Imagination At Its Best

Imagine you’re a five-year-old wandering into the Lena Meijer Children’s Garden for the first time.
You’re drawn to the miniature Great Lakes filled with water and kids “sailing” little boats. You see colorful flowers everywhere and paths leading in all directions. Then suddenly, you hear singing. You wander down into the Storytelling area and come upon Kevin Kammeraad waving his arms about and asking you to sing along

“Can we stay for this, Mom?”

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Full of kid-friendly songs— like Old McDonald, The Ants Go Marching, Boom, Boom, Ain’t it Great to be Crazy and many others—Moving to the Music is full of surprise, humor and suggestions from the audience.

It’s “kid improv” at its best.

Moving to the Music is presented by Kevin Kammeraad every Monday at 2:00 pm all summer and is included with admission. No tickets are needed, but space is limited, so come early.


Now that you’ve had fun singing songs, you beg your parents to see Dorothy and Toto in the Children’s Garden on Thursday (and every Thursday) at 11 am.

The Wicked Witch called in on her cell phone to tell Dorothy she’ll use her magic powers to close the Children’s Garden because kids can learn using technology; they don’t need to be outside in a garden at all. But clever Dorothy convinces her if kids show courage, heart and brains by solving three challenges then the Children’s Garden can stay open.

Together with Dorothy, kids can enjoy being outdoors without needing technology.

What fun it is to be a kid again! Especially at the Lena Meijer Children’s Garden this summer.

Sweet Sounds of Summer

Singing songs. Air guitar rocking. Children create musical masterpieces at home all the time. Encourage these musical talents by giving your kids an opportunity to attend a summer camp.

Kids are led around the gardens to gain inspiration for their songs!

This summer at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park your children will have the opportunity to unleash their musical creativity. Two of the summer camps offered in July and August, In the Spotlight and Kids Jam, provide children the chance to write and perform their own original songs. Jessica Doyle will be teaching these delightful camps. She has worked with young artists at theaters around the world.

“I’m excited to bring my knowledge and experience to the students at Meijer Gardens. It’s a big world out there and I’m all about encouraging young people to explore it,” Doyle said.


In the Spotlight is a one-day camp for children ages 10 to 14 on July 19 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Campers will be led through the gardens with a notebook for them to sketch their favorite parts. They will then create a rap or song incorporating different instrumental tracks and various beats. After creating the song, the kids will perform it on the Amphitheater stage.

Kids Jam is for kids ages 8 to 9 and lasts four days from 9:30 a.m. to noon August 6 through 9. The children will explore a different genre of music including country, rock and roll, classical and contemporary singing. Each day they will learn a new song. They will then explore the gardens to see a sculpture that relates to each genre. On the last day the kids will perform songs for their families on the Amphitheater stage.

Use your listening sense to make musical masterpieces!

“I’m excited about both of my summer camps, and about the opportunity to make music in such a beautiful surrounding with some excited young artists,” Doyle said.

Register today for these summer camps at Frederik Meijer Gardens before the classes fill up!

How to Purchase 2012 Summer Concert Tickets at Meijer Gardens

This year’s line-up caters to a variety of music lovers and we want everyone to be able to see their favorite performers. If you’re itching to purchase tickets, here is the when, where and how you can get them into your hands:

Members-Only Presale
Members may buy tickets during the exclusive members-only presale beginning at 9 a.m., April 28 through 5 p.m., May 11. Members save $5 per ticket purchased during the presale. During this time, tickets will be available through the following ways:

  1. Online at
    • Handling fees of $7.75 per order (not per ticket)
  2. By phone at 1-800-585-3737
    • Handling fees of $7.75 per order (not per ticket)
  3. In-person at Meijer Gardens Admission Desk
    • During normal business hours to avoid a handling fee
  4. Join us on April 28 for a whole new ticket buying experience
    • Meijer Gardens’ Grand Room will open at 7 a.m. for members who would like to begin lining up to buy tickets at 9 a.m. Visitors can eat breakfast in Taste of the Gardens Café or purchase coffee and a quick bite to eat while waiting in line. The Gift Shop will also be open, selling compliant concert chairs with the Meijer Gardens logo.

To join or renew your membership before April 28, visit or call 616-977-7689.

Public Ticket Sale
Sales to the public begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 12. Members save $2 per ticket purchased at this time.

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The Summer Concert Series is “Brighter Than the Sun” in 2012

We feel like a kid in a candy shop… and the candy is an eclectic mix of classic rock, folk, reggae, soul, alternative, and jazz music.

Below is our 25 act line-up for our 10th Outdoor Summer Concert Series, the largest to date in the 1,900-seat amphitheater! Listen to our Summer Concert Series Spotify playlist as you’re scrolling through the great acts that will be hitting the stage this summer.


The B-52s — Friday, June 1 at 7 p.m.
$43 presale | $ 46 member | $48 public
Rooted in New Wave and 1960’s rock in roll, the B-52s have created their own “guy vs. gals” vocal trademark style, highlighted in their hit, “Love Shack.”

Melissa Etheridge

Melissa EtheridgeFriday, June 8 at 7 p.m.
$75 presale | $78 member | $80 public
Her fourth album in 1993, Yes I Am, featured hits, “I’m the Only One” and “Come to My Window,” a song that brought Etheridge her second Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Performance.

