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Announcing Greater Lansing’s largest, FREE event for new and expecting parents! Brought to you by Willow Tree Family Center in partnership with the Ingham County Health Department, Capital Area District Libraries, and many other sponsors, the Greater Lansing Baby Fair aims to provide the most comprehensive and FUN event for all things infant and toddler.

This FREE popular event features demonstrations, speakers, and exhibit booths ranging from car seat safety to infant oral health. You will meet some of the area’s pediatricians, midwives, doctors, dentists, lactation consultants, preschool teachers, nutritionists, and more! Shop and browse for baby items! There are activities for kids, too! Visit over 150 exhibitors with products, services, and information for new families!

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Early Childhood Education Expo

April 20, 2017, 4:00pm - April 20, 2017, 6:00pm

The MMLA Early Education Expo is scheduled for 4PM Thursday, April 20th in the MMLA gym. There will be tons of free information and services for parents! There will be free food fun and games for everyone! Vendor Registration is available!

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Need help taming the terrible twos? Want to reduce some of that parenting stress and decrease behavior problems in your child? Looking to enhance your parenting skills and learn helpful information about early childhood development?

Join Michigan State University Extension Building Early Emotional Skills online workshop series to develop the skills needed to support the social and emotional development of your child. Meet virtually with other parents and complete your class online in your own time, when it's convenient for you! The 8-week series will address topics including stress, communicating with kids and handling tantrums. These online trainings are available at no cost to Michigan residents with children ages 0-3.

Next class begins March 6, 2017. Email Carrie Shrier, MSU Extension Educator, at to enroll.

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Are you a pregnant and/or parenting teen? Are you looking for Mr. or Ms. Right? Want to have a healthier relationship? Looking for better communication with your partner? Why not sign up then? Dinner is included!

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Michigan State University Museum presents its 13th annual Darwin Discovery Day, an afternoon of science, exploration and discovery, 1-5 p.m. Feb. 12.

MSU scientists and students will take part in Darwin Discovery Day to share their expertise and love of science with the public. The theme for this year’s event is “Endless Forms Most Beautiful...”

Activities, tours and collections inspired by the theme will take over all three floors of the MSU Museum and are free of charge:

• Earn a prize with a Kidzone passport

• Ask Charles Darwin, professor Rich Bellon, a question

• Trek behind the scenes for a vertebrate collections tour

• Tour the Hall of Evolution and Habitat Hall

• Experience plant activities from MSU’s 4-H Children’s Garden, MSU Herbarium and the Department of Forestry

• Check out the Museum Store

• Enjoy a piece of cake in honor of Darwin’s 208th birthday

The event will also feature an “Ask the Experts” session, a favorite tradition of the day when visitors are encouraged to bring in a rock, bone, fossil, tooth or other natural object for museum curators and faculty members to identify. The MSU Museum cannot provide estimates on the commercial value of any specimen or provide expertise on human-made artifacts at this program.

Science institutions worldwide have created special programs around Darwins birthday each year to help promote an appreciation of scientific knowledge acquired through human curiosity and ingenuity. Learn more at

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