A Grand Day Out at Meijer Gardens

We recently paid a visit to the Lena Meijer Children’s Garden in Grand Rapids. It is part of the larger Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. It’s only 50 minutes from Drifting Dunes!

We had a blast exploring all of the exhibits, including the Great Lakes Garden,  Treehouse Village and Wooded Wetlands, where the kids played in a pretend, life sized beaver’s set.

If you visit in March and April, you can visit the annual “Butterflies Are Blooming” temporary exhibition which features thousands of tropical butterflies from Central and South America, Africa and Asia, flying free around you in the giant tropical conservatory. So cool!

It’s difficult, in these days of iPads and Netflix, to find new, exciting things to do as a family that also include physical activity. After our day of running, jumping, crawling, touching and smelling our way through so many things at the Gardens, we drove home to Grand Haven absolutely exhausted. We can’t wait to return in June when their Children’s Garden Summer Activities begin.

For more information about the Children’s Garden and encompassing Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park visit their website.


Here are some photos from our day out.

Treehouse Village
Puppets in the Log Cabin
The Rock Quarry was a great place for the kids to run and burn off some energy.
The Great Lakes Garden. Can you spot Michigan?
Boat launch time at the Great Lakes Garden
Living like a beaver.
A giant frog next to the storytelling garden.
Getting our feet wet in the Kid-Sense Garden


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