Well, I wish I had that to give away. Or to keep. But I don’t.
I’ve got the next best thing though: two tickets to the 2012 Philadelphia Flower Show, with its theme of “Hawaii: Islands of Aloha.”
This year’s presentation promises to be a “tropical experience that blends next-stage digital technology with the natural beauty and rich culture of the islands.”
How so? Well, for instance, motion graphics will transform “waterfalls into lava flows and sculptural forms into breaking waves.”
And there’s this:
It’s an artist’s rendering of what will be the Orchid Wave: an audio-visual canopy that guests will walk beneath when they first enter the Show floor. Sea creatures will swim past in this deep-sea display. Awesome, right?
There’s so many cool lectures, classes, demonstrations, events and I-don’t-know-what-all happening over the course of Flower Show week that it’s sort of overwhelming to pick and choose what to highlight in a blog post! Imma gonna stick with the family-oriented features here, but I’ll also be covering edible gardening, vertical vegetable gardening, garden-to-table and organic gardening highlights soon on my green blog (and cross-posting here).
Let’s start with the Man Cave:
If your husband is anything like mine, he will be joining you for the Flower Show only very reluctantly. Never fear, there is something just for him this year 🙂 The Man Cave provides an escape that sounds pretty fun to me:
- There will be a projection screen approaching 100 inches complete with the latest in digital surround sound; provided by HiFi House, this will be the ultimate home theater experience.
- Flyers and Sixers games, as well as a roster of NCAA Conference Tournament matches, will play on screens throughout the room (theatre seating).
- Golfers and golfer wannabes can participate in virtual competitions via the Tiger Woods PGA Tour video game.
- SugarHouse Casino is sponsoring poker and blackjack tables with professional dealers. All the buy-in for the games benefits PHS City Harvest, which gets fresh produce to families in need.
- Full bar offers “manly” beverages: beer, wine, and specialty Flower Show Hawaiian themed cocktails.
For the kidlets:
- The Einstein Healthcare Network Family Lounge powered by Sprout (open 10am-5pm each day; parents must stay) invites kids to try planting and flower arranging, do Hawaiian themed arts and crafts, put on a puppet show, or watch their favorite movies. Sprout’s Super Why and Wonder Red will make a special appearance each day.
- Performances from Kelly and Chica from Sprout’s “Sunny Side Up Show”
- readings of “The Lorax” by Kathy O’Connell of WXPN’s Kids’ Corner and Lisa Nutter, wife of Mayor Michael Nutter
- appearances by characters from Dr. Seuss’ “The Lorax”
- interactive, audience-participation-encouraged session called “Lawn Games for Life: Get Off the Couch and Get Back Outside” sounds right up my alley. Led by co-authors Paul Tukey and Victoria Rowell (hello, she played Drucilla on The Young & the Restless!!), who will also sign copies of their not-yet-released book Tag, Toss & Run: 40 Classic Lawn Games.
- Girl Scouts presentation + cookie sales
- Sprout Snack! Join Sprout’s Kelly from The Sunny Side Up Show, The Pajanimals, and the Berenstain Bears for an interactive afternoon snack. Characters will join you at your table for one-on-one time, photos, and autographs. (requires a special ticket)
- Times and Sprout Snack ticket info here.
Download the Flower Show app here and bookmark can’t miss presentations, get detailed maps to plan your attack of the show room floor, and find parking lots, local restaurants, and other tools to plan your trip.
Get yo’ tickets:
The specially priced Family Fun Pak includes 2 adult and 2 kid admissions + a one-year membership with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society for $70.
Or enter to win!
I’m giving away a pair of tickets for the Philadelphia Flower Show on the Family Fun Delaware Facebook page!
Just fill out the entry form before 11:59 on February 29th to enter.
Ever been to the Flower Show? Let me know!