Are you looking to for a fun, hands on, and informative trip with amphibians, reptiles, and birds? Plan a trip to The Barn Nature Center in Doylestown PA.
Starting with an intro from Mr. Beaks and on to meeting some of the local residents that were all very interesting and honestly so cute! The kids learned many interesting facts about them and also how many of them got their names! One such interesting fact was the snakes tail which they can release at any section when they feel threatened. This would distract their predator who would then chase the moving tail while the snake got away!
After meeting some other residents of this awesome facility, we stepped into the aviary. Here we stood like statues while birds perched on our hands to eat the feed that we were given. This was a very cool experience, and everyone seemed to enjoy it ( I think….) !
Plan your visit today and help support this local non profit that is doing so much to help educate and share with the community!
( Thank you to Melanie Doroshenko Scott of
www.melaniescottevents.com/ for the beautiful photos )
The month of April started with weekly sewing classes at sewmuchfunstudios.com ~ With small classes of less then 5 kids, it is a wonderful opportunity for the kids to get one on one guidance from Lisa Shull.
With over 30 years experience Lisa has embraced her passion with teaching others while spreading the love of sewing to kids and adults!
When you take a class at Sew Much Fun Studios you will learn the basics about the sewing machine and how to hand sew. There are many fun projects to make and most often students will take home a project every session. Lisa is always coming up with new ideas and is always open to suggestions.
With all the wonderful projects my daughter made that she has decided to either gift or keep, we are excited to start another session in May 2018.
There may be one or two spots still open, call today and join us!
Gracie’s Toile Bag
Vegetarian cooking for some is intimidating ….. Today the kids saw first hand not only is it easy and fun, but
Chef Monica with www.letscookpa.com took the kids on a cooking exploration for two hours today teaching them techniques and an abundance of information on cooking a fresh meal from scratch using organic ingredients.
They started with a homemade enchilada sauce that topped the vegetarian enchiladas which were filled with amazing ingredients such as broccoli, spinach, black beans, cheeses, herbs, and spices. The enchiladas were paired with a delicious Mexican cinnamon horchata drink and finished off with cinnamon brownie truffle bites that were the most amazing treat I may have ever tasted!
The smell of the meal was amazing in itself, the taste was off the charts!
The kids LOVED the class and asked right away when they could do it again!!!
Monica will be offering an adult cooking class next month at Homegrown At The Lord’s New Church in Huntington Valley PA. Also offered this summer will be a kids camp!
For more info on setting up a class, contact Chef Monica : Letscookpa
Even though we have been hammered with what some are calling the 2nd winter of 2018, spring is around the corner!
To help get us into spring mode was Bonnie Tobin of Tyler State Park. Today began a six-week session called, ” Junior Master Gardeners at Tyler State Park”.
What exactly is covered during this class?
- The kids will engage in hands-on experimentation and observation using the scientific method.
- They will explore the interaction of different organisms in a garden environment
- Raise plants and create habitat elements while taking into consideration the specific needs of each organism.
- Lastly, they will earn Junior Master Gardener Golden Ray Certificates for their portfolios!
We are excited for warmer temperatures, to see the perennials poke their way to the top of the soil, and seeing buds bloom on the trees! Until then, the kids will enjoy planting their seeds, watching them grow and learn all they can to become Junior Master Gardeners!
If you are looking for a fun place to bring your kiddos where they will have the opportunity to work together and use problem solving skills all while having fun, you need to check out The Doylestown Escape Room ( doylestownescaperoom.com)
My daughter asked if she could have her birthday there this year. It worked out perfect and we basically had the place to ourselves during our visit ( thumbs up for homeschool hours)!!
Upon arriving at the location we were able to wait inside the spacious waiting room until our other guests arrived. There were fun puzzles on hand to play around with while waiting. It was such a unique space. Very comfortable and inviting!
They offer unique events for adults and kids ages 8 and up. Also offered is a one of a kind Escape Room at the Mercer Museum for a limited time. Further information on this unique night out can be found here : mercermuseum.org/fonthill-castle-escape-room
Be sure to sign up for the special event at the Mercer Museum and also be sure to check out all the rooms that are offered at their Main Street location in Doylestown.
