JC Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh has a busy month ahead with all sorts of events for kids.
It starts Friday with Garden Buds, a hands-on program for preschoolers age 3 to 5 and their adults. During each session, Garden Buds will discover a garden theme through hands-on activities, creative art projects, stories and a snack. It's $12 per child. Friday's event is 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The focus is on apple trees.
A garden storytime is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Sept. 27, and will feature guest reader Miss North Carolina Johna Edmonds. Meet at the arboretum's visitor center and head out to the garden for stories, songs and movement, plus a craft to take home. Bring a picnic blanket. It's for preschoolers and their adults.
Advance registration is required for both Garden Buds and the storytime. To register, email email@example.com.
And I'll have more about Take a Child Outside Week in the next week, but the arboretum will be marking the week, which is Sept. 24 to Sept. 30, with daily activities. Take a Child Outside Week is an initiative of the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences and is marked at sites across the country.
Here's what the arboretum has lined up:
Leaf Rubbings, Tuesday, September 24, 10:30-11:30 am ($3 for Friends of the Arboretum, $5 all others)
Name that Tree!, Wednesday, September 25, 10:00 AM-2:00 PM (Free, self-guided event)
Garden Bingo, Thursday, September 26, 10:00 AM-2:00 PM (Free, self-guided event)
Cloud Watching, Saturday, September 28, 10:00 AM-2:00 PM (Free, self-guided event)
Cloud Watching, Sunday, September 29, 1:00-3:00 PM (Free, self-guided event)
Seed Balls, Monday, September 30, 10:30-11:30 AM ($5 per child)
The arboretum also will have a Flower and Gardner Girl Scout Badge Workshop from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Oct. 13. It's $15 per Girl Scout. Advance registration is required. Again, email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to sign up.