New 'Seedlings' Exhibit Opens at Marbles Kids Museum
Imaginative greenhouse exhibit invites kids to get hands-on with planting
Just in time for Thanksgiving, Marbles Kids Museum has opened "Seedlings," an imaginative greenhouse exhibit where kids pretend to plant, tend and grow fruits and vegetables. Sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, "Seedlings" enables Marbles Kids Museum to provide garden play throughout the winter months when the museum’s outdoor kids garden is dormant.
"In the spirit of giving thanks, Marbles is grateful to be able to provide gardening play year-round with the addition of 'Seedlings'," says Sally Edwards, CEO of Marbles Kids Museum. "Children and families can now pretend plant, grow, pick and play with fruits and vegetables every day all year, strengthening a child’s connection to where food comes from and inspiring healthy food choices. Pop-up cooking classes coming soon to "Seedlings" will reinforce the unbeatable flavor of fresh, healthy food.”
Under the project’s working title "sprout house," Marbles Kids Museum transformed an underused auxiliary space adjacent to the garden and the pirate ship into the "Seedlings" exhibit over a four-week period, following months of “play testing” over the summer. Guests can expect large-scale fruit and veggetable graphics, pretend produce props, seed packets, mulch bags and gardening tools like watering cans, gloves and trowels — just like what can be found in a real greenhouse.
Learn more at marbleskidsmuseum.org.