2024 Ultimate Guide to Summer with Lansing Mom

We know it’s May but we can’t help looking towards Summer and we’re so excited to share with you our 2024 Guide to Summer. Inside we’ve got summer travel, outdoor activities, date nights, summer fun, and more. The Greater Lansing Area, and Michigan as a whole, are full of activities to get you ready for the Summer Season! Whether it’s holiday events and activities, resources for Pride Month, Juneteenth, crafts and activities, summer reading and more, we have you covered in the Lansing Mom Guide to Summer In + Around Lansing.

As always thank you to our Co-Title Sponsors, Potter Park Zoo, Experience Grand Rapids, Uncle John’s Cider Mill, Globetrotter Travel, and CATA for making this guide possible.

We’re with you, we’re ready for Summer In + Around Lansing in all the same ways that you are! We are SO EXCITED to be hosting some events for the community and hope you’ll join us! Below we’ve rounded up some events that will keep you looking towards warmer days and the celebration of a new season!

Lansing Mom June Connect: Aligning with Yourself for a Fulfilled Life

  • Introduction to Human Design for aligning yourself with who YOU are! Please note we will need your birth date and time for this event. Lansing Mom Owner Katie Jones will be leading us through a brief introduction to Human Design and sharing how it’s helped her to live a life that she feels she was meant to be living and how you can find your purpose within yourself, your passions, desires, and more.
  • Food and Beverages are being graciously sponsored by Grace Braatz-Opper of Modern Woodmen.
  • Lansing Mom Webpage connecting you with all Lansing Mom Connect Attendees
  • Shopping with Clover Joy Collective
  • So many more surprises we can’t wait to share! As always Lansing Mom Events have something special just for you, maybe it’s a photo booth, maybe it’s a chair massage, as we finalize these details we’ll post the updates in our Event Page on Facebook!

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Other Fun things to Do this Summer:

Get ready for an unforgettable summer adventure at Potter Park Zoo! Explore our newest species, the majestic okapi and elusive Canadian lynx, during our extended hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Don’t miss out on the thrill of camel rides and a visit to our interactive farmyard where you can mingle with friendly goats. With our doors open 364 days a year, Potter Park Zoo is the perfect destination for family fun all summer long! Start planning your visit today!

Don’t miss the following events!

Be sure to check out the Potter Park Zoo website, Instagram and Facebook to stay connected!

Easy to get to and easy on the family budget, Grand Rapids is a perfect summer getawaywith kids. Toddlers and tots will have blast at the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum and Lena Meijer Children’s Garden at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. Older kids can race go-karts at Craig’s Cruisers and tackle the aerial courses at Tree Runner Adventure Park. All ages will enjoy seeing 2,400 animals at John Ball Zoo, making furry friends at Deer Tracks Adventure Park and visiting the wildlife ambassadors at Blandford Nature Center. For a true taste of summer, visit the Millennium Park beach and splash pad – voted one of the nation’s 10 best – just five minutes from downtown GR.  Plan your family adventure in Grand Rapids today!

Consider using CATA for an enjoyable city tour this summer. Start by visiting the Michigan 4-H Children’s Gardens on the MSU Campus, a 7-minute walk from Route 18’s Service Road stop. Then, head to the Abrams Planetarium next to MSU’s Ramp 1, reachable via any of the routes traveling to Ramp 1 during the summer. The Impressions 5 Center located in Downtown Lansing is a brief 5-minute walk from Route 1’s East Michigan Avenue stop. And finally, both Potter Park Zoo and Sycamore Park are accessible from Route 8’s Lindbergh stop.
One-way fare for adults is $1.25, students ride for 60-cents, and young children under 42″ ride free when accompanied by an adult. For more information, call a CATA representative at 517-394-1000 or visit cata.org.
Be sure to stay up to date with CATA by visiting their Instagram and Facebook pages too!
Join Uncle John’s for their opening weekend and visit their first of three Craft Shows this year featuring over 125 vendor booths.
Both the Bakery and Taproom will be open from 9-6pm. You can grab lunch from the Food Truck and spend the day at the cider mill. There will be Live Music from 1-4pm outside the Taproom.
Check out more at the Uncle John’s Website!

