Events

Children's Garden Summer Activities

Whether it’s engaging with pop-up story times, investigating Discovery Cart materials, exploring self-guided activities or joining in with a guest performer, the Children’s Garden is the place to be—all summer long! Check at the Children’s Garden Information Center for what’s happening daily. Special weekly programs and activities include:

Mondays, 10:30 am
MOVING TO THE MUSIC
Come be a part of our musical jam—whether by playing an instrument, clapping your hands, tapping your toes or lending a voice! Follow along with local musicians as we make music every Monday.

Tuesdays, 10:30 am
OUTDOOR ARTIST STUDIO
Explore the out-of-doors with an artist’s eye! Join local artists in the vibrant atmosphere of the Children’s Garden for engaging, informal art experiences. Get creative with everyday materials such as paper, crayons and clay.

Tuesdays Evenings, 6:30 pm
SUMMER STORY TIME
Experience stories by using your imagination to travel through imaginary landscapes, jumping like frogs onto pretend lily pads, or chanting and cheering for your favorite story characters. Join us for a variety of sensational stories, all summer long.

Wednesdays, 10:30 am
WEAVING AND SPINNING FLORA
Take a closer look at the spectacular variety of colors and patterns found in flowers. Listen to stories about flowers, examine their colors and designs with hand lenses, or go on a floral color hunt—then observe a professional fiber artist as she transforms fibers into flower forms!

Thursdays, 10:30 am
TOPIARY TALES
Discover the Children’s Garden through whimsical topiaries! Everyday animals are the focus of this year’s topiary display theme: “Who’s Living in My Backyard?” Join us each Thursday for a fun family-friendly walk, story time and awesome animal activities!

Fridays, 10:30 am
GARDEN HELPERS: INSECTS AND BUGS!
Beetles, grasshoppers, butterflies, ants and more! Join a "bugologist" and discover unique facts about insect and bug behaviors. Investigate how these tiny animals help in big ways through up-close observations, interactive stories and more!

Saturdays, 10:30 am
SCIENCE SATURDAY
Investigate the natural world of Michigan every Saturday as you explore fascinating facts about insects, fossils, mammals and more. Learn from a guest naturalist what makes Michigan’s natural elements so unique with simple identification methods, and discover the importance of conservation by participating in family-friendly activities.

  • Fee Information: Free with admission
Blue water-filled miniature Great Lakes inside the Children's Garden