Sweet Treats in the Everett Children's
Making plans for the New Year? Resolve to enjoy winter at The New York Botanical Garden. What could be better than sparkling white blankets of snow accented with bright evergreen trees and twinkling lights that dazzle like stars? It may be cold outside, but there are programs and activities in the Everett Children's Adventure Garden to keep visitors warm and busy. Drink a steaming cup of mint tea while discovering the NEW! Peppermint Paradise. Learn the different uses of the versatile mint plant and how it is used in products from medicines to sweet confections. Chocolate enthusiasts, (and who isn't a chocolate lover?) mark your February calendars because the Adventure Garden welcomes back Chocolate and Vanilla Adventures. Travel back in time and taste an ancient Mayan chocolate drink and learn about the cacao tree and that vanilla comes from an orchid.
At the Adventure Garden, children and their families discover the drama and impact of plants. They learn about their beauty, economic impact, and healing capabilities while having fun smelling, tasting, touching, and exploring the plants and plant parts.
For Families: Peppermint Paradise: January 13 through February 8, 2004 in the Everett Children's Adventure Garden, 1:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m., Tuesday-Friday; 10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
The cool, refreshing flavor of peppermint and its exquisite scent make it a one-of-a-kind experience at Peppermint Paradise in the Adventure Garden. As children walk along the path, they encounter life-sized peppermint sticks with swirling red ribbons that lead to tasty treats inside the Texaco Kids Lab. Participate in fun and astonishing minty pursuits while learning about the myriad uses for mint plants, such as how mint is used medicinally to "settle" stomachs and peppermint is used to soothe irritated skin. Enjoy learning about the plant parts in such favorites as candy canes, gum, toothpaste, and tea. Press mint leaves in the Bendheim Herbarium; enjoy a cup of fragrant mint tea and a peppermint candy, and pot up an easy-to-grow mint plant to take home.
Coming Up in February! Chocolate and Vanilla Adventures in the Everett Children's Adventure Garden, February 10-March 28, 2004, 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
For School Groups: NEW! Peppermint Paradise-Tuesday, January 13 through Friday, February 6, 2003 in the Everett Children's Adventure Garden. For more information or to register you class call (718) 817-8181 or visit us on the web at www.nybg.org/chil_edu/index.html
Ongoing: Budding Botanists, a drop-in program for 2-5 year olds Tuesday-Friday, 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. is where preschoolers learn their ABC's. Start off 2004 and explore fun words that go with each letter of the alphabet. January 6-16 A is for Apples, Asters, Ants, and Asparagus. January 20-30 B is for Baby's Breath, Butterflies, and Birches
For a full listing of Family Fun activities call (718) 817-8700 or visit us on the web at www.nybg.org
The Everett Children's Adventure Garden has been made possible by the leadership generosity of Edith and Henry Everett.