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									              Family Fun Guide                                                                                                      Table of Contents
                                                                                                     Introduction ............................................................................. 1-9
                                                                                                     Fruit and Vegetable Picking..................................................... 10
                                                                                                     Art Classes ............................................................................... 11
                                                                                                     American Youth Soccer Organization ..................................... 12
                                                                                                     Beach Party .............................................................................. 13
                                                                                                     Basketball................................................................................. 14
                                                                                                     Bike Riding .............................................................................. 15
                                                                                                     Berry Picking ........................................................................... 16
                                                                                                     Bowling .................................................................................... 17
                                                                                                     Camping (Day Camps) ............................................................ 18
                                                                                                     Camping (Overnight) ............................................................... 19
                                                                                                     Cross Country Skiing ............................................................... 20
                                                                                                     Drama....................................................................................... 21
                                                                                                     Festivals (South Haven) ........................................................... 22
    It’s up to you what you want to do…                                                              Fideland Fun Park .................................................................... 23
  Play Hard in (and around) South Haven                                                              Fishing ..................................................................................... 24
                                                                                                     Four Square .............................................................................. 25
                                                                                                     Gardening................................................................................. 26



                        Table of Contents (Cont.)                                                                         Introduction – For Parents
Golf/Mini-golf .......................................................................... 27        Why This Guide?
HarborWalk .............................................................................. 28
Horseback Riding ..................................................................... 29           This guide was developed with South Haven kids and
Hula Hoops ............................................................................... 30       families in mind.
Ice Skating ................................................................................ 31     Children today are not active enough. Being inactive can lead
Jump Rope ................................................................................ 32       to serious health problems that used to show up only in adults
Kal-Haven Trail ..................................................................... 33            such as diabetes, asthma, heart disease, and high blood
Karate ....................................................................................... 34
Nature Walk ............................................................................. 35
                                                                                                    pressure.
Organized Sports ...................................................................... 36          Children should be active every day — and they should have
Play Structures for Kids............................................................ 37             fun doing it! This guide contains lots of fun things kids can do
Sidewalk Chalk......................................................................... 38          in and around South Haven to be active. So turn off your TV,
Skate Park ................................................................................. 39     dump the controller, choose something out of this book and…
Sledding .................................................................................... 40
Snow Fun .................................................................................. 41      Play hard in South Haven. You’ll be glad you did!
Swimming ................................................................................ 42
Tennis ....................................................................................... 43
4-H Programs (MSU Extension) .............................................. 44                                                                       1.
    Children’s Eating and Physical Activity Habits                             Link Physical Activity with Books
           Are Not What They Should Be:                              There is a natural link between reading, nutrition, and physical
    -    The percentage of children and adolescents who are          activity. Kids love to read stories about things that are
         overweight has more than doubled in the past thirty years   connected to their own daily lives such as playing sports, being
         with most of the increase since the late 1970’s.            active and family mealtime.
    -    Over one half of the children at the highest weight         Each activity in this book has a Book Link that goes with it.
         percentiles will persist in being heavy into adulthood.     You can find many of these books at school and at the local
                                                                     library. If you read the Book Link book, to or with your child
    -    Between 1977 and 1995 the number of walking and             before, after (or sometimes while) doing the activity you will
         bicycling trips made by children ages 5-15 dropped by       help to teach him or her that being physically active is
         40%.                                                        healthy— and fun!
    -    Children ages 2-18 spend an average of four hours a day
         watching television or videotapes, playing video games or
         using a computer.


