philly-flower-showLiving in New York has so many benefits. One of them is that my family can hop in the car, subway, or bus and be in Manhattan within 15 minutes (without traffic). The other fantastic benefits include our close proximity to great daycation destinations in Connecticut, New Jersey, and Philadelphia. This week, we have The Philadelphia Flower Show on our radar screen. It is not just for horticulturalists anymore! Here are some of the family friendly activities you will find at The Philadelphia Flower Show starting today.


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There are so many events for everyone. Since we will be going to the show with the kids
in tow, we are really excited about the The Einstein Healthcare Network Family Lounge powered by Sprout. Here are some of the activities scheduled:

Children can create crafty projects, play with new toys, put on a puppet show, or watch their favorite movies. Sprout’s Super Why and Wonder Red will make a special appearance each day.

The Lounge is open all week from 10 am to 5 pm; parents must accompany children. Take advantage of the Family Fun Ticket Pak.

Weekends are extra special for younger visitors. Here are some highlights:

Sunday, March 4
10:30 am, 12 noon, 1:30 pm: Performances from Kelly and Chica from Sprout’s “Sunny Side Up Show” (45 minute sets)
2 pm: A reading of “The Lorax” by Lisa Nutter, wife of Mayor Michael Nutter
2 pm – 5 pm: Meet characters from Dr. Seuss’ “The Lorax”

Sunday, March 11
10:30 am, 12 noon, 1:30 pm: Performances from Sean and Chica from Sprout’s “Sunny Side Up Show” (45 minute sets)
11 am: Girl Scouts presentation at The Gardener’s Studio
12 noon: Beekeeping demo led by Jim Bobb at The Gardener’s Studio
1 pm: Interactive lawn games demo at The Gardener’s Studio, led by Paul Tukey & Victoria Rowell
2 pm: A reading of “The Lorax” by Kathy O’Connell of WXPN’s Kids’ Corner
3:45 – 5:15 pm: Sprout Snack! Join Sprout’s Kelly from The Sunny Side Up Show, The Pajanimals, and the Berenstain Bears for an interactive afternoon snack. Characters will join you at your table for one-on-one time, photos, and autographs. Please note: The Sprout Snack requires a special ticket; click here to order.

No special tickets required for family events (except for Sprout Snack), but take advantage of the special Family Fun Pak!

Partnership with Please Touch Museum
Another great reason to visit Philadelphia. This past summer, we went to the Please Touch Museum and loved it! In fact, we stayed until the end of day parade and my kids are still talking about that. For the first-time ever, PHS and Please Touch Museum are offering an exclusive online-only offer! Enjoy all of the wonderful benefits and savings of a PHS Family Fun Pak while saving $6.00 off of the Please Touch Museum package!

Includes 2 Adult and 2 Children (ages 2-16) General Admission tickets to the Flower Show, a FREE one-year Family Associate PHS Membership, and admission for four to Please Touch Museum! Learn more about this and purchase your Flower Show tickets!

While there are so many fantastic activities for kids, my husband is really looking forward to acquiring more horticultural skills while at the show. He has already made a note to see Paul Simon, “Family Gardening” National Gardening Association, Demo Room, Sunday, March 11, 12:30 PM. Here is a complete list of gardening events at the 2012 International Flower Show.

Hope to see you there. Don’t forget to follow them on Twitter and “Like” them on Facebook, and definitely check out their YouTube Channel.

Information about the Philadelphia Flower Show:
Dates: March 4-11, 2012
Location: The Philadelphia Convention Center
12th & Arch Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Hours: Sunday, March 4; 8:00 am – 9:30 pm
Monday – Friday, March 5-9: 10:00 am – 9:30 pm
Saturday, March 10; 8:00 am – 9:30 pm
Sunday, March 11; 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

Price: $27 per adult; $15 per child (ages 2-16)
Purchase tickets here.

-Save money and buy a Family Fun Pack for $70 ($75 at box-office), which will get you entrance for 2 adults and 2 kids (ages 2-16), as well as a free one-year Family Associate PHS Membership, which gets you exclusive discounts and special deals.
-Service fees may apply when purchasing tickets.
-Revenues from the Flower Show benefit the year-round work of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and this year will support City Harvest as well.

For more information visit the website:

This post is brought to you with support of the Philadelphia International Flower show.