Story time with a Garden View

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This summer, has been interesting. I have, for the first time, been at home with both of my babies pretty much full time. That has led to us really being a little unit. I love that. It has also led to me being in constant planning mode with finding things for us to do. There are the chill days where we stay at home, hang around our community and take it easy. Then there are the other days that we are on the move! I love finding things in the city for them to experience. There are all kinds of things to get into. Most of them are FREE! LOVE that.

We typically hang out at story time at the library on Wednesdays. My son LOVES the library and the bookstore. They are his two favorite places. We typically get a few books to bring home when story time is over. The other good thing about Wednesday story time is there is a Farmer’s Market right outside with a train for the kids. On the other side of the library is a park and rec center. All of this makes story time an awesome outing!

One Wednesday,we were informed that there was another story time that we may want to check out. It’s on Tuesdays in a community garden. I was immediately intrigued. So, I toted my babies out to a cool community garden to take it all in.

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july 26 038It starts with the kids being led through the garden on a little tour.

july 26 032They are looking for any little animals that may be hanging out (squirrels, chipmunks, etc) and any budding fruits and veggies. The kids are fascinated by it and really get a kick out of seeing food on the vine. We saw huge bumble bees and butterflies. We also saw all kinds of greens and melons and a few apple trees. I loved it and so did my babies.

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july 26 035After that tour ended, the kids met back up in a circle made of stone where story time began. There were stories read and songs sang to get the kids involved. It was a really cool experience.

july 26 044It was simple. I’m finding that sometimes those make the biggest impressions on kids. My son keeps making mention of our (non-existent) garden. Yeah, I never got around to that. Womp!

Β Have you ever been to a garden story time? Do you garden?

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78 Responses to Story time with a Garden View
  1. LaToya
    August 25, 2014 | 8:04 am

    Good job on finding cool, free things for the kids too do!

    I’m not a gardener and not really an outdoors type (unless we’re talking the beach or just relaxing by water). πŸ™‚

  2. Ashley Z.
    August 25, 2014 | 10:32 am

    Beautiful pictures! I’ve never been a gardener but these pictures make it look fun!

  3. kristine foley
    August 25, 2014 | 10:32 am

    SO fun to have it in that environment! I need to explore our city some more for fun activities like this!

  4. Robin (Masshole Mommy)
    August 25, 2014 | 10:47 am

    I would love it if we had a community garden. I don’t have the yard for one myself, so that would be a great alternative.

  5. alyssa
    August 25, 2014 | 10:49 am

    Awe, this looks like so much fun. Community gardens are such a wonderful thing for us to invest in.

  6. Chelsea
    August 25, 2014 | 11:17 am

    Aw, it’s so great that you’ve all got to spend so much time together this summer! Love the storytime in the garden, cute!

  7. Camille
    August 25, 2014 | 11:22 am

    What precious time you have with your babies! I love how intentional you are about activities.

  8. Lindsay
    August 25, 2014 | 11:38 am

    That looks like so much fun! I am very into the whole garden look and one day when I have a house I would love to start a garden! They looked like they had a great time πŸ™‚

  9. brita
    August 25, 2014 | 11:47 am

    This is ADORABLE!! I have been gardening for the past few years and I love it. When I have kids, I would really love for it to be something that they get into. Even if they just have one plant that they take care of.

  10. Jenn
    August 25, 2014 | 12:54 pm

    What a beautiful garden and a neat event! My kids both want a garden. Maybe next year.

  11. Alyssa
    August 25, 2014 | 12:56 pm

    a community garden? that’s pretty awesome, and it looks all so beautiful.

  12. Melissa @ This Girl's Life Blog
    August 25, 2014 | 1:45 pm

    That sounds like a great place to have story time. I love the idea of a community garden too.

  13. Cailin @ Sassy Dove
    August 25, 2014 | 2:06 pm

    So cute – I love community gardens but must admit I have a bit of a black thumb when it comes to my own gardening. Living in the desert doesn’t help!

  14. Karissa
    August 25, 2014 | 2:26 pm

    I love the community garden. My daughter would love that.

  15. Julianna MOrlet
    August 25, 2014 | 3:37 pm

    I dream of outside story time with my girl! We live in TX, so the heat is making it impossible right now. Winter come fast!

  16. amber
    August 25, 2014 | 4:45 pm

    I love that garden! What a great place for story time! I swear that sometimes the free things are the best! So fun!

  17. Kayli Schattner
    August 25, 2014 | 4:54 pm

    I imagine that being at home full-time with two young children can get difficult…kudos to you! It looks like you’re having a great time though πŸ™‚

  18. Pam
    August 25, 2014 | 5:11 pm

    That looks like a really fun time for the kids. I love the idea of community gardens.

