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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Eye Spy a great time at the Crim this Saturday! Join us in downtown Flint…






The Crim Festival of Races is happening in downtown Flint this Saturday. The Flint Children’s Museum will be hosting a super fun event on the lawn of UM Flint on the corner of Saginaw Street and Kearsley Street. Become an official Flint Children’s Museum Spy after completing your training. Image

The museum is right on the 3 mile marker of the Crim race! Because we are right in the middle of the course the museum will be closed this Saturday, August 24th. We will be here to cheer on the runners and to provide a sprinkler to cool down under!

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A Little Bit of Nature in the City


We love that our garden attracts so many beautiful creatures like this lovely butterfly!

Does anyone know what kinds of butterfly this is?

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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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It’s Springtime…right?

It's Springtime...right?

Spring started on on Wednesday, but there has still been a little snow out in Sproutside. We can’t wait for the warm weather so we can play outside!
What kinds of things do you want to do or see in Sproutside this Summer?

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Back to the Bricks

Last week Flint hosted the annual Back to the Bricks car cruise. A new event this year was a pinewood derby car race that was held downtown. GM sponsored the event and gave away hundreds of pinewood derby car kits to the community. The museum competed against other local charities in a race. Here we are at the starting line!


We didn’t take first place, but it was a good race! We had lots of fun watching all of the cars and looking at their creative designs. Thanks to Tom here at the museum for building such a beautiful car!


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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!


Almost Ready

Sproutside is almost ready for opening day this Saturday. Look at all that green grass you can run around on!

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Edible Flint Food Garden Tour

Our Sproutside gardens are part of the “Edible Flint Food Garden Tour” tonight from 5:30 – 8:30 pm.  We are along the bicycle tour route.  We have worked very hard on our gardens this summer and are proud to showcase our work!  It’s a beautiful day here in Flint, MI and this should be a wonderful event.  Check out the information below and come visit our gardens!

From Edible Flint:

Genesee County residents are improving their health, reducing their weekly grocery bill and transforming their neighborhoods by creating urban gardens in both their own yards and on neighboring vacant lots.

The movement to utilize urban properties to produce food is growing nationally, and Genesee County is right in step. The second annual “Edible Flint Food Garden Tour” Thursday, August 12 will offer a close-up look at several of the innovative and inspiring food gardens developed in the Flint area.

Participants will be transported to the garden sites by bus. The tour is free and open to the public. Last year’s garden tour attracted more than 175 participants, so organizers of the tour added a second bus tour this year as well as a bicycle tour option.

Check-in and food for the tour will begin at 4:30 p.m. at the Flint Farmers’ Market, 420 East Boulevard Drive. Buses and bicycles will depart at 5:30 p.m. Everyone on the tour will be given a light meal made from locally-produced delicacies.

Tour participants will meet local food producers, including some who are growing food year round and raising bees and chickens. They will also see, firsthand, how local residents of all ages are transforming community concerns, such as vacant land, into valuable neighborhood assets.

Immediately following the tour, members of Edible Flint will host an after-glow with live music and dessert at the Flint Farmers’ Market.

The entire evening is free, though participants must register in advance. There will be plenty of opportunity for participants to talk with others on the tour and with local growers. Donations will be accepted and will be used to support food gardening efforts in Flint.

To register for the bus or bike tour, contact Natalie Pruett by August 9, 2010 by calling 810-257-3088 ext. 541 or by e-mail at npruett@co.genesee.mi.us.

Edible Flint members include Applewood Initiative for Garden and Community, the Genesee County Land Bank, Keep Genesee County Beautiful, Michigan State University Extension, Salem Housing Community Development Corporation, plus other organizations, local gardeners and independent producers who work together to provide support to those growing food.

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