Last weekend, my Girl Scout troop spent a "Night at the Museum" - literally.
Each spring, there's a gathering of scouts at The Heritage Gardens and Museum to work on badges and craft projects, roast marshmellows in the moonlight, ride the antique carousel at midnight... and sleep over, this year next to the antique cars and vintage motorcycles.
The highlight of this year's sleepover - for me at least, since I don't ride carousels anymore - was getting to visit the new Hidden Hollow. Oh. My. God. I'm in love.
Last spring, I talked with the program director about her plans for this area. She even wrote an article about it for our Summer 2010 Issue of CapeWomenOnline magazine. All spring and summer, she worked with various volunteers from local tech schools, Americorp, and landscape designers who volunteered their time and efforts. The results are enchanting, to say the very least.
Each area is conected by wooden pathways. Signs are woodburned into split logs. You can see that the treehouse is still under contruction, but looks like it will be Spectacular. My girls are technically "above" this kind of play, but they dove right in - all of them - and played with the water features and sand areas, they built structures with the wooden vines, they hung canopies in the rhododendron forest, they put on skits on the stage, using the basket of animal costumes... they had a blast.
Blogger is acting wonky again this morning, so I'll try to upload more photos tomorrow, or maybe later in the day.
Hidden Hollow at the Heritage Museum. Check it out. Tell them a Girl Scout sent you.
What's the coolest thing you've discovered this spring?