Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Little Shop of Horrors + Botanic Garden Visit = Kids Off The Couch

Remember the carnivorous plant that got movie star billing in Little Shop of Horrors twenty years ago? Believe it or not, this campy film musical still seems fresh today. There's an all-star comedic cast (Steve Martin, Bill Murray and Rick Moranis to name a few), catchy lyrics, but best of all, a man-eating plant from outer space. The film was the perfect "entree" to watch Venus Fly Traps and Pitcher Plants devour their insect prey at the Conservatory Lab at our local Botanical Gardens. This glass-domed building was specifically designed for kids to get their hands dirty. Our boys hung out in the Carnivorous Bog where they watched plants munch on flies and our girls smelled coffee beans and cinnamon bark in the Rain Forest. The moms? Well, the steamy Cloud Forest was just perfect for a mini-facial while the the kids explored! (Click here to learn about Ferngully: The Last Rainforest, a film that younger viewers will enjoy with this adventure).