Sproutside at the Flint Children's Museum

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

Bugs & Other Critters!


Today at the museum we observed different bugs and other creatures. Our guests learned so much about the critters living around us! Thanks so much to Darren from MSU for catching all of the creatures and teaching us all about them.


This little crayfish is saying “hello!”


They sure are fast little critters, good job catching them!



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A Special Presentation on BUGS this Friday!


Learn all about the creepy crawlers living in your backyard with our special guest, Darren Bagley. He will have all sorts of bugs and other creatures for you to observe, touch, and learn about. Join us for the program in Sproutside from 10-3 on Friday, August 23rd. There will be other bug activities too!


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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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Darren Bagley, our local bug expert from MSU, brought some really neat bugs to show the kids today. The bugs are from the Flint River watershed. Darren will be here the rest of the afternoon if you still want to see some cool critters!


This is a little girl crayfish, isn’t she cute?


We found lots of these little guys. It is going to grow up to be a damselfly.

Kids can come hunt through the algae for these bugs, then try to identify them using a dichotomous key. Lots of cool science at the museum today!


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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