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Plant and Discover

Children and their parents can share the sensory experience of planting and growing in the Children’s Garden this spring as they learn gardening basics.   
 
In these programs, parents will help their children plant and care for a variety of flowers ranging in color and shape, says Lesley Kolaya, manager of youth and family programs.
 
“These classes allow for exploration of the garden through play and sensory-based learning,” Kolaya says. “And along the way, they will learn all the basics about gardening.  Parents will also receive resources to continue their exploration together at home.”
 
Though the popular classes take place in May, Kolaya recommends parents register in April before they fill up. All the classes are held entirely outdoors, so appropriate clothing is a must.
 
There are two age-appropriate classes. “Bright Blooms,” for children 18 to 35 months old, takes place on four Tuesdays, May 7 to May 28, from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. Cost: $65 per child for members, $78 per child nonmembers. “Planting Rainbows,” for children 3 to 5 years old, will be held on four Thursdays, May 9 to 30, from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. Cost: $70 per child for members, $83 per child nonmembers.
 
One adult must attend for each two children. For information and to register, click here or call 630-719-2468.
 
Navistar is the Presenting Sponsor for Youth and Family Programming.