Frederik Meijer Gardens flourished with families and their young children at the annual Laugh and Learn Family Event held Monday, May 19. The event was a collaboration between Bright Beginnings, Early On and Frederick Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park that offered free hearing and vision screenings and opened the Gardens’ campus for activities in art, exploration and play.
“It’s a wonderful opportunity for families with young kids around the same age to play,” said Rebekka Nowak as her 20-month-old son played in a sandbox. “Why wouldn’t you come?” Nowak said she took advantage of the hearing and vision testing for her son.
“I love that this place is here for the purpose of giving kids the chance to have sensory play,” she added.
Art activities were held on the lower level classrooms of the Gardens building, as well as story times for both English and Spanish learners periodically during the event. A Grand Rapids symphony member and other musicians led children in playing the drums. The event also provided free decorative beads and snacks.