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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Research Shows That Museums Are Good For Your Health!


Studies have shown that people who visit museums are more likely to report good health and high life satisfaction! For more information on the research visit: http://www.museumsassociation.org/museums-journal/news/21082013-museum-visitors-good-health Image

We like to think that our fun Health and Fitness area helps our visitors to stay fit and healthy! Visit us to learn about your muscles, bones, eyes, teeth, and much more. Climb on the rock wall to work out your muscles and take a bike ride with Mr. Bones.

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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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Rockets Launching in Sproutside!


Today we launches stomp tickets high into the sky! Join us on Thursday, August 15 to try it out yourself! How high will yours soar?

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Veggie Power!


Did you know that these tiny tomatoes can power a clock? How cool! Come visit Sproutside to see what other veggies can create electricity.


Vegetables also give your body energy! Look at all these things harvested from Sproutside. They can all keep your body strong and healthy, and they taste good too!

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Grass Monsters are Guarding the Grow Lab!


Looks like the grass monsters could use a haircut! The kids who planted them at Bob Evans kids night did a great job!

Learn more about plants ad farm fresh food:

-Visit the grow lab in the lobby of the the Miller Rd, Flint Bob Evans through the end of the month.
-Visit Sproutside at the Flint Children’s Museum.
-Visit our brand new farm exhibit which opens tomorrow!

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H2Go! Water Powered Cars TOMORROW!


How awesome looking is this Hydrocar? We think it’s pretty cool. It operates on 100% clean fuel produced by a reversible fuel cell using solar power.
Visit the museum tomorrow, Friday, July 19th to race hydrocars and to see how they work. Maybe you’ll be driving a car like this one day! Science is amazing!

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What’s going to happen to these white flowers?


We cut some white flowers from around Sproutside and stuck them in colored water. One of the daisies is in both green and blue water. What do you think will happen? Comment with your kids’ ideas!

Stop by the museum any day in July for fun water activities!

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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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Come See What’s Blooming in Sproutside!


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



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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