My son wants to be a “nature scientist” when he grows up, so we spend each summer heading to the Kansas City Zoo, Deanna Rose Farmstead, area ponds, local parks, and even the backyard so he can do his “research.”
As he gets a little older, Powell Gardens is quickly becoming a serious contender for his attention with all it has to offer. And frankly, every family member has come to love exploring this special place.
Each summer, Powell Gardens has a different theme. This year, kids can enjoy Gardens Gone Wild–The Amazing Animal Quest, complete with 26 bronze animal sculptures around the gardens by nationally acclaimed artist Dan Ostermiller. Meet a 12-foot elephant in the Fountain Garden, a pair of wrestling bears, or Priscilla, the 5-foot-tall hen in the Heartland Harvest Garden. Snap a pic of your kids with one of these animals, and you can even enter their contest to win great prizes!
My family’s recurring favorites include the Heartland Harvest Garden: Fun Foods Farm, which was designed specifically to teach kids – in a fun, interactive way – about where food begins. We also bring towels and a change of clothes in preparation for a visit to the The Fountain Garden. Complete with an ever-changing fountain display, everyone is welcome to jump in, get wet and cool off.
Finally, Powell Gardens offers some pretty fantastic festivals, including the Booms & Blooms Festival, and the 2014 Festival of Butterflies. Booms & Blooms takes place July 3, and features tasting stations at the Heartland Harvest Garden, special activities for kids, live music, and a fireworks display at approximately 9:30 pm. The Festival of Butterflies celebrates, well, just what you’d expect: butterflies. hundreds and hundreds of them in the indoor conservatory. Taking place August 1-3 & 8-10, it’s a special visit complete with storytelling, a parade, caterpillar hunt, and other fun butterfly-related activities for the kids.
Check out Powell Garden’s calendar for a running listing of all the events offered. This Saturday alone, there’s a Puppet Making Workshop, Plant Prints and Flower Pounding, and an evening Astronomy session available, to name a few. I hope you have as much fun out in nature as we do!
Powell Gardens is located at 1609 NW US Highway 50, Kingsville, MO 64061. Parking is free, and standard admission is $10/adults, $9/seniors, $4/children ages 5-12; Festival admission is $12/adults, $10/seniors, $5/children ages 5-12.
Photo courtesy of Powell Gardens.