Calgary Herald

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 The $12 registrati­on fee covers the cost of materials. There will also be limited registrati­on on site, if there are still spaces available.

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