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Beware of the Couch Potato! - Jun 8, 2011

A worm in the Wetting Zoo.

by Kelle Hartman, Educator, Green Bay Botanical Garden

It's that time of year again. School has ended and summer has finally arrived. Now that they are finally free for the summer, kids are able to easily amuse themselves by playing in sprinklers, on swing sets and in ball diamonds. But as the summer months drag on the the temperature continues to climb, spirits begin to drop. Soon, the inevitable claims of "I'm bored. There's nothing to do!" can be heard. Somehow, despite the shining sun and beautiful weather, bored children all resort to the same activity:  sitting glassy eyed on the couch staring at the T.V.

Green Bay Botanical Garden is here to help with a variety of opportunities to prevent your family from turning into couch potatoes! Why not take a visit to our Children's Garden where you can spend the afternoon searching for frogs in the stream, watering the animals in the wetting zoo, and racing through the maze. Stroll through Mr. McGreggor's garden in search of Peter Rabbit and see what vegetables are ready for harvest. Explore with all 5 of your senses in the Sensory Garden and check our the pumpkins and gourds growing around the pergola. For a more structured time, sign your clan up for one of our family classes and you'll get to make a trellis, handmade paper, or mint sauce and ice cream. Attend a story hour with the younger kids or spend an evening volunteering to do garden work with the older ones.

Let Green Bay Botanical Garden can help you fight boredom all summer long! For these and other cures for the common couch potato, visit the family pages on our website or contact our Educator, Kelle Hartman at (920) 491-3691 ext. 107 or khartman@gbbg.org. Now get out and enjoy your summer!

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