PlayGarden Treasure Hunt is for the Bird(house)!

PlayGarden Treasure Hunt is for the Bird(house)!

It’s OK for little hands to get dirty in the PlayGarden.

The Northwest Flower & Garden Show is a wonderful way to spend the day with the entire family. The show wants young children to learn about the wonder of nature around them, to unplug from their electronic toys and dig the outdoors! So we’ve created a special place just for the kids. It’s called the PlayGarden, and this is one area of the show where the motto definitely is “Look – and touch!”  Even better – children 12 and under are FREE, and Youth tickets (age 13 – 17) are only $5.00.

The PlayGarden theme this year is ‘Rockin’ Robin’ and it is a great way to teach children about the birds that live in our urban and suburban areas. But sooner or later Moms and Dads and Grandparents will want to see the show gardens. How do you drag the little ones away from having all that fun in the PlayGarden? It’s easy – take them on a Treasure Hunt!

Children can look for a hidden (and disguised) birdhouse in the show gardens

The Treasure Hunt is the perfect kid-friendly activity to help your young ones race to the display gardens. Each of our garden creators was given a bird house for their garden. But our inventive designers are decorating the bird house to go with the theme of their garden – so they will all look different. Perhaps they will be painted, or covered with sequins for a glittery look, or maybe lichen and moss will be glued to the bird house for a natural look. And then the garden creator will “hide” the bird house somewhere within their garden for children to discover and identify. Whatever the garden creator chooses, it will be great fun for your children to try to find all bird houses in the show gardens.

To get started, simply pick up a Treasure Hunt form at the PlayGarden (located in the North Hall just beyond the ‘Garden Gallery’ exhibit), one of the two Show Information booths, or at select Display Gardens. Then head off to the gardens for a treasure hunt adventure! It’s sure to engage your children in the gardens, while you can be taking notes and photos to get ideas for your own home garden.

Look – do you see it? Find all the birdhouses and children get a cool activity book from Molbak’s.

Where could these bird houses be? Maybe nestled in some blooming Hellebores, or tucked among the tools on a potting bench. Perhaps one will be nailed to a tree, or perched on a rock next to a babbling stream, or peeking out of an overflowing container planting on a deck. Bird houses might be really hiding – or hiding in plain sight. Parents can have fun playing along with their children, helping them find all the decorated bird houses.

After searching for the hidden item, please stop by the Playgarden and reward your child with a special prize from Molbak’s Garden + Home – a fun-filled children’s activity book all about birds, with games, puzzles and fun facts on our flying feathered friends. With the help of their friends at Wild Delight, Molbak’s hopes to grow the next generation of gardeners and nature lovers.

Children love all the things to explore and create in the PlayGarden, plus live music!

The Northwest Flower & Garden Show wants to thank PlayGarden designer Wendy Welch (who taps into her own inner child for PlayGarden ideas), which was inspired by the classic song ‘Rockin’ Robin’, originally sung by Michael Jackson when he was just a boy. To read more about our 2012 PlayGarden, read our earlier Garden Show Blog.

And be sure you don’t miss our acclaimed children’s singer/ songwriters Caspar Babypants (daily at 10:30 am); Your Imaginary Friend (Friday – Sunday at 12:30 pm); the ‘Creepin’ Critters’ (Wed & Thurs at 12:30 pm) and Nancy Stewart (daily at 2:30 pm).  They’ll be singing ‘Rockin’ Robin’  along with many other award-winning children’s songs full of fun and giggles. ~ Janet


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