Toddlers and preschoolers, ages 2-5 years old, are invited to join us for stories and songs about life on the farm followed by the opportunity to engage in activities, such as process-based art, sensory experiences, experiments and games. Who has a built-in comb? Who lives in a burrow? Who can sleep standing up? Children will have the opportunity to interact with featured animals to explore the answers to their many questions.
This program takes place bi-weekly over the course of the summer. A program fee of $6 per child includes the accompaniment of a caregiver and program materials. Children under 2 years old may attend with a program participant without a charge. Please contact the Early Childhood Coordinator if you are interested in receiving updates about our future early childhood education programs or if you have any questions.
Thank you for your interest in our story hour program! Registration is closed for the 2017 season. We also offer a seasonal Farm Sprouts Preschool Program for children ages 3-5 years old. Visit the webpage for more information.
Summer 2017 Schedule: Bi-weekly on Thursdays / 10:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M.
June 29 - Farm Animals (FULL)
July 13 - Fun with Food (FULL)
July 27 - Down on the Farm (FULL)
August 10 - Exploring the Garden (FULL)
August 24 - Mother Goose (featuring Novi Public Library's Mother Goose!) (FULL)
Location: MSU Tollgate Farm, Children's Garden, 28115 Meadowbrook Road, Novi, MI 48377
Ages: This program is designed for children ages 2-5 years old with a parent/caregiver. Children under 2 years old are welcome to accompany their parents and join in with the story/animal visit portions of the program. Children over 5 years old who are interested in coming to the farm can attend our summer camp sessions.
Gear and Clothing: Work and play at the farm can be messy, but immensely satisfying! Farm-friendly clothing is recommended. You may wish to bring a picnic blanket from home for story time or they will also be provided.
Weather: Story hours will be held rain or shine. If the weather is favorable, we will gather in the Children's Garden, otherwise, in the case of rain, we will hold story hour under the pavilion.
Parking: Please park in the large lot adjacent to Meadowbrook Road by using the vehicle entrance at the top of the hill. Proceed to walk toward the silo and down the steps towards the Children's Garden area. A staff member will be available to direct and assist as necessary.