Featured Events

January 30, 2015 January 8, 2017

Tranquility Zone: A Japanese Garden Environment for Families

 Welcome to Tranquility Zone, a place for quiet experiences—and fun!

 Use your imagination as you explore this Japanese garden environment.

  • Walk quietly on the stepping stone path and over the bridge.
  • Rearrange the boulders and rake the “sand” in the Zen-style garden.
  • Create your own insect hunt.
  • Add wildlife and flower magnets to the trees.
  • Try on a kimono hanging at the back of the teahouse.
  • Use the large, foam pieces to create your own sculpture.
  • Discover hidden information throughout the exhibition.
  • Participate in changing discovery cart activities.
February 6, 2016

Animal Adventures: Surviving in the Wild

In collaboration with John Ball Zoo.

February 16, 2016

Beers of Michigan - Wines of Italy

Enjoy beer? Enjoy wine? Enjoy the best of both worlds.


Special Event

March 11, 2016 12:00 pm


Explore the artwork of Mimmo Paladino with three different staff members.

Italian art offers one of the richest and most in-depth traditions in the history of art.


Joseph Becherer, Vice President and Chief Curator
May 11, 2016 6:00 pm

Great Gardens Party

Join us for the annual Great Gardens Party!


  • Members $100
  • Non-Members $100

Discover why The Forest Unseen: A Year’s Watch in Nature has been described as “a new genre of nature writing, located between science and poetry.”

December 1, 2016 6:30 pm

Christmas Cabaret

Join us for our 22nd annual event complementing the Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World exhibition.