Thursday, March 17, 2011

St. Patrick's Day at Brookside Gardens

Julia and I went to the St. Patrick's Day program at Brookside Gardens this morning. We couldn't have asked for better weather - it was sunny and in the mid-50s. I've taken Evelyn to this event twice, when she was 3- and 4-years-old, and she really enjoyed it. I was optimistic that this year would be equally fun for Julia.

First, we went on a hike through the gardens, looking for items on our scavenger hunt checklist card - golden nuggets, a leprechaun, a rainbow, bubbles, the Blarney stone, a frog, green feathers, etc. Julia was all about finding the things on her card, which she held tightly in her hand throughout the hour-long hike.
Look! Golden nuggets!

After finding all twelve items on the scavenger hunt checklist, we headed inside to work on crafts and games. Julia and I worked together to make a festive headband (or, as Julia called it, a crown).
Once her headband was finished, Julia headed over to the play-dough table. She also played a shamrock toss-the-bean-bag game, and then she chose a coloring page to bring home. Brookside Gardens didn't disappoint - both Julia and I had a blast this morning!