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                Great Places to Read and Play                                          Get Busy Reading!!!
                                                                     Research shows that children who read in their free time are
In South Haven, there are lots of places you can play with your      better readers, so…start encouraging your child to read today!
child, then sit down and read a good book. So grab your child’s
favorite book, pack some water and a healthy snack and visit          Pick a place to read. Set up a reading corner where your
these great places in South Haven where you can read and play.       child can read, somewhere in your house where it’s not too
                                                                     busy or noisy. Make it comfortable by adding a reading light
       On the beach (north or south)                                and a comfortable chair or some pillows.
       Dyckman Park (across from City Hall)
                                                                      Stop the interruptions! Find time to read to or with your
       Riverfront Marina (South Beach)
                                                                     child every day. Turn off the pagers and cell phones. Don’t
       Stanly Johnston Park (under the giant trees)
                                                                     answer the door or phone. Your child will appreciate the
       The Bluff (South Beach)                                      attention and know that he or she is special to you.
       Packard Park (North Beach)
                                                                      Be a reading role model. Let your child see you reading a
                                                                     book or magazine. Talk about how you use reading in your job
                                                                     throughout the day.

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    Make Reading Part of Your Active Lifestyle                                             Read and Move
           Fun Literacy Games to Play on the Go                                 Try these fun books that make you want
Outdoor ABC: Say a letter. The first person to name five                                  to get up and move!
things to do outside beginning with that letters gets to pick the          The Animal Boogie by Debbie Harter
next letter.
                                                                           Dem Bones by Bob Barner
Groovy Letters: Try to shape your body like letters in the
alphabet and have players guess the letters. Spell out a word.             Animal Action ABC by Karen Pandell
The first one to guess the word gets to go next.                           Shimmy Shake Earthquake: Don’t Forget to Dance Poems
Moving Rhymes: Hop, stop, pop—these words all rhyme!                        by Cynthia Jabar
Make a game of rhyming activity words and then doing the
activity. Whoever goes first picks a word and everyone does
the activity. The next person chooses a word that rhymes and
everyone does that activity, and on it goes!


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                                                                                             Team Nutrition
            South Haven Memorial Library                            Team Nutrition is a national initiative designed to motivate,
           Check out the books and fun activities!                  encourage, and empower schools, families and the community to
                                                                    work together to continually improve school meals and to make
The South Haven Memorial Library has a wonderful variety
                                                                    food and physical activity choices for a healthy lifestyle.
of books available to check out. Free activities, story hours,
                                                                    Team Nutrition is helping children in grades pre-K through 12 and
and summer reading programs are available.
                                                                    their families to:
The Library is located at 314 Broadway, next to the Post Office.
                                                                           Eat a variety of foods.
                   Call 637-2403 for details.
                                                                           Eat more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
                                                                           Eat lower fat foods more often.
                                                                           Get your calcium-rich foods.
                                                                           Be physically active.

                                                                           To learn more about Michigan Team Nutrition, go to:
                                                                                        www.tn.fcs.msue.msu.edu

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             Apples and Pumpkin Picking                                                   Art Classes
There are several places in (and around) South Haven where        ―Art‖ can include lots of different ways to wake your body up
you can pick apples and pumpkins for a reasonable price — and     and get you moving. The South Haven Center for the Arts
get exercise while doing it!                                      often has kids’ classes that are good for your body such as:
1. The Dutch Farm Market: (South Haven) 637-8337                  1. Music and Movement
2. Stephenson Farms: (South Haven) 637-4824                       2. Children’s Theater
3. Crane’s Apple Orchard: (Fennville) 269-561-8651                3. Children’s Dance
                                                                  Call the South Haven Center for the Arts for more information
                                                                  about kids’ classes: 637-1041.
    Always wash the outside of fresh fruit before you eat it.

                                                                    Book Link: Frog Legs: A Picture Book of Action Verses
    Book Link: Apples and Pumpkins by Anne Rockwell
                                                                                     by Greg Shannon




