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Communities in Lansing Have So Much to Offer Families
Greater Lansing is known for the State Capitol, Impression 5, MSU Campus, and maybe if you’ve been here a bit you could also know about Uncle John’s Cider Mill. These fun places are a blast, but they aren’t the only fun things you will find in Lansing.
Here are 29 Fantastic Things to do with Kids in Great Lansing. Come on over, we’d love to have you visit!
1 – KAYAK, BIKE, OR CANOE THE GRAND RIVER WITH RIVERTOWN ADVENTURES.
Spend just an hour or a whole big adventure on our city’s downtown riverfront.
2 – VISIT THE EAST LANSING ART FESTIVAL
The East Lansing Art Festival in May brings the whole city out from our winter hibernation. Immerse the whole family in art, music, and the kids favorite – The Children’s Area. Here you’ll find dance workshops, arts and crafts, a magic show, and more!
3 – SPEND A DAY LEARNING WHILE YOU PLAY AT IMPRESSION 5
Impression 5 is one of the well known places in our area and for good reason. They have nursing areas for mommas, snack/lunch areas, and rotating exhibits throughout the year. Members of GRCM will love the FREE month to visit I5 in February. Hours of fun are awaiting you at I5.
4 – HEAD TO HAWK ISLAND FOR THE DAY OR DURING THE DRAGON BOAT RACE.
Kids love their splash pad, beach/lake, tubing hill, paddle boats, paved trails, snack bar each season, and HUGE play place for all ages of kids. We frequent this epic park so often this year we are getting a yearly pass.
5 – BIKE/WALK THE WEST SIDE 2 MILE PAVED TRAIL
The trail takes you from Delta District Library through Sharpe Park then on to Horrocks Market. This is one of our family’s favorite activities during the warmer seasons. The kids get out some energy at the park, parent’s exercise a bit, and the incentive is treats at the market. After the whole family hydrates at Horrocks we are ready for the trek back to our car.
Or in your case, a tourist. This is one of the coolest events Lansing has to offer families. Stop by any of their noted locations to grab your $1 passport. You’ll then be able to visit and tour all of the places on the list, such as ride in a vintage car around the city, head to the bug house on campus, see the chalk walk in Old Town and so much more!
7 – SPEND A DAY IN DOWNTOWN DEWITT
DeWitt is home to a great park for all kids. It is handicap accessible and has three sections of fun nestled by the river where you can launch your canoe or kayak. Walk just up the street to great food like Bridge Street Social, Looking Glass Brewing Company, Sweetilicious, Crafted Bean Coffee and more. They also have our family favorite. Scoopy Doos, a great nostalgic ice cream spot reminiscent of adventures on the beach.
8 – SPEND A DAY ON MSU CAMPUS
9 – HIKE AND SEE THE LEDGES AT FITZGERALD PARK
Then head over to the new splash pad in the park to cool off.
10 – GO TO JOE’S GIZZARD CITY IN POTTERVILLE
Eat some crazy cuisine like gizzards!
11 – TAKE THE KIDS TO THE CAPITAL CITY FILM FEST IN APRIL.
They always have children’s events, performances, and film options. Our family looks forward to this every year.
12 – CHECK OUT MOVIES IN THE PARK
Movies in the Park happen all over the Greater Lansing area during the summer. Sitting on the Capitol lawn watching Sing is by far one of my fondest memories of summer to date. All while food trucks lined Capitol street and families sang along together under the stars.
13 – SEE THE BIG TREE GROWING IN THE MIDDLE OF THE HISTORIC CENTER
14 – GO TO THE SURPLUS STORE ON MSU CAMPUS
Where student’s belongings go to die… or better yet, get recycled. You’ll find bikes, cool chairs, clothes, and all sorts of items. New items are available like discounted diapers and more! They also have “bins” days where you can pay by the pound.
15 – SEE A PERFORMANCE AT THE WHARTON CENTER.
Who’s excited for Hamilton in 2019?! I know I am. But, it doesn’t matter what you see here, it is always a wonderful experience.
