Ingham Great Start FREE Family Fun Calendar

This is a listing of FREE Family Fun Activities for families with young children in the Greater Lansing Area and Ingham County Michigan.  If you have additional items/edits to include please send a description (formatted like the current entries) to .

Nov 2012

Sunday, Nov 4, 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm  Music at the Museum

Michigan Historical Museum, 720 W. Kalamazoo St.

The Museum presents the Music at the Museum series in conjunction with the Michigan State University College of Music. Sunday's performance features the Voice/Bass Duo of Endea and Jasmine. After the concert, student musicians will talk about their music selections and the composers; our museum galleries will be open for you to discover Michigan's past.  Admission to this event and parking is free of charge. For more information call (517) 373-3559 or visit,4570,7-153-54463_18595_18596-199830--,00.html


Sunday, Nov 4, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm  Pumpkinfest

Potter Park Zoo, 1301 S. Pennsylvania Ave.

Residents $4, Resident Seniors $3, Kids $2, 3 and under FREE

Join in the fun as the zoo animals feast on Halloween leftovers!

For more information call (517) 342-2709 or visit

November 10, 2012 10am - 1pm

Fall 2012 Volunteer Stream Monitoring

Bug ID Day
We had a great time sampling the Red Cedar Watershed in mid-October and now it's time for us to count up the "critters". Come support Mid-MEAC's efforts to protect our watershed by helping to identify the bugs we collected. Volunteers will learn how to identify critters collected from local streams and how stream health can be determined by the species found there.

Thanks to our very generous hosts at Tetra-Tech, we will hold our Bug ID Day on Saturday, November 10, 2012 from 10am - 1pm. We're using one of the large lab spaces at Tetra-Tech, located at 1921 E. Miller Road, Lansing, MI 48911) near the intersection of Aurelius and E. Miller Road.

No prior experience is necessary! We'll provide light refreshments and training on proper procedures. To RSVP, please call the office at (517) 292-3078 or email our Stream Monitoring Coordinator at

Kids are welcome to attend but they need to bring an adult companion.

Friday, November 16, 5pm, Downtown Lansing
28th Annual Silver Bells in the City
Downtown Lansing  
The premier holiday event for the state of Michigan, Silver Bells in the City brings over 100,000 people to Lansing each year to enjoy the Electric Light Parade followed by the lighting of Michigan's official Christmas tree and a fireworks show over the State Capitol. (517) 487-3322 

Friday, November 23 - Sunday, December 30

Wonderland of Lights

Potter Park Zoo, 1301 S. Pennsylvania Ave.

Thousands of lights create extraordinary animal exhibits and holiday displays at the 20th annual Wonderland of Lights! Enjoy strolling carolers, musical performances and more!  Wonderland of Lights is open Thursday through Sunday, 5pm to 8pm only.

Admission for Wonderland of Lights: $4 for adults, $3 for seniors, $2 for kids ages 3-16, free for kids under 3.

Thursday, Nov 29, 7:30 pm LCC Concert Choir LanSwingers Vocal Jazz & Pop Ensemble

Dart Auditorium, Lansing Community College, 500 N. Capitol Ave.

Admission: FREE  For more information call (517) 483-1546 or visit

Friday, Nov 30, 7:00 pm  Grand Ledge Christmas Parade

Grand Ledge Opera House, 121 S. Bridge St.

Family entertainment to kick off the holiday season with a Lighted Float Parade starting at the fire barn going across the bridge and ends with Santa at the Sun Theater. Opera House Open House until 9:00 pm. For more information, call (517) 627-2383 or visit

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December 2102

December 1, 2012 Old Town Dickens Village

Old Town Lansing- Start your family’s holiday season off by celebrating Old Town's Victorian heritage. Enjoy free family-friendly activities such as horse-drawn carriage rides, puppet shows, a holiday market, carolers and more.

(517) 485-4283

December 1, 2012 Winter Glow

East Lansing- Enjoy magical, family-friendly winter activities, including the lighting of luminaries throughout downtown East Lansing.  (517) 319-6927

December 1-2, 2012 MSU Arts & Crafts Holiday Show  East Lansing The 49th annual show will be held at the MSU Union on the corner of Grand River Ave. and Abbot Rd. in East Lansing. Four floors of booths make this show one of the largest holiday arts and crafts shows in the state.  (517) 355-3354 

Saturday, Dec 1, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm  Nature Story Hour

Fenner Nature Center, 2020 E. Mount Hope Ave

Cost: Free.  Fenner's resident librarian will be leading a nature story hour in the Visitor Center geared towards children ages 4-6. After the story, they can participate in a craft and watch a family-friendly nature video. For more information call (517) 483-4224 or visit

Monday, December 3, 6:30pm Family Holiday Night

South Lansing Library, 3500 South Cedar Street

Bring the kids for stories, activities and a chance to meet Santa.

Wednesdays 5-6pm, Saturdays 8-9am  Fenner Winter Walk

Fenner Nature Center, 2020 E. Mount Hope Ave

Join us for a walk in the park at Fenner Nature Center. Keep active and warm while enjoying the wildlife and scenery as we stroll along the trails on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings. Meet outside the visitor center for this guided hike. For more information, contact:

Saturday, December 8, 10 – 11:30am & 1 – 2:30pm CADL Super Saturday: Make a Gingerbread House (All ages)

Downtown Lansing Library, Basement - Gallery 1, 401 South Capitol Avenue

Create your own gingerbread house! All materials will be provided. *Registration required & starts Nov. 17; call 517-367-6367. For Children, Teens, and Adults.

Saturday, December 8, 10am-2pm  Annual "Drop & Shop"

Redeemer Church, 2727 W. Holmes Rd.

Open to children ages 3 and up.  This event is open to our entire community.  It will be a time for parents to drop off their youth while they go and try to get some Christmas shopping done or just take some time for themselves. During this time youth will share in Christmas crafts, singing, decorating cookies, movie time, games, etc.  It is a fun time for all!  It is free to all between 10am until 2pm. A free lunch will be served to all.

Saturday December 8, 3:00-5:00pm

Holiday in the Log Cabin  $3 for general public

Woldumar Nature Center (5739 Old Lansing rd, Lansing, MI) (517 322 0030)

Enjoy a tour of the Moon Family’s hand crafted log cabin built in the 1860’s. Activities will include crafts, hot chocolate, and visits with Woldumar’s animals! In addition, trails are open until dusk and snowshoes will be available to rent, in case of snow!

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