (couples or good friends) will share a bedroom 
at the lighthouse at no charge while providing an enjoyable and hospitable environment for visitors 
from 9:00 a.m. to  5:00 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays between Memorial Day and Labor 
Day.  For additional information on volunteer opportunities, send an email to info@glka.com.  



GET A LIFETIME SENIOR PASS FOR FEDERAL RECREATION SITES!

Available to U.S. Citizens and permanent residents who are 62 years and older that provides access 
to recreational areas managed by five Federal agencies.  The cost is $10 and is valid for the lifetime 
of the pass owner.  The Senior Pass admits pass owner/s and passengers in a non-commercial vehicle 
at per-vehicle fee areas and pass owner + 3 adults, not to exceed 4 adults, where per-person fees are charged.  (Children are always admitted free).  The Senior Pass also provides the pass owner a discount on some Expanded Amenity Fees such as camping, swimming, boat launching, and guided tours).  The Federal Agencies who honor this pass are the Forest Service, the National Park Service, Fish & Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, and Bureau of Reclamation as well as the Corps of Engineers and Tennessee Valley Authority.  For more information go to http://store.usgs.gov/pass/senior.html



DRIVE FOR MUCH LESS TO YOUR VACATION!

Auto Driveaway is a vehicle relocation service in which all you need is a valid driver's license and 
a $350 cash deposit which is returned to you when the vehicle has been delivered satisfactorily.  
Drivers are expected to cover about 400 miles a day and arrive at their destination by a set time.  
You can fit in some sightseeing but side trips are not allowed.  After your initial gas allowance, 
you pay for your own fuel, food and lodging.  Auto Driveaway says it is the only U.S. company 
letting outsiders drive its cars.  Spring and fall are especially busy times as vacationers move 
north or south for the season.  Call 800-346-2277 to sign up!
See similiar resources under "Cool Links--Save Money While Traveling"!



VISIT THESE MUSEUMS, EVENTS & ATTRACTIONS FOR FREE (or nearly FREE)!!!

Servicemen and women with military ID get FREE admission to Knott's Berry Farm in CA, 
Cedar Point (OH) and Cedar Fair Theme parks (www.FamilyThemeParkVacations.com) all day 
on Memorial Day!  


Looking for something to do this weekend? Remember that general admission to the Detroit 
Institute of Arts is FREE for residents of Oakland, Macomb and Wayne counties! You can enjoy
their world-class art collection, live music, art-making, puppet shows and more! www.dia.org


Visit local farms that host free tours at www.LocalHarvest.org/organic-farms/visiting.html.


Get directions for nearby scenic routes or to fun roadside attractions at www.Byways.org 
and www.Weather.com/activities/driving/scenicdrives


100 National Parks around the country will have FREE entry dates for everyone in 2013: 
January 21st, April 22-26, August 25th, September 28th, November 9th-11th.
More than 100 parks and monumentsthat customarily charge admission will be free to 
the public!  www.nps.gov
AND
Reserve National Park campsites at www.recreation.gov OR by calling 800-365-2267.
AND
If you can’t travel on one of the fee-free days, there are 394 national parks and monuments 
that are free to the public 365 days a year. Just a few of these include Ford’s Theater in Washington, 
DC; the Pony Express National Historic Trail in Colorado; the Presidio in San Francisco; Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida; the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historic Park in Ohio; and Boston’s Longfellow House. For more about national parks and monuments near you, visit the National Park Service Web site. Touring America’s many natural and historic sites doesn’t have to be  expensive!


Website:  www.fairsandfun.com
This site shows events, fairs and festivals in every state!


Find a trail to hike at:
Website:  www.nps.gov/findapark


Find out about Free Gymboree classes!
Website: www.Gymboreeclasses.com
Take your child to a Gymboree Play & Learn Class for free by printing the coupon at the 
website above!


