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Seventeen years ago, the Greater Lansing Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) created this event to increase community awareness of our attractions and the tourism industry's impact on the area. So once again the CVB is opening the doors for area residents to explore what's in their own backyard, right here in mid-Michigan.

The CVB estimates that more than 5 million people visit Greater Lansing each year and spend over $431 million dollars on lodging, meals, entertainment and transportation.

For $1 tourists can purchase a "Be A Tourist" passport, which allows free admission to more than 60 area attractions, local businesses, and special activities on June 4, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. CATA bus transportation for 50 cents is also available.

The Michigan State University Museum will be participating in the event by showcasing a new touch-screen kiosk in its "MASK" exhibit, which allows visitors to virtually try on different masks and get a "mask-eye" view behind a Spartan football helmet, welder's mask and the iconic Phantom of the Opera mask.

Besides the museum, other destinations at MSU will be participating, including: 4-H Children's Gardens & Horticulture Gardens, offering 60 themed sections including an Alice in Wonderland theme and a Secret Garden theme; Abrams Planetarium will be offering a live presentation of the night sky; MSU Bug House will have educational displays and live bugs for people to handle; and the MSU Community Music School will be offering an "instrument petting zoo," allowing visitors to try their hand at various instruments.

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