Sproutside at the Flint Children's Museum

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

A Butterfly Invasion!

A Butterfly Invasion!

Over 70 beautiful butterflies landed in Sproutside this morning.

What’s special about these butterflies? They were made by kids from the local Flint Community Schools who are visiting us for fun field trips all week. The students learned important new science terms such as camouflage and bilateral symmetry.

We expect more butterflies to arrive tomorrow morning, and we can’t wait to see how pretty they are!

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International Mud Day-This Saturday!

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International Mud Day is for children all over the world to celebrate nature, outdoors, and mess by getting really muddy. Join us at the Flint Children’s Museum on Saturday, June 29!

 

Our Mud Pie Cafe will be open for business, so be sure to bring your play clothes and be ready to make some yummy mud pies.

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Come and get your Leafy Green Veggies!

Come and get your Leafy Green Veggies!

Our garden is really growing, it loves the rain we have had lately!

Today we harvested more radishes along with lettuce and kale. One visitor suggested making fruit smoothies with kale in them, the kids don’t even realize how healthy their yummy treat is! Visit the museum today to take some produce home with you.

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Come See What’s Blooming in Sproutside!

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Alyssum flowers are blossoming outside our greenhouse. These pretty little flowers are food for caterpillars.

 

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The day lilies throughout the museum gardens are blooming, too. Did you know that these plants are edible? The flower petals are crunchy like lettuce when eaten raw, but you can also find recipes for cooking the flowers. You can even make “pickles” from them!

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There is always something new happening in Sproutside!

There is always something new happening in Sproutside!

Did you know that Sproutside is the largest exhibit at the Flint Children’s Museum? It is the perfect place to run around and enjoy the outdoors.

There are different activities everyday including games, crafts, and educational programs.

And there are new features all the time, too! Check out the new kites that decorate the fence. Last year we introduced the Mud Pie Cafe and our new Michigan Sandbox. Keep visiting to see what’s next!

Remember, we still have Summer Fun Passes. For $30 your whole family can have unlimited museum visits through August 31st.

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Harvest Time!

Harvest Time!

We harvested some of our radishes this morning, and they sure are beautiful!
How do you like to prepare radishes?

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How Does Your Garden Grow?

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Ours grows fast! Here is a photo of the children’s garden from one week ago. You can see the larger potato plants near the edges and the smaller green bean and sunflower plants scattered throughout.

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And this is what the garden looks like today! The plants are growing so big and tall. Everyone who has visited Sproutside has helped to weed and water the children’s garden today, thanks so much for your help!

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Join us Tomorrow for Free Access Day!

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Tomorrow, Saturday, June 15th is Free Access Day at the museum thanks to the Michigan Virtual Charter Academy.

Play in the museum and then join us in Sproutside for science experiments, face painting, and other fun games and activities!

The museum is open 10am-5pm and Sproutside is open 11am-4pm.

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It’s Strawberry Time!

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We harvested a handful of beautiful strawberries today, and they are delicious!

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There are still plenty more berries that will be ripe soon. Visit Sproutside to taste them while they are still here!

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Adopt a Sproutside Tomato!

Adopt a Sproutside Tomato!

Our garden is full of tiny tomato plants that have sprouted from last year’s currant tomatoes. We have too many! Come adopt one of these plants to grow in your own garden. Currant tomatoes are a tasty snack, and the kids love to pick them. Visit the museum to pick out your own plant, while they last!

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