Classes & Events

The garden is open year round, and we have a ton of great events lined up!  Keep checking back to learn more about what's happening!



Friday Storytime

Every friday at 10:00AM - Included with admisison or purchase of an annual pass


Join us in the Children’s Garden and listen to fun stories. Then, busy yourself with exciting activities like running through a sprinkler, harvesting vegetables, or showing off your fairy or superhero costumes!​ Fall/Winter storytime is held in our visitor's center. There will be no storytime Friday, July 3rd. 


The second Friday of the month (June - August) is Super Story Time!

June 12 - Water Day  |  July 24 - Summer Surprise | August 28 - Water Day

July 10 - Superhero Day | August 14 - Water Day

Wednesday Lunchtime Concert Series

Wednesdays (June 10 - August 12) 12:00PM - 1:30PM - Included with admisison or purchase of an annual pass


Grab a sandwich and a summertime drink and meet friends and colleagues for a mid-day interlude of music under the open skies. Leave yourself some time to stroll the garden grounds, or stop by The Children's Garden for a fun craft (1:00PM - 2:00PM.)


Included with the cost of admission or purchase of annual pass $10.00


June 10.............The Human Ipod, Variety

June 17.............Empty Canvas, Classic Rock with Art Performance

June 24.............Carry it On, Peter Paul and Mary Tribute

July 1................A Touch of Brass, Americana

July 8................Honesty and James, Oldies

July 15..............Allie & Jim, Variety

July 22..............Mandi Layne, Country

July 29..............Blue Water Ramblers, Songs of Michigan

August 5...........Grandpas with Guitars, Oldies

August 12.........Mariachi Cristal, Mariachi




Ribbit the Exhibit

June through August, 2015


Hop on over to Dow Gardens, this summer, and meet the cast of characters that make up Ribbit the Exhibit! This whimsical-display features 20 figures with big personalities crafted by noted sculptor J.A. Cobb.  The exhibit will feature workshops and events to encourage appreciation of each unique piece of art. 



Wellpath - Yoga in the Gardens

May 26 thru June 25  | June 30 thu July 30 | August 4 thru September 3    5:30PM - 6:45PM


This class will meet at the Dow Gardens Visitor Center. From there participants will walk to various sections of Dow Gardens. This is a Viniyoga class suitable for anyone with a reasonable level of fitness. Getting up and down from the ground, standing on one leg and performing squats should be easy tasks for participants.


Register at MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland, Employee Fitness Center desk at Campus Ridge #1, 4401

For more information call 989.837.9114




Lunchtime Yoga

June 4 thru June 25  12:00PM - 1:15PM


Take a break from your work day and rebuild your energy level. This class with stretch, invigorate, and relax you.


In case of inclement weather, classes will be held in The Dow Gardens visitor center.  This class is suitable for anyone with a reasonable level of fitness. Getting up and down from the ground, standing on one leg and performing squats should be easy tasks for participants.


For more information call 989.837.9114




Folk Music in the Garden

June 7, July 5, August 2, 4PM - 6PM - Included with admisison or purchase of an annual pass


Stop by Dow Gardens on the first Sunday of the month (May through August) and experience music in nature.  You'll hear up to four different concerts and musicians perform in a variety of locations throughout the garden. 


Included with the cost of admission or purchase of annual pass $10.00. 





Recreational Tree Climbing for Kids at Whiting Forest

June 18 10AM - 12PM


Adventure upward into the trees in this rare outdoor experience!  Helmets, child-size climbing harnesses, and guidance will be provided by a trained arborist. This class is perfect for children up to the challenge of pulling themselves upward into a tree. Climbers are belted into a harness and use a pulley system to shimmy their way up the rope.


For ages 8 and up. Chidren must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is $12.00 per class (+$7.00 if you would like a t-shirt.)  Call 989.631.2677 to register!



Friday Outdoor Movie Night

Fridays, June 19, June 26, July 31, and August 28 - Included with admisison or purchase of an annual pass


Stop in on Fridays, throughout the summer, and experience a movie in the starlit concert area of Dow Gardens.  Outdoor movies begin after dusk.  The cost is included with your admission (just $5.00 for adults or $1.00 for students with i.d.) Outdoor movies are also included with purchase of an annual pass ($10.00 for the calendar year.) 


June 19, 9:30PM. – Honey I Shrunk the Kids  

June 26, 9:30PM – Goonies

July 31, 9:00PM – Maze Runner

August 28, 8:15PM – Cinderella (2015)




Crafty Wednesday - Plant a Flower with Cora the Frog

Wednesday, June 10  1:00PM - 2:00PM


Crafty Wednesday is “hoppin’ in the gardens” this week to a new place. You’ll find it near the Sun Bridge where Cora the Frog is hanging out.  Kids can get their hands a bit dirty and plant a flower to take home and care for. 


This is a drop-in event.  Registration is not required.  Included with your admission to Dow Gardens. 



En Plein Air Week - Drawing/Painting for Beginners

Thursday, June 18  12:30PM - 2:30PM


Come get your creative juices flowing with Ribbit Frog Jacques and artist Anna Swartz as they draw en plein air. The art horse will be out and about in the gardens and kids of all ages are welcome to stop by and learn some basic art principles. Supplies are provided, however the artists should bring their own smocks.