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                                                                                         Beach Party
                            AYSO
            American Youth Soccer Association                     You don’t need much to have fun at the beach, just pack plenty
                                                                  of water to drink and some sunscreen. Try these activities to
Over 400 kids in South Haven play soccer for the American         get moving at the beach:
Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO). If your child is interested
in playing soccer in South Haven here are some things you         1. Build a sandcastle bigger than any one you’ve ever seen!
should know.                                                      2. Dig a hole and bury your best friend. Make sure his or her
                                                                     head is sticking all the way out.
1. Sign up for soccer is always in the spring for the following   3. Play beach volleyball or Frisbee.
   fall.                                                          4. Walk or run on the beach.
2. Soccer in South Haven is a fall/spring sport. You only need    5. Hula-hoop on the beach.
   to sign up once in the spring to play the following
   fall/spring. Call Kim at 227-3986 for more information.
3. Parents are encouraged to get involved and to coach soccer.             Book Link: How Will We Get to the Beach?
   Training is FREE, required, and fun!                                               by Brigitte Luciani
       Book Link: We Love Soccer by Peggy Harrison

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                          Basketball                                                          Bike Riding
If you have a basketball, or any other ball that will reach and fit   Riding a bike is a great way to build strong leg muscles. Bike-
through the hoop you can play basketball for free at the              riding tips:
following city parks:                                                 1.   Always wear a bike helmet.
1. Elkenburg Park                                                     2.   Wear closed-toe shoe such as tennis shoes or sneakers.
2. Stanley Johnston Park                                              3.   Don’t put more than one person on a bike built for one.
3. Optimist’s Tot Lot                                                 4.   Ride where it’s safe.

Parks close at 10 p.m.                                                Just learning how? Practice with an adult or older sister or
                                                                      brother someplace where the ground isn’t bumpy, for example,
                                                                      a church parking lot when church is not is session.


      Book Link: My Basketball Book by Gail Gibbons                          Book Link: Duck on a Bike by David Shannon




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                         Berry Picking
                                                                                                Bowling
Picking berries is hard work but the reward (great tasting
berries) is worth it! Pick your own berries at these places:          Bowling builds up your arm and leg muscles and helps to
                                                                      develop coordination. You can bowl at Lakeside Entertainment
1. De Grandchamp’s Blueberry Farm: (South Haven) 637-
                                                                      Center in South Haven. Lakeside Facts:
   3915
2. Stephenson Farms: (South Haven) 637-4824                           1. The cost for kids to bowl is $1.75 for shoes and $2.75 per
3. Earl’s Berry Farm: (Fennville) 269-227-2074                           game.
                                                                      2. Bumpers, which make bowling easier for children and
           Always wash berries before you eat them.
                                                                         adults are available at Lakeside.
                                                                      3. Lakeside has kid’ bowling league. Call 637-4354 for more
                                                                         information.

        Book Link: The Berry Book by Gail Gibbons
                                                                                Book Link: I Can Bowl! By Linda Johns



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                       Day Camps                                                          Camping
Looking for something fun to do this summer? Try a day camp
                                                                Van Buren State Park (637-2788) is one of the nicest state parks
where you will be active and learning. No boredom allowed!
                                                                in Michigan—and it’s just around the corner. Reserve a
1. Youth and Company, call 637-0599                             campsite for just $15 per night. Don’t want to camp? Go for a
2. Maritime Museum, call 637-8078                               day trip, vehicle passes are $4 per car. At the park:
3. Sports Camps e.g. softball, basketball, etc, call South
                                                                1. Go for a hike through the woods to the lake. Take a swim!
   Haven Public Schools, Athletic Dept., 637-0518
                                                                2. Play at the outdoor swings and play structure.
                                                                3. Visit the park the last week of September and take part in
                                                                   the annual Pumpkin Fest.

       Book Link: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
                     by Judi Barrett                                   Book Link: When I go Camping with Grandma
                                                                                   By Marion Bauer




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                Cross – Country Skiing                                         Drama – Become an Actor
The trails at Van Buren State Park and on the Kal-Haven Trail   Being in a play, singing, and dancing are exercise! Turn off the
are quite, beautiful, and great for cross-country skiing.       TV and make up a play of your own or contact of the
1. Make sure you dress warmly and wear a hat.                   organizations below and find out when the next kids’
2. Bring with you a healthy snack and some water to drink.      production, program, or class is.
3. Go with someone who knows the trails.                        1. Blue Star Music Camp: 639-7827
                                                                2. Our Town Players: 639-8228
                                                                3. The South Haven Center for the Arts: 637-1041

