We have a great conservatory quite close to us that we love to visit. It has several glass houses and some outdoor courtyard areas. They have seasonal exhibitions throughout the year. One of my favorites is coming up: poinsettas EVERYWHERE. The coloring is fantastic and, well, Christmas is my favorite season.
Kaelyn and I recently took a trip there with my mom. Just us which doesn’t happen very often. Typically we go with my nieces. I find it interesting that when we are with other people, Kaeyn is concerned with other people. She is particularly attached to her 7 year old cousin and wants to copy everything, sit right next to her, follow in her footsteps. When we are by ourselves, Kaelyn is highly interested in where we are and what we’re doing. She wants to discover, to look, to explore. I’m hoping to meld the two together but it’s a slow process.
We arrived ahead of my mom and waited outside. It was a beautiful day and we knew there wouldn’t be many of them left. Kaelyn would run away only to return a few moments later with rocks, acorns, and huge leaves that she found. “More nature! More nature!” was the call that accompanied her joyous expression.
The exhibit was Scary Plants which I hadn’t seen before. We attended a demonstration on some different scary plants. Kaelyn’s favorite was the Sensitive Plant where touching the leaves begins a chemical reaction that causes the leaves to close up. Moving leaves scare animals that would eat it so they tend to leave Sensitive Plants alone. We spent a lot of time talking about the different types of trapping plants. The Venus Fly Trap is the most popular but we were able to talk about many of the other types as well.
This light board is another favorite spot. There are different colored pegs that you stick in the holes. Push a button and it lights up. She organized them by color before sticking them up. She wanted me to draw something while she was busy. I don’t have a picture of my drawing (you’re welcome) but it did satisfy her request!
Being the beautiful day that it was, we spent significant time in two of the outdoor areas. Here she is looking at a rock she wanted to climb trying to decide if a bug was dead or alive. I’m not sure what happened to the other pictures I took while we were outside but she put on a whole play in the bonsai garden.
“Take a picture of me right here, Mom!” The glass houses go through different climates so you see different types plants. We talked about how the air felt different, played several rounds of “I Spy”, and wandered up and down the stairs.
As always, the always-there Chihuly sculptures are just magnificent. The colorful blown glass is beautiful and are exhibited in many different ways, some are very large!
Another photo request from Kaelyn. Large glittery swirly colored marbles. What’s not to love?
- Carnivorous Plants