Children’s Activities Coming to the PHS Fall Garden Festival


Healthy Soil. Healthy Plants. Healthy Animals. Healthy Kids. Healthy Planet.

That’s what we’re after so for the PHS Fall Garden Festival coming up on Sept. 11 at the Navy Yard, we’ve booked a great line-up of children’s activities, including:

Environmental Education

Don’t miss displays and activities by the Philadelphia Zoo on Wheels with live animals; butterfly gardening by Penn State Cooperative Extension; and an interactive area by the Pennsylvania Environmental Council. Children can also learn about worm composting and rain barrels, and play a giant tree-themed board game.


Children of all ages can participate in the exciting Veggie Races, where they will build vehicles and race cars from fresh vegetables donated by Acme Markets, and then send them down a more than 10-foot-long track.

A Kids Challenge Area will be filled with physical activities to keep young ones busy. They can try the hula hoops, stepping stones, an eco-obstacle course, jump rope, bean bag toss, hop scotch, tic-tac-toe and rhythm ribbons.

The Camden Children’s Garden will host a coloring activity focusing on the “The Three Sisters,” the three main agricultural crops of some Native American groups in North America including squash, maize and climbing beans.

Subaru of America, partnering with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, will host pet adoptions and a pet tank-top decorating tent where owners can take home the tee.

Music and More

Prose from Dover,” featuring PHS’s own tree expert Barley Van Clief will play contemporary and folk music throughout the day.

Strolling characters, including a clown and a beret-clad mime in keeping with the 2011 Philadelphia International Flower Show, “Springtime in Paris,” will keep the kids smiling. Face-painting by Pokie-Poke the Jongleur & Company will also be available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a small fee.

Family-friendly food from Chestnut Hill’s Cosmic Caterers and fresh vegetables from Greensgrow Farmer’s Market will be for sale.

PHS nurtures the next generation of environmental stewards, building partnerships and providing guidance and greening innovations to address the region’s growing needs. For more information, please visit


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