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Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States

May 16, 2010

The Gardens and Chihuly

The Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids is a real treasure. We had annual passes for two years and have spent hours of fun there. We were able to catch two great exhibits at once when we visited. The annual butterfly exhibit which is featured in the conservatory; the kids spend the entire time trying to get a butterfly to land on them. The glass sculptures of Dale Chihuly were back. I really enjoy what he does and would one day love to own one of his pieces. His work was featured in every part of the park.

From our first walk through the arid garden with the kids back in the stroller days Nathan began the game of pretending like he was going to sit on one of the cacti. He would get the kids going- saying Oh I am so tired and act like he was going to sit down they would shout no no!! They eventually began doing it too.

The children's garden is really what makes the place worth it for us. There is a giant tree house where you can have a tea party, log cabin with old fashion games, a story time garden where you can hear stories or just play with the animal puppets, a sand area where you can excavate for fossils. A water area where there little canals are made into the shapes and geographically correct position of the great lakes that are around Michigan.