150+ Things to Do in Lansing – Ultimate Year Round Guide

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Blazing Hot or Blustery Cold – There are 150+ Things to Do in Lansing Year-Round!

There are so many things to do in Lansing YEAR-ROUND! The days of not knowing what to do on any given night are over – thanks to the amazing businesses, foundations, and community events around our city.

Rain or shine, warm or cold, we’ve got some fun ideas for your family. Read on to find things to do in Lansing no matter the season.

 150+ Things To Do in Lansing – Year Round

I love Lansing! One of the biggest reasons I can say that with pride is because of all the fun we’ve experienced in and around Lansing. After becoming a mom, I was overjoyed to find most of the things I remember doing as a kid are just as fun as an adult – and sharing that with my kids has been priceless.

So, when I say that these locations are great year-round things to do in Lansing, they’ve been tried and tested. Check out these things to do in Lansing for a great day out with your family:

Explore Museums:

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Impression 5 Science Center

Michigan Historic Center

MSU Museum

R.E. Olds Transportation Museum

Enjoy an art gallery:

Lansing Art Gallery

Eli and Edyth Broad Art Museum Lansing East lansing Indoor Play

Eli & Edyth Broad Art Musuem

Absolute Gallery

Katalyst Art Gallery

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

Check out the Turner Dodge House.

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Visit Potter Park Zoo all year. Each season brings a new type of fun at the zoo. FREE for Ingham county residents on non-holiday Mondays from 9 AM -noon.

Go to the planetarium at MSU

Experience The Bug House at on MSU campus. They have FREE open house times throughout the year. Search our calendar for the next date.

Spend the evening at Al!ve and take a cooking class or a yoga, spa, or other wellness class.

Fly through the air at the High Ropes Courses in Howell. They are open year-round, but you’ll want to call ahead because they have some weather restrictions at times.

Play at one of our favorite parks and playgrounds. Many of these can be visited year-round by hiking their trails or utilizing other features.

Visit play. and do just that – play.

Fenner Nature Center Camp

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

Fenner Nature Center

Harris Nature Center

Woldumar Nature Center

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Jump

DEFY

Jumpin Jax

Springz

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Flip and more at Red Cedar Gymnastics.

Play laser tag at Zap Zone

Go rock climbing at Al!ve.

Walk the Lansing Historic Walking Tour and learn something new.

Go swimming inside

Schmidt Southside Community Center

Foster Community Center

IM Circle Pool on MSU Campus.

Hannah Community Center East Lansing

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Play at Jolly/Dunckel Road McDonalds located at 2530 E Jolly Rd, Lansing, MI 48911. FREE to play and fun for all ages.

Burn off energy at Taggart’s Playground inside the Portland Church of the Nazarine.

Run around and play a game of soccer at Beacon Field  in Downtown Lansing or the Southside.

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Take a walking tour of MSU.

Visit Brenke Fish Ladder in Old Town. Fun to see whether it’s flowing or frozen.

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Walk/Tour Greenhouses at Van Attas on the East Side, Horrocks on the West Side, Lansing Gardens on the Southside, and Cottage Gardens near Holt.

Play indoors at Castaway Play Cafe during the long winter months or to get out of the heat in the summer.

Lansing Mall Play Area for kids babies toddlers

Play at the mall in Lansing and Okemos.

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Skate with the kids at Edru Skate.

Climb and play at the Tree House in Chelsea.

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Go bowling

MSU Union Building. Don’t forget to stop at the MSU Dairy Store located in the same building.

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Royal Scot

City Limits East

Bounce and play at Extreme Fun in Okemos and Lansing.

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Swim and splash at Hawk Island in the summer or go tubing in the winter.

DeWitt Township Trail Granger Park Kids Big Hill View of the Three Stacks

Take a nature walk/hike

Lansing River Trail

Woldumar Nature Center

Fenner Nature Center

Harris Nature Center

Fitzgerald Park Ledges and Trails

Artpath Downtown Lansing Art Gallery Kids Mural

Go on a Mural Walk – updated in 2019 after Below the Stacks and now includes over 40 stops.

Axe Throwing – Bring your own food and drinks and have some interestingly different kind of fun in Lansing.

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Check out an Arts Night Out. (monthly event year-round)

Explore Owosso and visit Curwood Castle, drink coffee at Fosters (now also in East Lansing), and shop at Birch and Elm.

Tour the Fire Station in downtown Lansing. Call ahead to set up a trip.

Grand Woods RC Track Parks Outdoor

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

Visit animals at the MSU Farms. Horses, sheep, cows, and more. Milking procedures can be observed every afternoon. Bring some carrots or apples to feed the horses. FREE.

Visit Allen Neighborhood Market year-round to find fresh produce and great artisan vendor finds.

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Take a guided or self-guided tour of the Michigan State Capitol (Maps/Guides available at the info center),  Michigan Justice Building, and Beaumont Tower. Every Tuesday from 12 – 12:30 the building will be open for tourists to walk up the 73 stairs to the top and watch the carillon player at work at the Beaumont Tower. You may get an opportunity to play a bell! Then, climb even further up to see the bells as they chime through campus.

