With Kids

Race for The Place 5K on April 12th

Friday, April 3, 2015

Photo courtesy of Time Frame Photography

The 21st annual Race for the Place 5K will be held on Sunday, April 12th at the Jenison Field House and is a fun-filled family event with races for kids of all ages, MSU athlete participation, and a visit from Sparty. Race for the Place is the largest annual fundraiser for MSU Safe Place, a program addressing relationship violence and stalking among members of the MSU and greater Lansing communities.

Gladioli, Grout & Grilling at Lansing Home & Garden Show

Friday, March 20, 2015

Where can you price out vinyl siding, learn how to make Creamy Hazelnut Maytag Vinaigrette with Rosemary & Fresh Ground & Roasted Cardamom, and see a Madagascar Hissing Cockroach? You can do all of those things (and lots more) at The Lansing Home & Garden Show, which opened yesterday and runs through Sunday at MSU’s Pavilion.

Friday Fast Four: Erin Go Bragh!

Friday, March 13, 2015

St. Patrick’s Day is coming, and there are great ways to celebrate locally without drinking vast quantities of green beer or driving the snakes out of Ireland. All of these are pretty family-friendly (but please don’t give your children Guinness), and half of them are free:

Show of the Week: A Fast-Paced Hour with Peter Pan and Friends

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Photos by David Grist. In this picture: (front left to right) are Maureen Rojewski, Alyssa Forsyth, Alice Ribeiro, Miki Perdikakis and (back left to right) Gabriella Torgeson, Katie Knox and Kaleel Van Voorhees.  

Why grow up when you can spend an hour in Never-Never Land with pirates, Lost Boys, epic battles, and a fairy? “Peter Pan, Adventures in Neverland” is a ballet in one act offers all of this and more, later this month at Bath Auditorium.

ASK ELi: Managing Hannah's Use

Friday, February 13, 2015

Image: Hannah Community Center, courtesy City of East Lansing

This week, an ELi reader asked us to investigate the usage of the Hannah Community Center. Our reader was particularly interested in the question of whether City-run programs are given adequate priority over external groups that use Hannah. (Hannah is getting busy enough that space is sometimes tight, including in the parking lot.)

Show of the Week: Wind in the Willows at All-of-us Express

Thursday, February 5, 2015

PHOTO (L to R: Sarah Hoogstraten, Zoe Stroupe (front) Beatriz Brockey, Samantha Dickens)

On Friday, February 6 the East Lansing-based All-of-us Express Children’s Theatre will be performing their winter show The Wind in the Willows. The show will be directed by East Lansing resident and AECT alum Morgan Lees and runs February 6-7 and the following weekend February 13-14.

SHOW OF THE WEEK: Family-Friendly Show Opens at Abrams Planetarium

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Elmo, Big Bird, and their new friend from China, Hu Hu Zhu, will help MSU’s Abrams Planetarium kick off its Spring semester this coming Saturday, January 11, at 2:30pm. In “One World, One Sky”, the three friends take a voyage of the imagination to the moon and back in a show designed especially for families and children of preschool and early elementary ages.

Program Welcomes Jewish Parents with Young Children

Monday, January 5, 2015

Congregation Shaarey Zedek will be hosting a program for families with young children who do not already belong to a synagogue on February 7. The program, “A Taste of Judaism – Family Style,” is designed for families with children up to age six years old, where at least one parent is Jewish.

In the past, our congregation has offered a three-week adult “Taste of Judaism” course, and each year I provide an adult course in Introduction to Judaism, but this is the first time we are offering this family-style program.

SHOW OF THE WEEK: "Nutcracker in a Nutshell"

Thursday, December 18, 2014

“Nutcracker in a Nutshell 2014” takes the stage this weekend at the East Lansing Hannah Community Center in two performances that are free and open to the public.  Approximately 60 dancers aged four to twelve years from East Lansing, Okemos, Lansing, Haslett, and Dewitt will tell the story of the Nutcracker through creative movement, choreographed by dance professional Mary Jane Gamble. 

RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS: Surprise Someone with a Snowman Army

Saturday, December 13, 2014

We may lack a festive blanket of snow in East Lansing, but thanks to the Lansing Jaycees we can still send an army of snowmen to make the season bright for neighbors, friends, family or co-workers.

The Lansing Jaycees is a group of 21-40 year-olds focused on developing leadership skills through community involvement. The group has been in Lansing since 1929, and they are involved in a variety of events “that help to promote our Jaycee concept of ‘Leadership Training through Community Involvement.’” Says Lansing Jaycees Member Angela Fossi.

SHOW OF THE WEEK: Collage Concert Saturday to Mark 50th Anniversary of Civil Rights Act

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The East Lansing High School (ELHS) Arts’ Programs will host the 32nd annual Collage Concert this Saturday, December 13, at 7:30 pm in the ELHS Center for the Performing Arts. The Collage Coffeehouse and Art Show will be tomorrow, Friday, December 12, from 7-9 pm in the ELHS Student Union and the Collage Art Exhibit will also be open from 6:45-7:30 pm prior to Saturday’s concert as well. Admission is free but donations are accepted.

Special EL Preview of PBS Series on Early Childhood

Monday, November 17, 2014

Next Monday, November 24, from 6:00-8:45 pm at the East Lansing Hannah Community Center there will be a “sneak preview” screening of “Are We Crazy about Our Kids?”—one episode in an upcoming new Public Broadcasting System (PBS) series—for those who register by November 19 to attend this special Hannah screening.

CITY OF THE SMARTS: The Gear Girls gear up for Saturday competition

Saturday, November 8, 2014
Photo courtesy of the Haslett Robotics Club

Saturday is a big day for the “Gear Girls”. This local, all-girl competitive robotics team is geared up to compete November 8 in a Regional Qualifier against 29 other teams for the chance to go on to the state First Lego League competition. 

SHOW OF THE WEEK: Frog and Cats and Ogres, Oh My!

Thursday, November 6, 2014
Ambrose Meteyer, Olivia Hughs, Amelia Vilhauer, Shelby Brewer

This weekend (November 7 and 8) and next weekend (November 14 and 15), East Lansing-based All-of-us Express Children’s Theatre (AECT) will be performing their fall show The Frog Prince and The Truly Remarkable Puss-in-Boots. Youth from Bath, Dewitt, Diamondale, East Lansing, Grand Ledge, Haslett, Holt, Lansing, Mason, Okemos, and Perry fill the cast and crew of this latest production and range from 9-17 years of age.