Kids Bowl Free Summer Program           
Website:  www.kidsbowlfree.com/cp
A no-strings-attached program with the aim of providing a safe, fun recreation option for area 
youth.  There are over 750 centers in the United States participating and is part of Michelle 
Obama's "Let's Move" campaign to get kids active.  Go to the website above and register 
your children to receive two FREE games of bowling every day when open bowling is available 
throughout the summer.  The program begins April 15th and runs through Labor Day 2011. 
Up to 6 kids can be registered as well as a family pass option that allows the parents to bowl 
also with their kids.  Every week parents will receive an email containing that week's coupons 
that they can print out and bring to the bowling center to redeem for free bowling! 


Brenda's Butterfly Habitat           
Barson's Greenhouse
6414 Merriman
Westland MI 
Admission is free and donations are accepted.  The exhibit is open 1-6 p.m. every Tuesday, 
Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 1-5 p.m. on Sundays.  It is closed on Monday and Wednesday.  
You can read more about butterflies and by a Michigan author at www.ButterfliesInTheGarden.com.  


Charles M. Wright Museum of African-American History     
315 E. Warren Ave.
Detroit  MI 
Phone: 313-494-5800
Website:  www.thewright.org
Get in FREE on July 8th, 2012  for the Charter One Free Family Second Sunday.  


Buffalo Soldiers Heritage Center             
River Rouge Park, Joy at Lahser
Detroit MI 
Phone: 313-838-2727
A history center honoring the black soldiers who helped settle the West after the Civil War, 
located in the former Detroit police mounted patrol stable.  Live horses!  11 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.  
FREE!


Dossin Great Lakes Museum                    
100 Strand Drive
Belle Isle 
Detroit MI 
Phone: 313-833-5538
Donations accepted.


Matthael Botanical Gardens and Conservatory      
1800 N. Dixboro 
Ann Arbor MI 
Phone: 734-647-7600
The University of Michigan maintains these gardens, research areas and natural preserves 
around Ann Arbor.  Outdoor gardens and trails open sunrise to sunset daily and FREE.  The 
Conservatory is open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mon.-Tue. and Thu-Sun., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wed. $5, 
$2 ages 5-18 and FREE noon to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays. 


Michigan Firehouse Museum              
110 W. Cross 
Ypsilanti MI 
Phone:  734-547-0663
Memorabilia and engines in an 1898 firehouse.  10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tue.-Sat., noon-4 p.m.Sundays.  
$3, $2 seniors and firefighters, $1.50 ages 6-18 and free for ages 5 and younger.  


Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum        
100 E. Cross 
Ypsilanti MI  
Phone: 734-482-5200
Information and memorabilia concerning the history of the area's auto suppliers.  1:30-5 p.m. 
Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun.  $5 adults and free for ages 12 and younger.  


Walter P. Chrysler Museum          
1000 Chrysler Drive
Auburn Hills MI 
Phone: 888-456-1924
More than 70 antique, custom and concept vehicles, plus interactive displays and historical 
exhibits.10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tue.-Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sundays.  $8, $7 seniors, $4 ages 6-12 and free 
for ages 5 and younger.  


Belle Isle
Phone: 313-924-9032
Website:  www.fobi.org
Belle Isle is open from 6 a.m.to 10 p.m. daily and admission is free.  Gain access by taking 
MacArthur Bridge from Jefferson Avenue.  See Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory below!


Henry Ford Museum                        
20900 Oakwood Blvd.                       
Dearborn MI  48124                                                                                                               
Phone:  313-982-6001  OR  800-835-5237
Website:  www.thehenryford.org
Target Stores sponsor FREE Family Days throughout the year and for 2013 they will be January 21st,
February 4th, with more days to be announced later. This is for the museum only, not the village!  
Reservations are required for groups of 15 or more.


