ABC Cayuga’s Play Space turned 1 year old this month. And, like the children who’ve let their imaginations run wild at the new facility, its s…
I recently enjoyed a delightful visit with my 2-year-old granddaughter. Upon arrival, we were welcomed with signage and clear directions. Though staff may be present tending to the gardens, the space is designed to be enjoyed independently. I wondered about how it would work out since a 2-year-old can’t be expected to follow rules for social distancing. I didn’t need to worry. The garden has many wonderful nooks and crannies to explore, connected by child-friendly pathways that invite children to take the lead. There are friendly reminders to respect the number of families in each area at a time. Some areas are designated for just one family group; some can accommodate more. Waiting is easy since there are so many different habitats to observe wildlife and a wide variety of lovingly cared-for, child-friendly gardens.
Here are a few of the offerings:
The kitchen garden: Children are encouraged to taste, touch and smell. Enjoy a basil leaf, a fresh bean or a cherry tomato. Everything tastes better when you choose it yourself and pick it fresh from the garden!
Meet Gaia the turtle: This larger-than-life turtle sculpture greets visitors at the south entrance to the garden. Children can climb, test their growing independence or take a rest and enjoy the view of the garden from a new vantage point.
Cluckingham Palace: A movable chicken coop for the garden’s royal hens to scratch and fertilize the soil, removing weed seed and grubs, while providing eggs, antics and educational opportunities for visitors!