Enjoy the theatre

Wharton Center

Riverwalk

Peppermint Creek My dad was in a play here once and it was fantastic!

All of Us Express Children’s Theatre

See a dance

LCC’s Happendance

Greater Lansing Ballet Company

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Watch sports live

(a sport for each season)

LCC Sports

Spartan Basketball

Spartan Baseball

Spartan Hockey

Spartan Gymnastics

Spartan Swimming and Diving

Lansing Lugnuts (minor league baseball)

Go to Studio (in)Process every Thursday evening for hands-on art learning fun.

REACH Art Studio Summer Camp Kids Painting Friends Reo Town Lansing

Take an art class at REACH Art Studio

Paint

Lansing Art Gallery, Call for new class times.

REACH Art Studio

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Pottery

Wheelhouse Studio

Playing Picasso in Frandor

Art Unlimited in Okemos or Wacousta

REACH Art Studio

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Kids DIY Workshop at Home Depot

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Eli and Edyth Broad Art Museum Drawing Marathon East Lansing Kids

Go to Family Day at Eli & Edyth Broad Art Museum for a creative and fun event every first Saturday of the month.

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See a movie:

Studio C

Regal Cinema

NCG Eastwood

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Sun Theatre – Grand Ledge. Watch a movie for just $4 for a showing of a movie that’s already out of the major theatre

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Yoga

Just B

Hilltop

Firefly, Lansing and East Lansing

Absolute Fitness, Grand Ledge

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Grab a smoothie/juice

Tropical Smoothie Cafe

Leaf Salad Bar

JN Pressed Juice in Old Town at 10 E Grand River Ave, Lansing, MI 48906 and Downtown Lansing

Snow Bubble Smoothie

Visit a garden:

MSU Rivertrail and Gardens and Greenhouses

Cooley Law School Garden

LCC Japanese Garden

Downtown Lansing CADL Courtyard next to the children’s area.

Go to Horrocks: grab a coffee, a gelato, and a snack and sit in their indoor sitting area or on their adorable patio in the warmer months.

Don’t cook and head to where kids eat FREE or close to it.

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Spend the evening at Al!ve The kids get to play in the big tree house while you take a cooking class, yoga, spa, or any other wellness class that fits you.

Drink coffee and let the kids play at Time Out Play Cafe.

See a movie each month during Family Movie Matinee on Saturday morning at the Downtown CADL.

Visit a library

Delta Township District Library

CADL Downtown Lansing Library

Okemos

Grand Ledge

East Lansing

Check out our Date Night Guide – Lots of the ideas are great for anyone heading out for a fun night in Lansing. #datenightpartyofoneplease

Here are some YEAR-ROUND adult things to do in Lansing:

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Go wine or beer tasting

Sandhill Crane Vineyards, Jackson

Burgdorf’s Winery

Uncle John’s Cider Mill

Chateau Aeronautique Winery

Horrocks

Midtown Brewing

Lansing Brewing Company

Ellison Brewing Company

Take a cooking class:

Williams Sonoma

Le Chat Gourmet

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Listen to Music

80’s cover band

Robin Theatre

The Loft

Mac’s Bar

Fusion Shows

Old Town General Store

Record Lounge

Concert in the Park (summer)

Absolute Music

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Shop. Here are some of our top picks.

Antiques:

East Lansing/Okemos:

Williamston, Howell, Grand Ledge antiques

Tanger Outlet, Howell

Eastwood Towne Center

Bliss Boutique and Salon/Spa

Shop in Owosso at Birch & Elm and other adorable spots and places to eat.

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Take a Craft Beer Tour. Michigan is home to many breweries. Find out more about them on this fun adventure.

Stop at High Caliber Karting and Entertainment in the Meridian Mall for high speed go-karts, arcade and axe throwing.

Escape

Breakout Escape Room

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ESC The Room

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Scooter through a portion of the city.

Go to a trivia night – See our full list of trivia in the Move/Play section of our Date Night list.

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Go digging (searching) for records 

Record Lounge in ReoTown

Flat Back and Circular in East Lansing

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Grab a coffee

Blue Owl

Strange Matter

Chapelure

Crafted Bean

Grab a good beer

Midtown Brewing

Lansing Brewing Company

Ellison Brewing Company

Laugh at a comedy night

Robin Theatre

The Green Door

Connxtions Comedy Club

Get a stress-relieving treatment at Douglas J Aveda Institute.

Take a dance class:

Salsa at Platinum Dance Academy

Line dance at the Tequila Cowboy Bar and Grill

Ballroom dance at Platinum Dance Academy

Swing Dancing

Wellness Dance at Eli & Edyth Broad Art Museum

Have fun at  The Grid – Play all kinds of games at this adult arcade.

Tour American Fifth Spirits Distillery and Michigrain.

Watch independent or foreign films

(year-round options. See our Date Night guide for more options)

Celebration Indie Film Series Each month

CADL Downtown Library

Have a mysterious dinner at The Murder Mystery Co

Eli and Edyth Broad Art Museum Drawing Marathon

Have so much fun with tons of things to do in Lansing!

Have fun out there, friends. We love hearing your feedback on your trips. If you find something that’s really fun and we don’t have it on the list, comment below!

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