Local Events and Opportunities

Community activities and events are listed below.  All items listed have been approved by the district office for posting.  In most cases, paper copies of these postings can be found in the designated school building's office.  By clicking on the headings below, more information regarding the events can be viewed.


Burchfield County Park 2017 Nature Day Camp

ENROLLMENT to Burchfield Park’s Nature Day Camp is open to children ages 5-12. Children age 5 must have completed kindergarten. Campers are limited to 5 weeks of camp and it is not recommended that a camper attend the same camp more than once.

REGISTER TODAY—Please have your session(s) chosen prior to calling.

To register, please call the Ingham County Parks office at 517-676-2233.

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City of East Lansing/East Lansing Parks, Recreation, & Arts Upcoming Events

All-of-us Express Children’s Theatre to Bring “Shrek the Musical Jr.” to the Stage


All-of-us Express Children’s Theatre (AECT) will bring “Shrek the Musical Jr.” to the East Lansing Hannah Community Center (ELHCC) stage, 819 Abbot Road, July 28-30 and Aug. 4-5.

Friday shows will take place at 7 p.m., Saturday shows will take place at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. and the Sunday show will take place at 3 p.m. More than 100 mid-Michigan youth, ages 6-18, make up the cast and crew of this latest AECT production.

Tickets are $5 for children and $7 for adults. Community members can purchase tickets by visiting the ELHCC Box Office or by calling (517) 333-2580 ext. 0. Tickets can also be purchased at the door. Visit www.cityofeastlansing.com/allofus for more information.

This latest AECT production is generously sponsored by Jackson National Life and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

All-of-us Express Children’s Theatre (AECT) offers young people of all backgrounds, cultures and lifestyles the opportunity to produce professional quality plays, study many aspects of the dramatic arts and develop valuable life skills while providing outstanding entertainment to the community. AECT brings four major productions to the Greater Lansing community each year with the help of hundreds of youth from throughout the region.

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East Lansing Family Aquatic Center to Host 2017 Summer Splash

Community members are invited to the 2017 Summer Splash - a poolside celebration that will come alive at the East Lansing Family Aquatic Center on Wednesday, July 26.

This popular community event will take place from 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. and will feature everything from the famous Summer Splash belly flop contest to a sidewalk chalk contest, sand castle contest, balloon toss, children’s games, prizes, a DJ and much more.

The 2017 Summer Splash celebrates the 17th summer of interactive, water-play fun at the East Lansing Family Aquatic Center. Officially opening its gates in 2001, the Aquatic Center has served an average of 55,000 visitors per year since its inception.

Regular daily admission rates will apply. Please call the East Lansing Family Aquatic Center at (517) 332-4420 or visit www.cityofeastlansing.com/AquaticCenter for admission prices, daily hours and more information. The Aquatic Center is located at 6400 Abbot Road, just north of Lake Lansing Road.

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National Night Out, Touch-a-Truck Event to Take Place Tuesday, Aug. 1

The East Lansing Public Library (ELPL) and East Lansing Police Department (ELPD) are once again partnering to host the City of East Lansing’s National Night Out, Touch-a-Truck event on Tuesday, Aug. 1 from 6-8 p.m. at ELPL, 950 Abbot Road.

This popular annual event offers free fun for the entire family, while promoting community safety and awareness. This year’s event will feature interaction with local police officers and firefighters, a bounce house, a balloon artist, popcorn, cotton candy, bubbles, sidewalk chalk and plenty of vehicles for children to explore. Children can explore police vehicles from ELPD, a fire engine and ambulance from the East Lansing Fire Department, several vehicles from the East Lansing Department of Public Works, a CATA bus and trolley, a tow truck and more. Members of the ELPD K9 Unit will also be there to visit with young animal lovers again this year as well as members of the ELPD Bike Unit and Ingham Regional Special Response Team (SWAT).

The library and parking lot will close at 5 p.m. to prepare for this all-ages community celebration. Parking for the event will be available on side streets and at the East Lansing Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbot Road. The event is free and open to all community members.

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East Lansing’s Moonlight Film Festival Kicks off this July

The City of East Lansing's 2017 Moonlight Film Festival will kick off this July, featuring FREE movies shown on a big, outdoor screen in Valley Court Park, 280 Valley Court Park.

