As we get ready to welcome 2021, finding activities and things to do is a little different from most years in the past. Although we are limited due to the pandemic, there’s still lots of fun family activities you can do safely. From festivals to escape rooms and more, there’s plenty to look forward to in Goodrich next year.
For all the working parents in 2021, stay safe by checking out these questions to ask your childcare center before sending your child.
Good Times in Goodrich
“Good Times in Goodrich” is an annual family-focused festival hosted by Goodrich Festivals & Events, a nonprofit organization working to give back to the community. The festival typically takes place during the first week of August.
Have a sweet ride you want to show off? This event’s primary attraction is a car show, which anybody can sign up to drive in. If cars aren’t your thing, the festival will also feature live music from local artists. There will be bounce houses and arts and crafts for the little ones. For the adults, there will be a beer tent along with up to 15 different food booths. This festival will have something fun for everyone, making it the perfect family activity.
If you love fall, you’re guaranteed to enjoy a trip to Porter’s Orchard. The orchard strives to provide Goodrich with farm-fresh, organic groceries. They have even started offering curbside grocery pickup in response to the pandemic. They offer a wide variety of groceries, including cider, honey, popcorn, donuts, apples, meat, and more. They created an online local grocer featuring items from different local farmers’ markets so people can order items online and come pick them up curbside.
In addition to all the fresh goodies, there are family activities for all ages to enjoy. Throughout September and October, they offer a variety of fall-themed activities. Hayrides start at $1 and take guests through a tour of the orchard. You can expect to see their rows of beautiful apple trees, the cornfield, and the pumpkin patch.
Their corn maze starts at $6 and includes a hayride. The maze takes you along 14 acres of twists and turns and has two paths: a shorter one for the kiddos and daredevils can brave the full maze. You don’t have to stress about getting lost because the tractor driver takes regular trips out to the cornfield to make sure everyone finds their way out.
Starting at the end of September, the pumpkin patch will be ready for picking! For $10, you can get your perfect pumpkin and enjoy a hayride. If Porter’s Orchard sounds like fun to you, you can host events like birthday parties, weddings, family reunions, and more at the orchard.
Nature lovers, this one’s for you! This Genessee County Park, located in Goodrich, spans 150 acres of the natural landscape. People can travel the terrain to discover beautiful new sights. Traveling to this park would make for an excellent family activity.
Along the trail, visitors can:
- ride bikes
- go fishing
- kayak and canoe
Fish on Kearsley Creek and launch your kayak or canoe onto the Atlas Millpond. The Gale Road trail is newly completed and located right across from the county park. The trail can lead you into downtown Goodrich. Dogs are welcome on the trail as long as they have a leash, just don’t forget to clean up after them!
Michigan Escape Games
Check out Michigan Escape Games for a unique family activity. Located in Davison, MI, it’s just a short drive from Goodrich. You and your friends and family can challenge one another to solve puzzles and find clues in the escape room. These games are meant to be for groups of 2-12 people. The goal is to try to escape the room within one hour.
They have around nine escape rooms with different themes and difficulty levels. For the murder mystery lovers, there’s a CSI themed room. Into ghost stories? Try “The Dwelling,” where the main goal is to banish spirits from a haunted house. They also offer a 75-minute escape game for those who want a little more time to solve the puzzle.
Michigan Escape Games have made accommodations to stay safe during the pandemic. Group sizes are limited to 10 or less, and overall capacity has been reduced. Participants and employees must wear a mask.
Suppose your family is still not comfortable going out, no worries! We’ve got you covered. Check out our favorite kids’ subscription boxes for at-home family activities.