Beyond the Bus blog logo

CATA Joins Capital Area District Libraries for the Summer Reading Challenge

Friday, July 3, 2020

Categories: Blog, Community

Capital Area District Libraries and Summer Reading Challenge logosIt's no secret that CATA is proud of our community’s library system. We have profiled the Capital Area District Libraries’ services during the COVID-19 pandemic and their special Library of Things, where adult cardholders can check out unique hands-on items from ghost-hunting kits to bus passes.

We are turning the page to another chapter in our partnership with CADL, as we proudly join their Summer Reading Challenge. You do not have to be a library member to get involved, and it is free to join.

But why would you want to read as much as you can between now and the challenge’s August 8 deadline? We’ll give you five good reasons to crack open a good book for the Summer Reading Challenge.

1. It can be tailored toward any age.

The Summer Reading Challenge offers four separate tracks, depending on your age group. Babies, toddlers, kids, teens and adults can all be part of the challenge.

Four young smiling children

2. You could win a computer, iPad, Chromebook, or other piece of tech gear.

Kids and teens who complete all levels of the Summer Reading Challenge can enter to win one of (at least) 20 tech devices. CADL is giving away these devices to close the digital divide between kids with easy computer access and reliable Internet, and kids without.

Click here for the official rules and entry form.

3. You can pay back library fines.

Kids and teens can earn a $5 coupon to help pay back any library fines. They can earn this coupon just by reaching the second level of CADL’s Summer Reading Challenge.

4. It’s a way to beat the summer slide.

When school is out for summer, children can lose many of their academic gains from the school year. Reading levels, spelling skills, and vocabulary can take a hit.

Click here to learn more about the summer slide and how the Summer Reading Challenge can help fend it off.

5. There are opportunities to win new experiences and prizes.

Read and be rewarded! Participants could win gift cards to the MSU Dairy Store, Traverse City Pie Company, Meijer, Target, Biggby and more. For kids up to age 13, the grand prize is a family getaway to the Bavarian Inn Waterpark in Frankenmuth. Teens have a chance to win a 10-pack of one-hour passes to Launch Trampoline Park.

For a full list of prizes by age group, click here.

In addition to the Summer Reading Challenge, CADL is also hosting community scavenger hunts, online escape room challenges, virtual storytimes, craft corners and more. View their catalog of summer activities and join us in extending a huge “Thank you!” to CADL for creating innovative ways to make summer learning fun.

Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

Great Ways to Spend Leap Day in Lansing

Friday, February 7, 2020

Categories: Blog, Community

4 kids in MSU apparel jumping on a snow bank

 

How often do you wish for an extra day? 

In 2020, that wish has been granted. February 29 is your day to do something you’ve always wanted to do. And best of all, it’s a Saturday! Here are some fun ways to enjoy your Leap Day Lansing-style:

1. Eat Izzo-themed ice cream while watching MSU basketball.

Cheer on the Spartans against Maryland with a large scoop of Izzo’s Malted Madness – with hot fudge and sprinkles, of course. Take routes 24, 25 or 36 to check out other themed flavors at the MSU Dairy Store, all made at the university with Michigan ingredients! For homemade perfection, you’ve got to check this place out

The outside of Golden harvest restaurant that says smells like bacon on the side of the building

2. Smell the bacon.

Kermit the Frog, a Christmas tree, a sombrero and clogs – what do all of these things have in common? They’re mounted on the walls of Golden Harvest, one of the most eclectic and identifiable food spots in Lansing. This restaurant’s amazing breakfasts and unique decor have drawn crowds since 1951. Hop on Route 14 to this Old Town gem.

To support Golden Harvest’s restoration initiative, visit http://bit.ly/SaveGolden.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by Potter Park Zoo (@potterparkzoo) on

3. Join the stampede.

Have you heard about Potter Park Zoo’s baby rhino, Jaali? He is the first black rhino to be born at the Potter Park Zoo! This milestone was recognized worldwide, as black rhinos are a critically endangered species. While Jaali won’t be out in public until spring, the zoo is still an amazing place to be in the winter. We’re talking less crowds, and plenty of animals – jump on route 8! 

Check zoo hours here.

4. Contest your ‘stache.

Do you have a rad mustache or beard you’ve always wanted to show off? Here’s your chance. On Leap Day, Old Town is hosting Brrs, Beards, and Brews: A Lumberjack Festival, complete with a facial hair competition. For all those with bare faces, the festival also offers a Feats of Strength contest, food and activities. Routes 14 or 16 will take you to this event!

Photo of people working at an outdoor pop-up food bank in the winter

5. Join a cause.

Have you always wanted to get involved in your community, but never had the time to get started? Today is your day! There are so many opportunities in the Lansing area to get involved in a good cause, from helping people to animals to the environment.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by The Cosmos Wood-Fired (@thecosmospizza) on

6. Kick it back. 

Whether you take time with family and friends, or focus on self care, give yourself permission to relax and enjoy this day! Find a local yoga studio to focus on yourself or indulge in a slice and turn on the game. Remember this is your day – your EXTRA day – to do what you’d like.

How will you be spending your Leap Day this year?

Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

7 Things to Do in Lansing this Winter

Monday, December 2, 2019

Categories: Blog, Community

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.

Click here 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

Share on Facebook Share on Twitter
12

Theme picker

Subscribe to blog updates

Submit your Story

We need your help! Submit your story about a great ride, a driver that went above and beyond or just about how CATA helps you get around and you could be featured in a future blog post.

If you have a customer experience complaint, please contact us using this form or call 517-394-1000.