Lansing is full of fun family field trip opportunities! As long as you’re going to be in town for the weekend, we thought you might be interested in seeing what else is available for your family to do before and after the conference.

Information Network For Christian Homes – 32nd Annual Conference

Welcome to Lansing! Please find a few suggestions about how you may want to send some free time while in town for the 2014 INCH Annual Convention. We will have the restaurant reservation booth staffed in the main concourse of the Lansing Center to assist with ideas of how to spend your free time. Please visit our free mobile app, website, visitor guide or the booth onsite for more details: http://www.lansing.org/

Calendar of Events Highlights & Featured Attractions – Downtown Lansing

Lansing Lugnuts Baseball vs. Dayton Dragons
May 15, 16 & 17, 2014
Cooley Law School Stadium is directly across the street from the Lansing Center
Address: 505 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, MI 48912
Game Time: 7:05 p.m.
Admission: Varies
517-485-4500
Friday Promotion: Freebie Friday- Kids Eat Free – FREE Hot Dog, Chips & Sodas for all 12 & under! Enjoy Fireworks following the game!

Saturday Promotion: Enjoy Fireworks following the game!

http://www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t499

Join us to Go Nuts downtown for a Lansing Lugnuts Baseball game! The classic American past time is alive and well in our community, so come be a part of the fun.

– See more at: http://www.lansing.org/includes/events/Lansing-Lugnuts-Baseball-vs-Dayton-Dragons/7396/

Lansing City Market Family Education Days (F.E.D.)
325 City Market Dr., Lansing, MI 48912
FREE program every Thursday for families with young kids– at 11:00am and 4:00pm!!!

May 15: Appetizing Asparagus – Come stand tall with us like stalks of Asparagus as we learn a song all about different parts of a plant.

Adjacent to the Lansing Center, the Lansing City Market provides the Greater Lansing region, and out-of-town guests, a year-round, one-of-a-kind shopping experience in a family friendly environment. Established in 1909, the Market’s recent reconstruction along the Grand River has strengthened Lansing’s downtown corridor by creating a welcoming home for more than 20 merchants. Currently the Market features a wide variety of goods including: local produce, fresh dairy products, artisan cheese, house-baked breads, organic meat, poultry, fresh-cut flowers, natural heath care products, photography, gluten-free items, and several hot-prepared food merchants including a full-service bar and grill.

Impression 5 Science Center
200 Museum Dr.
Lansing, MI 48933
Phone: (517) 485-8116
Special for INCH Families: Visit the Convention & Visitor’s Bureau booth in the main concourse of the Lansing Center to pick up one free admission coupon- available to the first 200 families that stop by. (One per family please)
Admission: Adults: $5.00, Seniors: $4.50, Children, 1 & older: $5.00, Children, up to 1 year old: FREE
Web: www.impression5.org
Impression 5 is a hands-on learning environment that challenges visitors to experience, discover and explore! Interactive exhibits include “Bubbles,” “Throwing Things,” and many more. Explore the exhibits, experiment with science in a workshop and shop ’til you drop in the Science Store!

State Capitol Building
100 Capitol Ave.
Lansing, MI 48933
Phone: (517) 373-2353
Admission: FREE
Web: www.michigan.gov/miplaces
Step back into the Victorian era with a visit to Michigan’s award-winning Capitol Building. Designed by Elijah E. Myers, one of the foremost architects of public buildings during the Gilded Age (1865-1914), construction of the Capitol Building took six years and contains over nine acres of hand-painted surfaces. The building was dedicated to the citizens of Michigan in 1879. Tours of the public areas and the House and Senate galleries are available every half hour.

Michigan Historical Museum
702 W. Kalamazoo St.
Lansing, MI 48909
Phone: (517) 373-3559
Admission: Adults (18+) – $6, Seniors (65+) – $4, Youth (6-17) – $2 (optional), Children up to 5 years – Free
Web: www.michigan.gov/museum
The Michigan Historical Museum surrounds visitors with Michigan history from prehistoric times through the late twentieth century. Major exhibit environments include a three-story relief map of Michigan, walk-through Upper Peninsula copper mine, one-room schoolhouse, 1920s street scene, 1957 Detroit Auto Show, and a lakes and lands diorama complete with a rustic cabin and lighthouse. Explore all 26 permanent galleries, located on four levels. Don’t miss the temporary exhibit gallery on the ground floor. The museum store offers unique items that have been carefully selected to reflect Michigan’s rich heritage.

Michigan Supreme Court Hall of Justice
925 W. Ottawa Street
Lansing, MI 48913
Phone: (517)373-7171
Free admission.
Open Mon.-Fri., 9 am-4 pm.
Web: http://courts.mi.gov/education/learning-center/Pages/Schedule-a-Tour.aspx
Located on the first floor of the Michigan Hall of Justice, the Michigan Supreme Court Learning Center opened its doors to the public on November 1, 2002. This 3,800 sq. ft. public education center introduces children and adults to the Michigan court system. The Learning Center is designed for elementary students to adults, and the gallery is filled with activities including an introductory video, computer programs, push-button programs and traditional wall text panels. Groups of 10 or more should call ahead for guided tours. Walk-in visitors welcome.

