Winter in the Lena Meijer Children’s Garden


Have you discovered winter fun and many ways for adults and even the youngest curious minds to get outside and learn through play during this frosty season?

Winter Time Walks, held throughout the week and weekend, are hosted by PALs and highlight winter, Christmas and holiday traditions. Tuesdays at 10:15 am and 11:15 am and Saturdays at 11:15 am during Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World, guests are invited to explore the Lena Meijer Children’s Garden with themed walks that are followed by a correlating storytime. These themes are Garden Carol, Mitten Motifs, Tree Dance, Winter Wonderland, Bird Senses, and Children’s Garden Pioneers.

Sung to the 12 days of Christmas during Garden Carol, guests take walks through the garden as a group of true friends finds for them several exciting features that highlight the Children’s Garden.

With Mitten Motifs guests learn multicultural appreciation through designs and symbols on mittens that come from around the globe and even attempt to all fit in the “mitten- shape” at the map of Michigan in the Great Lakes Garden.

Tree Dance invites guests of all ages to find the rhythm and the motion of trees, taking a closer look at the shapes each canopy makes in the winter.

Guests will be invigorated by going on a snowflake hunt throughout the Butterfly Maze after learning about their hexagonal shape on a Children’s Garden Winter Wonderland Walk.

Learning the calls of plush birds and how birds use their senses in the Kid-Sense Garden is the highlight of Bird Senses.

Finally, after learning about animals in their winter homes made from natural materials, find engaging chores in a people home made with similar resources in with Children’s Garden Pioneers.

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After the thrill of Winter-time Walks, Winter-themed and Christmas and Holiday Traditions-themed storytimes wrap up in January, guests bundle up and venture out into the Children’s Garden to explore tracks and permanent features in the snow. Self-guided play is encouraged during the months of January and February, until we invite guests to celebrate winter with Winter Family Day on February 10th from 1-4 pm with complimentary hot chocolate, ice sculpture, winter craft, a Naturalist Walk and more.

The Lena Meijer Children’s Garden is the place to be this winter for guests of all ages!

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