The 2017 Moonlight Film Festival will take place on Thursday nights, July 6-Aug. 10, at 9:30 p.m. in July and 9 p.m. in August. Community members are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs and enjoy a night under the stars.

Here is the 2017 Moonlight Film Festival schedule:

  • Thursday, July 6 at 9:30 p.m. – “The Secret Life of Pets” (PG)
  • Thursday, July 13 at 9:30 p.m. – “Pete’s Dragon” (2016) (PG)
  • Thursday, July 20 at 9:30 p.m. – “Rogue One” (PG-13)
  • Thursday, July 27 at 9:30 p.m. – “Sing” (PG)
  • Thursday, Aug. 3 at 9 p.m. – “La La Land” (PG-13)
  • Thursday, Aug. 10 at 9 p.m. – “Lion” (PG-13)*

*This movie will be shown in partnership with the 2017 One Book, One Community (OBOC) program. The movie “Lion” is based on the book “A Long Way Home” by Saroo Brierley – this year’s OBOC book selection. Brierley will kick off the 2017 OBOC program with a visit to the East Lansing-MSU community at the end of August (Aug. 27-28). Learn more at www.onebookeastlansing.com.

In the event of rain or severe weather, the movies will be canceled. Please visit http://cityofeastlansing.com/moonlightfilmfestival for updates.

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East Lansing’s Summer Concert Series Kicks off this July

The City of East Lansing's 2017 Summer Concert Series will kick off this July in downtown East Lansing’s Ann Street Plaza (corner of M.A.C. and Albert avenues).

This FREE, popular music series will take place July 7-Aug. 25 on Friday nights from 7-9 p.m. Community members are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and/or enjoy outdoor dining at restaurants surrounding the plaza. Here is the 2017 lineup:

  • Friday, July 7 – Root Doctor
  • Friday, July 14 – Paddlebots
  • Friday, July 21 – Earthwork Music Showcase featuring The Springtails, Jen Sygit & Sam Corbin, Gifts or Creatures and Red Tail Ring
  • Friday, July 28 – Taylor Taylor
  • Friday, Aug. 4 – Starfarm
  • Friday, Aug. 18 – Kathleen and the Bridge Street Band
  • Friday, Aug. 25 – Heartland Klezmorim

* The concerts will be canceled in the event of rain/severe weather. Thanks to the East Lansing Downtown Management Board for sponsoring the Summer Concert Series.

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East Lansing Farmer's Market


The 2017 season will run June 4-Oct. 29 on Sundays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in Valley Court Park, 280 Valley Court.                 

About the Market
The ELFM features fresh, farm-grown Michigan produce/products and draws a crowd of more than 1,000 visitors each week. As a growers-only market, ELFM vendors are required to grow their own produce and/or make their own products. The ELFM tagline says it all: “100% Homegrown Makes Us Different.”

Community members can learn more about the ELFM at www.cityofeastlansing.com/farmersmarket.

Kids Power Karate (Ages 6-12)

DATES: 6/19/17 TO 7/31/17 (No Class on 7/3/17)
TIME: 5:45 TO 6:15 PM


Little Ninjas Karate (Ages 4-5)

DATES: 6/19/17 TO 7/31/17 (No Class on 7/3/17)
TIME: 5:00 TO 5:30 PM


Moonlight Film Festival

Valley Court Park
280 Vally Court
July & August

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Summer Concert Series

Ann Street Plaza
Downtown EL
Fridays 7-9 p.m.
July & August

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City of East Lansing Parks & Recreation Summer Camps 2017

All-of-Us Express Children's Theater Summer Drama Camps

Camps will take place at the East Lansing Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbot Road.

Participants will need to bring a lunch to camp each day.

Due to the popularity of these camps, all cancellations must be made at least five days prior to the first day of camp.

To register, go to www.cityofeastlansing.com/onlineregistration and click on “Children’s Theater”
under “Class Types.”

