November Crafts and Activities for Families

Create Fall Art

Get out and explore Mother Nature for art supplies. You’ll find plenty of leaves, sticks, rocks, and even bird feathers that can be turned into beautiful fall art. Use this fall art to create keepsakes for yourself, gifts for family and friends, and seasonal decor for your own home.

Enjoy Cooler Bike Excursions

Bikes get parked in the garage when the weather gets too hot. And once that kickstand goes down for a few days, kids tend to forget about their bikes until next spring. But fall is the perfect time to dig them out of the garage to go on some bike excursions.

Play Indoors

Build a fort or go to the closet and play flashlight games. There’s so much fun you can have with your kids in the house that gives you quality time together and prevents them from spending the day in front of the TV or on their tablets.

Leaf Pile Race

To play this game, you will need plenty of autumn leaves. You can save the ones you rake from your yard in large bags until ready to play. Divide the players into two teams. Place two hula hoops on the ground in the yard. Pour out the leaves around the yard. Give each team a rake, and set a timer. Teams have until the time is up to rake up, carry, gather, and pile as many leaves as they can in their hula-hoop circles. When time is up, the team with the tallest pile of leaves wins.


The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Turns 50

Let’s Celebrate The Very Hungry Caterpillar!

Join us March 20th from 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm at the White Pine Library in Stanton

A birthday party celebration! Join us in story time, songs, finger play, fun food caterpillar snack creations and CAKE

Each family that attends will receive their very own copy of The Very Hungry Caterpillar

For more information or to RSVP please contact: White Pine Library at 989- 831-4327 or Great Start Montcalm at 616-225-6146 or email: 

Children’s Dental Health Fair, February 26th

Alpha Family Services and Montcalm County Great Starts invites you to:

Come join us February 27th from 5:00 – 7:00 pm at the Flat River Community Library in Greenville for a Fun Free Family Event!

Come get your picture taken with the Tooth Fairy and joins with us in:

Story Time





For More information or to RSVP, please contact: Alpha Family Services at 616-225-2265 or Montcalm County Great Start at 616-225-6146 or email 

September 15, 2018 Early Childhood Conference

“Planting the Seeds for the Future”, Early Childhood Conference

Location: Greenville High School, 111 N Hillcrest, Greenville, MI 48838

Date: September 15, 2018

Time: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Stephanie Grant, PhD, LPC, Director of the Reach Parent- Child Program and Trauma Informed Communities.

During the keynote, Dr. Stephanie Grant will discuss what neurodevelopmental trauma is and provide an overview of how children from difficult places are often different and need different supports from their caregivers to be successful.

Early Childhood Conference Brochure 2018

Early Childhood Conference Registration Form 2018

Early Childhood Conference Vendor Registration Form 2018

2018 Summer Food Programs

FREE MEALS will be made available to children 18 years of age and under.  Some locations will accept  persons up to age 26 who are enrolled in an educational  program for the mentally or physically disabled that is recognized by a State or local public educational agency.   Children do not have to be enrolled in a summer education program or enrolled at the specific school districts to receive the meals.

PLEASE contact the location you would like to attend if you have any questions.

Click Here to see a list of Free Meal programs in Montcalm County 2018 Summer Food Programs

2018 Easter Egg Hunt Events

Montcalm County 2018 Easter Egg Hunts and Events

March 24th

Calvary Lutheran Church –  Carson City @ 10 AM

Central Michigan Sportsman Club Relay for Life Fundraiser –  Food, Games, Arts & Crafts – Starts at 11 AM – 1 PM – 4391 E Stanton Rd, Stanton

Ensley Park –  Register for bike prizes – Howard City @ 1 PM 

Blanchard Lanes – @ 10 AM (Check with them to make sure.)

March 31st

Pine Township Park – Langston @ 11 AM

Crystal Township Park – @ 10 AM

Pearl Street Park – Greenville – Host: Shiloh Community Church @ 10 AM

Grove Park – Carson City @ 1 PM

Curtis Park – Edmore @ 10 AM

Robert Davis Memorial Park – McBride @ 10 AM

Mill Pond – Blanchard @ 1 PM

Petersen Park – Trufant @ 1 PM

March 31st

Alpha Family Center – Greenville – Activities, Easter Bunny, Snacks @ 1 PM 

Lakeview Elementary Soccer Fields – Host: Lakeview Community Church – register for bike prizes @ 11 AM 

Anderson & Girls Orchard – @ 10:30 AM – Get there early! Photos with Easter Bunny: 9 Am – 11:30 AM

(Ladies of) Roughroads MC – Public Welcome! Egg Hunt, Games, Coloring Contest, Snacks – Starts at 12 PM – 3 PM –  

7257 Cutler Rd. Lakeview

Pine Grove Church – Stanton Easter “Egg”-Stravaganza –  Games, Snacks, Crafts, Giveaways, Egg Launcher, Free Family Photos – 

Starts at 11 AM – 1 PM

Central Montcalm MS Practice Fields – Host: Central Montcalm Community Church – register for bike prizes – @ 12 PM 

Greenville Bible Methodist – Prizes, Candy and Fun – @ 11 AM – 929 Greenbrier St.

Bible Wesleyan Church Sheridan @ 11 AM – 8055 Castle Rd. (off M-57)

Click to view flyer to be able to print and share! Montcalm County 2018 Easter Egg Hunts and Events