Free & Frugal Events In Lansing & Jackson 7/7-7/14

Free & Frugal Events In Lansing & Jackson 7/7-7/14

Here are current events going on around the Lansing & surrounding area: {keep in mind this list is constantly updated as we find out about more events!} If you have events, great free/frugal ideas that are going on around the Lansing & Jackson area, feel free to leave a comment below letting me know!

free frugal family activities this weekend

Just Jackson Series (Jackson)

The Michigan Theatre proudly presents…”The Muppets Most Wanted”

Shown all week at 2 pm and 6 pm.

Only $1. Kids Combos available for only $3.

Sponsored by The Kiwanis Club of Jackson

Common Ground Music Festival is happening all week 7/8-7/13

Check out my tips on what to expect at Common Ground this year!  We have some awesome artists coming to town including
Juicy J, Big Sean, Earth Wind & Fire, cyRus, Machine Gun Kelly.

July 7 – 12th- Eaton County Fair

Whether you enjoy tractor and truck pulls, motor-cross races or demolition derbies, you can find it all at the Eaton County Fair.

Capital Area Restaurant Week 7/7-7/12

Have you wanted to try out a local restaurant, but wasn’t in your budget? This week in the #lovelansing area you can check out awesome restaurants that are offering exclusive deals during restaurant week. One of my favorite places is in on there- Gracie’s Place!!

MSUFCU Kids’ Night Out with Radio Disney {free event}

July 8th starting at 5 pm- 7pm

$2 Movies at the NEW Regal Cinema at the Lansing Mall!

See select movies for just $2 bucks over the next few days. Plus the Grand Opening is this Saturday with fun family events!

Zoo Days at Potter Park Zoo 7/8-7/9

Visit the Zoo for just $1 buck per person, plus tons of family events!

Hurst Planetarium – Laser Light Show July 11th-14th {Jackson}

5:00 PM: Laser Gaga
6:00 PM: Laser Pop
7:00 PM: The Beatles Laser Anthology
8:15 PM: Laser Gaga
9:30 PM: Laser Aerosmith
11:00 PM: Pink Floyd’s “The Dark Side of the Moon”

$5 for Adults and $4 for Seniors and Children *ages 5 – 11

American 1 Teen Idol hits the Jackson Co. Fairgrounds July 11th {Jackson/FREE}

Time: 6pm- midnight
Jackson, MI – 10 talented teens from Michigan will take the stage Friday, July 11th to compete
for the title of American 1 Teen Idol. The singing competition takes place at the Jackson County
Fairgrounds and begins at 6pm. The event is free and the public is encouraged to cheer on
their favorites. –

July 11th- Jumpin’ Jax

Get 50% off regular Admission price

3pm- 7pm

Must present coupon (if you’re on their email list you should have received one, or visit their website)

Free concerts in the Park Friday- July 11th

July 12th- Lansing Mall Goes Hollywood

Lansing Mall is GOING HOLLYWOOD on July 12th in celebration of the Regal Stadium 12 & RPX Grand Opening.

Kid’s Mud Run { Cost}

Date: 7/12/2014

Time: (call for time- 323-8555)

Ages 5- 15

Location: Grand Woods Park, 4500 West Willow Highway

Cost: $10 for Delta Residents/$12 for non-residents. Price goes up to $15 if you register the day of run.

Meet The Princesses with “Once Upon a Princess” July 12th {Jackson}

Time: 11 am- 2pm
Cost: $25 per child
Your child can meet the following princesses at our beautiful theater; Cinderella, Belle, Rapunzel, Little Mermaid, and Snow Queen. The cost of the ticket includes a meet and greet of the princesses, autographs, and a twenty five minute performance.

The ticket also includes a “kids’ combo” which includes a small popcorn and small drink.

Pizza and other concessions will be available.

Other FREE Events Happening this week:

American Girl Store Events:
Special events differ by location. During June, they include a Summer Flower Anklet Craft, Summer Reading Bookmark Craft, Everyday Fun Doll ‘Dos, Princess Bitty Baby Story Time, and Meet the Author Tours. Also get my tips on how you save on American Girl Store on a budget!

Don’t forget you have awesome ideas, free events and more going on at various Summer Reading  Program Locations.

You also have FREE Bowling to do with the kids as well! Plus there is a FREE Skating Program, so tons of summer fun!

Here are great local deals to check out:

Score 50% off at ZapZone w/ this current offer: $13 for Laser Tag or Mini Golf for Two with Glo Items at Zap Zone (Up to $26 Value)

All-Day Paintball Outing for Two or Four with Equipment Rental and 500 Paintballs at T.C. Paintball (Up to 55% Off

Have you signed your kids up for the FREE Apple Camp yet? Definitely a great way for them to connect to technology with the help from Apple. They don’t need to have an Apple product to attend the class and learn. They also have workshop for adults too!

Stay tuned for these events happening next month- July 2014

Tuesday Under The Trees {Jackson/FREE}

Beginning July 15th, at 1:00 PM and every Tuesday until late-August, the popular free summer, “Read to Me” story time “Tuesdays Under the Tree” will return for a 3rd year to Calvary United Methodist Church. The “Read to Me” program will be outside, under a tree, on the Backus Street yard. Some classic stories, some new favorites read by Pastor Edrye Maurer. A wide assortment of books will be read this summer! Children may also bring their own books to be read. Each session will last for approximately 1 hour.

Questions? Call the church @ 517-782-0543

Light snacks provided.

Just Jackson Series (Jackson)

The Michigan Theatre proudly presents…”The Muppets Most Wanted”

Shown all week at 2 pm and 6 pm. (Daily)

Only $1. Kids Combos available for only $3.

Sponsored by The Kiwanis Club of Jackson

Hot Air Jubilee {Jackson}/FREE

One of my favorite local attractions!

July 18- July 20

Free family fun event
Hot Air Balloons fill the sky during both a morning and evening launch. They also light up the night sky for a night glow. The main focus of the Jubilee is of course the Hot Air Balloons, however that’s not all there is to enjoy. When you and your family come to Ella Sharp Park during the event you will be greeted by some longtime Jubilee favorites such as a craft booth marketplace, the Kids Kingdom, food vendors and an auto show.

Michigan Shakespeare Festival {Jackson}

Date: July 17- August 17th

The 20th anniversary season will run July 17- August 17, 2014 and features Hamlet, Cymbeline and Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Ernest. For more information about the coming season visit


8th Annual Poetry In the City {FREE} *great date night idea

Date: July 17, 2014

Time: 7:00- 9:00 pm

Location: @The Capital Steps, Lansing

Tiny Tikes Triaathlon {FREE}

Date: 7/30/14

Time: 6- 7 pm

For Ages 2- 5

Location- Sharp Park Please call 323-8555 to register/get more information

Touch-A Truck Day {FREE}

Date: 8/9/2014

Time: 930 am- 2 pm

Family Outing

Location- Sharp Park

Get more information at 323-8555. No pre-registration required. Bring the whole family out for a day of fun featuring trucks of all kind.

Nursery School Olympics {FREE}

Date: 8/12/2014

Time: 6 pm- 8 pm

For ages 2-5

Location: Delta Mills Park Shelter

Please register at 323-8555/Food Bank Donations are welcome.

Refreshments will be served


You can find more Local Events and activities going on in the Mid-Michigan area and beyond!

Be sure to visit our Local section of the blog to find the latest free/cheap events happening in the Lansing and Jackson areas.