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City of East Lansing Parks, Recreation and Arts Summer Camps

Various summer camps for many ages

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Crossing Guard Applications Are Being Accepted for the City of East Lansing


Either one hour in the morning, or, one hour in the afternoon, or both depending on need, Monday – Friday. Must be available before school starting time and when school lets out in the afternoon. Specific hours dependent on public school.

$12.00 per Hour

Go Online to cityofeastlansing.com for details and to complete an application.

Crossing Guard Flyer

East Lansing Public Library

ELPL Raising Funds to Bring Pop-Up Library to East Lansing

The East Lansing Public Library (ELPL) is continuing to raise funds to bring a Pop-Up Library to East Lansing.

Pop-Up Libraries are low-speed, electric vehicles specially customized to transport and display library materials. Bringing a Pop-Up Library to East Lansing will provide ELPL with the opportunity to extend its reach outside of the library walls at special community events and destinations throughout the City.

“The vehicle will allow us to get out in the community and share what we have to offer at places like the East Lansing Farmer’s Market, the East Lansing Family Aquatic Center, schools, senior communities, area festivals and more,” said ELPL Director Kristin Shelley. “Community engagement is such an important part of what we do and we believe this vehicle will make a huge difference in how we better reach the people living in our community.”

This past April, ELPL raised more than $20,000 at its annual Books, Bites & Bids fundraising event for the Pop-Up Library. It was a record amount for the annual event, but a little more than half of the funds still need to be raised to make the Pop-Up Library a reality. With that in mind, community members interested in supporting the fundraising effort can donate a “part” to the library. Community members can give a lugnut for $25, a gas pedal for $150 and/or a tire for $500. Donations of any amount are welcome!

Community members can learn more about supporting the Pop-Up Library at https://www.elpl.org/browse_program/pop-up-library/ or by calling ELPL at (517) 351-2420.

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Stories in the Garden

Stories in the Garden is a program where teens read stories to younger children at the MSU 4-H Children's Garden


Summer Reading Program

Sign up for the 2017 at East Lansing Public Library to have fun and win cool prizes all summer! From June 11 through August 5, every 2 hours you read gets you a new prize! This year's theme is Build a Better World. It's as easy as 1-2-3.

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Teen Summer Reading Challenge

Teens entering grades 7-12, check out materials at the service desk during the Summer Reading Program and get a scratch-off ticket for a chance to win prizes or an entry into the grand prize raffle!

Teen Movies
1pm-3pm in the Meeting Room
Thursdays June 22, July 6 and 20, August 3, 17, 31
Watch movies intended for a teen audience. Popcorn while supplies last!

Teen Board Games
1pm-3pm in the Meeting Room
Thursdays June 29, July 13 & 27, August 10 & 24
Play party, strategy, and resource-based board games with other teens.

Teen Self-Care Club
3pm-5pm in the Meeting Room
Fridays from June 23-August 25

Decompress in a quiet, relaxing environment with low-stress crafts and activities, such as making calming jars, coloring, journaling, crocheting, and putting together jigsaw puzzles. Tea will be provided.

2017 Stories in the Garden

If you enjoy reading to children in a beautiful setting, sign up to be a teen storyteller for Stories in the Garden!  Teen storytellers must attend the planning session prior to the story day and should be entering grades 7-12.

Kids of all ages are invited to attend the Story Day at the MSU 4-H Children’s Garden (1066 Bogue).

  • June 19, 5-6pm: Teen Planning at ELPL
  • June 20, 10am-12pm: Stories at Children’s Garden
  • July 11, 5-6pm:Teen Planning at ELPL
  • July 12, 11am-1pm: Stories at Children’s Garden
  • Aug 22, 5-6pm: Teen Planning at ELPL
  • Aug. 23, 7-8:30pm: Stories at Children’s Garden


Monthly Newsletter

PDF DocumentJune - August 2017 Newsletter

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East Lansing Summer Youth Journalism

East Lansing Summer Youth Journalism

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EveryoneOn is a national nonprofit working to eliminate the digital divide by making high-speed, low-cost Internet service and computers, and free digital literacy courses accessible to all unconnected Americans. Through partnerships with local Internet service providers, EveryoneOn is able to offer free or $9.95 home Internet service in 48 states and the District of Columbia. We work with device refurbishers, so individuals and their families can purchase discounted devices, including $150 tablets and $199 laptops.



