Saturday morning started off somewhat early at the Garvan Woodland Gardens. They opened at 9 am, so we wanted to get there right away so we would have more time during the day to cram activities in. We didn't factor in the weather to that plan, so when we arrived it started to rain. Not a huge downpour, but enough that we had to sit in the visitor's center for a little while as the rain died down. The gardens actually have nice big umbrellas that they provide to people, so once the rain was soft enough we each grabbed one and headed out.
Each of the kids was given a backpack to use with binoculars and some field guides inside to identify plants and animals. They were also given a bingo card and stickers, which is a fantastic idea. It really kept the kids interested in the gardens because they were trying to fill out their bingo cards. Each kid got a bag of koi fish food so they could feed the koi as well.
We left Garvan and headed back to the house, just a short drive away, for lunch. We had lots of sandwich stuff to eat and since the gardens were so close, it made sense to eat there. Once lunch was cleaned up, it was time for some redneck fun. We headed into town and went to the Arkansas Alligator Farm and Petting Zoo.
From there, Dad really wanted to take the kids to the Mid-America Science Museum, so off we went to what we thought would be a cool indoor activity. We arrived only to find out their a/c was broken, so it actually ended up being hotter in there than outside. But it didn't stop the kids from having a good time. For me, I can live without museums geared towards children because quite frankly, I don't like being around other children I don't know. They are loud and they run around. So I could have easily skipped this outing, but everyone else was excited about it and we had fun. I failed to grab any photos.
Supper that evening was seafood themed - we had baked fish and I made shrimp, along with some regular and sweet potato fries. I threw my shrimp on a bed of spinach leaves. It was a pretty good meal actually. The kids chowed down on mac 'n cheese. We made s'mores again, but this time I had to make them in the oven because it had rained so much and the firewood was way too wet. I used the broiler and they were extremely melty, so it worked out quite well.