I was introduced to the Monk Botanical Gardens during a field trip while I was a teacher. This beautiful place has been one of my favorite spots to visit in the Wausau area so when I heard they were going to start toddler and family classes, I was beyond excited!
Last week Tuesday was their first Tots in the Garden class. I debated on going due to the amounts of snow still on the ground but the sun was out and my kids love being outside so we went for it and I’m so happy we did. The class was simple and organized for little ones. We started by talking about birds (specifically American Robins), how they migrate back to our area, what they eat, how it’s difficult to find food with the current weather, etc. Then as a group we made a snack, dirt cups with worms. While the kiddos ate their snack the leader read a story about American Robins. She asked really nice simple questions to the kids while reading. After learning about how birds make their nests the kids each made their own nest out of paper plates and paper. Following the craft, my kids and I spend the remaining time walking around the gardens trying to find birds flying around and enjoying the warmish day outside!
If you’re looking for something different for your 3-5 year old child to do, I would highly recommend checking this program out. The class meets from 10am-11am every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month. The cost is $4/child or $2/child if you are a member (no admission fee for adults). They meet at the Kitchen Potager which can be seen right as you enter.
For more information, directions to the gardens and to find other events offered, click on this link: Monk Botanical Gardens.