ITEC Information Technology Empowerment Center

Summer Camp Opportunities

As summer approaches, parents are looking for ways to keep their children busy and mentally engaged. Here at ITEC, we have a solution! We are offering several week-long technology summer camps ranging from Lego robotics, Raspberry Pi, 3D Printing, Video Game Design, and even a simulated trip to space on our new TechTransport bus, an interactive 12-person mobile computer lab. ITEC offers sliding-scale scholarships to low-income families, as well as additional family discounts.


Lansing Community College Youth Summer Programs

Our goal is to offer your 2nd to 12th grade student a wide variety of opportunities to enjoy high caliber academic pursuit in the fields of technology, science, math, engineering, arts, and more. Discovering a sense of wonder and enthusiasm for learning, our classes are designed with a maximum of hands-on involvement so that your student is inspired to strive for further academic investigation. Energize your summer, meet new friends and experience new and exciting learning opportunities with the LCC Youth Program!

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MSU Sponsored Summer Camps 2017

Art Camp

Bring your imagination and creativity to art camp this summer at the MSU Broad! Camp meets for weekly sessions, 9am–3pm daily.


MSU College of Arts & Letters CeLTA Language School 2017 Language Summer Camps for Children and Teens


Our summer camps introduce children to different languages and cultures by providing a fun learning environment that focuses on hands-on interactions and experiences with the target language. No prior knowledge is required and children of higher levels can be accommodated.
Camps meet from 8:30-4:00 pm in Wells Hall. Morning-only options (8:30-12:00 pm) are available for most camps.

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MSU College of Engineering 2017 Summer Camps

Thinking about becoming an engineer?  Explore engineering before you even enter college! 

Our pre-college engineering programs will show you how to bring your intellect and creativity together to have fun, solve problems, and discover your career interests.

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MSU Tennis Facility Summer Camps (Ages 3-10)

Parent & Tot Ages 3 & 4 This ½ hour class will help students discover what tennis is about. Focus
on developing hand eye coordination. Throwing, tracking and running and hitting skills.
Parent or nanny must be on court with junior.

Tiny Spartans Ages 5 & 6* This one hour class will help students develop more hand-eye
coordination. Learn and develop a forehand and backhand groundstroke, volley, overhead and serve with some success.

Mini Spartans Ages 7 & 8* This one hour class will help students improve their groundstrokes,
volleys, overheads and serving. Play is with short court format and red balls. Learn how to score a game

Mega Spartans Ages 9 & 10 This one hour class will help students improve their overall strokes.
They will learn how to rally so they could play Jr. Team Tennis on a 60’ court with orange balls. Begin to use strategy and learn scoring.

*Ages 6 & 8 may be able to move up to the next age group depending on their ability level.
Contact Coach Diane with any ????

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Michigan State Volleyball Kids Clinic for 3rd to 6th Graders

Michigan State Volleyball Kids Clinic

When:   August 3, 2017 10am to 12pm
Where:   IM West - Main Arena
Cost:   $25

Open to 3rd through 6th graders.  Free Kids Club Membership with sign up!  for more information or to register please call 517-353-1756 or email wiegande@ath.msu.edu

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Mystic Lake 2017 Summer Camps

Parkwood YMCA Weekly Day Camps 2017

Weekly Day Camps
June 12 - September 1, 2017
Ages 3-15

Parkwood YMCA offers a wide variety of week long day camp offerings for ages 3-15. Focus of the camp will be on learning fundamental skills and building teamwork and sportsmanship.   Also, there will be time for other fun and exciting games/activities.  Do something exciting and fun this summer and create a memory that will last a lifetime.

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Potter Park Zookambi Summer Camp

The zoo has you covered with the wildest weeks of programming available in Michigan! Each day of camp includes a variety of hands-on experiences, animal presentations, and adventures typical zoo visitors don't have.

We have another great camp season planned for 2017!  We will continue to offer both morning and afternoon sessions each week of Zookambi for kids entering grades 1-7, and two weeks of specially designed programs for students entering grades 8-12. We will have both morning and afternoon extended care.  Space is limited, so sign your kids up today!

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