Whenever I am home with the kiddos for a break, I like to find something to do that is different (read: not the movies) and slightly educational (insert maniacal laugh). This year I decided we would visit Leu Gardens.
I visited Leu Gardens a few years ago and fell in love with it. The 50 acre property is full of gorgeous plants, tranquil gardens and lots of signs for eager 7 year olds to read. There really isn't a whole lot in bloom at the end of December, but I knew it would still be a good time, and I really wanted to see the Leu House decorated for Christmas.
Every year the Leu House is decorated with different Christmas trees and a volunteer will give you a tour of the historic (and for real haunted - in my opinion) house. During the tour you learn about the four families that owned the property. If you are tall like I am, it can get a little hairy trying to get up and down the stairs (I practically had to squat), but it was totally worth it.
Shout out to my kiddos who were ANGELS on the tour. We were on the tour with two other families and their kiddos were kind of obnoxious, so I was extra proud of mine.
After we toured the house we spent some time in the rose garden, vegetable garden, butterfly garden and the beautiful white garden.
The kiddos have already asked to return in the spring when all of the flowers and really in bloom. They also want to grow a butterfly garden and raise caterpillars. There were so many great tips in the Leu butterfly garden that I think we may be able to pull it off. Yes, even me with the anti-green thumb.
If you are local I highly recommend taking a day to visit Leu Gardens. It is a fun and really inexpensive day trip that is fun for the whole family.