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forever young … activities

We had hoped to keep the Gardens open for ‘contactless’  walks and explorations – especially for our younger visitors who like to experience the magic of all the intriguing spaces and easily accessible nature.

Until we can do that again, here are some of the inspirational people and ideas who are now sharing on the web to help keep you and your young ones creative and active at home or in your garden.

Nature Makers,  Art sessions for the very young will resume in the Gardens, hopefully later in the year. Here is Faye online https://www.facebook.com/NatureMakers/,  https://bookwhen.com/naturemakers#focus=ev-sr62-20200410000000

Jessica Hartshorn, a local illustrator and museum person  – some live drawing sessions for you and young people  https://www.facebook.com/jessi.illustrates/

B’Opera,  Yes baby opera! – Singalong and great music making ideas while you’re cooped up. Let’s hope we can see them in the Gardens sometime. https://www.facebook.com/pg/BoperaBabyOpera/videos/?ref=page_internal

Woodland Trust, We love the Woodland Trust and follow their lead in so many things – here are some specials for ‘lockdown nature hunters’. https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/blog/2020/03/kids-nature-activities-self-isolation/

Warwickshire Wildlife Trust, our good neighbours in wildlife. some great blogs about nature spotting form your garden and a place to share your photos. https://www.warwickshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/blog

Free downloads from EarlyYearsResources . Like many commercial companies, they are not open at present, but they have made some lovely free downloadable worksheets, play ideas and colouring for those quieter times at home https://www.earlyyearsresources.co.uk/downloadables-c275/minibeasts-c1570

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Invasion of the Giant Flowers … half term activities

Did you shrink or did the flowers just grow?

Wander amongst our beautiful towering plants over 4 metres tall – they’re crocheted!

This May half term join in the festival atmosphere with our Alice in Wonderland sized installation… All week from Bank Holiday Monday (29th May) through to Friday (June 2nd) we’ll also running family friendly activities around our flower theme.

  • Add a pompom flower to our woolly field and make some pom pom bees to fly amongst them.
  • Help us build giant bug hotel and learn how to make your own mini-beastie hotel at home.

    http://www.wildaboutgardens.org.uk/thingstodo/inaweekend/bug-mansion.aspx
    credit: Sue Tatman & RHShome.
  • And why not construct a giant birds nest for the little ones to snuggle up in.
  • Little green fingers can also help us plant up our Jack and the Giant Beanstalk runner bean tunnel… plant now and come back to play in the tunnel over summer.

The giant flowers are here all week and weekend (Sunday to Saturday), the family activities are Monday to Friday.

Family Friendly sessions + entry to the Gardens £2 (for anyone over 5 years old)

Family Activities Annual Pass holders: FREE

NB Normal entry prices for non-family groups

 

Family Activities 12- 3pm Monday to Friday

Gardens open Saturday 27th – Sunday 4th

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Half Term family activities

February Fun… indoors or out.

The first school holiday of the year and a bit or sun and freshening air makes for lively kids, eager for a run around. As usual we have a week packed full of things to do and places to explore.

Running round the maze will keep them warm, there are still beautiful snowdrops to discover, lanterns and  pom-pom twigs to decorate your spaces, apple birdfeeders to hang up.. and of course there are seeds to plant and take home to watch grow.

Every day an extra craft and loads  of spaces, nooks and magic views for young ones to explore time and again.

Garden opens Monday 20th to Friday 24th,  11am – 3pm
(Activities- 12pm-3pm)

Buy tickets on the door.
Entrance to the Gardens for family activities are £2 per person

(Under 5s Free. children must be accompanied by an adult)
Normal adult entrance £4
Under 5’s are free
Family Day ticket £8 (up to 5 people, include up to 2 adults.)

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Pokemon ‘rains’ supreme

Citywide Pokemon community event

Today in 20 cultural venues, from mosques to cafe and from community centres to gardens a few extraSW festival lures were planted to encourage pokemon players to explore , not just new places, but new people.

Castle Bromwich was the furthest east of the venues, away from the walkable clump of stops near town. It poured down all day. But it was lovely; cups of tea were shared, the gardens explored and lots more conversations were had across the field and under the trees.

Thanks to Tim Hodgson and the StillWalking festival team for making it happen… you caught us.

#wegrowtogether

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Unplug and Play: week 5

This week is all about things that move 

Dance, jump, roll …wind, trees, snails…..

As usual a mix of crafts and exploring the gardens: Recycled milk bottle wind catchers, windmills and snail races.

