By Anne Mead
Yesterday, I spent a wonderful day touring the Rupert Holsteins Farm and two sugar shacks in Rupert, Vermont with a group of students and families from Danbury. This morning, Sunday April 3, we awoke to four inches of snow. Well, as the old adage says, “If you don’t like the weather in New England, just wait a minute and it is likely to change.” How do you plan for activities with your families that can be both inside and outside and adjust quickly to the weather? In Danbury, we are fortunate to have magnificent activities that meet that bill. I want to share some of my favorite, low-cost activities that I have enjoyed with my family and now with my grandchildren. This is not a full list of all the places one can visit in Danbury but it certainly can start the creative juices flowing.
I am big into gardening and outside activities for families! Whether you have garden plots in your yard, have containers or use a pallet garden for vegetables on your porch or rent a raised box in the Danbury community garden, there are certainly vegetables and flowers that grow well in these conditions such as green beans, cherry tomatoes, eggplant and cucumbers. If you decide not to grow your own, the Danbury Farmers Market on Saturdays will begin in June to shop for fresh fruits, veggies, breads, honey and other items. Be on the lookout for its days and times.
I love to explore hiking at Tarrywile Park on Southern Blvd., the Hackerspace at the Innovation Center adjacent to the Danbury Library and the Danbury Museum and Historical Society, both on Main Street, or any of our neighborhood parks (some with water parks) such as Hatters, Lake Kenosia, Highland, Rogers Park and Rowan St. For more info:
Center City Danbury offers monthly programs throughout the year with amazing family activities. Come network with your neighbors, meet new friends and see the other fantastic happenings in Danbury. Many of these events have social service agencies there that support families. Visit http://citycenterdanbury.com/.
Spring is a time for new baby animals and new life. Whether it is baby animals just being born into the world, finding signs of spring such as looking at fresh skunk cabbage or examining tadpoles, there are multiple things to do. My favorite places include Moscoot Farm in Katonah, NY, Ambler Farm in Wilton and New Pond Farm in Redding. All are places that welcome families, so check out their websites.
Lastly, when you are stuck, you can watch American bald eagles care for their eaglets at http://www.ustream.tv/decoraheagles or barred owls at http://cams.allaboutbirds.org/channel/43/Barred_Owls/#_ga=1.231847703.929402803.1455372945.
If you decide to get into gardening, the Danbury Family Learning Center will be having its Annual Spring Flower and Vegetable Sale upcoming in May. Everyone who buys vegetables for their garden will be given a free planter guide. Watch the website at http://www.danbury.k12.ct.us/ELP/EL/Family_Learning_Center.html for the upcoming dates. Enjoy spring everyone!!
Anne E. Mead, M. Ed., is the administrator for the Early Childhood Education and Extended Learning Programs of the Danbury Public Schools. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact her at 203-830-6508 or firstname.lastname@example.org.