           Book Link: Elympics by X. J. Kennedy
                                                                       Book Link: Rattlesnake Dance by Jim Arnosky




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                Festivals in South Haven                                                Fideland Fun Park
                                                                    Looking for something fun to do? Visit Fideland Fun Park,
Put on a pair of comfortable shoes and walk down to South           68099 Co. Rd. 388 in South Haven. At Fideland you can:
Beach where several local festivals are held each year. These
festivals often include physical activity stations or booths, for   1. Practice batting at the batting cages. (75 for 10-12 balls)
example a climbing wall, soccer kick, fun run, and more.            2. Play 18 holes of mini-golf for $3.50 a person.
                                                                    3. Drive bumper boats or go-karts.
1. Harbor Fest (mid to late June)
2. Blueberry Festival (mid August)                                              Questions? Call Fideland: 637-3123
3. Ice Breaker Festival (Dress warmly and check out the cool                            Open May – October
   ice sculptures!)
     Call the South Haven Visitor’s Bureau for exact dates:
                        269-637-5252                                             Book Link: Eight Animals Play Ball
                                                                                     by Susan Middleton Elya
            Book Link: Fiesta! By June Behrens




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                           Fishing                                                           Four Square
Grab a pole and gather up a few worms. Fishing in South             All that’s needed is a large rubber ball and a piece of chalk to
Haven is free for kids under 16 years old!                          draw the squares.
Every year there is one weekend when fishing is FREE for both       How to Play Four Square:
kids and adults. Call 637-0771 to find out when that week is.       1. Draw a large square about (20' x 20'), then draw a large
      Don’t go fishing alone. Bring an adult with you.                 cross in the middle, dividing the large square into four
                                                                       smaller squares.
                                                                    2. Each player (4) stands in a square.
                                                                    3. The object of the game is to keep the ball in play. The ball
     Book Link: Just Me and My Dad by Mercer Mayer                     must bounce one time in each square before returning it to
                                                                       another square.
                                                                                     Book Link: To Be a Kid
                                                                               by Maya Ajmera and John D. Invanko



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                           Gardening                                                        Golf/Mini Golf
 If you have dirt in your yard and a few seeds you can have a         Golf and mini-golf are fun to play and playing often helps you
 garden. Gardening is good exercise. You bend and stretch a lot       develop eye-hand coordination. Places to golf and play mini-
 when you are planting, watering, and weeding a garden.               golf in South Haven include:
 Gardening tips:                                                      Mini Golf:
 1. Buy seeds or plants that are right for the kind of sun and dirt         Lakeside Entertainment Center: 637-4354
    you have. Read the package to find out what will grow best              Fideland Fun Park: 637-3123
    in your yard.                                                     Golf:
 2. You don’t need a lot of fancy tools to garden with,                     The South Haven Golf Course: 637-3896
    something to dig with and something to hold water should                Glen Shores: 227-3226
    be all you need.
 3. Water your garden every day.
                                                                              Book Link: Count on Golf by Susan Greene
You can buy plant and flower seeds at Wolverine Hardware in
downtown South Haven or at Wal-Mart.
         Book Link: The Surprise Garden by Zoe Hall

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                         Harbor Walk                                                      Horseback Riding
 Stroll and learn about the lumberyards, shipping, and local          Do you love horses? Most kids do. Find out what it’s like to
 history of South Haven by reading the historical plaques posted      ride on a horse at Tippecanoe Ranch.
 along the way.                                                       Tippecanoe Ranch …..
 1. Start at either the North or South Pier.                          1. Has Western broke horses;
 2. Follow the signs by walking the length of the pier, through       2. Has guided trails that include sand dunes, pines, and
    town, over the Dyckman Bridge and to the next pier.                  country acres;
 3. If it’s summer, take a break and go for a swim once you get       3. Has pony rides for young children that are available for
    there.                                                               $5.00 each;
 Never walk on the pier when the waves are splashing over it.         4. Is located at 01438 C.R. 687, in South Haven, and is open
                                                                         year around.
                         It’s dangerous.
      Book Link: Bear About Town by Stella Blackstone                                        Call: 637-4434
                                                                         Book Link: Robert the Rose Horse by Joan Heilbroner