If you’re looking for something fun that will help sharpen some interpersonal skills at the same time, why not get a group together or just the family and head on over to The Doylestown Escape Room.
Just a few of the benefits one can check off their #Goals list are:
-Problem Solving Skills. Each person must think fast using their logic and context clues to escape in time!
-Focus. You must keep your attention on the task at hand! Don’t become distracted, if you do, you won’t stand a chance!
-Teamwork is ESSENTIAL to solving the puzzle of the room and escaping in time together!
-Themed rooms often offer the chance to explore a topic before or after you have visited!
So much fun is waiting to be had ALL while learning!!!
Be sure and schedule a visit soon to the awesome Doylestown Escape Room!
If you’re looking for entertainment these next couple weeks, that won’t break the bank, one place you should check out is The Bucks County Visitor Center!
They have a beautiful tree display until January 4th and they are open daily from 9am-5pm.
Cost to visit this beautiful display : FREE
While you are there grab a scavenger hunt form and have fun looking for all the hidden clues in the trees! Take a guess on some jars filled with various items for a chance to win a pair of Byers’ Choice dolls!
And there are many interactive displays that have information on some pretty awesome people from the area that you may or may not have heard of.
At HomeGrown @ LNC in Bryn Athyn PA., there are awesome classes and workshops offered for kids and parents to take part in. We have been fortunate to share in many of these workshops that are hosted at this beautiful space.
Today we had the opportunity to learn about the Eastern BlueBird as well as build a bird house which will provide shelter for many seasons to come. This was a hands on workshop where not only the adults, but the kids were also able to get a feel for using power tools. It was a fun project with a very informative presentation to start us off.
Be sure to check out all the upcoming workshops and classes that are available to the public. https://www.facebook.com/HomegrownLNC/
Today was the start of the 1st four-week session,
Drawing Foundations with Terri.
The kids (and some parents) all seemed to enjoy all the great tips they learned on how to draw faces. These are one hour classes and they are meant to offer a foundation to build on. There will be different topics offered each week, with the option to work on what was offered the prior week.
Terri is a homeschool Mom and well-known in the community. She knows that affordability is so important and she has been able to do that with these workshops.
If you would like to sign up for one of these drawing workshops that are held at The Uncorked Artist in Warminster ( https://www.theuncorkedartist.com/), please be sure to sign up on the event page via this link : https://www.facebook.com/events/1856458508000497/
Terri Waterman has always said that creating art is so natural. She loves experimenting with different ways of making inspirational art as it opens up her soul to the countless ways of seeing the world. She graduated in ’88 with a BFA from Rosemont College with an associates in Graphic Design from The Art Institute of Philadelphia. She has immersed herself in both worlds and brought it all together as a visual communicator.
Please be sure to visit https://www.terriwaterman.com/ for more information and to see all of Terri’s works that are available to the public.
Today was a very fun afternoon spent at The SilverLake Nature Center in Bristol PA. Aside from the beautiful trails and amazing Earthship that is located at the Nature Center they also offer very interesting ( and affordable) classes to the public.
My daughter and I participated in a Natural Dyes Workshop today. We learned the various methods used and the preparation process for the material you will be working with. After a short trek outside ( on yet another warm November day), we chose some flowers and leaves that we wanted to transfer onto the material.
Once back inside, we wrapped our prepared shirts ( Prepped with Alum and Cream of Tartar) with string and rubber bands, or around a stick, and we then chose which pot to submerge them in. There was Turmeric, Black Bean, and Red Cabbage( with some vinegar added). Once the shirts were resting in our chosen natural dye, we started on the loud part!!
Taking the flowers and leaves we picked earlier, we placed them on the material and covered them with either cardstock or paper towels. We gently hammered the top of the towel to help the essence of the plant transfer. It was a cool project and one that you could play around with to determine what effects work and which did not. Some came out more abstract while others were obvious leaves and flower patterns.
It was a perfect way to spend the afternoon, and I highly recommend checking out the center as they have amazing homeschool programs also.