With Easter coming up on Sunday, the Lansing area has some exciting holiday-themed events to get you in the spirit. If you don’t celebrate, don’t fret —there are plenty of other activities to enjoy, including a film festival, art exhibits and even a board game café pop-up.
Our Savior Lutheran Church & School is holding a free Easter egg hunt 9:30 a.m. Saturday for ages 3 to 12, featuring crafts, prizes and lots of candy. In addition, the annual egg hunt on the Capitol lawn at 10:45 a.m. Saturday will offer games, activities and visits with the Easter Bunny. There will also be an Easter celebration at the Nancy Moore Park pavilion in Haslett beginning 6 p.m. Saturday, featuring children’s activities, carnival games, arts and crafts, music, a bonfire with marshmallow roasting and a flashlight egg hunt.
If you’re feeling active, the 7th annual Hippity Hop 5K will start 11 a.m. Saturday at the entrance of the Potter Park Zoo and take participants along the Lansing River Trail. There will be an Easter egg hunt, children’s activities and visits with the Easter Bunny, and all runners get free same-day entry into the zoo. Sign up by midnight Friday to secure your spot.
For Friday evening’s live music, we have Brian Shelley at Eaton Rapids Craft Co., Michael Dease’s Album Release Party at UrbanBeat and the Michigan Made College Tour at the Wharton Center, all at 7; the Mason Philharmonic Orchestra at the Michigan State University Community Music School in East Lansing at 7:15; the Wild Honey Collective Trio at The Peanut Barrel and Lee Cleaveland & the Lefthand Band, Corduroy Pants, In a Daydream and Clipboards at Mac’s Bar, both at 8; Soulstice at The Green Door at 8:30; Camp Culture, False Harbor and Soccer at the Avenue at 9; and the Michigan Made College Tour After Party with YN Jay, Sada Baby and Nick LaVelle at The Junction at 10. Saturday evening, we have Copper Johnson at Eaton Rapids Craft Co., The Hi-Views at Lansing Brewing Co. and Aces High at Williamston Roadhouse, all at 7; Saturn V at UrbanBeat at 8; Geech at The Green Door at 8:30; and Joshua Powell, Shay Leigh and the Woodpeckers and Across the Hall at The Avenue at 9. Additionally, The New Rule will play at The Exchange 9 p.m. both Friday and Saturday.
The Capital City Film Festival will host a series of events Friday and Saturday evenings, including its opening night feature, “Aliens Abducted My Parents and Now I Feel Kinda Left Out,” 8 p.m. Friday at the Sears building in Frandor. For a full list of events, visit the festival’s website.
In collaboration with the festival, “Creativity in the Time of COVID-19: Art for Equity and Social Justice,” an exhibition that showcases art by people across the globe who were disproportionately affected by the pandemic, is on display at the Frandor Sears building, with satellite displays at the Lansing Art Gallery, REACH Studio Art Center, Impression 5 Science Center and Refugee Development Center. To see when each location is open, check out the exhibit’s website.
Additional art exhibits include “Blind Spot,” “DIEGEST,” “The Nightly News” and MSU’s Master of Fine Arts Exhibition at the Broad Art Museum, which is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday, and “Printmaking in Full Color” at Framer’s Edge in Okemos, which is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday.
If you’re interested in learning the basics of curling, the Lansing Curling Club is hosting an introductory class 8 to 10 p.m. Friday at Suburban Ice in East Lansing. Once you complete the class, you’re invited to join a league or drop in at one of the club’s games.
Visit Potter Park Zoo 5 to 8 p.m. Friday for its free Night at a Living Museum event, where you can learn about conservation efforts and animal care with hands-on activities and see what the animals get up to after hours.
Finally, groups of four or six can sign up for a table at a pop-up event at Sycamore Creek Church’s Asbury Campus hosted by The Board and Bean, an aspiring Lansing board game café, and enjoy games, drinks and baked goods from Honey Bun Bakery. Two-hour time slots are available either 4 to 6 or 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday.
Whatever you choose to do, I wish you the best of weekends.
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