RVA is home to so many wonderful places to explore outdoors as a family – but if I had to pick my absolute favorite? There is no hesitation when I say Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden takes the cake. 50 acres of gorgeous flowers, trees, and nature to roam and relax conveniently located right in our backyards.
Here is why you need to change your weekend plans and head there ASAP! Don’t miss the amazing giveaway for a 4 pack of tickets we have for one lucky winner!
If you haven’t heard the exciting news – Origami in the Garden arrived on April 13th and we flocked there among many others to check out this new exhibit that will run through September 30th. Dress comfortably and wander Lewis Ginter and look for the 21 sculptures, big and small. My boys loved “hunting” for the sculptures and enjoyed finding them throughout the garden. From the two large sculptures that greet you among entrance to the garden to the smallest sculptures, like the mouse you will see in the Children’s Garden, there is a sculpture everyone will love.
Kevin Box, the creator, uses one piece of paper with no cuts (IMPRESSIVE!) to create the prototype which is then recreated bronze, steel, or aluminum for materials that will withstand outdoor terrain. Kevin celebrates nature, which he refers to as the “master origami artist” in his sculptures.
While you are at Lewis Ginter to see the Origami, make sure you stop by the Conservatory to visit Butterflies Live exhibit sponsored by M&T Bank before October 14, 2018. We have been waiting for the butterflies all winter, and we were all giddy with excitement to see their colors and sizes up close and personal. Stand really still and quiet, and you may have a friend land on you!
If you haven’t visited Lewis Ginter in a while or not sure if it’s a spot you and your family will enjoy, here are a few highlights of the Children’s Garden that we adore.
- Sand Box, Block Area, the most amazing climbing tree EVER, International Village, Splash Pad – It is open now! Cool down in the shade and watch as your child splashes and frolics with new friends and the Drop in Programs – Every day of the week there are pre planned activities in the Children’s Garden such as storytime, drop in and dig, family walk and talk. My kids love these and it’s a great way to add a little structure and group play to your admission.
As a parent and lifelong learner myself, every trip to Lewis Ginter is an educational opportunity lurking everywhere you turn. Grab a delicious snack or lunch from the café, pack a blanket, and spend the entire day enjoying the beautiful flowers, play areas, and nature that RVA has to offer. Don’t forget to check out the membership options for your family which will easily pay for itself if you go weekly like we do. See you there soon!
We are partnering with Lewis Ginter to offer a 4 pack of passes to Lewis Ginter to one winner. You must enter on Instagram. Head on over to https://www.instagram.com/fit_family_life/ and follow the directions to enter! Good Luck!!!!