Jimmy Cliff — Wednesday, June 13 at 7 p.m.
$40 presale | $43 member | $45 public
Jimmy Cliff is a Jamaican musician, singer and actor and is best known for songs, “I Can See Clearly Now,” “You Can Get It If You Really Want,” and “Many Rivers to Cross”, which helped popularize reggae across the world.

Foreigner — Thursday, June 14 at 7 p.m.
$62 presale | $65 member | $67 public
Foreigner is hailed as one of the most popular classic rock acts in the past thirty years, racking up smash hits like, “Cold As Ice,” “Juke Box Hero,” and “I Want To Know What Love Is.”

Steve Miller Band — Sunday, June 17 at 7 p.m.
$77 presale | $80 member | $82 public
Producing number one hits like “The Joker,” “Fly Like an Eagle,” “Rock’N Me” and “Abracadabra,” the Steve Miller Band is considered a classic rock legend.

Al Green

Al Green — Monday, June 18 at 7 p.m.
$68 presale | $71 member | $73 public
An American gospel and soul music singer, Al Green is famous for his 1970’s hit singles, “You Oughta Be With Me, “I’m Still In Love With You” and “Let’s Stay Together.”

Gov’t Mule — Thursday, June 28 at 7 p.m.
$32 presale | $35 member | $37 public
Formed in 1994, Gov’t Mule is a Southern rock jam band created as an Allman Brothers Band side project by Warren Haynes and Allen Woody. The band has produced eight critically acclaimed records in almost two decades.

Emmylou Harris — Friday, June 29 at 7 p.m.
$48 presale | $51 member | $53 public
With a career that’s sold more than 15 million albums and garnered 12 Grammy Awards, Emmylou Harris has been a major figure in several of America’s musical movements of the past 30 years.

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2012 Summer Concert Series Sneak Peek

Come listen to these performers playin’ their music in the sun during the 2012 Outdoor Summer Concert Series. We don’t have the full lineup yet, but we wanted to share four shows that are confirmed:

The B-52s June 1

Rooted in New Wave and 1960’s rock in roll, The B-52s have created their own “guy vs. gals” vocal trademark style, highlighted in their hit, “Love Shack.” The band’s name comes from a particular beehive hairdo that resembles the nose cone of the aircraft of the same name. Forming in 1976, The B-52s continue to present themselves as a positive, enthusiastic, slightly oddball party band, who tell tales that glorify wild youth and celebrate romance.

Their first single, “Rock Lobster,” was an underground success which launched their career in the late seventies. In 1989, “Love Shack” became their first top-40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 and reached #3 on the charts. Its current members include Kate Pierson, Cindy Wilson and Fred Schneider as vocals, Keith Strickland on guitar, Tracy Wormworth on bass, Sterling Campbell on drums and Paul Gordon on keyboards.

Steve Miller Band June 17

Producing number one hits like “The Joker,” “Fly Like an Eagle,” “Rock’N Me” and “Abracadabra,” the Steve Miller Band is considered a classic rock legend. Since forming in sunny California in 1968, the band has released more than 18 studio albums, three live albums, seven compilation albums and numerous singles. Their resume includes performing, collaborating or producing with fellow music idols Chuck Berry, Paul McCartney, The Grateful Dead, Flyn Johns and many others over their prestigious music careers.

After more than fifteen years, Steve Miller recently went back to make a new album with classic rock engineer, Andy Johns (Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones) and the band produced almost three dozen tracks. “Bingo!,” the first album from the sessions, was released in May 2010. The announcement of the 2012 touring season by the Steve Miller Band follows three of the most productive years of the long career of Steve Miller.

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals August 16

A rock band with six albums under its belt, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals are like a modern-day version of Tina Turner fronting the Rolling Stones. Their latest album “The Lion The Beast The Beat” is scheduled to be released this spring. The Vermont-based band has a new five-piece configuration of keyboardist Grace Potter, lead guitarist Scott Tournet and drummer Matt Bur,  joined by bassist Catherine Popper (Ryan Adams & the Cardinals, Hem) and rhythm guitarist Benny Yurco, who also plays with Tournet and Burr in the GPN side project Blues & Lasers.

Because of their ready acceptance on the U.S. touring circuit, they regularly play as many as 200 shows a year, shaping and sharpening their sound with each show. With the 2009 arrivals of Popper and Yurco, the Nocturnals are entering the next phase of their evolution as a band with a more fine-tuned sound.

Wynton Marsalis August 29

Wynton Marsalis is an internationally acclaimed musician, composer, bandleader and educator and is the world’s first jazz artist to perform and compose across the full jazz spectrum. In 1997, he became the first jazz musician ever to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music for his oratorio Blood on the Fields.

Marsalis assembled his own band in 1981 and hit the road, performing over 120 concerts every year for 15 consecutive years. Through his musicianship, and exhaustive series of performances and music workshops, Marsalis rekindled widespread interest in jazz worldwide. He became the only artist ever to win Grammy Awards for both jazz and classical records in 1983 and repeated the distinction by winning jazz and classical Grammy Awards again the following year. Today Marsalis is the only artist ever to win Grammy Awards over five consecutive years (1983-87).

Prices will be announced with the full lineup in mid-April. Tickets go on sale to Members on April 28 at 9 a.m. and to the public on May 12 at 9 a.m., so mark your calendars!

For more information about our 2012 Summer Concert Series, visit our website.

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