Making the Most of Enchanted Summer Day

Forbidden Fairy Ring, Enchanted Woods. Photo: Carlos Alejandro

Forbidden Fairy Ring, Enchanted Woods. Photo: Carlos Alejandro

Any day that my kids can wear costumes and miscellaneous accessories in public is a good day for them—and any day that they can be engaged outdoors, with crafts and activities that I don’t have to plan on my own is a good day for me. That’s why Enchanted Summer Day is a win/win.

To make the most of it, we plan to arrive early, and I always pack a small cooler with some drinks and snacks for nourishment! Of course ice cream can be purchased up in the garden, but we’ll need more than that to keep us going. Other things you’ll need: sunscreen, bug spray, your camera, and a picnic blanket or towel for taking a break from running around. A stroller will help for little guys—or a wagon for your belongings if you’re bringing bigger kids. We may be graduating to just a backpack this year!

Enchanted Summer Day 2012_153 JSchneckOur first stop will be the Membership table. New this year, and exclusively for Members, the Membership table is featuring a “decorate your own tote bag” activity, so the kids will have a bag of their own to collect the crafts they make and treasures they collect throughout the day. (Not a Member? Join today with this special discount, or you can sign up when you arrive.) Then, we’ll make a koi kite to fly, decorate a fan to keep us cool, and pot a bright light (Swiss chard) to plant at home.

We love the Celtic music and the roving storyteller and magician. We especially love a day with fairy wings and ribbon wands and superhero capes and masks. The best part? Early to bed after a busy, fun day in Enchanted Woods.

Please join us for Enchanted Summer Day, June 15, 11:00 am–3:00 pm. For more information, please visit

Traci Manza Murphy is the Associate Director of Membership at Winterthur and writes a weekly blog for families in the Brandywine Valley. Read more from Traci at

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