Kids Get Cosmic!

April 10–October 31, 2021

10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

Everett Children’s Adventure Garden
Included in all ticket types

polka dotted begonia

Nature Scavenger Hunt

Pick up a Scavenger Hunt pamphlet with fun, self-guided activities including searching for plants with the infinite dot patterns that inspired Kusama and drawing items from nature in the style found in Kusama’s early sketchbook.

Illustration by Ellen Weinstein, from Yayoi Kusama: From Here to Infinity

Story Time

Saturdays & Sundays; 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m.
Discovery Center Plaza

Kids and their families enjoy a reading of Yayoi Kusama: From Here to Infinity. Filled with reproductions of Kusama’s art, this colorful book tells the story of an artist determined to cover the world with her dots, from here to infinity. For ages 4–8.

July 17; 1 p.m.
Ellen Weinstein, illustrator of Yayoi Kusama: From Here to Infinity, will host a special reading in the Discovery Center.

Illustration © Ellen Weinstein

A polka dot plant showing off green leaves covered in pink markings

Pot Up a Polka Dot Plant

Families will be able to take home their own Polka Dot Plant (Hypoestes phllostachya), a unique plant with speckled leaves that adds a touch of cosmic nature.

A decorated cardboard container covered in polka dots and filled with pine cones

DIY Nature Collection Boxes

Kids can make their own nature collection boxes, special containers to save and organize natural objects found outdoors. They will be invited to decorate their collection boxes with polka dot stamp markers inspired by Yayoi Kusama’s art.

A cardboard, foldable blue microscope for kids to use

Explore the Microworld on display outside the Discovery Center

The Microworld allows kids to explore images of plants taken by scientists under a microscope, revealing another world of patterns that complement Yayoi Kusama’s cosmic works. Children will be able to take home their own Foldscope—a mini microscope that can be assembled and mounted on a phone to create your own Microworld images.