Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Children in the Dell at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens in Crestwood

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 photo 144eba2c-1684-41dc-86c1-6b880428af68_zpsxfmbicml.jpgCrestwood's Yew Dell Botanical Gardens has a wonderful children's program during the Spring and Summer months.  Children in the Dell is a program geared toward children ages 5-10.  Beginning in May and ending in August, this Saturday morning program is free for children with admission.  Admission to Yew Dell is free for children 5 and under and $5 for children 6-17.

Registered children meet at the log cabin beginning at 10:30am for instruction on what the program theme is for the Saturday.  This is a rain or shine event and generally includes a tour of the gardens, maybe some other structures on the grounds, a craft and other information on and fun with nature.  Walk-ups are welcome as long as there is room.

The instructors are passionate and energetic.  Even though it is an instructor-led class, adults are asked to stay with the children and participate too.  Children in the Dell is a great way for children to tour the grounds in a fun, engaging manner.  There is usually something the kids are looking for or gathering to go along with the theme.  During our visit, we were making a bird's nest, so the children walked the grounds searching for small items birds would use to make a nest.  The children then took the items back to the cabin to make the bird's nest craft. 

 photo art_zpsj5pkroxf.jpgOnce back at the cabin, there was a snack and water break for everyone.  We spent about 30 minutes walking around Yew Dell.  We met several other staff and volunteer members and got to learn about hidden areas and little treasures around Yew Dell.  This is how we discovered the Fairy Garden - definitely something everyone should stop in to see!

The program is scheduled until noon and guests are welcome to continue visiting and touring the Gardens.  Several of the families had picnics or a short hike planned for after Children in the Dell. Children in the Dell is a great way to learn more about nature, plants, vegetables and what it entails to keep up the Gardens.

Yew Dell Botanical Gardens is located at 6220 Old LaGrange Road in Crestwood.  Be sure to register children for the program to ensure you have a spot on Saturday.

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