News and Events


Starting in the fall, when its too cold to play outside, children will have the opportunity to run around and burn some energy, playing with balls, jumping rope, or even ride on a small riding toy. There will also be fun games and music to enjoy. Parents must stay with their child, so be ready to have some fun!

If you need additional information regarding "Open Gym Nights" please contact Nicki Eyler at


The annual Christmas in Ida parade and festival takes place on the first Saturday in December in Downtown Ida. This event brings families from all over Michigan and Ohio to the area to kick off the holiday season. The Great Start Parent Coalition will have 2 Flurry of Families Festivities shows for parents and children to participate in. A few lucky families will get a chance to be on stage and compete for prizes. The Coalition will also be stationed in the Partners Tent in front of the Ida Fire Department, as well as walking in the parade.


Each spring, many community agencies and businesses meet at the Mall of Monroe to celebrate children.  This event is free and appropriate for children and families of all ages thanks to its many community sponsors. Children receive free books, crafts and food. Parents receive parenting tips and creative learning ideas.


Please request to be included on the Great Start Parent Email List by contacting Nicki Eyler.


Contact Information

Open Gym Nights                                                              Nicki Eyler @ 734.242.5799, ext. 4282

Be Their Hero Activities                                                  Andrea Murphy  @ 734.242.5799, ext. 1010             

Any other inquiries concerning Great Start Activities please contact the Monroe County Intermediate School District at 734.242.5799.