Globetrotter Travel is a full-service travel agency serving the Greater Lansing Area for nearly a decade.  We plan trips all over the globe and U.S. and specialize in family travel, honeymoons, multi-generational group trips, destination weddings, river cruises, ocean cruises and specific bucket-list destinations and trips including African Safari, Antarctica Expedition, and Australia/New Zealand, to name a few.  We also send a ton of Michiganders to warmer weather in Hawaii, Mexico and the Caribbean, especially in the cold winter months.

Keep up to date with Globetrotter Travel here. Be sure to follow along on Facebook and Instagram too!

Hammond Farms has the area’s  largest selection of quality landscapes materials including mulch, topsoil, compost, sand and gravels. Create your backyard oasis with quality pavers & retaining walls from Unilock, Fendt, High Format, and more. With 5 convenient locations, we’re just around the corner!

Be sure to vist the Hammond Farms Website for more information.

Lansing Parks and Recreation is excited to host some fun events throughout the summer.  Get moving on the Lansing River Trail for our annual Mayor’s River  Walk & Run.  Meet Mayor Andy Schor at Potter Park on June 1st at 9am and make your way to Turner Dodge House.  Go to https://runsignup.com/Race/MI/Lansing/MayorsRiverwalkrun for more information.
July 4th is always a great time in the capital city.  Celebrate with us at the annual parade, concert in the park, and fireworks at Adado Riverfront Park.  Speaking of Concerts in the Park, our summer series runs June 12th through August 7th every Wednesday with a start time of 7pm.
For more details on the many events happening throughout the summer, “follow” us on  https://www.facebook.com/LansingParksAndRecreation/ for up to date information.   Please see our general information to include programming and what our community centers have to offer on our website at lansingmi.gov/parks.com.
Everything looks better with flowers… So whether you’re celebrating the birth of a child, the kindness of a friend, the closing of a business deal or sending your condolences, flowers from Howe’s Greenhouse & Flower Shoppe LLC make any occasion Extra Special! We’re a local family owned DeWitt, MI florist with a lovely variety of fresh flowers and creative gift ideas to suit any style or budget. We hope you enjoy your online shopping experience with secure 24-hour ordering right at your fingertips at howesflowershoppe.com

We’ve been providing flowers to the area for 100 years.  Throughout the year we  provide:

Sympathy and funeral flowers from the heart: We will design and deliver a funeral arrangement that beautifully conveys your expression of sympathy and serves as a lovely memorial to the deceased.

The beauty of flowers at weddings and events: Our talented design staff is ready to help you plan the bouquets, arrangements and on-site decorating for your dream wedding or a special occasion. Call in advance and set up an appointment for a consultation.

Large selection of plants and gifts: Choose from our Green & Blooming Plants, Dish Gardens, Fruit & Gourmet Baskets, Gift Baskets, Baby Gifts, Candy & Chocolates,  Plush Stuffed Animals and garden statuary along with Spring Flowering and Garden Plants that are grown on site.
Cleats Bar & Grille is nestled inside Hope Sports Complex, 5801 Aurelius Rd, Lansing, in between Miller Rd and Jolly Rd. It is a seasonal treasure that opens in late March and closes in Mid November. The Patio holds over 500 guests and is a perfect place for a party, corporate happy hour, family reunion, graduation party and so much more. Live music happens on a weekly basis and our artisanal pub food is made fresh every day. We would love to meet you!
Check our Cleats Bar & Grille website for more information!

In search of awesome summer camps for this summer?! Check out our Guide to Summer Camps.

Looking to travel this summer but want to stay close to home? Check out our guides to awesome road trips in Michigan!

There is always so much to look forward to with Summer Holidays! Check out our sections below for Holiday Fun and Education!



Independence Day

We love the Summer Season because it usually means a Summer Clean in our homes! Check out our resources below for Summer Cleaning!

As we look towards Summer we know family photos will be something on many Mama’s Lists! Check out our resources here!

Summer means the return of many of our beloved outdoor markets and more! We’ve got them all rounded up for you right here! Make a list to check them all of this Summer and Fall before they’re gone, or commit to a ritual to visit the same one every week and support our local farmers!

We couldn’t let Summer pass by without sharing some of our favorite resources for reading!

Lansing Mom strives to provide up-to-date information for our community. If you would like to be part of our guide please email [email protected]


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