Sproutside at the Flint Children's Museum

To inspire a love for learning and awaken imagination through exploration and hands on play.

Do you like to paint?

Do your kids love to paint? Try out some new ways to make painting fun! These two pictures are products of ice cube painting. Just mix some tempera paint with water, then freeze it in ice cube trays. This is a great craft for outside on a hot day!

In the containers we have sidewalk paint, which kids can use to paint the museum building. To make it mix equal parts of corn starch and water, and add a few drops of food coloring.

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Happy Watermelon Seed Spitting Day!

In celebration of this silly holiday we had a watermelon seed spitting competition. Here is our leader board. Congratulations to Isabella for spitting her seed 11 feet! One grown up even made it over 20 feet! We had so much fun that we are going to do it again today.

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The watermelons were very juicy, so we used some of the juice to power this clock! Other acidic foods and drinks also work, such as potatoes, apples, lemons, and soda pop. This neat little clock can be found in our gift shop, so you can try your own experiments!

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Do you want to be a Meteorologist when you grow up?

Sproutside has a new weather station, and we need your help to keep it updated! Come out and see our weather tools, and keep track of the weather conditions. Image

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Family Fun Nights

Have you heard? The museum will be open until 7pm every Thursday this summer! After 4pm admission is only $3 per person. Join us for special activities each of these nights. This week, Miss Natalie will be performing and singing along with kids. On the last Thursday of each month we will have a bounce house so that the kids can jump around and get all their wiggles out before bedtime. Check out our calendar at flintchildrensmuseum.org for more details on these events.

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Rock & roll!

Today is Rock ‘N Roll painting day! Isn’t this a cool piece of art? Out little artist learned about mixing colors when he used yellow and blue and it turned out green! Can you think of a famous artist whose art reminds you of this?

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Would You Like to Join Us for a Picnic?

Saturday, June 30th is Great American Picnic Day. Join us to celebrate by bringing a picnic lunch to eat in Sproutside. We will also be making these cute little bugs. The one on the left has been named a “Goat Ant” by Sproutside staff member Michael, and the one on the right is Marvelous Millipede.Come make your own critter on the 30th!

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Thank You AAF-GF!

This past Wednesday the museum hosted a free day to celebrate the generosity of the AAF-GF. This group provided a wonderful advertising campaign for the museum. Keep your eye out for our commercials!

For some of our activities in Sproutside we made chromatography butterflies and flowers.

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Here is one of our friends coloring what is going to be a beautiful butterfly!

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Miss Natalie was also here for a sing a long with the guests. She will be performing in Sproutside every Tuesday and Thursday this summer.

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Magic Day!

Tuesday was $2 Tuesday and we were celebrating Magic Day in Sproutside. Amazing Mike put on a spectacular magic show for all of our guests today.

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Here one of our friend had several arrows stuck through his head, and he came out without a scratch!

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Looks like all of our guests are enjoying this magic trick.

Thanks for showing us all of your magical powers, Amazing Mike!

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Sproutside Celebration

This past Saturday we celebrated the beginning of summer vacation and the grand opening of Sproutside. Guests enjoyed a cook out, games, face painting, bouncing in the bounce house, and some target practice with our potato launcher.

 

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Here is one of our brave volunteers who offered to get soaked with water balloons!

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Beaker Ben is showing one of our guests how to hit the target with our potato cannon.

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This photo was taken from the roof of the museum! Check out our new Michigan Sand Box!

 

Thanks to all of our our volunteers who came out to help. We hope that everyone had a good time!

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What am I?

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Can you guess what this plant is? It is our first time growing it in Sproutside. For a clue, look at the seed!

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