Thanks to partnerships with the West Michigan community, ACT is able to offer a variety of events for people of all abilities. Our partner events are great for families and open to the public!
Family Fun Night
Frederik Meijer Gardens opens their doors each summer to ACT families for a night in the Lena Meijer Children's Garden - for FREE! Family Fun Night will allow families with kids of all ages and abilities free reign to explore all that the garden has to offer, including the Treehouse Village, Great Lakes Plaza, Rock Quarry, Storytelling Garden, and a Butterfly Maze!
Accessibility Description: A man in a blue shirt is helping a group of kids create crafts at a table. The girl in the front of the group has her face painted with pink and blue paint. She's looking through a box full of googley eyes.
The Grand Rapids Children's Museum hosts these events specially designated for children and families affected by autism. At these events, ACT sets up a room full of art activities specifically designed for children with autism.
Accessibility Description: A man and a woman are seated beside a small child at a table. In front of the child is a black sheet of construction paper. The woman is dipping a paintbrush into a cup of red paint.
Down Syndrome Association Walk
ACT hosts arts and crafts activities each year at the Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan's annual walk. Each year in October, the walk takes place at Millenium Park and ACT connects with new families and provides art projects during this fun event!
Accessibility Description: A series of colorfully painted paper plates are hanging from clothespins on a line of string. In the background is a sunny park with a blue sky and green grass.
Early On & Bright Beginnings Night
ACT hosts arts and crafts activities each year at the family event for Kent ISD's Early On and Bright Beginnings programs--programs designed for kids 0-kindergarten. The event takes place each spring at Frederick Meijer Gardens. ACT designs 5-6 art activities specifically geared towards preschool learners. To learn more about Kent ISD's Early On or Bright Beginnings programs, visit their websites.
Accessibility Description: A young girl is standing in front of a wooden table. She's holding a plastic bag of cheerios in on hand, and using her other hand to skewer cheerios onto a wooden dowel.
Early Childhood Art Exploration Nights
ACT provides the schools involved in ACT's Early Childhood Art Exploration program with a free, family events for the children in the program. On these nights, the teaching artists who participate in these programs lead workshops for the kids and their families. These events gives parents an opportunity to see programs in action, meet the teaching artists, and go to an arts & cultural venue for free!
Accessibility Description: Two young boys and two women are seated at a green table. The women are helping the boys create artwork from strips of paper.
Special Education Day
Every spring, the Grand Rapids Children's Museum hosts a Special Education Day for the area special education classrooms from throughout West Mighigan. On that day, the classrooms have free admission to the museum and the museum is set up specifically for those classrooms. At this event, ACT sets up a room full of art activities specifically designed for these students.
Accessibility Description: A group of older students are seated around a table. On the table are some bowls of paint, paper, and metal tins.