Curious children ages 10 and under are invited to a brand new program at Michigan City’s Barker Mansion. Kids’ Nature Play in the Garden will be held on Thursday, June 25 at 9 am. The hour-long program will encourage youth to explore the garden just as Catherine Barker may have done as a young girl.
The June 25 session will focus on the lifecycle of a butterfly. Activities will take place in the outdoor garden and include a story, an art project, and a snack themed around the winged insects.
The interactive session will be led by Indiana Master Naturalist Cookie Ferguson. A $2 fee per child applies; each accompanying adult is free. Registration is not necessary. The program will be moved indoors if raining. Additional Kids’ Nature Play in the Garden sessions are scheduled for July 9 and August 6; each session will take a different theme.
The Barker Mansion is located at 631 Washington Street in Michigan City, IN. The 38-room mansion was built by freight car industrialist and philanthropist John H. Barker in 1905. Aside from the Kids’ Nature Play in the Garden sessions, guided tours of the mansion are offered Monday through Friday at 10 am, 11:30 am, and 1 pm. Additionally, tours are offered on Saturdays and Sundays at 12 pm and 2 pm. Cost for a tour is $5 per adult and $2 per child. Reservations are not necessary for regular tours.