Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Busy Bee Day Camp at Gardner Village: Part 2 of 2

Hello, and welcome back to our Busy Bee Day Camp recap! We hope you enjoyed part one of our adventure, which took us to The Bead Farm, the Naborhood Bakery, Georgell Doll Shop and LuLu’s Boutique. Our adventure now continues with stops 5-8. Ready? Let’s hop to it!

Stop #5: Aunt Elsie’s 

Keeping up with the whimsical fun had at Stop #3, fairy gardens and gnome homes are assembled at this special stop. 

First, the kids are invited to step inside this lovely store and pick out a butterfly, a fairy, or a gnome figurine to live in the succulent garden they'll create. There are many beautiful choices on display to choose from. 

From there, the kiddos step out onto the patio, where they receive small dishes that they bring to life with the addition of succulents, soil, rocks and more. In no time at all, their small fairy and gnome friends have a brand new garden oasis to call home!  

As a lovely personalized touch, staff members help the kids write either a statement (ex. Gnome Home) or their own name on a smooth rock, which adds a brilliant finishing touch for each enchanted forest.

Once the gardens are designed, it’s off to Stop #6, where some larger creatures can be found. 

Stop #6: The Farm

Yeehaw! Time for some hands-on fun with a variety of loving rescue animals. The good-hearted people of The Farm have taken in animals from all around the state, most of whom have been abused, and have given them a new lease on life. As an added treat, those animals are occasionally brought to Gardner Village to meet their adoring fans. (They rotate the animals out so they don’t get overwhelmed by all of the fun being had on location.)

Meeting these cuties is so neat. From holding baby bunnies and gathering chicken eggs...

...to petting young lambs and sitting atop a friendly donkey, there is much for the children to see and do at The Farm during camp. 

Giddy up! It’s time to move on to Spoiled Rotten, where faces will light up with the activity that awaits. 

Stop #7: Spoiled Rotten

With a complete book of choices, your child can have his or her face transformed into just about anything they can dream up at this face-painting stop. 

While children are waiting for their turn in the face-painting seat, they’re invited inside the store to cool off and enjoy story time, singing and dancing. It’s a great way to beat the heat and have some fun!

Once the cute, little faces are made up, it’s off to the sweetest stop on our camp tour. 

Stop #8: Chocolate Covered Wagon

Yum! Talk about ending on a sweet note! At this stop, kiddos learn about making salt water taffy and are even taught to pull their own. 

Weellll... you may find that there is more tasting than pulling, and that's okay. LOL

But the sticky fun doesn’t end at taffy. Campers are invited to take a dip. No, not in Lake Winnebego. Instead, in decadent dishes of melted chocolate. They’re given fruit, marshmallows, pretzels, cookies, and more, which they’re able to dip in the various chocolate options (milk, dark, and white). 

Oooohhh... and don’t forget the rainbow sprinkles! The chocolate, sprinkled creations the kids will come with are perfection! 

Whew! Talk about a busy day. Not wanting to send your children home overheated, the day concludes with tasty snow cones, also provided by Chocolate Covered Wagon. 

Your young ones will be all smiles after this sugary sweet camp stop. And your family will love the goodies they bring home to share. Mmmm... mmmm... good! 

Camp Buzz
Yes, this is a one-day camp your busy bees will not forget. There’s much to see, do and taste on this happy Gardner Village adventure. To sum things up, your campers will come home with a beaded piece (either a bracelet or a keychain); fairy wings, fairy dust, and a fairy-kiss wand; a pretty, painted birdhouse; a fairy/succulent garden or gnome home; a sweet, painted face; a bag full of special treats, including taffy and chocolate-dipped delights; memories of time spent with adorable rescue animals at The Farm; and a new tote bag and keychain keepsake.  Not to mention happy times with new friends and awesome experience they can elaborate on when asked the notorious question, 'What did you do on your summer break?' 

Busy Bee Business
As a friendly reminder, camp runs every Tuesday from through August 11. You have two time-slot options. You can either come from 10:30 to 2:30 or from 11:30 to 3:30. Either way, you’ll meet at The Bead Farm and they will guide you and your young camper through each of the happy stops from there. (For a look inside stops 1-4, check out this post.) Camp is $40/ camper. Parents aren't charged but are asked to stay with their campers throughout the experience. 

Thanks! We can’t wait to see you and your camper(s) buzzin' around The Village soon!

