The West Virginia Botanical Garden’s Fall Children’s Festival offers families an opportunity to get outdoors

MORGANTON, WB (WBOY) — The West Virginia Botanical Garden held its 13th annual Fall Children’s Festival on Sunday. Garden members are invited to enjoy the event one hour early and then the event is open to the public from 1:30pm to 4:30pm.

A big part of the festival was natural crafts. Some of the activities include pumpkin painting, leaf stamping and making a fairy house in the Fairy Garden. Next to the arts and crafts table was a face painting station for the kids.

West Virginia Botanic Garden Education Director Erin Smaldon said the goal is to give families an opportunity to enjoy the West Virginia Botanic Garden while raising awareness among the community.

“So a big part of what we do at the Botanic Garden is try to get people to enjoy nature, so we know a lot of kids these days are into video games, and they don’t always get to play like that in the backyard. We were kids, so this is a great way to get them out, being outside, “Teach them how much fun it is to play with natural materials, enjoy the fresh air. Spending time outdoors has so many health benefits, physically, emotionally, mentally, and so we want to get the kids out here, enjoying nature and the beautiful nature that the state of West Virginia has to offer.” Smaldon said.

Smaldon said education is a big part of what they do in the garden, but for the festival, it was just about letting families enjoy nature.

The Weldon Family Foundation was the sponsor of the 2022 event. Aster’s sponsors, Bob and Debra Cypher, Cheat Lake Animal Hospital, Mon Health and WVU School of Dentistry also sponsored the event.

Click here to view more upcoming events at the Garden.

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