Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Children's Garden at Michigan State University

Another highlight from our road trip was wandering around the Children's Garden at Michigan State University. This was at the suggestion of our hosts, Jenny and Chris and their daughter, Emma. I try to not publish too much information on-line about children, so we'll leave their last names out of this blog.

Emma and Ashley were close friends in Kindergarten, when her dad found a great job in Michigan. Sadly for us, but a great move for them, the family (mom, dad, three kids and a dog) moved. Ashley and Emma continued to keep in touch. When thinking through the logistics of our road trip to Chicago, we realized Michigan was only a small detour away. Jenny and Chris were kind enough to let us stay with them for a couple of days. The girls picked up as if it had only been three days instead of three years.

The family recommended we visit the Children's Garden. The garden was designed by the 4-H club (Ashley is a member of 4-H in Lawrenceville). It incorporates lots of familiar stories -- such as the maze from Alice in Wonderland (see above), a Japanese Bridge reminiscent of the one Monet painted in Giverny, a Small World garden and many other small touches.

The favorite spot to pose seemed to be around Christopher Robbin (of Winnie the Pooh fame). Is this a sign of our near future? So not ready!!

The website is under construction. This is a link for the kids tour section of the website. The garden was free to visit, though there is a charge for parking.

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