Fun Things to Do in Lansing in October

October 1, 2015

Kids have been back to school for a month, college students have settled into the fall semester, and fall is in full swing. Check out these fun fall harvest and Halloween activities for every age this month in Lansing.


For Fun-Loving Kids
October 10: Michigan Archaeology Day
Learn about archaeology from the experts at the Michigan Historical Museum! Explore tons of exhibits about excavations and underwater explorations and participate in demonstrations and activities. This event is included with your museum admission.

October 10: STEMFest for kids at LCC
It’s a science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) extravaganza at Lansing Community College. Learn about astronomy, chemistry, and more with activities designed just for kids. This event is free to attend, but please pre-register by October 5.

October 10: Teddy Bear Picnic (sponsored by MSUFCU)
Help your child get used to going to the doctor with the Teddy Bear Picnic at the MSU Michigan 4-H Children’s Garden from 11am-2pm. Organized by the Network for Healthy Kids and sponsored by MSUFCU, children are encouraged to bring a stuffed animal for a check up at the Teddy Bear Hospital. There will also be a picnic lunch, face painting, and more activities. This event is free to attend and registration isn’t required.

October 17-18 and 24-25: Boo at the Zoo
Head to the Potter Park Zoo from 12pm-4pm to take part in spooky zoo fun. Kids can try a straw maze, see all the animals, and be wowed by a magic show! Costumes are encouraged.

October 17: Energy Day at Impression 5
What is energy? Bring your child to Impression 5 to find out! Kids can make their own biosphere, make a solar oven, and more from 10am-5pm. This event is free for members of the museum and $7 for non-members.

October 26: Trick or Treat on the Square
Downtown Lansing is ready for Halloween! Join in the family fun from 5pm-7:30pm and trick or treat on Washington Square. This completely free event includes many other activities for families to enjoy, as well.


All Ages
October 2: MSU Homecoming Parade (Sponsored by MSUFCU)
Don’t miss the MSU Homecoming parade! Starting on Abbott Rd at 6pm, the parade makes its way down Grand River Ave and ends at the intersection of Shaw and Farm Lanes. Decide which float you like the best and cheer on the Spartans before the Homecoming game against Purdue the next day.

October 3: Free Day at the Zoo
All Lansing and Ingham County residents can go to Potter Park Zoo for free on October 3! (Parking fees still apply.)

October 25: Day at the Game-Women’s Field Hockey
Your MSUFCU membership means you receive FREE tickets to certain MSU sporting events. Show proof of your membership at the women’s field hockey game at Ralph Young Field for two free tickets to watch them take on the University of Michigan. The game starts at 1pm.

Visit a farmers market
Fall is a great time to visit a farmers market before most of them wrap up at the end of October. There are over 20 farmers markets in the Lansing area: check out one near you or drive to a new adventure!

Just for Adults
October 9-10: Old Town Oktoberfest
It’s the 10th annual Oktoberfest in Old Town, an event that celebrates German culture. Not only can you participate in live polka dancing and eat authentic German food, but every ticket sold helps revitalize the Old Town area.


5ks and Run/Walks
Fall is a great time for a 5k. Some happening this month include the Jungle Jubilee and MSU Dino Dash (sponsored by MSUFCU) on October 4 and the Lansing Heart Walk and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5k on October 10.

Have a great October! Check back every month for more ideas for Lansing-area fun.

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