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Children’s Programs

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We love our youngest visitors!

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:: Individual Visit | Garden Stories | Young Explorer | Young Artists| Young Chefs | Field trips ::

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Even winter months are excellent to come and explore at Smith-Gilbert Gardens!  Evergreens stand out, beautiful bark texture shows up, tiny buds on tree branches and twigs, bulbs sending out their early shoots through the mulch, … And thousands of berries! You should come and see the different berries here at SGG. No not for you to eat, but a feast for the birds! Berries of different sizes and colors ranging from orange, yellow, red to black are what the cedar waxwings are flying from branch to branch for. Since birds are ever present here we have many bird houses on the property. Now that the bare branches expose some of the hard to find ones during summer, you can do a picture scavenger hunt and find them all.

Stop by at the Reception in the Hiram-Butler house for your copy of the seasonally appropriate scavenger hunt.

You can spot many birds here at Smith-Gilbert Gardens. Our feathered friends find food and nesting places here. Some make their nests in the trees and shrubs. Other birds take advantage of the many birdhouses that have been put up over the years here at the gardens. Some are on poles, some are hanging from tree branches. Observe, look up while you visit and you will spot many.

 

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“GARDEN STORIES”

Garden Stories will soon come out of hibernation mode! 

We are looking forward to see you for the Garden Stories every 3rd Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. starting again in February 2015 !

Children aged 3 to 6 years old and their caregiver will enjoy a story on a garden-related topic.  Along with story time, accompanying activities will vary monthly and may include related arts, crafts, dance or organized play.

Participation in Garden Stories gives you admission to the Gardens for the entire day.

Cost: SGG Member Child: $5  Non-Member Child $7. Adults pay regular admission; additional participating children are $5 each.  Pre-registration is recommended and appreciated; it helps us planning for sufficient craft materials for the morning.

“CHILDREN’S ART SERIES”

The children’s art series allows for children between 4 and 12 to be inspired by the garden setting and create a piece of art. No art experience needed. All supplies provided. Open-seating event. Reservations required. Minimum participants 8. This is a drop off class, so parents are not required to stay.

 

“YOUNG EXPLORER”

Enjoy the out of doors and be creative in the Garden; 

Loving to be outdoors is great, doing things that help the environment or help you understand plants and their role is even better! Registration is required.

Ages: 6 – 12; this is a drop off class, so parents are not required to stay.

Wednesday, April 8 – Sculpture in the Garden – 10:30 AM- 12NOON

Thursday, April 9 – Eco-systems: Make a Terrarium – 10:30 AM- 12NOON

“YOUNG CHEFS”

Upcoming classes for Young Chefs will feature ‘baking breads’, ‘Cooking with vegetables and herbs’, ‘Beginning Pickling’, ‘Fall cooking with Pumpkins and Apples’…

All classes address food safety and skills (e.g. proper cutting, slicing…), address the topic of the session. Participants will get an in-depth observation and hands-on experience and either eat the product of the cooking session or bring it home. Recommended age: 8+

Class space is limited. Reservations required.

 

If you are interested in taking a children’s cooking class at the Gardens, please contact shaerynck@smithgilbertgardens.com.

 

 


Bird watching thrills for the whole family ! Register Now

Great Backyard Bird Count  —   Bird watching thrills for the whole family

Saturday, February 14  

10 AM – 12 NOON

Free with garden admission

Take part in the 4-day global Great Backyard Bird Count. Learn about birds, record how many birds and kinds of birds you see for at least 15 minutes. Our favorite birdwatcher, Pat Pepper, will be here to help you identify birds and regale you with her birding stories! 

While you are here, make a natural bird feeder, discover the garden, and go on a birdhouse picture scavenger hunt.

Bring your binoculars!

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February 14, 2015
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
SGG Member (Garden level)$0.00
SGG Member (Family level)$0.00
SGG Member Child (Family level)$0.00
Adult$7.00
Senior / Active Military$6.00
Child (ages 5-12)$5.00
Child (ages 5 and under)$0.00

Children’s Art Program – Queen of Hearts Register Now

Children’s Favorite Character Programs

Queen of Hearts Craft Party
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While the Queen of Hearts may be best known for “painting the roses red,” her trumpet-playing white rabbit and her love for croquet where she always won the game, the Queen was most fond of hearts on EVERYTHING she owned. Children attending our painting party will paint and create several works of “heart.” Face painting offered time permitting. Snacks will be served. No art experience needed. All supplies provided. Open-seating event. Reservations required, so don’t be late!

Date: Saturday, February 14, 2015
Time: 1:00-2:30pm
Minimum No. Guests: 8 (max. 20)
Age: 4-12 years old
Attire: Casual Clothing. (Flat close-toed shoes, please.)

Cost: $15 member child – $ 20 non-member child

 

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February 14, 2015
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
SGG Member Child$15.00
Non-Member Child$20.00

Young Chefs – Baking Bread Register Now

The smell of fresh baked bread on a late winter day is heavenly!

Young chefs (ages 8+) will learn about the ingredients of bread, the varieties of bread and what it takes to make your own loaf of bread. Will there be a better reward than  to eat a slice of fresh baked bread with home made jam?

Instructor Cindee Sweda, Family and Consumer Sciences Agent 

All classes address food safety and skills (e.g. proper cutting, slicing…), in addition to the topic of the session. Participants will get an in-depth observation and hands-on experience and either eat the product of the cooking session or bring it home. Recommended age: 8+

Class space is limited. Reservations required.

 

Ages: 8+
Time: 9-11:30am

 

 

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February 21, 2015
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Participating Child-SGG Member$10.00
Participating Child - Non-Member$12.00

 

*Cancellation Policy: Cancellations 5 or more business days prior to the program start date : refund less a processing fee of $5.  Cancellations 1 to 4 business days prior to the program start date: no refund. Programs canceled by Smith-Gilbert Gardens for any reason are fully refunded.
In case you cannot attend the Garden Stories that you registered for, we will work with you to reschedule.

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