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East Lansing/Okemos with a 3.5 year old

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East Lansing/Okemos with a 3.5 year old

Will be in the area for about 4 days next month. The MSU butterfly garden is on the list, as is Hawk Island Park and the Impression5 Museum. Any ideas as to where we can find some playgrounds? Any other kid ideas would be great too.

Thanks for your help!

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1. Re: East Lansing/Okemos with a 3.5 year old

Check out the Potter Park Zoo in Lansing. 1/2 Mile south of I-496 on Pennsylvania Avenue. 9:00 to 6:00 through October 31, with some special events on certain weekends during the month. http://www.potterparkzoo.org/

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2. Re: East Lansing/Okemos with a 3.5 year old

There is a nice playground at John Patriarche Park on Alton Road at Saginaw in East Lansing. This is the park where I played as a child and I took my children too when they were little. As a matter of fact, we visited this park this past summer when we went to my parents' church picnic. There are jungle gyms, play houses, swing sets and many other things offered. It is perfect for a 3.5 year old with energy to burn.

I also recommend that you head to the Red Cedar River near Spartan Stadium to feed the famous MSU ducks. The best spot to feed them is across the river from the Administration Building next to the stadium. Then take a walk along the river, crossing the many bridges, looking for the ducks. You can also visit the Botanical Gardens on the river between the library and the women's IM (it's probably called something different now but that is what we called it when I attended State). Great areas for a child to run with no worries of traffic...other than students on bikes!

Have a great time! Moms

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3. Re: East Lansing/Okemos with a 3.5 year old

If the weather's nice, Lake Lansing Park South in Haslett has a nice play area with a kids' tricycle track. http://www.ingham.org/pk/ll/lls/llsmain.htm

If the weather's bad, Jumpin' Jax on Lake Lansing Road by the Eastwood Mall in Lansing has a lot of inflatable bounce houses. My daughters go there for birthday parties and such, have a blast, and equally importantly get nice and tired. http://www.jumpinjaxbouncearena.com/

The MSU Pavilion hosts animal shows every now and then, including some in October. These are agricultural shows, not circuses or anything like that. Typically, you can take your kids and walk through the staging areas where the exhibitors are getting their animals ready for the shows. My daughters have enjoyed these, too. Schedule: https://www.msu.edu/~pavilion/events.htm

You could also check out the Corn Maze in Williamston, about 10 miles east of Okemos. www.michigan.org/property/Detail.aspx?p=B5798

I second the recommendation above about Patriarche Park.

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4. Re: East Lansing/Okemos with a 3.5 year old

Thank you all for your suggestions! That should definitely keep us busy while we're there. I'll ask the same question next year about Ann Arbor (but I guess he'll be 4.5 years old then). Thanks again, folks. You rock.

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