Join us at MSU Tollgate Farm for summer story hour! Novi Public Library will be partnering with us to share stories about life on the farm. Children will have the opportunity to participate in engaging 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 and observe the animals in their farm habitat to explore the answers to their many questions.

Story Hours for Summer 2018

Thursdays / 10:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M.

June 28 - Down on the Farm (FULL)
July 12 - Fun with Food (FULL)
July 26 - Exploring the Garden (FULL)
August 9 - Farm Animals (FULL)
August 23 - 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 could 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 or wet grass, 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.

Cost: $7.00 per child per event

Pre-registration is required and space is limited, so be sure to register early! Please only register for the dates you can commit to attending so we may provide as many as possible with an opportunity to join in.

Are you interested in other farm and nature-based programs offered for preschool-age children? Check out our website for more information on our Farm Sprouts program.

Refunds are not available. All fees support MSU Tollgate Farm Early Childhood Programs. Thank you!


Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information

For information about MSU Tollgate Children's Garden Story Hour, please contact the MSU Extension Tollgate Early Childhood Programs Office at 248-347-0269 ext. 230 or email Brooke Larm at