Welcome to Lids for Kids!

Lids for Kids is an annual bike helmet giveaway and bicycle safety event for children and their families.

Lids for Kids emphasizes the importance of bike-riding safety and gives children the one tool they need to prevent brain injury: a properly fitted helmet. Volunteers are on hand to custom-fit every helmet.

In addition to getting a free helmet, children who attend Lids for Kids can register to win a new bicycle and other fantastic prizes. They can also meet local law enforcement officers, local firefighters, tour a fire engine and play games.

Since Lids for Kids first began in 2003, more than 8,000 bike helmets have been handed out and properly fitted on Michigan children.

In the beginning, the event was held only in Lansing and was called Heads Up for Safety. After the program expanded to Grand Rapids in 2014, the name was changed to Lids for Kids. In 2016, the program expanded to Traverse City.

Lids for Kids is held every May and June in Lansing, Grand Rapids and Traverse City. The idea to distribute free bike helmets stems from a realization that many children often sustain preventable brain injuries simply because they do not wear helmets or do not wear properly fitted helmets, and that not every family can afford to purchase helmets.

So bring your bike, get a free helmet … and join the Lids for Kids fun!

Video:  FOX 17 talks with Grand Rapids attorney Tom Sinas and Dr. Stephen Bloom about Lids for Kids, and the importance of wearing bike helmets.

 Grand Rapids Event – Saturday, June 10, 2017 – 10 a.m. to noon

 Garfield Park (Burton & Jefferson entrance)


 Traverse City Event – Saturday, May 13, 2017 – 10 a.m. to noon

 F&M Park (Railroad Ave. between E State and Washington)



Lansing Event – Saturday, May 20, 2017 – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Marshall St. Fire Station (corner of Grand River & Marshall)



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