Pre-registration encouraged to accommodate supply needs. Call 631-2677. $5 fee.



Beginners Bug Classes

Wednesday June 17th - August 12th  $30.00


Join entomologist Elly Maxwell for a summer-long weekly class geared towards young entomologists.  Learn to collect, pin, preserve, and identify insect critters!  A focus on lifecycle, biology, and ecology enhance the experience.  Bring your curious mind, and be ready to explore!


Children must be 8 or older at the time the class begins.

Viva la Pollination

June 19th, 2015   6:00PM - 9:00PM  (outdoor movie following at 9:30PM


Join us in celebrating the pollinators that are so vital to our ecosystem in this fair-style family-friendly event!  We'll highlight and share the importance of pollinators such as bees, birds, butterflies, and bats through fun games and activities. Grab a bite from The Crave Cave, sample an assortment of honey, try out your luck hunting for pollinators, stop by the bee petting zoo, and stay for an outdoor movie - Honey I Shrunk the Kids, PG!


This event is included with your Dow Gardens admission or purchase of an annual pass. 







MidMichigan Brass Band

June 30th 6:00PM - 7:30PM


Stop by on Tuesday, June 30th and stroll to the beat of The Mid Michigan Brass Band. This British-style group is comprised of adult and student volunteers who simply enjoy making music.









Essential Oils

Tuesday, July 7th 7:00PM - 8:00PM


Zenny the Frog and Midland's Ways to Wellness invite you to learn the benefits of botanically-sourced essential oils within a peaceful garden setting.  You'll have the opportunity to create and take home your own unique custom blend!


$20.00 per person, registration required. Call 989.631.2677






Tutu Tuesday with Sasha the Frog 

Tuesday, July 14th 1:00PM - 2:00PM


Since the Dow Gardens is hosting Sasha who is a hoppin’ ballerina we thought it would be fun to learn some basic ballet steps out in the garden. Kids of all ages are welcome to sign up, an adult needs to accompany them. Space is limited, so please sign up soon by calling (989) 631-2677.  Each child will get a tutu to wear for the lesson and take home.  Fee: $5.


$5.00 per child, registration required. Call 989.631.2677






Fairy Tales with Axel Grimm

Thursday, July 16th 1:00PM - 2:00PM


Come enjoy a special story time in the gardens with Ribbit Frog Axel Grimm as he shares beloved fairy tale classics. Children will make their own crown to wear and take home.



Please pre-register by calling 631-2677, Supply fee of $3.00 per child. 







Frog Friends with The Saginaw Zoo

Wednesday, July 22nd 1:00PM - 2:00PM


Help Dow Gardens and Emerson the Tree Frog welcome The Children’s Zoo at Celebration Square! Be sure to stop by and participate in  fun frog activities and learn all about a few fascinating amphibians.


You’ll also have a chance for an exciting meet and greet with some of the Zoo inhabitants!


This is a drop-in event. Registration is not required.




Turf Tour with Chuck Martin

Wednesday, August 5th 6:30PM - 7:30PM


Want to talk Turf? Turf is Marvin the Frog’s favorite topic and you’ll find him out mowing constantly! Join Senior Horticulturist Chuck Martin on a Turf Tour through the gardens.  You’ll discover how Dow Gardens cares for their turf and things you can do as a homeowner to improve your grass.


This is a drop-in event. Registration is not required.


From Bean to Barista, Coffee Tasting in the Garden

Tuesday, August 11th 10:30AM - 11:30AM


Join Emerson frog and Zack Goldberg of Uncommon Roasters Coffee Institute in Saugatuck, Michigan. Taste coffee from at least seven different regions on four different continents. Learn how regions, elevation, and different climates impact the development of coffee.


Registration required - $10.00 per person  989-631-2677


Prince and Princess Tea Party Storytime

Thursday, August 18th 1:00PM - 2:00PM


This special day will include a story time followed by a Tea Party near the home of Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow. Jeeves the Frog Butler worked most of his life at Castle Hargrove will of course preside. Kids of all ages are welcome to attend (costumes encouraged).


Registration required - $5.00 per child  989-631-2677


Pondering Tour

Thursday, August 27th 1:00PM - 2:00PM


Have you ever wondered just what lives in the Dow Gardens ponds? Willie the Fisher Frog has found out after a season of fishing along the edges and Skully has been scuba diving. Come take a closer look at the aquatic life living in and around the Dow Gardens ponds on this special tour. Please note this tour will be going close to the pond edges.


Registration not required. Included with Dow Garden's admission.


Dance with Floyd & Grace

Friday, August 28th 7:30PM - 8:00PM


Cinderella loved to dance, and so do Ribbit’s Floyd and Grace. Come out to the Dow Gardens outdoor movie area, set up your chair for the evening and enjoy watching local swing dancers perform  until dusk (you can even join in; informal lessons provided!) and then enjoy a movie under the stars.  


Outdoor showing of Cinderella will begin at 8:15PM.