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7 Things to Do in Lansing this Winter

Monday, December 2, 2019

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Lansing Capitol Building with snow

One of the best ways to fight the winter blues? Explore local activities with family and friends! Here are some of our favorite ways to enjoy Greater Lansing in the colder months:

  1. Ice skating at Munn Arena

This is the perfect activity for a variety of ages and occasions. Skating at Munn makes for a great family outing or date. On the way to Munn, you’ll get to see the winter beauty of Michigan State’s campus. It’s also the place to check out a Michigan State hockey game!

For information on public skate times and Spartan hockey, visit munnicearena.com.

  1. Michigan History Center

Need a break from the winter weather? Head indoors to enjoy the history and culture of our great state. Explore five levels of exhibits, which include everything from art to cars to the origins of Michigan.

Visit michigan.gov/musem for details.

  1. Winter Glow

This free winter festival is an annual East Lansing event. This year’s Winter Glow will take place downtown on Saturday, Dec. 7. It includes an outdoor holiday market, ice carvings, complimentary photos with Santa, marshmallow roasting and more. Local businesses will be hosting specials, crafts and snacks. This is a great way to get out and about during the cold month of December, and get in the holiday spirit.

For more information, visit https://cityofeastlansing.com/winterglow.

Kids on tubes at the bottom of the snow hill

  1. Snow tubing at Hawk Island

As Hawk Island is less than a mile from CATA headquarters, this is one of our favorite wintertime activities. Bring your family, grab a few friends or go it alone on one of Hawk Island’s tube runs, ranging from 500-600 feet long. Then warm up at the snack bar with a cup of hot chocolate and s’mores.

Click here for snow tubing hours and pricing.

  1. Capitol Christmas tree and ornaments

People come from all over the state to see the 61-foot tree displayed in front of the Michigan Capitol building. It’s become a clear icon to the city, standing tall and proud.

The red holiday ornaments are another crowd favorite. These giant picturesque sculptures are in the roundabout at Michigan Avenue and Washington Square, within walking distance from the Capitol. The ornaments -- affectionately called the Orbs of Winter by many locals -- were restored last month thanks to a private donation.

Save on parking and take the bus to these gorgeous decorations! Check out our trip planner to find the best route for you.

  1. Impression 5 Science Center

Impression 5 is an awesome place for kids of all ages to explore, learn and have fun! It was one of the first hands-on science museums in the country when it opened in 1972. Forty-seven years later, it remains a spot for the entire family to enjoy.

For hours and pricing, please visit impression5.org.

  1. Wonderland of Lights at Potter Park Zoo

Holiday lights, animal encounters, hot cocoa and visits from Santa make this event a Lansing staple. This is the 25th Annual Wonderland of Lights, so you know it’s going to be big! Catch this event Thursday through Sunday until Dec. 30.

Click here for the full schedule.

Brick Wall that says Love Lansing

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CATA Gets Smart

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Categories: Blog, Community

Have you noticed something new on Cedar Street? No, we’re not talking about the Holt Quality Dairy that recently got a facelift – we’re talking about CATA’s brand-new smart shelter.

The newly installed shelter is just south of Mt. Hope Rd in front of Foster Community Health Center. This one isn’t like our other shelters, though: Thanks to the Lansing Board of Water and Light, it’s complete with LED lighting, a USB-charging center, public Wi-Fi and a real-time bus-tracking display. Even better, the powered shelter supports CATA’s commitment to 100 percent renewable energy.

Keep your eyes peeled around Lansing in the coming months, as there are more smart shelters yet to be installed.

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Finding love in an unlikely place

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Categories: Blog, Community

For most people, riding the bus leads somewhere physical. Somewhere real. Maybe someplace rather perfunctory.

You take the bus to work. You ride it to go shopping. You hop onboard to get to class on the other side of campus.

For Eva Phan, a CATA bus took her to the next chapter in her life. She met her now-fiancé sitting in a bus shelter in front of MSU’s Brody Hall.

“It’s become a running joke in our relationship,” Eva said. “’If you want to find love, you have to go to the bus stop!’”

Ten years ago, Eva was a freshman studying human biology at Michigan State. She had to get to a chemistry test across campus but was unsure of the exam’s location. She saw Jeff Boore waiting for the bus and recognized him from her class.

“I followed him off the bus,” she said. “We were kind of wandering around separately, and he asked if I was in his class.” She told him she was, and they discovered neither of them knew how to get to Conrad Hall. This was before smartphones, so no one could do a quick check on Google Maps.

They went into the wrong building, and someone showed them the way.

“The whole time I was trying to chat him up, and he was not having it,” Eva said, laughing. “I thought, ‘He’s not that nice!’ I thought I’d never talk to him again.”

Later in the semester, she needed chemistry help, so she reached out to him on a whim.

They hit it off and talked all night. And when they went on their first date?

“We took the CATA bus to Noodles & Co.!”

Eva and Jeff dated all through college – she finished her bachelor’s degree in 2012; he stuck around for a master’s degree and finished in 2013. Their careers took them to San Francisco, where they live now. Last July, Jeff proposed.

When it came time to shoot engagement photos, their photographer asked if there was any particular spot that was meaningful to them.

“We told her, ‘Actually, the bus stop,’” Eva said.

They posed in the bus shelter, and they even climbed on an empty bus for a quick photo shoot, thanks to a friendly and accommodating driver.

Eva shared one of the photos on Facebook with the caption, “We found love in a hopeless place,” referencing the Rihanna/Calvin Harris song. But they don’t see the bus stop as hopeless at all. To the contrary.

“The bus stop means a lot to us,” Eva said. “Every single time we come back to campus we go see it. It makes us happy. It brings us back to being freshmen.”

     

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