16 – BE A PART OF THE DRAWING FESTIVAL AT THE BROAD ART MUSEUM IN JUNE.
Families will encounter dancers, human posed mannequins dressed in costumes, large canvases, geared to inspire your own piece. Our kids used chalk on the sidewalk and added color to the large community canvases.
17 – VISIT HORROCKS
They’ve added yet another section and Lansing residents are thrilled about it. No section should be excluded if you visit. Are you ready for the list?
Grab a free coffee, sample their in-house made popcorn, peruse the produce, walk their bulk isle, grab some sushi, stop by the wine bar, grab a kombucha in the dairy/cold section, visit the butcher, stop by the pub and warm your hands by the wood burning fireplace, sit out on the patio and chat with your little minis, fill up an olive oil jar with your favorite flavor, grab a bunch of flowers in their flower shop, grab a treat for your pet, walk the greenhouses as you stock for the gardening season, and don’t forget to listen for the piano player tucked away near the front entrance. Whew. Fantastic – am I right?
18 – STOP BY TEA AND PETALS AND VINTAGE JUNKIES IN THE REOTOWN MARKETPLACE.
Tea and Petals offers opportunities for moms to connect while their kids get creative.
19 – SEE LANSING’S ROSE GARDENS AT FRANCES PARK.
One of Lansing’s best kept secrets is right in the middle of the city. The rose gardens overlook the grand river and sit near the perimeter of the parks paved walking trail.
20 – CLIMB TO THE TOP OF GRANGER HILL, ROLL DOWN IN THE SUMMER, OR SLED DOWN IN THE WINTER.
21 – GO TUBING AT BIRCHFIELD PARK
Rent tubes for $2 a piece and ride down the hill as many times as you wish! Stoked warming stations are at each hill and the snack bar is inside a round cool little building.
22 – TREK THE TRAILS OF WOLDUMAR NATURE CENTER
We hike here often. Each time I feel transported to another world. The smell of the big pines and sounds of flowing water make for a great time out with the family.
23 – VISIT AN EAGLE NESTING AREA ON THE TRAIL TO CREGO PARK.
24 – TAKE A MOMMA MOMENT AND DO CREATIVE WELLNESS DANCE EACH MONTH AT ELI & EDYTH BROAD MUSEUM.
25 – VISIT POTTER PARK DURING HALLOWEEN OR CHRISTMAS
Boo at the Zoo is safe, fun, and extremely interactive! Kids will receive candy and tchotchkes at each station. Cider and donuts are available. Wonderland of Lights in December is fantastic. Enjoy the zoo in one of the most wonderful times of the year.
26 – SWIM IN MOORES PARK POOL
Swim in one of the oldest swimming pools of its kind in the country. Spoiler alert, it is huge and ROUND! Moores Park Pool is run by the YMCA of Lansing.
27 – TAKE A PICTURE WITH THE NEW INTERACTIVE ART STATUE.
After you’ve visited Impressions 5 or R.E. Olds Transportation Museum turn the motor wheels to see the big head thinking. Located on the corner of Michigan Avenue and Museum Drive.
28 – VISIT THE YEAR ROUND FARMERS MARKET!
Allen Neighborhood Farmers Market is a great way to see Lansing’s communities at work. Stop by for local artisans and delicious fresh produce.
29 – TAKE THE KIDS TO PICK OUT CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR THE FAMILY AT THE MSU ART AND CRAFTS SHOW IN DECEMBER.
This event is located in the MSU Union. The MSU Dairy Store is located here along with BIGGBY and the bowling alley in the basement.
Moving or Visiting Lansing? We Can Help
Capitol City folks enjoy welcoming communities. Lansing is a great city to find a place where you fit in and make lasting friendships. Community is one of the biggest reasons my family chose to live here.
If you want to visit or are moving our way, the Greater Lansing area is a fantastic kid friendly choice. Stop by Lansing Family Fun to find great ideas for play in our area.
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