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                       Hula Hoops                                                          Ice Skating
Hula hooping is a great way to get your body moving, and it’s    In Winter 2004 South Haven will have its own ice skating rink!
fun? So haul out the hula-hoops and….                            Ice-skating is great exercise. Skating strengthens your whole
                                                                 body, especially your legs and heart. About the ice rink:
1. Have a hula-hooping contest.
2. Try hula hooping with the hoop around your neck, arms, or     1. It hasn’t been decided yet where the rink will go but it will
   feet.                                                            be located somewhere it the downtown area.
3. Try jump roping with a hula-hoop.                             2. You will be able to rent skates at the ice-skating rink.
                                                                 3. There will be a warming house where you can buy hot
You can buy hula-hoops at the South Haven Wal-Mart, in
                                                                    chocolate and snacks at the ice rink.
the outdoor toy section, for $4-$8.
                                                                 Call the City of South Haven Leisure Services Director at 637-
                                                                 0771 for more information about the ice rink.
             Book Link: Come Out and Play
          By Maya Ajmera and John D. Invanko
                                                                          Book Link: Slip! Slip! Skate! By Gail Herman



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                        Jump Rope                                                       Kal-Haven Trail
Jumping rope is a great way to strengthen your body and your     The Kal-Haven trail is one of the most beautiful trails in the
mind at the same time while your learn and recite jump rope      state. You can get on the trail behind the Moose Lodge and if
rhymes. Try jumping rope…                                        you’re up for it you can walk (or bike) 33 miles to Kalamazoo!
1. Backwards one foot at a time or with your feet together;      Trail information:
2. With your eyes closed (be careful!),                          1.   There are bathrooms along the trail.
3. Cross-over style; Just before you jump, cross your arms and   2.   Bring a healthy snack and some water with you.
   jump through the smaller loop;                                3.   No motorized vehicles are allowed on the trail.
4. Together with your best friend.                               4.   Don’t disturb animals or pick flowers on the trail.


                                                                            Book Link: Rabbit Food by Susanna Gretz
     Book Link: Anna Banana: 101 Jump Rope Rhymes
                    By Joanna Cole



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                           Karate
Attitudes Fitness Dojo in downtown South Haven offers karate                           Nature Walk (fall)
lessons for kids. Karate is great for your body and kelps kids     In the fall, bundle up and take a Nature Walk with your family
develop strength, coordinator, flexibility, and discipline.        around the neighborhood. Collect fallen leaves, acorns, and
Karate classes for kids at Attitudes include:                      pinecones and other items. Make a bird feeder by following
                                                                   these directions.
1. Little Dragons for 3-7 year olds.
2. Beginning karate, and karate for more advanced students,        Cover a large pinecone end-to-end with peanut putter. Roll in
   ages 8 and older.                                               birdseed. Tie a string on the end and hang from a tree on your
                                                                   porch.
   Call Rick Lambert at 637-1160 for more information


      Book Link: Bearobics: A Hip Hob Counting Story
                      by Vic Parker                                       Book Link: Take a Tree Walk by Jane Kirkland




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                    Organized Sports                                                     Play Structures
There are lots of different organized sports you can play in       South Haven parks have great play structures for young
South Haven, but what is offered one year might not be offered     children under 10 years old. Visit these parks:
the next. Call the South Haven Pubic Schools Athletic              1. Kid’s Corner (by South Beach, off of Monroe Blvd.)
Director’s office (637-0518) or the City of South Haven Leisure    2. Optimist’s Tot Lot
Services Director (637-0771) for more information on the           3. Packard Park (by north Beach, off of Lakeshore Drive).
following sports:                                                     This park has modern art that is safe for kids to climb on.
Softball                            Book Link: Game Time!          Pack water and a healthy snack, take a break, and curl up with a
Baseball                             by Stuart J. Murphy           good book when you go to the park. Parents should read to
Volleyball                                                         their kids every day.
Basketball
Cheerleading
Ultimate Football                                                 Book Link: Oh the Things You Can Do That Are Good For You!
Swimming (Rams Aquatic Club)                                                             by Trish Rabe
Wrestling


