What to do During Fall Season in Lansing – Ideas with Kids

Don’t want summer to end? Us either! That’s why I love making these seasonal bucket lists like this Fall Season Things to Do List. They help to remind us why we love Michigan for it’s many seasons. There are so many things to do this Fall in Lansing that we won’t think about Summer again until about mid March!

If you’re wanting to find something to do right nowcheck out our calendar.

Here are 35 great activities or events to enjoy Lansing during the Fall Season.

Outdoor Play Lansing Leaf trail

35 Ideas to Enjoy During Fall Season in Lansing and Beyond

Fun Activities Around Lansing to Enjoy During Fall Season:

As much as I mourn the warm summer months through the end of August heading into September, I have a true confession. I start longing for my big knit sweaters, hot cups of hot chocolate or coffee on the porch, and walks in the brisk wind around town. I even texted a friend recently saying, “Is it wrong that I’m secretly dreaming of cozy winter time right now? Don’t tell anyone!”

Well, I’m not really dreaming of winter right now BUT I’ve finally embraced the next season and I’m ready for AMAZING FALL SEASON FUN! I’m pumped for number 7 on this list!

Kayak while the leaves change and see Lansing in a whole new way with River Town Adventures.  

Go Biking with these great options:

Riverfront Cycle

River Town Adventures

MSU Bike Service Center.

Go on a COLOR TOUR/hike:

Lansing River Trail

Woldumar Nature Center

Fenner Nature Center

Harris Nature Center

Fitzgerald Park Ledges and Trails

Hawk Island

Play at one of our many amazing parks and playgrounds. Make your own park bucket list using our guide.

Pick Apples. See our big list of U Pick farms around town. Know a great apple pie recipe you’d like to share?

Pick and carve pumpkinsComment below with your favorite spots families should check out.

Visit Uncle John’s Cider Mill.  There’s always something fun going on at Uncle John’s! Check out their event calendar or just stop by to eat donuts, drink cider, pick pumpkins, jump on the big jumping pillow, watch them make cider and more! 

Enjoy a walk through the MSU Children’s Garden Center/Horticulture Center or attend one of their story times in the garden.

Explore a Nature Center: Each of these listed facilities are fabulous. They each have many interactive opportunities for kids and families.

Fenner Nature Center  

Harris Nature Center

Woldumar Nature Center

Get out on the bike track at Capitol Area BMX or just watch all of the action and fun from Nip N’ Sip.

Race at Grand Woods Park’s RC Car Track or go Disk Golfing in their trails along the Grand River.

Go Mini Golfing at The Falcon – Hawk Hallow’s amazing nine-whole links style golf course!

See the Animals at  Potter Park Zoo  at what I think is the BEST time to visit! The cooler weather brings out the fun and playfulness of the animals and their interaction with visitors makes this place a blast! FREE for Ingham county residents on non-holiday Mondays from 9am -Noon.

Visit and feed Horses at MSU. There’s no wrong time to go see these beautiful animals. Bring them apples and carrots only. 

Play a game of soccer at Beacon Field.

Visit a garden:

MSU Rivertrail and Gardens and Greenhouses

Cooley Law School Garden

LCC Japanese Garden

Go to Horrocks just for fun or to shop. Either way you’ll have a great time with all of their seasonal food, plants, and amazing atmosphere.

Go horseback riding with the family:

Sundance Riding Stables

Northfork Farms and Outback.

Try out High Ropes Courses in Howell, MI

Visit the Brenke Fish Ladder then stroll around Old Town. There’s a newly added playground behind Crossroads church that’s kitty-corner to Scoops on the corner of Grand River and Washington. 

Feed the Fish in the outdoor and indoor ponds at Preuss Pets. It’s fun for ALL and just $1.

Drive in to a Drive-In Movie in Coldwater, MI.

Play Indoors and into air conditioning for a bit and Play Indoors.

Visit our many farmers markets ending their seasons in October and even some in November!

Michigan State Capitol Lawn

Allan Neighborhood Center


South Lansing/Barnes

Peckham Farms


East Lansing



Grand Ledge


Uncle John's Cider Mill Jumping Pillow kids

Your List of Fall Season Events for the Whole Family in Lansing

You won’t want to miss number 4 on this list. It’s an annual event for our family and it smells amazing. Does your family have a go-to adventure during the Fall season?

Calendar: Do something right now and know what’s happening every day with our calendar. All Year

Taste of Downtown: Enjoy Downtown Lansing in one of the best ways – food! Don’t miss Taste of Downtown September

Movie on the River: Watch a movie in a kayak with River Town Adventures. September

Apple Butter Festival: Eat, smell, and experience the Apple Butter Festival at Fenner Nature Center. October

Boo at the Zoo: This is one of the most fun times to go to the zoo. If ends up being a little chilly the kids are all bundled up in their costumes staying nice and toasty. Kids will get to pick out candy at stations around the grounds and interact in many different activities. Seeing all of the kids in their costumes is THE CUTEST! Proud parents, and adorable kids – a Halloween dream. October

Go to the Car and Bus Races at Speedway: Cheer the buses on or watch the crazy eights for a blast of a night with family and friends though November!

Reo Town Marketplace Fall Artisan Pop Up: Find fun presents or treasures for the holidays. November

Detroit in the Fall With Kids Lansing Family Fun

Your List for Road Trips During the Fall from Lansing

Want to get out of town for a bit? Here are some great go-to options that are fun and safe for the whole family.

Take a drive to the Beach – On Both the East and West Shores!

Beach time is usually known for being a summer experience but Fall season is a really great time to visit. The crowds are gone and you’ve got the whole place to yourself almost. It’s not to hot to play on the playgrounds directly on the beach, and the sunsets are gorgeous. Give it a try, you won’t be disappointing.

Head over to Detroit.

Go on a bike ride through Dequindre Cut and land at the splash pad in front of the Renaissance Center to cool off. Cross the bridge to Belle Isle to see the Conservatory, Aquarium, Nature Center, sit at the look out point, and slide on a burlap bag down the huge slide. 

Experience Fall in Grand Rapids.

Our sister site and friends over at GRkids.com have been doing “fun with kids” for almost a decade and will hook you up with some great ideas while you’re there.

Go to Ann Arbor With Kids

Our friends at Ann Arbor with Kids have all the details on where to go and what’s awesome to do with your kiddos during this season.

Delta District Library Trail Kids Walking Lansing

Make the Most of this Lansing Fall Season with Our Bucket List

We’d love to keep you up to date during this Fall season. Stay in the know each week with our newsletter. This is where I send our highlights for the week and fun tidbits. It’s also a great way for us to stay connected as a parent community. I’d love to hear form you!

Have a great Fall Season, Lansing!