What’s not to love? Bubbles, water, music, art and the Gardens

Hundreds of children demonstrate Learning through Play at Meijer Gardens

Shay Kraley, left, with Artists Creating Together, shows off her face-painting skills, with Conner McCormack, a kindergartner at Mulick Park Elementary

Hundreds of children and their families enjoyed a summer evening at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in May. This “Laugh and Learn” event takes place annually for families participating in Kent ISD’s Early Childhood programs, including Bright Beginnings, Early On, Great Start Readiness Preschool and Great Start to Quality.

Families explored the entire grounds which included the Lena Meijer Children’s Garden, the Richard & Helen DeVos Japanese garden, and many more. Special activities for children included story time, music and art. There were also hearing and vision screenings and many resources for children’s dental health, nutrition and wellness resources. And course, there were snacks!

Dianne Carroll Burdick
Dianne Carroll Burdick has worked as a photojournalist in the West Michigan area since 1991. A graduate of Western Michigan University, she has photographed for The Grand Rapids Press, USA Today, Sports Illustrated, Detroit Free Press, Advance Newspapers, Grand Rapids Magazine, BLUE Magazine and On-the-Town Magazine. She has been covering the many exciting and thought provoking stories of K-12 public education for School News Network since 2016.

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