by Ami Maxine Irmen
Yes, it’s getting colder. Yes, you can now get just about any beverage with a dose of pumpkin spice. Yes, school is back in session and snow is inevitable. [enter sobbing here]
But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t still adventures to be had – and we at UntitledTown love any adventures dealing with books. And let me tell you, if you’ve never been to Bookworm Gardens in Sheboygan, WI – you are missing out.
Bookworm Gardens opened it’s (out)doors in 2010 and is now home to over seventy different gardens – all inspired by children’s literature and driven by their mission to “enrich the mind, body, and spirit of the young and young at heart.”
While the Gardens are an adventure on their own, there are also themed events to keep an eye out for. Last summer, I had the chance to share Bookworm Gardnes with my nephew and sister, and we arrived without knowing it was fairy day – in addition to exploring the Gardens, we also got to decorate our own wands, got our faces painted, and even built a home for tiny fairies.
Some special events that still remain this year are the Boos + Brews (young at heart only) on Oct 17 and the Happily Haunted Gardens (all ages) on Oct 18, 19, 24, 25, and 26 (from 5 -8 p.m. each night, with “twinkly lights, live book characters, entertainment, trick or treat stations and fun surprises during this beloved, not-so-spooky event”). See the Bookworm Gardens website for more information and to get your advance tickets.
The Gardens are open seven days a week through the end of October from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. (except for Sunday, when the gardens open at noon). Admissions on regular days are a voluntary donation; events do have a charge for nonmembers, generally around five to ten dollars in advance and seven to fifteen at the door. If you can’t make it before October ends, don’t worry – they will open again in May!
[Note: UntitledTown is not in any way affiliated with Bookworm Gardens. We just love what they do – like teaching kids about the alphabet AND plants.]