Extra highlights

Chris singing
Chris singing

Tuesday:

Let’s Dance Day with movement artist Louise … see more details here

Also, at 2pm on Tuesday our resident  bundle of fun, Chris BeeBee reads a story and gets the tots up and moving with his songs. 2pm by the Knit-knot tent

Wednesday: help out in the Gardens, dig up some potatoes, clear the pond 20160818_150430_28445571224_oweed. Little hands making a big difference. 1.30 – 3.30

Thursday:  Crafts and explore as usual and Snail races. Eeurrgh, no not real ones, wind up snails and bugs fight it out to see who can go furthest …whic colour will you choose?

And of course  there’ll be more knitting and knotting with our summer
long project under the walnut tree.Usual family fun prices

£2 per person, over 5years old

Free to holders of the Family Activity Season Pass (£20 for up to 5 people)

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Unplug and Play- Week 4

Week 4 of summer family friendly activities

This week is all about things that fly: birds, butterflies and bees 

Look up, look out … there goes one now. The sun is out the bright blue damselflies flit across the pond…and how many planes can you spot?

As usual a mix of crafts and exploring the gardens.

Extra highlights

Chris singing
Chris singing

Tuesday: our resident  bundle of fun, Chris BeeBee reads a story and gets the tots up and moving with his songs. 2pm by the Knit-knot tenHarount

Wednesday: help out in the Gardens, dig up some potatoes, clear the pond weed. Little hands making a big difference. 1.30 – 3.30

And of course  there’ll be more knitting and knotting with our summer
long project under the walnut tree.

Thursday is  the Big Family Fun Day… 

Usual family fun prices

£2 per person over 5years old

Free to holders of the Family Activity Season Pass (£20 for up to 5 people)

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Family Outdoor Activities – week 3

Tuesday 9th, Wednesday 10th and Thursday 11th August. 12-3pm

Our summer of outdoor fun ‘Unplug and Play’, continues this week with a general theme of   trees and picnics. 

woodland trust logo http://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/We’re following the Woodland Trust’s  campaign of Inviting a tree to tea to celebrate summer and to show love for our many trees. Which one would you like to picnic under?

We’ll be making bunting to decorate your picnic spot, using clay to make fairy sized cups and saucers, finding faces in trees and making more faces with clay.

Chris BeeBee in story modeChrisBeeBee will be telling stories and singing songs at 2pm on Tuesday – a guaranteed
smile maker!

And of course  there’ll be more knitting and knotting everyday with our summer long project under the walnut tree.

Bring teddy and share a picnic… whether it’s in the mud kitchen or somewhere else around the garden

Usual family fun prices

£2 per person over 5years old

Free to holders of the Family Activity Season Pass (£20 for up to 5 people)

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play day

National PlayDay

Tuesday, 2nd August, 12 – 3.30pm 

Part of our Unplug and Play summer for families.
Make, construct, create, paint, sort..will it be a ship, a castle, a train ..a den?

A Big PlayDay outdoors in the Gardens .
Matt from The Veryidea artist collective will return to help us temporarily transform the Gardens.
Local funny man and storyteller, ChrisBeeBee is with us at 2pm (catch him here every Tuesday this summer!!)
Come rain or shine we’ll be there.
We’re working with theVERYidea artistcollective
£2 per person
Family ticket £8

Free to Family Activities Season Pass holders

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Frogs, Tree Parties and Knitted Tents

Summer activities for families in the gardens have begun. On  Tuesdays , Wednesdays and Thursdays we have ‘guided’ activities, but we are open 7 days a week, so there are ‘self- guided’ activities for every day. You’re never too old to join in!

Here are some of the things you can do:
Doodle stations : pick up a pencil and doodle.  Inspired by the view or a flower? Sit on the bench, use the materials from the box  and sketch. The Greenhouse will become a temporary gallery. for summer.

the-tent_tali-buchler06Mud Kitchen A brand new area of recycled objects, designed to let the imagination flow..already on the menu have been leaf tea, cone towers and mudmixers.
Story Maze: the centre of the maze has always been a beautiful place for quiet contemplation. We will leave a box of books there. Feel free to sit down and read . On Family Activity days we’ll have  StoryTelling Time at 2pm.
Junior Gardening : Every Wednesday 12-3pm. Help the real gardeners look after the garden, enjoy planting, watering, weeding. Suitable for 4years upwards. No need to book.
Knit-knot tent: a summer long project to create a hanging tent for the walnut tree outside the walls. This is an opportunity for us to share and re-learn craft techniques of knitting, finger knitting and just being together.

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Family Fun Day

Thursday 18th August, 11-4pm

Traditional games for all the family: sack races, egg and spoon, entertainment throughout the day.
Light refreshments, picnicking welcomed
£2.50 per person over 5 years of age, Family ticket £8
Free to Family Activity Season Pass holders

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