Bank of America Customers!
Did you know that by showing your ATM or Debit card, you can get free admission to 
the following museums?                                                                 www.bankofamerica.com
Henry Ford Museum    (No Sundays!)    
Detroit Science Museum   (No Sundays!)
Motown Museum  (No Sundays!)
Charles Wright Museum
Fredrik Meyer Gardens & Sculpture Park (Grand Rapids)


Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit
4454 Woodward, Detroit
Phone:  313-832-6622
Website:  www.mocadetroit.org 
A 22,000 square foot museum made up of a series of temporary, thought-provoking displays 
of modern art and free for visitors.  Check the website for the latest offerings and times!


Detroit Children's Museum
6134 Second Street   
Detroit  MI
Phone:  313-873-8100
Website:  www.detroitchildrensmuseum.org
The 8,000 square foot museum is run by the Detroit Public Schools and is open every weekday 
to parents who want to take their kids to a free indoor playground of exhibits to look at, games 
to play and stories to hear, craft stations and the planetarium.


Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory
Belle Isle in Detroit
Phone: 313-331-7760
Website:  http://bibsociety.org
The conservatory is free and open to the public 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily Wed.-Sunday.  The 
greenhouse and botanical garden covers 13 acres on Belle Isle.  The greenhouse and 
botanical garden are home to an extensive collection of flowers, plants and trees, and one 
of the country's largest orchid collections.   FREE!


Morley Candy Makers Factory Tour
23770 Hall   
Clinton Twp.
Phone: 800-682-2760 ext. 2218
Website:  www.morleycandy.com
Remember Pecan Torties – featuring fresh southern pecans and that "copper kettle" recipe 
caramel – and Sanders Hot Fudge Cream Puffs? This is home to both. And, in what must be 
the sweetest 35-minute tour in town, you can peep at a brief video (including a free chocolate 
sample!), check out the line in action a 100-foot observation walkway (see candy made and 
packaged right before your eyes) and top it off at the candy and gift shop, featuring a full ice 
cream parlor and oodles of products to take home.  FREE!


Chelsea Teddy Bear Factory Tour in Chelsea 
400 N. Main St., 
Chelsea,  MI 
Phone: 734-433-5499
Hours: public: 11 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m. Saturdays; private: can be scheduled Monday-Saturday 
for groups of 10-plus (call ahead for details).  FREE! 
This 35,000-square-foot facility, set in the historic Clock Tower Complex, is a great place for kids 
to learn how stuffed pals are designed, developed, made and distributed. If you've ever wondered 
what 100,000 teddy bears looks like, this is a can't-miss experience. Stop by the retail store and take 
home a new BFF, too.


JIFFY Mix Plant Tour in Chelsea
Chelsea Milling Company
201 W. North St.
Chelsea,  MI 
Phone: 734-475-1361 (ask for the tour department)
Hours: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday (by reservation only, same-day requests accommodated as 
space allows); closed holidays.  FREE!
In 1930, the Chelsea Milling Co. debuted its "little blue boxes" of ready-made baking mixes. Today, 
the family-run brand still churns out 20 products, from cakes and muffins to pancakes. In this popular 
one-hour tour, you and your kids (those in first grade or older are welcome) will stroll a full city block. 
It includes an educational film, refreshments (product samples!) and a guide-led glimpse of the packing plant.


Huron-Clinton Metro Parks                     
Phone: 800-477-2757                                 
Website:  www.metroparks.com
Offers free days along with other activities throughout the year....check the website for specific days, 
times & activities.  Free park entry and free boat launching at your favorite Metropark on Veterans' Day, Thanksgiving Holiday, Christmas Day and Martin Luther King Day.  


Tours of the GM Renaissance Center
Jefferson at Randolph
Detroit MI 
Phone:  313-567-3126
Website:  www.gmrencen.com
Free, one-hour tours held daily at 10 a.m., noon, 2 and 4 p.m.  No reservations are required for parties 
of 10 or less.  Each tour features a discussion of the automotive industry in Detroit, the contribution 
of GM to urbanization, an overview of the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy and the renewal of the international riverfront, a ride in a glass elevator to the Coach Insignia restaurant on the 72nd floor 
and time spent in the GM Next showroom back on the ground floor.  


