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Fun things to do with kids at the Philadelphia Flower Show

By Stephanie Levin

Even the youngest among us can use a little floral therapy once we turn the page from dreary February to good-Lord-it’s-still-dreary March. The Philadelphia Flower Show returns to the Pennsylvania Convention Center this weekend with a “Wonders of Water” theme sporting thousands of colorful blooms and rad water features that should make little eyes bulge in amazement.

But the show is so much more than floral displays to ogle. Kids with short attention spans will find plenty to keep them busy with free activities that allow families to make a day out of the excursion. For one, there’s Butterflies Live!, which brings visitors eye to eye with vibrant and exotic winged creatures from around the globe. The Make & Take station provides creative minds with the supplies to build and decorate flower crowns, terraria, planters and more to tote home.

Outside of the daily offerings, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society also hosts a handful of one-off events. Dog lovers won’t be able to resist Fido Friday on March 9, when attendees bring their pups to a Yappy Hour to explore the exhibition hall with other four-legged friends. The Teddy Bear Tea on closing day, March 11, is a ticketed event ($28) that invites young visitors and their favorite stuffed pal to a precious tea party featuring drinks, dainty bites and the chance to take one more stroll around the displays before all of the petals disappear.

The Philadelphia Flower Show runs March 3–11 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Tickets range from $17 to $40.

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