Butterflies in the Garden

2018 4-H Children’s Gardens Calendar



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The spring and summer 2018 4-H Children’s Gardens family program calendar is now available!

The Michigan 4-H Children’s Gardens will kick-off its 2018 season once again with the Butterflies in the Garden exhibit. The butterflies will be on display from March 15 to April 30, 2018 in the Indoor Michigan 4-H Children’s Garden at Michigan State University. The Butterflies in the Garden exhibit is open to the public from 2-4 p.m. on weekdays and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends. Butterflies will have extended hours and special activities during spring break, April 2-7, 2018 from 1-4 p.m. It will be closed Easter Sunday, April 1.

In addition to the butterfly exhibit, the garden hosts a variety of programs for youth and families around various themes.

General admission to the Michigan 4-H Children’s Gardens and Butterflies in the Garden exhibit are free, but donations are appreciated. Some events have a $5 fee. There is a parking fee on weekdays. Visit 4hgarden.msu.edu for more information and to pre-register for events.

Download the full calendar with event descriptions and details.

Michigan 4-H Children's Gardens Family Programs Calendar Spring & Summer 2018

MICHIGAN 4-H CHILDREN’S GARDENS SPRING & SUMMER 2018 CALENDAR

  • Butterfly Day – Apr. 28, 10 a.m.-noon
    Join us in celebrating another exciting season of “Butterflies in the Garden.” Come and explore the secret life of butterflies in the Indoor 4-H Children’s Garden. We will discover the amazing butterfly life cycle, create butterfly gardens to take home, and much more. Cost per child: $5, parking free.
  • Plant Sale – May 19 from 7 a.m.-2 p.m.
    Our plant sale features hanging baskets, perennials, annuals, grasses, herbs, vegetable seedlings, shrubs and more.
  • Garden Geocache Event – June 9, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
    Cache veterans and new enthusiasts are welcome at this geocaching adventure. Bring your picnic lunch and enjoy a day of caching in the garden. We will be finding new caches, trading travel bugs, exploring the gardens and much more. If you have a GPS unit please bring it to this event. If you do not have one, we will provide one. Cost per child: Free , parking free.
  • Superhero Tea Party – June 19, 10 a.m.- noon
    Come dressed as your favorite superhero and celebrate with a tea party in the garden. Participants will have a chance to share tea and treats with friends and then journey into the garden for a variety of fun make-and-take activities. Registration required. Cost per child: $5, parking not included.*
  • Stories in the Garden – June 19 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
    Teens will be reading stories to younger children – a magical time of fun and learning. Great for kids 0 to 100! Cost per child: free, parking not included.*
  • Digger Day – June 28, 10 a.m.-noon
    Come to the garden and explore the world of diggers. Front-end loaders, dump trucks and backs hoes, all of these tools help with projects both big and small in our communities. MSU Infrastructure Planning and Facilities will bring some of MSU’s biggest and best equipment to the garden for us to explore. We will also have activities and crafts so come ready to dig and get dirty at this new event! Cost per child: $5, parking not included.*
  • Garden 25th Birthday Bash – July 14, 10 a.m.-noon
    We will celebrate the gardens silver birthday with activities throughout all the gardens, including container gardens, tours, and of course cake and ice cream. Cost per child: free.
  • Garden Writers Workshop – July 10-12, 10 a.m.-noon
    Young writers will learn about the wonderful world of writing in the garden. Using the garden as their inspiration, campers will connect writing to nature, creating poems, stories, plays and much more. Ages 7 and up. (Limited to 20 participants). Cost per child: $30 for all three days, parking not included.*
  • Stories in the Garden – July 11, 7-8:30 p.m.
    Teens will be reading stories to younger children – a magical time of fun and learning. Great for kids 0 to 100! Cost per child: free.
  • Train Day – July 19, 10 a.m.-noon
    All aboard! Join us in celebrating our love for locomotives with the Lansing Model Railroad Club and the Capital Area Railway Society. Watch trains of all shapes and sizes, help us construct a train village in the garden, discover what happens on the tracks and much more! Cost per child: $5, parking not included.*
  • Water Day – July 26, 10 a.m.-noon
    Come cool off from the summer heat and have fun in the garden with water. We will play water games, do water art and explore all things fun about water. Come ready to get wet! Cost per child: $5, parking not included.*
  • Bug Day – July 31, 10 a.m.-noon
    We cannot get enough of these amazing six-legged friends! Join us for what has become an annual tribute to insects in the garden. We will be collecting bugs, observing bugs, making bugs and even writing poetry about bugs! Our friends from the MSU Bug House will be back this year with their amazing collections of insects from all over the world! Cost per child: $5, parking not included.*
  • Camp Monet – Aug. 7-9, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
    Young artists will love spending three days in the garden creating marvelous projects. Campers will use inspiration from the garden to make projects that involve sketching, painting, sculpting, dying, weaving and much more! Lunch will not be provided, so please bring a lunch each day. We will eat together in the garden. Ages 7 and up. (Limited to 20 participants.) Registration required. Cost per child: $70 for all three days, parking not included.*
  • Garden Chefs from Garden to Table – Aug. 14, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
    Join us in the garden and learn all about interesting edibles and how to make delicious, easy creations. Each session will focus on a different theme and we will prepare a delicious and nutritious lunch using items from the garden. Ages 7 and up. This is a drop off program. Registration required. Cost per child: $25 per person, parking not included.*
  • Bubble Day – Aug. 16, 10 a.m.-noon
    Come celebrate the end of summer vacation at the garden with bubbles! As we explore the wonderful world of bubbles we will paint, eat, and even make music with bubbles. Don’t forget to invite your friends and family to come to this bubblelicious bash! Cost per child: $5, parking not included.*
  • Stories in the Garden – Aug. 22, 10-11:30 a.m.
    Teens will be reading stories to younger children – a magical time of fun and learning. Great for kids 0 to 100! Cost per child: free, parking not included.*
  • Holiday Open House – Dec. 7, 5-7 p.m.
    Enjoy our displays of poinsettias and 16′ poinsettia tree under evening lights. Bring your camera and the kids. Santa will arrive in his sleigh at 5:30 pm. MSU Poinsettias, centerpieces, and wreaths will be for sale. Enjoy some holiday refreshments. Cost per child: free, parking free.

Stories for Sprouts & Seedlings
This program is designed especially for young children, ages 2-4, to experience the wonders of gardening through stories and hands-on projects. Each month a different book is featured with an accompanying gardening activity. This program occurs the third Wednesday of the month from 10-11 a.m.

  • May 16, 10-11 a.m. — Butterfly Park by Etlly MacKay
  • June 20, 10-11 a.m. — Where do Diggers Sleep at Night? by Brianna Caplan Sayres
  • July 18, 10-11 a.m. — Good Trick Walking Stick by Sheri M. Bestor
  • August 15, 10-11 a.m. — Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
  • September 19, 10-11 a.m. — Surprise in the Meadow by Anna Vojtech
  • October 17, 10-11 a.m. — Little Boo by Stephen Wunderli

*The MSU Horticulture Garden parking meters are a cash/credit system. Parking can be paid at the meter and the machines accept both credit and U.S. coins. The charge for parking is $0.25 for 8 minutes. There is a $1.80 minimum for credit card charges. All major credit cards accepted.