Our daughter’s third birthday is tomorrow so we planned a special trip to celebrate this milestone! Traveling with two small kids isn’t always easy, so we’ve been trying to take advantage of day trips instead of week long trips. For Izzy’s birthday we decided to take a day trip to Longwood Gardens. This is a great summer place for families to visit. In this post I’m excited to share with you our experience visiting Longwood Gardens with kids
If you’ve been a regular follower of Heart of Deborah you know my family loves taking pictures. I’m not sure what it is exactly, but I love capturing the moment and finding unique ways to photograph our family. As part of our trip to Longwood Gardens, we were so excited to partner with Janie and Jack and share with you how we turned this summer activity into a treasured moment.
Visiting Longwood Gardens With Kids
- Take Photos: Longwood gardens provides the perfect backdrop for photographs. I love finding natural settings to take pictures of our children. With the beautiful flowers and fountains you can’t go wrong. Taking pictures of children is tough! Trying to get them both to smile and look at the camera at the same time is almost impossible. If you have successfully done this with your kids please let me know how! Because of this I’ve found a new love for candid photographs. I should also take a moment to thank my dad for his help in the photography area. Thanks dad 🙂
- Best Kid Activities at Longwood: Our kids love being outside so places where they can roam free are perfect for our family. Izzy and IJ both loved watching the fountains at the Italian Water Garden. There were mesmerized by the running water and to be honest the sound of it was very calming to me as well. The big tree houses are another must see. We liked the Canopy Cathedral best. The indoor children’s garden is part of the conservatory and it was breathtaking. There were so many beautiful flowers and plants. There were also a ton of water fountains that the children could touch and play in. Lastly, at the open air theatre you can see a 5 minute showpiece of music and water on the hour. It’s fun for everyone!
- Bring Extra Clothes: There is plenty to touch and see in the children’s garden areas. If you have an active child make sure you bring an extra pair of clothes and even a towel to dry off with. We went on a very hot day so honestly the water felt refreshing! But if you have a long ride home you don’t want to your kids soaking wet in the car.
- Create Moments to Treasure: I’ve noticed I am always in a rush these days! It was so nice to have time outdoors with our family where we could just relax and take it slow. We spent a lot of time at the Italian Water Garden and it perfect. Especially with young children I often feel flustered and like I’m not really living in the moment. We tried to make this day extra special because it was part of our daughter’s birthday celebration and I think we succeeded.
How do you create summer moments to treasure? I’d love to hear about your favorite ways to celebrate summer with family in the comments below. I also want to take a moment to thank Janie and Jack for sponsoring this conversation. When we first got married we lived near a Janie and Jack outlet. I’d never heard of the store before (we didn’t have kids at the time), but I would walk by and secretly ooh and aah over the clothing in the window. I loved the classic and timeless clothing.
Disclosure: Thank you Janie and Jack for the adorable outfits seen in this post. Thank you Longwood Gardens for the complimentary guest passes we received to enjoy the gardens. All opinions expressed are 100% my own. I was not required to write a positive review.