What do all those have in common? Why they are all fun things to view this fall at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens! We packed a picnic and headed up there this past Sunday AM. (Another item to add to our Fall Fun list!) Right now, two fun events are going on, as it looks like they change seasonally. (We checked out the Garden Lights a few years back and it did not disappoint!)
First is the Imaginary Worlds | Plants Larger Than Life. This included:
“The sculptures – ranging up to 25 feet tall and 20 feet wide – include a gazing unicorn, a friendly ogre, a pair of gigantic cobras, a group of enchanting rabbits, and a couple of flighty butterflies. The largest piece, a 25-foot-tall representation of a goddess emerging from the earth, greets visitors in the Cascades Garden.” (Description from website)
Here are some of our pictures. The kids favorites were the Shaggy Dog and the bunnies (I think LL found 6!)
Second was the annual Scarecrows in the Garden were various companies, organizations, and school from around Atlanta participate in constructing their own scarecrows. These were SO fun to look at as they lined the trails throughout many parts of the garden. I just noticed a Scavenger hunt on their website – we’ll definitely have to print that one out for next year for the kids! Here are a few favorites: (the first was named BooBee for Breast Cancer Awareness – by far my favorite!)
Another big highlight was the Children’s Garden. A surprisingly large section of trails with a variety of activities for the little ones. It included (but is not limited to); a treehouse, how a caterpillar turns into a butterfly, digging for dinosaur bones, a sunflower splash pad (we’ll have to go back in the summer to check this out!), a little house, a little cavern, and just lots of “little” places to crawl/walk/whatever through! Definitely need to go back and spend some more time there! And bonus this weekend, they had little stations set up where kids got the hands painted, made a hat, and went pumpkin bowling – extra fun!
After taking in all the kids could handle (and actually joining for only a little bit more plus free tickets to bring friends!), we walked right into Piedmont Park and set up to picnic. Did I mention how pretty the weather was? Then we went to the playground, which I was very impressed with, and then strolled around a little. The AIDS walk was going on, so we walked over to the main green space to observe and dance to a great band playing some of our favorite songs (Moves Like Jagger, Don’t Stop Believin’…), before calling it a day.
Kids both fell asleep on the way home, and we came home exhausted, but refreshed from a perfect Sunday morning together and outside! The perfect way to celebrate God’s glory and rejoice in it!
On the glorious splendor of your majesty, and on your wondrous works, I will meditate. Psalm 145:5