August 12-14, 2011

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Programs & Activities:
Children's Programs

Kids go 'Grassroots Green'

Learning green traditions and developing healthy habits for the planet's future is at the center of children's activities this year at the Michigan State University
Museum's Great Lakes Folk Festival, Aug. 12-14, in downtown East

New this year to the MSU Museum-produced festival is the "Grassroots
Green" program, which will showcase presentations, demonstrations
and activities that feature citizen groups and individuals who work
in green occupations, organic gardening, recycled arts and folk
wisdom. "The MSU Museum's Children's Area this year will focus on
traditional activities kids have enjoyed for generations that
involve playing with and recycling found objects, making homemade
toys and pastimes, creating new recycled artworks, and gardening and
environmental projects," explains Lynne Swanson, MSU Museum cultural
collections manager and one of the "Grassroots Green" program

Activities include:
-Plant vegetables with the Michigan 4-H Children's Garden at MSU.
-Make recycled art with Lansing's Creation Station materials, and
make recycled art projects using found and scrap objects.
-Help decorate (and animate!) a traditional Chinese dragon
-Design a "green city" of the future
-Make delicious smoothies using clean bike power
-Turn plastic bags into usable "plarn" with the artists from New Life for Old Bags

The "Grassroots Green" program and children's activities take place
Saturday and Sunday at GLFF, 12 noon - 6 p.m., and are centered at
the Albert Avenue-Abbot Road intersection. GLFF planners are also
stepping up efforts to ensure the event is increasingly
environmentally friendly, including additional recycling stations,
fewer plastic beverage bottles, earth-friendly utensils and site
signage constructed from reclaimed materials.