Sproutside is in full swing for the summer 2010 season! All of the Sproutside favorites are back—Stone Soup Garden, sand pit, rock garden, and the discovery toy box. This year we have added even more.
Thanks to a grant funded by the Ruth Mott Foundation, the FCM was able to install a large shade pavilion, drinking fountain, and water spigot in Sproutside. There is another new feature coming soon…but we’re not going to tell you what it is just yet! The grant funding also allowed us to hire a Nature Educator and two Sproutside attendants that are dedicated to outdoor programming and special activities.
A major clean-up was held the second week of May to prepare the gardens and landscape.
Then, the planting began! There is quite a variety to the Sproutside gardens this year. We have a Sensory Garden which is in full bloom with flowers and plants that appeal to each of the 5 senses. There are the Three Sisters—corn, beans and summer squash. When the three sisters are grown together, their roots help nourish each other with nutrients. The Pizza Garden is a new addition; museum visitors painted stones to make up the crust and the plants are the “toppings”. Of course, the Stone Soup garden is back again. A sunflower house, pole bean teepee, and the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan’s “Plant a Row” are also included.
The Sproutside Summer Kickoff event was held June 12 to start the summer season activities. Since the season opening, Sproutside has been buzzing! Special activities have included: Bug Hunt, Bubble-ology, Fossil Find, Parachute Play, Eruption Day and more fun and messy programs.
Check out our website calendar for details on all of the Sproutside special programs. www.flintchildrensmuseum.org/calendar.cfm
We’re having a blast this summer season, stay tuned for more fun!