I have been a homeschooling mama for about 8 years and one of the things that I’ve always loved to do is to get my kids outside to be able to see & experience some of the things they’re reading about in books. I think it sticks with them better that way. When we lived in Tennessee there were lots of parks and streams and the zoo but now that we live in Florida (again) I love utilizing the Disney parks. There are educational things in Magic Kingdom, Epcot and Animal Kingdom. And while, Hollywood Studios may not seem overtly educational any child that is interested in the arts will love the shows they put on daily and is a great way to introduce them to music and acting.
Today I want to focus on a seasonal opportunity and that is, Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival. In addition to all of Epcot’s other educational experiences whether it be learning about sea life in, The Living Seas or the history of communication in, Spaceship Earth, the Flower and Garden Festival has a butterfly habitat with butterflies and flowers that are perfect for some notebooking and information on a lot of the flowers that are planted around the park. And the best part is that it’s a FUN way to learn.
Especially when the flowers look like Cruz Ramirez & Lightning McQueen-
I loved the butterfly habitat, it was beautiful and there was a display of chrysalises. Seeing them in person is a way to reinforce what kids are seeing in their science books. I love this kind of hands-on learning.
Living With the Land (one of my all-time favorite rides) also gets in on the action with signs in front of plants that are being used in the food booths located in World Showcase. Although, Living With the Land is fun and educational year-round. If you wanted to go more in-depth you could take the Behind the Seeds Tour. I haven’t done it yet but I plan to. It’s an extra cost- $25 for adults & $20 for children. I think it’s great for kids to be able to see where their food comes from. My youngest daughter who has always been interested in growing food, loves the signs that tell you which wild plants can be eaten.
There’s also information on hydroponics, aquaponics & fish farming with a little bit of Mickey thrown in for good measure.
This area, close to Test Track has an area dedicated to Purple Martins.
I’m a busy mom, as all of us are, and I don’t have the time or expertise to track these kinds of things down on my own. Because all of these things are within an easy driving distance I don’t have to take a trek through the woods battling mosquitos, snakes and possibly alligators (because they’re everywhere) to find a butterfly chrysalis, a hydroponic farm for a field trip or try to find birds in their natural habitat. Granted, most people don’t live less than an hour from the parks but kids are always learning and Epcot is a great way to “sneak” in some learning even on vacation.
This post has barely scratched the surface of all the learning experiences that Disney has to offer but this one is available for a limited time but is an annual festival. For 2018 the dates are February 28th- May 28th. The extra bonus is that at least for February-April the weather is just about perfect. I hope you enjoyed our tour and hope you get to experience it for yourself.