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Tulips and fairies focus of Botanica events

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Thursday, March 21, 2013, at 11:57 a.m.

As the tulips start blooming at Botanica, the fairies of the garden and their friends also will be popping up alongside them.

“Fairies in the garden are very mythical and magical creatures, and they protect the garden. So we played off that to combine them with the tulips,” Kristin Marlett of Botanica said about the next four Saturdays at Botanica, when special activities will celebrate Easter and spring.

“Tulips, Fairies & Friends” will include a fairy-house competition, storytelling, a tulip scavenger hunt, the Easter bunny and an egg hunt, theater and dance performances and crafts.

Because fairies appeal more to girls, Marlett said, the emphasis will be on them the first two weeks of the event, while their ecological “friends” are emphasized the second two weeks, with percussion instruments made from recycled materials and performances by Wendy the Singing Scientist and Flumpa the Tree Frog that give boys a little something more to do.

Botanica’s landscape supervisor, Pat McKernan, expects tulip bloom to be at its peak between April 7 and 10.

Botanica has fielded many calls from adults – mainly women – interested in entering the fairy-house contest, Marlett said. The contest is for all ages and requires making a fairy house or gnome home out of natural materials. As the fairy houses are submitted for the contest, they will be set up for viewing in the Downing Children’s Garden. The deadline is April 12. The winner will be announced April 13. For more information, go to the website botanica.org, e-mail nthiessen@botanica.org or call Gabby Brandt at 316-264-0448, ext. 110.

Here is the lineup of events for “Tulips, Fairies & Friends.” Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All events are included in Botanica admission or membership except for crafts the first Saturday, which require a $1 fee. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for children ages 3 to 12.

Saturday

• Crafts in the Terrace Room for $1, including building a fairy house, making a wand, pixie dust.

• Fairy storytelling in the Downing Children’s Garden.

• Appearances by the tooth fairy from Small Smiles Dentistry at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

• Tulip scavenger hunt.

• A display of decorative fairy houses in the lobby.

March 30

• Fairy-inspired egg hunt starting at 10 a.m. throughout the garden.

• Easter bunny in the children’s garden available for photos.

• MGM Fairy Dancers teaching and performing fairy dances in the children’s garden.

• Tulip scavenger hunt.

April 6

• Performances by the Wichita Children’s Theatre on the Terrace patio at 11 a.m.

• Performances by Magic Mama (“organic hip-hop and world beats” with an ecological bent) at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. in the children’s garden.

• Crafts in the children’s garden, making musical percussion instruments from around the world using recycled materials.

• Tulip scavenger hunt.

April 13

• Performances by Wendy the Singing Scientist and Flumpa the Tree Frog at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

• Crafts in the children’s garden, making musical percussion instruments from around the world using recycled materials.

• Paint the Towne art crafts in the children’s garden.

• Tulip scavenger hunt.

• Fairy house contest winner announced at 3 p.m.

Reach Annie Calovich at 316-268-6596 or acalovich@wichitaeagle.com.

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