As two-year-old Logan Vargo runs through the bounce house, climbs up the plastic rock wall and looks over the edge on the other side, his laugh fills the room as he slides down.
On Saturday, Oct. 20, the Letts Community Center at 1220 W. Kalamazoo St. in Lansing held its annual fall family carnival. The event was expected to attract “a few hundred kids” between noon to 4 p.m., according to Community Event Director Ana Ari.
The event included carnival-type games where kids could win tokens and candy. It also featured face paintings, balloon animals, a giant bounce house in the corner of the gym, snacks and lots of prizes.
Admission was free, and games ranged from ten cents to a quarter. “The event is paid for in various ways, by donations and the rest is funded by the advisory boards, for the most part the city of Lansing,” Ari said.
“We’ve been coming here for years,” said Logan’s mom, Cressie Vargo. “We attend the spring one, too, and he loves it.”
“Our teens come out and help run the carnival games and we’re starting a new teen council that T.J. Ducket will be running,” said Ari.
Prizes from the event included raffle tickets that can be traded in for toy games, pizza and drinks or candy.
“We hope the event makes families and kids feel really welcome and have a lot of fun,” Ari said.