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January 30, 2015 December 18, 2016

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.

November 22, 2016

Winter-Time Walks - Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays

Winter in the Children’s Garden can be chilly, but fun! 

November 22, 2016

Santa Visits

All visitors are welcome to share their holiday wishes with Santa. 

Events

Special Event

February 21, 2017 6:30 pm

Geek Chic: The Evolution of Comics

How have comic books grown into a billion-dollar industry dominating film, television and pop culture? 

Cost

  • Members $45
  • Non-Members $50
Feb
25
10:00 am 2:00 pm

Ai Weiwei at Meijer Gardens: Natural State

Scouts will practice their critical thinking skills as they explore the art of Ai Weiwei, internationally renowned Chinese artist and activist.  Troops will search for selected works of art in the galleries, conservatories, and public areas and will look carefully at each piece, photograph some, and think about the important ideas they convey.  Adults will receive insightful “did you know” facts for each stop that will help stimulate conversation and understanding of the artworks. Big ideas such as empathy, free speech, value, and freedom will be explored.  In addition, scouts will create a “freedom dragon” inspired by Ai Weiwei’s artwork and heritage.

This event is a natural tie-in to “World Thinking Day,” a day of international friendship that focuses on issues that affect girls and young women.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to see and understand the power of art and ideas in a landmark exhibition featuring one of the most acclaimed artists in the world today!

As an added bonus, scouts will also enjoy hundreds of tropical butterflies as they visit Ai Weiwei’s pieces in the Tropical Conservatory.
Allow about two hours for your visit and reserve a check-in time between 10 am and noon.  The $6 per scout cost includes all materials and admission; a patch is not included.

Register early—check-in times fill quickly! A credit card is required to secure your reservation. Register by phone by calling Rebecca Hofmann at (616) 977-7683 or Julie Francke at (616) 975-3145.
The registration deadline is February 20th (5 days before the event).
Don’t delay—numbers can be adjusted up until the registration deadline.  There are no refunds after February 20th.

February 28, 2017 10:30 am

Cozy Tales for Chilly Days

Preschool Story Time (Best for 2-5)

February 28, 2017 6:30 pm

Geek Chic: The Evolution of Comics

How have comic books grown into a billion-dollar industry dominating film, television and pop culture? 

Cost

  • Members $45
  • Non-Members $50
March 7, 2017 7:00 pm

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

Film screening and discussion

Jul
8
10:30 am 11:30 am
July 8, 2017 10:30 am

Summer Saturday Sculpture Walks

Join working artists and art historians on a walking tour of Ai Weiwei’s Iron Tree and selected artwork in the Sculpture Park.

Jul
29
10:30 am 11:30 am
July 29, 2017 10:30 am

Summer Saturday Sculpture Walks

Join working artists and art historians on a walking tour of Ai Weiwei’s Iron Tree and selected artwork in the Sculpture Park.

Aug
19
10:30 am 11:30 am
August 19, 2017 10:30 am

Summer Saturday Sculpture Walks

Join working artists and art historians on a walking tour of Ai Weiwei’s Iron Tree and selected artwork in the Sculpture Park.