Kid-friendly gardens

The first frog of spring at Longwood Garden

The first frog of spring

It's been unusually warm here this week, more like summer than spring. On Monday I took the boys to Longwood Gardens where we caught the tulips on what was probably their very last good day. After we had finished admiring them, we took a …

Dragon fountain at Longwood

Mondays are for dreaming: Fall fun

One thing that has changed for me recently is that both of my children are in school. That means a definite reduction in local day trips, especially since we tend to go away a lot on the weekends. As the fall days turn golden and the summer heat …

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A beautiful day at the Missouri Botanical Garden

I've written about how I like to seek out botanical gardens when we travel because the kids always enjoy them. When we were in Saint Louis, we spent about half a day at the Missouri Botanical Garden, and as usual the children loved it. We had planned …

Trip planning: Desert Botanical Garden

I've written before that I'm a big fan of taking the kids to botanical gardens. I really like to do this when we visit ecosystems that are vastly different from where we live because it gives them the chance to explore the contrast in very specific …

Welcoming fall at Longwood Gardens

When I travel to a new city, I always make a point of learning where the nearest public garden is. Over the course of my travels I have visited many of them with one or both of my children including the Public Garden in Boston; the gardens at the …