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?”

moving with music 2013

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.

Summer Memories at Meijer Gardens (photos)

We can’t believe summer is almost over – it’s been a great one here at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park!

From 25 concerts (13 sold-out!) to hot days spent in the Lena Meijer Children’s Garden to iconic works of steel featured at the Beverly Pepper exhibition, we hope this summer brought fun, excitement, the beauty of art and the wonder of gardens to all our guests.

What better way to show summer memories than through photos! Here are a few from our Instagram:

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Happily Ever After At Meijer Gardens

The soothing sound of a waterfall, the vibrant colors of the flowers outside, a warm summer breeze, and the look on the groom’s face when he sees his bride walk down the aisle.

It’s easy to see how Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park can provide the perfect atmosphere to say “I do.” This year we will host over 135 beautiful weddings! With different options for ceremonies and receptions, Meijer Gardens has made many couples’ dreams come true. Just ask this Grandmother of Bride, Lee, whose granddaughter was married in June:

Trever and Heather were married on June 1, 2012. Photo by A Touch of Grace Photography

“We couldn’t have been more pleased with the whole wedding. We dropped off all the decorations; when we came back for the wedding only a few hours later, the wedding/reception room was magically transformed into the most beautiful room. Our guests commented on how beautiful everything looked…it truly was a magical evening. Again…thank you a hundred times over.”

Dave and Emily’s Waterfall Wedding on August 4, 2012

Planning a wedding next year? Choose from a variety of ceremony locations, including our picturesque waterfalls, Grand Room with a Chuhily chandelier overhead or our Tropical Conservatory, to name a few. Our facility and professional event coordinators have accommodated every type of wedding party, from larger than life receptions that include more than 500 guests, to quiet, intimate affairs with family and friends.

Our event coordinators work to make each wedding perfect for the bride & groom

Meet our professional event coordinators who help make each wedding special!

Our facility rental team has extensive experience in every aspect of the hospitality industry and help guide each bride and groom through the planning process. We work to make each and every wedding unique for our happy couples.

Interested in finding out more our weddings? Visit our Weddings at Meijer Gardens Facebook or follow our inspiration boards on Pinterest and see just how unique a Meijer Gardens wedding can be. Contact our facility rental team to learn more.

Start your “Happily Ever After” with us!

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.

Bios provided by artist websites and other online information. 

Hands-on learning all summer long

Summer is in full swing and that means Meijer Gardens is bursting with activities for children of all ages. Whether it’s at the Lena Meijer Children’s Garden or Michigan’s Farm Garden, there’s so much to keep kids exploring, learning, and having fun.

“Meijer Gardens is an exciting and fun place for kids and families because there are so many engaging activities,” says Linda Thompson, director of education at Meijer Gardens. “In the Children’s Garden there are artists, musicians, story-times, classic games and ‘storybook characters.’” Now through August 26 is A Classic Summer in the Children’s Garden. Kids can explore the classics in new ways, like during “Stories and Games” every weekday at 10 am.  Classic stories are read and paired with favorite games like Duck, Duck, Goose, hopscotch, and more.

Every Monday, Wednesday, and Sunday at 2 pm in the Children’s Garden, kids can engage their creativity and curiosity for music and art by joining a musician with instruments or creating a whole rainbow of garden colors with a local artist.

Have your kids ever wondered how Jack grew such a tall beanstalk? Have they wanted to help Little Red Riding Hood find her way to her grandmother’s house? With an interactive storytime in the Children’s Garden on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12:30 pm, kids can see classic stories come to life with characters played by student actors from Civic Theatre’s School of the Arts.

Out at the Farm Garden, every Friday is packed with activities. In true 1930s-era style, kids can quilt, experience farm chores, and play old-fashioned games from 1-4 pm.

Every month features a new special family weekend. “Meet Me at the Fair” on August 13 and 14 will feature live farm and traditional fair activities like beanbag toss, sack races and ice cream eating. The “Heirloom Tomatoes” weekend on September 3 and 4 will focus on heirloom varieties with cooking demonstrations, sampling and tomato-inspired games.

Take the fun indoors to the Snell Sculpture Education Gallery where kids of all ages can create their own sculpture park. Arrange the sculptures throughout the miniature park and decide how to landscape around them. When the kids are finished, they can give a tour of their creation using little wooden trams. This unique and interactive activity provides an engaging opportunity to learn about the Sculpture Park and develop critical thinking skills, all while having fun.

Note: All activities occur through the end of August.