Spring Break fun for kids on tap

For families not taking a vacation over Spring Break, the Optimist Club of Alpena once again offers a free Family Fun Day of activities sure to keep kids engaged.

“The event has a tremendous impact on the kids,” said Optimist members. “They as well as the parents and grandparents look forward to this event each year.”

This year’s Family Fun Day takes place March 25 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Alpena High School and the Plaza Pool. A variety of activities are planned throughout the day. Featured will be:

  • Face painting
  • Visit by Smokey Bear
  • Rope making
  • Computerized games
  • Crafts
  • Games
  • Swimming with coin


  • Movies
  • Raffles
  • Obstacle course
  • Pilot a mini ROV
  • Wildlife artifacts

Registration takes place in the main entrance of the high school. Kids must be registered to swim and to be eligible for a bicycle drawing.

Swim times are 9:15-10:15 a.m. for ages 0-7, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. for ages 8-12 and 12:45-2:45 p.m. for ages 13 and up.

Movies shown this year include “Brave” at 9:15 a.m., “Wreck it Ralph” at 11 a.m. and “Pete’s Dragon” at 1:15 p.m.

A concession stand will be open all day offering hotdogs, pop, popcorn and snacks. There will be a game area and a craft area with some new crafts added. Among the planned crafts will be rocket banks, tissue flowers, masks, leather stamping and popcorn art.

Special community involvement features personnel from Fish & Wildlife, Dept. of Natural Resources, NOAA, Trooper Ashley Simpson of the Michigan State Police, U.S. Coast Guard, Bay Athletic Club, Frontier Communications and Home Depot.

Optimist members said the event would not be possible without the support of the community.

“We are thankful for each and every one of them,” Optimist members said. “Special thanks go to Decorative Panels and Perch’s IGA for their generous donations. The community is involved in one way or another through contributions, donations or their time.”

Members of the club will be on hand all day to assist with the event.

The Spring Break Fun Day is open to everyone in the Alpena area, and the club encourages parents to come and enjoy the day with their children.

Everything is offered free of charge, but donations are accepted.