Potter Park Zoo
1301 S. Pennsylvania Ave.
Lansing, MI 48912
Phone: (517) 483-4222
Admission: Resident $4, Non-Resident $10, Resident Senior $3, Non-Resident Senior, $8, Children (3-12) $2, All Children under 3 FREE
Web: www.potterparkzoo.org
The beautifully landscaped 100-acre park, gardens and zoo are situated in an old oak forest along the Red Cedar River. Located in the heart of the Capital City, Potter Park Zoo exhibits more than 400 animals from around the world. A zoo for all seasons, Potter Park is open all year. The Exploration and Discovery Center for Education provides classes and hands-on learning as well as a Safari Room available to rent for parties, meetings and receptions. The park surrounds the zoo, offering picnicking, exercise area and a playground. Camel and pony rides, a petting zoo, food concessions and a unique Zoovenir Gift Shop are open seasonally.

Calendar of Events Highlights & Featured Attractions – East Lansing

East Lansing Art Festival
Saturday, May 17, 2014 & Sunday, May 18, 2014
Venue: Downtown East Lansing
Address: 410 Abbot Rd., Ste. 209, East Lansing, MI 48823
Times: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Admission: Free
http://www.elartfest.com/
Dates: East Lansing Art Festival May 17, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. May 18, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Each spring, the East Lansing Art Festival celebrates fine art and craft throughout its downtown. Over 200 juried artists from the U.S. and Canada exhibit and sell their work. Free performances, hands-ons arts activities for all ages and a food court offer big city quality with a hometown welcome. www.elartfest.com
– See more at: http://www.lansing.org/includes/events/East-Lansing-Art-Festival/7283/

Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum
556 E. Circle Dr, Rm 344
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824
Phone: (517) 353-9836
Admission: FREE
Web: www.broadmuseum.msu.edu
The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, a new Zaha Hadid-designed contemporary art museum at MSU, is dedicated to exploring global contemporary culture and ideas through art. The museum presents groundbreaking, international contemporary art across all media, and thematic exhibitions that investigate contemporary works within a historical context.

MSU Barns – University Farms / Animal Science Dept
Animal Science Dept – Anthony Hall
474 S. Shaw Ln
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824
Phone: (517) 355-8383
Fax: (517) 353-1699
Web: www.ans.msu.edu
Visitors are welcome to visit the many farms on the south side of MSU’s campus between Mount Hope and Jolly Roads. MSU is home to many animals including sheep, cows, horses, swine, cattle and chickens. Milking procedures can be observed every afternoon. MSU Barns are open Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free and self-guided tours are available at each location. Allow approximately 30 minutes for each farm.

MSU Bug House
288 Farm Ln., Room 147
Natural Science Building
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824
Phone: (517) 355-4662
Web: www.ent.msu.edu or http://www.tour.msu.edu/locations/bughouse
Do your kids go crazy for creepy, crawly critters? If so come visit the Bug House, located on MSU’s campus. MSU’s Department of Entomology has expanded the Bug House to include programs for children of all ages. There are collections, displays, discussions and hands-on activities. Bring the whole family to enjoy the incredible world of insects. The MSU Bug House is located in rooms 146-147 of the Natural Science building. Tours are held Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm, by appointment only.

MSU Dairy Store
474 S. Shaw Lane
Room 1140, South Anthony Hall
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824
Phone: (517) 355-8466
Web: www.dairystore.msu.edu/ or http://www.tour.msu.edu/locations/dairystore
The MSU Dairy Foods Complex offers an integrated food experience. Not only can you visit our famous Dairy Store for some of the best ice cream and cheese in existence, but while you are satisfying your hunger, you can take a self-guided tour of our dairy plant observation deck and learn the basics of milk, cheese and ice cream processing. The self-guided tour includes a new multimedia presentation for all ages. If you have never had MSU Dairy Store ice cream you have to get some. If you have tasted it before it is time to go back!

MSU Horticulture Gardens and 4-H Children’s Gardens
A288 Plant & Soil Sciences Bldg.
1066 Bogue St.
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824
Phone: (517) 355-5191
Web: www.hrt.msu.edu/our-gardens or http://4hgarden.cowplex.com/Plan_a_Visit/Visitor/
Expose your child to the enchanting world of the 4-H Children’s Garden. A special place created just for children and the young at heart, the garden features over 56 theme areas including the Pizza Garden, Peter Rabbit Herb Garden, Butterfly Garden and ABC Garden. You can also enjoy the Tree House, Creation Station, Amphitheater, Monet Bridge, and the Dance Chimes. The garden is a perfect place to learn about horticulture, as it allows hands-on exploration along with several interactive activities.

MSU Museum
409 W. Circle Dr.
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824
Phone: (517) 355-2370
Admission: FREE
Web: www.museum.msu.edu
The MSU Museum has three floors of exhibits devoted to natural and cultural history with an emphasis on the Great Lakes region. Halls of continuing exhibits are devoted to world cultures, dinosaurs, animal diversity and heritage. Special exhibits rotate quarterly. The museum store has a nice selection of books, jewelry, traditional arts and educational gifts for children. The museum also produces the Great Lakes Folk Festival in August. The MSU Museum is Michigan’s first Smithsonian Institute affiliate.

MSU Abrams Planetarium
755 Science Rd.
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824
Phone: (517) 355-4676
Fax: (517) 432-3838
Web: www.pa.msu.edu/abrams
Are you fascinated by the night sky? The Abrams Planetarium, located on the MSU campus, serves as an astronomy and space science education resource center for central Michigan. The planetarium is an outreach unit of MSU’s Department of Physics and Astronomy that offers a variety of shows to all age groups, from preschool through senior citizens. The planetarium houses an exhibit hall with a book and gift counter, a black light gallery of astronomical art, a hemispherical domed sky theatre, and Digistar, the world’s only computer-graphics-based planetarium projector.