Lansing Parks and Recreation Blog

Happy Holidays! Road Rally 2017

Event Spotlight: Holiday Road Rally 2017

By: Chelsea Lewis, Communication & Marketing Coordinator

Spotlight: December 8th, 6 pm at Foster Community Center, concluding at Waterfront Bar and Grill 
$75 per team 
Activity Number: #113820A

Lansing Parks & Recreation is working year-round to put on unique special events With winter coming, we're excited to discuss our upcoming Holiday Road Rally in our event spotlight series! 

Looking for some holiday fun mixed with some healthy competition? Lansing Parks & Recreation is currently taking team registrations for the 2017 Holiday Road Rally. Gather your friends and family and a smartphone and get ready for a night of fun holiday competition! 

The event will start at the Foster Community Center on December 8th at 6 pm. The Rally is complete with fun photos challenges, great prizes, and unique opportunities. Cross the finish line at Waterfront Bar and Grill. Waterfront will be supplying light refreshments for our teams to enjoy while we announce the winners in each competition category.

Teams can register today, online at lansingmi.gov/parks, by phone (517) 483-6685, or in-person. If you register your Holiday Road Rally Team at the Schmidt Community Center, you will receive $10 off your total. We're looking forward to seeing you on December 8th! 

Top 10 Reasons Lansing Parks & Recreation Is Excited For Fall

By: Chelsea Lewis, Communication & Marketing Coordinator

10. Indoor Rummage Sale @ Gier Community Center

This is your chance to buy and sell new and used merchandise, clothing and collectibles! Space is limited and fills up fast. Sale areas are 9’ x 5’ with one 8’ table and two chairs. The sale will be held on November 4th at the Gier Community Center from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., reserve your spot today with activity #113820A!

11/4 Sat. 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. Fee: $15/Table Activity: #113820A

9. Fun Fitness Classes

Looking to get fit this fall? We offer a variety of classes ranging from introduction to medical yoga to boxing fitness training! Try a class and see the results! Here are just a few of our fitness classes:

Enhanced Fitness/Walk For Health, Zumba Toning, Pound (Adults), Hula Hoop Fitness (Adults), Power Sculpting & Tabata Bootcamp (Adults)

8. How-To Halloween And The Downtown Lansing Zombie Walk!

The 4th annual How-To-Halloween is a family friendly festival that celebrates the do-it-yourself spirit of Halloween. With hands-on activities, huge theatrical displays, interactive games, trick-or-treating, costume contests, creative vendors, great music and everything you would want to know about making your own props and decorations. Tickets are only $7 at the door on October 28th and 29th. The highlight will be the 8th annual Downtown Lansing Zombie Walk (free to walk). We invite the undead to assemble at the Lansing Center on October 28th starting at 4pm!

7. Victorian Halloween at Turner-Dodge House

The second annual Victorian Halloween will have even spookier old-fashioned Hallowed charm! Throughout the house, mannequins will be lurking and spooky-not scary- surprises will be around every corner. The lawn will feature jack-o-lanterns, scarecrows and a hay bale maze for kids! The event takes place on 10/17-10/26 and 10/14-10/28.

10/17-10/26 Tue., Wed., Thurs. 1-7 p.m. 10/14-10/28 Sat. 6-9 p.m., Fee: $5/Person

6.Holiday Road Rally 2017

The Holiday Road Rally will be held on December 8th, starting at Foster Community Center. Gather your friends or family and a smartphone to get ready for a night of fun and competition! Teams will be given a list of tasks to accomplish around Lansing. Win prizes, earn points and have a fun night out on the town!

12/8 Fri., Begins at 6 p.m. at Foster Community Center, Fee: $75/Team, Activity: #133425X

5. The Cardboard Classic Sled Contest

LCC Radio 89.7 is teaming up with Lansing Parks and Recreation to beat the cabin fever blues. Show your creativity and construct a sled out of cardboard, tape, glue and paint. Prizes will be awarded for the fastest sled and best design! The event will be on January 27th. Sled registration starts at 1 p.m., and the race starts at 2 p.m.!

1/27 Sat. 1-4 p.m. Gier, Fee: $5 Per Sled At The Door

4. Festival Of Trees

Embrace the holiday spirit and join the Friends of Turner-Dodge House and Lansing Parks & Recreation for the 5th Annual Turner-Dodge House Festival of Trees! From Dec. 1 through Jan. 4, all three floors will feature as many as 70 trees decorated for the holidays! For a registration form to participate in the 2017 Festival of Trees, go to: lansingmi.gov/tdodge. For more information, please call 517-483-4220.

For a registration form to participate in the 2017 Festival of Trees, go to: lansingmi.gov/tdodge or call 517-483-4220.

3. Gier Fitness Center Open

Head to Gier Community Center and check out our fitness center! Complete with treadmills and a variety strength training machines, we will help you reach your health goals. For more information, please call 517-483-4313.Drop-in Rate: $5, Monthly Rate: $10/Res;$15/Non-Res, Annual Rate: $100/Res;$150/Non-Res. 

