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!
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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!
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.