Monday, August 12, 2013

Our Weekend: Green Spring Gardens, Mosaic District, "Rainbow Park", Toilet Paper Tree

A couple of years ago, when I visited Green Spring Gardens for the first time, I walked on the main path and took a bunch of flower pictures with my big camera. It was a pretty garden with a children's section, a gazebo, a large grassy area, benches to sit on, and, of course, lots of flowers. It was free and not too far from home, but nothing really special. I never went back again. Until this Saturday.

Lately, I have been wanting to visit parks around the area. So on Saturday, I went again with the family...and realized that I had missed the biggest attraction of all - a short trail into the woods...to a nice little creek!
Green Spring Garden
Green Spring Garden
After Anna and Will redeemed their pack of sunflowers seeds from completing the library summer reading program at the horticulture center/visitor center, we walked a loop around the garden and spent most of our time wading in the creek and throwing rocks. In the summer, we live in our sandals so it was no problem for us to just walk right in. It was very picturesque and we all enjoyed cooling our feet in the water.
Green Spring Garden
I was surprised at how clean the water was and it was just nice to be able to step into it. I haven't found many (any?) places that like around me so Green Spring Gardens has definitely moved up on my list of places to take the kids. Maybe we will go again when the leaves change color?
Green Spring Garden
In the horticulture center/visitor center, there was a library with a children's section, full of picture books and puzzles. Sooooo niiiiice for little kids.

Then on Saturday night, we went to Mosaic District to hang out. The weather was so good for a summer night. We had already gone to the spray area many times this summer, but I recently found out that there was another water play on the other side. It was basically structures with flowing water and rocks. At first they just played around it, but it wasn't long before they got on top of it. Usually we are strict with the kids' bedtime, but we let them stay out late, probably because I didn't want to leave either.
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Sunday we went to Clemenjontri in the morning.
clemy
And then we just stayed in for the rest of the day.  Anna and I up-cycled some toilet paper rolls and made trees.  Super easy craft.  Just paint the toilet paper rolls brown, cut the tree shape (I used green cardstock), and decorate with foam stickers.  She was happy with her work!
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3 comments:

  1. All those smiles are infectious!

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  2. Boy oh boy do I miss those lazy weekends where I could just veg out while glued to the TV watching movies or playing games. Then again, I guess there'll be plenty of time for that once these little guys are gone and my fat ass is too old to walk. So for now, weather permitting, we'll keep going out on the weekends to these little pockets of nature.

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  3. Wow what a fun weekend! I love Anna's proud smile holding her trees. What a great way to up-cycle :) It turned out so cute! -Eva

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