Plenty of fun for the whole family
This weekend’s garden show promises plenty of fun for families, with a wide range of activities that families can do together.
“Kids can come with a parent or caregiver to do something fun while at the garden show,” says Becky Feasby, horticultural therapist at the Alberta Children’s Hospital.
This weekend features four hands-on children’s activities, free with admission to the Garden Show; and one workshop which requires a fee to participate.
Activities take place in the Marketplace Tent and run throughout the day Saturday and Sunday.
“There is crafty stuff, learning stuff – there is something for everyone,” says Calgary Horticultural Society events manager Cassandra Christie.
New this year, Chinook Honey Farm will present a honeybee show and tell, where kids can learn about beehive colonies and how honey is made. Participants can see a bee suit, meet a real beekeeper and look at a demonstration hive.
Seed Mosaic Making is another new activity presented by an art therapist from the Alberta Children’s Hospital. Children will learn how to create a mosaic using a variety of seeds and beans.
Green Calgary will give a presentation on Water for Life, which is all about this precious resource.
In Seed Bombs, presented by the Calgary Zoo, children make “seed bombs” — little bundles of soil, compost, nutrient and seeds — that they can take home and plant.
The workshop, Bird Boxes for Kids, presented by Andrew Stiles, gives children an opportunity to build functional nesting boxes for wrens, chickadees, bluebirds and swallows. Precut wood, hammers and nails will be provided.
The workshops is on Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:15 p.m.
Participants must pre-register online at www.calhort.org. The $12 registration fee covers the cost of materials. There will also be limited registration on site, if there are still spaces available.