University of Michigan Exhibit of Natural History         
1109 Geddes
Ann Arbor MI 
Phone: 734-763-6085
Website:  www..umich.edu/
Meet a skeletal allosaurus, mastodon or saber-toothed cat face-to-face or wander around a collection 
of Michigan wildlife and rock & mineral specimens at the museum!  The museum offers dinosaur tours 
at least twice a week and features a planetarium that offers weekly virtual tours of the universe.  Free 
but donation is suggested.  Planetarium shows are $5.00.  Regular hours 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mon.-Sat., 
noon-5 p.m. Sundays. 


U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology            
434 S. State Street
Ann Arbor MI 
Phone: 734-764-9304 
Website:  www.lsa.umich.edu/kelsey
Regular hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday-Friday.  Donations accepted. 


Lorenzo Cultural Center (MCC)               
44575 Garfield 
Clinton Twp., MI  
Phone: 586-445-7348
Free programs.  Regular hours 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wed.-Sat., 1-4 p.m. Sundays. 


Michigan Historical Museum                 
717 W. Allegan 
Lansing MI 
Phone: 417-484-1880
9 a.m.-4:3 p.m. Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.Sat., 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.  Free!


Monroe County Historical Museum    
126 S. Monroe 
Monroe MI 
Phone: 734-240-7780
Exhibits on early Michigan, Monroe's French-Canadian heritage, Gen. George Custer's hometown,
American Indian history.  10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wed.-Sat.  $5, $4 seniors, $1 children.


Troy Museaum & Historic Village            
60 W. Wattles Road at Livernois Road
Troy MI
Phone; 248-524-3570
Website:  http://troymi.gov/museum
Tour 10 restored historic buildings year-round to discover more about Troy's heritage.  Open 
Tuesday-Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  $3 for adults, $2 for ages 6-17, free for ages 6 and under. 


University of Michigan Lowbrow Astronomers & Student Astronomical Society
Website:  www.umich.edu and search "lowbrows"
Amateur stargazers and the public can gather for Star Parties on spring and summer evenings.  


University of Michigan Museum of Art          
525 S. State Street
Ann Arbor  MI 
Phone: 734-764-0395
Website:  www.umma.umich.edu
The Museum is always free, but on July 14th, 2012 it also offers story time for kids ages 4-7 at 11 a.m.  


The Computer & Video Game Archive at University of Michigan
2281 Bonisteel Blvd.
Ann Arbor MI  48109
Phone:  734-763-6533
Located at the Art,  Architecture & Engineering Library, it is open from noon to 9 p.m. Mondays 
and from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays.  FREE Games are on a first-come, first-served 
basis.  As popularity grows, the library may require reservations!  Call ahead to check!


University of Michigan Gifts of Arts Program
University Hospital, Main Lobby
1500 E. Medical Center Drive
Ann Arbor MI  
Phone: 734-936-2787
Website:  www.med.umich.edu/goa
Geared towards patients in the U-M health system, but the public is welcome to visit the galleries 
or attend weekly free concerts!  It also regularly features artists offering demonstrations or classes 
in their medium and holds two free concerts a year at Hill Auditorium.


2nd Saturdays On The Riverfront
Rivard Plaza
1340 E. Atwater Street
Detroit MI  
Website:  www.detroitriverfront.org
GREAT EVENTS--FREE TO THE PUBLIC!
AND
Detroit RiverWalkers:  Free senior walking group (60 and older) in partnership with Detroit Receiving Hospital.  Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 to 11 a.m. through August on the Detroit RiverWalk.  For 
details about the program, call 313-745-2673.  
&
RiverFront Canine Club:  Free dog-walking social group in partnership with Canine to Five.  Guided 
dog walk 6:30 p.m. Wed. and 10 a.m. Sun. through Oct. 31.  Meet at Rivard Place.