2. Fall Semester After School Program (Grades K-6) 

Lansing Parks & Recreation After School Programs offers a variety of clubs, mentoring and crafts, as well as time in the game room and gym. Staff will provide a supervised environment with a variety of activities each day. After School is offered at Foster, Gier, Schmidt and Letts. Come into any community center to register today. 

Fees: $30/Res Child; $55 Non-Res Child Per Semester

1. Silver Bells In The City

A Lansing holiday tradition, Silver Bells in the City is back for its 33rd year on Friday, Nov. 17 from 5 to 9 p.m. in downtown Lansing. Main attractions include the Electric Light Parade, Silver Bells Village, the Community Sing, the lighting of the State Christmas Tree, fireworks over the Capitol dome – weather permitting – and a family-friendly concert. Head to the Capitol on Saturday, Nov. 18 for the Silver Bells 5k too! For more information visit: silverbellsinthecity.org

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The Top Ten Best Moments Of Summer 2017

By: Chelsea Lewis, Communication & Marketing Coordinator
8/29/17

The Lansing Parks & Recreation department doesn’t have an off-season. No matter the season, we have events, classes, and activities that everyone in the Lansing area can participate in. Summer is a particularly exciting time for Lansing Parks & Recreation. We hold eight weeks of summer camp across six locations; free outdoor pool access, unique special events, and free concerts every Wednesday!

Did you take part in the many activities that we held throughout the summer? In case you missed anything, we wanted the count down the top ten best moments of summer 2017 and highlight what you can expect this fall.

10. Mayor’s Riverwalk

Mayor Virg Bernero continued the tradition and led a three-mile walk that started at Potter Park Zoo and ended at the beautiful Turner Dodge House. Walkers received a complimentary t-shirt and enjoyed a unique 5k adventure. River Town Adventure was on hand and provided kayaks for those who wanted to complete part of the 5k on the water.


Metro Riverwalk Lansing

9. Adult Softball

All summer we’ve continued the tradition of offering sport possibilities for all Lansing residents. Softball continues to be one of the largest softball programs in mid-Michigan. This year we had 74 teams registered to take the field! The leagues are continuing into the fall.


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8. Youth Baseball

The Wildcat Baseball/Softball program continued this summer and allowed children to introduce to America’s favorite pastime. The focus of these leagues is designed to keep the emphasis on skill development through games and practices. 445 kids had a great time playing ball!


7. 4th of July Parade & Fireworks Celebration

Every summer the Lansing Parks & Recreation department works hard to create a fun, safe and exciting 4th of July experience for Lansing! This year was no exception. The Fourth of July celebrated the holiday with clowns, antique and specialty automobiles, musicians, dance troops, community groups and military units. It was a sight to see! The evening concluded with a performance by the Lansing Concert Band and a spectacular firework celebration.


6. Mayor’s Senior Fair 2017

The annual Mayor’s Capital Area Senior Activities Fair was held at Gardner Middle School in August. This free event allowed seniors to interact with a variety of vendors, dancing, exercise opportunities, all while enjoying breakfast and lunch. The day was filled with fellowship, fun and unique educational experiences.


5. Outdoor Pools –Last Splash Party

The summer is the perfect time to jump in a pool and cool off. Lansing Parks and Recreation offers two opportunities for Lansing residents to cool off and relax; the first being Hunter Park Pool and Splash Pad and secondly, Moores Park. The pools offered fun for children and adults, workout classes and special events. In case you missed any of the fun, we have one more party to celebrate!

Join us as we say goodbye to the summer with a special Labor Day celebration. On September 4th, from 12-4pm at Hunter Pool there will be a “Last Splash Pool Party.”


Senior Fair 2017
Outdoor Pools
Concerts in the Park

4. Concert in the Park Series

Every Wednesday, we held a free Concert in the Park! Citizens were able to enjoy free outdoor concerts in neighborhood parks throughout Lansing. The entertainment featured a variety of musical acts from country to classic swing music.


Team McAckbert

3. Family Scavenger Hunt 2017

The Family Scavenger Hunt 2017 was a brand new event. It allowed families to gather together and explore Lansing, while completing fun tasks, trials, and missions! At the end of the month-long competition, families enjoyed a special picnic celebration and winners were announced. Thank you to all of the families that participated in this event, it was incredibly successful and another scavenger hunt will be planned!


2. “Drive-In” Movie: Moana 

Our popular “Drive-In” Movie attraction returned this summer and featured the instant Disney classic, Moana. Groesbeck Golf Course hosted a record-breaking number of attendees for this special event, complete with an impromptu sing-along from the audience! This summer tradition of offering a unique movie experience to Lansing residents continued and we’re already looking forward to next year! 

Drive-In Moana
Summer Camp Photo 2017

1. Summer Camp 2017

For those who have been in any community center this summer, you probably noticed we had a lot of kids enjoying a variety of activities, games, and events all summer long. For many weeks this summer, Lansing Parks and Recreation offers eight weeks of affordable summer camp.

Every week, Monday through Friday, our camps centered on a theme and included a field trip. Camps featured several activities including; sports, art and crafts, team building, gym games and so much more. We are honored to continue the tradition of offering camp, in fact, some of our previous campers now have children enjoying these programs!