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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Mama on a Budget: Krohn Conservatory Holiday Show

Krohn Conservatory Holiday Show

One of my favorite family traditions is actually one I inherited from my husband and his family: Krohn Conservatory on Christmas Eve.  If you have not yet been to Krohn (in Eden Park), I highly recommend it and, now that we have children, it is a must-do.  During the year, Krohn is host to many species of plants, flowers, trees, and hosts numerous events such as the ever-popular Butterfly Show.   In fact, Krohn Conservatory houses over 3,500 plant species from all over the world.  Inside, you can find a replica of a rainforest, a desert, and a conservatory with a beautiful collection of orchids.  

But during the holiday season, they decorate a Christmas tree in the front lobby, put poinsettia’s throughout the greenhouse, and install a very neat train display.  The train display is by far Knox’s favorite. Additionally, outside, there is a great live Nativity display (live animals, wax people).  Per the website, “The train display and historical buildings created by Applied Imagination will immerse our visitors in the sights and sounds of chugging trains and splashing water, with trains overhead and trolleys at your feet.  The “botanical architecture” of bridges and historical buildings, including the new Roebling Bridge, are all constructed of locally gathered willow and other natural materials. “

Krohn’s information is as follows:

Opened Now till January 6th
Hours: 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. (7 days a week, including Christmas and New Years Days) with special evening hours until 7:30pm on Thursdays December 6th, 13th, & 20th.  
Admission Fees: Adults $6.00 / Seniors $5.00 / Children $4.00 (4 & under Free)

Also available are all of these fun activities in their Education Room. Check their Website for more workshops going on through out the month.

December 6th - Holiday Photos: 5-7:30pm
Viltrakis Photography will provide free holiday photos!

December 6th - Thursday Nights with Lights: 5-7:30pm
Enjoy the beauty of the Krohn exhibit by the light of holiday twinkle. Our outdoor concessions will be serving hot chocolate and other holiday treats. 

December 8th – Cookie Decorating Contest: Registration Required
Family teams can compete in this healthy and fun challenge of cookie decorating. For registration and details call 421-5707. Sponsored by Whole Foods Markets and Edible Magazine.

December 8th & 9th – Santa’s Green Workshop: 10am – 4pm
Create a one of a kind handmade ornament from natural materials in Santa’s Green Workshop

Be sure to check out Krohn at some point this holiday season for a magical experience.   Also, check out their website at  

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