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Winter Break Bonanza at the Botanical Gardens

Erin Grajek

Buffalo, NY – The Botanical Gardens offers many events for kids and families this winter break and into spring. The Plants We Eat Picnic, on February 17 from 12-2pm, offers kids a chance to have a tropical picnic in the middle of winter and Kids Day on February 19 from 10am-4pm offers kids and families a chance to partake in fun activities around the Botanical Gardens. The Wegmans Family Garden, which is open daily, offers new programming for the whole family on the third Saturday of the month from 10am-2pm and Sunday Programming one Sunday a month through May from 11am-1pm. Kids Art Classes will also be offered starting February 21 through May from 9-10:30am.

Kids can enjoy their day off from school on February 17 for the Plants We Eat Picnic. Children ages 5-12 will spend this time learning and tasting the different types of plants that people eat with activities such as squeezing oranges into juice, sampling fruits from around the world and going on an adventure filled tour through the Botanical Gardens. Pre-registration is required as space is limited to 30 kids. Admission prices are $10 for garden members’ children and $12 for non-members’ children. To make reservations, go to www.buffalogardens.com or contact 827.1584 ext. 291.

Kids Day will celebrate kids 12 and under with free admission to the Botanical Gardens. There is no school this week so it is a perfect time to experience what the Botanical Gardens has to offer. There will be fun hands-on activities stationed throughout the Botanical Gardens and the whole family will enjoy a day of fun in the beautiful, tropical Garden. Admission prices are $9 for adults, $8 for seniors (55+) and students (13+ with ID) and kids 12 and under are free.

The whole family will have the opportunity to engage in hands-on learning activities centered around nutrition during Wegmans Family Days on February 21, March 21, April 18, May 16 and June 20 from 10am-2pm. Each Family Day has a different nutritional theme including; The Wonderful World of Fruit, Doctor Seuss Month, World Health Month, Spring Celebration and Edible Gardens. These activities are aligned for children ages 4-10 but caregivers for the youngest learners are encouraged to assist with the creations. Sunday Programming, offered on February 22, March 22, April 26 and May 31, is another way kids can have fun in the Wegmans Family Garden with various hands-on activities. Admission prices are $9 for adults, $8 for seniors (55+) and students (13+ with ID), $5 for kids ages 3-12, and free for members and kids 2 and under.

Kids will have the opportunity to channel their creative side by attending multi-medium art classes. Taught by professional artist and teacher, Joan Saba, participants will take home a piece of their art each class. Kids 5-15 are welcome to attend and all supplies are provided. Art Classes are offered in three different sessions; KAA - February 21, 28 and March 7, KAB – March 14, 21 and 28, and KAC May 2, 23, and 30. Each class is $13 and each full session is $35. For more information contact 827.1584 ext. 292.

For more information on all these events visit us at www.buffalogardens.com. The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing appreciation for knowledge of plant life and its connection to people and cultures through its documented living plant collection, historic conservatory, education, research and exhibits.

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