  19. Chrissy
    August 25, 2014 | 5:15 pm

    Yummy! How cute for your little ones!

  20. Jaime
    August 25, 2014 | 5:19 pm

    We don’t have many community gardens in our area, but we do have a garden in our yard. A story time in the garden would be a fun activity!

  21. Felicia
    August 25, 2014 | 5:25 pm

    Simple always turns out better for us. I love introducing them to new simple days πŸ™‚

  22. Carly Anderson
    August 25, 2014 | 5:50 pm

    I think community gardens are such a cool idea! A garden story time sounds like a lot of fun, too!

  23. Jenna @ A Savory Feast
    August 25, 2014 | 6:32 pm

    Your pictures are beautiful! This is such a great place to visit with kids.

  24. Amy Desrosiers
    August 25, 2014 | 6:33 pm

    Hopefully someday you do get a chance to make a garden for your kiddos! It is such a fun way to learn, and pass time.

  25. Melissa
    August 25, 2014 | 6:40 pm

    What a neat place to have story time. I love the “wheelbarrow parking”.

  26. Krystal
    August 25, 2014 | 7:11 pm

    I’d love to have my own garden, but a community garden sounds awesome. I think it is a great way to build community!

  27. Amanda
    August 25, 2014 | 7:42 pm

    Beautiful pictures! I want to be a gardener, but for now I’m just enjoying other people’s gardens!

  28. Shell
    August 25, 2014 | 7:44 pm

    A garden story time sounds like fun! I don’t garden. I keep saying I will one of these days.

  29. Marybeth Hamilton
    August 25, 2014 | 7:52 pm

    That looks like so much fun. I love outings at this time of the year!

  30. Samantha @ Designer in Teal
    August 25, 2014 | 8:07 pm

    I love the idea of being a gardener but I don’t really have a green thumb. My mom and my aunt do though…I just ask for their help!

  31. Ayana Pitterson
    August 25, 2014 | 9:40 pm

    I have no green thumb and pretty jealous of those who can pull it off. Storytime in the garden is an AWESOME idea. While growing up in the Caribbean, we often held classes in the garden during the afternoon. Such a great memory of learning.

    Thrifting Diva
    http://www.thriftingdiva.com

  32. Stacie @ The Divine Miss Mommy
    August 25, 2014 | 10:19 pm

    I love community gardens. In a time where everyone lives closer and closer together, but no one really knows each other, this is a great way to foster a sense of community.

  33. Ben - Gentlebim
    August 25, 2014 | 10:20 pm

    I love the idea of a community garden. As a southern transplant to the Chicago suburbs, I really see a need for people to learn how to garden. It’s a great way to get back to nature, and it’s really rewarding.

  34. Girl in Beta
    August 25, 2014 | 10:23 pm

    What a fun way to incorporate two really cool hobbies – gardening and reading.

    You’re the coolest mom on the block.

  35. Chriseten
    August 26, 2014 | 3:21 am

    I have a community garden right down the street from me. Now I want to start a storytime there! I think it would be amazing.

  36. Rebekah
    August 26, 2014 | 7:05 am

    That sounds like such a great idea! We were talking about how vegetables grow at dinner last night and it would be fun to actually show him, I’ll have to look for something like this in our area!

  37. Amanda
    August 26, 2014 | 7:29 am

    I love community gardens! A great way for everyone to get involved!

  38. Christie
    August 26, 2014 | 7:39 am

    What a great idea! Story time and gardens are perfect outings for kids

  39. Chrysa
    August 26, 2014 | 8:19 am

    I have never heard of a garden story time. It looks like a really fun idea and wonderful to be outside.

  40. Raewyn
    August 26, 2014 | 8:29 am

    Oh this looks like so much fun! Storytime was always my favorite as a kid, and I love that they got a tour of the garden to start

  41. Ben @ Cheap is the New Classy
    August 26, 2014 | 8:37 am

    Community gardens are great. They foster a sense of togetherness within the community.

  42. Jennifer Bullock {MommyBKnowsBest}
    August 26, 2014 | 8:40 am

    How cool, I love living classrooms. Awesome that you all were able to learn in a different way!

  43. Tracey
    August 26, 2014 | 9:24 am

    Your pictures are beautiful.I love that you had story time in the garden.

  44. Lauren
    August 26, 2014 | 9:35 am

    I wish I had the space for a garden in my back yard. It would be great to grow my own vegetables!

  45. Rosey
    August 26, 2014 | 9:59 am

    What a great idea, I love being in gardens. Your pictures are great!

  46. Jeanine @ sixtimemommy.com
    August 26, 2014 | 9:59 am

    This is so awesome! Great post! I like that you did storytime in the garden!

