I am SO excited to tell you about this week’s ETHANProject – Enjoy the DRIVE. We drove out to the wonderful Bookworm Gardens in Sheboygan and you guys, it was so wonderful. I can not express how wonderful it was but I am definitely going to try. We went with our friend J and we just had an absolute blast.
Bookworm Gardens is this magical placed tucked on the campus of UW-Sheboygan. The garden is completely based on children’s literature – the plants have all been selected with care and there are different stories represented in so many ways. There are so many interactive elements to the garden and so many educational opportunities. And the whole garden is connected to books and they actually have copies of the books you can read there. The garden incorporates reading, science, nature, and most importantly fun! Admission is free, though donations are appreciated and when you see all the time and effort and care they put into this garden, you will definitely want to donate. The staff is also really great – we saw them planting pineberries while we were there and they were happy to answer our questions about what they were planting (apparently, they are strawberries that taste like pineapples – who knew?!)
I could go on and on, but let me just show you some pictures from our time there as an example.
They had a bus with wings and legs – that was the Magic School Bus – and Dominic absolutely loved pretending to drive it and opening and shutting the door. They had a little Winnie the Pooh house. They had a typewriter the kids could try out in a barn, like in the book Click Clack Moo. They had picture frames you could stand in. They had three chairs of varying sizes for Goldilocks and the Three Bears complete with bears made of sticks (my friend J took that picture). Not picture is Charlotte’s Web (it said some pig!) and a host of other amazing storybook connections. That Keep Calm and Read On is a towel I bought in the gift store
They also had sensitive plants, which are these plants that respond to touch. They were amazing and super cool – I took a short video.
It’s about an hour from Milwaukee and it is 100 percent worth the drive. On our drive we also saw some fun stuff, like a giant pig and a huge flag. On the way back, the kids slept, which is also always really nice haha. Not only does this fulfill this week’s ETHANProject, but it also can be crossed off my 101 in 1001 list!
We loved visiting the Bookworm Gardens so much that I am going to make this an annual trip every summer. If you love books even the tiniest bit, Bookworm Gardens is an amazing place to take your kids.