Free Fall Family Activities in Lansing

Isn’t it unbelievable that it’s fall? The leaves have begun to change colors and fall, cider’s a pourin’ at Quality Dairy and you can leave the house bundled up in a coat in the morning, and be sweating that same afternoon.

There are so many incredible events and activities to do in the Lansing area during the fall time, but we want to share some of our favorite FREE activities.

Walk around MSU campus on a home game day

There is absolutely nothing like the feeling of MSU campus on game day. There is an incredible sense of community and plenty of fun things to do! You can go watch the band march into the stadium, walk around and enjoy the fall colors on the banks of the Red Cedar and join in on a game of frisbee by the tailgates. Enjoy the fellowship, chat with fellow football fans and who knows, maybe somebody will have an extra ticket to the game for free or cheap!

Head to Potter Park Zoo

Did you know that City of Lansing and Ingham County Residents are admitted on non-holiday Mondays from 9 a.m. to noon for free? This free entry is available year round, but why not take advantage of it on a sunny fall day with the changing leaves. Bundle the kids up in their sweaters and hats and visit the lions, river otters and reptile room. You can also join in the zoo fun during Boo at the Zoo. Admission is $6 for Ingham County residents. Children are encouraged to come in costumes and enjoy a straw maze, candy stations and other spooky activities!

Silver Bells in the City

Yes, it is a Christmas parade, but it happens the Friday before Thanksgiving. There is an electric light parade with floats and bands, the official lighting of the state Christmas Tree followed by fireworks. This year there will also be a Holiday Village to do some shopping. Before the parade from 5:00 to 6:30 Impression5 will be open for free! Don’t feel like going out into the cold? There will be a live broadcast on FOX47 so you can stay in and drink your hot chocolate or spiked cider. For a full list of Silver Bells events and a timeline click here.

Visit Uncle John’s Cider Mill

Uncle John’s Cider Mill always has free events going on. It is always free to get on to the farm property and walk around the pumpkin patch. You can stay up to date on their Facebook page for festivals and harvests. There is free pillow jumping Monday-Friday 9am to 6pm, a free play area for kids that includes pickle ball and swings, complimentary hard cider and wine tasting for adults, and wagon rides for all ages.

Grab some samples at Horrocks

Horrocks Farm Market has become a Lansing landmark. It has become so popular that you can barely push your shopping cart down the aisles on a Saturday afternoon. Horrocks is known for its affordable fresh produce that you can shop while you sip beer and wine. There is always free coffee, popcorn samples, gelato samples and taffy samples. Get your grocery shopping done and have fun while you do it.

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