David & Carol Van Andel Children’s Gallery - Curiosity Courtyard:
A Garden Discovery Experience

David & Carol Van Andel Children’s Gallery - Curiosity Courtyard:
A Garden Discovery Experience

Curiosity Courtyard: A Garden Discovery Experience is now open! Current hours are 9-11 am, 11:45 am - 2 pm, and 2:45 - 5 pm daily. Capacity limits apply.

Features

This 2,500 square foot exhibition in the David & Carol Van Andel Children’s Gallery is a bold, bright and immersive place for indoor exploration and creative play.  Inspired by Frances Hodgson Burnett’s beloved classic The Secret Garden and composed of elements popular in English garden design, this space includes ten engaging activity stations designed for our youngest guests – and their adults! – to expand their imaginations and grow their curiosity:

Green screen photo opportunity
Gazebo seating area
Rose trellis pruning activity
Frog fountain light table
Hedge maze pathway
Lawn games play area
Topiary magnet wall
“Secret Garden” reading nook
Caretaker’s Cottage planting beds
Garden Explorer scavenger hunt cards

3D Tour

Explore this wonderful new space with an interactive tour, courtesy of RealSpace.

Rules

When visiting, please follow these rules to create a safe environment for all guests to enjoy:

  • Use walking feet, inside voices and play with toys and other objects without throwing.
  • Be kind and respectful of others.
  • Keep shoes on your feet and your feet on the ground. No climbing, please.
  • No food or drinks are allowed in this space. Enjoy snacks in the Lievense Indoor Eating Area located on the Courtyard Level of the Welcome Center.
  • Always stay with your adult. Have fun exploring together!

Additional COVID-19 Procedures

Current hours are 9-11 am, 11:45 am - 2 pm and 2:45 - 5 pm daily
Maximum capacity of 25 guests
Masks are required for guests ages 5 and up
Keep at least 6 feet from other guests at all times