Megan Hoeppner

Busy Bee Day Camp at Gardner Village: Part 1 of 2

We’re a month into summer. Have the “I’m bored”s begun? Gardner Village has just the trick for turning a basic summer day into a memorable experience your children will love—our Busy Bee Summer Camp. Children of all ages are welcome to attend this all-day event, which is happening all summer long at several of your favorite Gardner Village shops. 

What to Expect
Our Busy Bee Summer Camp takes campers to 8-10 of our beloved shops, with activities offered at each. From face painting and jewelry making to gardening and taffy pulling, your children will walk away with new skills and special memories. 

In this two-part blog post, we’re going to take you inside a day at camp, starting with the following stops:
  • The Bead Farm
  • The Naborhood Bakery
  • Georgell Doll Shop
  • LuLu's Boutique

Stop #1: The Bead Farm

The fun begins at stop number 1, where children are invited to pick from the impressive assortment of beads on display in this charming shop, which they'll use to create their own bracelet or keychain. 

The kids will love selecting their beads and forming their patterns, and the staff offers hands-on help so children of all ages can enjoy designing fashionable pieces. 

Forget the button. It's the bead you'll be seeking in a game of Who’s Got the Bead, which is played to conclude the fun at this stop (time permitting). 

A good time will definitely be had by all campers at this creative stop!

Stop #2: The Naborhood Bakery

Next stop: lunch! 

No hot campfire cooking here. Instead, children will stay cool inside this bakery that's being remodeled, where they'll select from any of the many items on the children’s menu. This deliciousness includes the choice of a tasty, handmade dessert and a juice, fountain drink or water. 

It’s so nice that this stop is early on, as it allowed campers a chance to relax and get to know each other a bit better before continuing on with their activity-filled journey.

Once kids are full and satisfied, it's off to the next stop on this happy camper adventure. 

Stop #3: Georgell Doll Shop

Time for a magical trip into fairy wonderland found on the back patio of Georgell Doll Shop. 

Here, campers enjoy customizing their own fairy dust jars. Each jar of magic comes with a star “kiss” wand so the kids can add fairy kisses to their faces. Sweet! 

Once the sparkling bottles are complete, a game of NAME is played, where campers work together to find each whimsical item on the list. 

And what’s a fairy garden visit without a pair of fairy wings? 

The kids color their own set, allowing them to enjoy another session of vibrant creativity.

Full of wonder, the kids will now be ready to take flight onto the next leg of their journey. 

Stop #4: LuLu's Boutique

Keeping with the creativity, children will add pretty paint to wood birdhouses. 

With numerous paint colors and styles to choose from, each child will easily be able to customize their creations. 

Take a look at this young artist. Amazing!

Once Tweetie has a colorful new home, the kids will continue on with their journey. 

To Be Continued... 
Join us next week, as we look at stops 5-8 of this fun-filled afternoon. In the meantime, here are a few more fun camp facts. 

Something for You, Too! 
While your kids are busy crafting and camping, you can enjoy the delights each of these shops have to offer. Here's a look inside LuLu's Boutique—such a cute store! 

Busy Bee Camp Facts
1. Each camper receives their own tote bag and keychain, making it easy to carry their treasures from stop to stop.

2. Campers are provided with a camp passport, which will be stamped at each stop along the way—a fun token of their trip.

3. Parents are asked to stay with campers as they experience camp.

4. A full day of camp, including all 8 stops, is only $40. Two bonus stops are offered at an additional expense. Stop 1 is Kamille's, where campers will take an arm knitting class for only $5. Stop 2 is at the Cottage Retreat Spa & Salon, where campers will relax with a mini manicure for only $6. Score! 

5. If your children are anything like mine, they’ll talk about camp for days afterwards. Since attending last week, my three-year-old brings it up every morning and asks if we can return. 

6. Camp is open to children of all ages. 

7. Camp runs every Tuesday from June 16 through Aug. 11. You have two daily session choices—either 10:30 to 2:30 or 11:30 to 3:30. We hope to see you at an event soon!

And the Winner Is...
Oh, before we go, we have exciting news! It's time to announce the winner of our Dolly & Me Tea Party at Georgell Doll Shop! Thanks to all who entered. The lucky party goer is... 

"My daughter's two favorite things in the world are tea parties and fairies! This would be magical!!"--Haylee

Haylee, please e-mail marketing@gardnervillage.com to claim your prize. You have two weeks to claim your prize before we seek another winner. Thank you. We hope you love your outing! 

See You Soon! See you next week, when we continue this look inside Busy Bee Camp, including holding baby bunnies, crafting fairy gardens and gnome homes, face painting and taffy pulling. So much fun, all in one convenient stop. See you soon!

Megan Hoeppner