Activities for Families with Young Children

Activities for Families with Young Children

Families with infants to preschool-aged kids

Early childhood education is a vital part of our overall education line-up and we recognize the significance of a variety of stimulating experiences for a child’s brain growth and development. Equally important, these programs are fun for children and parents alike.

Programs - Children’s Groups

The Lena Meijer Children’s Garden presents imaginative, child-friendly activities to help families navigate ten areas of the Children’s Garden. Cards provide suggestions for three age/difficulty levels. 

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Kids' Tram: Tree-mendous Trees Kids’ Tram Tour 

Saturday, October 6; 1:45 and 2:45 pm  

Friday, October 19; 10:45, and 11:45

Fee: $4 adults, $2 kids. Tickets may be purchased at the Tram Ticket Office at the Peter C. & Emajean Cook Transportation Center. 

Board the Kids’ Tram for an engaging experience all about trees. Travel through the Sculpture Park and visit the Groves and come away with a new understanding of Michigan trees. Hop on and off at specific stops to participate in these kid-friendly activities: 

  • Learn which trees are used to make baseball bats, musical instruments, and Popsicle sticks.
  • Use puppets to identify the creatures that live in trees.
  • Learn why leaves change color with a mini-science experiment.
  • Have fun exploring sculptures that have a connection to trees. 


Interested in any of these programs? Please contact us at or call (616) 957-1580.

Eating On Site

Please do not bring food into Meijer Gardens. Please use the Meijer-Shedleski Picnic Pavilion, located near the Frederik Meijer Gardens Amphitheater. There is a vending machine and designated snacking area in the Lena Meijer Children's Garden. Snacks, beverages and full meals are available at the James & Shirley Balk Café. No outside food is permitted in the café.