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Morning: Stormy weather will turn into sweet smiles inside Cops & Doughnuts – Sutherland Precinct with fresh doughnuts (and hot coffee for the adults). Head to Uptown Grill for classic offerings with a twist, like Blueberry Bread French Toast and Apple Cinnamon Cakes with a touch of caramel, or start your day with downhome favorites at Mandy's Diner.

Spend some quality time together at Delta College Planetarium & Learning Center and “become three-dimensional transporters into every part of the cosmos”! With photo exhibitions in the lobby, daily showings, and an exquisite gift shop, your whole family will be starry-eyed over this adventure.

Lunch: Grab fresh soups and subs at Intermission Deli, and enjoy how “selective” eaters can choose just what they want (or don’t want) on their made-to-order sandwiches. Eat at M2 Barbecue where everything’s made “low and slow” or catch a casual lunch at BarqueBC and taste their specialty smoked meat tacos.

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Mid-Afternoon: Wet weather won’t dampen anyone's spirits once your family is inside the Antique Toy & Fire Truck Museum, where “kids from 1 to 101” will enjoy the NASCAR and Tonka rooms and more than 60 motorized fire trucks — including the FDNY Super Pumper, the “world’s most powerful fire truck”!

Get creative together at “paint your own” Painterly Pottery studio and make unique souvenirs from your family getaway. Choose from a menu of options at the Craft Bar inside Studio 23/The Arts Center and discover a “walk-in, self-service art experience” with instructions and supplies provided! And be sure to enjoy all that’s inside St. Laurent Brothers, an historic nut and candy shop, including hand-dipped chocolates and nostalgic treats.

Dinner: If pizza makes your family smile, get authentic Italian flavors at Brooklyn Boyz Pizzeria (and order the Garlic Knots, too), or enjoy brick-oven pies at Vinny's Pizzeria where every pizza can also be ordered vegan and gluten-free. Or dine at MI Table, a farm-to-table restaurant that serves a seasonal menu (and a Chicken Pot Pie in the shape of Michigan that kids and big kids will love).

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Evening: Rain or shine, your family will have a blast playing more than 75 pinball and arcade games inside Crazy Quarters Arcade! Or, rent shoes and be ready for strikes and high fives while bowling at Washington Lanes or Monitor Lanes.

End the evening with a Bubble Waffle Cone from Cream & Sugar Ice Cream Company, filled with inventive flavors like “Show Me the Dough” and “Uptown Funk”, a chocolate ice cream with dark chocolate, Dulce de Leche & whole cashews. Double-scoop ice cream cheers to a great day spent indoors together in Bay City!

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