Sproutside at the Flint Children's Museum

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

Rock and Roll in Sproutside! Aug. 16 & 28


Yesterday we brought back a popular Sproutside craft project – Rock and Roll Painting! This is a fun and different way to create some messy art. Look at how cool these paintings turned out!

Join us on August 16 or 28 to try out Rock and Roll Painting with your family!

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Ice Cube Painting: This Weekend!

Join us this Saturday and Sunday at the Flint Children’s Museum for some frozen fun! Make an ice cube painting from 1-3 pm to cool down from all the playing and learning you’ll be doing at the museum. Hope to see you here!



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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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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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Thanks Imagine Flint!

Thanks Imagine Flint!

Thank you Mr. Eric for making paper lanterns with all of our Sproutside guests today! Lanterns represent rebirth in Chinese and Japanese culture, here at the museum they represent the rebirth of the City of Flint. This project is funded through the National Endowment for the Arts to see how art will fit into Flint’s new master plan. We are so glad that we could host such a fun craft project with a great message about our city. For more information visit imagineflint.com.

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Back to School!

For many kids Labor Day Weekend means the last of Summer Vacation. Help your children get excited for the new school year by making a fun bookmark craft!


We made these cute monster bookmarks at the museum recently, the kids were so excited to tuck them into their books.

Here are the super simple instructions:

Have fun, and we hope that everyone has a great first day of school!

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Indoor s’mores!

The weather didn’t let us have “camp sproutside” outdoors this evening, so we improvised with an indoor camp out! Kids made indoor s’mores using graham crackers, chocolate frosting, and marshmallow fluff. No real fire needed! While sitting around the campfire we learned about trees, and how to count the rings to tell how old they were.


Come celebrate s’more day with us tomorrow from 1-3pm, rain or shine!

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Happy Birthday Princess Diana!

To commemorate the birthday of the late Princess Diana we had a tea party at the museum. The kids loved making their knight shields and crowns, look how great they turned out!


There were real “princesses” at the museum to help us celebrate. Miss Davison and her court helped to serve “tea” and make fun crafts with the kids. The girls were a huge help, and we think that they had just as much fun playing in the museum as the children!


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