  47. Everyday Living with Chrys
    August 26, 2014 | 10:55 am

    I wish I lived closer to a community garden. That looks like a lot of fun. I do garden, but the terrible rains we had this year destroyed a lot of it.

  48. Jessica Doll
    August 26, 2014 | 11:00 am

    What a cute little garden! I took my little one to storytime on a farm once and he was wayyy more interested in the animals than the story, haha.

  49. lisa
    August 26, 2014 | 12:05 pm

    I haven’t been to a garden story time but it looks like a lot of fun. May have to look into doing this!

  50. Kendall
    August 26, 2014 | 12:22 pm

    Maybe next year you’ll have a garden? πŸ™‚ What a fun place!

  51. Jessica
    August 26, 2014 | 12:32 pm

    What a great idea! I think they offer something similar in my community!

  52. Avie
    August 26, 2014 | 1:16 pm

    Great photos! Looks and sounds like they enjoyed it!

  53. Angie | Big Bears Wife
    August 26, 2014 | 1:35 pm

    That’s so awesome! I bet your little ones had a blast, I would have loved that!

  54. Jessica
    August 26, 2014 | 1:43 pm

    I’ve always loved seeing fruit on the vine! Community gardens are so quaint~ I’m glad everyone had a good time!

  55. mellisa
    August 26, 2014 | 1:46 pm

    What a wonderful place to read a book. I think reading is so much better when you are outside.

  56. Neely
    August 26, 2014 | 2:19 pm

    What a cool idea!

  57. Travel Blogger
    August 26, 2014 | 2:39 pm

    I wish our town had a community garden. Not only are they so beneficial to those in need, they’re a great cause to donate your time too.

  58. Melinda
    August 26, 2014 | 2:45 pm

    what an amazing find. Looks like it made an impact

  59. Alicia @ Felt With Love Designs
    August 26, 2014 | 2:49 pm

    Looks like fun!

  60. Liz Mays
    August 26, 2014 | 2:54 pm

    An outdoor storytime is absolutely perfect. I think all kids would adore that!

  61. Deidre
    August 26, 2014 | 3:09 pm

    Looks like a good time. I love finding free adventures.

  62. Jessica (Savory Experiments)
    August 26, 2014 | 3:31 pm

    Such a great idea! I love that it promotes the kids get outside and promote reading.

  63. Candace
    August 26, 2014 | 4:35 pm

    That’s that sweetest idea for story time. I’ve never heard of it here but we have tons so maybe it’s something to look into. Glad you found this little gem

  64. Shasta Walton
    August 26, 2014 | 4:52 pm

    That’s awesome! I wish we had something like this in our city. It’s such a great way to meet other moms too.

  65. mary
    August 26, 2014 | 5:18 pm

    I have always wanted a garden. But no I don’t have a garden. I don’t think it would survive

  66. Janell Poulette
    August 26, 2014 | 6:52 pm

    A community graden is such a great idea. I wish we had one.

  67. Ann Bacciaglia
    August 26, 2014 | 7:59 pm

    No, I have never been to a garden story time. It sounds like something fun to do. I would love to garden but I always put it off.

  68. Chrysa Duran
    August 26, 2014 | 8:36 pm

    Garden story time sound so fun! Never heard of them but now I want to go to one : )

  69. Marina @ Mommy Snippets
    August 26, 2014 | 9:13 pm

    That is soo neat! I wish we had one of those here.

  70. Tiffany (Fabulous Mom Blog)
    August 27, 2014 | 4:54 am

    I do believe that the little, low-key adventures are the ones our kids will remember. Looks like a great afternoon out.

  71. Danielle @ We Have It All
    August 27, 2014 | 12:23 pm

    Now that’s awesome. I love that they got to go on that little tour before the story.

  72. Rochelle
    August 27, 2014 | 1:10 pm

    What a great idea of having story time in a community garden! I love it! My kids would adore story time there!

  73. Jennifer
    August 27, 2014 | 2:53 pm

    What a great way to spend an afternoon and the fact that it’s free and entertaining for the kids is a plus!!

  74. aleshea
    August 27, 2014 | 9:28 pm

    I just adore sunflowers. Great shots

  75. kristin
    August 27, 2014 | 9:52 pm

    Wow sounds like a really great time had by everyone.

  76. Natalie
    August 28, 2014 | 11:28 am

    That’s really cool! I think a place around here does that, but I haven’t checked it out yet.

  77. LaShawn
    August 28, 2014 | 1:26 pm

    Now that is so cool! I wish there was something like that here in Atlanta!

  78. Mary
    August 29, 2014 | 9:57 am

    What a beautiful location to have story time. This is another way to make reading fun!

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