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                                                                                        Visit the Skate Park
                       Sidewalk Chalk                                Tony Hawk watch out! Sharpen your skateboarding or
 Let the inner artist inside you shine, and have fun outside while   rollerblading skills at the South Haven Skate Park. It’s FREE!
 doing it! Grab a bucket of sidewalk chalk, find a safe place to     1. The park is located on South Beach, next to Sherman’s Ice
 draw and…                                                              Cream Parlor.
 1. Invite a friend over and take turns tracing around each          2. The park is open at sunrise and closes at 10 pm. There is no
      other’s bodies.                                                   adult supervision at the park.
 2. Draw hopscotch and play hopscotch.                               3. Wear a helmet and safety pads.
 3. Draw a number line and see how high you can count.               4. The skate park is maintained by the city. If you have
      Practice hopping to every other number.                           questions or concerns about the skate park, call 637-0771.
You can buy sidewalk chalk at Wal-Mart or one of the local
dollar stores for $1-3 per bucket.
                                                                           Book Link: Wait, Skates! By Mildred d. Johnson
   Book Link: Eggbert the Slightly Cracked Egg by Tom Ross


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                           Sledding                                                           Snow Fun
 Sledding is fun and your heart and legs get stronger when you       Even if you don’t ski or snowboard, there are lots of fun things
 pull your sled up the hill. Places to sled in South Haven           you can do outside in the snow for fun – right in your own back
 include:                                                            yard!
 1. Coast Guard Hill. Located on the corner of Michigan Ave.         1. Make a snow fort. Climb inside and sip hot chocolate.
    and St. Joseph.                                                  2. Make a snow angel family.
 2. Behind Central School.                                           3. Have a snowball fight. Make sure everyone agrees to be in
                                                                        ―the fight‖ before you begin.
Sledding can be dangerous. Dress warmly and watch out for
other sledders. Older sleds made of wood and metal can be very
dangerous. Don’t use this kind of sled on the sledding hills.
                                                                               Book Link: Snow Day by Ezra Jack Keats

         Book Link: Perfect Day for It by Jan Fearnley




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                 Swimming – Indoor
             The Holland Aquatic Center                                                     Tennis
Don’t let cold weather keep you from having fun in the water.    Tennis is fun and your heart and legs get stronger when you
Visit the Holland Aquatic Center (in Holland, MI) on Family      play. If you’re just beginning your tennis career or you already
Night where the per family fee is just $10.50. Call (269) 393-   have it started, there is a spot for you in South Haven summer
7595.                                                            tennis program. Call 637-0518 for more information.
1. From June 6—Labor Day Family Night is M, W, and F 5-8         1.    The South Haven summer tennis program runs for five
   pm. During the School Year Family Night is M, W, and F              weeks.
   6-8:30 pm.                                                    2.    The cost of the program is $40 per player.
2. The Aquatic Center has a 150-foot water slide and lots of     3.    Beginning and advanced players welcome.
   other great activities for kids and families.                 4.    Lesson times vary.
  Book Link: Froggy Learns to Swim by Jonathan London
                                                                      Book Link: Cam Jansen and the Tennis Trophy Mystery
                                                                                      by David A. Adler


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                      4-H Programs
Michigan State University Extension, 4-H and other programs
are especially good at getting kids active and keeping them
moving while doing things they enjoy. Call the Van Buren
county MSU Extension office to find out what’s available!


                   Phone: 269-657-7745
               Address: 801 Hazen St., Suite A
                    Paw Paw, MI 49079




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