Free event at Tanger teaches kids about gardening

Halen Doughty
Planting flowers was tons of fun for the kids at Mommy and Me

Tanger Outlets in Gonzales hosts monthly Mommy and Me events, and the free event gets even better each month. Held on the second Tuesday of every month through October, Mommy and Me boasts arts and crafts, story time, snacks, and even a little something for mom. Tanger's free May event was hosted in Suite 151 next to Sunglass Hut, on Tuesday, May 8th, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

This month's activity was a gardening project. Parents helped their little ones learn how to plant a flower, the growing process and took with them something they can watch grow at home. Kids planted marigolds with help from Green Seasons. The seeds will sprout in just a few days, giving kids the chance to watch their flowers blossom. There was also a pot decorating craft, and plants available to take home.

Guests picked up an impatiens, which is a beautiful annual that makes an excellent houseplant or summer bedding plant. Impatiens are also known as "Busy Lizzie." It's mane is a Latin word that describes the way its seeds shoot out of its pods when ripe. The slightest touch can make a ripe impatiens seed pod burst open and scatter its seeds.

Story time and face painting added to the fun of the family-friendly event. Kids sang along to songs and picked up gardening-themed coloring sheets to take home with them.

Adults received a free goodie bag full of savings coupons. Several of the goodie bags contained a $5 voucher to Old Navy that could be used to check out Old Navy’s new Mommy and Me matching outfits. A light snack and beverage was provided to the little guests.

Sponsored by the Green Seasons Landscaping, River Region Art Association and Ascension Parish Library, this event is for parents or grandparents and children ages 6 and under. Please call (225) 647-9383 with questions or to RSVP for the next Mommy and Me event, which will be held on Tuesday, June 12, from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. at Suite 151 of Tanger Outlets.

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