Thursday, November 23, 2017

Highfield Discovery Garden at Glenwood Gardens

Highfield Discovery Garden
Highfield Discovery Garden
Website: http://www.discoverygarden.org/
Glenwood Gardens Website: http://greatparks.org/parks/glenwoodgardens.htm
Address: 10405 Springfield Pike Cincinnati, OH 45215
Hours: May 1 – August 31: Tuesday – Saturday: 10:00am – 6:00pm, Sun: 12:00pm – 6:00 pm, Closed Mondays. September 1 – October 31: Tuesday – Saturday: 10:00am – 5:00pm, Sunday: 12:00pm – 5:00 pm, Closed Mondays. November – March:  Wednesday – Saturday: 10:00am – 5:00pm, Sunday: 12:00pm – 5:00 pm, Weather Permitting, Closed Mondays and Tuesdays. April: Tuesday – Saturday: 10:00am – 5:00pm, Sunday: 12:00pm – 5:00pm, Closed Mondays.  Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve day, Christmas day, New Year’s Eve day and New Year’s Day.
Info: Annual Family Pass is $40.00.  Daily admission prices: $5 for adults, $4 for children 2-12, To receive discount rate, school must make advance reservations by calling (513) 771-TREE (8733).
Highfield Discovery Garden is all about the kids. Whether you are planning to be outdoors for a couple of hours or wanting to plan an entire day of time, this is more than just a great park, it is a wonderland for kids.
Typical Day: Yes, this is one of the few, if the only, county parks that charges admission but it is more than just trails. After we paid admission to get in and browsed around the nature store filled with fun toys, a puppet stage that the kids can play with, and computer interactive game stations, we went outside where the gardens felt like a wonderland. We crossed over the frog pond (with literally tons of cute frogs and tadpoles) to the huge life-size playground tree. It has tunnels, mushrooms, and hands-0n exploring flip-flaps. There’s a model train that travels around on it’s tracks high up around tree trunks and hand-crafted tree branch bridges.
Next to the tree playground is a home that has been converted into a learning center where we enjoyed story-time lead by a park ranger where she talked about different kinds of vegetables and she passed them around for the children to touch and smell. Then she read a “Charlie and Lola” book. After story-time, she took the kids out to their very large vegetable and fruit garden and invited the all of the kids to pick any of the ripened produce. Some kids picked radishes, strawberries, and spinach leaves. Their garden had hundreds of different kinds of produce and she talked about many of them while showing the children their different leaves and stems.
Before we decided to go down into the trails by the creek, my son discovered a mailbox near the tree playground with a laminated picture scavenger hunt. They had to find 9 things around the Discovery Gardens including the rooster on top of the learning center and the plastic spider attached to one of the playground mushrooms. They ran from one object to the next and had a ball.
Finally, we went out from the Discover Garden, and walked around the trails in Glenwood Gardens. It was very peaceful and the kids were like little explorers. When we were on the bridge, they saw a turtle, tons of large fish, and lots of birds.
Cincy Kids: APPROVE
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