“UNPLUG” THE KIDS AND RECHARGE THEIR LOVE OF NATURE
After a long winter of being cooped up indoors, it’s time to “air out” the children and bathe them in nature. The Japanese use a wonderful term, Shinrin-yoku, which literally means “forest bathing.” Medical science has confirmed that the rejuvenating effect we experience while “forest bathing” is not just happening in our heads. Our bodies’ immune systems respond to the time we spend immersed in nature’s beauty. Toronto Botanical Garden is offering many opportunities to awaken your family’s senses through a series of fun, interactive, outdoor programs that all ages can enjoy.
Saturday, July 12, 6 p.m.
NIGHT CRITTERS: SLEEPOVER
Camp out in our garden! Go on a nighttime bat hunt; whip up some moth broth; make raccoon masks and play some great nighttime games. After a pizza snack, cozy up around a campfire to roast marshmallows and tell stories. Bring your tent, a parent and some jammies for TBG’s first, all-night family event! Public $75; Members $65
Wednesday, August 13, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Join us on a cool, nighttime hike through a coyote’s forest home. We’ll howl for coyote pups, build coyote dens, examine skulls and furs and learn more about the incredible world of Toronto’s most misunderstood mammal. Public $30; Members $25
Wednesday, September 17, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
MONARCHS ON THE MOVE
Did you know that Toronto’s monarch butterflies migrate all the way to Mexico? You won’t want to miss this enchanting evening, where we’ll learn about these incredible pollinators. Plant a milkweed garden to bring home and release a real monarch to start its long journey south! Public $30; Members $25
Saturday, September 27, noon to 4 p.m.
Sip cider, plant bulbs and enjoy some family-friendly garden activities. Make crafts with DiscoverAbility and harvest veggies from the Teaching Garden for the North York Harvest Food Bank. FREE No registration required.
Sunday, October 26, 1 to 3 p.m.
Try out your Halloween costume during an afternoon of spooky scavenger hunts, tantalizing treats and a lighthearted look at Halloween’s creepy critters. Adult accompaniment and registration required. Public $10; Members $7