Now that school's out for the summer, you may be looking for some family friendly (and let's be honest here- wallet friendly) ideas for activities for you and your little ones. If that's the case, the Greater Lansing Convention & Visitors Bureau and I are here to help!

The Greater Lansing Convention & Visitors Bureau put together a list of five activities you can take the kids to on MSU's campus, I added the sixth. Take a scroll through the list below and see what might be fun for you and the kids! Happy planning!

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    The MSU Museum

    What I love about the museum is that it's a great way to get the kids out of the house and doing something fun while also having the potential for learning too! The MSU Museum features "three floors and 15 galleries and exhibit spaces" with all kinds of history to learn about; Michigan's Great Lakes region, culture, animals, and DINOSAURS. What kid doesn't love dinosaurs? There are 2 complete dino skeletons in the museum. And remember how I said these activities are wallet friendly too? There is no admission fee for the MSU Museum. They do however accept donations.

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    The MSU 4-H Children's Gardens

    MSU's campus features a 4-H Children's Garden that is not only filled with beautiful flowers, plants, and trees, but also more learning opportunities (are you sensing a pattern...). You and your little ones can enjoy a casual walk through the gardens while also learning about the different plant life. The gardens also features lot's of free or low cost activities, including stories in the garden and train rides. Read about all the activities here

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    MSU Bug House

    If you've got a little one that's into creepy crawlers, then this is the activity for you! MSU's Bug House features free open house events where you can walk through the house and learn loads of information about different insect, spiders, and more! Like, "did you know there are more kinds of beetles in Michigan than there are varieties of birds on Earth?" Not only can you LEARN about the creepy crawlers, you have the chance to TOUCH and HOLD them during special events. I got to hold a tarantula once, it was pretty cool. Find out more info about when the open houses take place here

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    Abrams Planetarium

    Abrams Planetarium features different star shows throughout the summer. You get to sit back and watch the story of the skies unfold before you on the ceiling. I once enjoyed a star show about Ancient Egypt and how stars and the constellations played a huge role in their lives, very cool and informative. Shows take place on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Right now they have two shows: "Phantom of the Universe: The Hunt for Dark Matter", and a family show, "The Zula Patrol: Under the Weather". Tickets are $4 for adults and $3 for kids 12 and under. But if this is something you'd like to do, you only have a short time left for this summer. "Planetarium shows will end for the summer on July 23rd. Shows will return in September" because the planetarium will be undergoing some construction. Find out more about shows here

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    MSU Dairy Store

    I scream, you scream, we all scream - FOR ICE CREAM! And the MSU Dairy Store has some phenomenal ice cream flavors! There are over 32 flavors to choose from, including the popular 'Sesquicentennial Swirl' - a white cake batter ice cream, with thick, green fudge swirls and cake pieces. I myself like the Maize-n-Berry (for ice cream purposes only, lol) which has yummy berries and pie pieces. Check out the rest of the flavors here before you head in to buy a cone.

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    Pokemon Go

    Now, I know that Pokemon Go isn't everyone's cup of tea, which is fine. But if it is, MSU is a treasure trove of fun. There are TONS of gyms, PokeStops, and in my experience, some rare Pokemon. Plus, this is a free activity that gets you out and walking throughout MSU's gorgeous campus.

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