To find area walks, both competitive and noncompetitive and charity events, go to www.active.com/MichiganWalks


For Michigan walking trails:  www.traillink.com/stateactivity/mi-walking-trails.aspx


To find other walkers in your area:  http://walkers.meetup.com/cities/us/mi/detroit. 


Holocaust Memorial Center
28123 Orchard Lake
Farmington Hills, MI  
Phone:  248-553-2515
Exhibits portray and preserve the memory of the 6 million Jews murdered in the Holocaust 
and Jewish life in Europe prior to it.  Sun.-Thur. 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Friday from 9:30 a.m. 
to 12:30 p.m.  FREE but donations appreciated.


Shalom Street at the Jewish Community Center         
6600 W. Maple
West Bloomfield MI 
Phone: 877-742-5663
Free admission, fee for art activities.  1-5 p.m. Sun.-Thur. 


Selfridge Military Air Museum
27333 C Street                                
Mount Clemens MI  
Phone:  586-307-6768
Website:  www.selfridgeairshow.org
Indoor and outdoor displays of memorabilia and historic aircraft from noon to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays 
& Sundays.  $4, $3 ages 4-12, younger than 4 free.


Anton Art Center                     
125 Macomb Place
Mount Clemens, MI 
Phone:  586-469-8666
Website:  www.theartcenter.org
FREE Family Fun Day on July 15th, 2012 for a cloth book and magazine making workshop form 1-4 p.m.


Mill Race Historical Village
215 Griswold 
Northville MI
Phone:  248-348-1845 
Grounds open dawn to dusk through October.  Free!


Maybury Farm
50165 Eight Mile 
Northville MI  
Phone:  248-374-0200
The working farm offers live barnyard animals for petting.  Enter at the farm entrance, not the state 
park entrance.  11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wed-Sun. through December 1st, weather permitting.


Historic Ft. Wayne
6325 W. Jefferson 
Detroit MI 
Phone:  313-224-6385
Take a self-guided tour of the fort buildings, some from the 1840's, built to protect against British 
military advancement.  Ft. Wayne was the primary induction center for Michigan troops entering 
into battle from the Civil War to Vietnam.  9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays.  
Free admission and $5 parking.  


Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library
1000 Beal 
Ann Arbor MI 
Phone:  734-205-0555
8:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday.  
Archival materials on U.S. domestic issues, foreign relations and political affairs.  Free!


Detroit City Airport            
11499 Conner Street
Detroit MI 
Phone:  313-843-8849  Tuskegee Airmen Museum
Free airplane rides for children are being offered from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. the second Sunday of each 
month!   Children must bring a parent and have a signed waiver from the parent to take the ride.  
After the ride, the child's name will appear in the world's largest log book and they will receive a personalized "Spirit of Flight" certificate.  


Yankee Air Museum                             
Collections & Exhibits Building
Willow Run Airport
47884 D Street
Belleville  MI  
Phone: 734-483-4030
Free for ages 17 and younger accompanied by an adult.  Adults $3, $2 students with ID, or $5 a family. 


Motawi Tileworks
170 Enterprise Drive 
Ann Arbor MI  (about 1 mile off I-94, near Jackson Road on the city's west side)
Phone: 734-213-0017
Website:  www.motawi.com
Free hour-long tours are offered at 11 a.m. every Thursday.  


Lakeshore Learning Store
12210 Hall Road
Sterling Heights MI  
Phone:  586-803-1435
Every Saturday, free crafts for kids from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for ages 3 and up!



Volunteer as a Family!
Website:  www.volunteermatch.org
Help out in your community while spending time together as a family!


How to Keep Kids Entertained During Christmas Break!
Website:  www.ehow.com/how_4621305_kids-entertained-during-christmas-break


Don't forget your local library which usually has a full schedule of activities for both children and adults.



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