philly-flower-showRemember that Brady Bunch episode – Double episode – where the whole family heads to Hawaii?  Greg surfed, Bobby got lost, and Vincent Price was there.  It was the closest I ever thought I’d get to Hawaii.  Until now.  Because now through March 11,  I can head to  “Hawaii: Islands of Aloha” at this year’s spectacular Philadelphia Flower Show – (March 3-11 at the Philadelphia Convention Center) This year, the organizers are combining technology and nature’s beauty in a spectacular way.

It starts as soon as you walk in: a high-definition video projection makes it look and feel like you’re entering the show by either by walking under under a crashing wave, or through a  a wall of living orchids. Keep going into a canopy of palms and ferns, and you’ll end up at a 35-foot waterfall. with it’s own goddess.  And every hour, authentic Hawaiian hula dancers will perform – giving the show an even more “you are there” feeling.

This sounds kid friendly enough to me, but there’s a whole program just for kids, too, with visits by The Lorax (!), hands-on planting, flower arranging, Hawaii-inspired arts and crafts, and earth-loving activities in the all-new Einstein Healthcare Network Family Lounge powered by Sprout.  If you’re planning on making the trip with your kids, you might want to look into getting a Family Fun Pak which includes tickets for two adults and two children and a one-year membership with The Philadelphia Horticulture Society, all for $70. Sunday March 11th is family day with even more extras – like the chance to meet some of their favorite TV characters from Sprout TV and Universal Studios. Take a look:


What I love about it is how they’ve fused the technology that grabs kids, with the natural wonder that teaches, engages, and enriches them.

That, and the fact that this is likely as close to going to Hawaii as I will ever get!

The Philadelphia Flower Show is open Sunday, March 4-11 at the Philadelphia Convention Center. (so it’s HUGE!) .  Advance tickets are available at