Yesterday my friend, Marissa, and I took our boys to Wichita to see the Botanica Gardens! I appreciate having Marissa as a friend for so many reasons, one of which being that she is so good at making me be brave. I almost talked myself out of wanting to go. Driving two kids all the way to Wichita and back for a short little trip can feel daunting. Especially when I am packing up the car and they are both fussy. But we met up for coffee and to grab snacks and she talked me into going and oh my gosh was it so magical. I am SO glad for the little extra "we're doing this" push that she gives!
I had been to Botanica once before for a friends wedding, but I don't remember it being as beautiful as it was yesterday. Sure, there were flowers and it was pretty. But yesterday it was absolutely breath taking. Maybe the tulips weren't blooming then, or maybe I hadn't fully developed my love and appreciation for flowers and greenery then. I'm really not sure. But today every turn we made, every place we stopped, everything, EVERYTHING, was gorgeous and perfect and such a friendly space for the boys to explore too.
We started out just exploring the main garden area by the entrance. There were rows and rows of different varieties of tulips, reds, pinks, oranges, deep purples, big, small, frilly, smooth, every different variety you could ever imagine. There were also beautiful stroller friendly, paved walkways that I deeply appreciated, and large fountains. I think above all else, Emmet's favorite part might have been all of the different water features. Fountains, little creeks running through, waterfalls, etc. They were everywhere and all he said the entire time was water, water, water. He wanted to dip his hands in, watch it fall, walk over the little bridges. We may need to put a little water feature in our yard somewhere, I already have a plan in my head for one!
These rainbow tunnels were really neat! They are right on your way in to the kids play area and Emmet loved running under them! I pushed Henry under them in the stroller too.
The kids area is where it really got magical. I had never gone back to it and had no idea it was back behind the main area. There were so many different play areas to stop at and explore. Large sculptures of characters from books (oh hi hungry caterpillar!), sand play areas, fairy gardens, an entire musical maze with giant xylophones and drums, big wooden jungle gyms and so much more. The boys ran through it and had an amazing time playing music and climbing. AND they are putting in a giant carousel that I am very excited to see next time we go!
We ended our trip with a picnic in a private little area we discovered. We brought along a few treats from Mojo's Coffee bar to eat and of course, Marissa also packed some cute little Easter eggs and snacks because she is amazing like that. It was so nice to sit back and relax and eat after adventuring around with the littles. Plus there was a waterfall, so Emmet and James were VERY pleased.